While we would never wear headphones riding outdoors, Zwifters can enjoy tunes or podcasts while we suffer. In fact, apart from getting your smart trainer and display sorted a quality audio setup is arguably the most important part of a truly delightful Zwift experience.
And it’s not just about the quality of what you hear: with more rides using Discord for voice chat a quality microphone is also essential.
In reality, just about any set of Bluetooth earbuds will “do the job.” But in our opinion, it’s worth investing a bit more to boost sound quality, longevity, and ease of use. Here are the top three wireless Bluetooth earbud solutions we recommend.
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- Battery life/speed of charging: regular use will require weekly charging, so make sure it’s fast and easy.
- Durability: these will be sweated in and tossed around your pain cave a bit.
- Fit: ears are unique. If you can’t test first, buy a set with fit options.
- Sound quality: here you generally get what you pay for.
- Microphone quality: important for Discord and phone use.
Quality earbuds that won’t break the bank. Also the longest battery life of our top three selections. These are the headphones I most often recommend to Zwifters due to their high price/performance ratio.
Pro tip: if you want earbuds for swimming, check out the Jaybird X4’s which cost more but come with IPX7-rated water resistance (down to 1 meter for 30 minutes) and improved sound quality.
Bose SoundSport Free (~$169USD)
Bose has always been a premium sound solution: never cheap, but always top-notch in terms of build and sound quality. These are truly wireless (no cord between the earbuds) and you can buy them in Zwifty orange!
Pro tip: if you want Bose quality with a cord between the earbuds and a bit more battery life, save $20 and buy the standard Bose SoundSports.
Like everything Apple, AirPods come at a premium price for a premium experience. Sound and microphone quality get consistently high reviews. The one downside? You aren’t able to customize the fit unless you purchase an accessory kit.
Pro tip: AirPods work on Android phones too.