4 Best Headphones for Swimming in 2020

i360 Black Edition

4 Best Headphones for Swimming in 2020

When you think of using headphones in water, the two seem like a recipe for disaster because most companies just make water resistant products but not waterproof headphones. But what if we told you could find headphones for swimming in 2020 that will work perfectly no matter how deep you dive in the pool or at the beach.

No, we’re not kidding. In this post we’ll be going over some of the best headphones for swimming that required a ton research on our part because we’re not going to recommend headphones that’ll work well only on the ground. Although, if you want to look for some water-resistant headphones for gym then, Check out our previous post where we discussed those in detail.

But coming back, let’s take a plunge in the deep end where we’ll show you great options regarding headphones for swimming where the Bluetooth connection will endure and you’ll be able to play some of your favourite tunes while surfing or finishing those laps.

1.   Finis Duo

When it comes to finding good headphones for swimming you’ll need to make sure they’re waterproof headphones rather than water resistant because there is a big difference when it comes to being submerged a few feet deep into water compared to resisting a few splashes here and there. Therefore, the Finis Duo is our first pick for waterproof headphones because these are literally made only for swimming.

You can use them outside of the pool but they might not be as effective as they are in water. These headphones for swimming have a sleek two-piece design with bone conduction transmission technology that makes sure you don’t hear muffled or muted sound under water.

Also, we know what you’re thinking, where is the ear piece? Well technically they don’t have any earpiece because music travels through your cheek bones to your ears, which completely eliminates the need for earbuds.

This allows for clarity in audio quality and removes any worry about earbuds falling out during your swim. We’re also cheating here a tiny bit as the Finis Duo is an MP3 player where you can store both MP3 and WMA files with a capacity of 4GB flash memory and a battery life of 7 hours.

The Finis Duo also has a rating of IPX8 and can be submerged up to 3 meters for 30 minutes, and despite being on the pricier end, this is one of the best headphones (MP3 player) for swimming.

FINIS Duo Underwater


  • Clear sound under water
  • Easy to wear and won’t fall off
  • Bone conduction transmission technology
  • 4GB flash memory storage
  • Available in black and green, or dark grey and mint


  • The charging ports can get clogged up so they will need the occasional clean up
  • A bit pricey

Affordable Headphones for Swimming:

2.   H2O Audio Surge S+

If you’re a serious swimmer, then you might already have a waterproof MP3 player and may only be looking for the perfect waterproof headphone to complement it. Well, H2O Audio is one of the pioneers when it comes to making headphones for swimming and the Surge S+ looks like the perfect fit for those underwater adventures.

The Surge S+ has small earbuds that don’t fall off and have an amplified bass for all your favourite EDM, pop, or alternative rock music. They have an IPX8 rating which means they can be submerged up to 3.6 meters in water and you get 5 different sizes in ear tips to find the perfect seal.

While being small and fitting in snuggle, these headphones also come with a small wire that attaches to your MP3 player that can be clipped on to the back of your swimming cap. The sound quality is decent even with the jostling and pressure of swimming with intensity, and they don’t fall off no matter how strong the impact.

Another plus is that they come with 1-year warranty and you can use these headphones outside of the pool as well, which makes them pretty functional.


Surge S+ (Short Cord). Best Waterproof Headphones for Swimming Laps


  • Small earbuds for a comfortable fit
  • Customisable ear tips
  • Waterproof up to 3.6 meters underwater
  • Extremely durable
  • 1-year warranty
  • Affordable


  • With the wrong fit there can be muffled sound

3.   i360 – Integrated MP3 player and Headphones

Like the Finis Duo mentioned above the i360 is another version of headphones for swimming that come with a build-in MP3 player, although it doesn’t have the amazing bone conduction transmission technology.  Nonetheless, the i360 has a storage of 8GB where you can store more than 2000 songs. Similarly, the battery life is up to 10 hours which is a lot for such an affordable pair.

The MP3 player is fully integrated in the earpieces so you don’t have to clip it on your swimming cap, and the earpieces deliver great sound above water and underwater as well, however, you may need a swimming cap to muffle a bit of the echo you might hear. These have an IPX8 rating so they’ll be fine up to 3 meters in water for an hour.

i360 Black Edition

Overall, this is an affordable pair of headphones for swimming.


  •          Affordable price
  •          Integrated MP3 player in the earpieces
  •          Long battery life of 10 hours
  •          IPX8 rating
  •          8GB storage


  •          Sound can echo underwater. A swimming cap can fix that.

4.   HydroActive Short Cord Waterproof Headphones

When it comes to the best design the HydroActive headphones steal the show for a very functional and ergonomically fitting design as these wrap around your head with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Their patented design makes sure that water doesn’t enter the headphones and they don’t fall off no matter how many laps you take.

They come with 11 ear tip sizes of 4 different styles for the perfect seal and they fit snugly in your ears.

The headband is made of ABS plastic for extra durability and come with a case that makes them portable as well. The sound quality for these is as good as it can get underwater and the short cord makes sure you don’t have to store excess wires in your cap or anywhere else.

HydroActive Short-Cord Waterproof Headphones


  •          Functional around the head design
  •          Secure fit
  •          Special fin earbuds for swimming
  •          Multiple earbud options
  •          Good sound quality


  •          On the pricey side
  •          The head strap can be uncomfortable for some

And that is all for the best headphones for swimming that you can find in 2020. The 4 options that we have mentioned can also be used for activities other than swimming like running, paddle boarding, exercising or anything else.

Since they are all waterproof headphones, you can rest assured that they won’t be affected by sweat or spillage, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require care if you’re looking to use them for the long haul.