Music is a great way to both pace yourself and push yourself. For most land-based workouts, it’s easy to find a good pair of headphones or earbuds that can stream your tunes for you as you deadlift, bench press, go at it on the Stairmaster, or rack up your running miles. It’s not so easy, however, to find quality swimming headphones.
Waterproof headphones for swimming are a definite necessity if you’re planning on long hours at the pool. There are a lot of models out there that claim to be water-resistant and offer good sound quality, but it’s tricky to find ones that are truly waterproof and have a really good Bluetooth connection. After all, they will be submerged for minutes, if not hours, at a time, and any swimmer knows how noisy swimming laps can be. So let’s take a look at some of the best swimming headphones on the market.
Headphones for Swimming
The world of waterproof headphones isn’t as refined yet as it hopefully will be. There are certain models out there that can give you the ability to listen to music while swimming with your head submerged, but it will take a toll on them.
A good way to know if a set of headphones is truly going to work underwater will be to look at their IP rating. An IP rating means an electronic device has been approved at a certain level to keep out intrusion, dust, water, etc. The higher the rating, the more likely said devices can resist intrusion. Our suggestions below are IPX7 and higher in rank.
The i360s have a waterproof standard rating of IPX8 to 3 meters. They offer a battery life of up to 10 hours with 8GB of storage. These headphones are a little more versatile and have been reviewed to also do really well on land for higher-impact exercises like running.
With a waterproof standard of IPX8 up to 10 feet, these are a good option for swimmers with a waterproof MP3 player that doesn’t have Bluetooth. Just plug these guys into your player, hook the player onto your suit, and you’ll be all set.
3. Finus Duo
Another IPX8 to 3 meters, this particular swimming headphone offers 7-hour battery life and uses bone conduction technology to transmit the sound of the music through your cheekbones. They don’t hook over or stick in your ears like other models, so you won’t have to worry about fiddling around to properly situate them.
These also have an IPX8 rating with about 10 hours of playback and 4GB with Bluetooth listening. The wire neckband connecting the two earbuds forms to your neck so you’ll feel secure in knowing that your earbuds aren’t going to float away.
5. Exeze WMR
Offering 8GB of storage, these swimming headphones also have an IPX8 rating. They offer only 6 hours of battery life, but they make up for it with a fully waterproof headphone socket.
6. Exeze Rider
IPX8 with up to 12 hours of listening as well as 4GB of storage, these headphones also have an integrated 3.5mm audio jack that makes it possible to pair with a separate waterproof pair of headphones, should that be your preference.
The JBL Endurance headphones have an IPX7 rating, 8 hours of battery life, and 1 GB of memory storage. An IPX7 rating means less water protection, but there’s also a hands-free call feature that you might find worth the trade-off.
Get Swimming with SwimJim
There are a lot of different swimming headphones options out there. Take some time to do your research and find the right pair for you and your water exercise routine. If you need swim lessons, contact SwimJim today and get started.