These are the best wireless headphones for running, working out and taking work calls from home
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With bars, gyms, restaurants and all non-essentials businesses closed (turns out they were our four main hobbies), running and at-home workouts are pretty much the only things we can do to keep ourselves sane. And binge on Disney+, obvs.
As good as running is for the soul, things can often get pretty tough a couple of miles in. Especially if you’re a beginner and especially with the increasingly sunny weather. Not that we’re complaining.
According to science, one of the simplest ways to give yourself a much needed boost of energy is to listen to some mood-lifting music. A good old-fashioned jam makes maintaining your pace *so* much easier. And it’s for that reason a good pair of wireless headphones are as important as your sports bra and trainers are.
Even if running isn’t really your forte, wireless headphones are so much easier for day to day life than their wired counterparts. They’re great for taking work calls, listening to music when you’re cleaning and for taking on your daily walks. Certainly not just reserved for the more active among us.
We’ve tried our fair share of pairs, but the best all-round running headphones have got to be the Jabra Elite 75t. They’re available for £169 on Amazon and worth every penny, thanks to their HearThrough mode, customisable audio and high-quality sound. The battery life is pretty damn good, too. We’re talking up to 28 hours with the (v. sleek) charging case.
Once you’ve settled on a pair of wireless headphones, we’ve got a whole load of other running recommendations to get you set up. Here are the best running jackets for those windy, rainy jogs. And here are the best running trainers that money can buy. We’ve also got a fool-proof guide to running if you’ve never done it before, and an edit of the most stylish yet supportive sports bras. Mo Farrah, is it?
Jabra Elite 75t Wireless Headphones, £169.99, Amazon
The best wireless headphones of the bunch, the Jabra Elite 75t are worth every penny. Available in six colours, they fit securely in your ear and don’t move – no matter how much jumping around you do. They have 7.5 hours of battery life and a total of 28 hours with the charging case. They offer a HearThrough setting which is perfect if you’re travelling in a busy city, and they can even connect to Alexa so that you can play music, control your smart home and get information/news/weather just with your voice.
Edifier TWS1 Wireless Earbuds, £32.99, Amazon
If you don’t want to spend too much money on your wireless headphones for fear you’ll lose them, this pair from Amazon are your best bet. Despite their affordable price tag, they have *super* long battery life (32 hours with the sleek charging case) and excellent sound quality. They come in five different colours, including a gorgeous pink shade, and connect up to 10 meters away from your phone using Bluetooth. A great buy.
Second Generation Apple Airpods with Charging Case, £129, Amazon
Although Airpods aren’t designed specifically for running or intense working out (they’re better for daily wear and more gentle exercise), they’re super light and won’t drop out. Despite not feeling quite as secure as other options. The set-up process is simple and includes a sound test so that you can control the noise they emit. Battery life is around four hours without the case, which is significantly lower than the Jabra Elite, but you do get around 19 hours of battery life if you take the case with you. One huge bonus of these wireless headphones is that you can chat to Siri and make calls through them. If your budget stretches, they’re well worth considering for daily wear.
Sony Truly Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones, £168.90, Amazon
Available in black and white, Sony’s wireless headphones have a stable bluetooth connection which stretches as far as you’d ever need, good battery life (up to eight hours from a single charge) and secure fitting. You’ll never feel as though they’re about to fall out. If you’re an avid Alexa fan, these are great, because you can connect to your Alexa device with ease using just your voice. Hey, Alexa? How long will this pandemic drag on for?
BOSE Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700, £249.16, Currys
If in-ear headphones aren’t really your thing, this noise cancelling pair of on-ear headphones are a great investment. You might not be able to run with them, but if weight-training is your thing, you can’t go far wrong. As you’d expect from BOSE, the sound quality is amazing, and they have 11 levels of noise cancellation so you can decide exactly how much of the world you want to block out. Right now? Probably all of it. They are compatible with Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa and they have a battery life of up to 20 hours. They’ll take a lot of beating.
Jabra Move Style Edition Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones with Mic, £59.97, John Lewis
They might not be noise-cancelling like the BOSE headphones, and you might not be able to fold them up, but for less than £60, these Jabra on-ear headphones are great. The battery is long-lasting, you can use them to make calls on the go and they weigh only 150g.
Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Sports Headphones, £219, John Lewis
Beats headphones are renowned for being of excellent quality, so we were right to expect great things of this pair. If your budget stretches and you do lots of strenuous exercise, they’re well worth considering – particularly since the ear hooks ensure a really secure fit. Each bud has volume and track controls, they last for up to nine hours on a single charge and offer extended Bluetooth range. What’s more, they’re available in four different colours.
Jaybird Tarah Pro Sweat & Weather-Proof Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Headphones, £139, John Lewis
These weather-proof Jaybird headphones have been made with runners in mind. Because they’re not *just* buds, the battery life is much better than alternatives on the market. They last for up to 14 hours on a single charge. They’re sweat-proof, have an adjustable EQ and can be immersed in water of up to 1m for up to 30 minutes. If you so wish…
Galaxy Buds+, £159, Samsung
If you’re a Samsung Galaxy owner, these ear buds are in-line with Apple’s offering in terms of quality. Available in black, white and powder blue, they have an adaptive 3-mic system for crystal-clear calls, a long-lasting battery power and secure fit. The case is as sleek and stylish as they come.