The Best Buying Guide To Headphones 2019
There is no such thing as the best pair of headphones, wouldn't you agree?
Each pair comes with different features, pricing, and sound quality.
Some may prefer to have strong bass, some prefer crystal clear sound, and others may want the perfect combination and balance.
This guide will help you decide which headphone is best suited for you.
We mixed in the top 10 (list with bluetooth and wired headphones so you can decide which you'd prefer to use.
We'll go deeper and soon reveal categories (on-ear, wired, etc) so you can choose according to your preferences like how we did with our pre workout guide.
Best True Wireless Earbuds
After a few years of hype and a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, these German made truly wireless earbuds has truly lived up to most of its promises.
First came the Dash earbuds but these are the 2nd version and are simply called “The Headphones”.
As simple the name is, The Headphones is considered to be one of the best headphones in its category.
You won’t only get great noise isolation with these, but you’ll also have the option to turn on Transparency mode which allows outside noise to pass through, which allows you to wear these safely when you’re in the city or wherever you need to be aware of your surroundings.
The first question you’d ask about any wireless earbuds is how good is the sound.
For headphones that cost less than the premium ones like AirPods or Jabra’s, these have great bass, but sometimes it can mix into the mids but still considered to be quite good.
If you’re listening to hip hop, electronic, or something with bass, then you will be happy with these as the treble isn’t as detailed as it should be, though it does not spill into the mids.
You won’t have much trouble with the controls but if you have sensitive ears, then Bragi The Headphones may not be for you as it takes some force to push the buttons.
There are 3 buttons, one can play/pause, another track selection and finally the last for volume control.
The downside to many true wireless earbuds is the connection as it can bring annoyance to the user.
Bragi has done it well however as the connection is quite stable and rarely cuts out.
You’ll get a solid 6 hours of playtime which should be more than enough if you are just using these for your workouts.
To keep the price low, the carrying case does not charge the headphones.
Bragi: The Headphones
The name brings simplicity.
The Headphones are a great pair of true wireless earbuds that not only look great (they don’t protrude) they sound excellent.
The battery life is above average from other earbuds and provide plenty of noise isolation so you can focus on your training.
You can’t go wrong with The Headphones, so hook yourself up and check them out.
If you’re anything like us, you want something simple but doesn’t break the bank.
Wireless headphones can get pricey and even when they are priced high, there is almost always the chance of it being one with too many issues to handle.
And the issues are usually from connectivity, whether it’d be audio dropouts or syncing between the two wireless earbuds.
The SoundPEATS Q29 come at a much cheaper price than most truly wireless headphones and they look fancy with its shiny and glossy shell.
Low priced headphones are generally not that great sounding but these tiny earbuds produce some nasty and strong bass.
The bass feels a bit overpowered though so if you’re an audiophile, you won’t like these.
However, it sounds great if you’re listening to something with deep bass like hip hop, electronic, etc.
This is where you’d really have to try them on and adjust the ear tips until you get a good fitting.
You may not get a good fitting at all, but this happens with a lot of in-ear earbuds as everyones ears are different and the ear tips can only work for so many ear canal’s.
Most of what SoundPEATS put out there are not only affordable but they work quite well.
There might be some downsides but they have a decent reputation of putting out great products that are worth a bit more than what they are priced usually.
The battery life is about 2.5 hours which isn’t great but it does come with a battery case that can offer up to 12 extra hours of battery life (takes about 3 hours to fully charge).
Try out these SoundPEATS Q29 and you’ll like the thumping bass they produce as you train in the gym.
Wireless earbuds range widely in pricing. Expect to spend anywhere from $50 to $200 for a decent pair.
Beoplay takes it further though and is priced at $300.
At that price range, you’d expect it to be the best.
B&O Play has a reputation for producing high quality products and having these wireless earbuds priced even higher than Apple’s AirPods, you’d have to have some high expectations.
Sound should be excellent, connection should be flawless and they should be sweat and water resistant.
Are they made for the gym?
B&O Play says they are sweat resistant but are not officially rated.
Some people are complaining of poor connection and dropouts.
B&O Play has a warranty and those who use it are usually satisfied with a flawless pair.
Still, at that price range, you’d expect these to be near perfect.
The sound quality is excellent and if you can get a perfect fit, then you’ll experience strong bass, clear mids and highs.
Over the past few years, Jaybird has earned quite a reputation in the workout earbuds category.
With impressive sound quality, punchy bass and a customizable app to adjust EQ, they are simply the go to brand for fitness headphones.
The Jaybird Run's are their answer to truly wireless headphones for the gym.
These headphones have a oval shape with secure wing tips to give that additional security that keeps the earbuds from falling out.
Perfect for when you're exercising and lifting hard.
Overall these earbuds have an excellent build and a great charging case that'll give you that quick 5 minute charge for an hours worth of playback.
A lot of reviewers complain about connection dropouts but it seems like the latest update fixes that.
Check out Jaybird Runs if you want something with strong bass and detailed sound without the hassle of wires that traditional headphones have.
Jam makes decent audio products, but nothing has been extraordinary until these came along.
These ultra-wireless in-ear headphones by Jam is literally something you wouldn’t expect from this company as they have proven to be quite the competitor in this category.
Strong Noise Isolation
While these are not safe for running outside in the city, these are perfect if you’re looking to isolate outside noise.
Jam Ultra Wireless really dig into your ear canal so if you can get a good fit with one of the ear tips then you’ll be able to fully isolate noise quite well.
Made For Fitness
Since you won’t be able to use these safely outside where you need to be aware of your surroundings, they’ll be best used where you want to be the less distracted and that’s usually the gym… or the office (or study etc.).
At this price point, there’s no surprise that these earbuds don’t have the usual fitness features like heart rate tracking.
If you’re looking for something with good sound and reliable fitting, then the Jam Ultra Wireless is your best bet.
The bass is super strong for the size of these earbuds but the treble is not the greatest.
Fortunately, you can adjust these sound settings with your phone’s equalizer (Spotify has one built-in for example).
To take advantage of the sound, you’ll want to make sure these earbuds are really sealed into your ears.
There’s only one button on Jam headphones which allows you to do everything like play/pause, take a call, activate Google assistant (or Siri).
This is the downside to these headphones but it doesn’t make a big difference since these are already very comfortable, great sounding and convenient to carry around.
Jam claims you’ll get 3 hours of battery life but everyone seems to agree that you get much more than that.
It looks like you’ll get at least 4-5 hours and the best part is that the charging case can charge these things 10 times.
So, you’ll get at least 30 hours in total before needing to charge the carrying case.
JAM: Near Perfect Headphones with a Fair Price
These headphones might as well be bringing the brand back to life as it is getting tons of rave reviews from many places including Best Buy and Amazon.
With all of the choices of true wireless earbuds, these are at the very top so research no further.
If you’ve been waiting for a decent pair of truly wireless but hesitated because of the many issues they are known for and the high price that the decent pairs cost, then you’ll like Jam earbuds since they are very affordable and arguably the best you can buy in its price range.
The Gear Iconx 2018 edition are a great choice if you’re looking for something that has onboard storage and great sound.
The previous editions had a heart rate sensor but since its removal, the battery has doubled in size, leaving it with a much better battery life.
Charging it only for 10 minutes will get you a full hour of playback.
Downside to these headphones is the sound is just good, though it isn’t any better than what you can with cheaper wired headphones.
Using the equalizer will get you better sound and it is recommended that you adjust the EQ settings.
The unique thing about these headphones is that they have onboard storage so you can listen to music locally, and this will give you a longer listening time (around 7 hours vs 4 hours streaming through Bluetooth).
Overall, these headphones are great for the gym.
You've seen Anker before but if you haven't, they are best known for their affordable but high quality tech, notably their power packs, wall adapters and charging cables.
Zolo is a sub-brand of Anker, and they are focused on creating quality audio products.
Zolo Liberty is their first go at truly wireless, and even though it's the first generation, it is potentially one of the best in it's price range.
You can take it to the next level with Zolo Liberty+ (Plus), which is using Bluetooth 5.0 instead of 4x, can pass through outside noise with a press of a button and uses bigger graphane drivers for superior sound quality.
Though they both have the same run time (3.5 hours), the charging case for the Liberty+ uses a 48 hour battery instead of the 24 in the regular version.
If you're wearing these for the gym, these are perfect as they have plenty of bass with clear highs and okay mids / lows.
The mids and lows are not the best, they are lazily reproduced and if you're looking for the best sound quality, these will not impress you.
There's also a bit of a background "hiss" noise that is barely noticeable but it is there if you listen closely enough. It probably won't bother you if you're in the gym lifting.
There's a single button on each earbud to control everything from Siri / Google to play / pause and skip forward as well as answering calls.
You won't be able to control volume, you'll have to either use your smartwatch or phone to do that.
The Liberty+ seems to have a better distance than the regular version, but since our phones only have Bluetooth 4x, we're unable to use the full potential of the plus version.
These headphones are excellent for the gym and have almost no lag when it comes to video playback as far as we could tell.
For truly wireless headphones, these are surely going to be one of the most recommended pairs.
We've noticed really no connection drop outs and if it happens, it'd happen only once every hour of playback.
For price and quality, the Zolo Liberty are the perfect bargain pair to get.
We liked these more than the Bose Soundsport because these are able to isolate outside noise.
Although the sound quality isn't as good as the Soundsports, we like being able to block outside noise so the Zolo Liberty are the perfect choice with great sound and a price tag that is more than fair.
If you prefer better sound quality and Bluetooth 5.0, then go for the plus version.
These are Bose’s first attempt at ultra wireless earbuds.
Like their wireless Soundsport (like these but attached with a cord), these will protrude a bit out of your ears, making it look a bit weird but performance wise it will be carrying the same quality Soundsport has.
Using a dedicated app, you’ll be able to locate these earbuds if you misplace them by using the special “find my buds” feature.
Like their wireless Soundsport, these won’t isolate much outside noise but the sound is so good that we couldn't leave it out of this list.
So if you workout at a empty gym or don't mind the external noise, then these are for you.
So if you’re looking for something that can isolate noise, then checkout Jabra Elite.
For the sound though, Bose will almost always win.
One of the best pair of truly wireless earbuds is here.
When it comes to true wireless headphones, the first wave of them had too many issues and they were just not taking off.
This all changed and improved with Jabra Elite Sport.
These headphones do not have any wires whatsoever so if you’re looking for the best truly wireless pair for lifting, this is it.
The Jabra Elite’s come with 3 earwings (small, medium and large), and 3 pair each of foam and gel eartips in S, M and L sizes.
The hand carrying case comes with 9 hours of power that can charge your earbuds on the go (basically a powerbank for your wireless headphones).
Fit and Noise Isolation
With these plugged in your ear, you won’t hear a thing outside as it isolates noise very well and they won’t come loose if you get the fitting right.
Jabra Elite’s have HearThrough (situational awareness) which can be turned on if you need to be aware of your surroundings.
So if you need to hear outside noise, HearThrough can be turned on and it allows sound to come through the microphone.
Whether you need to be aware of the gym rats that surround you or you’re outside running etc, then you’ll find this feature to be very useful.
The Jabra Elite’s are not only sweat and particle proof (IP6) but it’s also waterproof (IPX7) up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.
Meaning you can swim (not scuba dive!) and listen to your music for example.
There’s plenty of built in controls here to help you with play/pause, volume, selecting tracks, answering and making calls and enabling HearThrough, but you may not like pressing on these buttons as it takes a little bit of force to push them.
This is a minor issue compared to what most truly wireless earbuds face.
Battery Life and Connectivity
The Bluetooth is superb and connects effortlessly.
We think the battery life is plenty with 4.5 hours as these are made for workouts and unless you’re training longer than that, the battery life is plenty.
The carrying case provides 9 hours of power and only takes 20 minutes of charging to get you an hour of continuous use.
This battery life is much improved compared to the cheaper model which only had 3 hours of playtime.
It doesn’t matter what you listen to, these earbuds are made for all kinds of music.
Since the sound signature is geared towards the general public, it is balanced with bass and treble without any distortion or overpowering in any way.
This has more bass and gives a better seal than Bragi earbuds.
The sound can be adjusted with its equalizer in the Jabra Elite app (available for both iOS and Android).
If you’re an audiophile then you may not enjoy the sound to the maximum, and you’ll be better off with the Erato Apollo 7 as those have better sound (Though with Apollo 7, there may be a delay with sound when watching videos).
The Best True Wireless Earbuds For Training
We would've appreciated Jabra Elite's even if they didn’t have so many features as it is hard to find a decent pair without any syncing / sound / Bluetooth issues.
However, Jabra went the extra mile and added a heart rate monitor (optional to use) as well as the ability to do different tests with all kinds of data that could be used to improve your workouts.
Don’t rely 100% on the heartrate monitor as it can be more or less accurate and doesn’t do any better than existing devices.
Unlike most true wireless earbuds, these use NFC to sync with each other.
This means you won’t be able to use in the air (nope not on the airplane) unless you plan to use just one.
If you don’t mind these stuffing in your ears for the noise isolation and don’t need to use them on the airplane (since NFC won’t work in the air), and need the best truly wireless for workouts, then the Jabra Elites are made for you.
The Jabra Elite 65t is the perfect balance between features and price.
With the removal of the heart rate sensor, the battery life is better and bigger than the previous Jabra Elite model.
Compared to Samsung Gearx Icons (2018 edition), Jabra Elite 65t have nearly the same sound quality but Samsung has a slight edge on bass.
The fitting on the Jabra Elite is much more tight than Samsung and will provide slightly better noise isolation, perfect for those who want to block out background noise.
However, this model is fine for the gym and is able to stand sweat as it is rated IP55 (water and dust proof).
All in all, the sound is better, the connection is improved and battery life is the best we've seen from Jabra.
If you're in the market for the true wireless experience then you'll most likely enjoy Jabra Elite 65t.
Best Wired Over-The-Ear Headphones
When it comes to gym headphones, these are the lasting thing you'd imagine.
However it can be uncomfortable having earbuds stuffed in your ear canals especially for long duration's.
Soul's Combat+ are the answer to comfortable and secure over the ear headphones.
These headphones are not only secure fit, but they are also customized fit since the padding is memory foam.
The tangle-free Kevlar audio cable allows you to control your music and is sweat resistant so you can wear it safely during intense training that usually leaves you drenched in sweat.
The comply (same as Jaybirds X3's earbuds' material) earbud tips are made out of memory foam and is heat activated, molding over your ears for a secure and noise-isolating fit.
With a balanced sound signature, Combat+ features very strong bass with clear mids and lows, leaving your head in the zone with music blasting without any outside noise interfering with your training.
For the price and quality, you'll be getting a pair that'll last you for a long time.
The Combat+ is the perfect choice for the hardcore lifter (and joggers) looking for balanced audio and changeable / washable ear pads.
While the Koss SportaPro headphones are not the most durable headphones, they are cheap and they sound amazing.
The great comfort they provide makes it perfect to use for any kind of activity.
Since they are very lightweight, you’d barely feel them when worn.
They are perfect for the gym, but they provide no noise isolation due to the way they are designed.
The materials they are built with do feel cheap, but they are priced quite low.
What you’re getting with these headphones is excellent sound quality but a poor quality build with a wire.
If there was a budget version of the Solo’s, the SMS Audio Street would be it.
The headphones have almost the same sound signature as Dr Dre’s Solo headphones but the build quality is much better with the SMS headphones.
The sound is heavier on the bass, but still provide great sound quality overall.
It also sounds dynamic, making it great to use for any type of music.
You’ll enjoy using these in the gym.
Best Wireless Over-The-Ear Headphones
In ear headphones can get uncomfortable and on ear builds up sweat fairly quickly.
If you can’t stand those types of headphones, check out the AfterShokz bone conduction headphones.
It lets you listen to music through bone conduction, so it doesn’t need to go in nor on your ears.
The open air design lets all outside noise in because your ears are free of plugs, which lets you have all the situation awareness that you need.
Though the sound quality shouldn’t be expected to be the same as any other headphones, the quality is just ok.
This is unique technology that doesn’t require to be plugged into your ears.
On board controls.
The Treblab Z2 headphones are packed with quality though the price is low for what you get.
You’d think you’re wearing expensive headphones with these.
Apart from the nice accessories that these come with, the Z2’s have a high quality Bluetooth connection that lets you go anywhere from 40-45 feet from your phone.
The aptX connection means these will have great sound quality over most wireless headphones.
The bass seems to be more emphasized but the treble is still a little detailed and they’re very comfortable to wear, you’d forget you’re wearing them after a while.
If you have the ANC turned on, there won’t be any distortion.
Going wireless is one thing but going with Beats is taking things to a whole new level.
Solo3 has got Apple's W1 Wireless Chip, provided that this pair can go 100 feet and more in range, you're getting a massive advantage as your phone / MP3 player will not have to be anywhere near you during your workouts.
Provided this is made by Beats, the price is a bit high but is well worth it as these should last for years to come and will not have any interuptions in connection / music quality if you don't plan to leave your phone beyond 100 feet (about 130 feet maximum).
The sound is quite clear and the bass is a bit strong but this can be lowered if you adjust your EQ sound settings.
If you are using an Apple phone you can take advantage of all the features with these headphones but these still work quite well with Android.
The fitting is also tight and won't slide off if you're doing intense training.
Dr. Dre has got your training music covered as these will most likely be your favorite headphones for a good while to come.
With the battery lasting up to 40 hours, you won't be needing to charge Solo3's as often as your average pair of bluetooth headphones.
Optional audio cable to make it wired
Great for the gym and jogging, the iSport Freedoms are not only one of the more lighter headphones but they are ideal for the intense bodybuilder.
With the bass being a little more dominant than your average pair of headphones, the power of these headphones will take your workouts to the next level.
Featuring Apt-X and AAC bluetooth technology, the quality of the sound is great with clear mids and highs even at high volumes.
If you had a choice between these and a $30 dollar pair of headphones, you won't regret these as the quality is more than what you pay for with iSport Freedoms.
The only downside is that if you listen to music with breaks of silence in them, these will automatically go into standby, leaving tiny 1 second gaps with little "pops" of noise but that shouldn't be an issue if you are using these for lifting as most workout songs are consistent.
For the sound and durability, iSport Freedoms make an excellent choice for bluetooth over the ear headphones.
The 66 Audio BTS Pro are fantastic over the ear headphones that feature a 40 hour battery life and USB C charging, one of the few fitness headphones that packs these two features.
They aren’t cheap, but the value is there and you don’t need the Pro Voice model as the only difference with those is that it has Alexa, a very buggy voice system that you probably won’t need anyway.
The sound quality is decent as it has deep bass but it also has 36mm drivers to help emphasize the low range.
The mids and highs are excellent, they don’t seem to be unbalanced at all.
They are super lightweight, only weighing 83 grams so you’d forget you are wearing them.
You can be 100 feet away from your phone and the Bluetooth connection will remain strong and stable.
The 66 Audio BTS packs value so get these if you’re looking to get the best for your money.
Plantronics Backbeat Fit 500 are a great choice if you’re looking for wireless headphones for the gym.
They don’t only provide a special sweatproof coating, but they provide great sound quality.
The battery lasts for 18 hours, so you don’t have to worry about charging it more than once a week.
The bass is very deep and emphasized, but the treble is still detailed so the overall sound is fantastic for any type of music.
The price tag is a bit higher but they pack value which make them a great choice for anyone looking for over the ear headphones.
Best Wireless In-Ear Earbuds
You've probably seen this brand all over the place.
With Beats being made by a popular producer and rapper, Dr. Dre, there's no going wrong with these Powerbeats3.
These sweat and water resistant Bluetooth headphones can blast music through your ears with strong and deep bass.
You may know Beats for having a strong and deep bass, well they've made sure these earbuds have them too.
You'll lift harder with the bass thumping in your ears and be more motivated than ever.
The price is higher than average, but that is probably because this product is being endorsed by LeBron James and Serena Williams, which would no doubt indicate a high quality product.
The earhooks built into these will ensure that they remain in your ears, and being Bluetooth, you'll be able to leave your MP3 device out of your pocket while training.
They did release a 3rd version of these (Powerbeats3) but really the biggest difference between the two is that the newer version has a longer lasting battery (12 hours vs 6 hours!).
Bose makes some of the best headphones that have been popular for a long time now.
Some even refer this to be better than Jaybirds X3's because of the build quality and customer support seems to be superior with Bose.
Now these headphones have slightly heavier bass but are perfect if you like hearing bass heavy songs during your workout.
Bose have a great stable and secure fit with the help of the winged ear tips.
They don't go too deep in your ears but the noise isolation isn't too great.
If you find yourself listening to music outside or wherever you need to pay attention to your surroundings, then these are great.
Compared to the X3's however, they stick out a bit which can be a problem if you care about how hidden you want them to be from sight.
These are one of the most comfortable headphones to get, and the durability is good.
The bass is a too strong for an audiophile but if you're a bass head, these should satisfy you to a certain degree.
For a great fitting pair of headphones with great bass and comfort, Bose SoundSport Wireless are the perfect choice.
The headphones are more than what they are categorized as...
They not only play high quality audio, but they have an built-in heart monitor.
With the heart rate monitor, there's a bunch of workout tools that you can take advantage of.
The Jabra Sport Pulse are one of the few headphones that has it's own app that it can sync it.
You'll be able to measure calories burned, heart rate zone, distance...
But the real buying factor here is...
Can it play high quality music and pump you up for your workout?
It's sound is well balanced and rich with low-end sounds with reduced mids at certain frequencies to prevent fatigue that occurs long periods of listening.
This is especially made for bodybuilders as it's military standard construction is made to withstand virtually anything.
These premium headphones are weather-resistant, IP55 shock and has buttons so you can answer calls and use the phone-based app.
The battery is impressive for the range of features it has as it can last for 4.5 hours.
You shouldn't need more battery life if you're performing beast-like workouts.
BackBeat Fit packs a lot of power for its price and is one of the best pairs you can get for the gym.
The fitting is unique to what most headphones provide in this category, and it’s not for everyone but its design appeals to people who don’t like wires dangling from their ears.
No matter how hard you shake your head, they will not fall out.
The sound quality is average, just alright for most people who consider themselves to be casual listeners.
If you’re an audiophile, you’ll want to stay away from these.
But if you’re using these for exercise and you’re focused on your lifts, the sound quality shouldn’t bother you at all.
The bass are decent, and the mids and lows are just average.
Noise Isolation and Fit
The behind the neck design will have these securely fitted on your ears without any signs of it falling off.
So you can bench press, and do all sorts of movements without the hassle of adjusting your headphones every so often.
If you can get a tight fit then these will isolate noise quite decently.
Overall, if you dig the behind the ear design and average sound quality doesn’t bother you, then you will enjoy the Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones.
If you've ever asked what the best bluetooth headphones are, you'll probably get these as a recommendation.
It's comes to no surprise as these earbuds are even better than the popular X3's.
The nicely named JayBird X4's were just recently released and has some amazing features.
Now between this and the X3, the X4 improves sound and lets you enjoy music for a longer period of time before needing to be charged.
Best Wired In-Ear Earbuds
Headphones that are made out of wood… well that’s unheard of, right?
Symphonized NRG Premium headphones are not only made out of wood but they have a premium design that makes it look it costs a whole lot more than $30.
That is some price on these headphones!
Now the bass is little underpowering, this won’t satisfy you if you listen to bass heavy headphones but otherwise the highs and mids are clear sounding.
It also isolates noise very well, which makes it ideal for use in commercial gyms and not so much for outdoors.
There also seems to be a bit of cord noise if it is constantly rubbed against clothes.
Overall these headphones look very unique, you most likely won’t run into another person with the same headphones in the gym and they sound good for headphones under $30.
Bose has all kinds of headphones so it shouldn’t come to a surprise that they have wired headphones.
The Bose Soundsport is one of the best headphones you can get for sound and comfort.
A secure fit is promised as it uses ear hooks to stay on your ears, and the earbuds themselves do not go deep at all in your ear canals, leaving a fit that is only slightly deeper than Apple headphones.
Noise isolation is nearly non-existent which makes it perfect for outdoor use, but not great for those who workout in noisy gyms.
These may be perfect for you if you do not need noise isolation.
The sound signature is what you’d expect from Bose, lots of bass but average highs and mids, making it perfect for hip hop and house music.
The price might be a little higher than your average pair of headphones but the sound makes it well worth it.
For sporty headphones that have great sound, you can’t go wrong with Bose SoundSport.
For headphones that look expensive and perform very well at this low price, this is a great pair to get.
The Betron YSM1000 uses an elegant design that makes it look more expensive than it actually is.
The sound is balanced, with good bass, highs and mids that you wouldn’t expect from $20 headphones.
With the cable having a Y-connector design, this pair is not prone to tangling and comes with a 2 year warranty so you can expect these to have great durability.
It comes with 2 memory foam earbuds, small and large buds to ensure fit.
If you have small ears you may want to look for another pair as these have a rather large ear design that may be troublesome for some people.
All in all, for headphones under $30, these earbuds have blasted away expectations and hundreds of people seem to agree on Amazon.
Sennheiser is known to have sporty and high end headphones that perform well beyond its price point.
And this CX 685 model is no different.
These durable and sweat resistant headphones are made by both Adidas and Sennheiser.
They sound great and have great noise isolation but are not really friendly with small ears so the CX model is a good choice if you have average to large ears.
With the design looking a little unique to what you’d see in this category, they are very comfortable and you can wear these for hours on end.
While being both sweat and water resistant, you can put these through a wash as they are well equipped to handle water.
Now the sound quality is decent but if you’re expecting strong bass, you should look for another brand as these do not have great bass.
If you’re using these for the gym, you’ll find them great with the noise noise isolation being near perfect, you won’t hear any background noise with these earbuds.
For sporty and durable earbuds, the CX 685 are a great choice.
The weird design that Shure is rocking is a bit awkward here but after a few times of wearing it you’ll get used to putting it in with a good seal.
For sound quality and noise isolation, these headphones have it the best.
The Shure SE215 has a ton of noise isolation that beats every other headphone in this category.
With the right ear tips you’ll get a very comfortable fit and they won’t fall out unless you tug on the wires.
The sound is very well balanced, it is made for audiophiles and will not disappoint no matter what genre you listen to.
It has a very large sound stage that produces very natural sound that makes sound seem like it’s coming from all angles.
The bass is just right, although it’s just slightly emphasized.
For sound quality and durability, Shure SE215 is the perfect choice that has a comfortable fit and will stay in your ears no matter how intense your workouts are.
This may be priced a little higher than your average entry headphones but you get way more than what you pay for with these headphones.
Sennheisers CX 300-II is bass enhanced so if you listen to anything that has heavy bass (hip hop, rap, etc) then you will enjoy these as it'll feel like you've got premium headphones blasting in your ears.
The J-Wire design lets you have one bud around your neck with the other bud hanging down your side so it does not interfere with intense exercises like deadlifts and squats.
It is very lightweight so even if you have them on for hours at a time, you will not feel them tugging on your ears or anything, unlike most headphones.
If you're going wired and need earbuds that give you the best bang for your buck then these will undoubtedly be your favorite pair for many training sessions ahead.
Best Budget Headphones and Earbuds
These Sony earbuds are rich with bass, and though they aren't as powerful as the MDR-XB90EX, they are great for their price.
The isolation on these will have you wearing them airtight and they are easy to wear and put on.
They come with different ear tips so you can customize them to your liking.
They are sort of big and uncomfortable for some people but if you don't care about the looks and bulky design, then these should be good for you.
Being a Sony user, you'd know that they create durable products, and these are no different.
They won't tangle up as they are flat corded and the sound on these are great.
With a focus on bass, you will get a little less focus on treble and mids but that shouldn't matter if you're playing heavy metal or some of that aggressive DMX / Eminem music.
These headphones are literally one of the best for value out there today.
It's not only wireless (bluetooth) but the quality on the build and sound are outstanding as it will easily last you through many years of heavy lifting.
They are sweatproof and super durable, but the only downside is the tiny cover that's over the USB port to charge is a bit flimsy (in fact, my cover fell off but it didn't have any negative effective).
Note: if you do get these headphones, make sure you get these stabilizers as shown in the picture below as it will make the earbuds more secure in your ear.
With a 5-6 hour battery life on music playback, there's no doub that these QY7 will keep your ears full of motivational music through your workout.
The sound it gives is fairly balanced throughout it's highs, mids and lows.
It also provides a bit of noise isolation so you can block out distractions and outside noise.
The only downside is the range on these are less than 30 feet, but that shouldn't be a problem if you've got your phone in your pocket or play your music from your smartwatch (I use the original Moto 360 for music).
These are budget friendly and probably the best headphones you can buy under $25 (about $30-35 for you international folks).
If you wanted to get something better than these, you'd need to spend quite a bit more.
Whether you need a back up pair of headphones or just something on a budget, these Rovking headphones are good for the price.
They are not only great at isolating noise but they are durable and should last you for some time.
While the sound may not be the best, they are okay for the price and will get you in the zone with it's moderate amount of bass that it delivers.
The fitting is good but not the best.
They go over your ears but should be fine for most people.
For the price, these headphones will most certainly impress.
These Sennheisers headphones are full of bass, crystal clear clarity that perform significantly better than most, if not all headphones in it's price range.
If you've never heard of the company, Sennheisers mission is to create durable quality products that last. And these are definitely that.
These CX 300 II headphones have a J wire design (one wire goes behind your neck) which is perfect for lifting as it most likely won't get in the way.
Of course, these come with different sized ear buds you can customize them to your liking.
With a bit of music playing, background noise is almost completely removed when you have these fitted right in your ear so the isolation on these are great.
If you have them fitting right, they won't pull out of your ears unless you tug on the cable.
The sound on these are really clean with a perfect amount of bass, clear highs and mids.
You'll like these if you like bass in your music but if you're a complete bass head, you'll want to look at some of the other ones on here.
You'll forget you're wearing these though and the sound is filled with detailed lows, highs and bass.
You won't find better wired headphones, not at this price.
This is another budget option for you here...
The Mpow Cheetahs has got a great ergonomic feel to it and the sound they produce are quite good for the price.
Now the materials and build don't exactly feel premium, but everything else about them is perfect.
With it's Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, and custom fit ear tips, you'll be able to customize the fit and train intensely without the wires or hassle.
The 8 hour battery life on these seem to outlast most headphones we've seen yet.
While they do sound crystal clear and great, the beeping sounds from changing volume can ruin the listening experience.
Overall though, they are full of bass, have super clear sound and are great for your lifting sessions.
MEElectronics is much cheaper than most of these headphones listed here, but if you're like us and spend way too much on supplements and gym memberships, then you'll enjoy the money saved here.
This is the much improved version of their Sport-Fi M6 model as everything has improved on them.
The build quality is tough, the wires are tangle-free, and they are 100% sweat and water proof.
You'll also get great noise isolation with the memory foam fit buds (which most expensive headphones won't even have).
Whether you're doing back rows, bench press or squats, these will not fall out of your ears.
They are wired though (but you can get a Bluetooth device to turn them wireless) and have great full bass and play great sound at this price.
Nothing gets better than a pair of headphones that costs about 10 bucks and still gets thousands upon thousands of praising reviews..
The Panasonic branded headphones (aka RP-HJE120-PPK In-Ear-Headphones are not only great for the gym but they work well for just about anything (movies, music, etc.).
With the fitting being quite secure, you can count on having these isolating noise and blocking out anything that would usually be distracting.
If you're a fan of wired headphones but are on a budget, then these will make for a perfect pair that'll last you for years.
Top 10 Headphones For Lifting
If you prefer full sized headphones that go on top of the ears, then you'll like these.
Monster iSport Freedom are not only super light but they are completely wireless (Bluetooth of course).
Made to be used with lifting weights, these may get a little uncomfortable if you're running for long periods of time.
The noise isolation isn't the best here but it's completely sweat proof, and you can even wash it under running water.
The bass is strong and full and the mids are pretty good though it's not worth the full retail price of $200 as most headphones at that price would perform better.
Thankfully they've dropped in price over the years but are still great to use.
The Origem HS-1 are in-ear headphones that are both waterproof and wireless.
Being IPX7 allows them to be soaked and wet but it can't be submerged so you can't use them for swimming.
These are the best headphones to get if you're on a budget and want V-shaped sound (treble and strong bass).
With booming bass and clear treble, the Origem HS-1 will make you forget that you're wearing something affordable.
It has a V-shaped sound signature, most headphones at this price range will not have this.
For genres like hip hop, house music, techno, and even heavy metal will sound good with Origem.
Noise Isolation and Fit
The noise isolation is amazing although it is passive, you will not hear traffic and you’d take them off if you want to be able to hear any outside noise.
While these are perfect in the gym, they won’t be great for outside use as you won’t be aware what is going on around you, thanks to the passive noise isolation.
Bluetooth and Battery
The Bluetooth connection is quite weak, you need to have your phone nearby.
Walls will break the connection and generally, your phone should be within arms reach to maximize the connection.
However the upside of these headphones is that they last for 10 hours at a time. Perfect for at least 3-4 workouts before needing a charge.
These headphones provide the best bang for your buck.
Quality, performance, sound quality are all up there, though they do stick out from your ears, there are bound to be some disadvantages in this price range.
Still, they are fully waterproof and have great sound while isolating all the outside noise effectively.
The Origem HS-1 are the perfect choice for any hardcore gym trainee.
Plantronics have been a reliable brand for decent fitness headphones.
Note that only the “FIT” model features a sweatproof coating that allows them to protected from intense exercise.
Though they have a high price tag than your average on ear headphones, these are great value and they tend to be the best in its price range.
The battery life lasts for 18 hours, and have a decent 33 foot Bluetooth connection which allows it to be connected to 2 devices at the same time.
The quality is reliable and the memory foam earpads provide decent comfort and protects it from any intense wear.
With the bass deep and emphasized, the treble is still detailed and provide a great overall sound for almost any genre.
If you prefer the on-ear design, the 66 Audio BTS Pro are the ones to get.
While they are not cheap, they are the best value for what you get.
There’s an newer version of this, the Pro Voice model but the only difference is that it features Alexa, which is probably not something you’d be after anyway as Alexa isn’t all that great.
The BTS Pro are fully sweatproof and are built with high quality material so you can workout as intense as you want with these on and not worry about ruining them.
They come with a carrying case which will protect them further.
The BTS Pro are made for people who workout so the sound signature is a little heavy on the bass, but it also has 36mm drivers which will have emphasis on the low range.
The mids and highs are perfect, not too heavy nor do they seem to be unbalanced. They aren’t made to have the perfect sound balance for audiophile heads but for the fitness trainee’s, it will be loved and enjoyed.
Noise Isolation and Fit
These are worn on top of the ears, they are very stable but if you tend to move your head a lot during exercise they may get loose.
So if you’re just lifting weights, they won’t budge.
They are very lightweight, weighing only 83 grams, they are lighter than most on ear headphones and you’ll forget they are on your ears as they are very comfortable.
Bluetooth And Battery
This is where the BTS Pro headphones shine because the battery lasts up to 40 hours!
You won’t need to charge it more than a few times a month, if that.
They also use USB-C for charging.
The Bluetooth connection is stable, even if you’re 100 feet away from your phone, the connection remains strong.
And plus they use aptX sound quality which is great sound quality for wireless headphones, just make sure your Android device has the option to be turned on.
Overall, with strong, deep bass and a comfortable fit, these headphones are perfect for anyone in the gym.
If you’re jumping up and down during your exercise, you may find them getting loose.
But for the money, these pack value and are the best on-ear headphones to get in it’s price range.
For a pair that costs less than $50, this is the best that you can get today.
Lightweight but comfortable, the Phaiser BHS-730 provides excellent value as they come with foam tips, have a sweat-proof rating and have excellent fitting.
The durability is impressive as well, and for the price, you’re getting more than what you’re paying for with these headphones.
For the price, the sound quality is excellent.
While they aren’t comparable to high end headphones, the sound is quite balanced and have good bass if you can get a really tight fitting.
For someone who just wants music for their workouts, these are a great choice, especially for the price.
Noise Isolation and Fit
If you can use foam tips, you’ll have excellent noise isolation but with the silicone tips, they are just alright and as expected.
The build is very solid and they feel more expensive than they actually are.
It comes with different size foam tips so you can customize fitting easily.
With great performance and an affordable price, the Phaiser BHS-730 are a great pair of headphones that provides the best bang for your buck.