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14 Wireless and Sweat-proof Headphones That Will Survive Any Workout

·14-min read

If you're a Men's Health regular, we're sure you've seen Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's sweat-filled Iron Paradise Instagram videos and felt a mild tinge of jealousy that he can work out in such luxury. And while we can't offer you a fully-stocked, private and personal gym that goes wherever you go, there is one aspect of his workout environment that you can emulate at home. No we're not talking about his ripped vests that expose his formidable physique, but instead his wireless, sweatproof headphones.

The Rock has his own branded version of the in-ear cans (complete with the Texan Bull image that's splashed across his bulging biceps), but there are plenty of solid devices from other brands that you can pick up right now to help you get through any routine.

So if your earbuds keep slipping out your ears on your evening run, or if you're having to blast your workout playlist from your phone *shudders* a pair of wireless headphones are the perfect solution.

But before you rush out to buy just any old wireless phones, there are a few things you need to know.

Photo credit: Hero Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: Hero Images - Getty Images

What to Look for In The Best Wireless Headphones

Type

There are three types of headphones you'll find, with the first being on-ear, which means the cushion rests on top of the ear, with a headband to keep them in place. But you’ll also find over-ear headphones, where the cups surround your ear for a bit more comfort (in our opinion), though they are typically a bit heavier.

Finally, there are in-ear buds, like the Rock's, which are the best for working out and will feature most frequently on our list.

Battery life

Wireless headphones aren't just good for the gym and you might be listening to them for several hours a day: in the gym, on your way to the office and wherever your day needs musical or podcast accompaniment.

Headphones on this list will all be wireless and require recharging at some point, though the battery lives range from five hours all the way up to 30 hours.

Noise cancellation

Many modern headphones will have active noise cancellation or ANC. This feature blocks out external sounds to help you focus on the music and get in the zone for your workout. (Continued below)

Accessories

Many of the wireless headphones below will come with accessories to make life easier. Some will come with a travel or charging case to keep them safe when on the move, while others might come with additional ear tips of different sizes.

Controls

All wireless headphones will have some form of controllability on the devices themselves so you don’t have to reach for your phone to change tracks or answer a call. Some will be quite smart and let you control things with a tap of a finger on the bud, while others will have in-line controls on a connecting wire or a button.

Check out our favourite wireless headphones below and grab yourself a bargain.

The 14 Best Wireless Headphones to Buy Right Now

Beats Studio Buds

Type: In-ear, true wireless

Battery life: 8 hours (The case holds two additional charges for a combined total of 24 hours with ANC off, or 15 hours with ANC on)

Noise cancelling: Yes

Accessories included: Charging case, ear tips with three size options and a USB-C to USB-C charging cable

Location of in-line controls: On ear bud

Beats smallest earbuds to date, the Studio Buds give you everything you need in a set of wireless headphones. They deliver a high-quality and powerful sound, stay put when you need them to and remain comfortable no matter how long you wear them for. They're both sweat and water resistant too, meaning they can stand up to the harshest of workouts.

Coming in red, black and white colourways, Beats latest offering also last about five hours with noise-cancelling on or up to eight with it switched off. A five-minute charge in the case is also enough to give you about an hour of playback.

Put simply, they sound great, they look great and they last for ages, so while this won't be the last time you see the Beats brand on this list, you certainly can't go wrong training with a pair of Studio Buds in your ears.

Jabra Elite 75t

Type: In-ear, true wireless

Battery life: 7.5 hours (28 hours with charging case, 24 hours with ANC on)

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Accessories included: 3 sizes of silicone ear tips, charging cable, charging case

Location of in-line controls: On ear bud

These are Jabra’s most expensive sports wireless headphones but you get a lot of bang for your buck, thanks to the solid battery life and lightweight design.

They are smaller than other wireless earbuds like Apple AirPods or Powerbeats Pro, sitting more snug inside your ear to make it less likely they will fall out.

They are sweat and dust resistant so you can head out for your runs in the rain with no worries. They also have voice-recognition software, so you can use Siri or Google Assistant to answer calls, adjust the volume or change tracks.

Apple AirPods Pro Max

Key specifications

Type: Over-ear

Battery life: 25 hours

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Accessories included: USB-C charging cable

Location of in-line controls: On cups

If you've got the cash to burn then the AirPods Max might just be the best choice for you, particularly if you've already got an iPhone. It connects to your handset instantly with Apple's quick one-tap connect, and it comes with a great adaptive equaliser and 3D audio software for getting that true surround-sound experience when watching stuff on Disney+.

You get brilliant active noise cancellation and the audio quality is about as good as it gets.

They are mega pricey, but they've been given a £70 discount on a number of websites through the Black Friday sale.

Bose Sport Earbuds

Key specifications

Type: In-ear, true wireless

Battery life: 5 hours (15 hours with charging case)

Noise-cancelling: No

Accessories included: Small and large-sized silicone ear tips, USB-C charging cable, charging case

Location of in-line controls: On earbud

Bose made their name making top-quality audio products, and their foray into the sports wireless headphone market, is exactly what you’d expect from them.

We have used these ourselves on our runs, and they are the only in-ear buds we have tested that will consistently stay in our ear no matter how fast we run. We put this down to the unique design that hooks inside your ear canal with a curved nubbin that feels way more comfortable than other wireless headphones we have tried.

It’s not a winning pair of earphones when it comes to battery life, but it should keep you going for half a week’s training sessions on a single charge.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 3rd Generation

Key specifications

Type: In-ear

Battery life: 35 hours

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Accessories included: Two sizes of silicone ear tips, hard wireless charging ccase

Location of in-line controls: On earbud

We imagine these luxury headphones might have been a bit out of many price ranges, but thanks to the current Black Friday sale, they've been dropped down to just over £100, which is an absolute steal. Not only do they come with active noise cancellation and voice control, they also have silky tones and solid audio for those that really care about their music.

You get two ear tip options to help them keep inside your ears during those intense workout sessions, and they have a mammoth 35-hour battery life.

Jaybird Tarah Pro

Key specifications

Type: In-ear

Battery life: 14 hours

Noise-cancelling: No

Accessories included: 3 sizes of silicone ear tips, magnetic charging clip, soft carry case

Location of in-line controls: On cable

Quite a few earphones feature the neck cable that you see on the Jaybird (Beats Flex for example have the same safety connector) to keep your wireless headphones securely around your head during workouts.

We are sure you’ve had wireless headphones fall out your ear during a particularly rigorous training session, but these will at least stay around your neck and not fly off.

We like the curved tips that help them stay inside your ear, and they magnetically clip together when not in use to keep them secure. This will also automatically turn them off after 15 mins connected to help preserve the battery, which lasts up to 14 hours.

They can contend with even the wettest weather thanks to the strong water resistance and durable design.

Apple AirPods 3rd Gen

Type: In-ear

Battery life: 9 hours (up to 24 hours with charging case)

Noise-cancelling: No

Accessories included: 4 sizes of silicone ear tips, charging cable, soft carry case

Location of in-line controls: On ear bud, Siri

If the other Apple AirPods headphones elsewhere on this list are a bit too pricey for you, you should consider the latest iteration of the AirPods, the 3rd-gen model. They are more affordable but come with similar features to the Pro editions. You lose out on noise cancellation but you still get fast connection, quick charging, and an adaptive equaliser to adjust your tunes on the fly.

They are around £60 cheaper than the Pro models from 2019 but have the longest battery life among the truly wireless in-ear headphones, lasting up to 30 hours from a single session at the wall.

Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats

Type: In-ear

Battery life: 9 hours (up to 24 hours with charging case)

Noise-cancelling: No

Accessories included: 4 sizes of silicone ear tips, charging cable, soft carry case

Location of in-line controls: On ear bud

The PowerBeats from Beats are a solid option for long workout sessions at home, as they are comfortable, lightweight, and have an impressive battery length.

And if you run out of juice, you can get an extra hour of charge in just 5 minutes in the case.

Plus, the Powerbeats are a super subtle, stylish earphone set that loops over the top of your ears for comfort and to stay in place.

They are sweat and water-proof; particularly handy when the mercury rises during your workout sessions, and they have 9 hours of playback - which can extend to 24 hours if you include the charging case.

All the controls are on the bottom of each earpiece, which makes it easy to skip songs or adjust the volume.

JBL Reflect Flow

Type: In-ear, true wireless

Battery life: 10 hours (30 hours with charging case)

Noise-cancelling: No

Accessories included: 3 sizes of silicone ear tips, 3 sizes of silicone ear hooks, charging case, USB lead

Location of in-line controls: On ear bud

We found the JBL Reflect Flow earphones to be among some of the best for working out, particularly if you sweat a lot or workout in the wet weather. They are fully water and sweat resistant and have a rough surface that makes it easy to handle with your sweaty fingers.

Technically, these earbuds will last the longest out of any other device on this list, with up to 30 hours of playback if you utilise the charging case. They get 10 hours of use on their own, but pop them back in the case for an hour to get up to another 10 hours back.

Sony WH-1000XM4

Type: On-ear

Battery life: 30 hours

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Accessories included: Hard shell case, charging cable, 3.5mm audio cable

Location of in-line controls: On ear cup

While the Sony WH series is not strictly designed for working out, they are among the very best headphones on the market right now, and can still do a really good job of keeping you motivated if your training regime doesn’t include high-tempo CrossFit training.

If you’re heading out for more walks to get a screen break, the WH headphones offer some of the best audio quality around, and have the best active noise cancelling we have used across any headphones.

They are very expensive, especially compared to some of the other options on this list, but you do get 30 hours of battery life and top-end audio quality in a comfortable pair of headphones.

Apple AirPods Pro


Type: In-ear, true wireless

Battery life: 5 hours (24 hours with charging case)

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Accessories included: 3 different-sized silicone ear tips, charging case and charging cable

Location of in-line controls: On ear bud

We couldn’t do a headphone round-up without at least mentioning Apple’s AirPod Pros, which are just brilliant ear-buds that excel in most situations.

They sit snug in your ear and stay in reasonably well if you’re out on a run, and have great ANC to block out external noise to help you concentrate if you’re working.

They have always been among the most stylish headphones available (in our opinion anyway) and they look and feel premium.

Battery life is also not a problem thanks to the charging case, that can extend the listening time up to 24 hours.

Nuraloop

Type: In-ear

Battery life: 16 hours

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Accessories included: 4 sizes of silicone ear tips, charging cable, soft carry case

Location of in-line controls: On earbud

If you’re concerned about protecting your hearing when wearing headphones, you should check out these Nuraloop buds, which has a free app that will help you measure your hearing capabilities and build a profile unique to you, adjusting the volume automatically.

They have a pretty solid battery life of 16 hours, but they are also the only headphones on this list that comes with a cable that you can hook up directly to a laptop or phone. We know this article is just talking about wireless headphones, but it can be really useful if you run out of battery when travelling around and still want to play some tunes.

Beats Flex

Type: In-ear

Battery life: 12 hours

Noise-cancelling: No

Accessories included: 4 sizes of silicone ear tips, charging cable, instructions

Location of in-line controls: On cable

If you’re looking for value for money, you should look no further than the Beats Flex.

They are super affordable at around £50, and are great for taking out on runs thanks to the neck cable and secure tips.

The audio quality is really good, comparable to some of the other headphones on this list that cost more than four times more. There’s no ANC, but they offer impressive range and a deep bass.

The battery life is more than enough for a week’s worth of exercising at 16 hours, and they are fully waterproof –they might have accidentally had a spin or two in our washing machine and come out working perfectly fine.

Marley Liberate Air Bluetooth Earphones

Type: In-ear, true wireless

Battery life: 9 hours (32 hours with charging case)

Noise-cancelling: No

Accessories included: Charging case, extra ear tips, charging cable

Location of in-line controls: On ear bud

If you're eco-conscious, these wireless earbuds from Marley are made from ethically sourced bamboo, aluminium and recycled materials. The company also donates to the charity One Tree Planted, which plants trees around the world, for every pair purchased.

Even after all that they are still pretty solid headphones, delivering a pretty decent battery life and good audio quality.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Type: In-ear, true wireless

Battery life: 6 hours (21 hours with charging case)

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Accessories included: charging cable, charging case

Location of in-line controls: On ear bud

If Apple AirPods are designed with iPhone users in mind, the Galaxy Buds are specifically meant for Android users, as it can connect to all Android devices and apps seamlessly, including Spotify.

They have a solid battery life if you keep the charging case around to top it up, and they do look pretty snazzy. They are quite bulky, and might slip our your ears every now and again if you're doing heavy workout routines.

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