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The best bone conduction headphones for 2024

Shokz OpenRun Pro
Shockz OpenRun Pro
Best overall
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HAYLOU PurFree Bone Conduction Headphones
Haylou Purfree BC01
Best on a budget
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MOJAWA MOJO 2 Run Air IP67 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Open Ear Outdoor Sports Headphones with Deep Bass for Running, Cycling, & Workouts, Black
Mojawa Mojo 2
The best for exercising
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Shokz OpenSwim Swimming MP3 - Bone Conduction MP3 Waterproof Headphones for Swimming - Open-Ear Wireless Headphones, No Bluetooth, with Nose Clip and Earplug (Black)
Shokz OpenSwim
Best for swimming
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Aftershokz OpenComm
Shokz OpenComm
Best for business
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H2O Audio Multi-Sport Waterproof Bone Conduction Headphones
H20 Audio Multi-Sport
Best for internal storage
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Bone conduction headphones have taken the world by storm, and we’re all about this relatively new and exciting audiio technology. If you’ve never seen one of these headsets in the wild, the idea is relatively simple: A series of sound waves are generated by a set of conductors that rest along your jawbone. These waves create vibrations throughout the skull and jaw that our inner ears register as sound.

With traditional headphones and earbuds, sound waves need to pass by our eardrums first, before arriving at the inner ear. This is why bone conduction headphones are ideal for commuters, gym-goers, and loud workplaces. The sounds of your immediate listening environment will still be audible (because your ears are technically headphone-free), but you’ll still be able to enjoy music and podcasts via the vibrations in your cranium. Similarly, open-ear earbuds and headphones are also a good choice for letting in outside sound, but they're not to be confused with bone conduction.

While most of the best bone conduction headphones are still made by Shokz (a company that gets three shoutouts in our roundup), there are several other brands that do an excellent job with this unique technology.

Shokz OpenRun Pro headphones.
Shokz

Shockz OpenRun Pro

Best overall

Pros
  • High-quality titanium design
  • Good sound quality
  • Great fit
Cons
  • Battery life isn't as good as many headphones

Back when Shockz was Aeropex and their headphones were called Aftershockz, they were the best bone conduction option in town. Fortunately, nothing has changed since their rebrand. In fact, their bone conduction technology is better than ever, and these premium OpenRun Pro headphones are your best bet for bone conduction technology.

The design has been updated for a more comfortable fit — something that’s always important with bone conduction headphones, which need a firm grip that doesn’t become uncomfortable over time — and improved sound quality. The titanium frame is both slim and durable, and they're able to deal with the daily grind of activities like jogging and biking. Plus, they can take a pounding at the bottom of your workout bag. The battery isn’t the best in the world at 10 hours, but the fast-charge mechanism is more than welcome if you forget to recharge before a run and want to be ready.

Shokz OpenRun Pro
Shockz OpenRun Pro
Best overall
The Haylou Purfree BC01 headphones.
Haylou

Haylou Purfree BC01

Best on a budget

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Voice assistant support
  • Call noise reduction
Cons
  • Battery life isn't great

Bone conduction technology can be expensive, which is why many of these extra-slim headphones aren’t so slim when it comes to pricing. If you’re looking for a model under $100 or so, we were impressed by this version from Haylou. Like the OpenRun models, they are designed to be waterproof for rain and sweat (like all of our picks for best waterproof earbuds) while still offering strong audio quality through bone conduction.

In addition to traditional on-board controls, the headphones also offer a multifunction button to take calls (enhanced with noise-canceling features for calls) or turn on Siri or Google Assistant, making this an excellent option for those who use voice assistants on the go. Battery life, however, falls short at eight hours compared to the 10 hours offered by the OpenRun Pro, and while quick charge is here, it’s not quite as good. The design uses titanium for a more flexible approach, but you may also want to be more careful to avoid damaging these headphones.

HAYLOU PurFree Bone Conduction Headphones
Haylou Purfree BC01
Best on a budget
A man wearing the Mojawa Mojo 2 bone conduction headphones.
Mojawa

Mojawa Mojo 2

The best for exercising

Pros
  • Great bass
  • Secure fit
  • IP67 rated
  • Includes fast-charging
Cons
  • So-so battery life

Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast, a bodybuilder, or a master of fencing, sports devotees the world over can make great use of the excellent Mojo 2 bone conduction headset from Mojawa. Earning a solid IP67 rating, the Mojo 2 (aka the Run Air) headset is perfect for even the sweatiest of workouts. And because they fit snug and securely, you won’t have to worry about constantly adjusting them while you’re trying to get your reps in.

We’re glad that Mojawa decided to pay a little more attention to bass too, a part of the audio experience that typically takes a big hit with bone conduction headsets. This is thanks to the integrated Maglev bass actuator, which enhances the low end frequencies that travel throughout the bones in your head and neck. These aren’t going to give you the type of thump we’d expect from premium headphones or earbuds, but it’s definitely better than most bone conduction products.

As far as battery goes, the Mojo 2 headset delivers up to eight hours of power on a full charge, but this can drop down faster if you’re rocking out at higher volumes. To combat this though, Mojawa designed the headset with quick charging in mind. Just 10 minutes of charge time will get you an extra 90 minutes of music and podcasts. Additionally, if you want to save $20, the Mojawa Mojo 1 model are very similar.

MOJAWA MOJO 2 Run Air IP67 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Open Ear Outdoor Sports Headphones with Deep Bass for Running, Cycling, & Workouts, Black
Mojawa Mojo 2
The best for exercising
Swimmer wearing the Shokz OpenSwim.
Shokz

Shokz OpenSwim

Best for swimming

Pros
  • Swimming design with earplugs and nose clip
  • MP3 player for built-in songs
  • Durable and waterproof
Cons
  • No fast charge for limited battery life

Bone conduction headphones have another important forte — they are excellent for swimmers. Their unique design means it’s a bit easier to adapt them to be waterproof, and they don’t have the same danger of falling out as earbuds do. But you still get to listen to the tunes you want while in the water, no matter what you’re doing.

Shokz has fit these headphones with several important extras for swimming, too. That includes an included nose clip and earplug (which help improve audio quality, too) and, notably, a built-in MP3 player. That means you can pre-download your playlists on the headphones and play them without worrying about a Bluetooth connection, which can often get lost when doing laps in a swimming pool. Battery life is still a bit limited at eight hours, so make sure you charge up before hitting the pool. If this pair doesn't quite match your needs, we have a full roundup of the best headphones for swimming, too.

Shokz OpenSwim Swimming MP3 - Bone Conduction MP3 Waterproof Headphones for Swimming - Open-Ear Wireless Headphones, No Bluetooth, with Nose Clip and Earplug (Black)
Shokz OpenSwim
Best for swimming
A man wearing the Aftershokz OpenComm bone-conduction headset.
Shokz

Shokz OpenComm

Best for business

Pros
  • Great for business with its noise-canceling microphone
  • Better battery life for longer shifts
  • Great for truckers and factory workers
Cons
  • Not as advanced as newer Shokz models

This OpenComm model from Shokz is made for more than just music. With its noise-canceling boom microphone, it allows for easier communication in noisy environments while also keeping your ears clear for safety and quick conversations with nearby teammates.

That makes these headphones ideal for truckers and others in the transportation industry as well as those working on a factory floor or in other industrial capacities. Office workers may also enjoy them as an alternative to chatting with a traditional headset on. The battery also offers 16 hours of talk time and eight hours of audio playback on a single charge.

Aftershokz OpenComm
Shokz OpenComm
Best for business
A man wearing the H20 Audio Multi-Sport Bone Conduction Headphones.
H2O

H20 Audio Multi-Sport

Best for internal storage

H20 Audio may not be a brand of headphones we’re running to the stores in droves for, but if you’re looking for a solid bone conduction headset with a built-in memory bank for a favorite playlist or two, one should look no further than the H20 Audio Multi-Sport Bone Conduction Headphones.

What wins us over with this model is that H20 Audio thought to include up to 8GB of internal storage with this headset. Remember the days of MP3 players? So does H20 Audio. And if you don’t feel like uploading tracks to the Multi-Sport, that’s okay too, because the headset will still pair to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop via Bluetooth.

Admittedly, this won’t be too useful if you’re going to be using these IPX8-rated headphones for swimming, as Bluetooth doesn’t work well underwater. But if you’re going to be on land, and near your iPhone, you should have no problem enjoying wireless music.

With six hours of battery life to spare (with volume at 50 percent or less), H20 Audio won’t be taking home any trophies for long-lasting performance, but if you’re using the headset at the gym or in the pool, six listening hours should be enough for most folks.

H2O Audio Multi-Sport Waterproof Bone Conduction Headphones
H20 Audio Multi-Sport
Best for internal storage

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Michael Bizzaco

Michael Bizzaco has been writing about and working with consumer tech for well over a decade, writing about everything from A/V components and smart home devices to encryption software, cloud backup platforms, search engine tools, and more. He has written for Digital Trends for over three years, covering entertainment content, A/V, and smart home devices.

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If it can be streamed, voice-activated, made better with an app, or beaten by mashing buttons, Tyler's into it. When he's not making the Internet a better place with the latest tech news, Tyler is working in the eco and investment world, writing fiction, or waiting for hiking weather.

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