Whether you're a seasoned athlete training for an upcoming event or just 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 just let your earbuds hang around your neck while they're not in use.
We’ve tested over 200 wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best earbuds for running and working out to buy. 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.
The best wireless earbuds for running and working out that we've tested are the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. These earbuds are well-built, lightweight, and have a comfortable fit. They're also rated IP68 for dust and water resistance and have stability fins to help them stay in your ears during workouts.
Their default sound profile is well-balanced and should be suitable for a variety of types of content and genres. Fans of bass-heavy music may find they lack some thump and rumble, but you can use the parametric EQ and presets in their companion app to customize their sound. The onboard controls are easy to use and can be remapped in the app as well, so you shouldn't need to pull out your phone to change the track or turn up the volume.
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. However, they leak almost no audio, so you can crank up the volume without worrying about bothering people nearby, and overall they're a great choice if you want wireless earbuds for working out.
If you prefer the fit and feel of wireless earbuds with ear hooks, check out the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. While they're not as well-built as the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless, they have a very sturdy and malleable ear hook design that keeps them from moving around during intense workouts. They're certified IPX4 for protection against water splashes and have a comfortable fit. They also have an H1 chip so that you can seamlessly pair them with other devices in your Apple ecosystem. They deliver over 11 hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case holds an additional charge if you need it. Unfortunately, they lack sound customization features like a parametric EQ and presets, so you can't adjust them to suit your tastes.
Consider the Jaybird if you prefer better-built and more customizable wireless earbuds. However, if you prefer the ear hook design for intense workouts, try Beats instead.
The Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless are the best Bluetooth earbuds for running outdoors that we've tested. Thanks to their open-ear design, you can listen to your favorite audio while simultaneously staying aware of your surroundings during a jog in the park. Their ear hooks also ensure a very stable fit, so you don't need to worry about them falling off your ears during intense workouts.
These headphones have a great build quality and are rated IPX4 for resistance against water splashes. Although their open-back design means that they struggle to produce a thumpy low-bass, they have a bit of extra boom in their sound, which can help keep you pumped up. Their mid-range is very neutral, so vocals and lead instruments are present, detailed, and clear. They have over nine hours of continuous playback time, and their control scheme is easy to use.
Unfortunately, they use a proprietary charging cradle, making it difficult to recharge the headphones on the go if you forget it at home. Although the headphones have a companion app, it doesn't offer much audio customization either. That said, these headphones have a unique design well-suited for outdoor runners or users who want to hear what's going on around them.
If you prefer headphones with a bone conduction transducer, consider the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction. While they're prone to more inconsistencies in their audio delivery due to their unique design compared to the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless, which use a dynamic transducer, they use vibrations to reproduce audio. As a result, they don't cover your ears, so you can stay aware of your surroundings while you run. These headphones have a comfortable fit as they don't put a lot of pressure on your head, and they're rated IP67 for dust and water resistance. They also have over 12 hours of continuous battery life and have a standby mode to further conserve battery life when not in use. However, they lack low-bass and are best-suited for vocal-centric content.
Try the Bose if you're looking for traditional open-ear headphones with a dynamic transducer and more consistent audio reproduction. However, if you prefer a bone conduction transducer design that's also more comfortable, check out the AfterShokz instead.
The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best budget wireless earbuds for working out that we've tested. These sturdy and well-built headphones are certified IPX5 for protection against direct water contact. They also 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.
These in-ears have a bass-heavy sound profile that can help keep you pumped up during tough reps. 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, too, and their carrying case supplies roughly 12.5 additional charges. That means their total battery life is just under 100 hours, which is incredible.
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. However, if you're looking for more affordable headphones for working out, they're a solid choice.
The best cheap wireless earbuds for working out that we've tested are the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless. These in-ears have a stable and decently comfortable fit that should stay in place during workouts. They're also rated IPX4 for resistance against splashes of water.
Unlike most other headphones in this price range, they have three built-in EQ presets to help you customize their sound. Using their 'JLab Signature' EQ, the flattest EQ, they have a bass-rich sound profile that can help keep you pumped up at the gym. Their over nine hours of continuous battery life should last through long workouts without too much of an issue, while their carrying case holds roughly three extra charges if you need it.
They have trouble isolating you from the low rumble of bus engines, though, which could be annoying if you exercise outdoors. If you need to take a call on the move, their integrated mic also struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you. That said, these headphones should please most users looking for wallet-friendly buds to take to the gym.
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.
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.
Sep 13, 2021: Replaced the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless with the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless as the 'Best Wireless Earbuds For Working Out' because the Tarah aren't currently available. There were no other changes to product picks.
Jul 15, 2021: Added the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless to Notable Mentions. Checked to make sure the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
May 19, 2021: Added the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction as 'Bone Conduction Alternative' as some people may prefer this design over the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless' dynamic transducer.
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.