No matter your skill level, exercising or running with your favorite music or podcast is an ethereal experience—which calls for the right headphones. When selecting the perfect workout headphones, you must consider your budget, style preference (whether you like wireless earbuds or over-ear options), and priorities such as noise-cancelling and battery life.
We browsed thousands of customer reviews to find eight workout headphones that come highly recommended by Amazon shoppers. Whether you prefer powerful sound or a lightweight feel, these babies were made with fitness enthusiasts in mind. The best news? All of our picks feature Bluetooth capabilities so you're fiddling less with wires and focused more on your sweat session and goals.
Here are the best workout headphones of 2021, according to reviewers:
Garnering over 3,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, these wireless headphones from Jaybird appear to be an all-around favorite of fitness enthusiasts. Several reviewers praise how well they remain in the ear canal during some of the most vigorous exercise. You can even customize the sound profile based on the type of music you're listening to in the Jaybird app for a truly personalized experience.
Complete with a microphone for taking calls on the go, these ultra-affordable Bluetooth headphones are designed to be comfortable while working out. With a five-star average rating, these headphones run on a 10-hour battery life and last through a number of workouts from mountain biking to running. They even have reflective cables for nighttime safety. At only $35, these headphones give you the most bang for your buck.
With over 37,000 five-star ratings, these Powerbeats earphones ensure a comfortable, music-enhanced workout. Sweat- and water-resistant, these earphones were made for hours of training in any climate, with little to no slippage. Reviewers have made it clear that they're worth every penny for the quality and ease of use and are "pretty much perfect."
Made for tough workouts, these over-the-ear headphones have a whopping 35 hours of playback time on a single charge. Despite their bulky appearance, they're actually incredibly lightweight and provide the security you're looking for in over-ear headphones. Complete with active noise-cancelling, you can use them at both the gym and the office to help cut down on noisy outside distractions. These will easily be the most versatile headphones you own.
With over 8,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, these noise-cancelling headphones truly get the job done. Users have mentioned they can't hear anything outside of the headphones including outside music, conversations, or even a noisy 9-year-old. The convertible style allows for major security while working out and convenience for travel. Running for 16 hours on a single charge, these headphones are sure to please.
Complete with heart rate monitoring, these Bose headphones were made for cardio lovers. With a 6-hour battery life per charge, these headphones are the perfect companion on long runs and hikes and the sweat resistance prevents slippage when the weather heats up. Available in a multitude of colors, you don't have to sacrifice style for function.
Great for surviving super sweaty workouts, rainy runs, and days on the mountain (yep, they're great for skiing and snow sports, too), these headphones have a nano-coating that protects the earbuds and charging case from moisture damage. They last 6 hours on a single charge, and some reviewers have gone as far as to call these headphones a "miracle," a more affordable AirPods alternative, and incredibly waterproof (to the point someone even tested them in the shower!).
Want to run with music but don't want to miss out on the ambient sounds around you? Look no further than headphones with bone conduction technology—and this pair, in particular, is a staple among runners, raking in over 10,000 five-star ratings on Amazon. They channel music through your cheekbones to keep your ears open for maximum spacial awareness—making them great for nighttime jogs, forest runs, and biking. Reviewers appreciate that music sounds amazing through these headphones and that they stay put through a variety of workouts.
To buy: AfterShokz Titanium Bone Conduction Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, from $80; amazon.com
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