5 Tips for Choosing the Best Headphones for Running

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Choosing your headphones for working out can be really difficult and require a great deal of thought. You have to think about a wide range of factors that could affect your headphones. Things like sound, price, quality, and durability are all factors that make the process that much harder. However, it’s not something that has to be hard.

Think about the kind of headphones you are looking for and the fit that they provide. Go out and look at different types, and never be afraid to try a few on to see how they feel. Here are a few tips to help you along your way.

Bose headphones for Running

#1 Which Type?
The first, and possibly the biggest, question you have to ask yourself is whether you want earbuds or headphones for running. Some people find headphones slippery and sweaty, others have determined that earbuds cause discomfort after extended use and an increased risk of spots due to the sweat. Determine what you are comfortable wearing, try some of each type on and go with what feels best for you.

#2 Wireless
Plantronics Bluetooth Running headphonesBluetooth headphones are the way of the future. They sit comfortably on your head with no irritating wires blowing in front of you or hitting your chest as you run. They often come with remotes in the side of them so you can control tracks, and even answer calls, all without having to stop moving.


You can stay in your rhythm and let yourself continue feeling the music to keep your pace without having to worry about fiddling for your phone.

#3 Waterproof
Having waterproof or water resistant headphones can be really important, especially if you are training for a triathlon or end up running in torrential rain. Sweat resistant headphones can be great to have too as they are less likely to fall out of your ears and stop you during your run. They are often protected by a silicon layer that fits nicely in the ear and can help reduce the appearance of spots in the ear that can appear due to a build-up of sweat.

#4 The Sound
Your headphones should have a clear sound, and preferably a bass – although that is down to personal preference. Good sound is more important than you might think when it comes to buying a pair of headphones.

Your music helps to motivate you and keep you moving at a fast, upbeat pace. A clear sound and good quality is more likely to help motivate you and keep you working towards finishing your daily workout. You can even get headphones that cancel out surrounding noises, which is great for working in the gym.

#5 Lifespan
If there is one key piece of advice, it’s that you buy a pair of headphones you know are going to last you a while. They might be a little more expensive, but they are well worth it to save you replacing countless pairs of cheap and easily breakable ones.

They should be able to go years without fault and survive being thrown in a gym bag and bashed around in a locker without the sound being compromised. They should last you a long time and not be a temporary placement.

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22 thoughts on “5 Tips for Choosing the Best Headphones for Running

  1. Annie Frances says:

    When I’m running, I like to run to the beat of the music I’m listening to. I like that these headphones are small and lightweight. Maybe I’ll use my bigger headphones for school. Thanks!

  2. Sarah Smith says:

    My cousin loves to run, and I want to get headphones for his birthday. Thanks for the advice about waterproof or sweat resistant headphones as they tend to stay in the ear better. Now I just need to do some research and read some reviews on headphones so that I can find the right kind.

  3. Lillian Schaeffer says:

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to first decide whether you prefer earbuds or headphones for running. I prefer to use headphones over earbuds for regular use, but I’m going to start running in the mornings, and I don’t think those would feel comfortable to me while exercising. I’ll definitely look into getting a nice set of earbuds I can use for running. Thanks for the great post!

  4. Tom says:

    This is a great post. I usually go for running in the evenings and was wearing my iPhone earbuds for runnings. They were not easily falling off. But I feared of sweat. I went for Sennheiser 686G Earbuds. They are now a perfect companion while running. They comfortably fit into my big ears.

    Thanks for the post.

  5. emily bennette says:

    My little brother is on his high school’s cross country team. His birthday is coming up and I want to get him something that will help make running even more enjoyable for him. I like the idea of getting him wireless Bluetooth headphones.

  6. Louise Clark@best earbuds with mic says:

    I think that headphones are pretty important. I know that I listen to music almost all day between my classes. It also helps to avoid having any sort of distractions while in the hall. I can focus on my work and not have to worry about anything else.Thanks for the great post!

  7. Adrian says:

    Being a big fan of headphones and a runner, I have tried running with them many times. But it never really worked well for me. The wires got caught or were affecting the sound causing me to get frustrated and just take them out. Since I have been using the wireless / bluetooth headphones I can finally run to my favorite tunes. The difference is huge for me. And running with music is very motivating. Usually my workouts just fly by now.

  8. Alberto Hurst says:

    Well Its correct everyone or almost most of the runners usually prefers wireless headphones to have complete pleasure while running. Currently I am using AfterShokz Trekz Titanium which works with bone conduction technology and transmits voice through bones instead of eardrums due to which I am able to hear surrounding sounds also.

    I would suggest you to look at it once. Overall the article was a good read Enjoyed it.

  9. stefan says:

    I always keep in mind what you said in this article when i buy a new pair of headphones. I like to run a lot and always bought headphones that are wireless, waterproof, sound good and are durable.

  10. Bernard Clyde says:

    I appreciate you focusing somewhat on how waterproof headphones are also beneficial for moist or wet environments, not just when swimming. I think it’s amazing that we’ve developed the technology to make listening to music so convenient in so many situations. Being able to listen to music when you are doing certain activities can really motivate and inspire you.

  11. Microphone says:

    For some people, the idea of running without motivational tunes is horrifying, and for those who do love a bit of music to speed them along to a personal best, Bluetooth wireless headphones are the best things to happen since Survivor released Eye of the Tiger.

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