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The Best Earbuds for Running

Last updated: 2 months ago
9 min read

Find the best running earbuds that stick in ears like glue and make you run like a cheetah (almost).

Rating Price Water protection Connection Battery (charging) Mic & Controls More info
Jaybird Vista 2 Best true wireless
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4.1
Under $200
IP68
Bluetooth 5.0
8 hours, 16h in case (USB-C & Qi charging)
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4.3
Under $150
IP57
Bluetooth 5.0
7 hours, 20h in case (USB-C)
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4.6
Under $250
IPX4
Bluetooth 5.0
11 hours, 24h in case (Lightning)
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AfterShokz Aeropex Best bone conduction
AfterShokz Aeropex
4.6
Under $160
IP67
Bluetooth 5.0
8 hours (proprietary)
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Sony WF-1000XM4 Best noise-cancelling
Sony WF-1000XM4
4.4
Under $280
IPX4
Bluetooth 5.2
12 hours, 24h in case (USB-C & Qi wireless charging)
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JBL Reflect Mini NC Best from JBL
JBL Reflect Mini NC
3.7
Under $150
IPX7
Bluetooth 5.0
7 hours, 14h in case (USB-C)
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Bose Sport Earbuds Best from Bose
Bose Sport Earbuds true wireless earbuds
4.5
Under $160
IPX4
Bluetooth 5.1
5 hours, 10h in case (USB-C)
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4.3
Under $70
IPX5
Bluetooth 5.2
10 hours, 30h in case (USB-C)
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Treblab X3 Pro Best ear hook alternative
Treblab X3 Pro true wireless earbuds
4.3
Under $70
IPX7
Bluetooth 5.0
9 hours + 36h in case (USB-C)
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4.4
Under $50
IPX7
Bluetooth 5.0
3.5 hours, 9h in case (USB-C)
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The best running earbuds stay in ears with ease, feel comfy for hours, sound good, and survive rain and sweat like a hero. That’s the ideal world.

But you know that’s not true for most earbuds. A lot of “running buds” die in a couple of months provide a bad audio experience and constantly fall out of your ears due to looser fit.

It’s frustrating.

As a result, we made a list of the best running earphones that fit the job perfectly. These are the best options for avid runners who want to focus on their training and jogging style.

Table of Contents

    What You Need to Know About Running Earbuds

    Stability is crucial. In-ear headphones that don’t fit well fall out. This is extremely frustrating during a long run. You want to focus on your tempo and not worry about a bad fit. Many earphones come with multiple ear tip sizes for better stability.

    For the best stability, look for earbuds with ear hooks. These tend to stick in no matter what.

    Senso Bluetooth Headphones earbuds with hooks
    Hooks offer stability.

    You need water and sweat resistance. If you run outside and you get caught in rain, it might damage your earbuds. Your earphones need to stand up to the environment whether you’re accidentally dropping them in a puddle or sweating profusely during a marathon.

    Look for at least IPX4 which effectively means headphones are fully sweat proof. A rating of IPX6 or IPX7 means that the earbuds are fully waterproof.

    Do you need noise isolation or awareness? Depending on where you run, you may want effective passive isolation or hear ambient sound to avoid potential hazards.

    You might want to block outside noise if you run on a treadmill in a gym, so you can focus on your tempo. The best noise cancelling earbuds block most of it.

    But if you’re running outside, hearing ambient sound is crucial for safety. You want to hear traffic around you, so you don’t get into an accident. For safety, shallow-fitting classic earbuds are the best.

    Wired or wireless?

    • Freedom – If you want your in-ear pair of headphones that stay out of the way then wireless is for you. Wired models are likely to tangle up.
    • Battery charging – Wireless earphones need charging, which is a hassle. Running out of battery when you are on a run is frustrating.
    • Price – Wired earbuds tend to be cheaper. If you are on a budget, you can get better sound quality for your money.
    • Durability – Wireless headphones (see the best Bluetooth headphones) will probably die out sooner, but still, last a couple of years. Wired technology is simpler and thus fewer things can go wrong.

    Best Earbuds for Running

    Time for our rundown of the best running earbuds. We’ve taken into account the secure fit, comfort, audio quality, and durability for runners. On the bottom, you’ll find cheaper options.

    1. Jaybird Vista 2

    1st-place Best for running
    Jaybird Vista 2 earbuds

    Best earbuds for running for active people who are also audiophiles that want the best sound.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 6mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 8h + 16h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: 2h + quick charge – USB-C & Qi wireless charging | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: IP68 (IP54 on case) | Features: Ambient mode, mono mode, EQ
    • Great out-of-the-box sound
    • Excellent comfort and stability
    • Extremely durable with water-resistant charging case
    • Good battery life
    • Feature-rich companion app
    • Decent active noise cancellation
    • Occasional connection stutters
    • Error messages during firmware updates

    The sound is punchy, detailed, and with a good bass depth. The second generation of Jaybird earbuds is overall smooth and slightly V-shaped, which is quite normal in sport-oriented wireless earphones.

    Thanks to the tiny wing tips, Vista 2 stay firmly in your ear canal, providing a high level of stability. They’re comfortable earbuds to wear and can be fully submerged (IP68).

    This time around, even the charging case has an IP54 rating, making it both dust resistant and sweat resistant.

    The battery on the buds lasts around 8 hours. The charging box is rather small, which translates to an additional 16 hours of playtime.

    You can also use only one earbud and extend the excellent battery life to 48 hours in total.

    Vista’s come with a mobile app that can make a personalized sound profile. You can also customize the controls and play with an EQ to a great degree.

    Jaybird Vista 2 review

    2. Jabra Elite Active 75t

    2nd-place Runner-up
    Jabra Elite Active 75t wet

    Still one of the best true wireless earbuds for running for ergonomics and a high level of customization.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 6mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 7h + 20h in case | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: 2h 20min + quick charge – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes, built-in | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, BT-CVSD, mSBC | Water-resistance: IP57 | Features: EQ, "find my buds" feature, ambient aware
    • Reliably stable during movement
    • Comfortable for hours thanks to smart ergonomics
    • Fully waterproof with IP57 (IPX7)
    • Great sound quality with equalization
    • HearThrough awareness mode (useful for runners, cyclists…)
    • Competitive battery life at 7 hours per charge (+20h in case)
    • Perfectly designed physical controls
    • High build quality
    • Tiny soundstage (all sounds come from the middle of your head)
    • Pricier than most alternatives
    • Only right earbud can be used as mono

    With a bass-heavy sound signature, the Jabra Elite running wireless earbuds answer the taste of most runners. In case bass isn’t your thing, you can equalize it with the Sound+ app (plus other options).

    The Elite Active 75t do a brilliant job of staying stable, with a good fit, making them ideal for sports activities.

    With the HearThrough mode, you hear ambient noise around you perfectly, so you can stay safe on busy streets. This is a must-have for all joggers.

    For making calls, you can use a 4-microphone system and superb physical controls. Rain or dust isn’t a problem either. With IP57 waterproof rating and dust protection, they are resistant to dips in water and small particles.

    Via firmware update, they even received active noise canceling feature for reducing external noise, but it works poorly.

    Jabra Elite Active 75t review

    3. Beats PowerBeats Pro

    trophy Best bass
    Beats PowerBeats Pro outside the case

    Beats PowerBeats Pro are the gold standard for runners who enjoy deep bass and secure fit.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 12mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type:: In-ear | Battery Life: 11h + 24h in case | Range: 33ft – 10m | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: Under 1h + quick charge – Lightning | Mic & controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: IPX4 | Features: Ear hooks, H1 chip, volume controls on both sides
    • Deep, punchy bass that energizes modern music (slight V-shaped signature)
    • Great battery life with quick charging (we got over 11 hours out of them)
    • Perfect stability for working out
    • High build-quality and nice materials
    • Sweatproof, but can’t be submerged
    • They get slightly uncomfortable after 30 minutes
    • Pricey
    • Large charging case
    • No way to turn them off without the charging case
    • Mids sound a bit subdued

    These are the best-sounding Beats earbuds to date. They still produce strong bass depth which the Beats audio products are known for. But it’s more refined and detailed together with a slightly boosted treble.

    Beats PowerBeats Pro have a superior fit that’s suitable for sprinting as well as long-distance running. The ear hook design does a good job of keeping them in place.

    To keep them playing your favorite music, you get a better battery life than advertised (11 hours on a full charge), and 24 hours of battery life altogether with the fast-charging case. You need to charge them using a Lightning cable.

    These earbuds for running are sweat-resistant with an IPX4 rating which means you can confidently take them to the outside world.

    See: Best bass earbuds

    Beats PowerBeats Pro review

    4. AfterShokz Aeropex

    trophy Best bone conduction
    AfterShokz Aeropex bone conduction headphones

    Top picks for the very best running headphones with bone conduction technology.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: Bone conduction transducer
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: Bone conduction | Battery life: 8h | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 2h – Proprietary cable | Mic & Controls: Yes, built-in | Bluetooth codecs: SBC | Water resistance: IP67 | Features: Moisture detect alert, EQ, multipoint
    • Stable fit for all types of sports
    • Perfect environment awareness due to open-ear design
    • Lightweight (almost 30% lighter than Air)
    • Waterproof and dustproof (IP67)
    • Good battery life (8 hours)
    • Improved bass response from previous models
    • Vibrating transducers might be annoying
    • Sound quality is suffering (compared to regular earphones)
    • Lack of bass

    A wide frequency response makes these great for casual listeners, though they aren’t as good as traditional wireless headphones. Since you’re able to hear a lot of ambient noise, you need to use ear plugs for best results.

    Nonetheless, Aeropex are the best bone conduction headphones for running, you will struggle to find better sound. The bass is boosted compared to older models, so it’s the best yet.

    As well as keeping your ears free to be able to hear your surroundings when you’re out for a run, the Aeropex have some other great features for runners.

    The Aeropex come with a band around the head, and they stay firmly in place throughout your run, giving a good level of stability.

    Running races usually discourage wearing regular headphones but bone conduction is safer and thus allowed.

    AfterShokz Aeropex review

    5. Sony WF-1000XM4

    anc Best active noise-cancelling
    Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds with case

    Best running buds with all the features you expect from a premium product.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.2
    Driver size icon Driver size: 6mm dynamic
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz (20-40.000Hz with LDAC)
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 8h + 16h in case (with ANC) | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: 1.5h + quick charge – USB-C & Qi wireless charging | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, LDAC | Water resistance: IPX4 | Features: Ambient mode, 360 Audio, Speak-to-chat, EQ, DSEE Extreme
    • Audiophile-grade sound quality
    • Unique, sweatproof design
    • Great battery life
    • Excellent active noise cancellation and ambient mode
    • Feature-rich app
    • In-depth custom EQ
    • Comfortable hybrid ear tips
    • No official ear tip replacements
    • Limited touch control customization
    • Poor microphone performance in loud places
    • Too bulky to fit smaller ears

    Sony WF-1000XM4 have already a great sound profile out of the box. You can further tweak it inside the app to make a more balanced sound or add some bass for extra energy to push you over the finish line.

    The latest wireless earbuds from Sony have better ergonomics than the previous model, with hybrid foam ear tips that better grip your ears.

    The addition of an IPX4 rating helps earbuds to handle sweat, so you can easily wear them even through a marathon.

    You can have one of the best battery life, with up to 12 hours per charge and another 24 hours inside the Qi wireless charging case.

    Last but not least, the active noise cancellation on these is superb, and it even has a Wind noise reduction feature.

    Sony WF-1000XM4 review

    6. JBL Reflect Mini NC

    trophy Best from JBL
    JBL Reflect Mini NC earbuds

    Best running headphones with ear fins under $150.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.1
    Driver size icon Driver size: 6mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 7h + 14h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: 2h – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: IPX7 | Features: Ambient Aware, TalkThru, mono mode, EQ
    • Excellent sound quality (after EQ)
    • Great stability during workouts
    • Comfortable fit
    • Stable Bluetooth 5.1 connection
    • Companion app with custom EQ
    • Durable build with an IPX7 rating
    • Poor active noise cancellation performance
    • Control customization could be better

    Earbuds somewhat follow the Harman curve but with greater emphasis on bass. The sound is quite dynamic and energetic, just the sound signature you want when running to push you that extra mile.

    Circular housing with long ear fins sticks into your ears securely. Proprietary mushroom-shaped tips also add to the overall excellent stability.

    Buds are a bit bulky, so you might start feeling the pressure after a couple of hours of use. They support active noise canceling, although, it isn’t very great.

    They’re also highly durable, made with a hard plastic shell, and protected with an IPX7 rating.

    Reflect Mini NC provide excellent connectivity and come with an app. In there, you can customize touch controls and tweak EQ settings for a more personalized sound experience.

    JBL Reflect Mini NC review

    7. Bose Sport Earbuds

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    Bose Sport Earbuds truly wireless buds

    The best running earbuds from Bose.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.1
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 5h + 10h in case | Wireless range: 30ft (9m) | Noise cancelling: / | Charging: 2h + Quick charge – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes, built-in | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water-resistance: IPX4 | Features: Auto pause/play, ear fins
    • Exceptional fit and comfort
    • Great audio quality with controlled bass
    • Massive soundstage (for an in-ear headphone)
    • Sweatproof housing with an IPX4 rating
    • Support for Bluetooth 5.1
    • Good passive noise isolation
    • A barebones mobile application without EQ
    • Somewhat average battery life
    • Lack of extra customizations

    These truly wireless earbuds’ sound signature is very enjoyable for popular genres like pop and hip hop. The bass is punchy and digs deep with great control. The midrange and treble stay balanced and free of sibilance.

    You hardly notice them during use. Because of their big fins, they stay superbly in your ears, no matter how rough the terrain.

    Ear tips rest in front of your ear canal, which ensures good comfort. However, they can still ensure good background noise isolation.

    To prevent sweat damage during workouts, earbuds boast an IPX4 water resistance rating.

    The connection is strong thanks to Bluetooth 5.1, which also helps lower power consumption. There are 5 hours of battery life inside buds and another 10-hour battery life in the charging case.

    If you also want active noise canceling, check Bose QuietComfort Earbuds instead.

    Bose Sport Earbuds review

    Not what you’re looking for? See other options:

    8. SoundPEATS H1

    SoundPEATS H1 earbuds with case

    Quality earbuds with a stable fit and great sound quality.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.2
    Driver size icon Driver size: 8.6mm dynamic & balanced armature driver
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 10h + 30h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 1.5h – USB-C & Qi wireless charging | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX Adaptive | Water resistance: IPX5 | Features: Game mode
    • Good water protection IP55
    • Stable fit suitable for sports
    • User-friendly magnetic design
    • Good sound quality for the price
    • Annoying physical controls (Air Icon have touch controls)
    • Can become uncomfortable after prolonged time for small ears
    • Phone calls require the right earbud

    SoundPEATS H1 have a hybrid design, housing both one dynamic driver and one Knowles balanced armature.

    As long as you use the included foam tips, these have a very balanced sound throughout midrange and treble, with a noticeable hump in the bass. That makes them very relaxing to listen to, with a touch of rumbling bass.

    Despite their bulky housing, the Bluetooth earbuds offer a comfortable fit with minimal fatigue. Using foam tips, they should stay in your ears regardless of how intense your workout is.

    They provide an IPX5 rating, which is enough to deflect heavy sweating and splashes of water.

    The H1 have a long battery life of more than 10 hours per charge.

    SoundPEATS H1 review

    9. Treblab X3 Pro

    trophy Best ear hook alternative
    Treblab X3 Pro truly wireless earbuds

    Great running earbuds with hooks.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 11mm graphene drivers
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20Hz – 20,000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 9h + 36h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 2h – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX | Water resistance: IPX7 | Features: Ear hooks
    • Good stability during sports activities
    • Comfortable, even for more extended listening
    • Durable construction with an IPX7 rating
    • 9-hour battery on a single charge
    • Very good sound quality (if you get a seal)
    • Great passive isolation (if you get a seal)
    • Both earbuds support mono mode
    • Support for multipoint and aptX
    • Ear tips are too short to fit everyone
    • Bulky design brings wind noise
    • Discomfort when pressing the center button

    When getting the tight seal, the sound gets very clean and dynamic. The bass is tight and fast, with good control.

    Bleed in the midrange is minimal, which is why you can admire good clarity across the mids and treble. Also, the soundstage is pleasantly spacious.

    Stability is excellent due to ear hooks that hug your ears tightly. You can move your head around like crazy and don’t fear them falling off your head. 9-hour long battery life should be enough for a full workout.

    Earbuds are completely waterproof with a high IP rating (IPX7), meaning you don’t have to worry about excessive sweat. Apart from standard SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs, you also get aptX, which helps with the high-quality audio transmission.

    Treblab X3 Pro review

    For similar options, see the best true wireless earbuds under $50.

    Cheap Earbuds for Running

    Here you’ll find the best earbuds under $50 and the best cheap earbuds for running under $60.

    10. Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo

    dollar Great value
    Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo wireless earbuds

    The best wireless earbuds under $50 for running.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 6mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 5h, 9h in case | Charging: 1.5h + quick charge – Micro-USB | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: Yes, built-in | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water-resistance: IPX7 | Features: Ear fins
    • Very comfortable
    • Ear fins provide secure fit
    • Reliable Bluetooth 5.0 connection
    • IPX7 water resistance
    • Good sound quality with graphene drivers
    • Pretty decent build quality
    • The charging case seems a bit flimsy
    • Charging via micro USB
    • Bass isn’t very agile
    • Physical controls are annoying and only support basic commands

    Bass forward sound is precisely what you need to boost your energy during exercise. Liberty Neo will not amaze you with sound quality, but their sound signature is well suited for sports.

    An ergonomic design of the housing fits comfortably into your ears without causing any pressure.

    Ear fins help earbuds to stay in place during rigorous movements. You shouldn’t worry about them popping out when running.

    The battery life of 3.5 hours on a single charge isn’t great but still long enough for a good workout session.

    At least earbuds sport an IPX7 rating, making them completely submergible.

    Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo review


    Honorable Mentions

    Jaybird Vista – If you seek great pair of running earbuds with fun, energetic sound, you should be more than happy with these. Their companion app lets you fully customize controls and change the sound to your liking. Jaybird Vista review

    JBL Under Armour True Wireless Flash X – A great-sounding running earbuds with a hook design to keep them on your ears even when your heart rate goes up. These are comfy and lightweight earbuds, with an IPX7 water-resistant rating and five hours of playtime. (Check UA Flash price)

    BackBeat FIT 350 – These sport headphones are super stable, providing even more secure fit and comfort. They offer an IPX5 water-resistant rating and are suitable for all kinds of sports. Plantronics BackBeat Fit 350 review

    Jaybird X4 – A decent sound with a secure fit and even better app. Water-resistant and superb for all sorts of activities, although the durability is somewhat questionable. Jaybird X4 review

    Bose SoundSport Free – Solid pair of true wireless buds with good stability and somewhat short battery life. An IPX4 rating ensures sweat-resistant protection, while a shallower fit lets you be aware of your surroundings.

    Aukey EP-T21 – Great cheap earbuds for those on a tight budget. They have a similar design to Apple AirPods Pro and are on the best wireless earbuds under $30. Aukey EP-T21 review

    Anker Soundcore Spirit X (2019) – Cheap wireless earbuds with fully water-resistant construction and long battery life. One of the best waterproof Bluetooth headphones for a lower price. (Check Soundcore Spirit X price)

    Bose Frames Tempo – Another open-ear headphone in a form of sunglasses. Speakers on both sides are positioned to blast audio directly into your ears and they sound great. It’s worth noting that the sound leakage is more than noticeable. (Check Frames price)

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    How Do You Make Earbuds Stay in While Running?

    Pick ergonomic and stable earbuds. A lot of the workout earbuds come with ear wings or hooks for better stability. Those help with keeping them in your ears. If you have Apple Airpods you can find special ear wings or sleeves for the same purpose, see here.

    Use the right size of eartips. If you have a bigger ear canal you need to use tight-fitting L or XL ear tips. If they feel snug, they’re less likely to fall out.

    Get earbuds that provide a secure in-ear fit. 
    Sometimes you buy a model that just doesn’t suit your ears no matter what you do. If that’s so, you can try using a head sweatband to keep them in place. Or sell them and get another pair that’s well-suited.

    Can You Use Apple AirPods Pro for Running?

    Yes, they provide okay stability and an IPX4 rating, preventing potential sweat damage. Their Transparency mode also helps you hear surrounding noise.

    However, earbuds tend to lose grip after your ears get sweaty, so outdoor runners should be more careful.

    Note: What to listen while running