HomeBuying GuidesSports & FitnessHow To Buy The Best Swimming Headphones

How To Buy The Best Swimming Headphones

Best swimming headphones

Looking to buy the best swimming headphones? Check out our guide below and you’ll be well-placed to select the right one for you.

We understand how difficult it can be to find the right swimming headphones. It is not easy to find waterproof headphones that are worth purchasing. Swimming swimmers have a tough time keeping entertained during workouts. For runners, cyclists, and gym-goers, it is easy to listen to music and podcasts while training.

All of this becomes much more difficult due to the inherent wetness that swimming brings. Although more manufacturers are producing swim-ready audio tech, large swathes remain completely off-limits.

You can still enjoy audio entertainment while swimming with waterproof headphones. We have gathered the best swimming headphones.

How to select the best swimming headphones

How do swimming headphones work

You can use swimming headphones that combine MP3 players with headphones. This is because you don’t want your usual audio source, such as your phone or dedicated MP3 player, to go into the water. There are two options: larger headphones with the MP3 player built in, or one that attaches to your swimsuit or body.

Do you really need a pair of waterproof Bluetooth headphones?

We’re afraid not. One, waterproof headphones generally have an IP rating IPX7. They can only be submerged in 1 m of water and are tested for 30 minutes. If your swim is longer or deeper, you will not be able to use them. Bluetooth is not compatible with water. This means that unless your phone is waterproof, it won’t transmit enough signal.

What is the minimum waterproof rating I require?

The IP rating’s key number is the last. This indicates how liquid-resistant the headphones are. You want to see 8. IPX8 is a rating that the headphones can be submerged in water more than 1.5m deep for up to half an hour.

Manufacturers are responsible for describing how waterproof their product is. This means that headphones can be used at different depths and for different durations. It’s as clear as mud. You can assume that the rating is for swimming if it shows an 8. However, you will need to dig deeper if more information is required.

Are you interested in a built-in MP3 player for your headphones?

Although the MP3 player is built into the headphones, it can be a hassle to attach the player to another device. However, the headphones are usually a bit bulkier. You might accidentally knock your headphones out of their perfect position by pushing on at the beginning of each length. Both can work, but you will need to wear goggles and a swimming cap if your headphones have a built-in player.

What are other important features?

It is important to be fit, as the water can easily remove the headphones from your ears while you swim. Some brands use bone conduction technology, which means that the audio is sent directly to your brain through vibrating pads placed on your cheekbones. This is a great feature, as in-ear headphones can sometimes be difficult to hold in place while swimming, leading to swimmer’s ears. Bone-conduction headphones also sound better underwater.

You should also check the storage and battery life of the headphones to ensure they last you for the entire swim.

What amount should you spend?

A good pair of swimming headphones can be purchased for as low as £30 to £50. Most pairs are available in the £50-£100 range. There are a few premium options for more.

Best swimming headphones to buy

Bestseller No. 1
AFTERSHOKZ Xtrainerz Open-Ear MP3 Swimming Bone Conduction Headphones with 4GB memory, Black Diamond (No bluetooth)
  • Design for Swimming. IP68 Waterproof. Compatitable with swim goggle, cap, and earplugs
  • Plenty of bass and volume underwater with Dedicated equalization
  • Eliminate painful experience caused by in-ear headphones, Fit securely even with intensive body movement
  • 8 hours playback time, workout without your phone
Bestseller No. 2
IPX8 Waterproof Headphones for Swimming, MP3 Player Wireless Earbuds Noise Canceling Mic, Sports Headset for Running Cycling Diving Water (Black)
  • 【FULLY SUBMERSIBLE】The MP3 player headphones is the highest waterproof level (IPX8) that designed for long period use in water. Like swimming, running, fitness, exercise ect. Note: Bluetooth does NOT work underwater, please switch to MP3 mode and put on waterproof ear caps before swimming.
  • 【8GB FLASH MEMORY】Our Swimming Headphone built-in 8G memory to stores approximately up to 2400 songs, avoid mobile phone in the pocket when you are exercising
  • 【QUALITY SOUND】Innovative aftershocks headphones deliver a premium audio experience, delivers a wide dynamic range and rich bass, to significantly reduce natural sound leakage, you are ensured the best on-the-go audio
  • 【BUILT-IN BATTERY】MP3 player earbuds built-in high-performance 160mAh lithium battery, fully charged only 2 hours, continuous playback time up to 8H, standby time up to 5 days
  • 【STANDARD SIZE】Swimming headphones are made to fit a standard head size and are not adjustable. Wearing glasses, swim caps and helmets will not affect your ability to listen to music with headphones.If you have any questions about this swimming headphone, please feel free to contact us.
Bestseller No. 3
Shokz OpenSwim Swimming MP3 Headphones, Open-Ear Bone Conduction Headset, IP68 Waterproof, 4 GB Memory, MP3 Player For Swimming, Surfing, Running【No Bluetooth】(Black Diamond)
  • 【No more ear pain】Unlike in-ear headphones, OpenSwim(formerly Xtrainerz) wireless earphones are equipped with an open-ear design powered by bone conduction technology, ensuring bud-free and comfortable listening all day, in or out of the water.
  • 【 IP68 waterproof】OpenSwim bone conduction waterproof headphones withstand total submersion in up to 2 metres of water. Fully waterproof and submersible so you can swim, run, cycle, or train harder than ever before.
  • 【Excellent Underwater sound quality】Boosted by 7th generation bone conduction technology, OpenSwim waterproof MP3 gives you a clear and consistent sound quality throughout all strokes and turns.
  • 【Versatile And Secure Fit】OpenSwim bone conduction earphones are compatible with swim caps, goggles, and earplugs. OpenFit titanium design equipped with wraparound flexibility for reliable stability throughout all strokes and turns.
  • 【4GB of MP3 Storage & 8H of music】NOT BLUETOOTH COMPATIBLE. With up to 8-hours powerful battery life and built-in storage for 1200 songs, you can continuously enjoy the extraordinary underwater sound quality.
SaleBestseller No. 4
Bone Conduction headphones Swimming IPX8 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Earphones, open ear Swimming Sport Running Diving SPA Headphones, Underwater 3 Metres Waterproof with Mic, 3000 music(Black)
  • 【Bone Conduction Open Ear Headphone】Bone conduction headphones works through vibration and transmits sound to the inner ear through the cheek bone.which solves the problem of in-ear pain. which can protect hearing from damage.Open-ear design helps you stay alert to your surroundings, avoid danger and meanwhile enjoy music.
  • 【IPX8 Waterproof headphones Swimming】The bone conduction earphones weight is only 33 grams,360° bending without deformation,have the highest waterproof rating (IPX8) and are specially designed for long-term use in water.You can wear wireless sports headphones while running,gym,cycling,surfing, swimming, or even bathing, without taking off the waterproof headphones.
  • 【MP3 Player with 8G Memory】 This swimming headset built-in 8G memory to stores approximately up to 3000 songs, Get rid of the shackles of mobile phones, even without a mobile phone, you can listen to music in 3 meters deep water. The new bluetooth 5.0 chip ensures more stable connection, clearer and smoother call.
  • 【Super power saving】2 hours of charging, no need to charge for a week,charging only 2 hours. With a full charg, the wireless headphone can offer 7 hours of continuous playback, ,The charging port is magnetically designed, Very convenient,let go and charge instantly.
  • 【Bluetooth Wireless Headset Wide Compatible】Support bluetooth 5.0 connection for high-definition calls and built-in voice prompts. Compatibility with iPhone and Android smart phone, iPad, Mac, Tablets, PC computer, TV, smart watch with bluetooth.
Bestseller No. 5
Aztine MP3 & Bluetooth 2 in 1 Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming, IPX8 Level Underwater 3 Metres Waterproof Earphones, 8 Hours Play with 16GB Memory
  • 【Bone conduction headphones for swimming】Aztine Bone conduction headphones transmit sound by transmitting vibrations directly to the temporal. Open-ear design, you can hear the sound of pool environment while listen to music, not only to ensure safety, but also to avoid hearing damage caused by in-ear headphones, the same applies to the hearing impaired. (PLEASE RINSE THE HEADPHONES WITH CLEAN WATER AFTER SWIMMING OR FITNESS, MAKE SURE THE HEADPHONES IS DRY WHEN NOT IN USE FOR A LONG TIME.)
  • 【IPX8 level, underwater 3 metres waterproof】In addition to enjoy music while surfing and swimming, aztine bone conduction headphones also suitable for running, cycling, fitness, hot spring no more than 60°C and other water sports. (PLEASE DON'T COPY FORMATS OTHER THAN "MP3, APE, FLAC AND WAV" INTO AZTINE BONE CONDUCTION HEADPHONES, OTHERWISE IT WILL EASILY CAUSE THE BLUETOOTH AND MP3 MODES TO FAIL TO SWITCH NORMALLY.)
  • 【One-key switch MP3 & Bluetooth】16GB memory, it can be store about 1600 songs (THERE ARE SOME TESTING SONGS IN THE HEADPHONES), only support MP3, APE, FLAC and WAV 4 formats, play time 8 hrs, call time 4 hrs, Bluetooth 5.0 version, connect quickly. (WARNING: THE BLUETOOTH SIGNAL CAN'T SPREAD UNDERWATER, PLEASE SWITCH TO MP3 MODE WHEN YOU SWIM, IF YOU CAN'T SWITCH TO MP3 MODE, PLEASE CHARGE FULLY TO AZTINE HEADPHONES.)
  • 【Free adjust wearing size】Innovative rubber band design for different sizes head, including men, women and 10 old children or above, wearing stable. (ATTENTION: WE RECOMMEND DO NOT BUY IF YOU THINK YOUR HEAD IS TOO SMALL.)
  • 【What's in the box】Aztine bone conduction headphones for swimming, earplugs, charge cable, waterproof plug, multi-language user guide. (ENGLISH, DEUTSCH, FRANÇAIS, ESPAÑOL and ITALIANO.)
SaleBestseller No. 6
CYBORIS Swimming Headphones Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 Earphones IPX8 Waterproof Earbuds, Mp3 Player 16GB Memory & Noise Reduction, Stereo HiFi Sound In Ear Sports Headset for Running, Cycling, Gym(Black)
  • 【Highest IPX8 Waterproof Level】 - IPX8 waterproof is designed for use in water, eliminating the possibility of water ingress. Waterproof Earphones are also great for listening to music/e-books who build up a good sweat in gym, swimming, sauna and steam room.
  • 【Built-in 16GB memory】 - Wireless headphones have a large 16GB memory, you can delete/download songs or manage music folders via computer. Effectively avoid carrying a phone when exercising.
  • 【Enjoy Sports】 - Bluetooth headphones' 10mm nano-composite film delivers a wide dynamic range and 6D bass effect. Noise reduction and support for HD voice calls. Significantly reduce sound leakage while swimming.
  • 【MP3 Player & Bluetooth 5.0】 - The latest Bluetooth 5.0 chip provides you with high Bluetooth audio quality, bringing stronger and faster connection. Reliable wireless technology makes you free from the annoyance of wired. Switch MP3 mode, let your swimming sports are not restrained.
  • 【Please Note Before Ordering】 - Since Bluetooth cannot transmit underwater, the Bluetooth mode will not be able to connect with phones underwater. It is recommended to switch to MP3 mode before swimming. Headphones has downloaded 300 songs for users test MP3 Mode, audio format supports Mp3/WMV/WAV/Flac/APE. SM608 headphone doesn't support macOS system and cannot manage music through macOS system. Please contact store customer service for any questions.
Bestseller No. 7
Waterproof Headphones Swimming , ESSONIO Bone Conduction Headphones Sports Bluetooth Open Design Noise-Canceling 12 Hours Music Time IPX8 Waterproof Underwater MP3 for Diving Gym Shower(BLACK)
  • 【Ipx8 water protection class】ESSONIO share music with you - - have equipped your Bluetooth headphones with strong IPX8 water resistance, which effectively withstands sweat, rain and water. The sweat-proof design can reduce the production of bacteria and protect the ears.
  • 【Bone Conduction For Swimming】 The ESSONIO earphones have 16G of storage space, enough for thousands of songs. So if you don't want to take your phone with you in the rain, running or swimming, you can listen to the music directly in MP3 mode without worrying about being overweight. The bone conduction vibration design allows you to be aware of the surroundings but also avoid hearing impairment Avoid using in ear headphones.
  • 【Adjustable silicone wristband】 Made with food grade silicone material, it can be adjusted to fit the size, wear it on the back of your head like a leather glove after assembly, fit perfectly without worrying about it falling off , Product design can be applied to children as well be applied to adults
  • 【Long battery life & light weight 】 the headset has built-in long-lasting power for up to 12 hours, no power anxiety,weighs only 32 g and makes movement easier 【Glasses do not affect wearing】 Comfortable to wear and does not affect the use of one Swimming goggles when swimming.
  • 【Usage scenario】 Bone conduction headphones are sturdy and sweatproof and are suitable for swimming diving running, cycling, fitness, hiking, climbing and driving 【Gift Headphone】 With its slim, ergonomic design and stylish presentation box, our earphones are an ideal gift, perfect for a family member, partner or a friend, a substantial gift for birthdays or special occasions
Bestseller No. 8
Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming, IPX8 Waterproof Open-Ear MP3 Player Wireless Sport Earphones 8GB Flash Memory for Running, Diving Water, Gym, Spa(Black)
  • 【BONE CONDUCTION TECHNOLOGY】Our Swimming earbuds using bone conduction technology to delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring your ears remain completely open to ambient sounds for maximum situational awareness during long-term wear.
  • 【FULLY SUBMERSIBLE】The MP3 player headphones is the highest waterproof level (IPX8) that designed for long period use in water. Like swimming, running, fitness, exercise ect. Note: Bluetooth does NOT work underwater, please switch to MP3 mode and put on waterproof ear caps before swimming.
  • 【8GB MP3 PLAYER HEADPHONES 】Bone Conduction Headphone built-in 8GB memory to stores approximately up to 2400 songs, avoid mobile phone in the pocket when you are exercising. (Only support MP3 format)
  • 【QUALITY SOUND】Innovative open ear headphones deliver a premium audio experience, delivers wide dynamic range and rich bass, to reduce natural sound leakage, ensured the best on-the-go audio.
  • 【STANDARD SIZE 】Swimming headphones are made to fit a standard head size and are not adjustable. Wearing glasses, swim caps and helmets will not affect your ability to listen to music with headphones.
SaleBestseller No. 9
Bone Conduction Headphones IPX8 Waterproof Headphones with Built-in 8G Memory(For swimming do not use bluetooth mode) Open Ear headphones Bluetooth for Swimming Running Cycling Gym
  • 【Bone Conduction Headphone】Bone conduction headphones delivers audio through the cheekbone instead of air, produce stereo sound , making the call clear and stable.built-in mic for hands-free phone calls clear and stable.
  • 【8 Hour Play & Magnetic Charging】Magnetic charge port, Fast charging technology, fully charged in 1.5 ~2 hours, 230 mAh lithium battery,playtime around 8 hours and 10 days Standby.
  • 【IPX8 Waterproof Headphones】Completely waterproof and sweat-proof. Alllow you to swim underwater .
  • 【 Two modes MP3 & Bluetooth】Built-in 8GB Memory Card and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity,,built-in 8GB Memory Card and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, You can switch to MP3 mode when you are swimming or diving underwater.
  • 【Light Weight & Comfortable 】High-quality materials,memory titanium alloy body,weight is only 33 grams,360° bending without deformation.don’t worry about slipping off when wear it to exercise.
SaleBestseller No. 10
CYBORIS Waterproof Headphones, IPX8 Swimming Headphones Wireless Bluetooth Earphones, Mp3 Player 16GB & Built-in Bone Conduction Horn, Sports Earphones for Running, Cycling, Swimming, Diving
  • 【Highest IPX8 Waterproof】 - IPX8 Waterproof headphones make you enjoy music even when it is raining or swimming. Magnetic charging is highly waterproof, sports earphones are very suitable for swimming, gym, running and cycling.
  • 【Built-in Bone Conduction Horn】 - Equipped with the latest bone conduction horn technology, with 10mm nano-composite film delivers a wide dynamic range. Compared with traditional horn, bone conduction horn have higher water resistance and are not easily damaged when exposed to water.
  • 【16GB Memory MP3 Mode】 - Swimming headphones have a large 16GB memory, you can delete/download songs or manage music folder via computer. Switching the MP3 mode makes you to really put down your phone while exercising.
  • 【Bluetooth 5.0】 - Bluetooth 5.0 chip bringing stronger and faster connection. Support voice calls, built-in noise cancelling mic provides you with clear audio. 250mAh large-capacity lithium battery has 24 hours long playback time,fast charging within 1.5 hours, power display, real-time control.
  • 【Please Note Before Ordering】 - Since Bluetooth cannot transmit underwater, the Bluetooth mode will not be able to connect with phones underwater. It is recommended to switch to MP3 mode before swimming. Headphones has downloaded 300 songs, audio format supports Mp3/WMV/WAV/Flac/APE. For a better customer experience, please contact store customer service for any questions.

Honest Bob is committed to providing genuine guides from a panel of experts. As an Amazon affiliate Honest Bob earns commission from any qualifying purchases.Thank you for your support!

Must Read