The Very Best Headphones for Working Out

Have you, like me, griped through a run (and even cut it short) because your headphones were the Worst Workout Buddy Ever? Uncomfortable in the ear, or audibly fuzzy, or just...a meh knockoff you never should have bought in the first place? 

No worries. SwearBy’s brilliant editors are here with some hard core workout-tested headphones that actually (yep) work. Get ready to slay.

Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones - Black

My husband has these in-ear headphones in white and is completely obsessed with them—and from the sound of it, Bianca D’Agostino is, too. “They’re incredibly clear, are very high quality, and are not too flashy,” she says, noting that she’s had them about a year. “They’re great to work out in (they have an insane battery life) and I have never had an issue with them falling out (thanks to the adjustable strappy-thing in the back). The two negatives is that your phone does need to be nearby while you’re working out due to bluetooth connection, and after several hours of wearing them (5+) they can be a little uncomfortable.” Thankfully, we don’t see any five hour workouts in our future. 

Bose Smart Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

If you thought big ole headphones were too big to work out in, think again. “I used to think over-the-ear headphones were clunky, but I’m fully on board with Bose 700s,” says Rachel Sylvester. “The noise-cancellation makes my morning commute so much less stressful, and I love that I can run with them on (unlike my earbuds, which would always fall out mid-workout).” Plus, they’re Bose…inarguably one of the top brands for acoustic greatness. Cue the Mozart. 

Jaybird X4 Headphones

If Bluetooth capability is a must for you, consider these bad boys. “Here I am, rocking my Jaybirds!” says Maria Pedone. “These headphones will never, ever fall out—whether I’m running, hiking, cycling, you name it, they’re in the workout just as much as I am.” We love that they’re fourth generation—i.e. Time tested and improved—and that you can customize your fit. Did we mention they’re waterproof? Get out there and “get it” on those rainy days, y’all. 

Rowkin Bit - True Wireless Earbuds

When Evelyn Frison called these Bluetooth low-energy earbuds with 15 hours of stereo music per charge “Life. Changing. Especially if you work out / run.” Our ears perked up, literally. “This isn’t the exact model I have, but similar. I love these headphones and it’s changed my workouts and my commute. They look nicer than the iphone earbuds too.” Check ‘em out fast—they’re on sale for less than half price as of press time. 

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

Once you go wireless, you’ll never go back,” says Caroline Schiff. (She’s not wrong, BTW.) These weather-resistant numbers are her fave. “The sound is great and I’m not getting tangled with the wires as I go. Water resistant is a must as well, and they last for up to 6 hours! If you’re running for more than six hours….well, we need to talk!” Katie Rydell raves over them, too, calling them “the only wireless headphones that stay in my ears and are comfortable.” Sign. Me. Up.

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