Best Workout Earbuds Headphones of 2022

In addition to our selections and buying guides for best workout earbuds headphones and earphones, we've taken a look at the wireless earphones that we think are best suited to running and sports in general. Here are our suggestions without compromising on sound reproduction.

Workout Earbuds Headphones

Update 04/08/2022 - No changes for the moment in our ranking but we are currently testing the Huawei Freebuds Pro 2 and the first results are excellent. They could therefore enter the selection.

Best Workout Earbuds Headphones of 2022

To find out, see you next month. As usual, those who wish to do so can find our advice on how to choose the right earbuds headphones for sports at the bottom of this article, just after the selection.

1. Jabra Elite Active, simply the best headphones for sports

This model is one of the few to be fully waterproof thanks to its IP57 certification. The brand also uses a specific anti-sweat coating for added protection. This robust model is therefore intended for sportsmen and women who practice a lot. Apart from this aspect, the Elite 7 Active are also very good earbuds headphones, quite autonomous, comfortable, but with a good fit in the ears and a nice audio quality. If you have a transparency mode to hear the surrounding noise, which will be useful for running in the city for example. They also have active noise reduction.

Jabra Elite 7 Active

For its latest sports earphones, Jabra has taken the recipe that made the Elite Active 75T so successful and refined it. The Jabra Elite 7 Active are therefore a great success and very good companions for sports, but not only. They benefit from efficient microphones, an anti-transpiration coating that is totally waterproof (IP57), an excellent level of comfort, appreciable physical controls, quality sound reproduction that can be totally personalised thanks to various very practical tools and an application that is always at the top of what is currently available on the market. 

It's a pity that the RBA is too light and the latency slightly perceptible in video tarnishes the picture a little. However, despite the slightly poorer call quality, we think they offer better value for money than the Pro version and are even our favorite workout earbuds headphones.

2. Beats Fit Pro, the best headphones for iPhone

The Beats Fit Pro are the sporty AirPods Pro we've been waiting for. Indeed, these wireless headphones are just as pleasant to use with an iPhone thanks to the H1 chip and also benefit from the Locate feature, which makes it easy to find your iProducts within a few metres. In everyday use, we appreciate their remarkable fit in the ears as well as their light weight (5.6g each). The Fit Pro are also water resistant (IPX4), which means they are not afraid of water, have a decent RBA and better audio quality than the AirPods Pro.

Beats Fit Pro

With great sound, advanced features (even in Android) and a design that's geared towards sports enthusiasts (IPX4 water resistance), the Beats Fit Pro are a real success story and perhaps Apple's best headphones to date. Close to the AirPods Pro, they are the Apple workout earbuds headphones we've been waiting for and a viable and slightly more affordable alternative to the AirPods. Like the Powerbeats Pro and of course the AirPods, the Fit Pro feature Apple's excellent H1 chip that handles active noise reduction among other things. As far as battery life is concerned, we are in the low middle range with about 6 hours when the RBA is deactivated. The carrying case allows for three full charges via USB-C. All this for a more reasonable price than the Apple models. A very nice proposal from the brand.

3. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, the most versatile earphones for sports

Samsung's wireless headphones never really excited us until the Galaxy Buds Pro. This premium model, which is IPX7 certified by the way and therefore fully waterproof, stands out for its impeccable comfort even with prolonged use and excellent audio quality with powerful bass and active noise reduction that is almost on a par with the best. The RBA is adjustable on two levels via the Samsung Wearable application to suit most people. 

The 'surround sound' mode allows the headphones to automatically turn down the volume if people are talking to you at close range, which is just as handy outdoors as it is indoors. These earbuds headphones will also allow you to watch your favorite TV shows without latency during your workout on the treadmill. So with their versatility, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are just as effective in the gym as they are on the street, on public transport or at home.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

With the Galaxy Buds Pro, Samsung has finally released a pair of True Wireless earbuds headphones that can compete with the best in the industry, both in terms of sound and functionality. 

These headphones have everything you'd expect from a high-end model, starting with a much better sound than previous models, an efficient active noise reduction system (the brand was quite late in this area), touch controls, a compact case that works with USB-C or induction (Qi) and even a completely waterproof design. 

There are also some interesting advanced features such as voice detection so that the music cuts out when you speak, and a low-latency game mode. Not everything is rosy of course, their 5h autonomy is not incredible, some functions like the game mode are reserved for Galaxy smartphone users, the companion app is unavailable on iOS, the controls are incomplete and the design is not perfectly adapted to all morphologies. Nevertheless, these are clearly the most successful True Wireless from the brand.

4. Beats Powerbeats Pro, the best sports headphones for iPhone

Yes, the Powerbeats Pro's giant charger case is a notable drawback. But the combination of the features that make Apple's AirPods great with richer sound, better battery life and a design that fits well in the ears is a winning formula. There's no risk of them falling out with their retaining wings. Given that Beats is owned by Apple, iPhone users will be delighted as the integration will be better than with most competing models. On the other hand, the brand promises sweat resistance but they don't have IP certification. Finally, also make sure you buy them from a retailer with a good return policy as they don't fit all ear shapes.

Beats Powerbeats Pro

If you can ignore their high price and XL charging case, the Powerbeats Pro are superior to Apple's AirPods in a number of key areas such as sound quality and battery life. In addition, there are the same features as Apple's headphones (quick pairing, robust wireless connection, Siri in passive listening) and hands-free call quality is excellent. Finally, the physical buttons for music control will speak to Android users.

5. Jabra Elite 3, the best sports earphones at a low price

To achieve such a low price, Jabra had to make concessions such as the RBA, the anti-sweat coating and the wireless charging. Although appreciable, it is possible to do without these features for sports use, except perhaps for the most assiduous sportsmen who will prefer the presence of a real protection against perspiration. Nevertheless, the Danish brand does not sacrifice comfort of use and audio quality. Note that they are IP55 certified, which corresponds to a "simple" protection against rain. However, you can wash off the sweat after use by running them through water.

Jabra Elite 3

The first True Wireless Jabra earphones to be launched under the £100 mark, the Elite 3 once again show the Danish manufacturer's mastery of this market segment where it is a pioneer. Although they lack Active Noise Reduction (ANR) and multi-touch, and their application has been stripped of a number of functions, these headphones offer excellent value for money. Their audio quality carried by the high-quality Qualcomm aptX codec is very satisfying, their Bluetooth 5.2 connection is reliable and allows you to use any of the headphones independently, their physical controls are simple and effective, and their satisfactory battery life reaches 6.5 hours on a charge plus 25 hours thanks to the case. For the asking price, Jabra offers very good performances.

Bonus: two "exotic" alternatives

AfterShokz Trekz Air, the magic of bone conduction

These wireless bone conduction headphones from AfterShokz deliver sound through your cheekbones. The great advantage of this technology is that, thanks to its open design, you can hear what's going on around you while listening to music or having a phone conversation in the headset. This openness allows riders to hear traffic, an important safety feature. The audio quality is not exceptional, however, and is much worse than with traditional earbuds headphones.

AfterShokz Trekz Air

Bone conduction, also known as osteophony, is the process of delivering sound directly to the inner ear through the bones of the skull. The earpiece is not inserted into the ear and does not cover it, it is located just in front of it. The beauty of this technology is that thanks to this open design, you can hear the sounds around you while listening to music or talking on the phone. Useful for cyclists and runners who don't want to take risks with road traffic. 

We're not going to tell you that the sound is excellent because it's not true when compared to other conventional wireless headphones. It's mainly a good headset for sports, for those who want something that sits well without blocking the ears.

Bose Frames Tempo, two products in one

The Bose Frames Tempo audio sunglasses are surprisingly good for running, with decent sound from their built-in micro speakers. As with the Trekz Air, the advantage is that with your ears free, you can hear traffic and have a conversation while wearing them. Although the temples are slightly bulky, the glasses are not heavy and quite comfortable to wear. The Frames also work well for making calls. On the other hand, they are quite expensive for a niche product that will be used mainly for one season of the year. 

Bose Frames Tempo (2020)

The new Bose Tempo, Tenor and Soprano audio sunglasses cost 50 euros more than the previous models, but the performance gain is worth it. They remain a niche product. Although they are not as good as the QC Earbuds, workout Earbuds or Bose headphones, the audio quality has improved significantly. Voice calls are excellent and these new mounts are much better than the previous models. If the concept appeals to you, they are definitely worth a try.

Our advice for choosing

What are the specifics for sports use?

True Wireless headphones are a good idea, as they offer the most freedom of movement, making them a great choice for your workouts. However, there are two other key points to look out for in your quest for workout earbuds headphones. Firstly, a good fit in the ears is essential, you don't want to lose your gear. But we'll come back to this point a little further down in the section dedicated to sizes. Secondly, it is imperative that your headphones are sweatproof. Otherwise, they will wear out more quickly and may even die prematurely. Some products are certified IPx4,5,6 or higher, and we recommend that you go for them.

Which audio signature?

Just like headphones, a pair of earbuds headphones diffuses its own sound with its own audio signature and colour. For example, one model may have a much stronger bass or treble than another, while some earbuds headphones have a more balanced sound. The style of music you listen to will determine your purchase. For example, you may prefer powerful bass for hip-hop or electro music, and a more balanced signature for classical music (this is not a hard and fast rule!).

Which size to choose?

The most common earphones are in-ear. This means that they fit in the ear canal. If you are not used to using these types of headphones, we recommend that you try them on before buying them to ensure that they fit you properly. If the earbuds headphones are too big for your ears, they will hurt and won't fit properly. If they're too small, they won't fit properly in your ears, but you'll also lose the low frequencies of sound and be less well insulated. Also, some people cannot stand this type of headset, so if this is your case, we advise you to choose a model with a different size.

What are the essential controls?

Another point is the controls. At the very least, True Wireless earbuds headphones should allow you to play/pause music, change the volume, or change the song being played. But the best ones allow you to do all three at the same time! Some also offer other functions, such as settings or activation of a voice assistant. Finally, you should also be aware that because of their format (microphone further away from the mouth), these earbuds headphones are generally less efficient in hands-free mode and the controls can be less practical than with traditional headphones, which have a remote control on the cable.

What kind of wireless connection?

Before the arrival of Bluetooth 5.0, connecting with Bluetooth 4.xx meant either a lack of stability or high latency in earbuds headphones. This is why other manufacturers have resorted to NFMI for the connection between the two headsets, which gives a more stable connection and low latency. However, this system prevents sharing music with a friend. But the advent of Bluetooth 5.0 and the first earbuds headphones that really take advantage of it (some are Bluetooth 5.0 in name only) have really changed the game, offering the benefits of both Bluetooth and NFMI without their respective drawbacks. So it's imperative to go for Bluetooth 5 earbuds headphones if they are True Wireless.

What type of isolation? 

The isolation of the earphones is determined by the design (in-ear earphones are more isolating than over-ear earphones, which are usually open), and by whether or not they have active noise reduction. In the case of sports earphones, active noise reduction is not essential. Its opposite, often called Transparency or Ambient or Hearthrough mode, can be very useful if you are used to running in the street. It will amplify ambient noise, so you can still hear the traffic, which is safer. This is a feature found on many models these days. Active noise reduction can be interesting for indoor use, but be aware that models with an effective system are generally expensive. 

How long do they last? 

True Wireless earbuds headphones always come with a storage AND charging case, so if you do it right, you'll never run out of battery. Nowadays, you can expect your earbuds headphones to last at least 4 hours and have 2 or more charges built into the case. There's less, there's more, but for us it's the minimum.

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