Best wireless headphones for running and the gym 2019

Music makes most things better in our experience and if ever there's a time that you could do with a pleasant distraction, it's when you're getting a sweat on in an effort to burn a few calories.

Whether you like going to the gym, running or working out at home, we suggest a musical accompaniment. And, to avoid that irritating bouncing cable, why not opt for a wireless pair of headphones?

From true wireless buds that completely remove the wire, to in-ear wireless earphones and even wireless on-ears, these are the best running headphones and best gym headphones we've reviewed in recent times.

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Best wireless headphones for running under £150

1. Sony WF-1000X

Proper wireless in-ear headphones with serious sonic skills.

SPECIFICATIONS

Connector: n/a | Cable length: n/a | In-line remote and mic: n/a | OS support: Android/iOS | Bluetooth: Yes | Noise-cancelling: Yes | Battery life: 3 hours (9 hours with charging case)

Reasons to Buy
Excellent with timing and dynamics
Truly wireless
Decent noise-cancelling
Reasons to Avoid
Occasional right earpiece connection issue

We had to wait a while for a five-star pair of truly wireless earphones but Sony finally delivered the goods with the WF-1000X buds. The sound is excellent and you even get decent noise-cancelling to help drown out your gym's music selection.The neat carry case doubles as a charger and can be used to stretch out the battery life to nine hours. You also get the benefit of voice-controlled Google Assistant and Siri. The best headphones for running and the gym? Quite possibly.

Read the full review: Sony WF-1000X

Best in-ear wireless headphones for running and the gym under £150

2. Bose SoundSport Wireless

A fine pair of wireless in-ears, directly aimed at sporty types. They're comfy and sound great too.

SPECIFICATIONS

Connector: n/a | Cable length: n/a | In-line remote and mic: n/a | OS support: Android/iOS | Bluetooth: Yes | Noise-cancelling: Yes | Battery life: 6 hours

Reasons to Buy
Comfortable
Fun sound
Strong wireless performance
Reasons to Avoid
Very little at this price

Theses are some of the best-sounding, most reliable running and gym headphones you'll find for under £150. There is a soft cable between the two buds, each of which uses an in-ear hook to keep them in place. We like the design here, complete with lightweight remote, and these running headphones are also sweat-resistant and IPX4 splashproof, too. The battery life is a modest six hours but we'd imagine that'll do most people for a few runs or circuits.

Read the full review: Bose SoundSport Wireless

Best wireless in-ear headphones for running and the gym under £100

3. Sennheiser CX Sport

A solid-sounding and appealing pair of wireless in-ears for running and the gym.

SPECIFICATIONS

Connector: n/a | Cable length: n/a | In-line remote and mic: Yes | OS support: Android/iOS | Bluetooth: Yes | Noise-cancelling: No | Battery life: 6 hours

Reasons to Buy
Clear, detailed sound
Punchy, weighty delivery
Reasons to Avoid
Lack a little rhythm

These Sennheisers are designed with running and the gym in mind, with their rubberised ear fins and splash and sweat-resistant design. Fit is excellent and noise isolation is good. The earpieces are connected by a short run of cable which includes an in-line mic and controls. Battery life is a respectable six hours and sound quality is robust and powerful, just what you need when you're making a push for the finish line or your final set of squats. And now they're available on Amazon for well under £100.

Read the full review: Sennheiser CX Sport

Best on-ear headphones for the gym under £100

4. Lindy BNX-60

Noise-cancelling and wireless for under £100? Lindy's affordable and feature-packed cans are a fine shout for the gym.

SPECIFICATIONS

Connector: n/a | Cable length: n/a | In-line remote and mic: n/a | OS support: Android/iOS | Bluetooth: Yes | Noise-cancelling: Yes | Battery life: 3 hours (9 hours with charging case)

Reasons to Buy
Great value
Detailed, solid sound
Noise-cancelling and Bluetooth
Reasons to Avoid
Treble muffled in standard mode

We weren't sold on brand name alone but a thorough reviewing later and we were sold on their skills for such an affordable price. If you prefer on-ear headphones for the gym, then these deliver good wireless sound and decent noise-cancelling for a great price. Of course you get what you pay for, and much more expensive headphones will deliver better all-round sound, but for this price they're hard to fault.

Read the full review: Lindy BNX-60

Best on-ear gym headphones under £200

5. AKG N60NC Wireless

Compact wireless noise-cancellers with superb sound quality.

SPECIFICATIONS

Connector: n/a | Cable length: n/a | In-line remote and mic: n/a | OS support: Android/iOS | Bluetooth: Yes | Noise-cancelling: Yes | Battery life: 3 hours (9 hours with charging case)

Reasons to Buy
Noise cancellation
Solid bass
Clear midrange and treble
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

A 2018 Award-winner, these AKGs are compact, convenient and surprisingly affordable considering what's on offer. They're a headband design, which probably doesn't make them the best running headphones, but they're a decent shout for the gym. The noise-cancelling is impressive and the AKG sound is dynamic and punchy.

Read the full review: AKG N60NC Wireless

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