After a number of responses from our top 10 running shoes of 2017 so far, we thought it would only be right to pair your perfect runners with the perfect headphones. ‘Wireless or wired’ has been the major argument between brands, trainers and regular gym-goers when it comes to headphones, as both offer positives and negatives in their design. But which will give you better sound? Which headphones will last longer? Which are the most reliable to take on your run? Look no further, because these are the top 10 workout headphones of 2017 so far…
Price: $120 – $129
Best feature: Inner ear fitting comfort
Rating: 6.5/10 stars
When you buy Bose headphones, you can almost always be certain the sound, quality and durability of both wireless and wired headphones will be very high. These wired headphones feel like they were made for your ear with an extremely hugging design and comfortable mold. They’re sweat resistant and are a lot less bulky than other models on the market, and delivers the Bose sound without the usual price tag. The ‘open’ design of the headphones might be the reason outside noise interference is higher in this model compared to others, but is still a good option for gym goers looking for a great set of wired headphones.
Price: $259 – $299
Best feature: Noise canceling with Beats by Dre quality
Rating: 7/10 stars
For almost $300 you’ll be expecting a lot from these headphones, but this is one model where Beats by Dre really do deliver. The battery life gives you 40 + hours of high quality, noise canceling tunes, which is easy to navigate between through the remote on the earpiece. Pairing is a very straightforward process with this model unlike a lot of wireless headphones that require a number of app installation and access acceptances. There is no doubt these headphones are an investment into good quality sound and classic design, but some think it’s far too hefty for a bulky set of workout headphones.
Price: $95 – $105
Best feature: Best value for quality of sound
If you’re ready to step away from the Bose, Beats and Apple Pods of the world, the Shure SE215 could be exactly what you need. The personalised comfort and vibrant sound are wrapped in a very understated price tag compared to some of it’s more popular counterparts. The design is very simple, but is still stylish in a modest way: these headphones are the perfect combination of comfort, value and performance. The only downside to these headphones is their lack of in-line controls so changing the song, increasing volume or answering calls isn’t as easy and requires you to hold the device.
Price: $35 – $40
Best feature: Best value for great noise canceling features
If you’re after noise canceling headphones, it doesn’t always have to come with an extreme price tag. The Mpow V4.1 are a great pair of wirelessly connected headphones perfect for working out or on the move. With the low price you would expect sub-par music quality, but similar to most of Mpow’s other products, there is a surprisingly high level of quality for the reasonable price. One issue I had with these is their durability; although the noise reduction technology is incredible, this product wouldn’t see you through a year of workouts like some other options on the market.
Price: $199 – $220
Best feature: Compact and durable
With design features similar to that of Bose wireless headphones, and one of the highest quality lightweight headphones I’ve come across, the Jaybrid X3 ticks almost every box for workout headphones. The 8-hour battery life is less than other products, but the noise quality, base and clarity definitely increase their ranks within the sports headphone market. The Jaybird X3 is sweat proof, durable, and hold a substantial amount of strength for their compact design. For the price of these headphones, you expect a long-life and will be pleasantly surprised with the months of workouts it can see you through.
Price: $120 – $200
Best feature: Fast charge, reliable battery
On the next tier of headphones, the Beats Powerbeats 3 gives just a little bit more for a whole lot less. With 12 hours of battery life, a sweat and water resistant design, comfortable ear pieces and a fast wireless connection, it’s no wonder why these headphones are one of the most popular on the market. One thing that is great about these is their fast charge, with 5-10 minutes giving you another 1-2 hours of juice for last minute workouts. Seeing as charging time is one of the main hesitations of the move to wireless, this feature is the best solution.
Price: $129 – $149
Best feature: Newcomers to the market offering different features
As a big fan of the traditional overhead headphones, I found this product very interesting as it has some of the best of different brands. The memory foam ear cushions are coupled with a surprisingly lightweight feel that allows you to train, sweat or run in ultimate comfort. It also lets you do so for over 40 hours before needing to be recharged. Along with its additional app features that monitor your movement and exertion, you don’t need your phone anywhere near these headphones to continue listening (100+ feet to be specific). Whether you like inner ear buds or outer cushion foam, there’s very little to complain about with 66 Audio BTS+ headphones.
Price: $199 – $210
Best feature: Wireless headphones with studio quality
The Monster headphones are the perfect mix between overhead outer ear headphones and a lightweight sports design. The wireless model is just one of the new products from Monster Products sports range that offer impeccable sound, quality and durability at a reasonable price. The customer’s average rating for these high-quality headphones has been some of the highest I’ve seen in the overhead style, noting the comfort, durability and ease of daily use with the addition of a built-in microphone. Running outdoors is encouraged with the sweat proof design, reflective trims and antimicrobial ear cushions.
Price: $100 – $129
Best feature: Durability, energy efficient and stylish
These wireless headphones will take you from your bed to your workout, through your commute and throughout your whole day at work. The snug, inner-ear headphones are extremely lightweight and the slick technology included allows you to pair, check battery usage and use the in-line controls with ease. The full battery lets you listen for just over 7 hours, but with great features like a ‘15-minute speed charge to full’ and sleep mode when music is paused, listening time is actually closer to 12-14 hours. As opposed to other models which feature thin connection lines between the earbuds, the Plantronics hold some incredible durability in its rubber/silicone form. Linking these to your computer while working or to your phone while running is extremely easy and makes these headphones one of the best on the market right now.
Price: $209 – $249
Best feature: The highest comfort level on the market
We’ve reached a verdict! The number one headphones that are on the market at the moment are the SoundSport Wireless headphones from Bose! Their compact design, undeniable high-quality sound and in-ear comfort make it the perfect day to day headphones that are going to last. Making calls is extremely easy on these with a highly sensitive microphone piece at the ear and simple in-line controls. Plus, there is almost no background noise interference, a feature not yet present in most wireless headphones. Although they have a lower number of active hours, and some users say the buds stick out quite noticeably, the bass and clarity of music coupled with their noise canceling design make it still the best option.
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