Listen up! Ear envy is real. Some fellas are able to do an entire workout –– jog the track, complete several sets of burpees, and smash an entire round of abs –– all without having their earbuds fall out. However, some of us just aren’t as hashtag blessed when it comes to the anatomy of our ears. That means your basic earbuds, as great as they may be, just won’t cut it. That’s right, we’re talking about men afflicted with AirPod envy.
Fortunately, earbuds with hooks are the perfect solution because they provide just the right amount of fitted security without sacrificing ease and comfort. You’ll never have to worry about your earbuds falling out ever again.
Aside from the fact that the best book earbuds enable you to workout like a Hemsworth without losing your buds midway through your sweat session, wireless earbuds should also boast at least a few of the following key features:
- Portable charging cases
- Speaker/microphone capabilities
- Hours of wireless power
- Customizable settings
In short, the best hook earbuds won’t make you envious of premium earbuds like AirPods or Jabra Elite 75t. We live busy lives, so whether you’re working out at home, commuting to work, or running errands around town, it’s important that you be able to listen to your favorite podcast or take a phone call on your earbuds without worrying that your earpiece investment is going to fly off your ear. So, get yourself hooked on our picks for the best wireless earbuds with hooks.
1. Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones
BEST OVERALL EARBUDS
In 2014, Apple acquired Beats by Dr. Dre, so you know if it’s up to the tech giant’s standard of quality, then they must be solid. The buds come with a charging case that provides 24 hours of wireless juice––on their own, they last nine hours. So you can rock them during all of your errands or even for a full workday. Available in navy, black, ivory or moss, the secure-fit, adjustable earbuds provide a crisp sound that doesn’t lack in bass. If you can shell out the couple hundred, it’s well worth the investment for the best hook earbuds on the market, full stop.
2. Powerbeats Wireless Earphones
If you want most of the features that the coveted Powerbeats Pro boasts, but at a slightly cheaper cost, then the Powerbeats Wireless Earphones are the way to go. The adjustable ear hooks provide security while you move, and they can last up to 15 hours between charges. While that’s not as much as the 24 hours of wireless power provided by the Powerbeats Pro model, it’s still impressive. But to make up for it, these charge really fast. A mere five minutes of charge time equals one hour of power.
3. Plantronics BackBeat FIT 2100
BEST CUSTOMIZABLE EARBUDS
When it comes to playing your favorite tunes or podcasts, everyone likes to listen a little differently. That’s where the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 2100 comes in. Plantronics already makes some of our favorite Bluetooth headsets, and the brand also makes some of the best earbuds for running. These sweatproof buds connect to a BackBeat app that allows you to personalize the headset to fit your needs. For example, you can tap the headset once to access a timer or tap twice to access volume control. Not to mention, with seven hours of playtime per charge and the behind-the-ear hook design, these aren’t going anywhere.
4. Bose SoundSport True Wireless Earbuds
MOST CONCEALED HOOK
The Bose SoundSport True Wireless Earbuds are the closest option you have in finding the security of hook earbuds without sacrificing the simplistic look of a smaller EarPod. These buds trade out the over-the-ear hook for a smaller internal hook that works with the anatomy of the ear to fit snug in place. They’re available in several different bright colors variations, but if that’s not your thing, don’t worry. They have black too. You can nab five hours of playtime with these sweat/weatherproof buds, plus the complimentary charging case can provide juice for up to 10 hours (two charging cycles). That’s 15 hours of wireless power without needing to find an outlet.
5. Zulu Exero Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones
BEST BONE CONDUCTION HEADPHONES
Sometimes when you’re shopping, biking or running in a very busy area, you don’t want to close off the outside world completely. That’s why the Zulu Exero Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones are the perfect alternative. Instead of sitting inside your ear, these buds sit firmly above your cheekbone/next to your ear bone. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to hear your tunes, but they won’t monopolize your ability to hear outside noise. They provide six hours of wireless listening while keeping you safely aware of your surroundings.
6. Sony True Wireless Earbuds
BEST NOISE-CANCELING EARBUDS
The Sony True Wireless Earbuds has three modes that enable you to customize your listening experience. The digital noise-canceling mode sets to minimize outside sound, while the ambient sound mode works to blend music with environmental surroundings – which is great for runs in the park or gym sessions. You can also kick it up a notch with voice mode, which allows you to hear your workout instructor while providing a touch of background music. Plus, the battery life on these splashproof buds provides nine hours of wireless bliss.
7. Bose SoundSport Earbuds
BEST HOOK EARBUDS UNDER $100
The best feature about the Bose SoundSport Earbuds is the StayHear+ technology, which has been specifically designed to keep your buds in your ear during even the most rigorous of workouts. The sport tips hook the inside of the ear, so they won’t get in the way of you wearing glasses or shades during your outside jaunt. They last up to six hours per charge and pair easily to any Bluetooth device. Plus, with the audio power of Bose, you can trust these wireless earbuds to deliver the highest-quality audio.
8. Treblab XR700 Pro Wireless Earbuds
If you’re looking to save a few bucks, the Treblab Pro Wireless Earbuds are a safe bet. They can last up to nine hours under a single charge, and the buds can connect to Bluetooth devices up to 33 feet away, so there’s no need to keep your device nearby at all times. Plus, the package includes three different sizes of silicone ear tips, so you can customize them to fit your ear comfortably. At a mere $40 price tag, what more could you ask for?