The best running headphones need to be capable of more than just pumping out tunes. Just as a long run can push your body to its limit, running headphones are subject to additional punishment that requires special attention to address.
That means needing a solid, secure fit so they don’t fall out of your ears or off your head as you jog along. It means long battery life, so you don’t have to worry about losing your music and your motivation halfway along your route.
It ideally means they’re waterproof, or at the very least sweatproof, so that sudden rain or heavy perspiration doesn’t interfere with operation.
What are the best running headphones?
Our current top pick of the best running headphones is the Jabra Elite Active 75t. This set of true wireless earbuds is wonderfully light and maintains a secure and dependable fit despite the lack of ear hooks or wing-tips. Add in good battery life, high audio quality and full waterproofing, and this will serve you well on any run.
Here Are The Best Running Headphones In 2021
9. Jabra Elite Active 65t
You might be thinking that there’s no point buying the Jabra Elite Active 65t when its successor is available, and at the top of this list no less. But to our ears, the Elite Active 65t sounds just as good as the Elite Active 75t.
It also shares the same quality of having a secure, steadfast fit — not even the toughest sprint will dislodge these earbuds.
Size and Weight: 1.2. x 1.1 x 0.9 x inches,0.2 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours, 15 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth Range: 33 feet (10 meters) | Water Resistant: Yes
8. Jaybird Tarah Pro
Another set of semi-wired earbuds, the Jaybird Tarah Pro, uses a now-familiar wing-tipped design for extra stability while going above and beyond waterproofing. With an IPX7 rating, the Tarah Pro isn’t certified for dust protection but is completely sweatproof and can survive a dunk in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Size and Weight: 19.29 x 0.7 x 0.8 inches, 0.7 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 14 hours | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Water Resistant: Yes
7. Beats Powerbeats 4
The two earbuds of the Beats Powerbeats are connected by a cable that runs behind the back of your neck. Some runners don’t like this design as the wire can bounce around distractingly. Still, otherwise, this pair of headphones is a viable lower-cost alternative to the true wireless Powerbeats Pro.
Size and Weight: 2.2 inches tall, 0.93 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 15 hours | Bluetooth Range: 100 feet (30 meters) | Water Resistant: Yes
6. Bose Sport Earbuds
If you’re at all familiar with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, you might have an idea of what makes the Sport Earbuds so good.
This pair doesn’t have the same ANC functionality but adopts a similar winged design that keeps the Sport Earbuds locked securely in your ear canal, no matter how vigorous your running style.
Size and Weight: 0.74 x 1.05 x 0.83 inches, 0.24 ounces (per bud) | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours, 15 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Water Resistant: Yes
5. Amazfit Powerbuds
Consider the Amazfit Powerbuds if you want a pair of running headphones with extra smarts. The most impressive special feature is an integrated heart-rate sensor, which bigger headphones makers have since copied like Philips. It could help you take a more data-led approach to fitness without needing to wear a separate fitness band.
Weight and Size: 3.15 x 1.97 x 1.18 inches, 0.21 ounces (per bud) | Battery Life (Rated): 8 hours, 24 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Water Resistant: Yes
4. Jaybird Vista
Unlike the Jabra Elite Active 75t, the Jaybird Vista provides a solid, run-friendly fit in a compact true wireless earbud package.
To help achieve your own perfect, the Vista doesn’t just include swappable tips, but a choice of wing-tips as well. This will help accommodate a range of ear sizes.
Size and Weight: 0.9 x 0.7 x 0.9 inches, 0.2 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 6 hours, 10 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth Range: 35 feet (10 meters) | Water Resistant: Yes
3. JLab Epic Air Sport ANC
At $99, it’s hard to find a better noise-cancelling bargain than the JLab Epic Air Sport. Sound quality is JLab’s best on a pair of truly wireless buds to date, and battery life is excellent: we got 9.5 hours of ANC playback time from a full charge. Just don’t trust the remaining charge percentages your phone tells you.
Size and Weight: 2.4 x 1.7 x 0.9 inches, 0.3 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 15 hours (ANC on); 55 hours (ANC on with charging case) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Water Resistant: Yes
2. Beats Powerbeats Pro
The Beats Powerbeats Pro might not look like it but does take strong inspiration from Apple’s AirPods headphones.
In fact, it even uses the same Apple H1 chip as the AirPods Pro, so it shares the ability to pair with iPhones instantly. And, if you’ve updated to iOS 14, you can instantly switch to other iOS and Mac devices you might have at home. That’s all well and good, but how does the Powerbeats Pro handle running? Extremely well, it turns out.
Size and Weight: 2.2 x 2.2 inches, 0.7 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 9 hours, 24 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth Range: 100 feet (30 meters) | Water Resistant: Yes
1. Jabra Elite Active 75t
Rich-sounding, compact and stylish, the Jabra Elite Active 75t is a fantastic pair of wireless earbuds in general, but there’s a lot here that also makes it a near-perfect set of running headphones. First is the fit: it’s unusual to find a pair of truly wireless buds with no wing-tips or ear hooks that manages to stay planted so securely in the ear.
Size and Weight: 0.8 x 0.7 x 0.6 inches, 0.19 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 7.5 hours; 28 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Water Resistant: Yes