If you are one of those people who can’t do a thing without some tunes playing in the background, you have probably wondered how to listen to your favorite music while swimming. And surprisingly, there is an answer! Some of the gadgets on our list are not only waterproof but also wireless, which means your smartphone or player doesn’t have to be water-resistant as well. Now while these gadgets exist, it may become difficult to choose your perfect pair. We have compiled this list to help you choose your perfect pair of headphones you can take for a swim.
- Plantronics BackBeat Fit
- Sennheiser CX 680
- Photive PH-BTE50
- Monster iSport Immersion
- Phillips ActionFit
- Inter-Warehouse Headphones
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The Plantronics BackBeat Fit is an extremely popular and versatile device. Designed for fitness use, these earphones will survive rain or a tap rinse thanks to its IP57 compliant design equipped with additional anti-sweat coating. The construction of these Plantronics will let you stay aware of your surroundings made possible by the open earbud design. This pair also features on-ear controls to control music playback, adjust the volume or receive a call.
The battery life of these earphones is an estimated 8 hours of continuous use, which is a good result for this form-factor. The companion app for this model is also available, allowing you to update the earphones’ firmware, connect to a different device, or even to locate your earphones, which is a very handy feature for many. The Plantronics BackBeat Fit is available in several colors, each color including a reflective finish to help you be noticed by drivers in the dark during your night jogs.
The bottom line is that these Plantronics have all it takes to become your favorite waterproof earphones, boasting an affordable price, practical design, and a decent list of useful features. One of a few downsides of this pair may be its relatively low water-resistance, however, it will serve you just fine during light rain or a wash under the tap.
Sennheiser has established their name long ago, providing popular audio solutions for almost a century. Today they offer an array of earphones for various purposes and the CX 680 is one of these. These earphones come in a traditional design for fitness-oriented products — here we have a traditional black and neon-green contrast and design elements that ensure a comfortable fit at any stage of your workout. To create this pair of earphones, Sennheiser partnered with Adidas — its logo is marked on the control center of the earphones, which may be a treat for the fans of the brand.
Apart from being water-resistant, these Sennheisers feature a water-resistant and sweat-proof design that will let you use them in any weather condition. However, the CX 680s are not wireless, which means you won’t be able to take them for a swim without wetting your phone or player. The wire in question is a standard 1/8’’ plug compatible with most Android phones, MP3 players, and earlier iPhones.
The CX 680s come with an earbud kit available in multiple sizes to ensure the maximum fit. The earbuds block up to 20dB of noise while providing a high-quality stereo sound. But most importantly, this solid set of features comes at an appealing price, which makes it a good investment for a great gym experience.
Photive maybe a niche brand for some, but these PH-BTE50 are a good attempt to gain mainstream success with these feature-packed wireless earbuds. Again, featuring a standard neon-accented design, the Photive PHs are targeted for fitness use and include a few handy features for gym bunnies. Among them is a long-lasting 7-hour Li-Ion battery, a built-in microphone that allows you to receive calls and playback controls that let you control music with on-ear buttons.
The PH-BTE50 are protected with a “Liquipel” waterproof coating that will protect your phone from sweat, rain, a tap rinse, or an accidentally spilled drink. All in all, the Photive PH-BTE50 offers an impressive set of functions for a price less than $100 — a price not many pairs can boast.
Another pair of fitness waterproof earbuds in our list is represented by the Monster brand that became well-known after a successful collaboration with Beats By Dre. The Monster iSport Immersion comes in several colorful designs, including bright yellow and sky blue. The construction features elements to prevent the earphones from falling out during an intensive jog and a tangle-resistant cord. The iSport’s come with four earplug sets of different sizes, so you won’t have to worry about the earbuds not fitting your ears.
Like many competitors in the niche, these Monster’s are equipped with a sweat-proof coating, but one of the unique features is Monster’s ControlTalk — a remote feature that will allow you to easily control volume and change tracks on your iPhone. The bottom line is that the Monster iSport Immersion offers a unique design and a few handy features along with the Bluetooth connectivity, checking all the boxes to become a good investment if you are a fan of intensive workouts and don’t want to take out your phone too often.
Phillips offers its own take on waterproof earphones in the form of Phillips ActionFit — a good looking pair of earphones for those, who do not appreciate standard earplugs and want to opt-in for more EarPods-inspired design. A water-resistant seal that covers most of the headphones’ speaker protects this from water and is simultaneously a good design feature. The ActionFit cannot offer Bluetooth connectivity, but it does include a 3.9 foot (1.2m) cable that will let you put your phone or MP3 player anywhere, so for some the lack of Bluetooth connectivity will not be a serious disappointment.
For your fitness and training purposes, Phillips created an app that will take care of your fitness goals and the music you want to play. There is a special feature to encourage you to reach your goals — whenever you achieve a certain goal, the ActionFit will play your favorite song you can set in the app. In short, equipped with a well-thought-out design and plenty of nice features, the Phillips ActionFit earphones have all chances to become a great pair of earphones for any budget.
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