Jamming to tunes might be one of the best parts of hopping on your bike for a cycling workout at BODi — but not if your headphones sound mediocre, keep slipping out of your ears, or have cables wrapped around you like a squid.
“Wireless earbuds are not only essential for connecting to the Beachbody Bike Tablet, but they’re also the most convenient,” said Jacqueline Alterwein, Beachbody’s senior manager of music and content.
In addition to opting for wireless headphones, Alterwein always looks for headphones or earbuds that are noise-canceling and have different sized tips, so you can get a secure fit.
His main piece of advice?
“I highly recommend investing in a pair of replacement memory foam earbud tips,” says Alterwein. “They keep your earbuds from falling out and they come in a variety of sizes so you can find the perfect fit Plus, you can easily exchange them every few months because dirt and earwax (ew!) build up in them.”
All of our recommendations below are wireless and Bluetooth-connected. Some are waterproof and some are noise-canceling, a feature ideal for hearing your virtual instructor clearly.
Alterwein reminds us that while noise-canceling is a great option for indoor workouts, you should probably turn the feature off when outdoors.
“The features usually work so well,” he says, “that you may not be able to hear cars or bikers, so be sure to choose a pair where you can turn this technology off.”
Here are our favorite headphones for cycling.
1. Apple AirPods Pro
Alterwein likes Apple’s AirPods Pro for two main reasons: excellent noise-canceling capabilities and superior sound.
“You can really connect with the music during your workout, which enhances the experience,” she says.
Get them from Apple.
2. Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2
Try the Anker Spirit Dot 2 earbuds, recognized as the most comfortable earbuds on long rides.
Their shape and silicone-wrapping means they stay securely in your ear and won’t move. Plus, they’re waterproof and have touch controls to quickly change your tunes
Get them from Soundcore.
3. AfterShokz OpenRun
These aren’t your typical buds or pods, but they’re one of the safest options if you plan to ride both indoors and outdoors.
With some innovative technology, Aftershocks’ OpenRun uses vibrations in your upper cheekbones (rather than your ear buds), so you can hear both the music and your surroundings.
The headphones wrap comfortably behind your head and are lightweight and waterproof.
Get them from Aftershockz.
4. Jaybird Vista 2
Jaybird’s Bluetooth earbuds can be your next go-to for all your workouts.
The Vista 2 has a sport fit to keep them from slipping off, a 24-hour battery life and active noise cancellation so you can really get in the zone.
Plus, they’re essentially indestructible — the buds have military-spec ratings for protection against dust, water, and sweat.
Get them from Jaybird.
5. Jabra Elite 7 is active
The Elite 7 Active earbuds from Jabra sit on your outer ear instead of inside the ear canal for a super-secure hold.
This design, and improved noise cancellation, give you more control over what you hear and when you hear it
You can use the HearThrough technology in the app to dial in how much noise you want to cancel at that moment.
Get them from Amazon.
6. Jabra Elite Sport
Looking for more smart gadgets? The Jabra Elite Sport earbuds have an in-ear heart-rate monitor for those who take their training seriously, plus 13.5 hours of battery life.
Get them from Amazon.
7. Beats Powerbeat Pro
If you want the best quality sound and bass, the Powerbeat Pro is going to be your best choice.
These headphones stay put during vigorous workouts with over-the-ear hooks and are sweat and water-resistant, so you’ll get the best beats during your commute.
Get them from Beats.
8. Bose Sport Earbuds
Another set of earbuds that will get you jamming on the bike are the Bose Sport Earbuds.
These headphones deliver the best sound while in your ears thanks to a design made of soft silicone (no ear pain!).
Get them from Bose.
9. Adidas RPT-01
If you prefer over-the-ear headphones, check out Adidas’ RPT-01 headphones. Designed to stay in place, they won’t budge no matter how hard and fast you pedal.
And don’t worry about the earpieces or headbands getting a little funky — all parts are easily washable.
Get them from adidas.
10. Microsoft’s Surface Earbuds
You’ll get all-day battery life with the Surface Earbuds.
The knobs have an intuitive touch for easy volume or song control and top audio quality, but lack any sort of noise-canceling technology.
Get them from Microsoft.
11. Sony WF-SP800N Headphones
Sony’s earbuds, the WF-SP800N, are splash, sweat and dust resistant and have nine hours of playtime on a single charge.
They use digital noise-canceling technology for a distraction-free workout.
Get them from Sony.
12. Anker Soundcore Life P2
With a similar shape and style to Apple’s AirPods (at a lower price), the Anker Life P2 headphones are wireless, waterproof and have 40 hours of playtime.
They are, however, noise-reducing, not noise-cancelling.
Get them from Soundcore.
13. Mpow X6 Earbuds
At a lower price point than most headphones, the Mpow X6 wireless earbuds use hybrid active noise-canceling to block out sounds from external microphones, while inward-facing microphones monitor sounds inside your ear canal.
This means your music is playing at optimal levels regardless of what’s going on around you!
Get them from Mpow.
14. Aukey EP-T27 Soundstream Earbuds
Another pair that won’t break the bank are the Aukey EP-T27 Soundstream Earbuds, which boast high-quality sound and noise-canceling capabilities.
A single charge will get you around five hours of playtime.
Get them from Aukey.