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Many studies have shown that listening to music improves performance and enjoyment levels. Using music in a workout is not only a chance for “you” time but also a chance to listen to music that you might not have time for in a hectic day. It can also help you to get through more and push harder, as well as preventing standing and gossiping! So here are our best bluetooth earphones for sport 2016.
Wires work well, but can tug at the ears in different types of exercise (especially rowing!), get tangled, catch on things and generally be a bit annoying. So we’d highly recommend setting yourself free and going wireless.
1 – Jaybirds Bluebuds
The second most expensive on the test here, we found that these had by far the best sound quality and great battery life, coming in at 8 hours of playback time. We really liked the fit too, as they are very secure and come with a selection of “wings” which support the buds on the ear. Turning them on and off can be a bit fiddly though. And don’t drop them on a playing field just before the tractor mower comes through. £100 on Amazon here.
2 – Jlab epic
Another quite expensive pair on the test but worth it in terms of sound and quality. They are very sturdy and look really sweat-proof, and are also super easy to pair and connect straight out of the box. Battery life is even better than the bluebirds at 12 hours, although we found that it usually came closer to 10. Still very good though and the best on test for value and quality. £85 on Amazon here.
3 – Plantronics backbeat fit.
A better value set, the Plantronics had the best battery life at this price point, as good as the most expensive on test. It has a hibernation mode that turns itself off when out of range of the source. They fit really well (better than the Jabra, below) and have a really easy to use and clearly labelled controller on both ear buds; one for phone, one for the music. These come top in the cool stakes too. £70 on Amazon.
4 – Jabra Sport Pulse
These are a bit pricey, but if you want the best then go for these. The wireless bluetooth headphones have a built-in heart rate monitor for tracking the intensity of your workouts; the simple ear hook design make them some of the most comfortable to wear both outdoors and in the gym.
The sound quality was the best in test by some way and the easy to use app that comes with it might just make your current running app redundant. £199 on Jabra.com
5 – Monster iSport Super Slim
These bluetooth earphones had the best noise isolation, so would be the best choice if you want to drown out the Taylor Swift that’s banging out of the gym speakers. Might not be best in heavy traffic though. Super waterproof and very stable in the ear, although the sound is a bit bassey. £129 from John Lewis
6 – AUKEY Bluetooth V4.1 sports headphones
Our best buy simply because of the price point. Even the best bluetooth sport earphones will, at some point, break. This is our experience in the real world of all-action sport, water and sweat. So our advice is to get the best you can for under £30 (you could even get 2 pairs at this price, one for backup). They sound good, stay put, and do the job. And you won’t be too heartbroken if (when) they break. £25.99 on Aukey.com