While there’s a limited choice of swim-friendly wireless earbuds, there’s a good reason: water submersion has a negative effect on the quality of the Bluetooth connection. As a result, today’s wireless picks have a built-in MP3 player and built-in storage for audio files. This way, you can play your wireless tunes locally and not worry about connecting the earbuds to an external device.
When you pick the right pair of waterproof earbuds for your needs and budget, make sure you spend sufficient time finding the perfect fit before taking them for a swim. To help you narrow your search, here are our favorite fully waterproof picks for swimmers.
Sony NW-WS413 Waterproof MP3 Player
With a comfy neckband design, built-in earbuds with excellent audio quality, 4 GB of storage for music and podcasts, and a perfectly reasonable price, Sony’s NW-WS413 waterproof MP3 player is the best option in this category. The MP3 player is waterproof up to 2 meters, so it’s great for swimming. It also has up to 12 hours of battery life between charges. A Trusted Reviews tester gave the waterproof MP3 player high marks for its comfortable fit, excellent battery life, and the ability to fast-charge its battery if necessary.
Swimbuds MP3 Waterproof Earbuds
The Swimbuds MP3 waterproof earbuds by Underwater Audio are also among the best of their kind. They have an impeccably comfortable fit (so many ear tips to choose from) and a built-in MP3 player with convenient playback and volume controls. The earbuds can withstand depths of up to 10 feet, so they are perfect for both indoor and outdoor swimming. With 8 GB of built-in memory, these Swimbuds have enough space for up to 2,000 of your favorite songs. They can last for up to 7 hours between battery charges.
Compared to the Sony product we just mentioned, the Swimbuds MP3 waterproof headphones have superior depth rating, more on-board memory, and (arguably) better fit. But their audio performance is not on the same level as that of our top pick, and neither is their cachet as an audio brand.
Pyle Flextreme MP3 Sports Earbuds
These fully waterproof earbuds with a built-in MP3 player by Pyle are the best budget-friendly pick worth your attention today. They have a cool design, intuitive controls, 8 GB of built-in memory for storing your favorite tunes, and up to 10 hours of battery life between charges. Their sound is also good, considering their under-$50 price tag. The earbuds have IPX8 rating for water resistance, meaning that they can withstand submersion of up to 2 meters under water — enough to take them for a swim. Their retail package include a cable for charging or transferring audio files, three pairs of water-blocking ear tips, and a trio of ear tips for using the headset above water.
Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Earbuds
The highly rated Swimbuds Sport waterproof earbuds are the best wired pick for most consumers today. They offer a comfortable fit (their retail package includes a ton of ear tips) and superb water sealing, as well as the ability to withstand submersion in up to 10 feet of water. The Swimbuds Sport earbuds have a short cable, so swimmers can connect them to an audio player that’s attached to their goggles. They come bundled with an extension cord for use outside the swimming pool.
H2O Audio Waterproof Earbuds
These well-priced waterproof earbuds by H2O Audio are more waterproof than any competitor. According to the manufacturer, the headset can withstand submersion in up to 12 feet under water. The lightweight buds are equipped with dynamic speaker drivers, which have been tuned for water use. Their retail package includes eight sets of ear tips to help you find the right fit.
HydroActive Neckband Waterproof Earbuds
The HydroActive earbuds have a neckband design that won’t interfere with a swimming hat and goggles. They have good sound, top-notch water isolation, and the ability to withstand depths of up to 10 feet. The product’s retail packages includes 11 sets of ear tips and an extension cable. The latter is handy for using the HydroActive earbuds on land.
Swimbuds Flip Waterproof Earbuds
These waterproof earbuds by Swimbuds are a perfect option for swimming with flip turns. They have a clever design, which, in addition to delivering a tight seal, ensures that the headset will stay in place during your flip turns. The Swimbuds Flip can withstand depths of up to 10 feet, according to their manufacturer. The earbuds have a short 10-inch cord. They also come bundled with a 39-inch extension cord in case you need them for something else. Their retail package also includes three sets of ear tips for finding the perfect fit.