The Best Waterproof Earbuds for Fit, Sweaty Hot People

Picture this: You’re in the middle of a grueling workout in your plush Hoka Bondi 8s and your earbuds get so drenched (gross, but let’s be honest, we’ve all been there) you need to remove them—right in the middle of your next PR (WTF???). Sure, your headphones can probably survive a sweaty outing or two, but it’s likely not too long before those earbuds end up getting damaged. It’s 2023, y’all; technology has advanced well beyond that point where sweaty peeps have to sacrifice blasting yacht rock while getting their grind on. The solution? Waterproof earbuds.

There are actually quite a few waterproof headphones out there, but you know we couldn’t resist narrowing things down to a few sharp, best-of-the-best selects for thee almighty ones (our readers). Whether you’re looking for a pair that can survive a bit of inclement winter weather or just a humid bout of cardio (don’t forget to bring deodorant), here are the top five best waterproof earbuds to get you through your day—rain and shine.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

It isn’t a complete roundup without including the GOAT, Apple AirPods Pro. Besides being an overall crowd favorite (what are the odds you’re currently reading this on an Apple device?), the latest Pro model offers two times more noise-cancellation than the previous model. That’s on top of low sound distortion, touch control, up to 30 hours of listening time, and spatial audio for dynamic sound. This AirPods iteration has a near perfect rating on Amazon, too, as expected.


$239 at Amazon


$239 at Amazon

Shokz OpenRun Headphones

If you run with earbuds, you know the struggle when it comes to making sure one doesn’t pop out mid-lap. This style by Shokz solves that problem thanks to the headphones’ behind-the-neck design and sweat-friendly water-resistance. This model has an open-ear design, so you can hear your surroundings even when you’re locked in on your lap time wrapping reps (we will not be getting hit by any cars this year). It also boasts PremiumPitch 2.0 technology for more dynamic bass and less vibration, battery for up to eight hours, and has moisture detection alert in place to help protect the battery while charging. These headphones have a 4.4-star rating and almost 1,600 reviews on REI. “I love them and want more.” 


$129.95 at REI


$129.95 at REI

Bose Sport Earbuds

Another icon in audio,you can’t miss out with Bose. The brand is known for ensuring lifelike, top-tier sound in virtually everything it makes—which is sure to make that final mile less grueling. These headphones also offer a customized fit with ear tips in three different sizes and work inr wet or dry conditions. With up to five hours of battery charge, and a 15-minute quick charge function, these earbuds are perfect for staying on the go (regardless of the weather).

$149$129 at Amazon


$149$129 at Bose


$149$129 at Amazon


$149$129 at Bose


Soundcore by Anker Sport X10 Buds 

Do you struggle with finding a proper fit? These Sport X10 Buds by Anker twist 210 degrees courtesy of rotatable ear hooks. No more worrying about earbuds staying in your ears; the only thing you have to worry about is finding your sweet spot. They’re also lightweight, secure, have a dynamic acoustic system to deliver double the bass, and—most importantly—have water-resistance built to stop liquid in its tracks for the utmost sweaty (us). With 32 hours of playtime, the only thing that should be cutting your workout short at this point is your willpower. 


$79.99$69.99 at Amazon


$79.99$69.99 at Amazon

Jabra Elite 7 Pro Earbuds 

Our guilty pleasure is to ignore everyone in sight by tuning out of the world and into our headphones, but sometimes that’s not the safest move. These babies have HearThrough technology with Mono Mode so you can hear your surroundings—perfect if you’re someone doing outdoor workouts in crowded areas. This model’s stacked list of features includes adjustable active noise cancellation, up to 30 hours of playtime, multisensor voice technology for clearer voice calls, and the ability to tailor your music with a personalized audio profile via the Jabra Sound+ app. It comes in a myriad of sleek, neutral hues to fit any muted aesthetic. (And here we would have just settled for “water-resistant”).


$199.99$160.30 at Amazon


$199.99$160.30 at Amazon

Don’t let a little sweat get in the way of your sprints this year.


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