By now you’ve probably heard the rumor that the iPhone 7—set to launch in September—will not have a headphone jack. Pretty alarming news considering all phones on planet earth have the jack and going wireless* is based solely off of preference. But, while you may be forced to cut the cord, you can also see it as an opportunity to treat yourself to new pair of high-powered bluetooth buds.
Streaming music without a wire during a lengthy commute, run, or at the gym is one of those things where you don't realize how great it is until you do it once—and then you can never go back to your old ways. And with all the sleek designs out there now, donning a pair is also an instant style upgrade. Plus, with today’s advanced technology, even wireless earbuds deliver excellent sound quality.
Let's be real: you too will probably make the upgrade to the iPhone 7, and even if they do come with a basic pair of Bluetooth buds, you know they won’t match up to cutting-edge pairs out there. So, we did the research for you and found the best wireless earbuds that'll synch up to your Bluetooth device. Whatever your budget may be, there's a pair for you on this list.
*By wireless, we mean no headphone jack required, because while all of these are Bluetooth-friendly, they still have a couple inches of wire that rests around or behind your neck (with the exception of two).
If you didn’t think it was possible to completely cut the cord during your workouts, think again. The Dash by Bragi does it all. You can stream music, track performance (like cadence, calories, distance, pool lengths, and breaths), and connect with the world by syncing this to your smartphone, or, if you don’t feel like lugging your phone around, then you can use them on their own since they pack 4GB worth of internal memory. They include a “Dash Coach” which delivers audio feedback of your heart rate, steps, and activity duration and are waterproof for up to one mile. The buds also boast “Audio Transparency,” which allows you to either listen to your surroundings while listening to music (think: safety for cycling), as well as passive noise isolation which allows you to mute the surrounding ambient sounds (think: noisy co-workers). While they’re high in price, they have a “living platform” that requires you to frequently update it (like a cell phone) to improve their performance and add new features—so you can count on them to last.
This true wireless option weighs a mere four grams (less than 2 dimes)—yet still manages to deliver stellar sound. They have a single-touch multifunction that allows you to access Siri or Google Now, take phone calls, and manage your music while your phone is out of reach. They come with a cutting-edge charging case that will automatically turn on and start delivering juice when you place the buds inside. (They come with a USB cord should you not want to use the box.) Water-resistant properties mean you don’t have to worry about working up a sweat, and four color options means you can choose your own style.
Put on these Powerbeats 2 to push through your next workout. They’ll wick any water or sweat away and have a 3-button in-line remote control so you can easily take hands-free calls or adjust music volume mid-workout. The short, behind-the-neck wire won’t get tangled while the wrap around earbuds will provide a secure, unrivaled fit. And as far as sound goes, they deliver a crisp, powerful noise that won’t disappoint.
If you’re looking to ditch the wire at a budget-friendly price, go with these Bluetooth-powered buds to amp up your workouts. They'll deliver optimal sound and will withstand any rough post-workout body odor thanks to the "Pureclean" technology infused in the soft, silicone ear gels. Control everything at your fingertips with on-ear music and phone buttons, and never worry about a bud getting loose, since they're built with Skullcandy's proprietary technologies ("FitFin," "StickyGels," and "Fix") to ensure they stay locked in place.
For a small pair of sport-specific buds, these deliver top-notch quality and clarity of sound. The ear tips are designed with a soft silicone material and a unique shape that sits securely in your ear for ultimate comfort and stability during exercise. The in-line microphone and control button lets you answer calls, easily control volume, and skip songs all without touching your phone.
Add these Jaybird X2 earbuds to your workout arsenal to boost performance. They're sweat-proof and offer different sized ear tips that, when attached to the earbud and inserted into the ear for 15 seconds, will expand to the size of your ear, block the outside noise and deliver excellent sound quality. They also boast an "ear fin" design to fit the shape of your ear, so that when twisted into the ear, they will lock in and provide a secure fit. You can wear them two ways: with the cord hanging under the ear or with the cord wrapped over the ear for a tighter fit.
If you get bothered by a loose cord dangling behind the head, then try this newer, more stable model that sits around the neck. While neck sizes obviously differ, these earphones are flexible and offer a universal fit that feels comfortable. You can manage your music and control your calls through the 3-button remote located on the neck, use them during sweaty workouts thanks to their water-resistant properties, and sync it up to another device at the same time. Better yet, their sound quality is clutch and their price is affordable.
The Jabra Sport Coach is one of the most innovative training earbuds on the market. They feature in-ear coaching based off of your current workout, so a voice will prompt you to do things like "speed up" depending on your target goal. You can choose from more than 40 exercises—beginner to advanced—that walk you through your workout all while measuring your distance, pace, steps, cadence, and calories burned. Their barely-there feel won't drag you down while its multiple-sized eargels and earwings allow you to find a personalized fit. And to top it off, these buds are designed to withstand any weather condition.
Train through rain and sweat when these Backbeat Fit earphones are fastened onto your ears. These buds are moisture-repellent, boast a stay-put fit that safely allows ambient noise to come through, and include a neoprene armband that comfortably secures your smartphone during your workout. They deliver stellar sound with a solid bass and have on-ear controls so you can stop, pause, and play tracks as well as answer your calls without the hassle of carrying your phone. A bonus: the reflective finish means you'll be visible during after-dark runs.
The silicon eartips and earwings on these buds ensure they remain in place while a water- and sweat-proof coating means you can conquer your training without worrying about them getting wet. They're lightweight, project crisp, strong sounds, and have music and phone controls. But perhaps the best feature is that these earphones are magnetic, so you can keep them detangled when you need to quickly grab them on-the-go.