Beats VS Plantronics VS MPOW | Best Wireless Workout Earbuds 2020
Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3200 True Wireless Workout Earbuds

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BackBeat FIT 3200

BEST OVERALL

PowerBeats Pro

BEST FOR IPHONE

MPOW Flame 2

BEST ON-A-BUDGET

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One important fitness feature made it easy to narrow it down to our 3 favorite wireless workout earbuds. After a mishap with my previous true wireless earbuds, it’s hard for me to endorse any “wireless workout earbuds” if they don’t have ear hooks. I won’t say which brand they were because it’s an inherent flaw in ALL wireless earbuds without ear hooks and I loved everything else about them.

      Requiring ear hooks eliminated MANY high quality “sport” earbuds right off the bat, but we’re still left with some nice options. Maybe even by the time you’re done checking out our top 3 choices, you’ll be a converted ear-hook-lover like me. If you sweat a lot then this is even more of an essential feature, but everyone can benefit from the extra security.

     On the other hand, if you like living on the edge and want true wireless earbuds without the ear hooks, we still have you covered. For your convenience, we included our top 3 true wireless workout earbuds WITHOUT ear hooks. Just be careful to not lose them or step on them if they happen to fall out of your ears.

1. Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3200

Plantronics-BackBeat Fit 3200 & Charging Case
Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3200 & Charging Case

Best Overall - Fit, Audio, Durability, & Battery Life

      Combining the 4 main metrics we judge workout earbuds with, the BackBeat FIT 3200 are absolute workout warriors. The most notable features are the compact and flexible ear hooks, with their crosshatched grip pattern. Their design gives the earbuds a nice snug fit in any situation or environment.

      The BackBeat FIT Series from Plantronics has evolved nicely over the last few years. Even though they’ve been known for their commercial and business headsets, Plantronics now has a diverse family of fitness audio options. Since the first BackBeat FIT model was introduced back in 2015 they’ve branched out and now have 6 different BackBeat models to fit your style.

      All of the models are rugged and ready for anything, but the Backbeat FIT 3200 earbuds are our favorite of the bunch. The IP57 waterproof rating takes care of any weather or excessive sweating. Combine that with premium sound and long battery life, the BackBeat FIT 3200 earbuds are by far the best value.

      One of the main reasons the BackBeat FIT 3200 beat out the Powerbeats Pro is the size of the drivers. They feature 13.5mm drivers versus the Powerbeats Pro 12mm drivers. Those extra-large 13.5mm drivers give you perfect bass (even at higher levels) and add an impressive amount of depth.

Key Features:

  • 8 Hour battery life (24 Hours total with charging case)
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • IP57 Waterproof Rating
  • Customizable on-ear control buttons
  • Ambient Sound Mix and Awareness Modes
  • Durable zippered clamshell charge case with MicroUSB charging port
Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3200 True Wireless Fitness Earbuds
Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3200 True Wireless Fitness Earbuds
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2. PowerBeats Pro

Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Workout Earbuds
Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Workout Earbuds

Best for iPhone Users

     It feels like a cop-out to say that the Powerbeats Pro are the best workout earbuds for iPhone users, but the Apple H1 chip makes that big of a difference. This feature lets them work seamlessly with all other Apple products and features, including Siri. Controlling your workout hands-free and having identical features to the Apple AirPods will make your time in the gym that much more enjoyable.

     Basically, the Powerbeats Pro are the fitness version of the Apple AirPods. The biggest difference, besides the ear hooks, is the longer battery life. The only 2 things holding them out of our number #1 slot are the driver size and the water resistance rating.  With the latter feature being the biggest concern since they come with a premium price tag.

     Scoring a 4 out of 9 in the waterproof rating isn’t something we usually like to label fitness-grade. On top of that, water and sweat resistance has always been a deficiency of previous Beats fitness headphone models.  If you’re an excessive sweater, you may want to be safe and go with the Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3200. For everyone else, you’re getting one of the most luxurious sets of workout earbuds available. Pick your color and get moving!

Key Features:

  • 9 Hour battery life (24 Hours total with charging case)
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • IPX4 Water resistance rating
  • On-board controls for volume and track
  • Fast Fuel gives you 1.5 hours of playback on only 5 mins of charging
  • Apple H1 Chip (pairs perfectly with Apple devices)
  • Clamshell charge case with Apple Lightning charging port
  • 4 Color options: Black, Ivory, Moss, & Navy
Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Workout Earbuds & Charging Case
Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Workout Earbuds & Charging Case
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3. MPOW Flame 2

MPOW Flame 2 Bluetooth Workout Earbuds - Red
MPOW Flame 2 Bluetooth Workout Earbuds - Red

Best On-A-Budget

     If your upgrading from the first MPOW Flame model, you’ll notice the earpieces are slightly larger on the MPOW Flame 2. That’s because of the larger battery that adds around 3 extra hours of listening time. You can get your hands on a pair of these workout earbuds for less than $25, and you won’t even notice you saved a pretty penny.

     With premium features like 12 hours of listening time, Bluetooth 5.0 integration, and IPX7 waterproof rating, they rival fitness earbuds that are 5-times the price.

MPOW Flame 2 Bluetooth Sport Earbuds Accessory Kit
MPOW Flame 2 Bluetooth Sport Earbuds Accessory Kit

     The MPOW Flame 2 earbuds also feature one of the best accessory packs. This all-inclusive kit contains everything you need to customize their fit. The 5 sizes of ear tips and 3 sizes of ear wings are more then you could ask for, especially for the price.

     The set of memory foam ear tips is my personal favorite and I ended up ordering extra when they wore out with my MPOW Flame (1st edition) earbuds. The memory foam ear tips are super comfortable and they offer the best audio/noise-canceling experience.

Key Features:

  • 12 Hour battery life
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • IPX7 Waterproof rating
  • On-board power, volume, and skip buttons
  • Built-in microphone with CVC 6.0 noise cancellation
  • MicroUSB charge port directly on the headset
  • Zippered clamshell carrying case with HUGE accessory kit included
  • 5 Color options: red, pink, green, blue, & black
MPOW Flame 2 Bluetooth Workout Earbuds Features
MPOW Flame 2 Bluetooth Workout Earbuds Features
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Close Call: Anker Soundbuds Curve

Anker Soundbuds Curve Wireless Workout Earbuds
Anker Soundbuds Curve Wireless Workout Earbuds

     Most of us know Anker by their portable chargers, wall adapters, and other charging accessories.  However, their Bluetooth speakers and headphones are made with the same quality, and the Soundbuds Curve are our favorite for workouts.  They almost made the Best On-A-Budget pick because of their more compact design, but we liked the extra colors and accessories of the MPOW Flame 2.  Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Key Features:

  • 12.5 Hour battery life
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • IPX7 Waterproof rating
  • On-board power, volume, and skip buttons
  • MicroUSB charge port directly on the headset
  • Carrying case and accessory kit included

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Playing With Fire!!!

     If you still want to take a chance on some wireless workout earbuds WITHOUT ear hooks, then here are our favorites. They all have a pretty secure fit with the ear wings, so walking and light activities should be no problem. Also, they feature premium audio and water-resistance, but hopefully, they don’t fall out of your ear and get crushed or lost.

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