Workout Headphones Buyers Guide
The defining characteristics of a sports model are namely how well they are supported to stay effectively in place and whilst there are a number of ways manufacturers do this, an in-ear or over-ear hook is a typical go-to feature.
As you will have noticed from our review section the models respectively don’t differ too much from one another with the majority of over-ear options being fairly similar in design.
Without a reasonable cash investment, the internal component and signal processing are fairly evenly matched as well. The market is awash with competitive products which can make it tougher to choose the set for you. This week’s buyers guide is concise and aims to draw attention to the most vital issues to address before you commit to buying.
What To Look For When Buying Workout Headphones?
Settling on a pair of headphones for working out ultimately comes down to your preferred headphone style and the budget you have allocated for the purchase.
It is the general consensus that an in-ear headphone model is far better suited to sports applications. Over-head/over-ear sets are much larger and therefore more cumbersome for moving around in.
We have adhered to this rule of thumb by selecting earbud options in today’s article but there are a few models out there which are attempting to break the mold, enclosing over-ear speakers with larger drivers within headbands for example.
In the past earbud models slipped out of ears especially if you moved about to much. Today’s designs are typically better fitting. When it comes to sports models the manufacturers are going out of their way to developing supporting design concepts conducive to energetic endeavors, resulting in a range of clever solutions to keep the buds in place.
Wired Vs Wireless
Wires can get in the way during a workout so many people tend to opt for a wireless set for the additional freedom they provide. Many connect from a decent distance and your mobile device can stay tucked way within your vicinity streaming directly to you as you workout.
The high demand for wireless convenience birthed the modern CSR chip which played a huge role in reducing production costs to an accessible reach.
If you are buying a wireless set of headphones it should be a fairly up-to-date Bluetooth version for the sake of compatibility, 4.1 or higher will provide a more stable connection. If money is tight sometimes downgrading on the Bluetooth on-board can save a little for a short term investment such as an emergency replacement when funds are low.
Other Things To Consider
If you the additional functionality of answering calls mid-routine or speaking to assistants such as Google or Siri you will need a decent integrated mic and active noise cancellation technology to keep your signals clear.
If you are often exercising outdoors or you regularly work up a sweat, a high waterproof certification could be a real asset. Sweat can have a more damaging effect than water on electronic components. The water-resistant materials used will also make them less likely to slip around, facilitating free motion.
What Are The Benefits of Wearing Headphones for Working Out?
Since the dawn of mankind music and movement have been intrinsically intertwined. As stated in our introduction music is incredibly motivating.
You can schedule workouts to your playlists increasing the pace of activities with the BMP of the tracks selected, to take you safely from resting through to high-impact cardio, and back down again.
Having the regularity can help you stick to difficult regimes and even allow you to push yourself a little further over time by adding in an extra tune here or there.
Having the distraction of a well-loved song blasting in your ears can make the time pass more quickly and does wonders for distracting you through those last few reps of a tough drill.
The criteria for a decent set of headphones for working out should be nice and clear to you from the details in our buyer’s guide.
Once you have settled on wired or wireless and know your preferred style of support (in-ear or over ear hooks, auricle fins, etc) the market should be less complex to navigate.
We have highlighted some fab products each awarded a place in this week’s ranks for a variety of reasons so to summarize;
If you are after a cheap solution we suggest the Otium Audio model as it offers the best value for money.
If you after the best audio possible you should set your sights on the Bose SoundSport model.
If the price is just too rich for you then we would recommend the Bluephonic or Phaiser sets we have showcased.
Functionality is key with headphones for working out, so consider the types of activities you enjoy and just what obstacles they could present, then choose a set which best attempt to address the issues head-on.
If you are a real stickler for stats and aren’t strapped for cash, you might want to check out the latest edition of the Samsung Gear IconX model which has a handy proprietary App that tracks everything from calories burned, to speed and time records.
Did you Know
There are some IPX-8 certified models on the market which are well protected from water.