Cords are no big deal if you only plug your earphones at home, work or when you’re just seated and NOT doing anything major.
The problem comes when you want to listen to some music, while you’re sprinting, pumping iron, performing wall balls, Spiderman push ups, bear crawls, or just running.
The last thing you want is your earphone cord standing in the way of your work out. Of course music is an essential part of your work out, more so as you need all the motivation you can come up with to keep going. But nothing is fun when every step or repetition means yanking off your earplugs.
That used to be the case before the invention of Bluetooth headphones. And while it appears like we’ve finally found the solution for the problem— it’s still important to note that NOT all Bluetooth headphones are the same.
From the level of comfort offered, to durability and the quality of sound produced, there are reasons certain brands are a popular choice among users, while others still struggle to sell.
To help you NOT end up with a dud of a wireless headphone from the next purchase you make, we decided to come up with a list of the top 10 wireless headphones on the market today, for you to read through and make a pick. If you are interested, feel free to check out my other fitness product reviews as well!
Plantronics BackBeat Fit
Plantronics is an old brand, with a little bit of its story engraved in our history. Maybe you didn’t know, but Neil Armstrong while landing on the moon was using a Plantronics headset to communicate with those on earth.
BlackBeat just happens to be one of the best products in their headset pipeline.
First, the headset doesn’t use messy cables. It instead uses a small flexible wire that will be staying behind your head every time you wear the headset.
The set operates at a Bluetooth range of 100 feet, and comes with a pouch that also doubles as an armband.
Not exactly recommended for audiophiles as the level of sound is a bit low, but it’s certainly NOT a bad choice if your priority falls on durability and comfort.
Jabra Elite Sport
Jabra headsets make a great choice if you’re looking for something that incredibly fits—thanks to the range of tip sizes and wing tips the headphone comes with.
Better, they feature an in-ear heart rate monitor that you’ll be using with Jabra’s Sport Life companion app for in-ear coaching and readouts. The app will also be taking you through bodyweight exercise circuits for offering support when you’re running.
The pair guarantees you three hours of juice, with an additional charge stored in the case to take you for another extra two hours.
Billed for controls that are easy to navigate and an in-line mic/remote that’s both tactile responsive, the pair flaunts impressive sound quality.
At first glance, it’s easy to pass on the headphone as just another pair of headphone, as they come with cords, but they’re indeed wireless headphones that will do just fine when you decide to dispense with the cable.
Its sound is treble-led with a lot of zeal and oomph, laced up with an incredible clarity on the booming bass. Though the low end lacks some good punch, the overall sound is both clean and clear, and has a lot of treble details you’ll certainly love.
Treblabs should be your top choice if your concern lies with the battery. Unlike other headphones on the list, this one actually lasts for 6 hours.
Its bass is strong and hits with a lot of punch, with clear mid and lows that are also very accurate.
Everything comes isolated, with passive noise cancellation to allow you to concentrate on what really matters, your training.
Good choice if you’re into simple stuff. With a battery life of 2.5 hours, this might NOT be the greatest of the choices you’ve got in terms of battery juice.
But it certainly is when you look at affordability. It also spots a glossy and fancy shell that makes it great to look at.
All of its functionalities are controlled with one button for playing and pausing, as well as answering and hanging up.
The set also falls a bit short in terms of sounding, as the bass is not exactly clear despite coming off strong. As for the fitting, you just have to keep on adjusting it to achieve the snug.
Solo3 Wireless Headphones
Solo3 takes the wireless thing to a whole new level. First your mp3 player or phone doesn’t have to be close to you when you’re working out. With Apple’s W1 Wireless chip, the pair can connect up to a 100 feet range.
Plus you’re guaranteed no interruptions in connection, unless you move your music player beyond 100 feet.
The sound produced is also pretty clear, with a strong bass that can be adjusted using the EQ sound setting.
The set is even better when you’re using an Apple phone as there lots of other features to be leveraged. But that’s NOT to say it won’t be working great with an Android device.
Its grip is pretty tight and won’t, as such, be falling off during intense workouts. The headphone’s battery is designed to last 40 hours without charging.
iSport Freedom Wireless Headset
The headset is recommended for any kind of workout, as they are light and as a result guarantee a high level of comfort.
Its bass hits off a little bit hard, with clear highs and mids that are very clear and pleasing to the ear. This makes it a great choice for audiophiles.
They’re among the few headsets to settle for if your budget can be stretched, as the both the quality of the headset itself and the quality of sound produced is worth every penny spend on it.
The audiophile quality of sound is great, but it’s NOT the main thing people look for in a workout headset.
So yes, MpoW comes off a bit short in the sound department (not exactly bad), but it offers some real value for the buck.
Its bass is loud, which works just fine with the gym setting. Plus it feature noise cancellation just in case you decide to take it outdoor with you.
The Urbanears Stadion headset allows you to go wireless in style.
They have a control panel that will be resting at the back of your neck, which kind of makes it hard to switch songs while working out. But all this is compensated with the seven hours of playtime.
They’re NOT the most comfortable headsets around, but the circular buds will snugly fit into your ear if you try getting them the right grip.
The quality of sound produced is also commendable, which makes it a good choice more so if you’re operating on a somewhat squeezed budget.
Samsung Gear IconX
This pair goes a step further by tracking your activities, counting calories, monitoring your heart rate and throwing in primers on how to achieve the best results in your workout.
All these metrics can be monitored on the S health app, but only for those with a Samsung phone. Otherwise all you’ll be doing is listening to music.
The headset has only 3 hours of playtime, which narrows down to 1 hour if you’re downloading or streaming music. That’s without mentioning that they come with 4GB of memory and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Compared to the other headsets on the list, these ones are a bit bulky but secure if you can find the right fit.
The quality of sound is also good, with a fairly deep bass that makes it suitable for intense workout.
Additional Reading: Top 6 Ways to Motivate Yourself for a Better Workout