If you enjoy listening to your favorite music or podcasts while you run, then you already know how troublesome earphone cables can be during a workout. You would certainly prefer to focus on running rather than spending time untangling or tucking away cables. Some studies even show that listening to music while running can reduce your perception of how hard it is and help you run longer and/or faster.
This is where the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds excel by giving you the convenience of a hassle-free listening experience while you run.
Our overall top pick for best running earbuds for 2018 are these Bose SoundSport Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds. See our full review below for these and other earbuds on our list.
With so many options on the market today, picking a winning pair of headphones among tons of duds is tough. We‘ve rounded up 5 of the best Bluetooth earbuds specifically designed for running, and I am sure their bass will give you extra motivation when you go out for your next run.
Note that some of them are not totally cordless, as there is a short cable or headband attached. Despite this cord, these headphones are comfortable enough to run with and worth it for the sound quality and fit.
- Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Running 2019
- Jaybird X3
- Bose SoundSport Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
- Plantronics BackBeat Fit Wireless Earbuds
- Beats Powerbeats3: New Apple Bluetooth Earbuds
- Mpow Cheetah Sport
- Jaybird BlueBuds X2
- Beats Powerbeats2 Bluetooth In Ear Headphones
- SmartOmi Totally Wireless Earbuds
- 1MORE iBFree Bluetooth Earbuds
- For Budget Buyers: Soundpeats Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
- Adidas Sport Adistar by Monster
- Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Bluetooth Earphones
- Jabra SPORT PACE Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
- Photive PH-BTE70 Bluetooth Earphones
- BÖHM S10 Wireless Earbuds
- Buyers Guide: Running Earbuds
Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Running 2019
The recently launched Jaybird X3 wireless earbuds fit better and sound better than other earbuds on the market, making them the top choice among Bluetooth sports earbuds.
The Jaybird X3 earbuds maintain the same balanced sound profile as its predecessor, the X2, but the bass is more punchy and solid without being overloaded. The connected app lets you choose different sound profiles or even customize the sound you like to listen to. In addition to the sound improvement, X3 offers more accessory options with wing tips and silicon, foam eartips to ensure that users will have the best fit.
Jaybrid redesigned the inline control, making it a little larger, but the buttons are responsive and intuitive. The inline control from previous models was said to accumulate sweat causing it to break easily. To fix this problem, Jaybird changed the standard micro USB plug-in to a four pin docking system.
- Decent battery life and quick charge
- Enough bass while keeping the sound balanced
- Not good for instrument separation
- Requires an additional clip for charging
The wired Bose SoundSport earbuds have been applauded by many runners for their sound quality and comfortably snug fit for running. They are slightly more comfortable to wear than the Jaybird X3, but the sound isn’t necessarily better.
The Stay Hear tips work the same as other Bose’s headphones like the Bose QC20. The eartips fit securely with a soft wing and allow you to hear your surroundings, keeping you safe when running outside.
The SoundSport Wireless earbuds have a decent battery and provide up to 6 hours of playback. If you buy the additional charging case, it can provide 18 hours of listening time. If you are still on the fence about these amazing earbuds, check out our full review on the Bose SoundSport Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds.
- Good sound for a sport headphone
- Fit securely and comfortably
- The earbud housings are large and bulky
- Sound leakage
The Plantronics BackBeat Fit is a set of exercise focused and pleasant sounding wireless earbuds with a rugged design to handle the most intensive workouts. They even include an armband smartphone holder, which helps when running or biking. These earbuds also provide a generally satisfying sound profile with mild, clear bass. Unfortunately, they are not very comfortable for everyday use outside of the gym.
Available in either electric blue or neon green, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit earbuds are rugged and sweat-proof with an innovative P2i coating. These are in-ear style earbuds, but they don’t come with extra eartips. However, the pair of eartips included can be rotated either up or down to enhance the fit.
The BackBeat Fit have not been designed to fully isolate external noise. This means the eartips fit less intrusively into the ears, which is not a bad, and will allow you to stay aware of your environment while jogging. However, this lack of sufficient noise isolation means that these earbuds do not have the best bass thump, but they still do a decent job. You get a pleasantly balanced mixture of sound that keeps you engaged as you listen.
- No cord, lightweight and comfortable
- Flexible build
- Not very bass heavy
- Can be uncomfortable after extended use
- Flexible headband, but you can’t adjust its length and it does flop a bit as you run
- The average battery life of 4-5 hours
Apple’s newly released wireless headphones, the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless, were designed to fit more people with active lifestyles. They sound very good considering they connect via Bluetooth. This Bluetooth connection is consistent, extremely easy to set up with Apple devices and once connected to your phone they can play up to 12 hours. If they run out of juice, just 5 minutes of charging will give you 1 hour of playback for your workout.
The Powerbeats 3 still have the same sound profile as other Beats headphones, with heavy bass and an energetic sound.
Aside from fast charging, these headphones have a W1 integrated chip and very little adjustment in design over the previous version. The price of these headphones may be a deciding factor as they are higher than other pairs on this list.
- Sound signature for made for “bassheads”
The Cheetah Sport is a budget-friendly Bluetooth headset for both runners and cyclists. These earbuds are fully charged in just 2 hours, giving you up to 5 hours of playback. Playtime can vary from 4 to 5 hours depending on the volume level.
The Mpow Cheetah doesn’t sound muddy as you might expect from a budget set, but overall ranges you will notice decent clarity and rumbling bass. With a pleasant sound and secure, comfortable fit, this is one of the best sets of budget sports wireless earbuds out there.
- Decent sound
- Bluetooth 4.1
- Controls are tiny and hard to press
- Some users won’t like the rubberized hangers
The Jaybird BlueBuds X2 is an updated version of Bluebuds X, the most popular Bluetooth earbuds on the market right now. The X2 mixes the secure fit and durable design of a workout headphone with a natural sound signature. They sound good for a Bluetooth headphone and are comfortable to wear. Though the X2 looks almost identical to the Bluebuds X, they have an improved design, cable, more features, and a more refined sound than their predecessor.
The Jaybird BlueBuds X2 earbuds offer sweat resistance and a secure fit that make it one of the most suitable Bluetooth sets for runners. A single cord connects the two earbuds which rest behind your neck to give you a more secure fit and less noise from a bouncing cable. The length of the cord can be adjusted by an included cord shortening accessory. These also work as a headset with an inline remote and mic for controlling your volume, playback and call functions. The inline controls work with both Android and iOS devices.
Thanks to a Liquipel nano coating, you can even use the Jaybird BlueBuds X2 when it is raining as they are water and sweat resistant. These earbuds come with a wide array of eartips and earhooks to ensure you have a snug and comfortable fit.
While most sports headphones either lack clarity or have overly heavy bass, the X2 has a balanced sound profile, but it is not really for bass lovers. In addition to natural sounding, you get a deeper and balanced bass which does not subdue the superb audio clarity. You will be able to hear every detail of your tracks or audiobook as the overall quality of sound is impeccable and rich.
It is simple to set up the Jaybird BlueBuds X2, and the Bluetooth connection rarely has a hiccup or audio lag even when the phone is several rooms away. Also, with a play time of 8 hours and standby time of 250 hours, you are guaranteed a longer battery time that will likely cover four workouts without fail. A voice prompt also tells you whether or not you are connected and the amount of battery remaining.
The tighter these headphones fit, the greater the sound you can get. As is the nature of in-ear headphones, you have to get a proper fit in order to obtain the ideal sound and solid bass response. Thanks to the design, these don’t allow ambient sound to leak in.
- Comfortable and snug fit with earhooks
- Decent sound for Bluetooth earbuds
- Free replacement eartips
- Nice travel pouch
- 8 hours of battery life
- The left and right earbuds are not labeled
You have to give credit where it is due. The Beats Powerbeats2 wireless headphones are solid contenders for the best bass Bluetooth earbuds currently available on the market. This celebrity-endorsed and bass-centric brand has raised the bar on the quality of headphones on the market. The Powerbeats2 have strong bass, which non-bassheads might find unbalanced or un-natural.
In regards to design, the Powerbeats have an appealing look in the commonly known Beats color scheme: red, white or black. Since Apple recently bought Beats, they have released other colors to match the Apple Watch Sport Band colors. Despite the relaxed feel of the Powerbeats2 earbuds, they will not fall out of your ears, and they even let you easily hear your surroundings. By design, the eartips insert shallowly into the ear canal, which gives user superb comfort. Connecting with Bluetooth is very easy, and there are some helpful LEDs which indicate the pairing status as well as the battery level.
The adjustable hangers do a brilliant job for giving a customizable feel while holding the earbuds securely in place. You can shorten the cord resting behind your neck by using a cord management accessory which reduces cable bounce as you run.
- The rubber adjustable hangers keep earbuds from falling out
- The best and most powerful bass in the Bluetooth category
- The bass-centric sound signature isn’t for everyone
- Expensive, but worth every penny
Totally wireless earbuds will soon be flooding the headphone market, but for now, they are expensive. You might want to try out a budget pair to see how they work for you before grabbing a high-end model. SmartOmi is a great entry-level set. They are not the best sounding earbuds, but certainly, do the job for active people. These earbuds are fully cordless, stay securely in your ear thanks to wingtips, and waterproof with an IPX rating of PIX7 so they can withstand the rigors of even the most intense workouts.
If your Bluetooth earbuds don’t include a portable charging case, you should probably by an external battery charger, not just for charging your earbuds but your phone too.
1MORE produced one of the best earbuds under $100 – the 1More Triple Driver with Titanium drivers. Now they have made even more affordable Bluetooth earbuds, the iBfree. This model provides a crystal clear, natural sound. It sounds great and has a strong Bluetooth connection that sounds almost as good as wired headphones in the same price range. Along with smooth midrange and deep bass, the treble of iBfree is clear and detailed. Overall, the sound profile of iBfree is nice and balanced.
The earhooks are soft and provide an additional secure fit to keep the earbuds stable while you run.
The noise isolation is good with the included eartips, and given that these are sports earbuds, they have an excellent sweat resistant feature, long lasting cable and lightweight design. The inline remote includes a mic and buttons to control playback. The charging port is located on this inline remote making it easy to charge.
The Soundpeats Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds have been turning heads because of their ease of use and durable, high-quality design, as well as an affordable price tag. A simplistic design with controls located on the right earbud makes these Bluetooth earbuds great for both running and everyday use. Connecting with other Bluetooth devices is also a simple and quick process: just switch them on and then check your phone’s Bluetooth setting to pair.
Considering that these earbuds are designed for use in active situations, you generally would not expect them to have superb quality sound, but they are beyond impressive. The bass is very powerful, and you will enjoy listening to the Soundpeats so much that you might catch yourself going back to listen to your old, favorite songs again just to hear them with these new and improved headphones.
Though they look quite bulky, the angled nozzle design keeps the earbuds secure in your ears. The single short flat cable rarely causes microphonics, and it never gets a mess in your pockets.
- Decent sound with a push in bass for many kinds of music
- Limited Bluetooth range of about 10m that can be easily affected by barriers like stairs and walls
- Large, bulky design
The Adidas Sport Adistar by Monster is a comfortable and lightweight set of sport in-ear headphones. They sound good for Bluetooth headphones and have decent battery life. For the sound quality, the pair was put up against 2 popular, but pricey sets: Beats Wireless and Jaybird X2. The Adistar sounds less bassy than Beats and its sound is not as smooth and natural as the Jaybird X2. But certainly, the Adistar fits better and is more comfy and flexible.
These in-ear headphones are conveniently charged through an inline remote rather than through the earbud housings.
The Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 is a lightweight and small set of Bluetooth earbuds. Like most sport earbuds, The Go 2 earbuds have stabilizers and eartips. However, the stabilizers can be a problem because they are very soft, so if you don’t get the right size it is hard to get a secure fit.
In terms of sound quality, the Go 2 put out a loud, dynamic, full sound while still focusing on details and openness. The bass is punchy but significantly lost when you don’t get a proper in-ear seal from the eartips.
Pros: Included charging case lets you recharge them on the go
Cons: Lack of bass, may fall out, decent play time (approximately 4.5 hours)
Combining strong audio performance and sports features, the Jabra SPORT PACE is a great pair of earbuds. They boost the low-end, offer sweat-resistance and come with a great companion app called “Sport Life” to track distance, calories burned and pace. The hangers wrap around the ears to keep them secure in active situations.
Pros: Big bass, good clarity and low distortion at highs
Cons: the hangers may cause discomfort and you may struggle to find the right fit
The Photive PH-BTE70 comes with better features and whole new design. They look somewhat like Beats Powerbeats2 because of their bendable earhooks which help them cling to your ears and stay in place. Thanks to their small size and soft materials, using these earbuds will not cause any discomfort even after long workouts.
The sound clarity is remarkable, giving amazing acoustics and an ample baseline. These earbuds run on Bluetooth 4.0 so connecting to any device is quick and easy. While the battery can last up to 6 hours, charging them can take at least two hours if the battery is depleted. The Photive PH-BTE70 are also sweat-proof and water resistant so you can use them to workout in almost any condition.
- Beat’s audio performance for a quarter of the price
- Good noise isolation
- Peak volume is lower than comparable earbuds
- Tiny buttons make it difficult to control playback functions
If you like a totally cordless experience while running, the BÖHM S10 earbuds are a nice choice for their affordable price and secure fit. Designed for sports the BÖHM S10 include comfy earhooks and many eartips to give users the best fit.
These wireless earbuds have only 2.5 hours of battery life, though you can charge them on the go with the included carrying case which provides four full charges.
In terms of sound quality, they are average with a lack of detail and muffled treble. Overall the sound is fine for wireless Bluetooth headphones. Aside from use while exercising, they have an integrated mic which allows you to take high-quality calls and use them in everyday life.
One complaint is that they look big on your ears (with a size equal to Bose SoundSport Wireless), but the ergonomic design and lightweight ensure the earbuds will feel comfortable and won’t fall out even running vigorously.
- Completely cordless
- Short battery life
Buyers Guide: Running Earbuds
Get the right fit: Most sports Bluetooth earbuds have earhooks or bendable hangers to ensure you have a secure and comfortable fit. These additional parts either fit over the ear or fit on the outer the ear canal to keep earbuds from falling out.
Sound quality: The most interesting part of shopping for Bluetooth earbuds is the sound. They may sound balanced, natural or have explosive bass.
Rock-solid Bluetooth connection: Bluetooth signal can lag or get lost, but this technology has been making great improvements in recent years.
Long battery life: Average Bluetooth earbuds can last for 4 to 6 hours, some exceptionally good pairs have 8 hours play time.
Sweat-proofing and durability: The headphones should be specifically designed to endure rough conditions in a workout. Well-built Bluetooth earbuds can last for years thanks to a rugged cable and shock-resistance.
Sound leak vs noise isolation: Some Bluetooth earbuds are built in a sealed, in-ear style which won’t let ambient sound in. Others have an unsealed style, which doesn’t seal the sound in and are usually more comfortable than the sealed style
Pros To Bluetooth Earbuds
They Work As Headsets
All Bluetooth earbuds can double as a headset because they have a built-in microphone to capture your voice clearly. You can pick up and make calls easily at any time by simply pressing a button on the remote control.
The sound quality of earbuds is important, and so is Bluetooth connectivity. With a strong Bluetooth connection you can move around your room without connection loss, normally up to 30 feet. AptX has been utilized more in recent years. This means you not only connect more quickly and easily but benefit from the improved sound quality. According to Qualcomm, almost all of the best Bluetooth headphones on the market feature AptX, an innovative technology that provides CD-like quality audio over Bluetooth.
You Can Pair Your Bluetooth Earbuds With Multiple Devices Simultaneously
This way you can enjoy audio content from your laptop, and also make calls to your friends from your phone. When you want to switch back to the device you need to use, it’s as simple as a single tap.
Simply No Cable
If you wear wired earbuds to listen to music while you work out, you have probably experienced an awkward moment where you accidentally tugged your headphone cable while moving intensively. Additionally, the noise caused by the cable moving on your clothing, called microphonics, is annoying and bothersome. With wireless earbuds, you’ll never have to hassle with this again.
Wireless earbuds also became increasingly popular due to their affordable price. They have many handy features, Bluetooth sound is improving greatly every year, and they are easily portable. Many even incorporate smart features like tracking your distance, steps, heart rate, and oxygen consumption through companion apps.
What To Consider When Shopping
Whether you are running indoors or outdoors, when choosing a pair of Bluetooth earbuds you should consider noise isolating, secure fit and comfort. Sound quality and sound signature vary greatly between sets of wireless earbuds. It is up to you to pick a pair that fits your listening needs based on what music you prefer, and what environment you choose to use them in.
If you are on a strict budget, go for models like Photive PH-BTE70 or Soundpeat. They sound pretty good for the money but they may not be as durable as higher-end models. If you are a bass lover, go for Beat headphones. If you want a balanced sound signature and high-quality build, the JayBird X2 is a great pair.
You can choose running Bluetooth earbuds by their design and style. To keep earbuds snugly in the ear, look for a pair with earhooks or bendable hangers. Behind the neck Bluetooth headphones like those in the LG Tone series are very popular, but not all runners like them because of the band that wraps around the back of the neck.
In recent years, brands like Jabra, Sony, and Plantronics have been designing more headphones for sports. These Bluetooth earbuds with practical features like sweat-proof, waterproof, and shock-resistance attract both casual runners and professionals. They are also comfortable to wear and fit securely.
How frequently do you have to charge your gear? Most Bluetooth earbuds for running have 4 to 15 hours play time, so you would have to charge 3 or 4 time per week. Battery life also depends on how loud the music is played. You don’t have to wait too long for your headset to get charged. Many sets including the Jaybird X3 and Beats PowerBeats3 have a quick charge feature that enables charging of your headset in a matter of minutes.
Sound Quality Has Been Improved
Audio transferred over Bluetooth has to be compressed, and not all audio data is resolved and streamed by Bluetooth earbuds from your devices. In other words, Bluetooth earbuds fail to deliver the same audio quality as wired earbuds. That’s why most Bluetooth sets are labeled for sports rather than for audiophiles. The sound is good, but not perfect. Wireless technology has made great advances in recent years and now offer a fuller, richer sound. Some pairs can deliver clear, detailed sound with crisp bass, bright highs and a mellow mid-range.
A Variety of Designs
The cleanest design for a Bluetooth set is 2 earbuds that are linked via a short cable with controls located on either the earbud or an inline remote. For a secure fit, audio makers usually design earbuds with earhooks or hangers made of soft silicone. Eartips come in a variety of designs as well. Make sure to try all included eartips to find the best, most secure fit that allows you to enjoy great noise isolation and sound quality.