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Earbuds are a quick and convenient way to create your own personal listening party. If you’re shopping for a new pair this summer, waterproof and water resistant options are especially perfect for working out, traveling, hiking, and other activities.
All waterproof earbuds aren’t created equal though. Before you start shopping, it’s important to note the difference between waterproof earbuds that have been designed to stop water from getting through, and water resistant earbuds, which offer less protection against water-related malfunctioning. And of course, there are specific headphones made just for swimming. Below, find seven of the best waterproof and water resistant headphones to buy right now. For more audio recommendations check out our selection of best Bluetooth speakers for any budget.
The Jabra Elite Active 75t waterproof earbuds are engineered for superior sound whether you’re listening to music, taking a call, or using them for sporting purposes. The headphones have active noise cancelation, four-microphone technology, and they’re voice compatible so you can use them with Siri, Google Assistant, or Alexa. Besides being waterproof, these sleek ear buds are dust proof and sweat proof with up to 24 hours of battery life (a 15 minute charge gives you an hour of battery power). These earbuds are available in a bunch of different colors, including navy (pictured), gold beige, black and copper, sienna, and gray.
When it comes to bang for your buck, the Tozo T12 waterproof earbuds are pretty great for the price. They’re IPX8 waterproof — but only up to one meter deep and for about 30 minutes, so you want to make sure they don’t get too submerged. Tazo T12 are equipped with Bluetooth 5. 0 technology, and pair easily with a smartphone and other Bluetooth devices.
Klipsch has come up in the debate over earbuds that can compete with Apple Airpods. The T5 II True Wireless earbuds earn high customer ratings for their comfortable fit, dynamic sound, and a battery life spanning 8-24 hours. These waterproof, dustproof earbuds are equipped with 5mm custom drivers, and four beam forming microphones ensuring crystal clear phone calls. Available in gun metal and silver, the T5 II True Wireless ergonomic earbuds are made to fit snug, and each set comes with six color-coded ear tips to mix and match.
The Sync Anc earbuds from SOUL electronics hit all of the necessary marks: great sound, long battery life, and a comfortable fit. The Sync Anc true wireless earbuds include active noise cancelation, audio transparency mode, and an ergonomic design. Other features include Bluetooth 5.1 with a range of up to 35 feet; 12mm drivers with advanced audio coding for immersive sound, and an IPX5 waterproof rating. The earbuds have ANC mode so that you can tune out unwanted noises, while Audio Transparency mode amplifies your surroundings, which is great for when you’re on the move. The battery last up to five hours on a single charge and up to 25 hours of playtime.
You’ll get exceptional sound quality and crystal-clear calls with Sony’s WF-1000XM4 noise canceling warless earbuds. The sweat proof and water resistant earbuds feature an Integrated Processor V1 developed by Sony with a minimum of eight hours of battery life (they’re Alex-enabled too). Customers also pointed out that these are great earbuds for Android users, and they might even rival the Bose Sport True Wireless Earbuds.
The sweat and water resistant Powerbeats Pro offer up to nine hours of listening time (more than 24 hours with charge case). Although they’re equipped with Apple H1 headphone chip and Class 1 Bluetooth for extended range and fewer dropouts, the earbuds are compatible with Android as well. The Beats come with AppleCare for accidental damage protection and 24/7 priority tech support.
Looking for a wired option? These HydroActive waterproof earbud headphones from Underwater Audio feature a one-of-a-kind patented designed. The ridge-style of the earbud tip securely fixes the buds onto the headphones and prevents water from entering the headphone and ear. Additionally, the funnel shape amplifies sound and improves the audio quality. If water happens to enter the headphones, the headphones have a second chamber that keeps an airway between the sound and your ear. For a cheaper option from Underwater Audio, try the popular Swimbuds, which are on sale for $60.