The best running headphones should help boost your performance and keep your mind occupied while you run. They also need to stay in place above no matter how vigorous your workout may be, and if they make your music sound fantastic – even better.

Your gear will also need to be able to withstand sweat and possibly rain, depending on your location. What’s more, we believe that the best running headphone can improve your performance significantly; there’s plenty of research that proves music can transform your runs.

Just as waterproof headphones are best for swimming, so too are the best running headphones optimized for the unique challenges of staying secure while you jog and sprint your way to optimal fitness.

Thankfully, there are plenty of great options, many of which don’t require a huge budget either. For our pick of the very best running headphones out there, you’ll find everything you need in the guide below.

The best running headphones at a glance
Beats PowerBeats Pro
Sennheiser CX Sport wireless earphones Aftershokz Aeropex
Adidas RPT-01 Wireless On-Ear Sport Headphone
Jaybird X4 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones
Under Armour True Wireless Flash Earbuds
Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Earbuds
Beats PowerBeats 3
Jaybird Vista True Wireless Earbuds