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I think it’s a safe assumption to say that most everyone who works out at the gym uses headphones. I also think it’s a safe assumption to say that most everyone who has worked out with headphones has hated their headphone situation.
So, here’s a list of what we think are the best wireless headphones for the gym. We’ll break down what we like about each of our picks. We’ll also go over pricing, comfort, sound, and more.
Beats Powerbeats3 Review
We all know Beats. The brand is a powerhouse in the headphone industry. It’s probably not a surprise to anyone that they’re taking the Best Overall spot on this list.
Powerbeats3 Review – Design
When you’re working out, the last thing you want to deal with is having to adjust your headphones every five minutes. A lot of earbuds just fall right out, especially when you start sweating or do anything more vigorous than a stretch.
What we love about the Powerbeats3 is that they don’t fall off. Their around-the-ear construction gives them a secure fit that we really appreciate. And that goes for everyone out there. A lot of times headphones are very subjective in terms of fit. With the Powerbeats3, they will provide a secure fit for all gym-goers. They’re just a safe bet if you want secure, durable earphones.
They’re also sweat and water resistant, so go ahead and sweat a whole lot. You’ll be super gross and overwhelmingly damp, but you’re headphones will be just fine. You can’t swim with them, but they’ll be just fine for CrossFit.
With the Powerbeats3, you’ll get up to 12 hours of battery life on a full charge. And, a neat feature, if you forget to charge and show up to the gym with – surprise! – dead headphones, you can do a 5-minute Fast-Fuel Charge to get an hour of playback time.
These headphones have a very stable Bluetooth connection. We count that as a must-have because no one wants their music to be cutting in and out, having to disconnect and reconnect, while they’re in the middle of a work out. It’s just a hassle and a distraction.
A nice perk of the Powerbeats3 is how easily it pairs with iOS products. It’s pretty seamless because Apple owns the Beats brand, so all their tech works really well together. And that goes for all modern iOS products, including iMacs, Macbooks, iPhones, etc. If you pair the PB3 with one Apple product (that’s connected to your iCloud account) they will show up everywhere pretty much automatically, which makes switching between devices very easy.
I don’t how much you expect to be paying for a pair of headphones, but with all the updates in quality and function nowadays, they can get pretty pricey. You’re not stopping by Target to replace your $13 earbuds every other month.
So the Powerbeats3 sound pretty great, right? What’s not to like?
*cough* the price *cough* Right, so here’s another great option, but for a much, much lower price.
Anker SoundBuds Slim+ – Design
Like the Beats, the Anker SoundBuds Slim+ have a nice, secure fit. They’re comfortable and come with different sized ear tips and ear wings. Anker advertises that the SoundBuds “fit like a glove” and we’d have to agree. And they’re smaller and sleeker than the original SoundBuds Slim, which is obviously a positive for workouts. You can, however, typically find the original SoundBuds Slim on Amazon for cheaper than the plus models.
Anker SoundBuds Slim+
The earbuds are magnetic, too, which is a small but convenient feature. They also have a nano coating and IPX5 water resistant rating, which means you can do a hard workout with them and shouldn’t have any issues related to waterproofing. We’ve seen other products with better waterproofing ratings, but for the average gym-goer, the IPX5 certification will be fine.
Overall, we really like the design, but we’ll still note that the in-line remote/mic is a bit big (and weighs on the cable), as are the earbuds themselves. Probably not the best for particularly little ears. That also means that the earbuds protrude quite a bit for cycling such that you’ll get a lot of wind noise, so just keep them in the gym.
The battery life on these earbuds is around 7 hours and takes about 90 minutes to fully charge a dead battery. Not the best battery life, but for the price, it’s not bad at all—should get you through the week.
The sound quality for these Anker headphones is pretty decent. Our only little complaint is that it’s a tad on the bass heavy side. Again, good enough for most gym-goers considering the price. We clearly prefer the audio quality of the Jaybird X3, but I don’t think you’ll be up in arms about the sound with the SB Slim+.
As we already mentioned, these headphones are way more affordable than the Beats. With an MSRP of just $30, they’re very much within reach [Check Current Price on Amazon]. And we’ve seen them for a few bucks cheaper, as well. Anker will typically make them an Amazon Deal of the Day here and there throughout the year and occasionally on our deals site we find coupons for them to make them even cheaper.
Ultimately, while we like both the Latitudes and the SoundBuds, the Latitudes came in at runner up because the Ankers have a higher water resistance rating, as well as a shorter cord, which we find less distracting and more comfortable.
The AUKEY Latitudes have about an 8 hour battery life, which we don’t really have complaints about. Although, if you’re planning on using them continuously and all day long, I guess that wouldn’t be long enough (but who does that anyway?).
AUKEY’s headphones have decent sound quality and give you three different EQ settings to choose from – Default, Bass, and Treble.
With an MSRP of $26, the AUKEY Latitudes are comparable in price to the Anker SoundBuds. Sure, they have a slightly lower list price, but as we mentioned, you can find the Ankers for the same price [Check Price on Amazon].