After testing 143 sets of headphones and contemplating an additional 90, we are convinced that the JLab Epic SportÂ is your ideal pair of wireless workout headphones for many people. As with other JLab Epic headphones, they sound great, fit snugly, and stay out of your way during rigorous workouts. Our testing showed that these earbuds must withstand abuse, sweat, and moisture when used properly, plus they’re backed with a one-year warranty and responsive customer services.
The JLab Epic Sport are our top pick because they performed the best on the most important features of wireless workout cans. They stay put during workouts, sound great, and extend 12-hour battery life that will get you through almost two weeks of hour-a-day workout. The Epic Sport are exceptionally sweat-, water-, and dust-resistant. The proprietary charger eliminates the Micro-USB port of our previous pick, the Epic2, which might be vulnerable to sweat leaking into an open door. We put them through the paces of our rigorous testing, and they emerged with flying colours.
When our selection is sold out, or if you need a more durable set of cans with no charging interface to corrupt, then the Jaybird X3 is the way to go. These earbuds sound very good and have a long, eight-hour battery lifetime. If anything go wrong, Jaybird backs this model using a one-year warranty against perspiration damage. You can customize the X3’s fit to make the cable hang under your ear, although the installation might take several efforts to get perfect. Like the JLab Epic Sport, the port-less charging system’s little proprietary widget could be simple to lose or forget.
If you’re a casual gym-goer, the Aukey Latitude EP-B40 is the greatest cheap choice. These earbuds are the only sub-$50 pair we analyzed that sounded pretty good and fit comfortably while still having the ability to take some abuse. The silicone wings and hints keep the earbuds secure, while the IPX4 rating implies the Latitude won’t quit when confronted with a little sweat. Magnets from the earbuds permit you to clip the Latitude around your neck when you aren’t using it, and the eight-plus-hour battery life will get you through over a week of hour-long workouts before you need to recharge. A two-year warranty protects against manufacturing defects. That said, the Latitude headphones are not nearly as durable against warmth as our top picks, and the long cable will have a propensity to bounce annoyingly when you run and also to tug a little as you turn your head.
The Plantronics Backbeat Fit 500 are the sole on- or over-ear Bluetooth workout headphones that we’ve ever enjoyed. Every other headset we analyzed was uneasy, fell off, was poorly assembled, sounded terrible, absorbed sweat, or each of the above. The Backbeat Fit 500 have been in a sweet spot of snug-fitting but flexible enough to grip your noggin securely without giving you a headache. They have a nano-coating that resists perspiration and water damage, and the earpads wash clean for easy sanitizing. The controls are intuitive to use, and easy to find without fumbling around. The Fit 500 sound really great, with plenty of bass that is not muddy like a lot of their contest. Plus, having an 18 hour battery life and optional cable, you won’t need to worry about charging frequently.