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Sweat Proof Headphones - Waterproof Sweat Resistant Earphones & Earbuds

Updated on May 31, 2014

Listening to music is one of the most popular things people do in the gym whilst they grind through their exercise routine. Sports workout headphones allow you to listen to the music you want rather than whatever the gym is playing over their speaker system and to block out the suddenly chatty guy next to you when all you want to do is focus on exercising. The problem is, working out makes you sweaty and that can damage regular earphones and cause ear irritation which is why you need waterproof or sweatproof headphones for running or other intensive workout.

A good pair of sweatproof headphones for runners and working out has to be both resistant to sweat and water damage but also be able to provde good sound and be durable too. Active sports headphones for runners and other physical activity are designed specifically for that purpose and will not fail on you like regular models will. A well-constructed set of sweat proof headphones will not clog up with sweat, lose sound quality or break on you just because you are pushing your workout. Many are completely moisture and water resistant and even washable so you do not have to worry about them getting old and gross either.

This lens looks at a variety of different styles of the best sweatproof earphones and top rated waterproof headphones so you can find a great pair to suit your requirements.

Choosing The Best Sweatproof Earphones

Sweat proof earphones come in a variety of formats, just like regular kinds so you can choose the type which suits you best. You will be able to find in-ear, clip on, behind the neck and behind the ear style waterproof headphones and earbuds with all the usual features like noise cancelling, wireless blutooth technology, mute button and volume control etc. for your convenience.

The following selection features some of the best sweat resistant earphones and waterproof headphones for runners, gym goers, and general everyday use.

Behind The Neck Style Waterproof Earphones

This style of headphone loops back to rest just above the neck. They are ideal for active people who do not like in-ear earphones and complain the over the head style with a headband slips off a lot, messes up their hair or doesn't work with their headwear. If you are wearing a hat of any kind, for example, a beanie whilst jogging in the park in winter, then any pair of headphones with an headband will get in the way. The best pair of waterproof behind the neck headphones is going to provide great sound and by their design, isn't going to mess up or get caught up in your hair or get in the way of wearing hats and hair bands.

Behind The Ear Headphones

Ear clips and ear hook headphones

A set of earbud headphones is more popular amongst athletes and gym members than the over the ear style of headsets because they are smaller, fit more easily in a sports bag and generally fall of less and are easier to manage in an active environment. Earbuds still have a habit of falling out unless you manage to get really lucky and find a very snug fit, and that's why many many people find the best headphones for marathon runners, treadmill users and athletes of all kinds are those which add a little more stability, whether that is from a behind the ear hook or a neck band. Behind the earbuds with an ear hook are one such style and one which is popular. They feature a regular in-ear earbud with a maleable hook which fits snugly and securely behind you ear to prevent it falling out even during vigorous activity.

Around The Ear Loop Earphones

Ear Loops and Hangers

This type is a hybrid design which lies somewhere between the general kind of in-ear buds and the behind the ear clips shown above. Ear loop headphones have a soft typically rubberized band which loops entirely around the ear to provide a more secure fit and prevent them falling out when you are in the middle or a run or other exercise activity. The snug ear bud fits inside your ear and the ear loop hanger provides added stability. The following are some of the best waterproof and sweatproof ear loop headphones to buy.

In Ear Sweat Proof Earphones

The inner ear style of earbud headphones are more susceptible to damage from sweat and moisture than those which rest on top of or around your ears simply by the way they function. Sweat resistance earbuds are therefore almost an essential if you intend to use them for working out at the gym, running on a treadmill or jogging outdoors if you want to ensure they will last you a long time. The problem with regular models without sweatproofing, is that the internal workings are open to any kind of intrusion. Sweat trickles into the openings and causes them to gum up and cease to work properly, if at all. The solution is to find a pair or sweatproof earbuds which have sealed and protected openings to prevent water damage. They still sound just as good but they are designed to work in moist and wet conditions. You can even find washable earbud headsets which can be run under a tap under running water to wash away all the sweat and grime which accumulates over time.

Buy The Best Water Proof Washable Headphones

So how do you clean headphones and especially in-ear headphones when they get all gross and nasty. Let’s face it, the ear is not the cleanest place not matter how well you care for yourself, earwax, sweat and generally body oils and excretions get stuck all over your earphones and cleaning them can be something of a chore. Workout earphones get sweaty and smelly really quickly so having water proof washable headphones is something which is really desirable.

Why Buy Sweat Shielded Earphones Anyway?

Of course, these might just be the best sweatproof headphones for runners but they also great for a wide range of other activities too.

If you like to listen to music whilst relaxing in the bathtub then a good pair of water proof earphones are a good idea to own. Not only can steam from a bath or shower damage headphones but you wouldn't be the first to drop them in the bathwater either which can be an expensive mistake.

They're also great for getting caught in the rain, or using at the beach and playing in the water, for the pool at home and anywhere else where moisture or water damage might be a problem for other types of headphone.

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  • Sylvestermouse profile image

    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    6 years ago from United States

    I can think of several family members who would pleased to have these sweat proof headphones! No, you know I don't sweat :)

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    6 years ago

    It's nice to have music while working out, and yes you need these types of headphones to do it comfortably.

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    6 years ago

    Awesome lens bro!

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    6 years ago

    I surely need one of these waterproof headphones! My kids are into spilling stuff, so this will come handy. Nice lens. God bless.

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    Onemargaret LM 

    6 years ago

    Nice lens!

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    6 years ago

    If you want to listen to music in the gym, the best solution is the wire-free FX-Sport VR1. You can also have your own workout put on there in your own words and it`s all voiced back in between the music. They are very comfortable, the fit is great and come with 8gb built in. Just the best out there.

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    6 years ago

    I sweat a lot while working out, I need one of these. Thanks for the info.

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    hessa johnson 

    6 years ago

    I never use my ipod when running, as I don't like the cords hanging around. Would love to see someone invent cordless headphones. Great info here.

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    Tony Payne 

    6 years ago from Southampton, UK

    Good information. The earplugs I had for my old MP3 player got really grubby when I used to go walking in the Florida heat and humidity. They still worked ok, but the wires soaked up a lot of sweat. I imagine that if you exercise and work out regularly while listening to music, it really does pay to buy a decent pair. Nicely done, blessed.

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    7 years ago

    have some great skull candy ear buds that I use. Great lens

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    7 years ago

    something usefull


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