Best Bluetooth headphones for Apple Watch 2022

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Best
Bluetooth headphones for Apple Watch
iMore
2022

The Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the market. You can listen to music, podcasts, and anything else directly on your Apple Watch, plus you can make and take phone calls. Such a small wearable device is perfectly in line with small portable headphones like the AirPods Pro and other Bluetooth headphones. We’ve tested a lot of different earbuds while exercising, walking around town, and just sitting on the couch to come up with some of the best Apple Watch Bluetooth headphones you can buy.

Best overall: Apple AirPods Pro

Lory Gil

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Apple has taken what people love about the AirPods to the next level with the AirPods Pro. As we raved about in our review, Apple has bumped up the sound quality with Adaptive EQ, which creates a rich sound by automatically tuning the low- and mid-frequencies of the music to the shape of your ear.

The AirPods Pro also feature the long-awaited Active Noise Cancellation using two microphones and advanced software to continually adapt to each ear. Or, you can switch the AirPods Pro to Transparency mode so you can hear your surroundings. Additionally, you get multiple ear tips for a perfect fit. AirPods Pro are sweat and water-resistant too!

Pros:

  • Adaptive EQ for excellent sound quality
  • Easy pairing
  • Siri support
  • Active Noise Cancelling
  • Variety of ear tips for a perfect fit
  • Water-resistant
  • Wireless charging

Cons:

  • Small form factor makes them easy to lose
  • Pricey

Best overall

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple’s AirPods Pro

The latest technology from Apple

Active Noise Cancellation, Adaptive EQ, water resistance, multiple ear tips add up to Pro experience.

Best for working out: Beats Fit Pro

Beats Fit Pro Review Hero

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While reviewing the Beats Fit Pro, we were quite impressed by the excellent sound quality with spatial audio and dynamic head tracking. You get Active Noise Cancelling and Apple’s H1 chip, so you get many of the advantages that used to be exclusive to AirPods such as “Hey Siri” and easy Apple device switching.

The wingtips hold the Beats Fit Pro more securely than many earbuds, which are great for your vigorous workouts, but they can be uncomfortable for all-day wear. You get button controls instead of a touch surface, which can be easier to operate while working out. Choose from four color options: Beats Black, Beats White, Sage Gray, and Stone Purple.

Pros:

  • Super sound quality
  • Fast pairing with Apple devices
  • Apple H1 chip + Hey Siri
  • Support for spatial audio and dynamic head tracking
  • Active noise cancellation and transparency modes
  • Variety of secure ear fit options
  • IPX4 water-resistance
  • USB-C charging
  • Color choices

Cons:

  • Uncomfortable for long periods
  • Charging case is large and plasticky
  • No wireless charging

Best for working out

Beats Fit Pro With Case Render Cropped

Beats Fit Pro – colors vary

Many Apple advantages

Fantastic sound, secure fit, noise cancellation, and Apple’s H1 chip make Beats Fit Pro great for workouts and everyday use.

Best connected earbuds: Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Flex

Beats Flex next to Apple Watch playing Apple Music

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As our review states, Beats Flex hits all of the important criteria when looking for headphones for your Apple Watch, particularly if you tend to lose tiny earbuds. They provide an instant connection to your Apple Watch and its music through the company’s W1 chip. The buds are attached by a wire and two weighted remotes, making them harder to lose. Beats Flex headphones are more comfortable and last longer than Apple’s AirPods. Beats Flex tend to be a little bass-heavy for some tastes, but they have a rock-solid Bluetooth connection and super-easy pairing process, making them ideal for use with the Apple Watch. Get up to 12 hours of playtime. If you’re running low on power, a 10-minute Fast Fuel charge will get you 1.5 hours of playtime.

Pros:

  • Long battery life
  • W1 chip
  • Compact
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Lots of color options

Cons:

  • Bass-heavy sound
  • No water resistance

Best connected earbuds

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Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Flex

A perfect ratio of features and price.

The long battery life, lightweight, customizable fit, and W1 chip make Beats Flex a great value at a reasonable price.

Most portable: Apple AirPods 2

AirPods

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We loved them when we first reviewed them, and the AirPods 2 are still a nice option. Of course, with the arrival of AirPods 3 they’re not the newest model anymore but if you don’t need the newer features that the AirPods 3 offer and prefer a smaller form factor, you’ll love the AirPods 2. That ultra- compact dental floss-sized case is perfectly sized to slip into a jeans pocket. They’re the perfect pair to have with you for any occasion since they don’t take up a lot of space in your bag (or pocket) and have a relatively long battery life — combined with the charging case, up to 24 hours. And they still have that Apple glamor.

Pros:

  • Long battery life
  • Super small charging case
  • Siri support
  • Independent left/right buds
  • Fast pairing with Apple devices

Cons:

  • Earbuds aren’t for everyone
  • No water resistance
  • Not the latest model

Most portable

AirPods

Apple AirPods 2 – with wireless charging case

Tiny charging case for total portability.

There’s no denying that AirPods are tiny, portable, truly wireless earbuds that just work.

Best truly wireless ANC budget model: EarFun Free Pro

Earfun Free Pro Wireless Headphones Lifestyle

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These truly wireless earbuds have active noise canceling (ANC) and can be charged wirelessly or via USB-C. A four-microphone array makes for crystal clear phone calls and a low latency mode is great for gaming and watching videos. In addition to adjusting the volume on your Apple Watch, you can actually control the sound on the EarFun Free Pro earbuds themselves as noted in our review. Plus, you can access Siri or Google Assistant seamlessly.

Get up to 32 hours of playtime: Seven hours on the earbuds and another 25 hours with the charging case. The fast-charging feature gives you two hours of playtime from a 10-minute charge. They are IPX5 rated, meaning they are water and sweat-resistant. Single earbud mode means that you can use the earbuds together or either one alone. The sound quality on these earbuds is excellent!

The EarFun Free Pro earbuds come with multiple ear tips and ear hooks, so you can find your perfect fit. I have found these to be comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Pros:

  • True wireless
  • Active noise canceling
  • Water-resistant and sweat-resistant (IPX5)
  • Wireless or USB-C charging
  • 32 hours playtime (seven on earbuds plus 25 with charging case)
  • Fast charge feature: two hours playtime on a 10-minute charge

Cons:

  • Touch controls aren’t very intuitive and can be fiddly to use

Best truly wireless ANC budget model

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EarFun Free Pro – Wireless Earbuds with Active Noise Canceling – Black

Get a lot of bang for your buck

Get high-quality truly wireless earbuds with ANC at an attractive price point.

Best truly wireless long-play value: Tribit FlyBuds C1

Tribit Flybuds C1 Lifestyle

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If you want to charge your earbuds less often, consider the Tribit FlyBuds C1. You’ll get up to 50 hours of playtime each time you charge the case: 12 hours of listening time on a single charge and an additional 38 hours of playtime from the charging case. Plus, just 10 minutes of quick USB-C charging gives you 1.5 hours of playtime.

Utilizing Bluetooth 5.2 technology and a Qualcomm QCC3040 chip, the headphones give you a fast connection and low-latency listening experience. I’ve tested these extensively, and the audio is great. If you’re making and taking phone calls, four microphones with noise reduction technology will filter out up to 90% of the background noise around you for better call clarity.

A single tiny button on the stem of each earbud makes for easy controls. Play and pause your music with a single click of either button. Answer and hang up calls the same way, or double click to reject a call. A double click of the right advances the track; the left goes back. Triple-click either one to activate Siri. Press and hold the right button to increase volume or the left button to decrease it.

Five different ear tips are included, so you’ll be sure to find one that fits your ears. I find these quite comfortable to wear for a long time, and I have sensitive ears. They are water-resistant (IPX5), so you can work up a sweat without worry.

Pros:

  • True wireless
  • Great audio quality for listening and for phone calls
  • IPX5 water resistance
  • Easy push-button controls
  • 50 hours play time (12 on earbuds plus 38 with charging case)
  • Fast charge feature: 1.5 hours play time on a 10-minute charge
  • Siri support

Best truly wireless long-play value

Tribit Flybuds C1 Render Cropped

Tribit FlyBuds C1 – Black

Charge less often

Get great quality audio and nice features at an attractive price point.

The best Apple Watch Bluetooth headphones for you

Apple’s AirPods Pro have all the same features as Apple’s AirPods, but with even more included like Active Noise Cancellation, sweat and water resistance, multiple silicone ear tips for a more comfortable fit, superior sound quality with Adaptive EQ, Transparency mode, and customizable controls . They’re the perfect companion for listening to audio on your Apple Watch Series 7 or any iteration of the Apple Watch, simply the best Bluetooth headphones for just about anyone. If you need a case to protect the AirPods Pro charging case, we’ve got you covered there too.

However, if you want different features or a lower price point, any of the other Bluetooth headphones in this guide will be sure to please. Happy listening!

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Author: Karen Freeman

Karen S. Freeman is a teacher, writer, social media person, and family woman. She loves to travel, play with tech stuff, drink coffee, discover amazing new restaurants, and experience new things.

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Lory Gil is the former managing editor of iMore and considers herself a bit of an audiophile. She has a wall full of vinyl and is one of those people that thinks analog is better than digital. Her headphones are in her ears pretty much all day, every day…

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Rene Ritchie was iMore’s resident Apple analyst and Apple Watch enthusiast. In fact, calling him an enthusiast is an understatement. He knows what is most important when it comes to choosing the right headphones with your wearables.

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