The 8 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones of 2019

Don't let sweat or splashes stop you

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Jabra Elite Sport IP67

Jabra Elite Sport IP67

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For a great pair of true wireless earbuds, you can’t go wrong with the Jabra Elite Sport earbuds. These have loads of great features, including an IP67 water-resistance rating, a heart rate sensor, a step and rep counter, and other fitness-friendly tools in the Jabra Sport Life app. And they're tougher than your average wireless earbuds, too. The Jabra Elite Sport can withstand submersion in up to a meter of fresh water for 30 minutes, and they even come with a three-year warranty against damage from sweat. For those who like to run or train outdoors, these earbuds feature an audio pass-through mode so you can stay aware of your surroundings.

As an added convenience, the Jabra Elite Sport include microphones so you can take calls on them. The built-in battery offers up to 4.5 hours of playback, while the case holds an extra two full charges. They come at a price, but for both sports and day-to-day use, these are a true winner while offering some of the best waterproofing in their class.

Check out our reviews of the best true wireless earbuds available.

Best Budget: JBuds Air

The JBuds Air from JLab is an incredibly affordable pair of true wireless earbuds that still offer some level of water-resistance. They use a Bluetooth 5.0 connection and can hold up to four hours of battery (extendable up to a whopping fourteen hours with the charging case). The case has a USB charging cable built in if you need to power up on the go. In a pinch, the JBuds' quick-charging feature can get you an hour of playtime in just 15 minutes.

The JBuds Air offers JLab’s EQ options to optimize the sound of your audio. Modes include JLab Signature, Balanced, and Bass Boost so you can choose the sound profile that suits your preferences. A built-in microphone on the right earbud will let you make calls or interact with your mobile device's virtual assistant. Multiple ear tips and optional Cush Fins allow you to get a custom fit. And, with an IP55 rating, they can stand up to a bit of water and sweat. They even come backed by a two-year warranty.

Best Sound Quality: V-Moda BassFit Wireless

If your main concern is finding a pair of headphones that will make your music sound great, then check out the V-Moda BassFit Wireless. These tethered Bluetooth earbuds feature 10mm drivers with a frequency response range from 20Hz to 20kHz. These headphones support the high-quality AptX codec as well as AAC for iOS devices to ensure your audio sounds its best. The design also offers a degree of sweat- and water-resistance.

The V-Moda BassFit Wireless include in-line controls and a microphone so you can control your music playback, volume, take and end calls, and activate your device's virtual assistant. With a battery that can last up to 11 hours and quick-charging that’ll give you 2.5 hours of juice in just 15 minutes, you’ll be able to enjoy your tunes all day long. The V-Moda BassFit Wireless comes with a range of different ear tips and hooks, so you can get an extra-secure fit if you want to use these during your workouts.

Best for Running: Jaybird Run XT

If running is your thing, Jaybird is a great brand to consider. The Run XT earbuds offer the protection you need for even your toughest training sessions, with sweat-proofing and an IPX7 rating that will keep them working in all kinds of weather conditions. These are also true wireless earbuds, so you don't have to deal with a single cable. To ensure you get a secure fit, Jaybird includes five sizes of ear fins, two sizes of round ear tips, and two sizes of oval ear tips.

The Jaybird Run XT earbuds connect to your phone or other devices using Bluetooth 4.1. They have a built-in microphone so you can take calls or use your phone's digital assistant hands-free, and their four-hour battery life is extended with Jaybird's charging case, which bumps the total battery life up to 12 hours before needing to find an outlet. If you forget to charge up and just need enough power to get through a workout, they also offer a quick-charging feature that gives you an hour of battery life in just five minutes of charging.

Runner-Up, Best for Running: Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100

Plantronics has a slightly more affordable option that doesn’t fall short for runners. The Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 is a pair of true wireless earbuds that come at a fair price for what they’re offering. For starters, you get 10 hours of battery life out of the earbuds and an extra 10 hours from the case. They have a wingtip design for a secure fit in the ear, but they also have ear hooks to ensure they stay in place even on a wild run. And, you’ll be able to run outdoors comfortably with a design that lets you hear your surroundings.

When it comes to water, the BackBeat Fit 3100 earbuds are solidly protected. They offer an IP57 rating, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught in the rain. And, they’re protected against sweat, too, so don’t be afraid to push that little bit harder in your exercise.

Some extra handy features are a quick charging for up to 1 hour of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging and an extra stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection.

Best for the Gym: Bose SoundSport Pulse

If the "true wireless" design isn't your first choice, the Bose SoundSport Pulse headphones are a great option that, for some, may be a bit easier to keep track of. And it has one especially advanced fitness feature — as the name suggestions, the Bose SoundSport Pulse earbuds actually include a built-in heart-rate sensor, so you can biometrically track your workout in real time. We're recommending these as our best pick for the gym because they aren't as waterproof as the other earbuds on our list, which makes them less suited to outdoor workouts and a definite no for swimmers. The SoundSport Pulse has an IPX4 rating, which is fine for sweat but should not be submerged or doused in rain.

The Bose SoundSport Pulse have a five-hour battery life, so they'll last you through a few trips to the gym (these do not come with a charging case, so you'll have to plug them in every time you want to recharge). They can also connect to your mobile device using both Bluetooth and NFC. Inside the box, Bose has included multiple sizes of ear tips, a carrying case, and a charging cable.

Best Everyday: Elite Active 65t

If you don't necessarily need fitness-oriented headphones, the Jabra Elite Active 65t have a premium design that you can wear every day without looking like you're always en route to the gym. The Elite Active 65t earbuds are true wireless Bluetooth headphones, so there are no dangling cables to fuss with. They offer a five-hour battery life in the earbuds themselves and an extra 10 hours from the included charging case. Just 15 minutes of rapid charging can give you a full 1.5 hours of playback time. In terms of water resistance, the Elite Active 65t offer an IP56 rating, which means they'll keep working even if you get caught in the rain.

Like many of the other earbuds on the list, the Elite Active 65t connect to your device using Bluetooth 5.0. They also have a few great fitness features including an integrated motion sensor to help you track your steps and "Hear-through" technology that lets you stay aware of your surroundings if you're wearing these while our for a walk or a jog on the road. If you regularly take calls on your headphones, the Elite Active 65t also include four built-in microphones that reduce background noise and deliver exceptional clarity.

Runner-Up, Best Everyday: Aukey Key Series B80

The Aukey Key Series B80 is a slick pair of tethered Bluetooth earbuds that combine two speaker drivers for extra bass without losing the higher end. It offers a frequency response range from 10Hz to 22kHz, beating the range offered by most budget headsets. Further improving the experience is Aukey’s inclusion of Qualcomm’s AptX technology, which allows for higher-quality audio connections over Bluetooth. The Key Series B80 also supports AptX LL for low-latency audio, making it a great option for listening to video content because it prevents lag and keeps your audio in sync.

For all that, you’re getting a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that cost a lot less than much of the competition. Plus, you get an IPX6 rating, which will keep them working even if you’re caught out in the rain or break a sweat running to catch a train.

Our Process

Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular waterproof Bluetooth headphones on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 70 different headphones overall, screened options from 17 different brands and manufacturers, read over 24 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.