Best Workout Headphones 2020 (for GYM, Exercise, & Running)

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Michael Gray

Michael Gray

Michael has been writing about consumer technology for over a decade. He usually writes about headphones & other gadgets.
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In a hurry…

…and cannot wait to buy an awesome pair of headphones for running, exercise or gym then these are the best picks for you selected by us…

Many of the times, you have seen your favorite athlete or your fitness icon wears a pair of headphones for their workout.

There are too many distractions when one starts to do the workout. Notably, in gyms, there are lots of noise like loud grunts of your fellow gym members, clanks of weight plates and dumbells, and many more which detract from your workout.

Therefore, a great pair of workout headphones is a must who takes their workout passionately.

Not all the workout headphones are ideal for a workout. Certain qualities have to take care of while picking up the right pair of workout headphones.

Those qualities can be listed as:

  • How long is the battery life?
  • Are they sweat/water resistant?
  • How is the sound quality?
  • Is there any built-in mic?
  • Is it lightweight and comfortable?

We will justify all the above questions with every workout headphones we have chosen for you to make your workout as pleasant as possible.

Let’s get started…

1. JayBird X3 (Best Workout Headphone)

Jaybird is a well-known and popular brand among athletes and fitness freaks. The Jaybird X3 provides world-class comfort without sacrificing sound quality.

These are the neckband-style headphones and look similar to its previous version Jaybird X2. The headphones come with various fitting options with different sizes, foam and silicone tips, a shirt clip, and two cable-shortening clips. You can shorten the length of the cable or drape down in front of your neck using the cable management clips. 

Jaybird provides Bluetooth 4.1 to the X3, and you can connect two devices simultaneously with a range of up to 30 feet. Even two pairs of Jaybird’s X3 can be paired with a single source of audio, so both of you and your friend can enjoy the music together.

The sound quality is quite exceptional. Lows are a little bit of high sounding, but it’s helpful during the workout. Mids are decent, but it gives more significance to bass and less importance to vocals. Highs are not awful. Instead, it will make your music experience cheerful.

Jaybird also has its app named MySound app, available on both iOS and Android. Through this app, you can customize the EQ settings, you can personalize the sound profile as the extra bass, and lighter treble depend on your music taste. 

An exciting feature of this app is “Find my buds.” Using GPS technology, you can track your earbuds at any time; you don’t have to spend time looking for your headphones. 

There are two volume buttons, one power button, a microphone, and an LED indicator. A red light indicates when it’s in charging and turns green when fully charged. Press the power button for 4 seconds to turn on or off the X3. To accept the call, short press the power button, and to decline the request, press the power button for 1 second. You can also redial the number by double press the power button.

These headphones have a modest battery life up to 8 hours of continuous play on a moderate volume. This could be enough for someone but maybe a little bit shorter who likes the long sessions throughout the day. You’ll also get a quick charge of 20 min, which lasts up to 1 hour of playtime.


  • Multipoint Bluetooth v4.1
  • Compatible Profiles: Handsfree, Headset, A2DP, AVRCP, SPP
  • 13 g in weight
  • 20 Hz frequency response
  • 16 ohms impedance
  • Wireless range up to 10 m
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • Up to 110 hours of standby time
  • 2.5 hours of charging time
  • Built-in microphone


  • Ability to pair with two devices simultaneously
  • Comfortable and fit
  • Long battery life
  • Sweat and dust-proof
  • Water-resistant


  • Proprietary charging clip
  • No noise-canceling

2. Plantronics BackBeat FIT 500

Plantronics regularly provides one of the best connectivity. Even the more expensive headphones can’t compete with the Plantronics when it comes to decent connectivity.

It may look like a cheap headphone on the first look, but they are notably comfortable and lightweight. The top band of the headphone does not fold, which means it can’t be slimmed down to a portable form. The cushioning is provided on the top of the band, but it takes a few days to get used to it.

The Backbeat FIT 500 pairs instantly, and has a range up to 10 m without any issue of connectivity. You can also connect two devices simultaneously for a better experience.

The ear cups can swivel 180 degrees. On the right earcup, you’ll find a power switch, an LED indicator, and a button for receiving and declining phone calls. The left earcup of the headphone has a micro USB charging port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and the volume rockers.

The sound experience is not as expected but decent enough considering the price. The lows perform well for casual listening but might not be enough for a workout. The headphones struggle with the mids, and treble tones lack sometimes.

BackBeat FIT 500 is IP67 certified, which means they are fully waterproof, and hence, can be immersed in water up to 1 m for half-an-hour. The P2i military-grade nano-coating is used which makes the entire headphone fully waterproof.  

Plantronics claims the 18-hours long battery life in their Backbeat FIT 500 model. And, it holds as we have tested with playing music at different volume levels, some phone calls and switching connections between different devices. Unfortunately, we thought of USB-C charging, but that’s not a big issue as compared to its price.


  • Closed-back on-ear design
  • 40 mm drivers
  • Multipoint Bluetooth v4.1
  • Compatible Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
  • 155 g in weight
  • 50 – 20,000 Hz frequency response
  • 92 dB/SPL sensitivity
  • 32 ohms impedance
  • Wireless range up to 10 m
  • Up to 18 hours of playtime
  • Up to 20 days of standby time
  • 1.5 hours of charging time
  • Wideband-enabled mic


  • Strong Sound Quality
  • iOS, Android and Windows compatible
  • Great battery life 
  • Sweat-resistant
  • Affordable


  • Less durable
  • Outdated design

3. Bose SoundSport Free

SoundSport Free provides one of the best secure fit irrespective of the bulky build, due to the StayHear+ ear tips. The IPX4 certified headphones can withstand sweaty workouts and water sports, but they cannot be submerged. Regardless of its plastic build material, the headphones are durable. 

Bose SoundSport Free headphones are big headphones as compared to other true wireless pair of headphones. They’re loosely sitting on the ears which may be knocked out quickly if you don’t handle them with care.

On the left earbud, there is only a single ‘Bluetooth’ button which is used to pair the headphones with the devices. All other buttons, like media playback and voice prompts, are on the right earbud.

There is a series of contact pins on the bottom of each earbud which are used for charging. An LED indicator is also implemented, which indicates blue during the pairing; it turns to white if they are connected, and red when the batteries are low.

Bose offers the Bose Connect App, which provides various features to your headphones. One of the functions, “Find my buds,” is a gift for those who always misplace their earbuds. The app will show the location of the earbuds, and it will release a pop-up sound whenever you come in their vicinity. You’ll also get features like Standby Timer, firmware support, playback controls, and other basics. You can also rename your headphones with the help of the app.

The sound quality of the Bose SoundSport Free is magnificent. Bass proposes a fair impact on the mids without any frustration in the ears. Highs are good enough to make long listening sessions a soothing one. Unfortunately, it’s open design allows external noise to come, which may be good or bad depends on the individual’s sports.

These headphones last up to 5 hours of playtime on a single charge. You can place them in the case, and they’ll start charging automatically (if the case is charged). The micro-USB port can charge the case, and it can bring you the additional 10 hours of charge to the headphones. The headphones almost take 2 hours to fully charged.


  • In-ear type headphones
  • Bluetooth v4.1
  • Compatible Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
  • Wireless range up to 30 feet
  • 15 g in weight each earbud
  • 80 g in weight (case)
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Up to 5 hours of playtime
  • Up to 5 days of standby time
  • 2 hours of charging time


  • Good build quality
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Additional charging through the case
  • IPX4 certification
  • Long battery life 


  • Expensive
  • Sound leaks 

4. AUKEY EP-B40 Wireless Headphones 

The design and build quality of headphones at this price tag aren’t amongst the best ones. But Aukey has done a pretty good job in terms of build quality in its EP-B40 wireless headphones. The design, however, remains identical and straightforward as other headphones in this price bracket.

These headphones are wireless, and each of the earbuds is linked together by a cable. The cable has a matte black, rubberized finish that can withstand for a long time without any wear-and-tear. Additionally, the cable has a 3-button controller in which the central button acts as a multi-function button. This multi-function button can help you in switching headphones on or off, play/pause the music, answering and rejecting the calls, and switch between 3 x EQ presets.

There is a magnet on the rear side of each earbud, which keeps them secure around your neck when you are not listening to the music. To assure maximum comfort, Aukey provided three sets of ear hooks, and also, three different sized rubber ear tips.

For better music experience, you can switch between one of the three built-in EQ presets offered by the Aukey’s EP-B40 headphones:

  • Vocal mode: This mode will help you to increase vocals in your music, but you will not experience bass.
  • Treble mode: Trebles will be boosted in this mode, and the little bit of bass will feel in your ears. This mode has some improvement over vocal mode.
  • Bass mode: Bass levels will be extended significantly. Still, the vocals are clear but may experience a bit of loose clarity as compared to treble mode.

Although, avoid switching in your preferred mode when you are on a phone call, as it results in hanging up. 

The first thing that I have concern was battery life. According to Aukey, these headphones can cope with about 8 hours of playtime. Well, I got to use them between 8 to 9 hours of play on a single charge of mixed-use like music and phone calls with a volume of 60 to 70 percent. And, it takes around 90 minutes to charge from zero to one hundred percent fully.  


  • 8 mm drivers
  • Bluetooth v4.1
  • Compatible Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP, AptX
  • 13 g in weight
  • Wireless range up to 10 m
  • 60 mAh battery
  • Up to 8 hours of playtime
  • Up to 10 days of standby time
  • 1.5 hours of full charge time
  • Three built-in EQ presets
  • 20 – 20,000 Hz frequency response 
  • -42 dB microphone sensitivity
  • CVC 6.0 noise cancellation dual microphones


  • AptX compatible
  • Lightweight
  • Sweat-resistant
  • Very low price


  • Not so good sound quality

5. Jabra Elite Active 65t

Jabra Elite Active 65t has Bluetooth v5.0, which is the best Bluetooth version available in the market. There’s not an issue in the connectivity up to 30 feet of range. You can pair up to a total of 8 devices and two devices simultaneously.

The Elite Active 65t headphones are very comfortable and lightweight. The earbuds won’t fall off from your ears even if you wear them for an hour continuously. These headphones have an IP56 rating, which makes them perfect for sweat sessions and water activities.

On the left earpiece, two buttons allow you to skip tracks and adjust volumes. And, on the right side, there’s a large button that can be used to play/pause music, answer or reject the calls, and trigger the ‘HearThrough’ mode.

HearThrough mode allows you to listen outside world sound without removing headphones. The music won’t pause when you activate this mode. We find this feature very useful when we were testing these headphones in the outside area.

The bass will not blow your mind with its performance, but it is far better than the other headphones with the same price tag. The low-end is compact, which does not depend on what genre you are listening to. The vocals in the 65t headphones sound even and neutral. Combine with the bass response; you’ll get an excellent audio quality.

Jabra made an app called Jabra Sound+ app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices. You can switch not only the HearThrough and Focus modes but also the EQ settings. You can also start the step counter, which helps you to track your miles.

These headphones offer 5 hours of playtime when played at 60-80 percent of volume, and with an additional 10 hours of battery life with the charging case. The earbuds take up to 2 hours to charge from zero to a hundred percent. Interestingly, it provides a rapid charge of 15 minutes, through which headphones last up to 90 minutes of battery life.

You’ll find four microphones – two on each earpiece, for noise reduction, which makes them one of the best headphones for voice calls.  


  • In-ear type headphones
  • Bluetooth v5.0
  • Wireless range up to 10 m
  • 6.5 g in weight (right headset)
  • 5.8 g in weight (left headset)
  • 67 g in weight (charging case)
  • 103 dB sensitivity
  • 16 ohms impedance
  • Up to 5 hours of playtime
  • Up to 15 hours with charging case
  • 2 hours of charging time
  • 20 – 20,000 Hz speaker frequency response 
  • 100 – 10,000 Hz mic frequency response 
  • Built-in accelerometer


  • Balanced sound quality
  • Rapid charging 
  • Dust and water-resistant
  • High-quality microphones
  • Long battery life 


  • The charging case is hard to open
  • Little bit expensive

6. Anker Soundbuds Slim

The ‘slim’ in Anker Soundbuds Slim refers to the cable, as there is no neckband. Instead, a cable is present with an in-line remote. These are the best budget wireless headphones you can opt for. They come with five different sized pairs of ear tips and three different sized pairs of rubber wings.

Anker Soundbuds Slim is very comfortable and flexible, which keeps them stiff during your workout. If you want to sit your headphones around your neck, then you can comfortably do it with these headphones as they have magnets at the end of each earbud.

These headphones are in-ear wireless headphones that connect with the device via Bluetooth. It comes with the Bluetooth version 4.1, and also IPX5 certified, which means they are sweatproof and water-resistant. They can’t be submerged in water as they are not IPX7 certified. The connectivity range is the same as that of other headphones, that is no connection loss up to 33 feet.

The sound quality of these headphones is quite acceptable. But, you might feel a lack when it comes to bass. Vocals may sound a little restrained as they suffer from the mids. If you can’t compromise with the sound, then these headphones are not for you. But, at such a price tag, you won’t find any headphones with excellent sound quality.

Most of the earphones provide around 8 hours of playtime on a single charge, but we felt a little bit sad as we saw 7 hours written on the box. Fortunately, in our test, the battery life of Soundbuds Slim goes beyond 8 hours of battery life which amazed us. And, to charge fully, it takes around 90 minutes.


  • 6 mm drivers
  • Bluetooth v4.1
  • Compatible Profiles: A2DP, HSP, HFP, AptX
  • 16 g in weight
  • Wireless range up to 10 m
  • 16 ohms impedance
  • 110 mAh battery
  • Up to 7 hours of playtime
  • 1.5 hours of charging time
  • 20 – 20,000 Hz frequency response 
  • Built-in mic


  • Reliable Bluetooth connection
  • Very Affordable
  • Sweatproof 
  • Water-resistant
  • Decent battery life


  • Low bass

7. Powerbeats Pro by Beats

Powerbeats Pro is a truly wireless headphone that was released by the Apple-owned headphone brand. But, they deliver plentiful advantages over Apple’s simpler Airpods, and those improvements legitimize the premium price of Powerbeats Pro.

A music-listening athlete always looks for a pair of headphones with great comfort, a secure fit, and a long battery life for their long and intense sessions. And, all of these emphasize the new Powerbeats Pro headphones.

These headphones are available in four different variants with the choice of black, ivory, navy, and moss (green). They come up with four separate sized ear tips, which makes you feel comfortable in one of the adjustments. Thankfully, they are IPX4 certified, which makes them sweat and water-resistant, and you don’t have to worry as they never slip off from your ears. 

Interestingly, there’s built-in technology that detects whether you’re wearing your headphones or not. If you take any one of them off for an occasion, they’ll send a message to your device to stop the music. And, when put them back on, music will begin again. You can nullify this tech by pressing the Beats button and keep listening to music with one earbud. 

On each of the two earbuds, there’s a central playback control button and a volume rocker. That allows you to control your music with whichever hand is free, which you’ll not found in many of the headphones. 

You may sometimes feel of in-ear pressure during your workouts, but that pressure doesn’t exist in the Powerbeats Pro. This is because of their micro-laser barometric venting hole in the front of the earbuds. In other words, it reduces the pressure in the ear and enhances the bass response.

Powerbeats Pro lasts up to 9 hours of playtime, and additionally, two charges provided by the case. And, when you combine the numbers, you’ll be able to get a 24-hours battery. Unfortunately, you’ll not get wireless charging; instead, a lightning cable to charge the case.

The headphones aren’t Apple-exclusive, and you can pair up with Android and Windows devices also. There was no difference in the sound quality when you paired with an iOS device (our iPhone 7) and an Android device (our Oneplus 6T), as both connections use Bluetooth version 5.0. You can place calls or send messages by the hands-free Siri without touching your phone.


  • Sweat and water-resistant
  • Strong battery life for true wireless headphones
  • High-quality sound
  • Comfortable
  • Don’t fall off even in intense workouts


  • Bulky charging case
  • Only IPX4 certified

Conclusion – Best Workout Headphone

Workouts may be tough, but choosing the best headphones for it shouldn’t be. That’s why we bring the top workout headphones to make your decision easy.

We have narrow down the list with the best headphones in terms of comfort, secure fit, sweatproof, water-resistant, and other parameters that might fulfill your needs. 

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