The best budget Bluetooth wireless earphones for the iPhone 7: sports, fitness and running

Apple is including new EarPods with a Lightning connector at their very end in each iPhone 7 and 7 Plus box, negating the pain from removing the audio jack that most audio gear is currently using. To further sooth out your sadness, Apple has thrown in a 3.5mm-jack-to-Lightning adapter in the phones' box for free, too.

Last but not least, if you don't want to be tangled by wires, the company has created brand new AirPods - truly wireless earbuds that go into each ear without any connection between them. These provide 5 hours of battery, which is more than most other such products on the market, and a carrying case that can charge them up to five times on the go. In addition, new Beats Bluetooth headphones enter the fray, with models offering up to 40 hours of listening on a charge. 

Are there sporty wireless alternatives out there that don't ask that you have to work a couple of long, hard days just to spend it all on Bluetooth earphones in the end, though? These days anything that is fitness-y and Bluetooth and under $100 can be considered a budget proposition, so check out some of the best value-for-money offerings in the world of wireless earbuds that can go with your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.

Sony XB50BS EXTRA BASS Sports Bluetooth In-ear Headphones ($79.99)

Just released, these budget Sony buds aren't $20-$40 like a lot of the Chinese offerings, and for a good reason. For $80 you get a truly outdoorsy wireless earphones set, with IP4X rating in case you are running in the rain, and Sony's Extra Bass tech that pumps up the lows. 

Nothing gets you going like thumping noise in your eardrums, as any fitness enthusiast with overzealous gym receptionist/tune mixer could attest. Best of all - these come with generous 8.5 hours of battery life, and a variety of buds and hooks to fit your particular ear shape perfectly.

Meizu EP-51 Bluetooth HiFi Music Sport In-ear Headphones ($42)

Meizu's creation is the ultimate in the world of value-for-money wireless sports earbuds picks. Besides looking great in its red and aluminum version, they also produce rich sound, and are splash-proof. Furthermore, they are of the magnetic type that would stick the buds together while hanging from your neck, and pause the music when they do, so no more dangling around. The battery life of 6 hours is on the lower side of the budget spectrum, but at the price you are shelling out, you can go the extra mile of charging them a tad more often.

The Jaybirds are a nice value for the money, as they offer all the bells and whistles for a sports enthusiast, plus 8 hours of battery life, but you should be aware there is a large number of counterfeits with these ones, so get them from a retailer like Walmart or similar, as a lot of the packs on Amazon are now really hard to tell apart as the counterfeit masters are getting better at their game with each edition.

Spigen iPhone 7 Wireless Headphones ($27)

Spigen's Bluetooth buds are no better and no worse than the ocean of Chinese offerings on Amazon with tens of plumped up reviews, but they have the key difference to come from a known brand, and are rather affordable. They use Bluetooth 4.1 and support the aptX codec, and users are reporting about 5 hours on a charge on average which is not in the ranks of Sony's offering but is not that bad either. The nicest part is that rarely anyone complains of lost Bluetooth connection, which can't be said for the vast majority of cheapo wireless buds.

Anker SoundBuds Sport IE20 ($29.99)

Anker is already an established name in the value-for-money accessory realm, and its new SoundBuds Sport model adds to the reputation with Bluetooth 4.1 support, sweat-proof housing, and 8 hours of battery life. In addition, they provide rich sound with tamed base, decent noise cancellation tech, and magnetic control.

Motorola VerveLoop+ ($79.99)

These Bluetooth buds from Motorola come with barely any compromise save for the design part which might not be everyone's cup of tea. The VerveLoop+ set is fully waterproof, so dancing or running in the rain won't be a problem, or even taking a shower with those. They are sturdy and connect well, while so far the most running complaint is that they offer a sound quality that is just average, like on most Chinese no-name models. Motorola does counter with a long 9+ hours of battery life, which is at the top end of the spectrum for any wireless buds.

Related phones

iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I have the JayBird X2 and can vouch for them being worth the price.

2. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Wired headphone + iPhone 6 battery= wireless headphone + iPhone 7 battery Finally we get average battery life

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The 4.7in iPhone is still bunz if you ask me.

5. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Anker SoundBuds are awesome for 26$

6. TournaFlyer

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

I paid all of $10 for mine on Amazon the Mpow Wolverine. They have worked perfectly for me

7. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Not a budget BT headset, but my Moto S11-HD has lasted over 3 years (since Jan 2013) under heavy use and still running strong. You get what you pay for.

8. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

If you can find them on sale the JBL Everest 100 are a fine set with good soind quality and 7-10 hour battery life depending on volume. They're also lower profile and fit is quite nice.

9. danidin

Posts: 40; Member since: May 15, 2014

the meizu ep-51 costs 26$

10. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Why is it that a lot of the "athletic" earphones are orange or red or yellow? Why not just plain black or white? I don't see why there's a special need to differentiate between them and regular earphones.

11. ddelaney

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 14, 2016

I have in ear earphones.

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