Jaybird X4 promo photoSource: JayBird

Best Workout Headphones for iPhone and Apple Watch iMore 2020

A workout isn't complete without music that pumps you up. You need headphones that move with you. Whether you like pop, heavy metal, or dance music in your ears when you pump iron, a good pair of headphones you can trust in the gym is essential. The Jaybird X4 features a fantastic sound that can be made great with the in-app equalizer, and its customizable fit is superb.

Best Overall: Jaybird X4

Jaybird X4 promo photo Source: JayBird

Admittedly, the Jaybird X4 earbuds are not perfect, but they're certainly the best wireless workout headphones you can buy right now. When you combine their feature set and sound quality, it's pretty hard to consider any other pair of workout earbuds.

They come with a few sizes of ear tips, as well as three fin sizes, so you can mix and match to find what works best for you. Some people may not like the rubber, sort of suction cup-ish ear tips, which is justifiable since if you don't find the perfect fit, they can feel like they've completely dammed up your ears.

The icing on the cake for these 'buds is how quickly they connect and the great playback controls. I turn them on, and they connect instantly and immediately give you the remaining battery percentage, which is just dynamite. And I love the control sounds to let you know you're skipping a track, going back, or turning them off. It all comes together perfectly.


  • Phenomenal battery life
  • Great sound
  • Excellent companion app
  • Comfortable fit


  • A bit pricey
  • Proprietary charging cable

Best Overall

Jaybird X4

Exceptional battery life and a solid overall experience

The Jaybird X4's n-line playback/call controls along with the Jaybird app make for an exceptional, intuitive experience.

Best Value: Jaybird Tarah

Jaybird Tarah Promo PhotoSource: JayBird

Jaybird's latest, the Tarah wireless earbuds, are essentially the X4 lite. Their cable isn't as durable, and they don't sound as great out of the box, but the in-app EQ helps them sound fantastic, and they still have excellent playback/call controls, and connect in a flash.

They do offer the same IPX7 rating that you'll find on the Jaybird X4, meaning they are plenty waterproof enough to handle all the sweat you can throw at them; however, the six-hour battery life is a two hours less than its more expensive counterpart.


  • IPX7 Rating
  • Solid audio quality
  • Excellent companion app
  • Comfortable fit


  • Only six-hour battery life
  • Proprietary charging cable

Best Value

Jaybird Tarah

Basically, Jaybird X4 lite

For less, you get the same great app experience and connectivity, with only minor compromises in audio quality and battery life.

Best Low-Budget Option: Aukey Latitude

Aukey Latitude promo photoSource: Aukey

If you want to go wireless in the gym (and there's no reason why you shouldn't at this point), but you don't want to spend a ton, then these are the earbuds for you. 1.5 hours of charging gives you 8 hours of playback.

They sound much better than any low-cost pair of headphones have any right to sound, but they only have an IPX4 rating, meaning while they should be able to handle your sweat no problem, it's likely a good idea to give them a quick wipe after you're done your workout.


  • Affordable
  • 8-hour battery life


  • Only IPX4
  • MicroUSB charging

Best Low-Budget Option

Aukey Latitude

The Aukey Latitude earbuds have a price that massively belies their quality.

The Aukey Latitude earbuds are surprisingly excellent. They're wireless, have a long battery life, and have remarkably good sound.

Best Luxury Pick: Jabra Elite 75t

Jabra 75t wireless headphonesSource: iMore

The Jabra Elite 75t earbuds feature onboard playback/call/Siri controls, and there are no annoying wires to get in your way while you work out. These are made to stay in your ears, no matter what, and with 7.5 hours of battery life in each earbud, which isn't the longest battery life, but the charging case has an extra 21 hours of battery. Plus, it has a fast charge feature, which gives you an hour of battery after charging for just 15 mins, so its easy to top up when you need.

The Jabra Sound+ app is one of the best companion apps I have ever used with any headphones and the ability to used Jabra's Hear Through feature (basically Transparency mode) to let some of the sounds from around you penetrate through your music is fantastic for commuting!

Lastly, the sound quality is superb. The bass performance is far better than you might think a pair of earbuds can offer, but it's not too powerful that it drowns out the mids and highs. Plus, the build quality and design allow you to get a very good seal in your ears, which helps with sound-quality immensely.


  • Truly wireless
  • Amazing app
  • USB-C charging
  • Transparency mode is excellent


  • Battery life of the earbuds could be better
  • Bulky charging case

Best Luxury Pick

Jabra Elite 75t

If you have the money, get the Jabra Elite 75t. They're truly wireless, a great app, and fantastic sound.

Best for Apple Lovers: Powerbeats Pro

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Powerbeats Pro is Apple's newest set of Beats-branded earphones. They're the first of their kind from the Beats line in that they are the first truly wireless headphones from the department.

They're incredibly comfortable (though for some, canal buds are painful), have rich and well-balanced EQ for a fantastic listening experience, and stay put in your ears.

Their only real flaw is in the charging case, which is bigger than it needs to be and isn't particularly convenient. There is also no way, at this time, to purchase a second charging case, so you can't have one at home and an extra sitting at work.


  • Truly wireless
  • H1-chip-enabled
  • Great battery life
  • Voice-activated Siri support


  • A bit bass-heavy
  • Bulky charging case

Best For Apple Lovers

Powerbeats Pro

Want a pair of truly wireless earbuds that have the H1 chip that isn't AirPods? You're going to love Powerbeats Pro.

Bottom line

Nothing kills a workout faster than not having the perfect earbuds for the job. If you want the best of what's around for wireless workout earbuds, you want the Jaybird X4, which combine great, durable design with exceptional sound, an excellent app, and intuitive experience that works exactly the way you need it to in the gym. They are the perfect pair for any workout session.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Luke Filipowicz is an iMore staff writer who also frequents the gym and writes a ton about headphones, speakers, and all other things audio-related.

Mick Symons has been searching for the best headphones for every situation for years and has tested many a pair. He now spends his days untangling the cables of every pair he once kept in his pockets.

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