Best wireless headphones for running and the gym 2018

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 headphones for running and the gym.

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True wireless under £150

Best true wireless headphones for the gym under £150

Sony WF-1000X

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
Our sample had a slight connection issue with the right earpiece

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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 the gym? Quite possibly.

In-ear wireless under £150

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

Bose SoundSport Wireless

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
Less-than-stellar battery life

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Theses are some of the best-sounding, most reliable wireless in-ear headphones you’ll find for under £150. There is a soft neckband 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 they're 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 work outs.

On-ear wireless under £100

Best on-ear wireless gym headphones under £100

Lindy BNX-60

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 wireless functionality
USB charging
Reasons to Avoid
Treble a little muffled in standard mode

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These Lindy headphones blew us away when we first heard them. 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 cans in the gym, then these deliver good wireless sound and decent noise-cancelling, all for just £79. 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.

On-ear wireless under £200

Best on-ear wireless gym headphones under £200

AKG N60NC Wireless

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 noise cancellation
Comfy build
Solid bass
Well balanced
Clear midrange and treble
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

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A 2017 Award-winner, these AKGs are compact, convenient and surprisingly affordable considering what's on offer. They're a headband design, which won't work for most runners, but is increasingly popular with gym monkeys. The noise-cancelling is impressive and the AKG sound is dynamic and punchy - almost giving the wired counterparts (N60NC) a run for their money.

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