3 sets of true wireless earbuds that are ideal for exercising

The best workout headphones are wireless — and ideally, true wireless — so there’s no cable that might get caught or restrict your movement. They’ll need to fit your ears snugly enough that they won’t fall out during a workout but not so tightly that they’re uncomfortable to wear over an extended period. Sound quality is obviously an important factor, as well, but you’ll also need to consider durability and sweat or water resistance. And if you’re opting for a pair with noise-canceling capabilities, you’ll want some sort of transparency mode that allows some sound in so you can hear the world around you for safety reasons.

The three models listed below fit a wide range of budgets as well as various design and feature sets.

Best everyday sport earbuds

Beats Fit Pro, $200

<p>The Beats Fit Pro. (David Carnoy/CNET/TNS)</p>

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The Beats Fit Pro. (David Carnoy/CNET/TNS)

Hot on the heels of the third-generation AirPods, Apple has another new set of earbuds, this time from its subsidiary audio company, Beats. Technically, the new Beats Fit Pro aren’t AirPods, but they’re built on the same tech platform as the AirPods Pro. Unlike Beats’ earlier and less expensive Studio Buds, the Beats Fit Pro include Apple’s H1 chip and have most of the AirPods Pro’s features, including active noise canceling, spatial audio and Adaptive EQ. We’d venture to call them the sports AirPods you’ve always wanted — and for some people, they might just be better.

Water-resistant rating: IPX4 (Splash-proof)

Sports earbuds for Androids

Google Pixel Buds A-Series, $100

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Google’s Pixel Buds A-Series are kind of unusual in that they’re relatively new but not exactly an upgrade. They look and sound very similar to 2020’s Pixel Buds 2, which debuted at $179 but are now selling for less.

However, instead of getting new features — like active noise canceling — they’ve actually lost a few. Why? The “A” stands for affordability. These have bona fide true-wireless value, particularly for Android users. And the integrated stabilizer arcs (aka sport fins) help keep the buds securely in your ears during workouts.

Water-resistant rating: IPX4 (Splash-proof)

Budget pick

Tranya T40 $50

<p>Tne Tranya T40. (Tranya/TNS)</p>


Tne Tranya T40. (Tranya/TNS)

If you like the earhook design of the Beats Powerbeats Pro but don’t want to spend $150 or so on them, there are plenty of budget alternatives out there.

We like the Tranya T40, which are often discounted from the list price. They sound quite good for the money, fit comfortably and securely and have good battery life (up to eight hours). We also like that they have physical buttons for controlling playback and volume rather than touch controls.

The USB-C charging case doesn’t feel terribly sturdy and is somewhat bulky, but these are a good value.

Water-resistant rating: IPX5 (Can withstand heavy sprays of water)