The new iPhone 7 caused quite a bit of controversy. No headphone jack!? What is this life, Apple? Though some are bemoaning the fact that they’ll need to invest in a new pair of headphones, as fitness fanatics we’re kind of pumped.
That’s because we’ll get to invest in a shiny new pair of Bluetooth headphones. Wireless earbuds are far less restrictive than their corded counterparts—no more running on the treadmill only to accidently hit the headphone cord and send your phone flying. And for HIIT or boot camp workouts (like this one from our friend Kayla Itsines), it’s easy to just pop on your favorite playlist, set your phone to the side, and do the work.
The best headphones are the kind that don’t slow you down or get in your way—and of course, can withstand a solid sweat sesh. Here are our favorites to try for every type of workout.
A cross between earphones and headphones, this wrap-around set is lightweight and provides solid sound quality. They won’t totally block external noises, which is great for outdoor runners and joggers who need to stay aware of their surroundings. Plus, this pair comes with an armband to hold your phone, so you have everything you need to get moving.
Shop—> Plantronics BackBeat Fit, $129.99
One thing to remember about Bluetooth headphones—they require a charge. Thankfully, you can get through 12 hours of exercise with these JLab Epic 2 Wireless Sport earbuds, which is far longer than most. They’re waterproof, super light, and even have a convenient control toggle that allows you to adjust the sound and switch to the next song. Sometimes earbuds can be downright uncomfortable because they’re either too big or too small; not the case with these. They’ve got eight different tip sizes so you can get the perfect fit for your ears.
Shop—> JLab Epic 2 Wireless Sport Earbuds, $99.99
Ditch your heart rate monitor for good. (Finally, freedom from that restrictive chest strap!) These wireless headphones have a special sensor that measures your heart rate during your workout through your ear—and will give you a gentle reminder if it goes too high or low. For techies, the built-in heart rate monitor is well worth the price tag.
Shop—> Jabra Sport Pulse, $159.99
For those with smaller, sensitive ears, Yurbuds are a great choice. They come in men’s and women’s sizes, so you should be able to find a comfy fit. Also good to note: These come with a built-in microphone, so you take calls mid-run without whipping our your cell phone.
Shop—> Yurbuds Leap Wireless, $99.99
Bang and Olufsen’s Beoplay H5 earphones sound so good—Sporteluxe’s own Bianca Cheah is a huge fan. Their dusty rose color means you don’t have to sacrifice style to wear them, making them one of the most fashionable on the market.
Shop—> Beoplay H5, $249.99