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October 5, 2018

The best sweat-resistant Bose headphones for working out

by John_A

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. An Android phone is only as good as the headphones you have to accompany it, so let us help you find the best way to jam out to your favorite tunes.

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The Bose SoundSport Wireless headphones feature a winning combination of amazing sound and great battery life. The IPX4 rating means they’re protected against sweat and water, and while the $149 price isn’t cheap, you really do get what you pay for.

Our pick

Bose SoundSport Wireless

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  • $149 at Amazon
  • $150 at Best Buy

Amazing sound to keep the blood pumping.

Bose’s expertise in sound quality shines through with the SoundSport Wireless. In addition to a wonderfully balanced soundstage, you also get six hours of battery per charge and IPX4 water plus sweat resistance.

Who should buy the SoundSport Wireless?

Anybody that wants some of the best sound quality they can find in a pair of workout headphones should check these out. The SoundSport Wirelsss bring the best of Bose’s audio expertise to a form factor that’s suitable for the gym, and while they aren’t cheap, they’re still not quite as expensive as some of the company’s other offerings.

Is it a good time to buy?

Probably. The SoundSport Wirelss were originally launched back in 2016, but even so, continue to be some of the best wireless workout earbuds on the market.

Reasons to buy

  • Stupendous sound quality
  • Water and sweat resistant
  • NFC + Bluetooth pairing
  • Up to six hours of battery per charge

Reasons not to buy

  • Expensive đź’°

This is Bose’s most complete, well-rounded pair of workout headphones

Bose is one of the oldest and most-well audio brands in the world, and while its headphones are usually focused on non-gym environments, the company’s SoundSport lineup has steadily become one of the best names for workout-focused offerings.

The SoundSport Wireless offer some of the best sound you can find in a pair of workout headphones.

The SoundSport Wireless isn’t the newest entry in the SoundSport family, but it’s one of the best. Without a doubt, one of the biggest reasons you should consider picking up these earbuds is for their sound. The bass is powerful, mids are clear, and everything just sounds so darn good no matter what you’re listening to.

Battery life is another important factor when it comes to workout headphones, and with the SoundSport Wireless, this is another area they excel at. The up to six hours of use in between charges might not be as legendary as what you’d find on the Jaybird X4, but it’s still more than enough for runs, walks, and gym sessions.

There’s an IPX4 rating to keep the earbuds protected against both water and sweat, and thanks to the superb StayHere+ Sport tips, the SoundSport Wireless always feel secure and steady in your ear no matter how hard your blood is pumping.

Add that all together with support for the Bose Connect companion app, Bluetooth + NFC pairing, and inline controls for music/calls, and you end up with one insane package.

Alternatives to the SoundSport Wireless

If you like what you see with the SoundSport Wireless but have a bit more cash to spend and want something that’s even more advanced, there are a couple other options worth checking out.

Completely wire-free

Bose SoundSport Free

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Expensive, truly wire-free buds.

$199 at Amazon

The SoundSport Free offer the same great Bose sound, up to five hours of playback, an extra 10 hours of use with the charging case, and includes a “Find My Buds” feature in case you misplace one (or both).

This is Bose’s first shot at completely wireless earbuds, and compared to some other first efforts, it’s pretty admirable just how well these really work. The sound is great, battery life is pretty good, and the fit is top-notch. To learn more, check out Harish’s full review.

Built-in heart-rate monitoring

Bose SoundSport Pulse

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Great buds with built-in heart-rate tracking.

$199 at Amazon

Like the form factor of the SoundSport Wireless but wish they did more? The SoundSport Pulse keeps everything great about the Wireless but adds built-in heart-rate tracking to take your workouts to the next level.

The SoundSport Pulse is literally the SoundSport Wireless with a heart-rate tracker built right into them. Some buyers may not be willing to hand over another $50 for that privelege, but if you’re serious about getting the very most out of your workouts, having earbuds and heart-rate tracking in one device could prove to be rather useful.

Bottom line

While the SoundSport Free and Pulse are both great options, the Bose SoundSport Wireless is the best all-around package of sound quality, battery, comfort, and price.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

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Joe Maring is Android Central’s News Editor and has had a love for anything with a screen and CPU since he can remember. He’s been talking/writing about Android in one form or another since 2012 and often does so while camping out at the nearest coffee shop. Have a tip? Send an email to joe.maring@mobilenations.com!

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Daniel Bader is the Managing Editor of Android Central. As he’s writing this, a mountain of old Android phones is about to fall on his head, but his Great Dane will protect him. He drinks way too much coffee and sleeps too little. He wonders if there’s a correlation.

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