For a good number of people, swimming to the rhythm of their favorite tunes is a great way to make the most of the activity. With water being the enemy of most electronics, you’ll need waterproof earbuds for this.
We gathered all the recommended waterproof earbuds and gave them a test in compiling 10 of the best for this review.
Of all the items we reviewed, the best earbuds for this task are the Swimbuds 8 GB SYRYN Buds and Headphones. They pack the right features and have the highest possible waterproofing level of IPX8.
For purposes of understanding, waterproof ratings are stated in terms of IP. For example, the highest rating is IPX8 followed by IPX7.
If, instead of the X there’s a figure such as IP68, it means that the earbud (or other gadget) has also been tested for dust-proofing.
Another aspect to note is that you’ll need earbuds with their own storage as bluetooth and other wireless communication protocols are very poor under water.
The Top Earbuds
The best waterproof earbuds for your swim are as follows:
1. SYRYN Swimming Buds and Headphones
These earbuds come as an MP3 player with a pair of buds connecting to the player through a short cable and a 3.5mm port. All parts are rated IPX8 meaning they’re 100% waterproof and will stay working however long you swim.
The MP3 player has large buttons which can be used to switch songs, play, pause and even shuffle through your playlist as you swim. The fact that it clips on the back of your swimming goggles makes it very convenient to the user as you can reach the controls even within your swimming stroke.
It also comes with 4 pairs of earbuds to fit all types of ears tightly as you swim. If you need a longer cable, there’s an extension for that as well. Finally, it features a year of warranty for peace of mind and as proof of its quality.
- Small and tightly fitting.
- High quality sound.
- Cable can be extended when needed.
- Different earplugs sizes to fit different ear sizes.
- Long battery life.
- Storage for more than 2000 songs with 8 GB of storage.
- Can be used for hiking and other activities out of the water as well.
- No support for AAC audio files.
2. Flextreme Waterproof MP3 player with Headphones
Another all-round set of swimming earbuds is the Flextreme by Pyle. It can be used in water at any depth as it’s rated at IPX8. You can then use it for running and other workouts as well.
It has a great battery as it’ll only need a charge after 10 hours of listening. As most swims last only a few hours at most, you’re sorted for a few days of great tunes.
The music can be easily transferred to the earbuds through a drag-and-drop method from your computer with most formats such as MP3 and WMA supported.
The design is a seamless one which allows you wrap it around your head without any distractions as you swim. It also comes with 2 pairs of earbuds for use in the water and 3 pairs for use in other sports outside the water.
- IPX8 waterproofing for swimming at any depth.
- Works with most audio types such as WMA and MP3.
- Battery lasts for 10 hours per charge.
- Can be used in and out of the water.
- The ear-tips may not fit everyone tightly underwater.
3. Finis Duo
To solve the issue of ear-tips falling out of the ears, the Finis Duo has been crafted to deliver sound through the bone conduction technology. This means that you get the sound waves on your cheekbones rather than in your ears.
Although skeptical at first, our tests prove that this is a very clear way to solve the ear-tip issue as the sound quality was great at all times. Beyond that, it helps in the waterproofing as there are clearly no holes on the earbuds.
With MP3 and WMA being among the most popular audio formats, the Duo fully supports them with its 4GB of storage giving you about 60 hours of listing time.
It also features clips that attach to the side of the swimming goggles and then passes behind the head. The controls are easy to reach as they’re located on one of the pieces that go on the side of the head.
- IPX8 waterproofing.
- Easy and comfortable to wear.
- Provides great sound under the water.
- No risk of the ear-tips falling out.
- Cannot be used above the water.
4. Underwater Audio HydroActive Waterproof Earbuds and Headphones
Underwater Audio is known for a lot of sound systems under the water among them this pair of behind-the-ear earbuds. The buds are highly watertight given the IPX8 rating.
They also feature uniquely-shaped ear tips that provide the best water seal in your ears. As such, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect fit for yourself as they come in various sizes.
At the end of the left earbud is a small cable housing the 3.5MM jack. You’ll need to provide your own MP3 player to plug into the earbuds for a swim. Given this design, the earbuds are great for a lot water sports such as swimming, kayaking, canoeing, SUP and many others.
If you find the included cable to be too short, you can use the added extension cable for a better experience.
- Very secure when in use.
- IPX8 waterproofing.
- The code can be extended as needed.
- Various ear tip sizes each with a tight sealing.
- MP3 player not included with the earbuds.
5. Surge+ Waterproof Sport Headphones
The Surge+ is also meant be an all-round pair of headphones as it can work underwater and above it. With a rating of IPX8, you won’t need to worry about how deep you swim with these earbuds.
They give the appearance of normal earphones with a long cable having a 3.5MM jack at the end of it.
It also comes with five sizes of ear tips to provide comfort and fit all types of ears. You can thus swim as fast as you want without losing them to the water. This is further enhanced by the ear tips that seat plush with the ear.
The cord from the earbuds measures 3.6 ft which is long enough to hang the MP3 player on your wrist or waist and still swim or work out uninhibited. The result is that the earbuds can be used for all types of sports whether on land or in the water up to 12 feet.
- IPX8 waterproofing rating ensures it’s 100% waterproof.
- High quality sound in and out of the water.
- Comfortable yet tight-fitting ear tips.
- One year warranty.
- No MP3 player included.
6. Exeze WMR
The Exeze WMR is a complete package as it includes all the features of earbuds for swimming complete with an MP3 player for your tunes. It even includes a set of goggles on which the MP3 player is attached. As such, it’s among the few players you can easily jump into the water without buying anything else.
The MP3 player included allows you to use another pair of earbuds which is a great feature to have. The earplugs are also provided in various sizes with the largest being recommended for swimming as they provide a better seal in the ears.
- Has IPX8 waterproofing.
- Can be used with other earbuds.
- Swimming goggles are provided as well.
- Has 8GB of storage on the MP3 player which is enough for more than 2000 songs.
- Can be used outside the water.
- The battery life isn’t very good.
7. Avantree TR509 Waterproof Earbuds
The Avantree TR509 is a budget-friendly option for those in need of great underwater earbuds as it offers most of the best features in premium earbuds but at a fraction of the price.
It comes with a unique way to fit the earbuds on the ears without complex aspects. This is done by having the earbuds loop over the ears for a sturdy feeling.
It also has earplugs at different sizes and fittings for different users. From the earbuds is a cord 40cm long which ensures that you can get the sound from any MP3 player on your body.
This pair of earbuds is given a waterproof rating of IPX7 which is slightly less than the rating on other models on this list. However, the rating is still enough to go for a swim with.
- The earbuds are light and fit perfectly for most users.
- The sound is great.
- You have a short cord with an extension up to 40cm.
- Can fit many different devices.
- Doesn’t come with its own player.
The i360 is a great pair of earbuds for use either in the water or on land. It has a waterproof rating of IPX8 for up to a depth of 3 meters. The one area it outshines many other options is the battery life. With 10 hours per charge, you’ll rarely be charging it.
The earbuds come in various sizes for different users each set providing the best type of seal when in the water. Even on land, they’re quite firm and provide an assuring feeling when in use.
The cable connection between the two earbuds is flexible and also very comfortable to use. It wraps around the back of your head s you swim.
With 4GB of storage, the i360 stores more than 1000 through which you can change with the buttons on the side of the buds.
- Has an IPX8 waterproof rating which is the highest possible.
- Can be used on land and in the water.
- Has a battery life of 10 hours per charge.
- Simple design with two earbuds and a cable between them.
- The earbuds aren’t tight for all ear types.
9. Swimbuds SPORTS Waterproof Headphones
The second entry from Swimbuds is the Sports version of their waterproof earbuds. This pair of earbuds is a simple setup connected by cable with a 3.5mm headphone jack at the middle.
It has the highest waterproofing rating at IPX8 and can thus be used deeper in water and for longer periods of time.
The short cord for the earphones can be extended to 1 meter for when you have the MP3 player on another part of the body other than the back of your head. In our review, the sound quality of this earbuds was great both in and out of the water.
- It is IPX8 waterproof rating which is a guarantee of the safety of your gadgets.
- High quality sound in and out of the water.
- Different earplug sizes to fit different people.
- The cable can be extended to a meter.
- No MP3 player included with the earbuds.
10. Exeze Rider
The Exeze Rider is another great pair of earbuds for those in the mood for a swim. They feature an over-the-ear design which makes them steady as you swim. The end of the connecting cable has a 3.5mm jack which allows for use with other MP3 players of your choice.
The earplugs come in different sizes thus allowing you to switch to the size you most prefer. In our tests, however, we found the earplugs to be quite unsteady especially when swimming at a high speed or turning.
Overall, however, this is a great buy with a long battery and IPX8 waterproofing. It has 4GB of storage for about 60 hours of listening time. The battery life is a good 10 hours per charge.
- IPX8 waterproofing.
- 10 hours of battery life per single charge.
- Different earplug sizes for adaptability.
- The earplugs are not very tight in the ear.
The items on this review list are all great whether it’s the first time you’re buying this type of buds or you’re on your subsequent pair.
What to Look for When Buying
The aspects to consider when buying earbuds for swimming include the following:
1. Waterproofing Rating
For the best underwater experience, go for earbuds with a waterproof rating of at least IPX7. Anything below that will only lead to eventual damage the more you use them.
2. Sound Quality
Don’t fall for the erroneous notion that earbuds underwater should sound just enough. Instead, go for the best sound as that means you’ll enjoy your music as much as you enjoy your swim.
3. Comfort and Secure Fit
The best earbuds are to be comfortable and fitting tightly for the best experience. This improves on the sound quality while leaving you to simply focus on the swimming. It’s not a good experience when the earbuds fall out or let water into the ears as you swim.
4. Battery Life
While most swims won’t go on for more than a few hours, the higher the battery life the better. The good news is that all the reviewed units last at least 5 hours or better which is enough for a typical swimmer who needs 2 hours a day.
Wireless communication protocols such as Bluetooth are not very effective underwater. For this reason, ensure you get a set of earbuds that doesn’t use any of that. This is unless you use the latest Bluetooth technology such as bluetooth 4.2 and above which can be steady underwater.
6. Other Aspects
The other aspects to consider is the length of the warranty and whether the earbuds come with an MP3 player, swimming goggles, extension cable or can be used with other MP3 players. Also, consider whether you can use the earbuds out of the water or not. These aspects help you decide on the best option
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