There’s a major heat wave going on in New York City with temps well over 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the thought of standing in the sweltering subway with all my bags and tons of people while trying to untangle my headphones to endure the 45 minute rise home is basically a nightmare. Wireless earbuds greatly improve your commute and workout. That being said, these are MajorHiFi’s 2018 Best Wireless Headphones for Working Out.
Audio Technica ATH-SPORT50BT Wireless In-Ear Headphones for $69 is one of the newest to hit the market. These sports phones are built with an over-ear-hook with the housings built as rectangular units that sit across your ears. It’s more comfortable than you think. The buds support a 6 hour battery life and take 3 hours to charge. it is also waterproof up to IPX5 which means it can withstand jetting water and a rinse, but nothing more. Grab it at Audio46 or Amazon.
MEE Audio X8 Bluetooth Sports Earphone in Black for $79.99 are one of my personal favorites when it comes to a pair of wireless earbuds. The housings are small and very comfortable for small eared folks such as myself. The over-ear-hook is flexible but more firm than other hooks and makes it quite easy to pop these suckers in. These headphones support an 8 hour battery life and are also sweat and water resistant all at an affordable price tag under $100. Grab it at Audio46 or Amazon.
JBL Reflect Contour 2 for $99 (10 Hour Battery Life) supports an astounding 10 hour battery life which is more than the average wireless earbud sporting a 6-7.5 hour life span. The headphone is worn as an over-ear hook with reflective cables. The Contour 2 is water resistant and provides the signature JBL sound with forward treble and highs. Grab it at Audio46 or Amazon.
Sennheiser CX Sport for $129 features a water resistant lime-green frame. It is built with a sport hook to secure the buds in the conch area of your ear if you’re looking for a less “cumbersome” design than those that are over-ear hooks. This earphone provides the signature Sennheiser sound that is full-bodied with a slight boost in the low-end which is great when working out to hip-hop or EDM tracks. My only vice is a 6 hour battery life when paying $129. P.S. Sennheiser headphones include a 2-year warranty so score. Grab it at Audio46 or Amazon.
Audio Technica ATH-SPORT70BT Wireless In-Ear Headphones in Rose Gold or Black for $129 is like that of the aforementioned Sport50BT, but more refined. Available in Rose Gold and other luxe color combos with a pearly finish, the Sport70BT provides an active ambient noise feature in which a simple tap allows users to hear more of their environment which is ideal for working out outdoors. They are also waterproof up to IPX5 which means rinsing off is fine but complete submerging is a no-go. These buds include a 2-year warranty from Audio-Technica. Grab it at Audio46 or Amazon.
Westone WX Wireless for $149.99 are another chart topper. While these earbuds aren’t designed for working out per se, they’ve got durable hard-grade housings and detachable over-ear-hook flex cables thanks to their MMCX design. That means the cable can be swapped out for a wired model if you so choose. The housings can also be wiped down to deter from any water damage as long as you don’t sweat profusely. As far as sound goes, these are high quality reference IEMs fit with a single balanced armature for detailed and accurate sound. I also really like that the buds are somewhat flat since balanced armatures are pretty small in comparison to dynamic drivers. The buds can run for up to 8 hours before they require some juice. Grab it at Audio46 or Amazon.
Shure SE215 Wireless Sound Isolating Earphones for $149 are similar to that of Westone’s WX in style and design. It is a flexy over-ear-hook IEM with MMCX connections. The housings are a bit larger considering they are dynamic which isn’t as comfortable in my small ears, but can be ideal for those with bigger ears. Also, these buds offer a heavier bass line than Westone which makes it a great workout headphone for those who pump iron to pumping bass. Shure buds include a 2-year warranty. Grab it at Audio46 or Amazon.
Sennheiser HD1 FREE for $199 is worth it if you got it. These earphones are modeled after the in-ear HD1 Momentums which are such great in-ears with a punchy bass line and very comfortable fit that you just pop in and go. The earbud housings are exactly the same as the original Momentum but with the cable connecting behind your head. My only vice is that these buds are $199 for a 6 hour battery life. I’d expect a solid 8 for that amount of change. However, if you don’t mind it, the HD1 FREE is a solid choice in terms of sound. Also, Sennheiser includes a 2-year warranty so that’s nice. Grab it at Audio46 or Amazon.
Sony WF-1000x for $199 is one of the best all-around options for anyone looking into truly wireless earbuds for working out. These buds are designed with small flex fins that secure the buds in place so they aren’t going anywhere during your workout. It also features digital noise cancelling and Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control which automatically detects your activity and adjust accordingly (ex: in an airport, walking on a crowded street, or sitting in a quiet area). The buds aren’t necessarily sweat and water resistant but they are built quite durably and can probably withstand a short gym sesh as long as you don’t sweat too much. Sony WF-1000x can run for up to 3 hours and up to 9 hours with the portable charging case. Grab it at Audio46 or Amazon.
B&O Earset Graphite Brown Wireless Earphones for $299 is an extremely fresh release by minimalist headphone company Bang and Olufsen. Their Earset earbud is fixed with a housing similar to that of Audio Technica’s Sport70BT, an over-ear hook and a rounded rectangular-looking housing. Earset’s hooks feature a flexible fit hook and supports a 5 hour battery life. For the price, there are better options, but if you are all about the looks, this earphone is for you. The color schemes are gorgeous. The sound is good, with lively and detailed mids and highs along with relaxed, deep bass. It’s nice but bass heads may want to note that the bass isn’t earth shattering as they may prefer. Lastly, there is little sound isolation but that’s a pro if you’re working out in a very busy city, like NYC. Grab it at Audio46 or Amazon.