With ever-improving technology, the market for waterproof headphones has exploded. Today, swimmers can buy a range of products that provide them with high fidelity sound without shorting out the moment they hit the water.
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Swimbuds Sport Wired
Swimbuds Sport waterproof headphones were made with the active person in mind. It features light-weight waterproof materials designed to decrease resistance, and therefore reduce the likelihood of the headphones falling out during activity (aquatic or otherwise).
When Swimbuds released the original Classic, people were excited. The headphones featured a special hydrophobic nano-coating on all the internal surfaces that repelled water and kept it away from the electronics. It was crazily high-tech for the time.
There were, however, some limitations to the design. Usually, you wouldn’t care much about the fluid dynamics of a pair of headphones, but when you’re a professional swimmer, the amount of drag on your body matters. Swimsbuds therefore now offers the Sport version: a sleeker product designed to allow water to rush over the top with less resistance.
TOZO T10 Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds With Wireless Charging Case
The TOZO T10 headphones really embody the quintessential wireless design. Some earbuds claim to be wireless while they are still connected to eachother, but not these. When you throw in a wireless charging case and waterproof construction, they’re an incredibly versatile choice.
Wearing wires while you swim is a disaster waiting to happen. The majority of manufacturers try to deal with this by using clips at the back of the neck, but these are still prone to failure.
For this reason, TOZO T10 goes down the wireless route from the start. Its headphones avoid all the catching and tangling of regular earbuds by eliminating the wires. And you can pair your headphones with a non-waterproof device, saving you money overall.
On top of this, the earphones feature some of the most sophisticated nano-coating technology on the market. They can submerge beneath the surface up to a meter for thirty minutes before requiring a break.
The main downside here is the additional bulk. Some swimmers may find that the buds fall out while swimming and fall to the pool floor.
Agptek IPX8 Waterproof Earphones
When Agptex was designing their device, it is clear that they wanted to create a product that would slot at the entry-level price point. And that’s undoubtedly what they achieved. Agptek headphones are one of the most affordable waterproof swimming headphones on the market today.
The company touts the headphones as suitable for a variety of environments including swimming, surfing, running, skiing and bathing. Just like the other products that we have seen, it features a nano waterproof coating that keeps moisture out and protects the internals. But don’t expect it to last as long as the premium versions. While the layer does perform well for short stints in the pool, it won’t last all day, every day – at least according to the experience of many users.
With that said, if you’re doing something in a high-moisture environment, but don’t plan on fully submerging the headphones for a long time, then they could suffice. For swimmers, they might lack longevity. But for runners, they should perform well enough.
Tayogo 8GB Waterproof MP3 Player
Compared to the other headphones we’ve reviewed in this article, Tayogo takes a wholly different approach. Instead of relying on you to have an already waterproof device, they build an MP3 player into the headphones themselves. This way you have zero risk of losing important information on your main device.
The design looks a bit like a neck brace. The bulkier MP3 player fits around the back of the neck, and then two wires connect to the headphones.
For people who don’t have a waterproof phone or MP3 player, this product is compelling. While it is slightly more expensive than the entry-level devices we’ve discussed so far, it is by no means at the top of the range. And you don’t have to deal with all the issues of having a secondary device. There’s no risk of going out of range or having to carry something bulky with you while in the pool.
Swimbuds Flip Headphones With 8 GB SYRYN Waterproof MP3 Player
Swimbuds know that the majority of people do not have waterproof devices that they can connect directly to their wired headphones. For that reason, the company has teamed up with SYRYN, a waterproof MP3 manufacturer, to create a small player that swimmers can wear on their backs.
So what does this product have to offer? Well, given the issues that we’ve seen with waterproofing on other devices, the fact that SYRYN provides a one-year warranty is most welcome. If it stops working, you can return it.
What’s more, the entire device is made to the exacting IPX8 waterproofing standards, helping to give the device some longevity.
As for streamlining, Swimbuds recommend that people clip the MP3 onto the back of the goggles to provide natural slipstreaming.
Alpatronix HX250 Waterproof Bluetooth Headset Wireless Sport IPX7
When Alpatronix was designing the HX250, it is clear that they wanted to create something that served people both in the pool and out of it. The headset offers a range of features that allow you to take advantage of it in your ordinary life.
First, it comes with high-powered Bluetooth technology for a better range than many of the products currently available on the market, allowing you to connect to your phone in your locker, for example.
And second, it offers over 8GB of built-in memory, meaning that you don’t have to connect it to a phone at all if you don’t want to. The Alpatronix, therefore, is a slimmed-down version of the previous two entries on this list and offers greater flexibility. There’s no need to connect a large unit to the back of your goggles – all the storage is in the earphones themselves.
Of course, with a lesser-known brand like this, you’re at risk of bumping up against quality control issues and connection problems.
H2O Audio 100% Waterproof Headphones
As far as waterproof headphones go, the H20 Audio gets all the basics right. Not only does it provide impressive sound quality, but it also comes with a vast range of ear tips, ranging from XL to XS on the rounded tips, and small to large on the tree tips.
What’s interesting about H20’s marketing is that the waterproofing technology plays second fiddle to the sound. The company is keen to emphasize the fact that its earbuds offer excellent playback, despite all the new engineering designed to keep moisture away from the internals.
With that said, the company’s waterproofing technology is impressive – perhaps better than anything that we have seen so far in this review. The company uses a standard that provides complete submersion up to 12 feet – three times the industry standard.
Pyle Waterproof MP3 Player Swim Headphone Submersible IPX8
Despite the somewhat unfortunate name, these Pyle flexible, wraparound-style headphones are designed to offer the wearer maximum convenience and comfort.
The silicone cable connecting both Bluetooth headphones helps you avoid losing them in the pool. And the USB jack on the device itself does away with all the wireless connectivity troubleshooting issues that you regularly encounter on devices such as these.
Onboard, you’ll find 4GB of memory – not much by today’s standards, but still enough space for thousands of tracks. And there’s a bunch of buttons on the devices itself for simple control – no need to fiddle around with your device.
SENSO Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones
While strictly speaking not for the swimming pool, these waterproof Bluetooth headphones are still worthy of consideration and inclusion in this review. These headphones offer IPX7 waterproof rating – a standard we have seen on some of the devices above – and provide ergonomic ear hooks so that they stay on your ears while physically active.
Perhaps the most impressive feature of these Bluetooth headphones is the battery life. You get eight hours of continuous playback and more than 240 hours of standby, so you don’t need to have them hooked up to the charger all day long. There’s also helpful noise suppression technology and a quick-answer feature for taking calls.
There are, however, downsides. SENSO hasn’t quite managed to get the sizing right on its ear tips and doesn’t offer all that many options for people with differently-shaped ear canals. The lack of rubberization and silicone parts give the earphones a slightly less robust feel. You worry that you’ll snap wires during strength training or exercise. These issues, however, are things that plague the sports headphone market and, therefore, to be expected.
MonkeyJack 3.5mm in-Ear Sports Underwater Waterproof Earphone
Finally, for those of you who don’t want to part with a significant number of dollars for your next set of waterproof headphones, MonkeyJack has you covered. This price can’t be beat, and the sound quality is better than expected for the price point.
This relatively unknown brand offers what is arguably the most straightforward design on the market: taking a regular earphone chassis and simply adding waterproofing technology to the internals.
The headphones feature a range of soft, silicone ear caps and come with a variety of clips the manufacturer hopes that you will attach to your swim costume and accessories. The jack is compatible with practically every device on the market, and it will work alongside a notebook computer, iPhone and MP3 player.
Waterproof headphones have developed significantly over the last decade or so, providing swimmers with a variety of options to continue listening to their music in the pool.
Interestingly, manufacturers are offering a diverse range of solutions, with no clear winner yet to take the market by storm. Merely waterproofing the headphones and adding Bluetooth is not sufficient for many consumers. They don’t want to have to replace their existing devices. Integrating MP3, therefore, may be the way to go until smartphone manufacturers make nano-waterproofing standard.