No matter if you’re hitting up the gym, going for a 3-mile run, or are out on a bike ride, having the right pair of headphones can turn any dull workout into a great one. Music, podcasts, and audiobooks are excellent ways to keep yourself motivated while breaking a sweat, and below are 12 options that we think will serve you admirably no matter how hard you’re pushing yourself.
Can’t go wrong
Soundcore Spirit X
You can spend a lot of money on wireless headphones, or you can be thrifty and pick up the Soundcore Spirit X. These headphones punch way above their small price tag, featuring 10mm drivers for powerful sound, gentle over-ear hooks for a comfortable fit, 12 hours of battery life, and IPX7 water resistance. You seriously can’t go wrong here.
From $36 at Amazon
High quality sound
Bose SoundSport Wireless
The Bose SoundSport Wireless doesn’t have the best battery life in its class, but it makes up for this in sound quality. These are among the best-sounding earbuds of this form factor while offering decent performance with six hours of use on a charge. Just be mindful of the steep price tag.
From $129 at Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Buds
Whether you’re at the gym or on a run, the Galaxy Buds give you complete and total freedom thanks to their truly wireless design. You can expect an impressive six hours of use per charge, with the charging case offering an additional seven hours. We’re also fans of the AKG tuning, customizable fit, and water/sweat resistant design.
$100 at Amazon
Mpow makes a lot of affordable headphones, and the Flame is its latest workout-focused pair. You’ll find IPX7 sweat and water-resistance, support for Bluetooth 4.1, rich bass, and customizable ear tips. Add that together with 7-9 hours of playback on a single charge, and you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.
From $20 at Amazon
Jabra Elite Active 65t
Truly wireless earbuds are often hit or miss, and the Jabra Elite Active 65t hit on just about every level. The sound quality is among the best you’ll find for truly wireless buds, Jabra’s playback controls are intuitive and work well, and you have your choice of using Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri. Micro-USB charging is lame, but other than that; everything else is excellent.
$170 at Amazon
A name you trust
Jaybird’s long been one of the top names when it comes to wireless sports headphones, and the X4 are some of the best we’ve seen from the company yet. They have a great fit, easy-to-use playback controls, impressive sound quality, up to 8 hours of battery life, and an IPX7 rating to keep them safe from water/sweat.
From $109 at Amazon
Beats is one of the most iconic audio brands of our time, and with the BeatsX, you get that rich, bass-filled sound you’ve come to expect in a form factor that’s perfect for breaking a sweat with. Beats promotes up to eight hours of use per charge, two hours of playback after five minutes of charging, and there are four size options for the ear and wingtips.
From $100 at Amazon
Tiny but powerful
Bose SoundSport Free
The SoundSport Free is Bose’s first attempt at genuinely wire-free earbuds, and boy do they deliver! The sound quality is fantastic, the fit is good, and you’ve got IPX4 water resistance. Plus, there’s no denying the enhanced freedom you get with a truly wireless design like this.
$199 at Amazon
Charges via USB-C
Aukey Key Series B60
Aukey’s wireless earbuds come in at a great price will still providing a premium experience. There’s 8-hour battery life, Bluetooth 5.0, and an IPX6 rating for water resistance. Having USB-C for charging is a wonderful touch, as is the Magnetic QuickSwitch feature that turns the earbuds on and off using magnets on the back of them.
$40 at Amazon
SoundPEATS Bluetooth Earphones
We love getting good bang-for-your-buck, and that’s precisely what SoundPEATS delivers. These striking earbuds give you high-quality AptX sound, up to 8 hours of battery per charge, and customizable earbud tips to make sure you find the perfect fit. They’re also sweat-resistant and have handy in-line playback controls.
From $15 at Amazon
While earbuds are usually the best form factor for workout headphones, some people might prefer an on-ear style. If that’s you, the Adidas RPT-01 are pretty darn great. You get a 40-hour battery life, an IPX4 rating for sweat and water-resistance, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB-C charging. We also love the unique fabric mesh design that looks and feels incredible.
$150 at Amazon
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium
Our last pick is a bit different. The AfterShokz Trekz are bone-conducting headphones, meaning they don’t actually go into your ears. Instead, they vibrate the bones in your skull so that you can listen to your music while still hearing the world around you. It’s a little disorienting at first, but we think you’ll love them.
From $77 at Amazon
If we’re making some suggestions
Finding headphones for daily use is one thing, but getting a pair specifically for working out can be a bit of a challenge. You need some that aren’t too bulky, that fit in or around your ears comfortably and securely, and are at least somewhat sweatproof. If they’re water-resistant, that’s even better.
No matter your budget or needs, there’s a pair of headphones on this list for you. For most people, our top recommendation goes to the Soundcore Spirit X. They may not be the very best sounding headphones on this list, but for the price, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something better.
Along with the solid sound, the Spirit X also manages to deliver a simple, yet effective design, IPX7 water resistance, and a battery that should last for up to 12 hours of music playback. All of that for less than $40? You’d be silly not to pick these up.
If your budget is a bit more flexible and you want to treat yourself to something more premium, we’d suggest checking out the Jabra Elite Active 65t and Jaybird X4. You’ll spend more money for these headphones, but they’re well, well worth it.
If you need something a little different, check out some of our other headphone round-ups, including our favorite n-ear headphones and some of our favorites overall.