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The 7 Best Wireless Earbuds For Running And Working Out - Spring 2024 Reviews

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 want to talk with a friend, it's much easier to let your earbuds hang around your neck while not in use. On the other hand, bone conduction headphones offer greater awareness if you run outside, but the sound is compromised by less thumpy bass.

We've tested over 265 wireless earbuds, in-ear headphones, and bone-conduction headsets, and below are our recommendations for the best earbuds for running. Also, check out our recommendations for the best headphones for running, 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 earbuds for working out and running we've tested are the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. Beats have been popular at the gym for years thanks to their straightforward operation and eye-catching designs. These buds are no exception, thanks to their comfortable and malleable stability hooks, which hold them in place during tough reps. They're also certified IPX4 for resistance against minor water exposure like splashes or light rain, making them a solid choice for outdoor running. Their H1 chip allows you to pair them seamlessly with other devices in your Apple ecosystem.

    Their battery lasts over 11 hours continuously, and their carrying case holds an additional charge. In terms of sound, they deliver a good amount of punchy bass, while vocals and instruments remain clear in mixes. This makes them versatile enough for most audio content, although they lack customization features to fine-tune their sound. Try these for a consistent sound, fit, and sound profile that supplies a good amount of boom and punch to motivate your workout.

    They don't block out much background noise, so if you want to reduce ambient sound at the gym, consider the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless. These don't have ear hooks, but their small stability fins give them a stable fit. Their ANC has a fantastic performance, so you can reduce distractions like background conversations and focus on your music at the gym.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds For Running

    In the upper mid-range, the best Bluetooth earbuds for running we've tested are the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. If you don't like the over-ear hooks of the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, these very well-built buds have a sports-oriented design and come with stability fins. They have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and a case with an IP54 rating, so you can throw them in your gym bag without worrying about damaging them. Their default sound profile is well-balanced, but fans of bass-heavy music might want more thump and rumble. Luckily, you can use the parametric EQ and presets in their companion app to customize it.

    They have an ANC feature, but it does a sub-par job of blocking background noise, so these headphones aren't ideal if noise cancelling is the priority. If you have large or small ears, it's possible the one-size-fits-most ear tips, which are integrated into the different sizes of stability fins, can pose a problem with comfort and fit, although they are pretty stable for most. Their over five-hour continuous playback time isn't as long-lasting as the Beats, either. On the upside, their carrying case holds an extra two charges if you need it, and they have an auto-off timer to conserve battery life if you forget to turn them off.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For Running

    The Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless are the best earbuds for working out in the mid-range we've tested. Although they aren't as well-built as the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless, these comfortable buds are rated IP55 for resistance against dust and water exposure, and their ear hook design keeps them in place while you're moving. Their bass-rich sound delivers extra thump, punch, and boom to help keep you motivated through a tough workout. Plus, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets so that you can fine-tune their sound to your liking.

    These buds have 9.5 hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case has roughly 3.4 additional charges. While they don't have ANC, they can block out an acceptable amount of ambient sound. These buds also support Skull-iQ, which offers voice command support if you don't want to use the physical controls, but you will have to talk and begin each command with, "Hey Skullcandy." The Skull-iQ doesn't replace your voice assistant, and you can access your device's assistant using the feature as well, which makes these a pretty flexible, hands-free option.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For Running

    If you're on a budget, the best wireless earbuds for running we've tested are the Beats Flex Wireless. Although they don't have ear hooks like the Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless and aren't as stable in-ear, they have a neck cable design, so you can wear them around your neck when not in use. These comfortable buds have a bass-heavy sound, which can help keep you pumped up while running. Although they don't have noise cancelling, they can still block out a decent amount of ambient sound, like pedestrians talking if you're running outdoors. They also last 11 hours continuously, which is longer than other picks on this list, and come in various colors to match your style.

    They have a W1 chip, so you can seamlessly connect to other devices in your Apple ecosystem. If connectivity with Apple devices isn't important, the JBL Vibe Buds True Wireless are also worth considering. While they lack a neckband design, these buds have a decently comfortable and stable fit. Their bass-heavy sound has plenty of boom and body to push you through the most grueling runs, and they last more than eight hours on a single charge. They're also rated IP54 for protection against dust and water splashes, so you don't have to worry about getting them wet while running.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds For Running

    If you're looking for something that won't break the bank, the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are great for runners on a shoestring budget. They have a sturdy design and come in a few different colors to suit your style. Unlike the Beats Flex Wireless, they're rated IPX4 for resistance to minor water exposure, though they aren't as comfortable. Even though they don't have stability fins, once you get a good fit with the included ear tips, they're stable enough to stay in place during runs. Their nine-hour battery life will last through several workouts without a recharge, and the carrying case stores several extra charges. The charging cable is built into the case, so you'll need to replace the entire unit if it's damaged.

    These earbuds stand out from other cheap options because even though they don't have an app, you can choose between a few EQ presets using the onboard controls. Using the flattest EQ preset, they have a bass-rich sound that adds rumble, punch, and boom to your audio without overwhelming instruments and lead vocals. Like most of the earbuds on this list, they don't have ANC, so they don't do a great job of blocking out noise, especially bass-range noise like rumbling engines or workout machines at the gym.

    See our review

  6. Best Wireless Earbuds For Running Safely

    If you're an outdoor runner, the Bose Ultra Open Earbuds Truly Wireless will keep you safely aware of your environment. Rather than fitting in your ears like every other pick on the list, they clip onto the bottom of your ears, just above the lobe, leaving your ears open for maximum awareness. Your audio is piped into your ears without isolation from the world. This unusual design offers excellent stability, and they're surprisingly comfortable. You can easily run and perform all kinds of exercises without them coming loose.

    Their companion app features a three-band EQ for light adjustments to their default bright frequency response, but like most open-fitting earbuds, these lack full-bodied bass (even if you use the EQ to adjust the bass). Their tuning works well for vocal-centric content like podcasts; if you prioritize safety, it's a worthwhile trade-off. However, if you need the thump of bass to motivate your run, this style isn't necessarily for you. In that case, you'll want one of the in-ear fitting picks on the list with more bass, like the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless, and utilize transparency mode for better awareness.

    The Bose are IPX4-rated for protection against light water splashes, and their battery lasts 9.5 hours on a single charge, which ought to last a few workouts. If their price tag is a bit too high for you, the Shokz OpenFit True Wireless may suit your needs for less cash. These open-fitting buds have a greater IP54 rating to protect against dust and light water splashes, but their single-charge battery life is shorter, and they're a bit less stable.

    See our review

  7. Best-Sounding Wireless Earbuds For Running

    You'll want a great-sounding pair of wireless earbuds to soundtrack your workouts. The Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Truly Wireless offer impressive sound quality suitable for listening to many different music genres, making them great for working out. They also have a comfortable, stable fit that's suitable for runs and most workouts. They come with several ear tip and fin sleeve options to help you get the best possible fit. With a battery life of over 6.5 hours, you don't have to worry about running out of juice during longer runs.

    These headphones stand out from the crowd thanks to their neutral sound right out of the box. They accurately reproduce voices and lead instruments, and while there's plenty of bass for genres like EDM and hip-hop, it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the mix. The Galaxy Wearable companion app even comes with some EQ presets to switch up its sound, which is a nice touch. Either way, these earbuds are a great option for runners who want the flexibility to wear them in and out of the gym without compromising sound quality.

    They have an IPX2 certification for protection against light rain and splashes, but if you want something with greater water resistance from the brand, the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro True Wireless have similar functionality with a higher IPX7 rating. Their stability is similar partly due to their slightly grippy texture, but they lack the added security of stability fins. Broadly, both riff on the same frequency response template, although the Galaxy Buds2 Pro scoop the mids more, nudging vocals further down in the mix, and their overall sound is brighter.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Jabra Elite 8 Active True Wireless: The Jabra Elite 8 Active True Wireless are sports earbuds with a high IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, unlike the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. While they have a stable fit and some added grip because of the silicone coating, they don't have stability fins or ear hooks, and their battery life is shorter. 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 an IP57 dust and water resistance rating. However, they lack stability fins, and their carrying case isn't as sturdy as that of the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless, as their lid is easily openable. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless: The Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless are well-built and comfortable buds certified IP55 for resistance against dust and water exposure. However, their in-ear fit isn't as stable as the Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless have swappable stability fins to find your best fit, an IPX5 rating, and ANC. Their sound is bass-heavy, with some EQ in the app. However, for bass fans, the Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless also supply thump and rumble. Plus, they have the hands-free Skull-iQ feature for when you're too busy running to use your hands for controls and additional dust resistance. See our review
  • Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction: The Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction is a lightweight headset with a tough titanium internal frame and an IP67 rating against dust and water. They use drivers that bypass the ear canal, keeping your ears open and able to hear your surroundings. However, not everyone enjoys the vibrations of bone conduction transducers. It also rolls off more bass than the Bose Ultra Open Earbuds Truly Wireless, which is fine for vocal-centric media like podcasts, but this weakens the punchiness of kick drums. The headset's stability is good, but it can still catch on clothes or hair, unlike the even more stable Bose. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 03, 2024: This article's picks have been checked for accuracy and availability.

  2. Apr 03, 2024: The Bose Ultra Open Earbuds Truly Wireless are the new pick for the Best Wireless Earbuds For Running Safely, and the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction has been moved to the Notable Mentions.

  3. Mar 05, 2024: This review was updated to check product availability and accuracy of the text.

  4. Feb 07, 2024: We've updated this article to check the picks and to add the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions for their IPX5 rating and noise cancelling at a budget price. We've added a note about the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro True Wireless in the Samsung Galaxy Buds FE True Wireless section. Small text changes have been made throughout the text.

  5. Jan 08, 2024: We've replaced the discontinued Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless with the Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Truly Wireless. We've also added a comparison between the JBL Vibe Buds True Wireless and the Beat Flex Wireless.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 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, earbuds, and bone conduction headsets. 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.