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The best waterproof headphones to use in the pool


If you find lane swimming monotonous and need a little help to get into a rhythm in the pool, then you might benefit from some musical motivation.

Thanks to new waterproof MP3 and headphone technology you can take a dip while listening to your favourite tunes in the water, and there are plenty of purse-pleasing options available.

From waterproof headphones with a Bluetooth connection to earbuds with in-built MP3 players, here are eight options guaranteed to deliver perfect sound quality during every lap and tumble turn.

Exeze Rider Waterproof MP3 Player And Headphones, £34.99

This budget option for playing music underwater consists of a small waterproof MP3 player that affixes to your goggles as well as in-ear waterproof headphones

The earphones come with earloops and a partly twirled anti-tangle earphone cord so they won’t distract you in the water. Put your goggles over the cord and you’ll hardly realise they’re on.

The kit comes with different sized exchangeable earbuds for the waterproof earphones to fit all ear sizes and ensure a snug, sealed fit in the water.

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Sony NW-WS414 8GB Waterproof All In One MP3 Player, £89.99

The Sony NW-WS414 self-contained design combines MP3 player, controls and headphones into an around-the-head format that stays out of your way and remains in place in water and on land.

Connect it to your computer to drag and drop in music from iTunes and store up to 1800 songs. It delivers a full 60 minutes of playback time off a three-minute charge or 12 hours from a full charge.

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An Ambient Sound Mode feature allow you to hear things around you like the swim instructor or the lifeguard as well as music.

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Finis Duo Underwater MP3 Player, £94.49 (was £147.99)

The FINIS Duo Underwater MP3 Player uses bone conduction technology to give crystal clear sound quality in or out of the water. 

This means you don’t need to fuss around with putting buds inside your ear and worrying about them falling out. Simply hang the FINIS over your googles and rest it on your cheekbone for a secure swim to the soundtrack of your choice.

FINIS is fully compatible with iTunes so you can also listen to audiobooks or catch up on your favourite podcast.

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i360 swimming MP3 Player Underwater Headphones 8GB Bluetooth, £49.99

The Bluetooth function of the i360 swimming headphones means that you can connect to your smartphone or iWatch and access your Spotify, Amazon Music or iTunes library.

They’re not the most slimline headphones, but to get the Bluetooth function for less than £50 is a bargain. 

This means they’re also great for streaming your music during sweaty gym or running workouts, and the non-slip headband means they’ll stay in place however much you move. You can even take them headphones into the sauna and steam room to relax.

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Aftershokz Xtrainerz, £139.95

These bone-conducting buds are designed for use with all sorts of sports without having to be plugged inside the ear directly. Instead, the sound is conduced through your cheekbones.

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They stay in place thanks to an adjustable headband that you can wear under your swim cap, which some people find more comfortable than affixing an MP3 player to googles. 

The headband also allows for more versatility out of the water, which is why they’re favoured by triathletes who use the same headphones for swimming, running and cycling. They can hold around 8,000 songs and boast eight hours of battery life.

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Nabaiji Waterproof Swimming MP3 Player 100 V3 and Headphones, £29.99

The most affordable swimming headphones we’ve seen. These aren’t the most stylish, but Nabaiji has gone the extra mile to ensure they fit the majority of the population.

They include several different shape and size earbuds to ensure they fit inside an individual’s ear perfectly, and you can screw them in until you feel your ear is perfectly sealed. Then strap in place even tighter with the hook that fits over the fold of your ear.

If water gets into the headphones and sound becomes muffled, simply blow into them and try a different size bud next time.

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Swimbuds MP3 Waterproof Headphones, £75

When it comes to versatility and fit, the Swimbuds MP3 Waterpoof Headphones are an excellent choice.

The buds come in enough shapes to work for each swimmer and their own unique ear shape. You’ve got the tree-shaped ones, the classic shaped rounds and the fin tips, which help secure the plug within your ears and keep them from getting jostled around when pushing off or when swimming quickly.

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The controls on this Swimbuds pair are also super easy to use with playback buttons right next to your ear to allow you to skip, replay, fast forward or shuffle songs.

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Bragi The Dash Pro Wireless Earphones, £299

These Bragi The Dash Pro headphones may be one of the most expensive waterproof headphone options, but the features they offer justify the high price tag.

Firstly, they can do everything your Apple Airpods can do plus they can get wet. There’s also in-built AI activity tracking that detects when you’re running, cycling and swimming, and syncs to an app to measure and store your performance. 

You’ll be able to look back at your workouts and see how changing the playlist affected the speed and efficiency of your swim. Their sleek black design also looks seriously stylish.

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