Best Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones 2016
In this day and age you can take your music with you anywhere. Literally! It doesn’t matter what sport you like, whether you love running or swimming or something else waterproof Bluetooth headphones allow you to listen to the music you love all the while you are being active.
Not only that, but the best waterproof Bluetooth headphones have been designed so that they provide a great quality of sound even when submerged in water. But, as with everything these days, not all waterproof Bluetooth headphones are the same.
We have reviewed the best waterproof Bluetooth headphone devices to provide an easy reference guide for your benefit.
How we evaluated the Top 10 Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones
In order to ensure that our list of the best waterproof Bluetooth headphones is accurate and fair we evaluated the headphones on a consistent basis. We know that when you purchase your headphones you want a great quality and powerful sound, good all round comfort, a good long battery life and perhaps most obviously you want them to be waterproof so that you can use them in environments where they can get wet and yet still function to a high standard.
So why would you want to buy a set of waterproof Bluetooth headphones? There are a number of good reasons:
- Do not want to keep your music player on you - You want to do something active outdoors, but are concerned that your Android or Apple phone is at risk of damage.
- You want to be able to use your headphones with a number of devices no matter what their connections.
- You might like running or walking in the rain, or swimming and still listen to music.
- You want to listen to music while you workout.
- You just like the idea of not having annoying headphone cables to constantly arrange and re-arrange.
- As you can see there once you allow for the fact that you would like to listen to music when undertaking some form of physical activity then waterproof Bluetooth headphones are clearly the way to go.
Before analysing our best waterproof Bluetooth headphone reviews in detail it is worth considering what your headphone budget is. It would be nice to think that you can pick up a good quality, attractively designed pair of Bluetooth headphones for just a few dollars, but we need to be realistic. In the realm of waterproof Bluetooth headphones to a certain degree you get what you pay for.
As with all consumer electronics these days, there are the good, the bad and the ugly (which sometimes actually look quite good). Be prepared. The top waterproof Bluetooth headphones in our list range in price from $20 to around $90. Forewarned is forearmed.
We like our top waterproof Bluetooth headphones to incorporate a number of key features.
Great Quality Sound
We like the sound to be high performance, clear and sharp with a good quality bass. We recognize that most waterproof Bluetooth headsets are going to struggle against many wired full-size over-the-ear headphones, but we still want to have a good strong listening experience.
Comfort and Weight
Although sound quality is perhaps the most important factor relating to the headphones, it is not much good if after wearing the headphones for 10 minutes we want to take them off because they are uncomfortable.
The phones should fit comfortable over or on your ears without exerting too much pressure.
Equally we want them to fit securely. As most waterproof Bluetooth headsets will be used during periods of physical activity the last thing we want it to be constantly worrying about them falling off, or worse still losing them.
They should be reasonably light. Wearing heavy headphones, Bluetooth or not is not much fun after a couple of hours.
In ear / Ear hook
On a similar theme to comfort is whether you choose an in-ear headset or an ear-hook. Ear-hooks are perhaps more comfortable and stable to wear for long periods of time but can make using glasses difficult and can get in the way of long hair too.
In-ear waterproof Bluetooth headsets, which fit comfortable into your ear tunnel are often the best option. They are perhaps more practical as they are very often smaller and lighter.
Having stated that, if you think you will be putting on or taking off your Bluetooth headsets frequently then the over-ear option may be the best of all.
It is really up to you to decide what form you want your waterproof Bluetooth headphones to take.
Few things are going to frustrate you when using a Bluetooth headset than being unable to easily change the volume on your device. The volume control should be easy to get to and easy to change. The important factor is that you should be able to alter the volume on the waterproof Bluetooth headphones themselves rather than having to return to the transmitting device.
High Quality Construction
If we are spending over $20 on a pair of headphones we believe that the least you can expect is for them to be made from good quality plastics, include good quality electronics and last a decent period of time.
The fact of the matter is that while many consumer electronic devices are often obsolete after only 6 months, headphones, waterproof Bluetooth headphones or not, should still be good at least 2 year from now.
Connections to More Than One Device
I don’t know about you, but we like to be able to listen to music in different situations. Sometimes that will be when running or perhaps working out at the gym, other times when I am sitting at my computer, or driving the car.
I want to be able to use my Bluetooth headphones in all situations which means it is really important that they connect to more than one device. That way I have the flexibility to choose what works best for me in individual situations.
This is a given. If someone calls me when I am listening to music I want to hear and take the call. So my waterproof Bluetooth headphone has to have the ability to make hands-free calls. Obviously this means the headphones need to incorporate a microphone.
With any battery powered device the length of the battery life is important. It’s no good buying a top waterproof Bluetooth headphone only to find that every 90 minutes you have to plug it in to recharge it.
A good waterproof Bluetooth headphone should provide a minimum of 5-6 hours usage. Some of the waterproof Bluetooth headphone reviews we have done have battery life as long as 40 hours. Perfect. Of course, in practice this not really needed as worst case I would expect to recharge it once per day, meaning 6-8 hours usage would be great.