Sweat-resistant, firm-fitting, weatherproof – no matter how much you're paying for your sports headphones, they need to do a lot more than just sound good.

In our sports headphone reviews we're still looking for the best-quality sound, but also look out for some other crucial features, from comfort to water resistance to the inclusion of in-line mics and remotes. We have wired and wireless favourites, with all the wired earphones coming in under £50.

MORE: Best wireless Bluetooth headphones

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Wired under £20
Our Rating 
60%

Audio Technica ATH-CKP200

Reviewed on 3rd March 2015 at
£30

These budget sports in-ears weigh just 9g, which is pretty impressive given their 'hanger' style. Of course, a price that's cheaper than most pairs of running shoes means this isn't the flashiest pair of headphones. But they are comfortable, light and decent-sounding, which makes them good value and worth a look if you're on a budget. 

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Wired under £30

JVC HA-ETR40

Reviewed on 10th March 2015 at
£35

These JVC earphones aren't just waterproof, but washable to IPX7 standards too - meaning you can give them a thorough clean under the tap after use. The HA-ETR40s are an affordable in-ear option for your workout that nails both the comfort and the sound elements.

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Wired under £40
Our Rating 
20%

Monster iSport Strive

Reviewed on 19th February 2015 at
£50

Each model in the three-strong Monster iSport range is defined by a different noise-isolation level. This lower-ranging Strive model delivers the lowest level of noise blocking - no bad thing, as joggers are able to hear both their tunes and the surrounding environment. Add in fine sound and you have a pair of sporty in-ears that are well worth your consideration.

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Wired under £50

Soul Electronics Flex

Reviewed on 5th February 2015 at
£50

This is our favourite pair of sports headphones under £50. The Flex in-ear headphones have a 1.2m cable, a clip for connecting to your kit, a sliding clasp for cable adjustment and an in-line remote that works with iPhones and Android phones. Crucially, they sound punchy, musical and nicely balanced, clearer than rivals from Monster and Sennheiser, and with a decent amount of bass. 

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Also consider

Wireless

Bose SoundSport Pulse

Reviewed on 4th January 2017 at
£170

OK so these are a little more expensive but you get wireless sound and some smart technology. There's a three-buttom remote for starters, plus a heart rate sensor built into the left earpiece, which proves more accurate on the move than the average smartwatch. They deliver a cohesive, rich and smooth sound, with a powerful bass that'll help when there's a lot of outside noise. Want the best wireless earphones for running or the gym? Go for these.

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