Best Waterproof Headphones for Wet Workouts Reviewed
Training happens in all kinds of environments and terrains. Aquatic workouts are a great, low-impact way to reap the benefits. The best way to get in shape for your next match may involve swimming laps at the neighborhood pool or the nearest body of liquid. Cardio is a vital part of any workout regimen, but eventually running will take its toll on your knees and ankles; many people who run suffer pain and injuries in these joints later in life. But with aquatic workouts, you can get the same great cardio workout without the undue wear and tear on sensitive joints. When performing aquatic cardio there is no better way to focus and enjoy than using waterproof headphones while swimming.
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Stable ear-hook design
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Stable ear-hook design
Avantree is an electronics company with a penchant for developing ground-breaking sound technology. They are not constricted to moisture-proof earbuds, though they have done exceptionally well in that corner of the market. Their product list also includes an array of items including, but not limited to, noise-canceling padded listening devices, long-range Bluetooth transmitters for television audio, and Bluetooth-enabled car stereos. The Avantree is comfortable, has the coveted short-cord design, and comes with an included extender.Read more
Stable ear-hook design
The problem with simple earbuds is that, when swimming, there's nothing to secure them to the outside of your ear. This increases the risk of them falling out in the middle of your lap, breaking your stride and interrupting your training. You won't have to worry about this possibility anymore with this products ear-hood design, which secures the earbud to the outside of your ear to prevent slippage or movement.
This product is designed to deliver a satisfactory range of sound to your ears. This includes both the deep bass and the high notes. The amount of clarity you will experience will vary slightly depending on the tips you choose, of which there are several options depending on your needs.
Cost and Value
This product is the second-least expensive on our list. Despite the fact that it is seemingly outrageously cheap, it comes with an array of accessories to match its higher-priced counterparts. This includes a cord extender, so that you can use it at other times, as well as six different tips. Overall, if you're looking to save money but not looking to cut out on quality, you can't pass this up.
Included swim cap
True short cord
Included USB charger
15hr battery life
Included iPod Shuffle
iPods may be defective
AudioFlood is a company that is dedicated to making moisture-proof listening products. Its name contains both a reference to music and to moisture, the two foundations of its business plan. Their product line includes, but is not limited to, moisture-proof mp3 players, earbuds, as well as Bluetooth enabled speaker systems. The AudioFlood comes with many great features and accessories. It boasts that it is the "only true short cord" on the market. It also comes with an included USB charging cable and syncing cord to load your music onto what is perhaps the biggest feature: an included iPod Shuffle.Read more
Included Swim Cap
One of the problems that people commonly have swimming earbuds and listening devices is the fact that the wires move around. AudioFlood recognized this issue and decided to throw in a free swim cap to help you solve the issue and avoid frustration. Their thoughtfulness and foresight can be seen throughout the rest of their product's features, too.
15hr battery life
No matter how long you swim for, this product can keep up. While it's doubtable that anyone will swim for fifteen hours a stretch, this does translate into many, many lap sessions at the pool without needing to recharge your device. Whatever your energy level, this product has got you beat.
Cost and Value
This is the third most expensive item on our list. However, when you specifically separate out products that have an included mp3 player, this is the least expensive option. With that in mind, plus the mind-boggling array of other included accessories, you'd have to be wonky to pass up this amazing deal. If you're looking for a moisture-proof mp3 player, you need to buy this bundle.
3. Underwater Audio HydroActive
Multiple protection chambers
Underwater Audio has done it again. Consistently their products have proven themselves to be winners, not only in our list but in the wider marketplace. Their excellence is a leader in the industry, and they are extremely popular--as evidenced by their intensely loyal and fast-expanding customer base. They are one of the go-tos in the industry. Underwater Audio HydroActive is tangle-proof due to its signature wraparound band that is both easy-on and easy-off and plugs into a 3.5mm jack.Read more
When you're going to invest money in a high-quality product, one of the worst things you could do is let that product be subject to abuse, wear, and tear. This is especially true with products like this. To keep your earbuds in tip-top shape, this product comes with an included case to ensure that the only wear and tear your product sees is when it's in use, in the pool.
Multiple protection chambers
This product has a unique design feature to help keep the sound quality crisp, clear, and clean. It sports multiple protection chambers built into the structure of the device. Not only does this make it more resilient, but it also makes your listening experience an extremely vibrant and enjoyable one.
Cost and Value
This product has a mid-range to high range cost when compared to other products on our list. If you're not looking to spend a lot of money, you're not going to get very good quality--that's just the truth of the nature of these products. However, you don't need to go out and purchase the most expensive item on the market in order to get a good pair of earbuds. This product has a great mid-range price with a full high-end suite of features.
4. H2O Audio Surge S+
Highest waterproof rating
5 size options
Not 100% moisture-sealant
H2O Audio brings yet another great product to our list with the H2O Audio Surge S+. Only a company that produces products that are consistently excellent can make the cut, and here they are. Dedicated to providing the best listening experience even in the wettest environments, H2O Audio specializes in moisture proof listening devices. The H2O Audio Surge S+ has many great aspects, among them having the highest waterproof rating in the industry and their one-year warranty.Read more
This product is designed to be ergonomic so that it fits flush with the shape of the ear in proper alignment and channel sound directly into the ear canal. The five sizing options also ensure that you have the most personalized fit possible.
This product is designed to be simple so that even someone who's never worn earbuds before can figure it out. A simple Y-shaped cord, the earbuds on either end of the Y, and the mp3 player coming out of the base. This simple, sleek design ensures that no complicated wires or straps will get out of place.
Cost and Value
This product sits on the low end of the range when compared to other items on our list. It is, however, among the sleekest in terms of profile. That, plus its intuitive design, extremely high moisture-proof rating, extensive warranty, and comfortable fit make it well worth its surprisingly low cost.
5. AGPTEK SE11
IPX8 Proof Rating
Coiled ear cords
HD sound quality
No external support for earbuds
AGPTEK is a company that specializes in electronics for both the home and for lifestyle and wellness. Their product line includes, but is not limited to, LED candles, mp3 players, tablets, as well as dialing products to be used in call centers. Their focus on audio quality and electronic excellence is evidenced by the AGPTEK SE11, which among other features has coiled ear cords as well as having HD sound quality.Read more
This product has the highest moisture proofing grade that the market has to offer. This is in part due to its unique design, which includes a unique nano-coating. This coating on the inside of the device allows it to be immersed in water 1.5 meters deep for a continuous 30 minutes without affecting the performance.
Most earbud products used during swimming have extremely short cords. This makes sense because long cords will drag behind you in the water and increase the risk of the bud getting yanked out of your year. This becomes a problem if you want to use them outside of the pool, though. The cord is simply too short for everyday functionality. The solution? This product's included extension cord.
Cost and Value
This product is by far the least expensive item on our list. It manages to hit the sweet spot between low price and high technology. It has superior quality, and while it may not have some of the bells and whistles you find in other products, it establishes a solid baseline of excellence and sticks to it. You just can't beat that low, low price.
6. H2O Audio Surge SportWrap
Highest proofing rating
Designed by athletes
Dynamic base response
6 sets of earplugs
Cord may tangle
H20 Audio is a company that has been in existence since 2003. For over a decade and a half, they have been providing superior sound quality to people who swim, surf, and sweat. Their products are designed specifically for those who have dynamic lives and who need their products to be able to defeat moisture in the course of an active life. The H2O Audio Surge SportWrap has many strong features, including the fact that it comes with 6 sets of earplugs of varying sizes, has the highest moisture proofing rating in the marketplace, and the fact that it was designed by athletes, for athletes.Read more
Dynamic base response
When your head is buried in the pool or you're underneath the waves, sometimes sounds sound muffled and far away. With these listening devices, though, you can be sure that the sounds will be clean and crisp. They have a dynamic base response system to ensure you get the full range out of your music.
This product comes with an ergonomic neckband that keeps the earbuds in place, and withdraws them into the band when not in use. This also ensures a stable and secure fit. The cable length is twenty-four inches when not stretched, and up to fifty inches when fully stretched.
Cost and Value
This product has a low to mid cost when compared to other items on our list. Most products on this list are not the most inexpensive items, and you pay for what you get in terms of quality. This product actively manages itself in terms of length and cordage, so you can be sure it is worth over dime.
One year warranty
Underwater Audio is the parent company that owns Swimbuds. This company has a complete line of products for swimmers to wear whilst they do laps, being completely and utterly moisture resistant. The fact that this company has managed to produce so many highly-lauded products is an indication of their excellence. The HydroActive is a fitting addition to this legacy, sporing many great features. Among them are the fact that it is easy-off, that it keeps 100% of moisture out of the ears, and that it comes complete with a one year warranty.Read more
This product sits on the back of the head, and by virtue of its shape, stays in place without fuss or adjustment on your part. You don't have to worry about moving wires around with this product. There's just one solid piece, and the short cord that plugs into the mp3 player.
There are both beauty and elegance in simplicity. Sometimes the best products aren't the ones that have the most bells and whistles, the ones with the most lace and frills. Sometimes a simple, straightforward design is the winner. Such is the case here. One line with an earbud at either end--easy to use, easy to get on, and easy to get off.
Cost and Value
This product has a middling cost when compared to other items on our list. However, despite the fact that there are items that cost less than it, there are no other items quite like it. It has a beauty and a simplicity of design that make it intuitive to wear and easy to use. Other listening devices can be complicated, with cords and wires everywhere that need to be tamed. For a reasonable price, you won't have to deal with that anymore.
8. swimbuds FitGoo
Gold plated stereo jacket
4 earbud tip options
Muddy sound quality
Swimbuds, as the name suggests, makes products by swimmers, for swimmers. Thier products include a vast array of swimming products, but it's their headphone products that really draw attention. They bring a second product to our list, speaking to this company's consistently high-quality products that are enjoyed by consumers everywhere. The swimbuds FitGoo comes with a waterproof extension for a longer cord, should you need it. It also sports a gold-plated stereo jacket and corrosion-prevention technology.Read more
When swimming, you want your listening device to keep water out of your ear. It's counterintuitive, but many similar products have the same defect: they're not 100% sealed against liquids. When you've got H20 sloshing around in your ear, it prevents you from hearing your music. This product comes with included FitGoo to make a tight seal to keep moisture out.
4 Earbud Tip Options
No matter where you're using this product, there's a tip for that. Not only for swimming, but also for running, exercise, as well as casual listening. The customizability of user experience is truly convenient, letting you have an extreme amount of control over how you enjoy your music.
Cost and Value
This product has a mid to low range price when compared to other items on our list. You get a lot of accessories for that one low cost, though. The FitGoo is included, as are the four different styles of earbuds. This product's low price and high amount of accessories is a winning combo.
9. Underwater Audio Silver
Included iPod shuffle
Buttons may stick
Underwater Audio has a name that truly states the focus of its mission. They are dedicated to bringing the wonders of music to underwater environments, as well as to making products that can help swimmers enjoy their tunes even in the wettest environments. This product has numerous great features that place it towards the top of our list. Among them are the fact that it is among the most highly-rated products in its category, that it is completely corrosion-proof, and that it comes with a short cord that won't drag behind you in the water.Read more
This product is endorsed by none other than a medal-winning Olympian. You can be sure that this product meets the highest standards because an athlete who pushes themselves to the limits would settle for nothing less. Rebecca Soni, National Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist in years 2008 and 2012, has given this medal a ringing seal of approval.
This product's included accessories are just top-notch. Among others, it includes a waterproof mp3 player that you can use as you swim. Most people purchase a pair of headphones to go with their mp3 player, but with this product, the mp3 player comes to you.
Cost and Value
This product is the second most expensive on our list. However, despite its high price, you're still getting quite a lot for your money. It is one of the few products on this list that comes with an mp3 player included. For the price of this item, you could purchase two separate items of much lower quality, but it wouldn't be the same value.
10. Swimbuds bundle
Two-level memory wire construction
3 size options
1 year warranty
Limited iPod color options
Swimbuds is a company that, as you can tell by the name, is dedicated to providing products that can be used by swimmers. Their products are by and large waterproof, to help swimmers get the maximum return from their underwater experience. This product is a great example of that ethos, coming in with a great range of products. First, it has Two-level memory wire construction. Secondly, it has several interchangeable earbuds. Finally, it comes with a one-year warranty that covers each and every possible manufacturer's defect.Read more
3 Size Options
This product comes with three separate earbud size options to help you get the perfect waterproof fit. The sizes are designed for small, medium, and large sized ears. No matter the size of your hearing holes, you'll be sure to be able to enjoy your music as you pump through the waves.
Most headphones simply come with just that--headphones. However, with this set of headphones, you also get an iPod attached. That iPod comes in a range of six colors and is also fully waterproof. It can be loaded up with your favorite songs so that you can start swimming laps to your favorite tunes.
Cost and Value
Thi product is the most expensive item on our list. However, the simple fact of the matter is that you are getting quite a lot for your money. Three earbud size options, and included iPod? This product is incredibly highly rated for a reason. If you have the funds for it, it is well worth the money.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Models that utilize the band differs from wired units in one key way. The two pieces that get inserted into the ear are attached together with a solid piece of material, usually plastic or silicone. This solid piece is usually arched, and designed to sit around the back of the head. The contour of the arch is designed to sit close to the head so that it does not come off during swimming. These models can also be worn under swim caps, though they are a bit bulkier.
Corded Waterproof Headphones
Models that use cords tend to have earbuds. The earbud is attached to a thin wire that runs to a thicker wire, where they join in the middle. Once joined, the short cord plugs directly into an mp3 player. The benefit of this model is that they tend to be small and very lightweight. They are unobtrusive and can easily be worn under a swim cap for optimal aquatic listening.
Banded models both rely on small pieces being inserted directly into the ear, aka earbuds. The banded models rely on the structural integrity of the band to hold the earpieces in place, while the corded models rely on swim caps to hold them still. The ear-hook models literally hook around the outside of the ear; they get their stability from being anchored behind the ear.
These products are great because they let you fully enjoy your music while being submerged in H2O. However, oftentimes you’ll want to enjoy your music in a terrestrial environment as well. In this case, the cord for these devices is simply too short for everyday use. For this reason, many companies will include a cord extender. The cord extender simply needs to be plugged into your mp3 player or phone and into the earphones. Then you can enjoy your music as you run or ride the bus.
Some waterproof headphones include Fitgoo, which is designed to be used in aquatic environments. Fitgoo forms a seal around the outside of the waterproof headphones, preventing any liquid from entering your ear as you swim. This allows you to have a super-clear listening experience as you make your laps, stopping the sound from getting muddied by moisture sloshing around inside between your inner ear and your earbud.
Many of these products are designed to be used in conjunction with a swim cap. Some, like the corded units, simply would not stay on if the wires were left exposed. This leaves you on the hook for also needing to order a swim cap to be able to properly use these waterproof headphones. However, some products include a swim cap with your purchase to save you from having to do any extra shopping.
Ultra high-end units will also come with an mp3 player. After all, earphones are only as moisture-proof as the mp3 player they’re plugged into. IPX8 moisture-proof-rated earphones won’t do you much good if your listening device gets shorted from being submerged. Luckily, many companies make mp3 players that are designed to operate while fully submerged so that you don’t have to subject your phone or personal mp3 player to these wet conditions.
These products tend to be fairly pricey. It’s natural to want to protect your purchase from harm. With corded units, oftentimes people can tangle and snarl the wires. Banded units can end up with the ard central arch getting cracked or bent. Ear-hooks can get caught on miscellanea and break. Some products include a case to protect your purchase from these mishaps.
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The mp3 player usually attaches to your swim goggles via a clip. Other people sometimes attach their mp3 player to the brim of their swim cap. The cords are generally not very long, so you don’t have much reach when it comes to placement options.
The cords on these devices are usually very short in order to decrease drag. It is usually no longer than a few inches. This is generally just long enough to reach the brim of the swim goggles, which is where most people clip their mp3 players. Longer cords tend to drag behind in the water and increase the likelihood of you pulling the earphone out of your ear.
Other Factors to Consider
Aquatic workouts are great; you read up on the research and decide to incorporate this variety of exercise into your fitness routine. There’s just one problem, you realize: none of the gear that you currently own is designed to keep out moisture. If you take your current set of earbuds into the pool with you, they’re sure to get fried. Simply going without is not an option. Anyone who has attempted to get in an extended cardio session at the gym without earbuds or music can attest to the fact that concentrating is difficult enough without noisy distractions constantly vying for your attention. This leaves you in a conundrum. Namely, how can you simultaneously get in the zone by listening to your music without frying your electronics
uckily there is an entire niche market of products dedicated to solving this exact problem. There are many features that these waterproof headphones have that make them specialized for moisture-intense environments. Among those features are short cords that don’t drag behind you as you do laps, 100% liquid-proofing, different sized earbud tips to give you an airtight seal in your ear, and secure bands or straps that ensure that your earbuds will stay in place during your workout. These and other features have been assembled and analyzed below to help you find the waterproof headphones that are right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Is the cord extender waterproof?
Not always, but usually. These waterproof headphones pride themselves on the proofing of their products; as a result, all of the included components are usually moisture proof. However, in a very few instances this not true. Some brands market the cord extender as a way to enjoy the use of the product while in dry environments, such as when you’re running or at the gym. These brands may not waterproof their cord extenders against moisture.
q: Do waterproof headphones have a microphone?
Most moisture-proof earbuds and earphones do not contain microphones. The added bulk of a microphone to the cordage increased drag, and thus the likelihood of the product being ripped from your ear. Additionally, because most of these products are designed to be used in aquatic environments, the design assumption is that most people would not be making phone calls while using them. That, and the fact that the added technology adds a risk for the waterproof headphones shorting out.
q: Are waterproof headphones Bluetooth-capable?
You’ll need to check the specifications of the individual device to see if they are compatible with Bluetooth. In its current state, technology is still developing in the field of moisture-proof Bluetooth listening devices. The additional technology makes these devices more vulnerable to shorting out in the water. As a result, Bluetooth-capable earphones are less common in the marketplace, and much more expensive.