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THERE ARE two types of people: First, those who hate to listen to music while working out. They prefer to hear their surroundings and breathing, or relish the silence as a time to think and ponder. The second? Those who can’t workout without their music. No tunes means no workout. Whichever camp you fall into, we’re not going to judge.

Whether you prefer to listen to music, a podcast, or tune into sports while getting your sweat on, you’ll need a solid pair of workout headphones to make it happen. So investing in the best wireless headphones that are truly built for working out is key.



  • Best Tested Workout Headphones

    AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)
    Apple

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  • Best Over-Ear Headphones for Workouts

    Crusher Evo Wireless Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones
    Skullcandy

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  • Best Ear-Hook Headphones for Workouts

    Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds
    Beats by Dre

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  • Most Durable Workout Headphones

    Project Rock Over-Ear Training Headphones
    Under Armour

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  • Best Noise-Canceling Earbuds for Workouts

    QuietComfort Earbuds II
    Bose

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For most, that means a high-quality pair of wireless headphones (because this is 2023, after all, and cords get in the way of everything). Of course, there are multiple camps: Those who prefer earbuds, over-the-ear headphones, or even bone-conducting headphones. The key is to pick the ones that fit your ears and head best, and won’t budge while you’re running or repping out sets on a power rack. Plus, they need to be at least water-resistant (ideally waterproof) to withstand plenty of sweat.

But picking the right pair can be tricky, with so many options flooding the market. Brands like Jaybird, Beats by Dre, and Apple all make stellar sweat-proof headphones for all your workouts, including CrossFit. But there are so many more to choose from, including Bose, Jabra, Samsung, and Google, to name a few. To help you out, we rounded up some of the best workout headphones for all budgets—those that are worth the splurge, and those that will save you some serious coin. Here are 16 of our favorites.

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Best Tested Workout Headphones

Apple

AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

Total battery life Up to 30 hours (including the charging case)

Best Over-Ear Headphones for Workouts

Skullcandy

Crusher Evo Wireless Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

Total battery life Up to 40 hours

Best Ear-Hook Headphones for Workouts

Beats by Dre

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds

Total battery life Up to 24 hours (with charging case)

Most Durable Workout Headphones

Under Armour

Project Rock Over-Ear Training Headphones

Total battery life Up to 45 hours

Best Noise-Canceling Earbuds for Workouts

Bose

QuietComfort Earbuds II

Total battery life Up to 24 hours (with the charging case)

Most Versatile Headphones for Workouts

SteelSeries

Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Headphones

Total battery life 22 hours (with swappable batteries)

Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Workout Earbuds

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Aero Wireless Earbuds

Total battery life 28 hours (with the carry case)

Best Workout Headphones on a Budget

JBL

Tune 225TWS True Wireless Earbud Headphones

Total battery life Up to 25 hours (with the charging case)

Jabra

Elite 5 Wireless Earbuds

Google

Pixel Buds A-Series

Samsung

Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

Beats By Dre

Flex Wireless Earphones

Aftershockz

Aeropex Mini Bluetooth Wireless On-Ear Headphones

How to Find the Best Workout Headphones (for You)

Headphones—wireless headphones, in particular—have come a long way in the last few years. The best wireless headphones offer next-gen Bluetooth connectivity, incredible active noise-cancellation, all-day battery life, and rich, spatial audio—sometimes all for less than $150. Maybe you need all of these features, maybe you don’t. Whatever your personal listening style or regular fitness routine, there’s a “perfect” pair of workout headphones for you. Here’s what to look for to find the right ones.

A Durable, Sweat-Resistant Design

If you go hard during your workouts, you no doubt sweat—probably a lot. You need a pair of headphones that can keep up. Look for headphones or earbuds that are at least water-resistant or, even better, waterproof. If most of your workout are on the moderate side, this may not be an issue, and any decent pair of wireless headphones might work for you.

Noise Cancellation

The biggest leap forward in wireless headphone design is noise-canceling technology. If you work out at the gym, in the city, or anywhere where outside noise is an issue, look for active noise cancellation. This means your headphones have built-in circuitry and software to actively drown out unwanted sounds around you. Some models offer a “Transparency Mode” (or something similar) that allows you to quickly tune back into your surroundings at the push of a button—perfect for when you’re crossing a street, ordering a coffee at the airport Starbucks, or chatting up your running partner.

Ease of Use

Your workout-friendly headphones should have simple buttons or touch-capability built in that allows you to skip music tracks, change the volume, and take phone calls—all without having to take your phone from your pocket. And it should be intuitive enough to use even when you’re in peak workout mode.

True Wireless Capability

These days, some wireless headphones aren’t truly wireless when you account for their charging cable. If you want the most streamlined experience, opt for true wireless headphones or earbuds. The simple design ensures that you never have to worry about a cable getting in the way when you’re working out. Charging is handled wirelessly: Headphones might support charging via a wireless pad, and earbuds can often be dropped into a charging case where they’ll automatically start recharging in your pocket or backpack.

Price

Wireless headphones can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. The best wireless headphones are priced north of $250 and offer all of the above features and more. But, if you’re on a budget or can’t justify splurging on a pair of workout headphones, you can find plenty of good pairs for between $100-$150.

How We Selected the Best Workout Headphones

For the past two years, we consulted with Men’s Health‘s Fitness and Gear editors on the top workout headphones for men. Experts including our fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and senior commerce editor Christian Gollayan, put countless headphones through the wringer at the gym to evaluate their fit, durability, comfort, sound quality, performance, and price. We also considered top-reviewed men’s workout headphones with at least 100 five-star customer ratings on e-commerce websites that we trust. The list above is a round-up of our picks for the best workout headphones in 2023.

Deputy Editor, Commerce
As Men’s Health’s Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com.

Gear and Commerce Editor
John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology.

Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008.

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