If you enjoy listening to your favorite music or podcasts as you run, then you already know how troublesome earphone cables can get during your workout. You would certainly prefer to focus on running rather than spending time untangling or tucking away cables. That is where Bluetooth headphones excel, by giving you the freedom of a hassle-free listening experience and convenience. But picking a right pair among tons of duds is tough, and there is only a few that always fit and sound above par. Here 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 most of them are not totally cordless, there is a short cable/headband attached to 2 earbuds.
Six things to consider before you look to buy wireless Bluetooth earbuds for jogging, working out.
- Get the right fit: Most sports Bluetooth earbuds have earhooks/earfins or bendable hangers to ensure you have a secure and comfortable fit. These additional parts either fit over the ear or hit just outer the ear canal to keep earbuds from falling out.
- Sound quality: the most interesting part when you are shopping for Bluetooth earbuds, they may sound balanced, natural or explosive bass.
- Rock-solid Bluetooth connection: your body is almost made of water and it doesn’t play well with Bluetooth signal, which sometimes causes connection loss or lag.
- Long battery life: Average Bluetooth earbuds can last for 4 to 6 hours, some exceptionally have 8 hours play time.
- Sweat-proofing and durability: the headphones should be specifically designed to endure the rough conditions in workout. Well-build Bluetooth earbuds can last for years with the rugged cable and shock-resistance.
- Sound leak vs noise isolation: Some Bluetooth earbuds has sealed in ear style, which don’t let the ambient sound in, but other have unsealed style, which eartips don’t seal the sound in and in most cases they are more comfortable than the sealed style.
Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Running
|Jaybird BlueBuds X3||In ear, earhooks||Quick charge, Mic, Bluetooth, wingtips, Clip||4/5||$130 on Jaybird website|
|Bose SoundSport Wireless||In ear, earhooks||Bluetooth, Mic, bi-flange eartips||3.5/5||$149|
|Plantronics BackBeat Fit||Behind the head, over ear||Bluetooth, Mic, Sweat-Proof||3.8/5||$78.88|
|Beats Powerbeats2||Unsealed in ear, Adjustable Hangers||Bluetooth, Mic, hangers||4/5, Enhanced Bass||$119.99|
|SmartOmi Boots Mini
||In ear, earhooks||Completly wireless, mic|| Decent
*Price updated on 07/22/2016
The recently launched Jaybird X3 wireless earbuds that fit better and sound better, currently is the top choice among Bluetooth sports earbuds.
The Jaybird X3 still maintains the same balance sound profile as its predecessor, the X2, but its bass is more punchy and solid. Though, the X3 is not over loaded with a plenty of bass as many Beat headphones are. 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 redesigns the in-line control, making it little bigger, but the buttons are responsive and intuitive. The inline control from previous models accumulate users’ sweat and is more likely to break, so Jaybird changed it standard micro USB charging to four pin docking system, I guess the additional clip for charging will add more tasks or trouble if you lose it.
- Decent battery life, quick charge.
- Enough bass while still keep the sound balanced.
- Not good at instruments separation
- Require an additional clip for charging
The wired Bose SoundSport earbuds has been applaused by a lot of sport lovers by both fitness features and audio performance. This model now goes wireless, now called the Bose SoundSport Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds. It is slightly more comfortable to wear than Jaybird X3, but its sound isn’t better.
The Hear+ tips work the same as other Bose’s headphones like Bose QC20. Those tips fit securely with a soft wing and allow you to hear the surroundings so you don’t miss the moment when you run outdoor.
The SoundSport Wireless has a decent battery, up to 6 hours for playback. If you buy the addtional charging case, it can provide 18 hours of listening time.
- Good sound for a sport headphone
- Fit securely and comfortaby
- The earbud housings are large, so it looks noticecably on your ear.
The Plantronics BackBeat Fit is an exercise focused and pleasant sounding wireless earbuds that has a rugged design to handle the most intensive workouts. It includes an armband smartphone holder, which makes it the ideal earphone for running or biking. It also provides a generally satisfying sound profile, with a mild, clear bass. Nevertheless, it is not very comfortable for everyday use outside the gym.
Available in either electric blue or neon blue, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit is ruggedized and sweat proof with an innovative P2i coating. It uses the in-ear style earbuds though it does not come with extra ear tips. However, the pair of eartips included can be rotated either up or down so as to enhance the fit.
The BackBeat Fit has not been designed to isolate fully external noise-the eartips are less intrusive into the ear, which is not a bad thing for any headphones you may use while jogging to ensure you are always aware of your environment. However, this lack of sufficient noise isolation means that these earbuds do not have the best bass thump, but they do a good job. You get a pleasantly balanced mixture of sound that does not restrict any sounds to the background and keeps you engaged all through as you listen.
- No cord, lightweight and comfortable
- Flexible build
- If you love lots of bass for your earphones, then the BackBeat Fit is not for you.
- The BackBeat Fit also gets uncomfortable after extended use. The headband is flexible but you can’t adjust its length and it does flop a bit as you run.
- Average battery life, 4-5 hours
You have to give credit where it is due, and 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 have enhanced the overall quality of the headphones being produced. The Powerbeats2, therefore, comes with a strong bass, which some may find it sounds unbalanced and un-natural.
In regards to design, the Powerbeats have an appealing look in the commonly known Beats color scheme – red, white or black (recently Apply has released other models to match Apple Watch Sport Band colors). Despite the relaxed feel of the Powerbeats2 earbuds, they do not fall out of the ears, and they even let you easily hear your environment better. By the design, the eartips follows a shallow insertion 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 a cord management accessory, reducing the cable bouncing as you run.
- The rubber adjustable hangers never let earbuds from falling out
- The best and most powerful bass in Bluetooth category.
- Audio has been shifted towards the bass side, with little high-mid sound. The sound signature, Bass-Centric isn’t for everyone
- Pricey, the price is also a bit steep for a Bluetooth earphone, but it is justified in the high quality you are getting.
There are too totally wireless earbuds that will soon flood the market. But they are expensive, and you may want to try out a budget pair to see how it works for your running, before grabbing high-end models. SmartOmi is your attemping entry-level set. They are not the best sounding earbuds, but they certainly do the job for active people. At first they are fully cordless and waterproof (IPX7), the feature designed to withstand the rigors of working out. The Boots also stayed put in your ears with wingtips and particular design of housings.
Still Not Convinced? Here are the others
A round-the-neck Bluetooth headphone is not a bad idea, when you pick a set for running. I would recommend Samsung Level U, that works pretty nice to keep the buds stay in and deliver good audio quality.
Jaybird BlueBuds X2
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 the natural sounding signature. Actually it sounds good for a Bluetooth headphone and is comfortable to wear. Though the X2 looks almost identical to the Bluebuds X, it has improved in design, cable and features and got more refined sound than its predecessor.
The Jaybird BlueBuds X2 offers a sweat resistance and secure fit that makes it one of the most suitable Bluetooth sets for runners. A single cord connects the two earbuds and is designed to rest behind your neck so as to give you a more secure fit and less noise caused by cable bouncing, the length of the cord can be adjusted by a included cord shortening accessory. Work as a headset, the Jaybird BlueBuds X2 has an inbuilt inline remote–3 buttons and mic for controlling your volume, music and also handling any calls. 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. It comes with a wide array of of eartips and earhooks to ensure you have snug and comfortable fit.
While most sports headphones either lack clarity or have a heavy bass, the X2 has the balanced sound profile, but it is not really for bass lovers. In addition to natural sounding, with these particular Bluetooth earbuds, 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 stays on with rare hiccup or Bluetooth 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 of a longer battery time that will likely cover your four times a week without fail. A voice prompt also tells you whether you are connected and the amount of battery remaining.
The more tight it fits, the greater sound you can get. As nature of in ear headphones, you have to get proper fit in order to obtain designer’s target sound and good bass response. And due to its design, that doesn’t allow the ambient sound to leak in.
- Comfortable and snug fit with earhooks (earfins), these parts fit outer ear canals while eartips fit into the ear canal for noise isolation
- Decent sound for a Bluetooth headphone
- Free replacement eartips, a nice travel pouch
- 8 hours of battery
- Despite the high sound quality and a remarkable battery life, some people may find the Jaybird BlueBuds X2 a bit costly.
- The left and right earbuds have not been labelled.
1MORE iBFree Bluetooth Earbuds
1more produced one of the best earbuds under $100 – 1More Triple Driver with Titanium drivers, now they have affordable Bluetooth earbuds, the iBfree, which are able to provide crystal clear sounds, natural sound. It sound goods and has strong Bluetooth connection. As most Bluetooth have narrow frequency response, the iBfree sounds nearly comparable to the wired headphones in the price range. Along with mooth midrange and deep bass, the treble of iBfree is clear and detailed. Overall, the sound profile of iBfree is pretty balanced.
Earhooks is soft and providing additional secure fit to keep the earbuds stable while you run.
The noise isolation is good with eartips, given it is a sports earphone, it has excellent sweat resistant feature, long lasting cable and lightweight. The remote control includes mic and volume buttons and the charing port located right on this inline making it easily to charging.
For Budget Buyers: Soundpeats Qy7 Mini Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Earbuds
The Soundpeats Qy7 has been turning heads with its 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 was employed in these Bluetooth earbuds to make them great for both running and regular 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 to be more athletic, you generally would not anticipate them to have superb quality sound, but they are beyond impressive. The bass is also very powerful, and you will enjoy listening to the Soundpeats Qy7 so much so that you will start rescanning your old songs to experience them afresh.
Though it looks quite bulky, the angled nozzle design and its lightweight keep earbuds stay well in the ear. The single short flat cable represents low microphonics, and it never gets 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.
- Quite big
- You will need to download lossless files instead of mp3’s for better sound quality.
Monster Adidas Sport Adistar (reviewed in April 2016)
The Monster Adidas Sport Adistar is a comfortable and lightweight sport in ear headphones. It sounds good for Bluetooth and has a decent battery life. For the sound quality, the pair was put up against 2 popular, but pricey sets, the Beats Wireless and Jaybird X2. The Adistar sounds with less bass than Beats and its sound is not as smooth and natural as X2. But certainly, the Adistar fit better and is more comfy and flexible.
The in ear headphones is conveniently charged through inline remote rather than from earbuds housing.
Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Bluetooth Earphones
The Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 is a lightweight and small Bluetooth earbuds. Like most sport earbuds, The Go 2 has stabilizers and eartips. However, the stabilizers can be a problem, it is too soft so that if you don’t get the right size, it is hard to work for secure fit.
In terms of sound quality, the G0 2 play loud and dynamic, it represent full sound, but still absolutely catch up details and openness. Bass is punchy but significantly lost when you don’t get proper seal.
Pros: Included charging case let you recharge them on the go.
Cons: Lack of bass, may fall out, decent play time (approximately 4.5 hours)
Jabra SPORT PACE Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Combined strong audio performance and sports features, the Jabra SPORT PACE is a great pair. It boosts the low-end, offer sweat-resistance and is well-synced with companion app- Sport Life App to track distance, calories burned as well as pace. I like the hangers, which wraps around my ears.
Pros: Big bass, good clarity and low distortion at highs.
Cons: the hangers may cause discomfort and you may struggle to adjust the right fit.
Mpow Cheetah Blue
The Cheetah Blue is a budget-friendly Bluetooth for both runners and cycling enthusiasts. It takes 2 hours for a fully charge, and it can stream music up to 5 hours. The play time can vary from 4 to 5 hours depending the volume level. The Mpow Cheetah doen’t sound muddy as we would think for a budget set, but over all ranges we can notice the decent clarity and rumbling bass. We did impress with its pleasant sound, and considering its secure, comfortable fit, it is one of the best budget sports wireless earbuds out there.
Pros: Mpow is a lightweight, water-resistant sport earbuds, and it sounds good enough for the price. Supported by Bluetooth 4.1, it is easy to pair with any devices with Bluetooth support.
Cons: Controls are tiny and hard to press. The rubberized hangers may not be the style you like or feel comfortable with.
Photive PH-BTE70 Bluetooth Earphones
The Photive PH-BTE70 comes with better features and a whole new design–look somewhat like Beats Powerbeats2 with bendable hangers. Due to their small size and also the use of soft materials, using these earbuds will not cause any discomfort after extended hours of constant use during and after your workout. Also, the bendable ear hook helps to cling on and offer more stability through vigorous activities and intense movements.
The sound clarity is pretty remarkable to produce the best acoustics with an ample baseline. It runs on the latest Bluetooth 4.0 for ease of pairing with any device. While the battery can last up to 6 hours, charging them can take at least two hours if the battery is depleted. Also, the Photive PH-BTE70 is sweat-proof and water resistant to offer desirable durability.
- You get about 70% of Beat’s audio performance for a quarter price.
- Good noise isolation
- The small earbuds of the Photive PH-BTE70 may not offer the loudest sound compared to other Bluetooth earbuds.
- Also, the small surface area of the earbuds means that it is easy to press the wrong button when you want to either add or reduce the volume or go to the next track.
BÖHM S10 Wireless Earbuds
If you like totally cordless experience while running, The BÖHM S10 is a nice choice for its affordable price and secure fit. Designed for sports the BÖHM S10 includes comfy earhooks with various sizse to give users the best fit. The wireles earbuds sells for $79.99, while other like the the Dash and Earin are expensive (over $200) and they are not really for running.
The wireless earbuds have only 2.5 hours battery life, though you can charge them throughout the day on the go with carrying case, which can provide four full charges.
In terms of sound quality, it sounds average with lack of details and muffled treble. Overall its sound is fine for a wireless Bluetooth headphone. Aside from using for running, the S10 integrates mic, allowing you can take calls, which have decent call quality.
The headphones look big on your ears (its size is equal to Bose SoundSport Wireless), everyone will see it when you hit for a run, but the ergonomic design and lightweight ensure the earbuds won’t fall out, and they will sit comfortable even running vigorously.
- Completely cordless
- Short battery life
Why It’s The Best Time To Buy Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds? And How to Choose Wireless Earbuds For Running
They Work As Headsets
All Bluetooth earbuds can work as a headset, they have built-in microphones, which is positioned at the right place and is able to capture your voice clearly. So you pick up and make calls easily any time by pressing a button on the remote-control. The mic was tested by taking calls both though apps and dial numbers.
Wide Bluetooth Working Range
Sound quality of earbuds is important, so is Bluetooth connectivity. You can move along your room without connection loss, normally 30 foot. The working range was tested by moving a way from phones or paired devices.
You Can Pair Your Bluetooth Earbuds Up To 2 Devices Simultaneously
You can enjoy audio content from your laptop, also can make call with your friends from your phones. Any time when you want to switch back to the device you need to use, it’s simple just by a single tap.
Simply No Cable, Not Really
If you wear wired earbuds to listen music while you work out, probably you have experienced an awkward moment that you accidentally tug your headphone cable when you are performing intensively. Additionally, you still hear the noise caused by cable–microphonics. No more with wireless earbuds. Wireless earbuds also became increasingly popular due to their affordable price. Incorporated a lot of handy features and improved sound over Bluetooth, they are easy to carry on. If you are not really concerned about the sound quality, but you may be interested other practical features for sports like tracking your distance, your heart rate and oxygen consumption through companion apps, the Jabra SPORT PULSE work brilliantly for that purpose, unfortunately its sound quality turns out to be mediocre.
Whether you are running outdoor or outdoor, when choosing a pair of Bluetooth earbuds, you would consider the noise isolating by eartips, secure fit and comfort. The most tricky part is sound quality, it is up to the sound signature you prefer, heavy and powerful bass, natural or balanced sounding. If you are on strict budget, go for models like Photive PH-BTE70 or Soundpeat, though they sound pretty good for the money but they may be not durable and the chance you have to replace them after several months is very likely. If you are a bass lovers, simply go for Beat headphones, otherwise the JayBird X2 is a great pair for its balanced sound signature and well-built quality.
You can choose running Bluetooth earbuds by their design and style. To keep earbuds stay snugly in the ear, you can choose earhooks, or bendable hangers. Behind the neck Bluetooth headphones like LG Tone series are very popular, but not all runners like them.
When you run outdoors, to avoid the connectivity issues like audio lagged or Bluetooth connection drop, it’d be better to trap your phone to your arm. You can also use Spibelt to keep your phone and other stuffs.
Recent years, a lot more headphones designed for sports have been made by famous in audio world like Jabra, Sony, Plantronics. These Bluetooth earbuds with practical features like sweat-proof, waterproof, shock-resistance attracts both for casual runners and professionals. They are also comfortable to wear and fit snugly, and whether or not they provide good noise isolation here are something more you would want to know about:
Battery Is Good
How frequently do you have to charge your gears? Most Bluetooth earbuds for running today have 4 to 15 hours play time, so 3 or 4 time per week. The battery life also depends on how loud the music is played. The longest play time is about 8 hours. You don’t have to wait too long for your headset getting charged, quick charging feature now enables charging your headset in a matter of minutes (X3 and Beat PowerBeats3 have this feature) to provide one hour of use.
Sound Quality Has Been Slightly Improved
Wire or wireless sound? Audio transferred over Bluetooth has to be compressed, and not all of audio data are resolved and streamed by Bluetooth earbuds from your devices. In other words, they miss to deliver the audio quality as wired earbuds do with fuller sound. That’s why most of them are labeled for sports rather than for audiophiles–their sound doesn’t impress to audiophiles or critical listeners. However, wireless earbuds today sound quality has been better, offering a fuller, richer sound. Some pairs can deliver clear, detailed sound with crisp bass. Bright high and mellow mid-range are probably achievable among these pair. If you look for the most balance pair, go for Jay Bird X2. In the near future, hopefully Bluetooth could deliver better sound quality and fuller bandwidth so we can enjoy the true music.
AptX has been ultilized for better audio performance, but is is till un-known how well the sound get better. According to Qualcomm, almost best Bluetooth headphones on the market feature AptX, an innovative technology that provide CD-like quality audio over Bluetooth.
A Variety of Design
The cleanest design for a Bluetooth set is 2 earbuds are linked via a short cable, and controls are located on either R-earbuds or inline. For secure fit, audio makers have different approaches, the most common way they supply the earhooks made by soft silicon. You can find the hangers, rubber loop or a band, either way is not always comfortable.
They are comfortable to wear and fit securely into your ears
If the eartips don’t properly fit, you will lose that quality audio. Always remember choosing the right size of tips and earhooks. Those earbuds are not limitted for running, you can use it for cycling, weight lifting as well.
Which form of Bluetooth earbuds for running do you like please leave your comment below! Which pair will be lagging behind the competion please check back!
Updated on on 10/28/2016 by Le Dung, the contributor to WearableInear-Audio