There are many forms of running but regardless of this, buying the best bluetooth headphones for running should be a necessity if you run..
You may enjoy jogging or even sprinting as a form of high intensity cardio. Maybe you have to quickly change your pace as a part of a particular activity such as soccer.
If you like to listen to music while exercising, it’s possible that you already use corded sport headphones. I’m sure these have delivered incredibly motivating tunes which have allowed you to give your all in every exercise. However, we’re all aware of some of the problems associated with these types of earphones. The fact that you’re here makes me think that you are already aware of these problems.
Obviously the main issue we have is the cord itself. Let’s say that you’re doing a sprinting session and you’re pumping your arms, this arm movement can easily knock the tips out of your ears by pulling on the cord. Even if you’re running at a slow pace and the arm movement isn’t an issue, the general jogging movement can easily pull out the buds. This isn’t just frustrating but may even have a major impact on how you feel during the rest of the day. I know I’d be feeling pretty crummy if I had my workout ruined.
The solution to this common problem – get a pair of bluetooth headphones!
The best part about these types of products is that they can be utilized for just about anything. You can use them for other exercises such as weight training in the gym or even throughout your normal day-to-day activities. Believe it or not, poorly fitting earphones with cords can make your day miserable regardless of whether you’re running or not!
Wireless Headphones for Running – Important Features
At this stage, it’s clear that you need to find a pair of bluetooth headphones which provide a great fit. But what other factors will you need to take into account? Well you definitely have to keep comfort in mind and considering the fact that you’ll be doing lots of outdoor exercises, you should be looking at getting water and sweat proof bluetooth headphones for running.
You’ll also need to decide how important the sound quality is! Are you the type of person who gets by with whatever or do you need a perfectly clear and crisp delivery of that inspiring music?
The price tag of the product may also have an important part to play. Generally the top premium bluetooth models which combine all of the above features will demand a top dollar. Due to this, you must determine how much you’re willing to spend.
Based on the above features we’ve just discussed alongside some other essential features, the top 3 sets on the market which would be suitable have been listed. These 3 products have been selected after a period of thorough research and testing. Considering the fact that these bluetooth sets are the very best available when it comes to running, they’ll also command a high price.
In order to satisfy those of you who would prefer a wallet-friendly pair of bluetooth earphones, a further 3 pairs have been chosen which combine excellent quality with fantastic value. This means that no matter what you’re interested in, there’ll be something for you!
Top 3 Products
|Product Name||Type||Microphone||Play Time||Warranty (Years)|
|Plantronics BackBeat FIT||Behind the Neck||Yes||Around 8 hours||1|
|JayBird BlueBuds X||Behind the Neck||Yes||Around 8 hours||1 + lifetime against sweat|
|Jaybird Freedom Sprint||Behind the Neck||Yes||Around 4.5 hours||1 + lifetime against sweat|
|Motorola S11-HD||Behind the Neck||Yes||Around 5 hours||1|
|Avantree Jogger Sports||Behind the Neck||Yes||Around 9 hours||1|
|Jarv Joggerz BT-301||Behind the Neck||Yes||Around 6 hours||1|
Available in a blue or green colour, the Plantronics BackBeat Fits are the best wireless bluetooth running headphones on the market in 2018. This set includes most of the standard features including a sweat proof design and a microphone. However, these are features that don’t really interest us. Well then, let’s look at the qualities which we’re looking for.
Firstly, the BackBeat Fit isn’t designed as a typical in-ear model but rather the design follows more of an around-the-ear style. This means that the buds that are incorporated fit less tightly than traditional in-ear sets such as the JayBird BlueBuds X. You may be thinking that the loose fit will be disadvantageous. However, this actually means that you’ll be able to hear the traffic while you’re out for a running session. In my opinion, this is a huge positive point of the BackBeat Fits as most earbuds don’t allow this to happen. I say this because it can be quite dangerous when the noise blocking feature minimizes your awareness to traffic and the outside environment.
So now you’re probably thinking okay fine the loose fit is beneficial but won’t they fall off when I start jogging or sprinting? Well, do you remember when I mentioned around-the-ear style? The buds are combined with a silicon design which will fit around your ear securely. I must admit the fit isn’t fantastic as the buds won’t fit completely inside your ear. However, what I do know is the fact that the buds won’t fall out from your ears like they would with a traditional in-ear style.
Right, the fits great and comfortable while you’re on your early morning run. But will the sound quality be just as impressive? Most products these days do well in some aspects but let you down in others. Well, I was quite pleased with the sound delivered. There was fantastic clarity and a decent bass. However, you shouldn’t be expecting audiophile-grade sound. After all, this set is aimed at sports and exercise. What is important to mention is the fact that the noise cancelling feature isn’t effective if you’re in a busy environment so make sure you take that into account.
We’ve already spoken about the BlueBuds when it comes to bluetooth earbuds. This shows how much we like this pair. However, these are traditional earbuds so getting a secure fit may be a problem. At it is such an expensive set, the fit is excellent especially due to the little “wings” added to the design. However, this still wouldn’t be able to compare to the fit provided by the BackBeat Fits. Due to the typical earbud (plus wings) design, the tips may fall off quite easily especially during plyometric exercises. On top of this, the only way of getting a secure fit is by trying different sizes of ear tips included. Personally, it doesn’t fit that well and I certainly can’t see these staying in my ear when I go out for some hill sprints. However, you’ll love this set if you go out running at a steady pace.
While the fit can be an issue when doing intense sprints, the rest of the qualities associated with these BlueBuds are undoubtedly excellent. The sound is fantastic and even though it can’t compare to full size earphones, it’ll probably be the best when you consider the fact that we’re looking at a pair of bluetooth earbuds. The noise cancelling feature is superb and it’ll significantly block out the external sound if you manage to establish a great fit/seal. I feel that this can be dangerous but it can also be highly advantageous in some cases.
Alongside the sound, we have the standard features such as a great quality microphone and a sweat proof design. The sweat proof design is so important to JayBirds that a lifetime warranty against sweat is included with the product.
In overview, I feel that the BlueBuds are quite expensive and I’m not sure if it’d be a good idea to spend such a huge amount especially if you’re unable to establish a good fit.
The JayBird Freedom Sprints are the official training in-ear headphones for the USA triathlon. Similarly to the BlueBuds, JayBird has also included the lifetime warranty against sweat with the Sprints. However, this might have been to create an image of a top quality product. Let’s see if the Sprints did well during our testing!
When it comes to running, this set provides a surprisingly good fit which should stay in your ear when you’re travelling at a steady pace. The availability of 9 fitting choices is a positive point. However, just like the BlueBuds, I feel that this set won’t be able to cope during a high intensity sprint.
I found that the sound quality was pretty good and certainly provided high standards considering the fact that this set is much cheaper than the other 2 sets we’ve already discussed. This was delivered in excellent clarity and crisp while the bass was highly impressive. In order to minimize external noise on a busy street, you’ll need to ensure that an effective seal has been established.
While the microphone delivers great sound quality during a phone call, there is one major negative point worth discussing. I felt that the main negative point of this model was the below-par battery life. The Sprints provide a listening time of 4.5 hours and this seems very low especially if you’ve gone out without charging the battery. This is especially important when you consider the price tag of this set.
The overall design is extremely lightweight and the set looks quite small which can be a positive point. With the wide array of impressive features, I’d definitely get this set if I wanted a pair of cheaper premium bluetooth headphones. Therefore, if the battery life doesn’t concern you then by all means get the JayBird Freedom Sprints.
Cheap Bluetooth Headphones for Running
The Motorola S11 is quite a stylish looking bluetooth set. It’s also quite a bit cheaper than the Plantronics and JayBird sets we’ve already discussed. The sweat proof feature along with a behind-the-neck design makes this product ideal when running and doing other forms of exercise in the gym.
Despite this, the first thing that stands out is the incredibly bulky design. In terms of looks and the feel, the Motorola S11s feel highly durable and would be able to withstand all sorts of rough handling. However, this is just looking at things from a positive perspective. The bulky durable design will make it harder to obtain a perfect fit. This is mainly due to the stiff plastic material the set is made from. You might have difficulty putting these S11s on in the first place.
If you do manage to find an exact fit, you’ll find that the ear buds are quite comfortable while the neckband is also lined with a soft material. We also get 3 different sizes of buds in order to ensure suitability for different ear sizes. Whether 3 sizes will be enough to fit your ears remains to be seen.
The charging time of this set was something that I found to be quite impressive. Just 5 minutes of charging this product will get you a play time of an hour. This is a huge positive point especially if you’re always on the go.
The sound quality delivered by this model is quite good and you’ll be able to listen to excellent bass and crisp in your music while going your daily jog. The only issue I have is that your movement may knock the buds slightly out of place and this will have a profound effect on the sound. However, a quick adjustment of the neckband should solve this.
From the name, we can guess that these earphones are made specifically for running and a wide variety of other sports. This surely means that a secure fit will be on top of the list?
Well these come in the earbud form so they’ll be fitting inside your ears. The short cord will be placed around both ears which will provide that secure fit. I think that this set will fit quite securely and when you end up establishing a decent fit, the comfort levels will be quite good too.
From my observations, I felt that the design was eye-catching and the entire set is well made. This is especially after I checked the controls which are located on both ear pieces. The battery life is what truly impressed me as this will be better than most premium bluetooth running headphones.
Despite this, I felt that the sound was decent at best. In fairness, I wasn’t expecting anything great at this price. At the end of the day, I would buy these inexpensive wireless headphones if I wasn’t too bothered by the sound and just needed something to accompany me during my long runs.
As the name would suggest, the Jarv Joggerz BT-301s will be the perfect pair for you. They’re the cheapest set we have incorporated into our rankings and they’ll certainly provide great value if you’re under a strict budget.
There is a variety of colours available and this makes the overall simple design quite attractive but it’s worth mentioning that these aren’t in-ear headphones. In fact, the design is based on a behind-the-neck style which uses ear cups that will rest on your ears rather than be placed inside the ear canal.
While the fit and comfort levels are quite good for active people, I’m not sure if this comfort will continue if worn for extended periods. This is due to the on-ear cups which may put pressure on your ears. Because of this, I feel that these will be great if the sole purpose is to use them while running.
The battery life associated with this set is great and can easily compete against higher-end models. Additionally, the location of controls and the microphone on the set allows for an easy functionality feature.
The sound quality is decent but I think this is absolutely fantastic if you take the price tag into account. Due to this, I would say that these headphones will provide fantastic value if you are to go for them.
Choosing the Best Bluetooth Running Headphones
So we have now looked at 6 sets which vary greatly in price. We have also established which ones rank higher after thorough testing. While this is clear, I’m compelled to mention one point.
In our opinion, all 6 of these sets are the best available on the market in 2018. However, with the exception of the Plantronics BackBeat Fits, I don’t think any of these models would stand a chance during highly explosive activities such as sprinting. You’ll need to take this into account when buying the most suitable pair from the list.
Taking part in sprints is one of my favourite activities and for this reason; I would get the Plantronics. This set provides great qualities and features in every aspect. The only issue is that the price is quite expensive. Therefore, if you’re a serious runner and severely limited by your budget then by all means get the Jarv Joggerz.
Just ensure that you pick a style that will fit you well!