Best Headphones for Swimming – My Top Picks

lap swimming

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, this past year has brought some challenges with working out due to intermittent knee pain. During this time, managing the pain was a huge pain in the butt. It wasn’t until I discovered other ways of exercising (besides running) that my knee pain became easier to handle. One of these activities was…you guessed it…swimming.

At first, I absolutely hated it. It was boring going back and forth across the pool. Unlike running where you could go on scenic trails, swimming didn’t offer that great of a view. The sloshing of water in my ears and mouth made it worse. And then there was the challenge of finding a rhythmic breathing pattern…

…then one day, my husband had me try his waterproof headphones. I’ll admit I was skeptical. By this point I had already had enough of swimming.

just keep swimming

Within the next 5 minutes, I was surprised. Listening to music made more of a difference than I had expected. Not only was it a good distraction, but it also made it easier to maintain a good breathing pattern.

Whether you’re a new or experienced swimmer, or someone who is just looking for something to give them that extra “push” during their work out, waterproof headphones are the way to go. Below, I’ve reviewed my top 2 choices. Feel free to check them out to see which one is right for you!

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Swimbuds Headphones 8 GB SYRYN Waterproof MP3 Player

Cost – $$
Amazon Rating – 4.4/5
Waterproof Rating – IPX-8 (withstands submersion up to 10 ft)
Storage – 8 GB or approx 2,000 songs
Formats Supported – MP3 and WMA
Compatible – MAC and Windows
Comes With – waterproof headphones with 4 earbud sizes for best fit, 1-yr seller warranty, swim buds waterproof earbuds with different sized earbud tips, 90 day warranty
Extra – pair of goggles, 0.5 oz FitGoo (to assist with getting a watertight fit on the swim buds), AquaGuard Pre-Swim Hair Defense travel-size container


The first thing that appealed to me about the Syryn Waterproof MP3 Player was the very decent price. At less than half the cost of a waterproof iPod shuffle, it’s the perfect pair of waterproof headphones to buy if you’re new to swimming or looking for a decent, no-nonsense quality set of headphones. The battery life holds up well with up to 7 hrs of playback time on a full charge (charging takes anywhere between 2-3 hrs). Sound quality is very respectable as well. They aren’t noise cancelling, however not bad for the price. Supported by both MAC and Windows, downloading songs is a breeze too.

One thing to note is that in order to keep the earbuds securely in place you must tuck the extra-short cord beneath your goggle strap. Since these earbuds don’t attach around the back of your head like some Bluetooth headphones, keeping the cord tucked under your goggle strap will ensure they won’t slip out of place.

Another notable thing is that the MP3 player only has 3 buttons. It may take a few minutes to get the hang of adjusting volume, shuffling and skipping through songs. Since the MP3 is so small, though, this is to be expected and a minor issue at most. You wouldn’t want it to be too bulky anyway.  The entire device will be attached to the back of your goggles during your swim.

Overall, if you’re looking for a good quality set of waterproof headphones at a decent price, the Syryn Waterproof MP3 Player is the one for you. I liked how it was basic enough to easily get the hang of while still offering the comfort and quality of a much higher priced device. Think of it as a generic iPod shuffle if you will. Which is perfect if you don’t care about the brand name.


Alpatronix HX250 Waterproof Bluetooth Headset

Cost – $$$
Amazon Rating – 3.9/5 stars
Waterproof Rating – IPX-7 (withstands submersion up to 3 ft)
Storage – 8 GB or approx 2,000 songs
Formats Supported – APE, WMA, MP3, FLAC and WNV
Compatible – MAC and Windows
Comes With – Bluetooth pairing (not while swimming), charging cord, micro USB charging cord, adjustable strap, travel pouch, X5 ear tips, X5 waterproof ear tips, X5 ear hooks
Extra – CVC 6.0 Noise Cancellation, color choices in black and rose gold


Another pair of waterproof headphones I would recommend is the Alpatronix HX250. With a waterproof rating of IPX-7, this pair of headphones is also fully equip for lap swimming. You can submerge it in up to 3 ft of water with no issues. This is perfect for lap swimmers, however not for scuba divers. Storage is 8 GB, holding approximately 2,000 songs. Battery life varies anywhere between 4-8 hrs (depending on whether you’re using the internal memory playback or Bluetooth playback setting). Charging time is between 1-2 hours, and you also get a wireless distance of up to 33 ft. This means if you’re talking on the phone using the Bluetooth feature, you have plenty of space to walk around without loosing connection.

Concerning the Bluetooth capability, note that the main difference between the Alphatronix HX250 and the Syryn MP3 (besides price) is the presence of Bluetooth. The Alphatronix has Bluetooth capabilities, however since Bluetooth DOES NOT travel through water you CANNOT use this feature when swimming.

Then what’s the use? You may ask.

In order to use these headphones under water, you must first download your music onto the headphones via the micro USB charging cable. This isn’t a big deal (the headphones have 8 GB of memory), however some people don’t realize this when buying.

One thing that you’re probably wondering about is the CVC 6.0 noise cancellation. This basically tones down outside ambient sound when you listen/make phone calls. It gives you a much clearer sound by filtering through all outside noise. CVC stands for Clear Voice Capture – and it does just that. If you plan to use these headphones outside of swimming, this feature will come in very handy.

Overall, the Alphatronix HX250 is a more stylish set of headphones than the Syryn MP3 in my opinion. Both work well though. If you’re looking for something solely for swimming that’s no-nonsense and simple, get the Syryn MP3. If you want a device to not only use while swimming, but also for workouts, phone calls and anything else requiring Bluetooth then get the Alpatronix HX250.

child swimming underwater


Final Thoughts

In conclusion, both the Syryn MP3 and the Alphatronix HX250 are two great options for swimmers. They hold up well, produce clear sound and come with plenty of extra features to ensure that you have everything ready to swim. Although there are other waterproof headphones you can buy online, many of them come in separate parts (either you get the headphones or the device – not both). Often times they are also cheaply made. This sacrifices both comfort and durability.

Overall, if you’re a swimmer who’s looking for a better way to enjoy your laps or even just a fitness enthusiast wanting to incorporate more swimming into your workout routine, waterproof headphones are a worthwhile investment. Don’t believe me? Try them yourself!


Let me know if you have any questions about these products,

Sarah Gaddes