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’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.
2. Plantronics BackBeat GO 2: £61, amazon
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.
3. Sport Wireless+: £60 amazon
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.
4. Denon AH W150: £45, amazon
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.
5. Mpow Swift Bluetooth: £15, amazon
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
6. Monster iSport Victory: £120, amazon
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.
7. Headbones: £80, amazon
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.
8. Beats PowerBeats 2 Wireless: £128, John Lewis
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.
9. Jabra Pulse: £99, amazon
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.
10. Synchros Reflect BT Sport: £84, amazon
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.
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.
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