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The best headphones for running in 2024

<p>There’s nothing quite like getting into the zone during a run, and for many of us, the right soundtrack is a requirement. Whether you need classic rock, reggaeton or an immersive audiobook to properly settle into your morning jog, you’ll get the best listening experience with a good pair of wireless headphones for running. But not all <a data-i13n="cpos:1;pos:1" href="">wireless workout headphones[/url] are created equally, and runners need to consider specific needs before investing in a pair like how long your runs are, what type of music or other audio you prefer listening to and how much you want to block out the world during a session. If you’re just getting into a new running routine and need a pair of headphones that can keep up, or you’re a seasoned pro looking for an upgrade, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve tested more than a dozen Bluetooth headphones for running to come up with our top picks and help you decide which is right for you.</p>
<h2>What to look for in running headphones</h2>
<p>Before diving in, it’s worth mentioning that this guide focuses on <a data-i13n="cpos:2;pos:1" href="">wireless earbuds[/url]. While you could wear over-ear or on-ear Bluetooth headphones during a run, most of the <a data-i13n="cpos:3;pos:1" href="">best headphones[/url] available now do not have the same level of durability. Water and dust resistance, particularly the former, is important for any audio gear you plan on sweating with or taking outdoors, and that’s more prevalent in the wireless earbuds world.</p>
<span id="end-legacy-contents"></span><p>Most earbuds have one of three designs: in-ear, in-ear with hook or open-ear. The first two are the most popular. In-ears are arguably the most common, while those with hooks promise better security and fit since they have an appendage that curls around the top of your ear. Open-ear designs don’t stick into your ear canal, but rather sit just outside of it. This makes it easier to hear the world around you while also listening to audio, and could be more comfortable for those who don’t like the intrusiveness of in-ear buds.</p>
<h3>Water resistance and dust protection</h3>
<p>Water resistance and dust protection is crucial for running headphones since you’ll likely be sweating while wearing them. Also, if you have the unfortunate luck of getting caught in the rain during a run, at least your gear will survive. Here’s a quick rundown of ingress protection (IP) ratings, which you’ll see attached to many earbuds on the market today. The first digit after the abbreviation rates dust protection on a scale from one to six — the higher, the better. The second digit refers to water- resistance, or waterproofing in some cases, ranked on a scale from one to nine. A letter “X” in either position means the device isn’t rated for the corresponding material.</p>
<p>Check out <a data-i13n="cpos:4;pos:1" href="">this guide[/url] for an even more detailed breakdown. All of the earbuds we tested for this guide have at least an IPX4 rating (most have even more protection), which means they can withstand sweat and splashes but do not have dust protection.</p>
<h3>Active noise cancellation and transparency mode</h3>
<p>Active noise cancellation (ANC) is becoming a standard feature on wireless earbuds, at least in those above a certain price. If you’re looking for a pair of buds that can be your workout companion and continue to serve you when you’re off the trail, ANC is good to have. It adds versatility by allowing you to block out the hum of your home or office so you can focus, or give you some solitude during a busy commute on public transit.</p>
<p>But an earbud’s ability to block out the world goes hand in hand with its ability to open things back up should you need it. Many earbuds with ANC support some sort of “transparency mode” or various levels of noise reduction. This is important for running headphones because you don’t want to be totally oblivious to what’s going on around you when you’re exercising outside along busy streets. Lowering noise cancelation levels to increase your awareness will help with that.</p>
<h3>Battery life</h3>
<p>All of the earbuds we tested have a battery life of six to eight hours. In general, that’s what you can expect from this space, with a few outliers that can get up to 15 hours of life on a charge. Even the low end of the spectrum should be good enough for most runners, but it’ll be handy to keep the buds’ charging case on you if you think you’ll get close to using up all their juice during a single session.</p>
<p>Speaking of, you’ll get an average of 20-28 extra hours of battery out of most charging cases and all of the earbuds we tested had holders that provided at least an extra 15 hours. This will dictate how often you actually have to charge the device — as in physically connect the case with earbuds inside to a charging cable, or set it on a <a data-i13n="cpos:5;pos:1" href="">wireless charger[/url] to power up.</p>
<h2>How we test headphones for running</h2>
<p>When testing headphones for running, I wear each contender during as many runs as possible. I typically run three to five days each week, completing at least a 5K (3.01 miles) each time. I’m looking for comfort arguably most of all, because you should never be fussing with your earbuds when you’re on the tread or trail (as a note, I primarily run outside). I’m also paying attention to fit over time, particularly if the earbuds get slippery or loose while I sweat, or if they tend to pop out or feel less stable in my ears as I pick up speed or make quick movements.</p>
<p>I also use the earbuds when not running to take calls and listen to music, podcasts and the like throughout the day. Many people will want just one pair of earbuds that they can use while exercising and just doing everyday things, so I evaluate each pair on their ability to be comfortable and provide a good listening experience in multiple different activities.</p>
<p>While I am also listening for audio quality, I’m admittedly not an expert in this space. My colleague Billy Steele holds that title at Engadget, and you’ll find much more detailed information about sound quality for some of our top picks in his reviews and <a data-i13n="cpos:6;pos:1" href="">buying guides[/url]. Here, however, I will make note of audio-quality characteristics if they stood out to me (i.e. if a pair of earbuds had noticeably strong bass out of the box, weak highs, etc). Most of the wireless workout headphones we tested work with companion apps that have adjustable EQ settings, so you’re able to tweak sound profiles to your liking in most cases.</p>
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<h2>Others headphones for running we tested</h2>
<h3>Apple AirPods Pro</h3>
<p>The <a data-i13n="cpos:7;pos:1" href="">Apple AirPods Pro[/url] have an IP54 rating, which protects them from brief encounters with dust and splashes. While that’s more dust protection than many other earbuds we tested, it’s the same level of water-resistance that most exercise-specific competitors have. We generally like the AirPods Pro, but the Beats Fit Pro offer many of the same features and conveniences (namely good transparency mode and the H1 chip), with a design that’s more appropriate for working out.</p>
<h3>Beats Powerbeats Pro</h3>
<p>The <a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Amazon;elmt:;cpos:8;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Amazon&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5hbWF6b24uY29tL1Bvd2VyYmVhdHMtUHJvLVdpcmVsZXNzLUVhcnBob25lcy1IZWFkcGhvbmUvZHAvQjA3VzVKWkJWSi8_dGFnPWdkZ3QwYy1wLXYtOTAtMjAiLCJjb250ZW50VXVpZCI6ImZlNGI0YmNhLWYwYjgtNGMyNi1hYzkzLTA1NmRkN2FmYzI5YyJ9&amp;signature=AQAAAeZAAxWn30cJ38MLrK1q8wl9fu6rqFhYaJ-k4eCngkUQ&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">Powerbeats Pro[/url] are a good alternative to the Beats Fit Pro if you’re a stickler for a hook design. However, they cost $50 more than the Fit Pro (although they’re often hovering around $180) and don’t offer any significant upgrades or additional features aside from their design. They’re also quite old at this point (having launched in 2019) and it appears Beats is putting more effort into updating its newer models instead.</p>
<h3>Anker Soundcore AeroFit Pro</h3>
<p>The <a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Amazon;elmt:;cpos:9;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Amazon&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5hbWF6b24uY29tL1NvdW5kY29yZS1IZWFkcGhvbmVzLUVyZ29ub21pYy1CbHVldG9vdGgtV2F0ZXItUmVzaXN0YW50L2RwL0IwQ0NSU1FHOEs_dGFnPWdkZ3QwYy1wLXYtOTAtMjAiLCJjb250ZW50VXVpZCI6ImZlNGI0YmNhLWYwYjgtNGMyNi1hYzkzLTA1NmRkN2FmYzI5YyJ9&amp;signature=AQAAARioe5lWLHAqqWEdPINxAj7y08MqXP1wdqpXVudbAuAy&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">Soundcore AeroFit Pro[/url] is Anker’s version of the Shokz OpenFit, but I found the fit to be less secure and not as comfortable. The actual earbuds on the AeroFit Pro are noticeably bulkier than those on the OpenFit and that caused them to shift and move much more during exercise. They never fell off of my ears completely, but I spent more time adjusting them than I did enjoying them.</p>
<h3>JBL Endurance Peak 3</h3>
<p>The most noteworthy thing about the <a data-i13n="elm:affiliate_link;sellerN:Amazon;elmt:;cpos:10;pos:1" href=";siteId=us-engadget&amp;pageId=1p-autolink&amp;featureId=text-link&amp;merchantName=Amazon&amp;custData=eyJzb3VyY2VOYW1lIjoiV2ViLURlc2t0b3AtVmVyaXpvbiIsImxhbmRpbmdVcmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5hbWF6b24uY29tL0pCTC1FbmR1cmFuY2UtUGVhay1XaXJlbGVzcy1IZWFkcGhvbmVzL2RwL0IwQlFQVzlSOUgvP3RhZz1nZGd0MGMtcC12LTkwLTIwIiwiY29udGVudFV1aWQiOiJmZTRiNGJjYS1mMGI4LTRjMjYtYWM5My0wNTZkZDdhZmMyOWMifQ&amp;signature=AQAAAfl7GILXWSXd9RT7zLzqB2pBKFCi55QNZzemYcNSVt7B&amp;" class="rapid-with-clickid" data-original-link="">Endurance Peak 3[/url] is that they have the same IP68 rating as the Jabra Elite 8 Active, except they only cost $100. But, while you get the same protection here, you’ll have to sacrifice in other areas. The Endurance Peak 3 didn’t blow me away when it came to sound quality or comfort (its hook is more rigid than those on my favorite similarly designed buds) and their charging case is massive compared to most competitors.</p>This article originally appeared on Engadget at

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