In this video we’re breaking down the five best workout headphones in 2021. I’ve included options for every type of consumer. If you’re looking for a budget option that fits well and stays secure with a high waterproof rating or a more premium option that features active noise cancelling so you can focus on your music and your workout, I’ll have the product for you.
The fifth product on our list is the Voonex Sound Element Duo. These are our best budget in-ear workout headphones. If you’re looking for inexpensive workout headphones for the gym the Voonex Sound Element Duo is a great budget option with an ipx7 rating all-day wear fit and comfort and delivers some surprisingly great audio quality for the price. Currently priced around 45 dollars the Element Duo gives you an impressive frequency response with deep, rich and warm tones.
The audio has a well-balanced sound profile that works well across various music genres and even podcasts in audiobooks sound natural and clean. There’s some nice heavy bass presence that’s not overpowering, the highs are clear and the MIDs are full with vocals that are quite detailed. It’s not audiophile quality but it certainly rivals sound performances of much more expensive earbuds.
They fit securely in your ears creating a nice natural feel making them ideal for the gym, walks, runs or rides without worrying about them falling out. Plus, even without active noise cancellation a fair bit of ambient noise is blocked out with a secure fit for more stable connection and reduced dropouts the Element Duo comes with Bluetooth 5.0 which will also give you an increased connectivity range compared to most budget earbuds that still only have Bluetooth 4.2.
For a budget pair of truly wireless earbuds the Element Duo surprisingly comes with an ipx7 waterproof rating which is higher than most in its class so even showering with them on after sweaty workouts shouldn’t be a problem. You get up to 5 hours of playback on a single charge but with top ups from the charging case you can get up to about 100 hours in total.
The charging case can also double as a power bank and can be recharged wirelessly which is another nice added bonus. If you want a pair of inexpensive workout headphones the Voonex Sound Element Duo comes loaded with premium-like features,, a high waterproof rating, secure and comfortable fit and impressive sound quality making it a great deal that is extremely wallet friendly and hard to beat.
The fourth product on our list is the AfterShokz Aeropex. These are our best bone conduction workout headphones. If you find regular earbuds too uncomfortable or too heavy for workouts, then maybe the unique AfterShokz Aeropex bone conduction headphones could be a better option for you. Currently priced around 160 dollars the Aeropex is really lightweight weighing only one ounce and has an open ear design.
Unlike traditional headphones that send sound through the ear canals Aeropex’s patented bone conduction technology delivers audio through the cheekbones with nothing inside or over your ears and actually has 50% less sound leakage than traditional in-ear headphones, but it may take time to get used to the sensation.
If you’re looking for workout headphones with a traditional in-ear design and delivers a great sonic experience, then stay tuned for the Bose sport earbuds coming up next. The re-angled transducers ensure optimal placement on the cheekbones to deliver louder volume and a wide dynamic stereo sound featuring premium pitch 2.0 plus.
With the enhanced audio you’ll experience more bass with less vibrations. The incredible ergonomic design is also amazingly lightweight so while you’re working out you won’t feel weighed down. With an ip67 rating it’s completely sweet and waterproof so you can wear it during extreme weather conditions or humid days.
The battery performance is really good. You’ll get about eight hours of continuous playback on a single charge and can be fully recharged in just two hours. If you don’t like the feeling of being weighed down with traditional earbuds the AfterShokz Aeropex is one of the lightest headphones available and delivers premium sound using innovative bone conduction technology so there’s nothing inside or over your ears making it extremely comfortable during your workouts.
The third product on our list is the Bose Sport Earbuds. These are our best workout headphones for sound. Of course, workout headphones need to stay secure while at the gym or on your runs, but they also need to deliver the sound quality you’re looking for to keep you entertained and motivated. Currently priced around 180 the sweat resistant Bose Sport Earbuds are a more workout friendly version of the popular QuietComfort earbuds with an ipx4 rating that’s lighter and more compact.
In fact, they’re even sleeker than the Bose SoundSport free earphones making them more suitable for those with active lifestyles. The combination of stay here max ear and wing tips keeps the buds in place during all kinds of vigorous movement and the ipx4 rating means that you can perform almost any kind of exercise without worry.
Although they don’t offer any eq module in the Bose music app, Bose instead uses its active eq technology to adjust the volume output of certain frequencies, so you get amplified bass notes and a nice bump to the upper mid-range frequencies.
While it may not satisfy the bass heads the general response will be pleasing to most people and the earbuds produce some great audio clearly. With Bose’s proprietary acoustic port design and premium high efficiency drivers you get impressive sonic performance from a small acoustic package. You’ll get about 5 hours of playback on a single charge and up to 15 hours with top ups from the charging case plus with a 15-minute quick charge you’ll be good to go for another two hours.
If you’re looking for workout headphones that’s going to give better battery performance for all day activities, then stay tuned for the beat’s powerboats pro coming up later in the video that gives you up to 9 hours of listening time on a single charge. The Bose Sport Earbuds comes with Bluetooth 5.1 giving you more freedom of movement with custom designed antennas for stronger, wider and more reliable connections.
If you’re looking for workout headphones that deliver top audio performance in addition to a secure comfortable fit for all your physical activities and workouts, then the Bose Sport Earbuds are one of your best workout companions to keep you motivated.
The second product on our list is the Apple AirPods Pro. These are our best noise canceling workout headphones. There’s no doubt the Apple AirPods Pro are great earbuds and have excellent active noise cancelling for listening to your favorite music but they’re also great as workout headphones. If you’re looking for premium sound with premium features for working out, then the Apple AirPods Pro is a great choice especially if you’re in the apple ecosystem.
Currently priced around 200 the AirPods Pro’s new in-ear design is super comfortable and feels distinctly different from other earbuds. The soft plant silicone tips fit securely in your ear to create a perfect seal and feel incredibly natural with special vents that eliminate the clogged feeling. You’ll be able to work out jog run or ride without worrying about them falling out.
Plus, Apple’s ANC performance is really impressive making them ideal for noisy gyms so you can stay focused on your music and your workout and if you need to hear announcements or have a conversation you can easily toggle the transparency mode with the force sensor stems to allow some surrounding noise to come through.
The AirPods Pro uses microphones both on the outside of the earbud and inward facing so the adaptive eq algorithm can make tweaks. Hundreds of times a second and the sound quality from the custom speaker driver high dynamic range amplifier and the h1 chip that all work in sync to deliver superior sound while you work out. Plus, the automatic equalization with DSP technology delivers incredibly dynamic sound.
You’ll get about four and a half hours on a single charge and over 24 hours total with top ups from the charging case. If you’re looking for one of the best noise canceling earbuds for your workouts the Apple AirPods Pro delivers great sound quality, a secure and comfortable fit and excellent noise cancellation so you can stay focused on your music and workouts even in noisy gym environments.
The first product on our list is the Beats Powerbeats Pro. These are our best overall workout headphones. If you’re looking for one of the best workout headphones around the Beats Powerbeats Pro is currently priced around 200 and features a distinct flexible over-the-ear hook design that makes it feel almost weightless while delivering high performance audio with dynamic range and driving base for your intense workouts and runs.
The adjustable secure fit earhook design also ensures they stay in place even through rigorous runs, intense workouts and extreme physical activities and they feel incredibly comfortable to wear even for long periods of time.
The sound signature is not quite at a flat EQ, but you’ll find instead a nice V-shape that boosts the highs and bumps up the lows for a heavier bass sound with a slight recess on the Mids.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro also features a new audio driver for more range and minimizes distortion. Unfortunately, with the earhook design the noise cancelling is not on par with in-ear earbuds. Since beats is under the apple umbrella it features apple’s latest h1 chip for great connectivity battery optimization and of course hey Siri support so you can call up your playlist hands-free even while running.
Plus, with dual audio controls each earbud has full volume and track controls, so you don’t have to remember which controls are on which earbud. The Beats Powerbeats Pro really packs a lot of features in and one of the standout features is the incredible battery performance. You’ll get about 9 hours of listening time on a single charge plus an additional 15 hours from its charge case.
If you’re looking for great workout headphones the Beats Powerbeats Pro features Apple’s high performance h1 headphone chip and is extremely comfortable stays securely on without popping out during your workouts and runs. Plus, the ipx4 rating makes it water and sweat resistant making it ideal for those with active lifestyles.