While I keep traveling all over world, headphones is an important part of life. Music helps me concentration and sustenance over hectic travel schedule. And in all its evident that I keep loosing headphones here and there! So I do keep looking for some decent, functional headphones for a dirt-cheap prices. So here is my own list of the 5 Best Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones you can get this week for under $20.
The selection of headphones is done on basic criteria such as –
- It should be Bluetooth Wireless
- Waterproofing is a must since travel do include rains and sometimes I do use them for gym exercise
- Amazon product reviews shall be at least more than 1,000 (some in my listing have 12K reviews too)
- Amazon product rating minimum 4 star and above
- Minimum music time 8 hours
- Microphone available for calls on the move
- Standard micro USB charging port so that I need not carry any propitiatory charger
If you running short of time, simply look at below specifications compare table with Green highlight background highlighting important differences between these headphones.
As you can see most of the functions and specs are common as well as the prices are also same just differing to the range of $1 or $2.
Top 5 Best Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones you can get this week for under $20
|Bluetooth Headphones IPX7 Waterproof||LETSCOM||Mpow Flame||Mpow D7||Otium pulse||Otium sport|
|Offer prices||Best Buy||Best Buy||Best Buy||Best Buy||Best Buy|
|operating range||33 feet/10 meters||33 feet/10 meters||33 feet/10 meters||33 feet/10 meters||33 feet/10 meters|
|Sweatproof||Yes, Nano-coating||Yes, Nano-coating||Yes, Nano-coating||Yes, Nano-coating||Yes, Nano-coating|
|high-fidelity audio||CSR chip||CSR chip||CSR chip||CSR chip||CSR chip|
|CVC noise cancellation||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Music play time||8 hours||7-9 hours||10-12 hours||8 hours||8-9hrs|
|Talk time||8 hours||7-9 hours||14 hours||8 hours||9 hours|
|battery||100mAh/3.7V, polymer Lithium||100mAh/3.7V||120mAh/3.7V||100mAh/3.7V||100mAh/3.7V|
|charging time||2 hours||1.5 hours||1.5 hours||2 hours||1.5 hours|
|Battery Capacity Display||Yes on iOS||Yes on iOS||Yes on iOS||Yes on iOS||Yes on iOS|
|Ear tips||large, medium, and small size||large, medium, and small size||XS, S, M, L||large, medium, and small size||large, medium, and small size|
|earhooks||soft silicon||soft silicon||soft silicon||soft silicon||soft silicon|
The 5 Best Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones you can get this week for under 20 Dollars
Best Overall – Mpow D7
Perfect selection for running, jogging, hiking, yoga, exercises, gym, fitness, traveling – attractive & stylish look headphones.
You may feel that Mpow flame with its 12K user reviews and 4 star rating should top my list of waterproof headphones.
Having said that Mpow flame is really good headphone, it will be interesting to have a look at latest upgrade of Mpow flame which is Mpow D7 headphones, which have already scored 4 stars in user reviews and have improvements to its predecessor.
Upgraded battery –
D7 holds most powerful battery of all the top 5 waterproof headphones in my list.
The battery capacity has increased from 100 mAh to 120 mAh, which gives you 10 to 12 hours of music play time (or 14 hours of talk time)
Not only this, the motherboard has been upgraded too to provide more stable and reliable charging for you.
Good things –
- Its Waterproof – D7 holds IPX7 certification which means it is tasted under standard conditions for 30 minutes, and Immersion at depth of 1 meters.
Although I suggest not to dip them inside water or use it during swimming or showers. But light rains, yes – it should still work and intense workouts, surely yes.
The nano coating protects them from the sweat which is nothing but salty corrosive form of water.
- Sound Quality – D7 uses CSR chip which delivers a premium quality crystal clear CD quality HD sound. I am not sure about the diameter of drivers used in these headphones, however the user reviews surely says the sound quality is good.
- Call quality – The headphones have builtin microphone which is used for calls on the go. The CVC6.0 noise cancelling technology helps in getting cleaner calls even in windy environment or noises on the subway.
- Bluetooth – BT 4.1 provides a stable and long range connection upto 33 feet in the clear line of sight, in case it meets hurdles like a wall, the range may reduce upto 10 feet, but that is standard for all Bluetooth devices.
- Ergonomics and wearing comfort – As in all of above 5 top headphones, these also uses flexible ear hooks, which goes behind the ear canals ensuring that they do not fall of during workouts or walking / running / traveling. This is one of the proven way yo keep them secure and keep you fatigue free.
Further the memory foam tips in three different sizes make sure that they fit to all members in family from kids to grand parents. They are provided with XS, S, M, L sized ear tips.
For wearing comfort, the cable clothing clip surely helps.
The connecting cable is thick enough to keep it tangle free.
- Attractive & stylish look – Overall the headphones look contemporary, they makes a difference due to the cut angles provided onto the back of headphones.
- Reliability – Finally every Mpow product is backed up by 45 days money back & lifetime warranty.
Final call –
Surely Mpow D7 with its price below $20 range makes them most favored wireless waterproof headphones in my top 5 list. With good wearing comfort, longest battery life, CVC6.0 noise cancelling technology, and solid durability makes them one of the best choices under 20 dollars.
Runner up – Otium sport
Perfect selection for running, jogging, hiking, yoga, exercises, gym, fitness, traveling – attractive & stylish look headphones, high durability and pleasing sound.
The Otium sport IPX7 rated headphones takes second place in my list of top 5 waterproof headphones, these are high-quality budget over-ears with high durability with pleasing sound.
What makes them best?
Composite diaphragms driver provides real sound experience, they deliver powerful sound in overall using the dynamic drivers. Delivers deep bass with clear mids. The diaphragm is made up of PU+ PEEK composite material which handles the low frequencies easily.
Another thing that makes them rank number two in my list is the optimized battery life. Yes, they deliver upto 9 hours of music time as well as feature 1.5 hours of quick charge.
Good things –
Rest of features being common like Waterproof IPX7 rating, nano coating technology (to protect from sweat), CSR chip to deliver high fidelity stereo sound, iOS battery capacity display, multiple ear tips with ear hooks makes them compatible in all aspects for travel and gym goers.
Final call –
Surely Otium sport with its price below $20 range makes them take second place in my favored wireless waterproof headphones list. With anyone who wants to save money and have a value buy, these below $20 headphones is a perfect choice indeed.
3rd Runner up – Mpow flame
Perfect selection for running, jogging, hiking, yoga, exercises, gym, fitness, traveling – attractive & stylish look headphones, highly rated over 12K customer reviews.
Mpow with their presence in Bluetooth headphones area for over years, have scored a good reputation among customers.
The Mpow flame scores whooping 12K reviews and 4 star rating, which in itself proves that these headphones have made their place in budget headphones area.
They are attractive and stylish, with IPX7 waterproof protection making them a perfect fit for exercise and travel.
The rich bass makes them even adorable for music lovers (although they are not for audiophiles)
Final call –
What makes Mpow Flame, one of the best seller on Amazon is its ergonomic design and good audio quality. For sure they are not for hardcore audiophile, however as a general user you will be surely satisfied spending under $20 right now.
New introduction – LETSCOM
Perfect selection for running, jogging, hiking, yoga, exercises, gym, fitness, traveling – latest introduction
I found these latest headphones catching an eye due to its fast growing audience and good reviews.
Surely they look different due to the NEW range of colors which are not available on other models in market making them a unique selection.
Other factors remain same such as IPX7 waterproof rating, CVC6.0, microphone, 8 hours battery life etc.
Final call –
What makes LETSCOM in my top 5 list is the number of reviews which are more than 1K, 4 star rating and most of all
NEW colors which are not there in other headphones in market, so surely they can be a $20 fashion statement for girls.
More than 10K customer reviews – Otium pulse
Perfect selection for running, jogging, hiking, yoga, exercises, gym, fitness, traveling – Top seller on Amazon with more than 10K reviews and 4 Star rating
Finally I am talking about Otium pulse headphones which have scores more than 4 stars with 10,000 user reviews.
It makes sense to keep them in top 5 list of waterproof headphones, however the latest model Otium Sports with improved battery life supersedes them and makes place above Pulse model.
These headphones have all the common features including the IPX7 rating and mainly price below 20 dollars
Final call –
What makes Otium pulse to score 4 stars is the quality of sound, price below $20 and attractive looks. The composite PU+PEEK driver delivers incredible sound in the small pack. And nano coating makes them a perfect choice for workouts.
What to Expect from these $20 Waterproof Headphones?
Well while I search on cheap $20 headphones, I keep my expectations low, main focus is that they should sustain the drizzling rains during travel or accidental dropouts in water, sometimes they may face intense workouts!
Build quality shall be to meet basic durability requirements like drops, or rough use in the backpack during hiking.
To me the expected life is somewhere around 18 months, which means I am spending $1 per month on headphones, which is pretty basic spending.
Basic functions like music quality, call quality with buit-in mic should be at acceptable level, and surely I don’t expect an audiophile quality sound.
Battery life of 6 hours is the baseline for any air travel or a full day use.
Bluetooth connectivity shall be trouble free, with around 10-15 feet of range (anyway you don’t leave the phones at more distance, else you will loose them in travel!)
I know that the Headphones with great sound usually cost more than $20, but it doesn’t necessarily mean expensive headphones sound better.
I think this makes me to choose above five wireless headphones, for me the choice was Mpow D7, let me know if you chose the same or any other in my list .. and surely drop comment if you have gone for some other headphone which costed you below $20 but better than my listing.