The Peloton website recommends using headphones to "ensure you get the best experience possible." And we wholeheartedly agree, couldn’t agree more. What better way to get in the zone?
And with Peloton’s new custom audio feature, you can choose whether to listen to the original mix, with equal parts instructor and music, or to have a More Instructor focus whereby the music volume is lowered and the instructor’s volume is raised, or gor for More Music, which lowers the instructor’s volume and increases the music volume.
The good news is that there’s loads of Peloton compatible headphones to choose from. And to make the decision about which ones to go for that little bit easier, we’ve handpicked our Top 5 picks to show you, and we’ll be reviewing them shortly.
After that we’ve got a handy buying guide for you which goes through the different things you might want to think about before you buy. At the same time we also then take the opportunity to answer some of your most frequently asked questions on the topic.
Top 5 Headphones For Peloton Bike
OUR TOP PICK
Talk about flying off the shelves - this baby has seen about 45,000 sales from Amazon alone!
Of course we had to see what all the fuss was about. And the first thing that impressed us was the average Amazon customer rating - after so many individual customer ratings, the average still comes in at an outstanding 4 and a half stars out of 5.
The next thing that impressed us was the price, under $40! WOW.
They’re completely wireless, and they use the most advanced Bluetooth technology currently available, Bluetooth 5.0. So with such great connectivity at hand you don’t have to worry about losing your connection as you do your workout.
These earbuds will last over 4 hours on a full charge - imagine how many calories you could burn in that time!
And you get Hi-fi stereo sound quality, with good powerful bass - the music is really going to keep you pumped!
As for comfort, it uses gel-flexible silicone ear caps for perfect, snug fit.
With its waterproof rating of IPX8, you can be assured that no amount of sweat you put on is going to hinder your earbuds’ performance. In fact, you could probably get away with wearing them in the shower afterwards.
You can put the earbuds in their case to charge them, and you can charge them via wireless charging, or if you don’t have a wireless charger, simply use the USB lead provided.
It’s available in 5 different colors, including the charging case color, and this is particularly handy if there’s more than one of you in the household, so you can tell whose is whose.
- Unbeatable price
- Excellent customer feedback
- Nice color options available
- Uses latest Bluetooth tech
- Really good battery life
- Excellent sound quality
- Good powerful bass
- Comfortable & snug
- Great sweatproof rating
- Supports wireless charging
- Some customers reported disconnecting between their earbuds and their devices while they’re moving around with their device in their pocket, but luckily this won’t affect use with a Peloton bike.
If you’re interested in getting in-ear headphones but are concerned about wireless earbuds coming out of your ear and not staying put, then these are the ones for you.
They are in ear headphones rather than over the ear, but they have flexible, secure-fit hooks over the ears, keeping your earbuds firmly in place, however active you get.
Better yet the wire connecting the two earbuds goes behind your head, so it won’t get in your way at all as you grip the handlebars of your Peloton bike.
They come under the umbrella brand of Beats by Dr. Dre, a big name in headphones, and they’ve proved to be really popular with customers.
On Amazon for example, there have been well over 3,000 individual customer ratings, yet the average still comes out at an impressive 4 and a half stars out of a possible 5.
Although it’s built to work with Apple devices, unlike most Apple compatible products, these earphones are compatible with Android devices too. And, more importantly, they feature Class 1 Bluetooth connectivity, which is what you’ll need to hook it up to your Peloton bike.
They are sweat and water resistance, which is just what you need when doing your cardio workout zone, or even a HIIT workout zone if that’s your plan.
It has a really good battery life and will last up to 12 hours in one stretch, which means if you did a one hour session every day for a week and still not need to give it a charge!
And better yet, with it’s Fast Fuel charging, the Powerbeats3 will give you a full hour playback after a mere 5 minute charge.
Sometimes Amazon has really good deals on these headphones, and if you’re lucky you might even get more than 50% off! Almost too good to be true. Even at full price, it’s good value for headphones that will work with Apple devices.
- Earbuds that stay put!
- It's’ in the best seller charts
- Good, well established brand
- Excellent customer reviews
- Class 1 Bluetooth connectivity
- Sweat and water resistant
- Great battery life
- Fast Fuel charging
- Some people think it's disingenuous to call them wireless when there's a wire going from ear to ear, but the connection to the audio is wireless, and the wire that is there goes behind you rather than in front, so won’t be in your way at all.
When we saw how well these headphones were selling we had to do a double take!
On the Amazon page alone, for example, there’s a staggering 32,000 odd individual customer ratings. And better yet, the average customer rating still comes out on a high 4 and a half stars out of 5!
And the feedback is well deserved too. First off, they’re completely wireless, so no getting tangled around the handle bars.
And, they’re over the ear and closed back, so you get real comfort, and good noise isolation.
But beyond they’re star feature is that you also get powerful active noise cancellation as well, meaning all background noise is actively countered and you can really get in the zone of your Peloton workout.
The sound quality is great, really crisp and clear, and you get a gorgeous deep, bass response to really get you pumping and motivated.
The battery life is really long and will last a good 30 hours before it needs to be recharged.
Cowin are so confident in their product, they provide an 18 month warranty, and their customer service is responsive and friendly.
- Good reasonable price
- Completely wireless
- Over ear and closed back
- Active noise cancellation
- Long battery life
- Crisp, clear listening
- Gorgeous bass sound
- 18 month warranty
- They take 4 hours to charge which could delay your workout if you’ve forgotten to recharge them.
- The noise cancellation works predominantly against low frequency sound, higher sounds will come through.
These really are top quality headphones from Audio-Technica - they come with much praise from audio engineers and pro audio reviewers alike all over the net. People even use them in home studios or DJ-ing.
They’re flying off the shelves with some retailers, and earning some great customer feedback too. On the Amazon page for example after well over 14,500 individual customer ratings, the average Amazon customer rating comes out at an impressive 4 and a half stars out of 5.
You can get them in either wired or wireless varieties, and we would recommend the wireless option for use with your Peloton.
They offer outstanding clarity through a really wide frequency range, and are also popular for their really deep bass response, which should really get your pounding on the pedals.
They’re over the ear closed back headphones and as such you get superb noise isolation, meaning you’re less likely to get distracted by outside noises.
They’re available in 4 great colors, and anyone of them would look good on your Peloton workout.
- Praised by audio professionals
- Outstanding sound clarity
- Wireless option
- Deep bass response
- Superb noise isolation
- Not limited to Peloton use
- You only get outside noise isolation, not active noise cancellation.
- These are professional grade critically acclaimed headphones that come with a fitting expensive price for such good quality.
Now this is a really good pair of headphones for the price!
First off you can choose whether to use them with the included wire or rely on the bluetooth to go wireless. So even if the bike’s bluetooth was cutting out you can still tune in to your workout.
But that’s not even it’s best feature. They also have active noise cancellation, ANC. This reduces any background noise surrounding you by up to a staggering 90%, so you can feel fully totally immersed in your Peloton workout!
It also has comfy ear pads and an adjustable headband, making them comfortable enough to wear for your entire Peloton workout.
As for the sound, you get exceptional music clarity, with powerful deep bass and hi-fi stereo sound, you can really get pumping to your workout’s music!
There’s also a built in microphone should you ever wish to use it.
It has an excellent battery life, lasting a staggering 30 hours in total, which means that you won’t need to recharge it very often, less than once a week in fact. And if you ever wish to save the battery, you can switch the ANC off.
And it has more functionality than just using it for your Peloton workout, you can hook it up to any bluetooth or device or wire it up to your PC or TV. Great way to watch a film without disturbing anybody.
It comes in a range of striking colors.
- Good reasonable price
- Go wired or wireless
- Active noise cancellation
- Incredibly long battery life
- Built in microphone
- Exceptional music clarity
- Powerful deep bass
- Comfortable to wear
- A bestseller
- Active noise cancellation is never perfect in any headphone, it can only reduce low and mid-frequency background noises, but on the plus side if someone needs to talk to you urgently, you will hear them.
Best Headphone For Peloton Bike Buying Guide
What sort of headphones are compatible with Peloton bikes?
During a Peloton workout, you don’t want to be restricted in your movement thanks to unnecessary wires, especially knowing that the Peloton has Bluetooth connectivity. So on that basis we would recommend that you go for wireless bluetooth headphones.
People who know their headphones say you get a better analogue signal with wired headphones that wireless, but we would argue that the difference is negligible with all the new tech that goes into modern headphones.
Incidentally, it’s worth noting at this point that the more up to date the version of Bluetooth you have on your headphones, the better the connection you will get with your Peloton bike.
What headphones to avoid with Peloton bikes
There have been trends in recent years to bone conduction headphones which don’t go in or over your years but instead play audio through your bones near your ears. They are popular with those who like to go for a run outdoors, because the wearers can still hear traffic noises around them.
For use with a Peloton bike, there’s no need to worry about things like traffic, and in fact for a truly immersive Peloton bike workout experience, we recommend that your attention is focused solely on your workout, and that any other noise around you should be minimized in order to reduce any unnecessary distractions. Which leads us nicely onto our next section.
What wireless headphones minimize outside distractions
Many headphones offer noise isolation, but some can even provide active noise cancellation (ANC) besides, which is another thing entirely. Headphones with ANC are composed of special materials designed not only to block out outside noise, but they then go on to create their own sound waves, to literally cancel out any outside noise.
And to that end we can also recommend closed back over-the-ear headphones rather than closed back. Unless you want to go for earbuds of course, which brings us onto our next section.
Over the ear headphones versus in ear earbuds
To be honest we think this comes down to personal preference. That said, many people who listen to audio while they workout tend to go for earbuds over over-the-ear headphones due to concerns about the headphones getting sweaty.
However in our Top 5 picks, we’ve tried to include both types in order to accommodate both preferences. Incidentally, it's worth noting at this point that if you were to buy headphones directly from Peloton’s website, they only have the earbuds variety available, and no over-the-ear headphones.
What else should I think about before buying headphones for my Peloton bike
Before deciding what headphones to buy you should consider how much money you want to spend on them. As a general rule, professional quality headphones can cost considerably more than more basic counterparts. And you’ll find that you’ll have to pay a bit more money if you want headphones with fancier features like active noise cancellation.
We feel that all of the headphones in our Top 5 picks all offer good value for money. But if budget is a concern for you, then our most affordable pick is the Number 1 Pick, the TOZO T10 Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Earbuds. And they’re really good too.
Also, when you buy wireless headphones, you should be made aware that they will require regular recharging. You won’t have to recharge them after every Peloton workout, but we don’t want you to be disappointed when you pick up the headphones for a workout only to find they’ve run out of juice.
Can AirPods be used with Peloton?
AirPods can connect to your Peloton bike, but, if you also use your AirPods with another device, then when you come back to your bike, you will have to go through to the settings to connect them back up again.
The only reason we didn’t include Apple AirPods in our Top 5 Picks was because not everyone has Apple devices to pair it with. Plus they’re super expensive especially when you consider how much more affordable the alternatives are.
Can I play my own music on Peloton?
With Peloton’s new Track Love feature, you can create a custom playlist based on any songs that you loved hearing during class.