Great music can make a workout, but nothing ruins it faster than misfiring sports headphones—whether because of problems with the connection or the buds needing constant readjustment. That’s why it’s worth picking a tried-and-tested pair suited to sweaty workouts.
It isn’t just music lovers who can benefit from workout headphones; many of us now follow workout apps on our smartphones, and either don’t want to disturb the people we live with or need to block out a noisy gym to hear what the virtual instructor is saying.
We’ve been reviewing sports headphones from all the major brands—Jabra, Jaybird, Beats, Apple, Shokz, Bose and many others—since 2017, and what sets our coverage apart from dedicated audio publications is that we actually workout wearing the headphones.
In this section you’ll find all the news, reviews, buying advice and deals you need to make a well-informed choice. Our guide to the best workout headphones is the best place to start. However, if you’re wedded to the treadmill or want to use the headphones in the gym and for outdoor runs, you may be better served by this selection of the best running headphones, which puts even more emphasis on the fit and features that allow you to be aware of your surroundings.
If you’re hoping to wear buds in the pool, you need a pair that are waterproof to the point that they can handle submersion for a sustained period and have built-in storage for music, since Bluetooth doesn’t work as well in water. This best swimming headphones round-up lays out your options.
Both the Jabra Elite 8 Active and Jabra Elite 4 Active are substantially discounted in Amazon’s Black Friday sale
There are discounts available on both sets of Beats buds this Black Friday, and each have their pros and cons
I’ve tested the Bose QC Earbuds II and Apple AirPods Pro 2 and there is merit in opting for either
The Suunto Wing bone conduction headphones have some novel features, but the price is too ambitious considering what its main rivals deliver
The 1MORE S30 open headphones are a great-value alternative to the Shokz OpenFit and others
The Jabra Elite 4 Active headphones have been massively reduced in Amazon’s Big Deal Days event
If you want a more secure fit from the AirPods Pro 2, you can pick up third-party ear-tips and wings
The Jabra Elite 8 Active are excellent workout headphones and the best you can get for less than $200/£200
The sound quality and ANC are fantastic on the AirPods Pro 2 and if the fit works for you, they are great cross-over sports/lifestyle headphones
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