Best headphones for sport

By Mike Atherton 04 Jan 2018
Best headphones for sport

When buying a pair of headphones for everyday use, people often look for the ones that offer the best quality sound at a reasonable price - but with sports headphones, there's a little more to it. Do you need them to be waterproof? Will you be using them on busy streets? How securely to you want them to fit?

There are a few other things to consider too - if you're not too sure what to look for, our guide to buying a pair of sports headphones should help.

So let's take a look at some of our favourite sports headphones across all price ranges.

Goji GSPOOK16 Headphones


If you're just looking for a pair of affordable sports headphones for occasional use, at £12.99, these should certainly do the job. They come with a microphone and controls on the cable so you can answer calls while they're plugged into your phone, or control your music. 

These headphones hook over the ear so they're not likely to fall off, but in this price range, they aren't going to be the most comfortable, or provide the best sound quality. 

While they do offer a level of water resistance, they wouldn't withstand being fully submerged in water – but you'll have no problems in a heavy downpour. 

Find out more about the Goji GSPOOK16 Headphones here.

Philips ActionFit Headphones


With the Philips ActionFit headphones, you get to choose how you want to wear them. They come with different attachments so you can wear them whichever way works best for you – hook them over your ear, attach the fin to clip them in, or just use them as ear-buds. 

They also have an 'open acoustic' design, which offers quality sound while letting in some ambient noise to help you stay aware of your environment - and they come with an IPX4 rating, which means they're splash and sweat resistant. 

The Philips ActionFit headphones come it at £34.35, find out more here

JVC HA-ETX30-B-E Headphones


At under £20, these headphones are a great buy for anyone looking for a cheap pair of waterproof sports headphones. At this price, you won't get the most amazing audio experience, but considering that they're also washable, that might me a compromise worth making. 

They're designed to seal the music in, and keep external noise out – great for the gym, but you might want to look elsewhere if you're planning on using them outdoors on busy streets. 

They have an adjustable rotating hook making it easy to clip them into your ears, and the IPX5/IPX7 rating means they're both waterproof, and washable – great for keeping them clean after a tough workout. 

Find out more about the JVC HA-ETX30-B-E headphones here.  

Jabra Elite Sport


The Jabra Elite Sport headphones are completely wireless and pack a ton of great features. At £199, they don't come cheap, but if it's a pair of all singing, all dancing wireless earphones that you're looking for - they don't come much better than this either. 

They offer a fully customisable fit and come with different attachments to make sure they're comfortable and secure. The sound quality is excellent too, offering impressive noise reduction and a well balanced audio experience with strong bass frequencies – but if you're out and about, there's also a 'Hear Through' mode that filters through ambient sounds to help you stay aware of your surroundings. 

They come with an IP67 rating, which means they're fully waterproof up to one meter for 30 minutes. 

You'll also get access to the Jabra Sport Life fitness app (available on iOS and Android), which combined with the in-ear hear rate monitor, gives you a great way of tracking the data from your workouts.  

The Jabra Elite Sport headphones offer loads more features, and if we listed them all, there wouldn't be any room in this article for any other headphones - take a look at them in more detail here

Bose SoundSport (wired and wireless)


You actually get two options with the Bose SoundSport heaphones; wired or wireless. The headphones themselves are essentially the same, albeit with some minor design differences. The main difference though, is that one pair needs to be plugged in, and the other doesn't. 

Both pairs clip into the ear using Bose's StayHear® tips that conform to your ear shape to make sure they stay comfortably in place, and as you'd expect with any kit from Bose, you get great sound quality. They're also sweat and splash proof, so you'll be fine using them in the rain, but they won't withstand being fully submerged in water. 

Bose SoundTouch Wireless

With the SoundSport Wireless headphones, you also get access to the Bose Connect app, making it easier to connect and switch between devices. 

The Bose SoundSport headphones start at £84.95 for the wired option with the SoundSport Wireless coming in at £149.95.

Monster iSport Victory In-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones


The Monster iSport Victory headphones are a great all-rounder, so if you're looking to spend a little more on a quality pair of wireless sports headphones, but still don't want to break the bank, these might be the ideal choice. 

With 'Pure Monster Sound', you get great audio quality and two sound profiles – standard, and turbo, which kicks up the bass and retunes the mids and highs to give you that extra motivational boost when you need it. 

With an IPX5 rating, they're able to withstand a good rain shower, but we wouldn't recommend taking them for a swim. You get about 8 hours of battery life out of them too, so unless you're running an ultra-marathon, they'll keep you going through any workout. 

Find out more about the Monster iSport Victory headphones here.  

Hopefully that's everything you need, but if you’d like help with anything else, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.

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