If you’re an active person that likes to do fitness activities regularly, then keep reading, because in this article i reviewed the 5 best sports headphones in the market for this year. They are suitable for almost any sport, and i ranked them based on their sound quality, durability and ear fit. Let’s get started with the list.
1. Jabra Elite Active 65t
The best sports headphones in the market come with Jabra and their Elite Active 65t headphones. These are the definite best headphones for working out and for active people in general, these in-ear headphones deliver amazing comfort, design, functionality, and features in a premium package, they will stand the test of time and anyone will be pleased.
As we know, Jabra’s design team is an award-winning one, that has never disappointed its users, and Jabra Elite Active 65t is no different, it rocks some attractive looks that will turn heads. They rock a pretty minimal and sleek look, while still being eye-catching, however, they are not trying to be the centerpiece of your look, just complementing it and blending with it.
The buds themselves have a circular shape and are attached to a small arm that extends the tip for securing a perfect fit in your ears. It is worth mentioning that the device comes in multiple paint jobs you can choose from, the most notable being the Copper Black, Copper Blue, and the Copper Red, and each one is very attractive. Its oval charging case is perfectly designed as well and keeps them pretty safe in the package, overall these are one of the better-designed headphones with excellent quality, everything about the design of these is right.
The audio performance of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is adequate and excellent, delivering plenty of EQ presets from its smartphone companion app, allowing you to achieve a personalized sound, you can boost the bass, the treble, whatever you choose, to get the best sound for your preferred genre.
The battery life of this particular model is excellent, as the earbuds deliver 5 hours of playback times themselves, and you get an extra 10 hours from the charging case. Meaning that if you choose it solely for your morning runs, you can go as long as 2 weeks without charging them.
Taking everything into consideration, for workouts you can’t get a better headphone than the Jabra Elite Active 65t.
2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Bose has made a great name for itself as one of the leading brands in the sound industry and they have delivered excellent models year in year out. However, their most notable model is the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, which like the aforementioned Sony model, is one of the best in the market. It is one of the most popular options in the market, thanks to its amazing comfort and noise cancellation as its name implies. In addition to that, it delivers a neutral design, great sound quality, perfect connectivity, and Bose AR.
In the design department, the manufacturer has chosen a very utilitarian and trademark Bose design that we are huge fans of, for this pair of cans. With their extremely neutral design, this headphones can be rocked in any attire, not just for sports settings, you can see a high-profile business wearing them on their commute and they wouldn’t look out of place. They rock an all-plastic construction, lacking any sort of eye-catching details and as a first impression they don’t look like a high-end device.
However, they sport a pretty solid build quality, possible thanks to the use of excellent materials and will stand the test of time. Due to their plastic construction, they weigh just 234grams in total, which was very surprising considering the size of this thing, making it the lightest wireless premium model in the market. On top of that, the comfort levels are off the charts, thanks to its rich padding and adequate clamping force, that delivers isolation and comfort simultaneously.
It also excels in its noise cancellation technology, which is one of the best in the market, and you can easily adjust it via the smartphone companion app. The ANC did a perfect job of turning the low-end noises from engines and crowd noises, perfect for sports. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II delivers 20 hours of playback time with the ANC activated at full intensity, speaking for its amazing battery life. It has a wide range of features like its separate Google Assistant button that can be configured to work for Alexa.
The soundscape of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is excellent, and despite its closed-back nature, the sound stage was surprisingly wide. The bass was just perfect unlike other Bose headphones that had slightly overpowered lows, the mids were pretty neutral and clean, and the highs were bright and lively. Overall the sound was a little warm and pretty smooth, pretty adequate for most ears.
3. Sony WH1000XM3
As far as workout headphones go, Sony has a lot of options, but one of their most notable options is their best in the world Sony WH1000XM3’s. These are not just workout headphones mind you, these are the most versatile pair of cans in the market, as they have greatly improved on their already excellent predecessors, they rock a perfect design, amazing set of features, amazing sound, capable noise-canceling technology, and great comfort to name a few.
While it is not a freshly new design, because it resembles a lot of its predecessor, thanks to some refinement, the Sony WH1000XM3 is an amazingly designed headphone. It is available in two tasteful paint jobs, the Platinum Silver and Dark Black, speaking about the improvements it has implemented a better headband which bends naturally and gives a perfect fit while keeping a classy fit. It has great padding on both headband and earcups and you can wear the headphones for a long long time before starting to feel any discomfort.
This particular model shines in the ANC department, thanks to Sony’s new HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, that is tailored to block high and mid-range noises that other ANC headphones can’t. On top of that, the processor also improves the audio performance by improving the signal processing to 32-bit.
It also comes with a great battery life of 30 hours even with the noise cancellation activated, and thanks to its quick charging feature, you get 5 hours of run time with just 10 minutes of recharging. The controls of the device are cleverly integrated into its touch-sensitive ear cups, that are extremely responsive and convenient.
The sound performance is excellent due to the aforementioned processor and the analogue amplifier, providing slick sounds throughout the soundscape. The lows were pretty punchy and deep, mids neutral and clear, and the treble detailed enough, portraying a solid performance regardless of the genre.
If you want the most feature-rich and the most capable headphones in the market, the Sony WH1000XM3 will please you, and with their durability, comfort, and water-proofing they will be excellent workout companions.
4. Sennheiser CX Sport
Sennheiser is known for delivering hi-fidelity audio devices, one of the best to do so in fact, so it is quite surprising for the manufacturer to dive into the fitness headphone segment with the Sennheiser CX Sport. However, this model delivers excellent functionality and performance, thanks to its ultra-secure fit, excellent sound quality, a storage pouch and tons of accessories, and German build quality, and thanks to the recent price drops, the Sennheiser CX Sport delivers excellent value for its competitive price.
These earbuds come in with an attractive finish that is designed for workouts, with its black and lime green accents all over the body. It is interesting to see something sporty from Sennheiser, as we are used to seeing classic designs from the company, this breaks the monotony. Nevertheless, these earbuds rock a very quality build and construction, they will stand the test of time, its cord is very thick and it has an IPX4 rating that will endure sweat and rain without any problem.
These earbuds are extremely comfortable, but at the same time they provide an excellent fit, that won’t come out any time soon, to make things even better in the package of the device you will spot three pairs of wingtips and four sets of silicone tips in different sizes to provide a perfect fit. Speaking about the accessories, in the package you will find a neoprene storage pouch, to store your device when not in use or when travelling.
As with all Sennheiser headphones, the CX Sport as well delivers tremendous sound quality, it was balanced throughout all the ranges. The bass was a little weaker than the mids and highs but was still pretty good and detailed, the mids were clear and with plenty of detail, the highs were exceptionally sharp and overall the soundscape was great.
The battery life of the Sennheiser CX Sport is rated at 6 hours, and it delivered its promise, on top of that the charging is extremely quick and with the quick charging feature, for 10 minutes of charging you get 1 hour of playback.
Sennheiser has done everything right with these, top marks.
5. Plantronics BackBeat FIT 500
If you are in the market for headphones for your workout sessions regardless of whether it is an in-ear or an on-ear model, the options aren’t scarce. There are several factors that people consider buying these most important comfort and fit, and let’s not forget the looks, because what’s the point of jogging in the morning if you don’t look good. Moving on, the Plantronics BackBeat FIT is one of the best options and it is also the most affordable option in this list, and it delivers a powerful bass combined with sharp highs, very comfortable, convenient controls and sweat-proofing, pretty amazing.
The Plantronics BackBeat FIT on-ear-headphones, besides being a budget pick, come in with an impressive design that will make you stand out from the crowd. Its angular design is extremely comfortable thanks to the use of generous memory foam padding on their earpads and headband, it is also worth mentioning that the headband is perforated and it is extremely breathable. This model comes in two attractive paint jobs, the classic black, and the flair Teal, you can’t go wrong with each of them. On the outside of the earcups, you will spot a matte rubber which is also moisture-resistant, and they can be easily cleaned, due to their P2i nano-coating that is water-resistant.
On the right earcup you will spot the controls for powering the device, and a button for phone call controls, and on the outside part you will spot the playback controls, consisting of play/pause, track navigation, and volume buttons. You can use the headphones in both wireless and wired or passive mode, and in the package of the device you will find a 3.5mm audio cable, micro USB charging cable, and a carrying pouch, to round it off. The battery life of this product is about 18-hours from a single charge, and it charges rather quickly.
The sound performance of this product is pretty good actually, thanks to its powerful bass and equally sharp highs. The bass delivered plenty of depth and punch, and even in the highest volumes, it didn’t distort one bit, to go along with that the treble is quite sharp and bright, delivering a pretty balanced performance overall.
A dream come true for fitness lovers in a budget. Definitely one of the best sports headphones out there.