Beats Fit Pro earbuds are built on the same tech platform...

Beats Fit Pro earbuds are built on the same tech platform as the AirPods Pro.  Credit: CBS Interactive

The best workout headphones are wireless — and ideally, true wireless — so there's no cable that might get caught or restrict your movement. They'll need to fit your ears snugly enough that they won't fall out during a workout, but not so tightly that they're uncomfortable to wear over an extended period. Sound quality is obviously an important factor as well.

The three models listed below fit a wide range of budgets as well as various design and feature sets, but all are tested and recommended by CNET editors.

WHAT Beats Fit Pro

THE COST $199.99

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Hot on the heels of the third-generation AirPods, Apple has another new set of earbuds, this time from its subsidiary audio company, Beats. Technically, the new Beats Fit Pro aren't AirPods, but they're built on the same tech platform as the AirPods Pro.

Unlike Beats' earlier and less expensive Studio Buds, the Beats Fit Pro include Apple's H1 chip and have most of the AirPods Pro's features, including active noise canceling, spatial audio and Adaptive EQ. They may well be the sports AirPods you've always wanted. And for some people, they might just be better than the AirPods Pro.

WHAT Google Pixel Buds A-Series



Google's Pixel Buds A-Series are kind of unusual in that they're relatively new but not exactly an upgrade. They look and sound very similar to 2020's Pixel Buds 2, which debuted at $179 but are now selling for less. However, instead of getting new features — like active noise canceling — they've actually lost a few. Why? The "A" stands for affordability.

That new lower price is the real story here, making these a bona fide true-wireless value, particularly for Android users. And the integrated stabilizer arcs (aka sport fins) help keep the buds securely in your ears during sporting activities.

WHAT Tranya T40

THE COST $89.99


If you like the earhook design of the Beats Powerbeats Pro but don't want to spend $150 or so, there are plenty of budget alternatives, like the Tranya T40.

They sound quite good for the money, fit comfortably and securely and have good battery life (up to eight hours). Another great feature is that they have physical buttons for controlling playback and volume rather than touch controls.

Their charging case, which charges via USB-C, doesn't feel terribly sturdy and is somewhat bulky, but these earbuds are a good value.

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