Last Updated July, 2017: We’ve added selections for best all-around wireless running, exercise, and workout headphones. This list includes new details and the entire list includes headphones that don’t easily fall out.
Our Favorites: Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless
Best For Hardcore Athletes: Jabra Sport Pulse and Sport Coach Special Edition
Best Overall: Bose SoundSport Wireless
Best for the Budget: Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless
Best Fitting (and Most Comfortable): Decibullz Custom-Fit Wireless
Best Designed (Around $100): Jaybird X3
Best Audio Quality: BTS Pro by 66 Audio
Standard headphones, like the ones that come with your iPhone, work fine — they’re just not great for exercising. They aren’t sweat-proof, they have sensitive components (microphone, speaker, accelerometer) that are vulnerable to perspiration, and they’re prone to dying prematurely. The answer? Selecting the best wireless running headphones.
Sport headphones add a new dimension to your workout. They are light, have a comfortable and secure fit, and can handle the buckets of salty perspiration your dome dishes out. So whether you’re lifting weights, running or doing a total body workout, it’s time to swap out your basic buds for something better.
How We Tested: Over the last few months I’ve tested all of the sport headphones below. My runs range between four to six miles on average and take place either along NYC’s East River Path or the NJ suburbs where I grew up. I’m not a professional by any stretch — just a guy who’s been running consistently (three to five times per week) for the last 10+ years. And for me, running with music is vital. If you have any questions you can reach out to me a [email protected].