Sports/Fitness headphones are for listeners or athletes who wish to listen to their audio while exercising. This means Sports/Fitness headphones should have great stability, and not fall off the listener's ears while running or jumping. They should also be comfortable, easy-to-use, and compact enough to carry around on your person. Below are our recommendations, for the best sports/fitness headphones we have tested so far.
Best Sports/Fitness Headphones $200+
Sports headphones in this price range are usually very compact and easy to carry around on your person, where ever you go. They also have a stable, comfortable fit and a decent sound. Premium sports headphones also come with additional features, like different stability tips, a case, wireless audio, or active noise canceling.
The Bose SoundSport Wireless deliver an above-average sound quality and a delightfully comfortable listening experience. They have a semi-isolating design that's not as open as the wired version but still lets you monitor your environment for traffic. They're stable enough to use while jogging or working out. However, they're not quite as sweatproof as expected, and some listeners have experienced failing units after heavy exercise.
Best Sports/Fitness Headphones $100 to $200
In this price range, Sports/Fitness headphones are compact and portable. They're also comfortable and maintain a stable fit during exercise. However, their build and sound quality won't be as good as some of the higher end models. They also won't have as many additional features.
If you don't mind the in-ear fit, the Jaybird X2 are the best headphones for running. They have a stable, wireless design and a decent control scheme that's easy-to-use. They also block a surprising amount of ambient noise and have an above-average audio reproduction.
The Beats Solo2 Wireless have a tight and stable on-ear fit. They're comfortable, have an easy to use control scheme and an above-average sound that will please most listeners. Unfortunately, they're smaller than full sized over-ear headphones, a bit bulky and will sway a little when running. However, they offer a comfortable and sufficiently versatile design to be decent headphones to use at the gym without them falling off your head.
Best Sports/Fitness Headphones $50 to $100
Sports/Fitness headphones in this price range are small and easy to carry around and provide a stable fit for running. They won't be as durable as some of the more expensive headphones on this list but typically have a decent sound and comfort level.
The Samsung Level U Pro have a neckband design and a stable in-ear fit that makes them decent workout headphones to run with. The in-ear may slip a little during intense exercise but the neckband will prevent them from completely falling off your person. They also have a good set of active features a decent wireless range and an above average sound which makes them versatile for most use cases.
The Powerbeats 2 Wireless are comfortable and incredibly stable. They're easy to carry around in a pocket and won't easily fall out of your ears. They have a slightly open fit, which lets runners monitor their surroundings. However, the poor noise isolation will not be ideal for noisy gyms or other loud environments. Also, their sound quality is mediocre at best.
Best Sports/Fitness Headphones $25 to $50
Sports/Fitness headphones in this price range are also stable and compact. However, they may have a few flaws in their design and build quality as well as a mediocre audio reproduction. They also won't be as comfortable as higher end models.
The Anker SoundBuds Sport are decent in-ear running headphones with a stable wireless design, at a decent price. They're small and surprisingly great at blocking ambient noise. Unfortunately, they have poor sound quality, and the in-ear fit is not comfortable for everyone.
Best Sports/Fitness Headphones $10 to $25
In this price range, Sports/Fitness headphones are relatively stable and compact. However, they will struggle with audio reproduction and won't have expensive additional features such as active noise canceling. Typically comfort and build quality are also mediocre at best.
The SoundPeats QY8 are great headphones for sports, especially considering the low price point. They're wireless and small enough to carry around on your person wherever you go. Their in-ear fit also blocks a high amount of ambient noise, but it's not comfortable for everyone. Unfortunately, sound quality is not the best, and the button layout is not intuitive and forces you to push the earbud tip deeper into the ear canal to pause the music.
Best Sports/Fitness Headphones below $10
This price range is for the listener who wants a pair of disposable and very cheap sports headphones. They will sound mediocre-at-best, have a sub-par build quality and won't provide any additional features like wireless or noise cancelling. However, for their price, durability and sound quality may not be much of a concern.
The Venstone X1 are low budget in-ear headphones that have a simple, stable design for sports use. They also have ear hooks, but unlike some other models on this list, the ear hooks feel cheaply made and malleable, which won't provide the most stable fit. Unfortunately, they have a subpar and uneven audio reproduction and they're also not very durable.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best sports/fitness headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of sports/fitness headphones that didn't make the cut:
- Soundpeats QY9. Good wireless design. But slightly worse sound quality and a little pricier than the QY8. See our review
- Soundpeats Q9A. Stable ear-hook design and a good alternative to the PowerBeats 2 at a much cheaper price. Poor sound and build quality. Currently, low on stocks. See our review
- Bose SoundSport In-Ear. Stable headphones for runners. Good sound and an open fit to monitor your environment. See our review
- Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear. Simple and stable earbud design. Good sound and decent passive isolation to block out your environment. See our review
- Bohm B-66. Stable fit and on-ear design. Can be a little uncomfortable. See our review
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for sports/fitness headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no perfect headphone for sports and fitness. Personal taste, preference and where you use the headphones will matter more in your selection.