Headphones and earbuds are fine if you’re just plugging away at work or commuting there. But when you’re working out as hard as you can—sprinting as hard as you can, gritting through burpees and wall balls, or running Combine drills on the gridiron—cords complicate things. Sure, it’s great to have motivating music in your ears, but it’s no fun when your favorite pump-up songs are getting cut off every 10 seconds because you keep accidentally yanking the ‘phones off your head.
And while Bluetooth earbuds and headphones certainly solve the headphone-yank problem, the reality is that we’re still on the cusp of damn good wireless workout headphones. Most completely wireless ear buds are a little rough around the edges, and the semi-wireless devices that’ve been sprouting from every major and upcoming brand aren’t all that consistent or capable of keeping up with you.
To give you an idea of what the current options on the market are really like, we tested 15 wireless, sweat-resistant headphones. Models ranged from strictly wireless buds, in-ear headphones with some kind of tether (neck bands, coils, and behind-the-head wires), and a few other creative designs, including headphones that rest on your temples and play tunes via bone conduction.
Then we put each device through a vigorous high-intensity workout, giving each a comprehensive 24-hour test run. We noted our first impressions, the fitting process, sound quality, and how they performed during sprints, plyometric moves, and bodyweight moves. We even threw in a couple yoga poses to see how they fared upside-down.
Here are our top wireless headphone picks.