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The 5 Best Wireless Earbuds For Running And Working Out - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds For Running

Whether you're a seasoned athlete training for an upcoming event or like to go for a jog now and then, a good pair of sports-oriented wireless earbuds can make all the difference in your exercise routine. While many runners prefer going truly wireless, having a cable between your earbuds can be a benefit when you're working out in the gym. Truly wireless earbuds eliminate the annoying rustling sound you hear when a cable brushes against your shirt, also called microphonics. However, if you're receiving instructions from a coach or simply want to strike up a conversation with a friend, it's a lot easier to let your earbuds hang around your neck while they're not in use.

We’ve tested over 215 wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best options for running and working out. Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best headphones for working out, the best wireless earbuds under $100, the best neckband headphones, and the best true wireless earbuds.


  1. Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds For Running

    The best wireless earbuds for running and working out are the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. These earbuds are well-built, lightweight, and have a comfortable fit. The onboard controls are easy to use and can be remapped in the app, so you shouldn't need to pull out your phone to change the track or turn up the volume. They're also rated IP68 for dust and water resistance and have stability fins to help them stay in your ears during workouts. Unfortunately, even though they have ANC, they struggle to block out background sound, so they aren't ideal if you want to isolate yourself from noise at the gym. Their default sound profile is well-balanced, but fans of bass-heavy music may find they lack some thump and rumble. Luckily, you can use the parametric EQ and presets in their companion app to customize their sound.

    They have over five hours of continuous playback time, but if you're looking for earbuds with an even better battery life, then check out the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. These ear-hook headphones have over 11 hours of continuous battery life, which is ideal for longer workouts or sporting events such as marathons. Their carrying case also supplies an additional charge if you need it. However, their sound isn't customizable, and they aren't as well-built. 

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For Running

    The Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless are the best mid-range wireless earbuds for running that we've tested. While they're not as well-built as the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless, these in-ears still have a sleek in-ear design that's certified IP55 for resistance against dust and direct water contact. Even though they lack stability fins, they have a stable and comfortable fit that won't move around during moderate movement. Their slightly bass-rich sound profile delivers a bit of extra thump, punch, and boom to mixes, which can help keep you pumped up during your workout. Their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets so you can adjust their sound to suit your tastes. 

    These buds have over seven hours of continuous playback time, but if you need to top off their battery, their carrying case supplies an additional three charges. Although they don't have an ANC system, they're still able to cut down a decent amount of background noise such as ambient chatter. They have some trouble tackling the low rumble of bus engines though.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For Running

    The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best budget wireless earbuds for running and working out that we've tested. They still have a sturdy and well-built design that's certified IPX5 for protection against direct water contact. They come with a variety of stability fins and ear tip sizes, so once you get a good fit, they shouldn't fall out of your ears, even if you're doing high-intensity workouts. They're not as comfortable as the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless though, as using the controls can push them deeper into your ear. 

    Although they lack active noise cancelling (ANC), they can passively block out a good amount of ambient noise around you. They have over seven hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case supplies roughly 12.5 additional charges. That means their total battery life is just under 100 hours, which is incredible. Thanks to their bass-heavy sound profile, they can help keep you pumped up during tough reps. Unfortunately, they have a pretty simple design. As a result, they don't have any sound customization features to help adjust their sound to your liking, and they lack volume controls. 

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds For Running

    The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are the best cheap wireless earbuds for working out that we've tested. These in-ears have a decently comfortable fit and are stable enough to stay in place during a run in the park or a workout at the gym. They're also rated IPX4 for resistance against being splashed with water. Unfortunately, they struggle to isolate you from sounds like traffic or workout machines at the gym. Their charging cable is also built into the case, which some may find convenient but also means you need to replace the earbuds if it gets damaged.

    Unlike many cheaper headphones, they come with three different EQ presets that you can use to customize their sound. You can toggle between them with the onboard controls. Using their flattest EQ preset, they have a bass-rich sound profile that adds extra thump, punch, and boom to your audio. They also provide more than nine hours of continuous battery life, so they should easily last through a few workouts without any need to recharge. Their carrying case also holds roughly three extra charges.

    See our review

  5. Best Wireless Earbuds For Running Outdoors

    The best Bluetooth earbuds for running outdoors that we've tested are Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction. Unlike other picks on this list, these buds don't enter your ears at all. Their design sits near your temples, allowing you to easily monitor your surroundings without pausing your audio, which keeps you safe while running or exercising outdoors. They also reproduce audio differently: they send vibrations along your bones to produce sound. This means that they struggle to reproduce thump, rumble, and boom, which may be a dealbreaker if you like bass-heavy music. However, they're able to reproduce mids very well, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and detailed, making them a solid choice for genres like podcasts. 

    They have a good build quality that's certified IP67 for dust and water immersion resistance, but their neckband feels a little thin and prone to damage over time. That said, they have a comfortable fit and since their design hooks over your ears, you don't have to worry about them moving around too much during your workout. They also last over 13 hours continuously and have a standby mode to help conserve battery life if you forget to turn them off. 

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless: The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are very stable in-ears with great build quality. However, they aren't as customizable as the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Beats Fit Pro True Wireless: The Beats Fit Pro True Wireless are stable in-ears with Apple's Spatial Audio and an H1 chip for seamless pairing with iOS devices. However, their bud shape and stability fins may not be comfortable for all users. See our review
  • Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless: The Apple AirPods Pro are truly wireless headphones with an excellent ANC. However, unlike the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless, their companion app is very limited, and they lack stability fins. See our review
  • Beats Flex Wireless: The Beats Flex Wireless are budget-friendly neck cable headphones with a W1 chip, which allows you to seamlessly pair them with Apple devices. However, they lack an advertised IP rating, and some users may find that the cables leading to the earbuds are a bit long. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless: The Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless are worth considering if you value neutral sound. They have a good build quality and comfortable fit. However, they lack stability fins, so they aren't as secure as the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless: The Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless are sports-oriented headphones with a stable in-ear fit and IP57 rating for dust and water resistance. However, they lack stability fins, and their carrying case isn't as stable as that of the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 03, 2022: We've removed the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless as an alternative as well as some of the out-of-date picks in the Notable Mentions. We've also removed the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless as they're not currently available from most retailers.

  2. May 05, 2022: Replaced the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction with the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction.

  3. Mar 08, 2022: Verified that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

  4. Jan 11, 2022: Made the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless the 'Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds For Working Out'. Added the Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  5. Nov 12, 2021: Replaced the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless with the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless as the Jaybird offer more versatile performance. Also replaced the FIIL T1X True Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless and replaced the Beats Flex Wireless with the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth earbuds for running and working out for most people to buy in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for wireless in-ear headphones and earbuds. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and where you use the headphones will matter more in your selection.

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