10 best wireless in-ear headphones

Cut the cord and listen to music with no cable kerfuffle

Click to follow
The Independent Online

Whether it’s for exercise, or just using a pair of comfortable earphones without wires, cutting the cord and moving to wireless in-ear headphones can make your life far easier.

Of course, getting rid of the wire also means getting rid of the power – so it’s important to think about how long you want the headphones, which work over Bluetooth, to last and check the battery accordingly.

Some are more focused on sport and exercise – and pack in extra features to do so – while others are made primarily for listening to music. So it’s helpful to think about where you’ll be listening most often.

1. NWZ-W273S: £55, amazon

Sony NWZ-W273.jpg

Sony’s offering isn’t just sweatproof, they’re completely waterproof - and you can store music on them, so that you don’t have to connect them to anything. The sound can’t match some competitors, but these are ideal for swimmers who need motivation.

Buy now

2. Plantronics BackBeat GO 2: £61, amazon

backbeat-go-2-red.jpg

These pack an audio punch way above their price tag. They have a nice fuss-free design, and though the sound might lack a little bit of bass, it’s rounded and loud overall.

Buy now

3. Sport Wireless+: £60 amazon

Jabra Sport Wirel.jpg

With a slim, light design and plenty of battery life, these from Jabra will sit comfortably on your ear during a workout. They also have an FM radio built-in, meaning that you can leave your phone at home when you’re heading out for a run.

Buy now

4. Denon AH W150: £45, amazon

Denon ah w150.jpg

 

 

An unusual design, available in a range of colours, hides headphones that sound less controversial than they look. They’re loud and sit comfortably on the ear. In a field of often tinny-sounding earphones, that goes a long way.

Buy now

5. Mpow Swift Bluetooth: £15, amazon

Mpow Swift Blueto.jpg

 

Bluetooth headphones tend to be more expensive than their wired counterparts, but it’s possible to get good ones cheaply. These come with a range of different earbuds to ensure they fit well, have a good sound, and a decent six-hour battery life

Buy now

6. Monster iSport Victory: £120, amazon

Monster iSport.jpg

 

These ones fit extra nicely into the ear so they’re comfortable for prolonged use, are loud and clearsounding, and they keep outside noise at bay. A robust but small build means that they’re perfect for anyone active.

Buy now

7. Headbones: £80, amazon

Headbones.jpg

 

Damson’s innovative offering sit in front of your ears, leaving them open to external sounds. They’ll keep you aware of your surroundings on runs and cycles. Plus, they still pack a punch in the sound stakes. You can also plug in any 3.5mm headphones - a set are included in the box.

Buy now

8. Beats PowerBeats 2 Wireless: £128, John Lewis

Beats PowerBeats .jpg

 

Built for working out – from the sweat-proofing to the small and light design – the six-hour battery life on these will get you through any workout. The pumping, bassy sound makes them a good allrounder for everyday use.

Buy now

9. Jabra Pulse: £99, amazon

Jabra Pulse.jpg

 

As well as providing the soundtrack to your workout, these have a built-in heart monitor that syncs to an app to help you track your activity and effectively works to ensure that you’re raising your heart rate. The company also makes a ‘Coach’ version, built for cross training, which instructs you as you work up a sweat, like a personal trainer.

Buy now

10. Synchros Reflect BT Sport: £84, amazon

Synchros Refl.jpg

 

JBL’s sport-focussed pair are light, durable and come in in bright colours to make sure they – and you – are visible as you pound pavements. The battery life is on the short end, at five hours, but the comfortable, easy-to-wear design makes them a decent buy.

Buy now

 

Verdict:

The Monster iSport earphones are excellently built, sound great and ensure that you don’t have to listen to outside noises at the same time as your music. The price – lower than many of the high-end competitors – means that you don’t have to take too much of a huge risk, and they’ll be great value even if you only use them for working out. If sound quality is your priority, then the PowerBeats 2 pack in great sound and a brilliant build. At the other end of the scale, the Mpow Swift earphones are good value, punching way above their weight.

 

IndyBest product reviews are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and buy the products, but we never allow this to bias our coverage. The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing

Comments