We have currently tested 11 pairs of Jaybird headphones. They're a popular brand that makes earbuds for sports ideal for running and working out. Jaybird headphones have stable and portable designs, making them a great choice when looking for a gym companion, but unfortunately, they lack variety.
The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are the best Jaybird earbuds with a truly wireless design that we've tested. These buds have a comfortable fit and a rugged design that's certified IP68, meaning that they're fully dust-tight and can resist submersion in water. Their carrying case is also rated IP54, so your headphones are protected from dust and splashes of water. Thanks to their stability fins, they also shouldn't fall out during a run in the park. Out of the box, they have a well-balanced sound that you can customize to your liking using their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. They also have easy-to-use touch and physical controls, which makes it easy to register commands on the go.
Unfortunately, they struggle to block out background noise, even with their active noise cancelling (ANC) system turned on. They also last just over five hours continuously, so you may need to periodically recharge them to get through your day. That said, their carrying case holds roughly two additional charges, and you can even use one bud while the other charges.
The best Jaybird headphones in the budget category that we've tested are the Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016. While they're getting harder to find in stock since they're an older model, they offer a good overall price-to-performance ratio. They have a slim in-ear design and ten differently-sized sets of ear tips to help you find the most suitable fit. Since they have stability fins, they should also stay in place while you're moving, and they have a decently comfortable design. Out-of-the-box, they have a slightly boomy sound profile that can be adjusted using their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. Even though they don't have active noise cancelling (ANC), they can passively isolate a good amount of noise around you.
Unfortunately, some users have experienced issues with their design when using the charging clip, and it can damage the headphones if you're using them while they're charging. They also have sub-par battery life and last just over four hours, so you likely need to recharge them throughout your workday. Luckily, they have a standby mode to help conserve battery life when you're not using them, and they fully recharge in roughly an hour and a half. That said, if you're looking for wallet-friendly headphones, they offer a customizable audio experience with a sport-friendly design.
Overall, Jaybird makes wireless earbuds for sports and does it well. Most of their headphones are compact, easy to carry around, and have a stable, secure fit for working out or running. Most of their products feel well-built, are generally easy to use, and are compatible with the Jaybird MySound app, which gives you access to lots of customization options. Jaybird only makes in-ear designs, though, which aren't comfortable for everyone.
Feb 23, 2022: Checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Oct 20, 2021: Replaced the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless with their next-generation, the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless.
Jun 25, 2021: Removed the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless as they're currently unavailable.
Feb 26, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Jaybird makes great sports headphones that are versatile enough for everyday use. They have sleek-looking, portable in-ear models with lots of customizable features. If you don't find in-ears comfortable, they may not be the best brand for you.