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Best Waterproof Earbuds You Can Buy in 2018 | Reviews and Comparison

Waterproof Earbuds/Earphones Review

Why Buy Waterproof Earbuds (In-Ear Headphones)?

It is not often that you can use your headphones for sports like swimming or running in the rain. We’ve rounded up our top picks for waterproof in-ear headphones with attention to IP rating (waterproof protection, discussed in more detail below), price, style, battery life and features.


LEOPHILE EEL IP67 Waterproof Sports Neckband

Check Current Price | Release date: 2016 | Style: Around the neck, in-ear | Play Time: 10 hours | Bluetooth: 4.1 | IPX rating: 67

Around the neck headphones might not be the style you like, but if you once get a set like LG Tone you’ll know why they’re so popular.

The LEOPHILE EEL headphones are sweat and water-resistant with a high waterproof rating of IP67. You can have EEL on for a number of sports including wake boarding or surfing and you can even take shower with them. The neck band is very flexible and comfortable so it contours nicely around anyone’s neck so it is suitable for any sport. The neck band also has room to retract the cord from the earbuds so you can adjust the length of the cord.

Bragi The Dash Pro

Bragi The Dash Pro with Alexa
Bragi The Dash Pro


No cable, no band and fully waterproof. These truly wireless earbuds got a big upgrade from previous versions. This is a multi-purpose device which can work with the iTranslate app for real-time translation conversations.

STH30 Waterproof Earbuds (Not For Swimming)

With elegant design, decent sound quality for the price along with waterproof feature, the STB30 is a nice choice for runners or even audiophiles who just wants to change a bit how they listen music.

Sony Waterproof earbuds with L-shaped jack

Style: in ear | Bluetooth: No | IPX rating: 57

The STH30 is a special in ear set of Sony, while almost Android phone manufacturers have their in ear headphones with competitive sound quality.

At the first look, we can deny that STH30’s design was influenced pretty much from Apple earbuds, with rounded housing and filter position. It is simple yet stylish. The diaphragm is waterproof hosting by housings with flashy metal on the back, highlighting it on the black theme.  The Play button is aluminum, other buttons (-,+) are plastic and quite hard to press. Sony didn’t invest much on their cable, they appear to be thin and easy to get tangled.

Aimed to portability, compatible with Android, iOS users. The inline controls include 2 buttons for controlling volume and play button. But only the Play button work with iPhone và iPad Air for Androi devices they all are compatible.

The STH30 is the waterproof earbuds, rated with IPX score IP57 (still work after submersing in water at 1 meter depth in 30 seconds), so you can run with this gear under in the light rain (possibly It won’t damage under the heavy rain). All volume level, the STH30 can surpass much outside noise at reasonable volume level.

You can use these earbuds as a headset, mic provide the clear and detailed voice call quality. It is also comfortable to wear, fit well and won’t hurt your ear after long listening session.

Considering the price point, the STH30 sounds great. Compared to Apple earbuds also with non-sealed style, which don’t require users to jam earbuds into ear. The bass of STH30 is deep and solid and moderately defined, but not powerful or over-whelmed, slightly better than CX300II. For music genes like Rock/Metal with fast rhythm, the STH30 seems not to catch up the tunes. The mid-range of STH30 is smooth, and put a little bit focus on this range. You will certainly feel the full range present.

Currently the STH30 is a bit more expensive than EarPods, but with slightly better sound quality and dust resistance and waterproof you would consider for STH30 for their features. Again, one size doesn’t fit all, the STH30 may not fit well in your ears. If you have large ears, loosen fit and bass loss possibly happens. Well, it is minor, nice, rich sound and waterproof are all you need for your jogging.


Waterproof earbuds in ear headphones come with a lot of eartips

Swimbuds are fully waterproof, in-ear headphones (IPX8) that let you swim in water less than 10 feet deep while listening to music. The included tri-flange earbud tips are comfortable and work excellent to prevent water from getting in the housing. The short cords do not restrict movement in the water and the provided loop (earhooks) go over your ear for an extra secure fit. The Swimbuds sound great for a swimming earbud.

Swimbuds 100% Waterproof Headphones
Swimbuds 100% Waterproof Headphones






Since it is a wired in ear headphones you also need a waterproof MP3 player to plug into. Our recommendation is the Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Swimbuds Bundle, or you must coat your device with waterproof nano material.

Swimbuds Fit and Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Bundle (Gold)
Swimbuds and iPod Waterproof Bundle

Another alternative is the Waterproof Walkman NWZ-W273S which is a combination of MP3 player (4 GB internal storage) and headphones. You can use 2 meter deep under water.

4 GB Waterproof Sports MP3 Player
Fully Waterproof Sony Walkman NWZW273S

Be careful! Water-resistant and waterproof are different terms many companies use to fool consumers. To spot the difference look for the IP rating.

IP rating

The first thing you need to look for when buying waterproof earbuds is the International Protection Rating (IP). You could see something like IP67, IP68. What does that mean?

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) issues the standard for degree of protection of the electrical devices, provided by their enclosures.

The first number in the rating score shows the the degree of protection of the earbuds against the entry of solid object like dust, particles. The rating is in the range from 0 to 6 for degree of protection.

The second number shows the degree of protection of earbuds against the entry of moisture. The rating is in the range from 0 to 8 for the degree of protection.

Sometimes you see the first number replaced by an “X”, that means the rating has not been evaluated yet. For example, the Swimbuds with IPX8 are protected in water over 3 feet.

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