Top 7 Headphones for Working Out
The Best Wireless Headphone Reviews
Imagine this: You are are the gym knocking out a serious hardcore workout to your hardest-hitting song. Enter stage right: more members. Within 5 minutes your ears begin ringing with the metallic clanging of abused weights being dropped on the floor and increasing the volume on your headphones just isn’t cutting it anymore. We have been there. Now, we at Fitness Products Reviews are here to bring you our top 5 picks for the most straightforward, noise-cancelling, battery life, durable, and best overall headphones that you can use to keep your attention and peace during your workout!
|Headphones||Weight||Price Point||Battery Life||Find It Here|
|Apple Airpods 2 by Apple||46 Grams||Less than $200||24 Hours||Check Price On Amazon|
|Beats Studio3 by Dre||260 Grams||Less than $400||40 Hours||Check Price On Amazon|
|Audio-Technica ATH-MB50xBT by Audio-Technica||312 grams||Less than $200||40 Hours||Check Price On Amazon|
|Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 by Bose||254 Grams||Less than $400||20 Hours||Check Price On Amazon|
|V-Moda Crossfade 2 Codex by V-Moda||309 Grams||Less than $400||14+ Hours||Check Price On Amazon|
|Sony WH-1000XM3 by Sony||256 Grams||Less than $400||30 Hours||Check Price On Amazon|
|Anker Soundcore Vortex by Anker||288 Grams||Less than $100||20 Hours||Check Price On Amazon|
The Apple Airpods 2 are the latest from the tech company and are the new and improved version. The improvements, however, are more detailed than what the average user may have come to mind. The appearance, shape, fit, and sound are exactly the same as the first generation of Airpods, but these definitely have some improvements. Let’s dive into it below!
The Wireless Charging Case: The most impressive difference is that the second generation of the Apple Airpods will be compatible with a wireless charging case as well as the standard case. And said case is compatible with the pad that you may already be using to charge your phone. The case can also be charged through the lightning cable that all Apple users are familiar with. Through the lightning port, it takes about 2 hours, whereas the wireless charging pad will take about 3 and a half hours.
Pairing: Just as easy as it always is. If you are an android user, then you will have to go into your settings and double-tap, and if you are an iOS user, then you are just one click away. However, this time, with the Android phone pairing, you won’t be able to use the gestures when double-tapping or the auto-pause feature when you take Airpods out of your ears without a third-party app. With that being said, they can only be connected to one device at a time, but their new H1 chip is rumored to have improved the pairing speed by 2x.
More on the H1 chip: Next to the wireless charging case, this is the most impressive feature of the Airpods, themselves. Apple claims that the new chip will allow these to be able to isolate your voice better from noisy environments, connect to Siri differently (it listens for your voice, just like your Apple phone, assuming you have Siri enabled), higher quality phone calls, and extended battery life specifically when using Airpods for phone callas and lower latency.
Sir: While the Airpods can listen for your voice when you are calling out, “Hey Siri,” they have a tendency to have a longer latency and don’t notify you when Siri catches on. Effectively, you will just have to trust that it heard you and continue on with your request, but it can be irritating at times when you are expecting it to work seamlessly, but it’s still catching up with your first request to get its attention.
Call Quality: You can be the judge of this yourself, but we would say that it is about the same as before, Apple did an excellent job with the first Airpods that it makes it more difficult to improve upon them.
Battery Life: The battery life of these for talk time is about 18 hours. You can also listen to music for up to 24 hours. In comparison to the headphones already reviewed, that is very competitive, especially considering the size and convenience of these Airpods.
Comfort: Now for the subjective side of the review, these, unfortunately, don’t fit well in everyone’s ears, like all earphones. Unlike headphones, these have to fit IN your ears as opposed to over them. Therefore, there can be some difficulty, and arguably impossibility, in creating a one-size-fits-all solution. However, Apple does a pretty good job in creating something that is almost universally comfortable.
So, are the Apple Airpods 2 for you? If you already have a pair of working Apple Airpods, then you may want to wait until they have more features than just the wireless charging case. It will depend on your usage and whether you already have a pair. Either way, you will be buying a great experience and nothing short of the high quality that Apple offers with every product they sell.
This is, at the time of writing, the latest from the controversially greatest, Beaty by Dre. When these bad boys showed up, they effectively acted as a show stopper for Bose and Sony. Here’s our take!
Aesthetic: The beats Studio3 Wireless from Dre are comfortable when you are holding onto them. Surprisingly, the smudges from your fingerprints can be fairly easy to wipe away and the matte black aesthetic is hard to top. These are also very easy to fold, making them perfect when you are transporting them.
Comfort: Here’s where they begin to disappoint us. The padding on the ear cups? Great! The headband not so much. Some users will sense that it is pulling ever so slightly on their hair. The buttons that control the audio also feel cheap. These are constructed of a hard plastic, but the plastic is stiff unlike some other headphones that meet the confidence that is inspired by the higher h=price tag like the Bose QC35 Wireless headphones.
Connectivity: These work the best with Apple since the way in which iOS operated makes transferring information so seamless. On Android, however, pairing the headphones and your device is as simple as opening your settings and clicking on your bluetooth options.
Sound: On a brighter side, the Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones have active noise-cancelling (ANC), which is one of the largest reasons for purchasing wireless headphone in the first place. The bass is heavy. Really heavy. To the point where the rest of the songs that we all have come to appreciate. On the other hand, if you intend to use these for times when you are working hard like during your hobby or working out and you want that heavy bass, then you may want to take a closer look at these.
Battery: If the ANC is on, then you can get about 22 hours of battery life out of these headphones. If it is off, then it will push about 40 hours.
For the price, we really expected a more well-rounded musical experience. With that being said, when we put on our headphones, we are looking for some boosted, bass, but not so much that it neglects the mids and overall clarity of the entire track itself. If you like instrumentals and are, to add a cliché “all-about-that-bass: then the Beats Studio3 by Dre will likely be a good fit.
Right out of the box, you will see a micro USB cable, 3.5mm cable that you can detach, a leather pouch in which you can carry it.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT features padding that is slightly thinner than their previous models, but if this is your first time with their products, then you may find it to be thick enough for most users. Those who may want to scroll further down the sheet are those who will likely use their Bluetooth headphones for more than 4 hours in a day. The battery can play music for over 31 hours.
The band on top, on the other hand of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT is padded very well and is not likely to break when it is under greater force due to the metallic construction. If you fold the ear cups in, then you will have an easily transportable set of great-sounding Bluetooth wireless headphones.
On the back of the left side, you will find the controls of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT including a volume up/down switch, a power on/off button, and controls that you can touch to activate and deactivate your voice assistant. To use that service, however, you will have to install their free “Connect” app on the iOS App Store or Google Play Store. The app does, however require forced location access sharing, but if you lose these bad boys, then that service is invaluable
The connection of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT is one of a few select Bluetooth headsets that has a Bluetooth 5 radio and uses aptX Codec. AptX Codec means that they have top-tier 360 support. There are varying forms of Bluetooth Codecs, but the aptX is the best, therefore there shouldn’t be any trouble with too much or not enough compression or extra noise in the playback of your music.
We understand also, since we use wireless headphones, that there may be some concerns with the audio quality of wireless headphones, just because of the sheer nature of how they operate. And one may feel like they are taking on a large risk of shelling out the money for a quality pair. We can assure you that the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT headphones have the same audio quality as if they were hardwired into your device.
Everyone likes something different in terms of their equalization, but out of the box, this pair of headphones from Audio-Technica is something that almost any user would find to be to their taste.
The Bass is boosted just a little bit, a needed adjustment to the mids and highs (both mids and highs are above middle-C). Mids improve clarity. This will make the sound clearer and has a wavefront that makes the sounds more realistic. If you want to make any tweaks, however, then you can download an equalizer in your respective app store or you can adjust it directly from the app like Spotify or find a preset in both that and Apple Music. In Apple Music’s case, you will have to go to your settings.
Great for being Bluetooth headphones. You won’t have a problem in most cases, but if you want to use these while mowing your lawn, then you might want to move on to another pair.
Microphone: We don’t have any complaints. It appears like it has an enhancer on the voice, but wouldn’t be noticeable if we weren’t looking deeper into it.
The Audio-Technica M50xBT Bluetooth Headphones are all-around a great product. They are easily transportable have some great settings on the equalizer so you won’t have to adjust it (unless you want to). Whomever uses these at whatever venue will find them to be mostly noise-cancelling, but in rather loud environments like an airport or mowing the lawn, the isolation is not up to the task.
Bose is the company that took noise cancelling seriously and it became mainstream. Eventually, the market began mimicking. For about 2 years, the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones have been the top dogs, but Bose had cooler features, more isolating sound experience, and higher-quality output compared to their QC35 ii headphones.
This time around, Bose has completely redesigned their flagship headphones with a new design, touchpad for gesture controls, and it can be charged through a USB-C port.
These Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 are very fun to use. They are lightweight, offer a straightforward experience, have a quality build and look great!
The design is very minimalist and is consistent throughout the entirety of their product, except sound. There are 3 buttons and 2 of those are without icons or designs. There is a Bluetooth symbol on them so you can tell which way to put them on, which is nice. All playback features are gesture-controlled and located on the right earcup.
If you really want to see all that these guys can do, then download their Bose Music App. It will help you in the setup and is quite simple to operate. If you have an android phone, then you will have a dropdown that will let you pair your headphones and link up Google Assistant. When you are connected, you can do everything you need up to and including renaming your headphones and adjusting the active noise cancellation.
Considering the brand and price, we feel the battery could be better. Their main competitor (Sony) can push 35 hours or more of constant use, but these are only 20 hours. Now, you might be able to see longer battery life if you don’t have the active noise-cancellation on 10 and the volume is relatively low.
They sound fantastic despite not having any codecs. Some may believe they sound better than the QC35s that have gone before them. The bass is very lightly boosted, mids are about the same, and the highs are slightly higher than the QC35s also.
For those who are coming with no experience at all of the QC35 headphones, then the instrument portion of the song will rest tastefully in the background while still making a strong appearance, but they don’t drown out the vocals. For those interested in why, the vocals have boosted mids, so their clarity is much more pungent that you won’t have to be concerned about the low end.
- Sleek Design
- Excellent ANC
- High-Quality Sound
- Good Battery
- No folding hinges
- Not as comfortable as previous models
The Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 are still a strong competitor to the Sony WH-1000XM3. These will likely make a great Christmas gift and be greatly enjoyed by whomever receives them. They can get a little hot and the battery life could be better, but most users will likely not use them in excess of 4 hours at a time or let 20 hours of use go by before remembering to recharge them.
Wireless Codex are a durable option and still wireless. An excellent option if your headphones fall off often or you want to rest easy if they do fall. V-Moda has announced that the Crossfade 2 Wireless Headphones (Codex Edition) are an improvement upon the previous version. They have the same external design, life of the battery, and high-resolution audio quality (when it is wired) in the model before, and it has kept that but improved upon it by adding aptX support and AAC Bluetooth Codecs.
Build: V-Moda is known for producing headphones that are as high-quality in their build as they are in their sound. These wireless headphones are resilient to damage as they have undergone testing in harsh conditions to match military standards. Despite their strength, they are quite lightweight as they are constructed of metal and folding hinges, making them easy to transport.
Comfort: Now, they are strong and easy to bring with you, but are they comfortable? We would say so. The headband has cushions made of memory foam, so they are as supportive as they are comfortable. The ear cups have some cut outs that help the air circulate. It still gets hot, but you won’t feel smothered while you are wearing them.
Sound Isolation: The memory foam is more dense than you may be envisioning, considering the fairly high level of comfort, so you don’t have to be concerned about hearing conversation or other loud, constant noise, intruding on your experience while using these headphones.
Controls: Unlike your experience with other headphones, the controls are located on the side of one of the ear cups. They form an upside down V-shape which makes them more immediately recognizable when you are adjusting your volume and starting and stopping your music. They also have a good amount of resistance so accidental adjustments are mitigated.
Customization: One of the best features of V-Moda’s wireless Crossfade 2 headphones is that they are ultra-customizable. Most headphones will let you select the colors that you want, but you can also change your shield color and the material of which it is composed. You can also change the screws and different accessories. Some of the shields are more expensive than others like the 14K gold-plated shields or the ones made of platinum (about $1,000 and $27,000, respectively), but the aluminum shields that comes with the headphones are standard and come in some really pleasing colors. No matter which you choose, you can also get them etched with whatever 3D printed design you want.
These also have a wired mode which provide 0 latency. However, V-Moda’s Bluetooth Crossfade 2 Codex headphones will automatically and instantaneously turn off other electronics so it will be allowed immediate response time.
Battery Life: For the tech nerds, V-Moda’s Bluetooth Crossfade 2 Codex headphones come with a 430mAh battery that will provide about 14 hours of playback before recharging. If you forget to charge them, as we all do, then there’s no worries! They have a quick-charge feature and only takes 30 minutes to offer 4 hours of playback which is great if you are looking to get a quick boost for the gym or an online conference. If you want the full charge, it will take about 2 and a half hours.
Sound: V-Moda did these headphones justice with clarity. They feature 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers working in conjunction with a Micro Vamp built right into it as well as the aptX support and AAC. The codec support, which is really what makes this one stand out from V-Moda’s previous models. The cushions keep the noise isolated and is a large upgrade from their previous model. They are deeper and more plush which allows them to isolate sound more effectively since they sit around the ear and not just on top of them. As far as the sound itself goes, lows are emphasized, but not so much that it causes the mids to fade out. If you are listening to a song where the bass drops and there are still vocals going over top of them, then you may notice an ever-so-slight overpowering of the bass, but V-Moda is proving to be correct in their claims of having more proficient frequency-splitting capabilities due to their dual-diaphragm drivers.
- Highly Customizable
- Has aptX and AAC
- Certified High-Res
- wired version has no latency
- amp/DAC Integration
- The battery life could be better
- Could be more comfortable for the price
overpowering. If you value resiliency to damage and longevity as your primary concerns, then these V-Moda Bluetooth Crossfade 2 headphones may be just what you are looking for. They are rigorously tested and only mass-produced once they pass. V-Moda also has an “Immortal Life Program” just in case your headphones are destroyed by pressure. They are excellent for traveling and comfortable enough to wear all day.
But if you don’t care about the aptX or compatibility with AAC, then you could just as well save your next year’s model or a different style that you feel would suit you better. Although these are a little expensive, they have many features like the high-resolution when they are wired and high resiliency to damage. That alone, we feel, could make them worth the investment.
Very few headphones will have a larger role to fill than the preceding Sony WH-1000XM3. That is why these aren’t much different. These new headphones from Sony are just a new remake, mainly, from the previous model. These are best for the user that wants a better sound quality from what bluetooth headphones normally offer. They are also a great choice for those who still like the previous model of the Sony WH-1000XM3, but don’t want to have to scour their drawers for an old cable to charge theirs since this one is compatible with USB-C and enjoy their comfort with deeper ear pads.
Build: Same look as the Sony WH-1000XM2s, but they have better padding on the ear cups and offer greater active noise-cancelling. Not to mention the compatibility with USB-C. It is composed of hard plastic mostly, and it doesn’t have the plastic leather around the padding on the ear cups. The material is softer to the touch and give a great feel when brushing your fingers over it. The tops of each ear cup have small microphones that listen to the environment so that the active noise-cancelling can be as effective as possible.
Battery Life: The battery is fantastic in these headphones. You can reliably get 24 hours of constant playback at around 75 decibels while the Active Noise Cancelling is in full operation.
Noise Isolation: Let’s be real, the entire reason that you are buying A-Class headphones like this is so that you don’t have to listen to the rest of the noises in your environment no matter how noisy, right? We put that feature through the wringer and found that they are much better than the Bose QuietComforts in that area. You will still, however, be able to hear some mid-level conversations of people around you.
Sound: The sound is very consumer-friendly. For most of the market, these sound great right out of the box. The bass has more emphasis and the mids are pushed slightly for clarity.
Microphone: This is normally where bluetooth headphones are missing it while almost every company now is starting to master the main attractions. The Sony WH-1000XM3 are dominating that area too, however. The micrphone on these are is very good and make for a great set of bluetooth headphones that are the jack of all trades.
These are perfect if you are looking for a set of headphones that are great in all the major areas. Though you will still likely hear some mid-volume conversations of those around you, for the battery life, sound, and compatibility with modern charging methods, you really can’t go wrong with these. These can be pricey, but they are built for the long-haul if you want to keep them for that long.
Our final recommendation here will let this post go out with a bang. The Anker Soundcore Vortex is a stellar choice if you are looking for some bluetooth headphones at a better price than some of those before. These look sleek, are comfortable, and the battery lasts for a while. Check these out in further detail!
Operation: The controls on the device work well, but they are difficult to figure out if you aren’t directly looking at them. They are even more difficult to locate when you are wearing gloves. Once you find them, however, they are easy to navigate and aren’t hard to press. The power button on the right earcup is what is also used to play, pause, and access your virtual assistant. The microphone is fine, but isn’t good at filtering out the noise in whatever environment you are in.
Stellar Battery: These headphones clock in at about 20 hours of playback and charges fully in less than 3 hours when it is connected to the right source of power. If the volume is up only halfway, then it is reported to last 22-24 hours.
Reliable: The Anker Souncore Vortex can stay connected for up to 12 meters away form the device to which it is connected. It has low latency and aptX audio, but keep in mind that whatever device it is connected to must also be compatible with aptX. If not, it tends to lag. However, the playback controls don’t lag. So, you know that when you click the button, then it will work.
Sound: It lacks some clarify and the bass and treble are at a weird position. They sound good, but they could use some work. They also have poor isolation even with the volume up. The low end is missing, so the heavy beat of a kick drum won’t shine through as radiantly as it would on a different, higher-quality set of headphones. The Anker Sound Vortex has great mids, so the music comes through very clearly. However, because of the great emphasis on the mids, the high end can’t bring out the detail that another set, that costs more, could provide.
With its aptX compatibility, and over 20 hours of battery life, the Anker Soundcore Vortex is real competition to those the others that are on the list. The Anker Soundcore Vortex is a great choice if you are looking for budget-friendly headphones. Just don’t set too high of expectations on it. And, if nothing else, you won’t have to constantly be concerned with charging it or if you are about to use up what is left of it.