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The 10 Best Waterproof Headphones of 2018

Contrary to popular belief, waterproof headphones are not just for swimming. If you are someone who perspires a lot or there is a risk of getting your headphones wet while training, then it’s best to use waterproof in-ear headphones.

There are a lot of choices when it comes to waterproof headphones but ultimately the application will decide what type of headphone you require. Below we take you through the various technical specs and explain which headphone is right for each application. At the top of each product, we even list the activities the waterproof headphones are best suited for.

This article doesn’t just cover the best waterproof headphones but also offers some useful advice. The biggest issue with in-ear headphones is finding the right fit. To help you out, we’ve included a quick guide on the various earbud types to give you a better idea of why they are designed in each specific shape.

At the end of each section, we also look at the recommendations for headphones which would be best suited to your needs. So make sure you check out the buyers guides at the end of the IPX7 and IPX8 sections.

Which IPX Rating Do I Need?

The IPX rating determines how waterproof a consumer electronics product is. In this article, we focus on IPX7 and IPX8. If you are just looking for a waterproof headphone for general workouts, then an IPX7 headphone would be best suited for this kind of activity. IPX7 is rated to a depth of 1m for a period of around 30 minutes. While IPX6 or even IPX5 would handle some perspiration, it would be better to get IPX7 as you can rinse these under the water to remove sweat and grime after your workout.

If you intend using your waterproof headphones for swimming or other water activities then you must use IPX8. IPX8 is the highest waterproof rating for consumer electronics. There is no exact depth or time for this rating. Instead, the manufacturer will indicate this on the product. For example, a rating might read something like IPX8 rated to a depth of 3m (9.8ft) for 1 hour.

What is FitGoo?

Throughout this article you’ll see many of the waterproof headphones, especially the IPX8 swimming headphones, come with a tube of FitGoo. FitGoo is a lubricant which allows you to insert the headphone ear tips in easily, giving you a deep, snug, watertight fit. You can also purchase it separately on Amazon for around $8.

IPX7 Waterproof Headphones

The first section of this article looks at IPX7 waterproof headphones. Many of the IPX7 headphones are wireless, which means you can pair your Bluetooth device and either strap it to your body or place it on a bench, table or treadmill while you work out. This gives you the freedom to move about without the extra weight.

Recommended Applications for IPX7 Headphones

IPX7 headphones are great for a range of activities including gym workouts, running, yoga, hiking, cycling, and other land-based sports. While you could use these headphones for swimming, you wouldn’t want to dive beyond 1m. For this reason, people generally avoid using IPX7 headphones for swimming.

There does seem to be one exception for this as the Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle which is IPX7 rated however, many swimmers use this setup for swimming. We’ll touch on more about this product further down the article.

1. SENSO Bluetooth Headphones (ActivBuds S-250)

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones (ActivBuds S-250)

At a Glance

Cable or Wireless:
Wireless only – Bluetooth 4.1
Wireless Range:
30ft
Battery Life:
8 Hours
Built-In Microphone:
Yes
Waterproof Rating:
IPX7
Best for:
All gym workouts, running, hiking, yoga, traveling

 

The SENSO Bluetooth headphones, the ActivBuds S-250, are possibly one of the highest rated waterproof headphones. At under $30, the ActivBuds S-250 are exceptionally well priced with all the features you will need from a pair of sports headphones.

The earbuds fit deep and snug in the ear, with an over-ear piece to ensure the headphones don’t fall out. This fit also offers a good amount of noise isolation so that you can block out the world and focus on your work out.

The ActivBuds S-250 feature SENSO’s ‘High Definition Sound’. These waterproof headphones are really loud and deliver a surprising amount of bass for earbud type headphones. The clarity on the mids and highs is just right, certainly good enough for a workout. You shouldn’t have any issues listening to music or a podcast while training.

The SENSO ActivBuds S-250 is a wireless waterproof headphone featuring Bluetooth 4.1, the latest version in 2018. Pairing your headphones to your smartphone or iPod is quick and easy. The 30ft Bluetooth range on the ActivBuds S-250 means you can use these headphones for just about any sport – except swimming. The range is decent enough to place your phone or iPod on a bench or table next to you while working out in the gym. If you use an iPod or phone strapped to your body, then the 30ft range won’t be an issue either.

The battery on the ActivBuds S-250 lasts 8 hours which is more than enough for most people. The battery will fully recharge from flat in around 2 hours. The headphones recharge via a MicroUSB cable which SENSO provide with the Bluetooth waterproof headphones.

On the right earbud, you have a couple of controls: you can adjust the volume up and down, as well as skip tracks on your Bluetooth paired device. The ActivBuds S-250 also features a built-in microphone so you can take calls during your workout too.

The ActivBuds S-250 headphones are IPX7 rated so will be good for depths of up to 1m, as well as sweat and splashes of water. In theory, you could use the ActivBuds S-250 for swimming but if you dive too deep the headphones might get damaged and you would definitely go beyond the 30ft Bluetooth range while swimming laps.

Included with the ActivBuds are three sets of earbuds (small, medium and large) ensuring you find the right fit for your ears. These are a standard fitting earbud so if you find a style that fits your ears better, you could just purchase generic replacements to use with these headphones.

Also included is a cable management clip. This allows you to tie up the excess cable behind your neck to ensure it won’t get in your way while training.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the SENSO ActivBuds S-250:

  • SENSO ActivBuds S-250
  • Softshell Carrying Case
  • USB charging cable
  • 3 Sets of Ear Tips – Small, Medium, Large
  • Cable Management Clip

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones (ActivBuds S-250) Conclusion

The ActivBuds S-250 is a great pair of waterproof Bluetooth headphones. They offer a decent amount of bass which is great for driving workout music while still delivering great clarity for listening to podcasts etc. The 30ft range is perfect if you strap your Bluetooth device to your body or place on a bench or table near them while working out. At under $30 the SENSO ActivBuds S-250 do exactly what it says on the box for an affordable price.

2. Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle

Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle

At a Glance

Cable or Wireless:
Cable
Wireless Range:
N/A
Battery Life:
15 Hours
Built-In Microphone:
None
Waterproof Rating:
IPX7
Best for:
All gym workouts, running, hiking, yoga, traveling, swimming

 

The Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle is the only IPX7 headphone recommended for swimming. This product is actually endorsed by US National Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist (2008, 2012) – Rebecca Soni. Rebecca includes a 30-minute workout which covers alignment, efficiency, timing, and technique to improve your swimming. The work out is for an intermediate level and requires a pair of goggles, kickboard, and a pool buoy. If you’re serious about your swimming training, then this is the waterproof headphone setup for you.

The Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle comes with a free pair of starter waterproof short-cord headphones. These are the Swimbuds Originals which we feature in part two of this article (IPX8 Waterproof Headphones). You can upgrade to the improved Swimbuds Sport for an extra $20. The regular price for the Swimbuds Sport is $70 – giving you a $50 saving! You have to purchase the Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle and Swimbuds Sport at the same time in the same cart to receive the $50 discount.

The iPod Shuffle features 2GB of storage which is enough for a few hundred songs. More than enough for a few workouts. The great thing about using the iPod Shuffle is that you can just sync to your iTunes library and the tracks are transferred. Other MP3 players require you to convert the iTunes tracks to separate MP3 files before transferring. While this isn’t difficult, it is time-consuming!

The iPod Shuffle controls are really simple with a button for each function. You have a play/pause in the center, volume up and down, and then track skip left and right. The track left/right can also be used to seek through a track if needed.

The iPod Shuffle features a 15-hour battery life – the longest of all waterproof headphones and MP3 players we feature in this article.

The best thing about the iPod Shuffle is that it’s ultra-lightweight and compact. The MP3 player can easily fit on a goggle strap, swimming cap or costume and you won’t even know it’s there. The Swimbuds Original features a short cord which means you won’t have excess cable around your head. A great combination for swimming training.

The package includes a tube of FitGoo, three tree-style tips, and a dome/round tip. Also included, is a test sample of AquaGuard Pre-Swim Hair Defense. Pool chemicals can leave often leave your hair dry and brittle. Applying AquaGuard before you swim prevents this. Full instructions are provided with the product. A pool floaty is another extra product included in this kit. The floaty will ensure your iPod stays on the surface and won’t sink. If you’re swimming in the ocean, a lake, or river where the water is murky, it might be a good idea to use the floaty so if the iPod comes loose, it won’t sink to the bottom and you’ll be able to find it.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle:

  • Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle
  • Swimbuds Original waterproof headphones
  • 3 x tree tips
  • 1 x dome/round tips
  • 0.5oz FitGoo
  • 1oz AquaGuard Pre-Swim Hair Defense
  • iFloatie flotation device
  • 3-inch charging/syncing cord
  • Download of a 30-minute audio swim workout by Olympic swimmer Rebecca Soni

Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle Conclusion

The Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle is for those who are serious about swimming. The device is ultra-lightweight which means it won’t affect your usual training regime. The iPod delivers Apple’s high-quality audio and if you upgrade to the Swimbuds Sport or Swimbuds Flex, you’ll have the best waterproof sports headphones to go with it. The Swimbuds Originals supplied with the iPod are also decent but with fewer earpiece options. The standard package retails for a little under $220 but well worth the price for two high-quality waterproof products plus the extras.

3. Mpow Flame Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones

Mpow Flame Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones

At a Glance

Cable or Wireless:
Wireless only – Bluetooth 4.1
Wireless Range:
30ft
Battery Life:
7-9 Hours
Built-In Microphone:
Yes
Waterproof Rating:
IPX7
Best for:
All gym workouts, running, hiking, yoga, traveling

 

The Mpow Flame is another popular pair of wireless waterproof headphones. The standard red and black pair come in at under $20, while some of the other colors are around $24. So even if you go with the most expensive color option, the Mpow Flame is still a well priced waterproof headphones.

The Mpow Flame offers a noise isolating feature. Mpow call is noise canceling but it’s more of a passive noise isolation – primarily from the earbuds sitting deep in the ear. Having said that, the noise isolation is decent and you won’t have issues with background noise in a gym, for example. The Mpow Flame delivers a decent sound with sufficient bass for your driving workout music. The headphones also provide great clarity for those who prefer vocal-heavy content like podcasts or audiobooks.

The Mpow Flame features Bluetooth version 4.1 which is the latest version of Bluetooth in 2018. The wireless headphone range is around 30ft which is perfect if you usually strap your Bluetooth device to your body or on a workbench near you.

When connected to an iOS device, the battery life for the Mpow Flame will be displayed on your screen next to your device’s battery life indicator. On the right ear, you have a + and – control for the volume and skipping tracks. The Mpow Flame also features a built-in microphone so you can take calls during your workout.

The Mpow Flame has a built-in rechargeable battery which lasts between 7-9 hours of playing time. I would say this is closer to 7 hours, depending on how loud you listen to the headphones. On average, your charge time shouldn’t be more than an hour, with a maximum of 1.5 hours if the battery is completely flat.

Mpow supply you with four different ear tip styles for the Flame. There are your standard silicone ear tips in small, medium and large sizes, as well as a pair of memory foam ear tips. The memory foam ear tips are going to provide a better fit with improved noise isolation. The headphones also feature an over-ear clip so the headphones won’t accidentally fall out during your workout.

The Mpow Flame comes with a short flat cable. Flat cables are better due to their tangle resistance capability. The cable comes with a clip so that you get a tight fit behind the neck, keeping any excess out of the way of your workout.

The headphones come with a softshell carry case which is big enough for your headphones, replacement ear tips, and the USB charger.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Mpow Flame Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones:

  • Mpow Flame
  • 3 x Regular silicone ear tips (small, medium, large)
  • 1 x memory foam ear tips
  • 1 x cable clip
  • USB charger
  • Softshell carry case

Mpow Flame Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones Conclusion

The Mpow Flame is a stylish, affordable pair of waterproof earbuds. The fit is comfortable and won’t pull out during training. The 7-hour battery life is more than enough for most people working out and you’ll probably only have to charge them once or twice a week. Having the battery life displayed on iOS devices is useful to monitor this. With the built-in microphone, you can still take calls. For under $20, the Mpow Flame can do much the same compared to best sports headphones which are two, or even three, times the price.

4. ELZU.US Wireless Sport Headphones

ELZU Wireless Sport Headphones

At a Glance

Cable or Wireless:
Wireless only – Bluetooth 4.1
Wireless Range:
30ft
Battery Life:
8 Hours
Built-In Microphone:
Yes
Waterproof Rating:
IPX7
Best for:
All gym workouts, running, hiking, yoga, traveling

 

The ELZU.US Wireless Sport Headphones are newly released in 2018. The headphones feature an impressive 12 hours of continuous playing time battery life. Better than most wireless waterproof headphones on the market and certainly the best battery life for under $100. When completely flat, the battery fully recharges in around 2 hours. Most top-up charges will likely take around an hour.

The headphones come with an IPX7 waterproof rating suitable for most workout activities – except swimming.

ELZU.US prides itself on being designed in the USA. While this is somewhat impressive, the product is still made overseas. Apple products are also designed in the USA, but made in China. I’ll leave this to you whether or not you think designed in the USA is a selling point.

The ELZU.US features a built-in microphone which means you can take calls during your workout. The microphone is located on the left earpiece and larger than what most other waterproof headphones feature. Next to the microphone, behind a watertight seal, is the MicroUSB input for charging.

On the right earpiece are three buttons. These include a play/pause button, volume plus button, and volume minus button. The plus and minus buttons also double-up as track skip, next, and previous. The play/pause is also a multi-function button which allows you to accept, end and reject calls.

ELZU.US include three ear tip sizes – small, medium and large. These are the round/dome ear tip style, however, the earpiece is a standard size so you can purchase generic ear tips better suited to your ear – if necessary.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the ELZU.US Wireless Sport Headphones:

  • ELZU.US Wireless Sport Headphones
  • 3 x round/dome ear tips (small, medium, large)
  • MicroUSB charging cable

ELZU.US Wireless Sport Headphones Conclusion

The ELZU.US Wireless Sport Headphones are great for all types of workouts except swimming. If you often take calls while working out, then the ELZU.US might be the best option for you. The large microphone and call controls mean you can receive, reject and end calls without reaching for your phone. At a little over $30, the ELZU.US are affordable and delivers one of the best battery life on the market.

5. Otium Bluetooth Headphones

Otium Bluetooth Headphones

At a Glance

Cable or Wireless:
Wireless only – Bluetooth 4.1
Wireless Range:
30ft
Battery Life:
8 Hours
Built-In Microphone:
Yes
Waterproof Rating:
IPX7
Best for:
All gym workouts, running, hiking, yoga, traveling

 

If you’re looking for a cheap wireless waterproof headphone, then the Otium Bluetooth Headphone is a great budget option. The modern, stylish design looks really cool and for under $20, you won’t be breaking the bank. The earbuds fit snug with an over-ear clip to keep the headphones in place no matter how rigorous your workout.

The Otium Bluetooth headphones deliver a lot of volume, more than you will probably need. The cozy fit offers a decent amount of noise isolation so you shouldn’t have an issue with loud environments like the gym, for example. There is a good amount of bass, however, the mids are ever so slightly muddy. The highs are also relatively clear but also not a premium sound, which is to be expected from a cheap pair of wireless headphones. Having said all that, the sound isn’t bad, it’s just not as good when compared to the more expensive brands.

The Otium features Bluetooth 4.1, the latest version for 2018. Pairing with your Bluetooth device is quick and easy with a range of up to 30ft. This is great for those who strap their Bluetooth device to their body or on a bench nearby.

The control panel on the right ear of the Otium enables you to adjust the volume up and down, as well as skip tracks. The large power button on the same ear allows you to play and pause. A built-in microphone allows you to take hands-free calls.

The battery on the Otium is rated to last up to 8 hours. The quick charge battery will fully recharge from flat within 1.5 hours. For most charges, you probably won’t need more than 45 minutes to an hour. On iOS devices, the battery life of the Otium will be displayed on the screen when paired.

The Otium features a tangle-resistant flat cable. There is also a cable clip included with the headphones to tighten any excess cable behind your head. Also included are three sizes of earbuds – small, medium, and large. The ear tip fitting is standard, so you can purchase generic ear tip replacements if needed.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Otium Bluetooth Headphones.

  • Otium Bluetooth Headphones
  • 3 x Regular Ear Tips (small, medium, large)
  • Cable clip
  • Softshell carry case
  • USB charging cable

Otium Bluetooth Headphones Conclusion

The Otium Bluetooth Headphones are a great budget waterproof headphone option. The stylish design looks good and it fits comfortably in the ear. Perfect for workouts, running, yoga and other training regimes. The Otium are IPX7 rated which means they can get wet but are not recommended for swimming. The Otium is not the best sounding waterproof headphone but they are an excellent budget option.

IPX7 Waterproof Headphones – Buyers Guide

Let’s take a quick and try to narrow down your choice depending on your reason to purchase IPX7 waterproof headphones. Remember, only one of the products in this article is recommended for swimming, the Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle. While this is an exceptional product, at over $200, it is very expensive.

Cheapest IPX7 Waterproof Headphone

If you’re after the cheapest option then, it comes down to two choices, the Mpow Flame or the Otium. Both retail on Amazon for a little under $20 with similar design features and sound quality. These are not the best sounding headphones but certainly good enough for a workout. Both of these options include a built-in microphone with an 8-hour battery. It’s literally going to come down to which one you prefer. As they both look almost identical, you need to choose whether you want Mpow or Optium brand names on the side as that is the biggest difference between these two headphones.

Best Sounding IPX7 Waterproof Headphone

While the iPod Shuffle offers the best sound quality, they are paired with the Swimbuds Original headphones which are not as good as the SENSO ActivBuds S-250. For $30, the ActivBuds S-250 deliver great sound quality with a comfortable fit, an 8-hour battery life and built-in microphone for hands-free calling. These are possibly the most reviewed headphones on Amazon with almost 30,000 reviews and a four-star rating. That should say enough about the quality of these headphones.

The ELZU is also a great sounding waterproof headphone with some advanced features in terms of what you can do with the controls. They are an extra $4 so it’s a choice between the highest rated or the new product on the market.

IPX8 Waterproof Headphones

The second part of this article focuses on IPX8 waterproof headphones. These are headphones primarily designed for swimming, however, they can be used for other activities including general listening and travel. The IPX8 headphones are all cable headphones. Unfortunately, wireless technology is not advanced enough to work inside water and the longest Bluetooth range is 33ft (10m) max. This means if you’re doing laps in a 25m or 50m pool, you won’t be able to swim a length without dropout.

The cables on IPX8 waterproof headphones for swimming are short. This is to reduce the amount of excess around your head, which can hinder your swimming performance if you keep getting caught up in the cable. The best position for an MP3 player is on the goggle strap, swim cap or ladies’ shoulder strap. This will ensure the least amount of interference and that the short cord will reach the ⅛ inch input.

Recommended Applications for IPX8 Headphones

The primary application for IPX8 headphones is of course swimming, however, these are also great for triathletes, SUP, rowing and whitewater canoeing/rafting. With the cable extension, you can also use these headphones for all your other land-based sports so there’s no need to purchase additional headphones either.

6. HydroActive Waterproof Headphones

HydroActive Waterproof Headphones

At a Glance

Waterproof Rating:
IPX8
Best for:
All gym workouts, running, hiking, yoga, traveling, swimming

 

The HydroActive Waterproof Headphones is one of Underwater Audio’s premium swimming headphones. The HydroActive is a headband-style headphone which fits over the ear and around the back of the head. The short-cord is the perfect length for an MP3 player fitted to a goggle strap or swim cap.

Included with the HydroActive Waterproof Headphones are 11 earbuds in 4 different styles. There are four ergo style tips which fit flush inside the ear (these are great for minimal impact for a swim cap or cycle helmet) and three fin style tips which fit inside the ear and around the ear canal (similar to the ergo tips). These two styles are both very similar so it’s going to come down to which is more comfortable for you. Also included are three standard tree style tips and one round/dome style tip. All of these come in multiple sizes, so you’re bound to find the right fit from one of the 11 ear tips. There is also a cable extension for other sports activities where you may require a longer cable.

The HydroActive Waterproof Headphones are IPX8 rated to a depth of 3m for an unlimited amount of time. This is perfect for most pool and swimming activities. The gold coated ⅛ inch connector is resistant to corrosion and ensures the best signal transfer when connected to an audio device.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the HydroActive Waterproof Headphones:

  • HydroActive Waterproof Headphones
  • 4 x ergo ear tips
  • 3 x fin ear tips
  • 3 x tree ear tips
  • 1 x dome/round ear tips
  • Ear tip organizer
  • Softshell carry case

HydroActive Waterproof Headphones Conclusion

The HydroActive Waterproof Headphones are designed for professional swimmers and athletes who are looking for a durable headphone which can be worn for extended periods of time. The IPX8 rating means the headphones are protected up to depths of 3m, which is perfect for most swimming activities. The package includes a range of ear tips to fit just about every ear size. The HydroActive Waterproof Headphones would be a good combination with the Underwater Audio iPod Shuffle or SYRYN waterproof MP3 player.

7. Swimbuds Waterproof Headphones

Swimbuds Waterproof Headphones

At a Glance

Waterproof Rating:
IPX8
Best for:
All gym workouts, running, hiking, yoga, traveling, swimming

 

The Swimbuds is a popular choice when it comes to IPX8 swimming headphones. These headphones are specifically designed for swimming with a special short cord and deep fitting flanged or tree tip style earbuds. This design keeps the earbuds in your ears even with regular diving, flips, and turns. For high dives, however, these headphones may pull out from the force.

The short cord enables swimmers to limit the amount of cable excess around their heads. If you have a waterproof MP3 player small enough to fit on a google or swim cap, then the Swimbuds cable is the perfect length. For ladies, the cable is also long enough if you prefer wearing an MP3 player on your shoulder strap.

The Swimbuds do come with a cable extension, allowing you to use these waterproof headphones for other workouts like running or when you’re in the gym. This makes the Swimbuds a versatile headphone for all sports activities or even travel.

The Swimbuds come with four earbud tips: three tree tip sizes and one regular dome tip. Also included is a 0.5oz tube of FitGoo for a superior earbud fit. Once in your ears, the Swimbuds offer a tight, snug fit which won’t have any impact on your normal swimming regime.

The sound quality on the Swimbuds is decent enough. Obviously, in the water, you aren’t going to experience mind-blowing sound but then all you really want is something to work out to in the water. And, for under $40, these Swimbuds are a great choice.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Swimbuds Waterproof Headphones:

  • Swimbuds Waterproof Headphones
  • 3 x tree tips
  • 1 x dome tip
  • 1 x 0.5oz tube of FitGoo
  • 39-inch cable extension

Swimbuds Waterproof Headphones Conclusion

The Swimbuds Waterproof Headphones are the best quality underwater headphones available for under $40. These IPX8 rated swimming headphones can also be used for other sports by adding the cable extension and changing to a more suitable ear tip if necessary. The ear tips are a standard size so you can use the generic replacements or purchase Swimbuds replacements if needed.

8. Swimbuds Headphones and SYRYN waterproof MP3 player

Swimbuds Headphones and SYRYN waterproof MP3 player

At a Glance

Waterproof Rating:
IPX8
Best for:
All gym workouts, running, hiking, yoga, traveling, swimming
Headphones:
Swimbuds – Original Model
MP3 Player:
SYRYN 8GB Waterproof MP3 Player

 

For under $60, you can get a pair of waterproof headphones with an 8GB SYRYN MP3 Player. Both of these are IPX8 rated so they are suitable for swimming and other workout activities.

The Swimbuds headphones supplied with this package is the Original model (The same $40 featured in this article). To recap, the headphones come with a short cable and cable extension for other work out activities. There are four ear tip options, three of which are flanged or tree-shaped specifically for swimming while the fourth is a dome-shaped for other activities. Also included is a tube of FitGoo to get a superior in-ear, watertight fit, as well as a pair of swimming goggles.

The SYRYN is a miniature, lightweight MP3 player designed specifically for swimmers. The clip will fit easily on a goggle strap, swim cap, or even a bathing suit strap. The player rotates, so no matter where you fit the device, you can twist it to a position which is easier for you to access.

The SYRYN MP3 player is a three button device. There is a play/pause button, skip track left button, and skip track right button. Each button is multi-function, giving you significant control over your music.

The play/pause button is also the on/off switch, as well as shuffle activation/deactivation. Holding the play/pause for 10 seconds will reset the device. The left/right skip buttons also adjust the volume on the device. So there is a lot you can do with the minimal button layout, all easy to reach and adjust.

The SYRYN features a single ⅛ inch input which is used for the headphones, charging and loading music on the MP3 player. The player supports both MP3 and WMA audio formats. Using MP3 format, you should be able to store between 1500 to 2000 songs.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Swimbuds Headphones and SYRYN waterproof MP3 player package:

  • 8GB SYRYN waterproof MP3 player
  • Swimbuds Original headphones
  • 3 x tree shaped ear tips (small, medium, large)
  • 1 x dome-shaped ear tips
  • 39-inch cable extension
  • 0.5oz FitGoo
  • Swimming goggles

Swimbuds Headphones and SYRYN waterproof MP3 player Conclusion

If you’re looking for a pair of waterproof headphones with an MP3 player, then the Swimbuds, SYRYN combo is an excellent choice. The total package comes in at under $60 which includes the FitGoo and swimming goggles. This is an incredible value package considering it is cheaper than some waterproof headphones without the extras!

9. Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Headphones

Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Headphones

At a Glance

Waterproof Rating:
IPX8
Best for:
All gym workouts, running, hiking, yoga, traveling, swimming

 

The Swimbuds Sport is the upgrade of the Swimbuds Original. The Sport model has improved on overall build quality, making the headphones more rugged for training. The Swimbuds have also improved on the sound quality with their trademarked ‘Hydrobeat’ sound technology.

The first thing you notice when unboxing the Swimbuds Sport is the extensive range of ear tip options these waterproof headphones come with. Like the Swimbuds original, you get the three tree-style tip sizes plus the single dome-style ear tip. Then you get three fin-style tip sizes, which match the contours of your ears. If you battle with the tree-style fit, then the fin tip will be a welcome addition. Lastly, you also get four ergo-style ear tips. The ergo tips are similar to the fin-style but instead of a fin, the ear tip sits flat in the ear. These are best suited if you use a swim cap. The ear tips sit neatly underneath the cap and don’t interfere with the fit – so you won’t feel any difference or discomfort.

With the new ear tips, the Swimbuds Sport is now suitable for any swimming activity and will even stay in your ears from a high dive (this is assuming you are able to put the MP3 player and cable under your swim cap).

The Swimbuds Sport is an IPX8 rated headphone which means you can use these to a depth of 3m. Swimbuds strongly advise against going further than 3m. The ⅛ inch connector is gold plated to prevent corrosion and ensure good signal transfer with your MP3 device. The cable is the same short cord from the Swimbuds Original, with a cable extension to use the headphones for other activities.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Headphones:

  • Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Headphones
  • 39-inch cable extension
  • 1 x round/dome tip
  • 3 x tree tips
  • 3 x fin tips
  • 4 x ergo tips
  • Softshell carry case

Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Headphones Conclusion

The Swimbuds Sport is better suited for professional swimmers or those who are looking for more ear tip options. If the tree tips are not to your liking, then you’ll definitely find the right size with the Swimbuds Sport. At $70, the Swimbuds Sport is the more expensive option however, you will enjoy a more rugged design, more ear tip choice, and better sound quality.

10. Pyle Waterproof Sports Wearable Headset

Pyle Waterproof Sports Wearable Headset

At a Glance

Waterproof Rating:
IPX8
Best for:
All gym workouts, running, hiking, yoga, traveling, swimming
Battery Life:
10 Hours

 

The Pyle Waterproof Sports Wearable Headset is an all-in-one swimming headphone – designed specifically for swimmers and triathletes. The 8GB internal memory can store around 1500 to 2000 MP3 songs, depending on the file size and bitrate.

The Pyle Waterproof Headset fits over the ear and around the back of the head. There is a band which fits over the ear and around the back of the neck, so you won’t have any issues with excess cable. The earbud is an in-ear fit with several ear tip options available. There are three tree-style tips (which are better suited for swimming activities) and three round/dome- style tips for other activities or listening applications.

Pyle supplies you with a MicroUSB cable for charging and file transfer. Loading music is as easy as drag and drop, similar to loading files onto a USB flash drive. The player accepts both MP3 and WMA file formats. If your music is on iTunes, then you’ll need to convert these to MP3 before loading. Pyle provides instructions and software on how to do this.

The built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours and recharges within 2 hours if the battery is completely flat.

On the right ear are three buttons. A play/pause button, volume up button, and volume down button. The up and down volume buttons also double up as the track skip buttons.

Pyle also has a Bluetooth version of these earphones which allow you to either play music via a Bluetooth device as well. This is great news if you want a waterproof headphone for swimming and other workout activities. In the water, you can use the built-in memory – while in the gym or on a run, you can use your Bluetooth device. As the headset doesn’t have an LCD screen to see the tracks, using the headphone as a Bluetooth headphone might be a better option when working out on land.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Pyle Waterproof Sports Wearable Headset:

  • Pyle Waterproof Sports Wearable Headset
  • 3 x tree tips
  • 3 x round/dome tips
  • MicroUSB charger

Pyle Waterproof Sports Wearable Headset Conclusion

The Pyle Waterproof Sports Headset is perfect for swimmers. With no cord or device to get in your way, the headphones are both comfortable and functional. The audio quality is average but well worth the $44 price tag. If you want a truly versatile waterproof headset, consider upgrading to the Bluetooth model for only an extra $5. For an all-in-one IPX8 waterproof headphone, the Pyle Waterproof Sports Headset is great value for money.

IPX8 Waterproof Headphones – Buyers Guide

We have five excellent choices when it comes to IPX8 rated waterproof headphones – I’m sure it’s hard to decide which to choose. Let’s break them down into a few categories so that you can see which is the right waterproof headphone for you. Remember that while these are best suited for swimming, they can also be used for all other workouts too.

Cheapest IPX8 Waterproof Headphones

IPX8 waterproof headphones are generally more expensive than their IPX7 counterparts. There is more technology, as well as ingress protection, which brings up the cost. Within this section, we have two categories: the cheapest IPX8 waterproof headphone with an MP3 Player and without an MP3 Player.

Cheapest IPX8 Waterproof Headphones with MP3 Player

The cheapest IPX8 headphone with an MP3 player is the Pyle Waterproof Sports Wearable headset. This headphone is available as a standalone headset with a built-in 8GB MP3 player or as a Bluetooth version which allows you to connect and play off a Bluetooth device. Even though the Bluetooth version is slightly more expensive, both models still come in more than $10 cheaper than the SYRYN waterproof MP3 player. The SYRYN is however slightly better sounding, and the Swimbuds earphones that come with the SYRYN will probably offer slightly more comfort.

Cheapest IPX8 Waterproof Headphones Only

If you already have an MP3 player and only need a pair of IPX8 waterproof headphones, then the cheapest option is the Swimbuds Originals. These headphones are extremely popular as they offer a good fit short-cord with cable extension and four choices of ear tips.

Most Comfortable IPX8 Waterproof Headphones

Swimmers who spend a lot of time in the pool generally look for the most comfortable waterproof headphones. You are often in the pool for extended periods of time, so you need something which won’t lead to fatigue. Rugged design is also important as the headphones undergo a lot of drag through the water, which tests the headphones build quality.

There are two choices when it comes to comfort – the HydroActive Waterproof Headphones or the Swimbuds Sport. The HydroActive is a headset which fits around the head, while the Swimbuds Sport is a cable. Both options come with the same amount and type of ear tip, so there is no difference there. There is, however, a $20 price difference – with the HydroActive being the more expensive option retailing at $90.

How to Clean and Care for Your Waterproof Headphones

Cleaning

Waterproof headphones are all in-ear fitting headphones. This means you are bound to get earwax and sweat on the headphones after use. It’s important that you keep your headphones clean, otherwise, it may lead to damage from clogging or possibly infection.

You want to clean your ear tips after every use, using lukewarm (not hot) water with dish soap. If there isn’t a lot of sediment, just use your hands to rub the headphones and ear tips clean. If there is sediment build up, use an old toothbrush to scrub this off. Once clean, rinse thoroughly to get all the soap off.

Lastly, towel-dry your headphones and make sure they are completely dry before storing them. Any water sitting on the speaker grille can eventually start to cause damage and seep through. So you should always store your headphones only once they are completely dry.

Don’t Yank the Cord

One of the first parts to break on any set of headphones is the cable which connects to the ⅛ adapter. For waterproof headphones, this means you’ll have to purchase a new pair. To prolong the life of your cable, always pull the cord out of your MP3 device on the connector, and not the cable. The cable is made up of tiny strands of wire which break one by one over time as you yank the cable out. At first, you’ll start to hear some breaking up or crackling, until eventually, the connection breaks completely. So pull the connector, not the cable.

Correct Way to Wrap the Cord

Another way to kill your cable is incorrect wrapping. A lot of people wrap the cable around their phone or MP3 device and then throw it in a bag for traveling. This is one of the quickest ways to destroy your cable.

Firstly, wrapping around an object means the cable entering the connector is pulled somewhat tight and at an angle. This puts pressure on the connector which leads to the same damage as explained in our ‘Don’t Yank the Cord’ section above. Secondly, this also damages the cable where the wrap goes around the corner of a device. It kinks the cable, weakening the strands until they eventually break. One correct way to wrap your cable is to first remove the cable from the MP3 device, then wrap the cable gently around your three fingers, slide the cable off and store the earphone – easy! With this method, there are no edges to kink the cable and no pressure on the connector either. See here for more ways to safely wrap your headphones.

Which Ear Tip Do I Choose?

Choosing the right ear tip can be confusing. When I first got in-ear headphones I used to just stick the first one I found in my ear. For general listening, this isn’t too much of an issue but for sports having the right ear tip can make a big difference to the comfort while you move about.

Round/Dome Style

Round/Dome– Round or dome ear tips is probably the one we’re all most familiar with. These are usually sold with in-ear headphones. If you have ever purchased a new mobile phone, the headphones supplied will almost always have round ear tips. Round ear tips come in two types, silicone and foam. The silicone usually come in three sizes so you can find a fit that’s closest to your ear size. The foam or memory foam round ear tips usually come in one size. To get the fit, you pinch the ear tip and insert into your ear. The foam expands and is somewhat molded to your ear canal. The more expensive memory foam usually works best for this.

Tree Style

Tree– Tree ear tips is another familiar ear tip, sometimes included standard with a pair of in-ear headphones. These are great for waterproof headphones because they fit deep into the ear canal and prevent water from entering the ear. They also offer good noise isolation so you can hear the audio better at lower levels without the need to increase the volume. Great for noisy activities like swimming or in the gym. This is the ear tip you would most likely want to use FitGoo to get a good fit.

Ergo Style

Ergo– Ergo tips are the most common fit found in professional in-ear headphones. Similar to the ones you see musicians wearing. You can get these custom molded to your ear which is the best way to wear ergo ear tips. This is an expensive option, so for general use, they usually come in three sizes, small, medium and large. The ergo tips fit inside the ear and then flush inside the ear itself offering the smallest ear tip footprint for your ear.

Fin Style

Fin– Fin ear tips are similar to ergo tips, however, the fit slightly differently. As the name implies, a small fin extends into the top of the ear. This fit is better for larger ears. Ultimately, it’s going to come down to testing between ergo and fin tips to find which is more comfortable for your ear.

Best Method for Inserting Swimming Headphones

Here is a step-by-step guide to inserting your swimming headphones into your ears. We have found this to be most effective to get the best fit.

  1. If you have some FitGoo, add a small drop to the tip of the earbuds.
  2. Using one hand, reach over your head and grab the opposite ear and pull up gently. For example, if you’re inserting an earbud in your left ear, use your right hand to reach over and grab the left ear. This will open the ear canal making it easier to insert your earbuds.
  3. Insert the earbud and, once inside comfortably, let go of the top of the ear with your other hand. The ear will close over the earbud ensuring a more comfortable, watertight fit.

What to do with that Cable?

Adding a cable to the mix of your normal swimming regime can cause some issues. The cable and MP3 player add more drag – and if the cable accidentally pulls out, you end up with water filling your ears. The first step to avoiding this is to correctly manage your headphone cable.

If you are training in the pool, I would assume you’re using a pair of swimming goggles. Your goggle strap is the best way to keep your headphone cable and MP3 player out of the way. Short-cord waterproof headphones, like the ones listed in this article, are going to be your best choice.

  1. Put your swim cap on, followed by your goggles.
  2. Attach your MP3 player to the back of your goggle strap directly behind your head. Plug in the ⅛ inch connector and feed the cable between the strap and your head.
  3. Individually, take each earbud and wrap the cable once around the back of the strap and then again once just behind the ear. Bring the cable over the ear and insert.
  4. Finally, pull your swim cap down over your ears.

This will keep the cable in place, reduce drag and prevent the connector from pulling out.

Matt

Matt

Matt is a sound engineer, event organizer, marketer, and vinyl junkie!

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