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What are the best wireless earbuds on the market right now?

A simple question, with a difficult answer. Thanks to the crowded wireless earphones space, we created this guide to help you get credible information quickly and make a purchase decision.

Mifo O5 Plus Gen 2 Touch: Editor’s pick for best Bluetooth earbuds – $109.99 at

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Where to buy the Mifo O5 Plus Gen 2 Touch sports earbuds

The best wireless earphones for moderate to intense gym routines and an all around active lifestyle come from a brand that is fairly new to the US. But don’t let that scare you off, as these shock proof earbuds are easily some of the best we have ever tested.



  • Editor’s Note: The newly released Gen 2 Touch (denoted by Electric Green or Orange colors) is not available on Amazon or other channels at the time of publishing. The original grey O5 Plus Gen 2 and Gen 2 Touch is available for the similar pricing plus tax on here. You will get a slightly better deal ordering directly from the brand as taxes are included.

So what makes the Mifo O5 Plus Gen 2 Touch the best earphones for training?

  • The best earbuds for working out, period. The Mifo O5 Plus Touch includes a bevy of cutting edge features designed specifically for the gym that blow away higher priced brands, beginning with their form factor.
  • Weighing in at just a few grams each, the O5 Plus earbuds feel supremely comfortable, and include 7 silicon ear tip shapes and sizes for that perfect fit.
  • Further, once in it’s nearly impossible to get them to fall out. Readers may remember propensity to fall out was a major problem that prevented us from recommending the Apple AirPods Pro in our last wireless review.
  • High visibility colors for safer workouts. While most sports earbuds feature drab colors, Mifo has created two super bright, high visibility semi-reflective options that offer another point of protection while on the road or in an urban environment. The case materials and overall earbud build quality add to these fun colors.
  • Absurd battery life with power bank feature. The O5 Plus Gen 2 Touch earbuds themselves will play continuously for 9+ hours, a feat we tested over several days. Not only that, but the included USB-C charging case offers an additional 100 hours of play time. No, that is not a typo. We were able to use the earbuds without charging the case for an entire week before it gave out. Additionally, the case allows you to plug a smartphone in to charge your devices on the go. In our test, we were able to charge an iPhone 11 Pro Max from 0 to 100%.
  • Fully waterproof and sweat proof. The O5 Plus Gen 2 Touch are rated for total submersion in water, meaning sweat won’t bother them a bit. That’s particularly important as not all wireless earbuds are rated as fully waterproof (look for IPX 7 rated or above) yet seem to market as such.

Jabra Elite Active 75t: Solid but pricey sports earbuds – $179.99 at

Where to buy the Jabra Elite 75t earbuds

If you aren’t price sensitive, Jabra may be the brand for you. These true wireless earbuds come with fewer accessories than the Mifo O5, and offer a more generalist approach to the format for working out.


Why Jabra makes the list of best earbuds

  • Good overall quality for true wireless earbuds. Since true wireless earbuds were invented, we have lamented at poor signal quality, dropped calls, and pairing fiascos. Jabra have included top quality chipsets and firmware, and we were pleased with the overall experience. That may not be of interest to people who always have a device close by and aren’t usually on the phone, but is worth noting.
  • Excellent marks for sound quality. While bass isn’t as rich as the Mifo O5, the overall high and low tones of the Elite 75t are quite good. In addition, the earbuds controls are straightforward and simple to use, allowing you to easily change tracks or answer calls while working out. We’ll leave it to you to determine if they sound $180 good.
  • Limited sports-specific features. While Jabra does an excellent job with sound quality and calls, users aren’t typically on the phone while lifting.
  • The 75t do not feature a complete waterproof rating, which leaves us with doubles about their staying power over a longer period. The earbuds also include fewer ear tips, which are absolutely critical to ensure a complete fit that will not fall out during active movement.

Bose Sports Earbuds: Earphones that live up to the Bose name – $179.00 at

Where to buy the Bose Sports Earbuds in the US

Bose has delved into the true wireless category by focusing on sports. And while the Sports Earbuds are an excellent successor product, they suffer from an aging Bluetooth chipset and mediocre battery life, costing Bose a higher position in our list for working out.



Why Bose gets our overall approval for workout earbuds

  • Great sound that comes at a cost. While Bose has engineered a product that is indeed worthy of the name, it does come at a cost. Reduced battery life and Bluetooth 4.1 instead of 5.0 hurt the product and age it to the first generation of true wireless product. That may bother those who prefer uninterrupted music to keep them focused.
  • Fun, fitness-oriented colors. Of note are the options to pick from a bright, bold, and just plain fun color scheme. While not strictly to do with features, the Soundsport makes going for a workout just a bit more interesting, and may help improve daytime visibility when out on the road.
  • Built for sports, but may not work for you. While the Soundsport is made for active movement, we found it a bit bulky when working out. If you have smaller ears, you may experience some discomfort when impacting throughout a more intense session or a feeling that the earbuds may fall out.

Sony WF-1000XM3: Great for sitting at home, tough to use on the go – $228.00 at

Where to buy the Sony WF1000-XM3

Sony have spent years of research and development on the WF1000-XM3, but over engineered an expensive and somewhat clumsy product for the gym. And while the active noise canceling and sound quality are superb, those little annoyances add up with an otherwise excellent product.


The positives include a great sound profile that is well balanced with a light emphasis on lower tones, and an overall simple user interface that anybody can figure out. Unfortunately, that’s where the positives end.

  • Sony stumbles when it comes to features. We gave the WF1000-XM3 a higher rating in 2020, but it’s 2022 now and there are new challenger products that outperform the WF1000-XM3 on nearly every front. That includes battery life (more below), charging capabilities, and overall miniaturization of previously large components.
  • You’ll get 3 to 4 hours of battery life from the earbuds themselves if you listen at high volume, and the included charging case provides an added 4 charges. That’s fine and good, but not up to par with other earbuds in this price range. In the same vein, the WF1000-XM3 are not water proof and don’t do well with repeated exposure to sweat.
  • Lack of sports features mode is also a big miss for Sony. The WF1000-XM3 is simply uncomfortable to wear for longer than 10 minutes of movement. The earbuds themselves are too large for small ears, even when using smaller ear tips. They are far too easy to catch with natural arm motion, and tend to fall out when you least expect it.
  • We also wish Sony would release an updated model with very important features for sports like complete waterproofing, shock proofing, and a more durable charging case standard.
  • While Sony brings a decent result to the table with the WF1000-XM3, they are hurt by an uncomfortable product that should be redesigned or priced far lower than it is today.

Runners-up: Best Wireless Earbuds

There are many, many wireless earbuds in the sports market. And while we attempt to test as many as possible for our workout enthusiasts, some units simply don’t make the cut. Here’s a quick peek at sports earbuds that didn’t make the list.

Apple Powerbeats Pro – $199.95 at

Yes, it’s the marriage of Beats and Apple. Yes, it’s meant to be used when working out. But for the money, you can do better. The Powerbeats Pro are sleeker with better battery life than their predecessor Powerbeats model.

But our biggest complaint about the Pro comes from their bulky profile. They tend to get in the way, and you can definitely feel them weighing on your ears after 20-30 minutes of use. That makes them distracting, and unsuitable for longer workout sessions. Did we mention the giant clamshell charging case? Yeesh.

Apple AirPods Pro – $234.98 at

We couldn’t do a roundup without Apple’s latest contribution to the true wireless format. The iconic AirPods now feature a revamped design, active noise canceling, and better integration with iOS. Which raises a major gripe we have with AirPods: The features are only 50% there when using Android.

That combined with a stem design that easily catches and falls while moving, and we can’t fully recommend the AirPods Pro for movers and shakers.

Jaybird Vista – $179.99 at

The Jaybird Vista are the next iteration of the dismal Jaybird Run XT earbuds, and are designed for runners. It’s a shame that these purpose-built true wireless earbuds don’t live up to the moniker.

Jaybird has the right idea, but falls short in sound quality and Bluetooth signal strength, making them competitive with other earbuds in the price category, but still too expensive to warrant top marks.

Samsung Galaxy Buds – $109.99 at

The Galaxy smartphone is one of the most popular on the planet, and the pressure to create award-winning accessories is high. But from active movers’ perspectives, the Galaxy Buds don’t quite justify their price tag.

Samsung tackled the challenge of an all around true wireless earbud, but failed to address gym goers head on. We look forward to Samsung producing a model made specifically for sports.