When it comes to training you’ll want headphones with a secure fit that allows you to run, jump, squat, and crunch without coming loose. Listening to music has many motivational benefits when it comes to exercising, these headphones meet all the features that make them suitable for anyone with an active lifestyle. We take into account the ease of use, noise isolation, water resistance for sweat, and cable-free design.
Beats Fit Pro
Battery Life: 7 hours (Active Noise Cancellation off), 30 hours (ANC off with charging case), 6 hours (ANC on)
Bluetooth Range: 40 feet or 12 meters
- Water-resistant – IPX4-rated (resistant to water splashes from any direction)
- Strong ANC (Active Noise Cancellation)
- Dynamic soundstage
- Comfy and secure design
- Fast charging
- Android app offers few extras
- The Eartip Fit test is unreliable compared to AirPod Pro
The Beats Fit Pros are the sporty version of the Studio Buds, with the same clean, water-resistant design and adding much of the same functionality found on the AirPods Pro. You get substantial noise cancellation with wingtips that produce a secure fit, allowing you to run or perform floor exercises without worrying about the buds falling out. The Fit Pro set offers easy pairing with Apple devices and supports “Hey Siri” functionality. They offer physical buttons to control volume, phone calls, and track skips.
Apple AirPods Pro 2
Battery Life: 6 hours, 30 hours in charging case
Bluetooth Range: Not specified
- Water resistance – IPX4-rated
- World-class noise cancellation
- Volume controls on the stem
- Improved battery life
- Audio performance needs finessing
- Lackluster call quality
The AirPods Pro 2 are wildly more comfortable than the original AirPods. They have silicon tips that gently conform to the ear canal allowing for all-day wear without issues or having to take them out. They are among some of the best running earbuds and workout headphones, however, I wouldn’t advise wearing them while playing sports.
Amazfit PowerBuds Pro
Battery Life: 9 hours (ANC off), 30 hours (in charging case with ANC off)
Bluetooth Range: 30 feet or 9 meters
- Bass-rich sound
- Doubles as a fitness tracker
- Stacked with features
- Small case
- Loose fit
- Fitness tracking can be inaccurate
The original PowerBuds are an amazing offer for budget-conscious exercisers who want wireless earbuds with smart fitness features, however, the PowerBuds Pro is an upgrade that offers adaptive noise cancellation. The sound is bass-rich to energize your workouts, though you can personalize this in the companion app with a choice of 10 different presets. These buds offer many extra features from a built-in heart rate monitor to cervical protection for analyzing and calibrating posture, and Motion Beat to automatically raise bass for a livelier presence. Be mindful when using fitness tracking as not all performance statistics are not as accurate as an Apple Watch or FitBit.
Beats Powerbeats Pro
Battery Life: 9 hours, 24 hours with charging case
Bluetooth Range: 100 feet or 30 meters
- Water-resistant – IPX4 rated
- Long battery life
- Comfortable, stable fit
- Well-balanced sound
- Seamless integration with Apple devices
- No ANC
- Bulky charging case
The Beats Powerbeats Pro offers many features including a secure ear-hook design, energetic sound, and the signature B logo that doubles as a multifunctional button. Also, they are one of the first models that allow you to control the volume via rockers on top of each bud. They also contain an H1 chip which gives you 50% more talk time, audio sharing with other Beats/Apple headphones, “Hey Siri” word activation, and much more. The only downside to the Beats Powerbeats Pro is the large charging case which can sometimes be uncomfortable to carry around, however, it won’t throw you off track or weigh you down while running.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Battery Life: 8 hours, 29 hours with charging case
Bluetooth Range: 30 feet or 9 meters
- Water-resistant – IPX7 rated (can be submerged up to 1 meter in water for 30 minutes)
- Effective ANC
- Compact and practical design
- Wide soundstage
- Bixby could do with more work
- Mediocre battery life when ANC is on
For Galaxy users, the sound alone makes the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro worth the investment, giving you high-quality audio and 3D sound with precise head tracking. Samsung’s ANC blocks out close to 90% of ambient noise. These buds operate well across all Bluetooth devices, however, they work best with Galaxy smartphones. They perform well in the gym and stay in place if you are running on a treadmill.
JBL Reflect Aero TWS
Battery Life: 8 hours, 24 hours with charging case
- Secure fit
- Simple controls
- Water-resistant – IP68 rated (can be submerged up to 1.5 meters in water for 30 minutes)
- Small or sensitive ears may find the stabilising wings pressure fatiguing over time
- You have to choose one option for the touch-based controls from the volume, playback, hear-through feature, and noise cancellation.
The JBL Reflect Aero TWS is one of the best workout earphones for the gym as they have simple controls, they’re waterproof, and they stay securely in place. They come with three sets of stabilizing wings to help keep the earbuds secure. This pair offers good-quality sound that can be adjusted with the JBL mobile app. They offer noise cancellation, and if needed a hear-through mode is only a tap away. The buds are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
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