We have currently tested 10 pairs of Jaybird headphones. They're a popular brand that makes earbuds for sports that are 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 are the best Jaybird earbuds with a truly wireless design that we've tested. These versatile and well-built in-ears are very portable since you can put them in your pockets or place them back into their charging case to take with you on the go. They have a comfortable fit that doesn't put too much pressure on your inner ear, and thanks to their three stability fin and ear tip options, they have a stable fit suitable for more intense exercise. They're rated IPX7 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. They also have a well-balanced sound profile suitable for a variety of different audio genres. They're customizable using the parametric EQ and presets found in the MySound companion app.
Unfortunately, their physical controls don't offer many options, as both earbuds have the same controls. While you can remap them using the app, you can't have all of them available at once. Their continuous battery life also lasts about five and a half hours on a single charge, and they take over two hours to fully charge up again, which falls a bit short compared to newer truly wireless earbuds. Still, they offer a versatile performance suitable for working out at the gym or on your commute.
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 price-to-performance ratio. Thanks to their slim in-ear design and ten differently-sized sets of ear tips to help you find the most suitable fit, they're among the best earbuds for small ears that we've tested. 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 sweat-resistant design when also using the charging clip. They have sub-par battery life and last just over four hours, so you may 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.
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.