Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried and tested several different headphones for the peloton, as well as for running and strength classes. In this article, I will share with you my thoughts on how good are the peloton headphones, and if so, which should you use.
Overall, the peloton does have two types of headphones. One is Urbanears Sumpan, wired earbuds that come with the Peloton bike when you buy essential, works, or family packages. The other one is JBL X, wireless earbuds that are only available in the online peloton store for $85.
I will also touch on how to set up and how to connect peloton headphones with your bike and tread, plus on
What Headphones For Peloton?
You can use a peloton and listen to the classes either via the build-in speaker system on the monitor screen, as well as via the headphones.
In general, you can use two types of headphones for the peloton. Both bikes have a 3.5mm headphone jack where you can plug in the wired cord. The original peloton bike has a jack on the side of the touchscreen, and the new peloton bike+ has a headphone jack in the front of the handlebars.
Also, the peloton bike works and supports almost all wireless headphones via Bluetooth 4.0 technology, which I recommend you should get because they provide a much better sound experience and safety during the classes.
Plus, some fancier earbuds do have noise-canceling that makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better.
Here is the list of what Bluetooth headphones work with the peloton.
Sport Open Earbuds
|JBL||Sport Wireless REACT|
Reflect Contour 2
Reflect Mini NC
|Jabra||Elite 7 Active|
Elite 4 Active
Elite Active 45e
Will AirPods work with peloton? As a whole, the Appel AirPods does work with Peloton bike and tread. In fact, the peloton recommends using Apple AirPods if you already have them, along with other earphones like Powerbeats3 and Urbanears Hellas.
Why do AirPods keep disconnecting from my peloton? Overall, one of the reasons why your AirPods keep disconnecting from your peloton is because they may be already paired with other devices like your phone or tablet.
Also, please keep in mind that if your AirPods are already paired with other sources, your peloton won’t be able to see them on the Bluetooth device list.
To ensure your AirPods work correctly, unpair them from your phone.
I used both peloton JBL X and Urbanears Sumpan on the peloton bike, as well as Bose SoundSport. However, if you have a tread, I highly recommend using the wireless headphones (more on that later).
Does peloton tread have an audio jack? As a whole, the peloton tread has 2.2 channel front-facing stereo speakers with 2.2 with rear-facing woofers, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack on the screen to connect wired headphones.
Why You Need Headphones For Peloton?
As a whole, you need peloton headphones because they improve the sound quality and the overall exercise experience when you’re on and off the bike. Plus, when you listen to high quality, upbeat and rhythmic music you can not only train longer but also get more motivated and less tired.
A multilevel meta-analysis of 139 studies has shown that “use of music listening across a range of physical activities to promote more positive affective valence, enhance physical performance, reduce perceived exertion, and improve physiological efficiency” (Terry et al. 2020).
This means that listening to music during the peloton workout has a profound effect on your performance.
Not only that.
Dr. Avinash E Thakare from the GMC Rajnandgaon in India has documented that people who listen to music while exercising can train for up to 60% longer, compared to people who trained without the music.
As you can see above, the total exercise duration in the whole group with music was significantly greater than the exercise duration without music (Thakare et al. 2017).
Sounds pretty nice, right?
That’s one of the reasons why I love to use good headphones with my Peloton bike. Not only does it allow me to train harder, but also provides a crisp quality sound.
Do you have to use headphones with a peloton? As a whole, you don’t have to use headphones with a peloton because both bike and tread have a built-in speaker system that allows listening to the classes directly from the monitor. However, for the best sound quality and noise-canceling, you should invest in quality headphones.
Another reason why I recommend using the peloton headphones is to keep the noise down, especially when you train early in the morning or late at night.
Peloton build-in speakers have poor sound quality, but the overall volume is high enough to play out loud and to wake up everyone around.
Are peloton headphones good? As a whole, the peloton headphones are good because they are made by the JBL and Urbanears, which are the companies that specialize in high-quality headphones, earbuds, and speakers.
They look great and sound fantastic, however, if you’re looking for the best sound quality, there are other brands that you can consider.
Peloton JBL X vs Urbanears Sumpan
The difference between the peloton JBL X and Urbanears Sumpan is that JBL X is wireless and has better sound quality. Plus, they have a flexible ear wing that provides support, stability and sits perfectly in the ear.
What I like about the peloton JBL X headphones is they can be used with any other workouts, even off the bike, as well as when running on the tread or outside.
Here is the detailed specs table for peloton JBL X headphones.
|Feature||Peloton JBL X|
|Maximum Play Time||10 hours|
|Charging time||2 hours|
|Ear tip material||Rubber|
Are peloton JBL X headphones worth it? In general, the peloton JBL X headphones are worth it because they’re cord-free, water-resistant, and have a battery life of over 10 hours. Plus, the price for the peloton earbuds is under $100, which is half of what you can pay for other headphones.
Do you need peloton earbuds? Overall, you do need peloton JBL X earbuds only if you don’t own any other wireless headphones. They provide good sound quality at an affordable price. However, if you already own other wireless headphones, there is no need to get a new pair.
On the other hand, the peloton Urbanears Sumpan are wired earbuds and come with a 6′ cord, which means you won’t have any problems with the connectivity or Bluetooth pairing.
However, they are not suitable for off-the-bike workouts. Plus, if you have the original peloton bike, the 6′ cord does come in the way, especially when the cable gets in between the handlebars.
Of course, if you’re using the peloton bike+, there is no problem because the new headphone jack is in the front of the handlebars.
For me, the only problem with the wired peloton headphones is that you cannot use them for other floor classes like strength and HIIT because the cord has to be plugged in.
Here are the specs for peloton Urbanears Sumpan headphones.
|Feature||Peloton Urbanears Sumpan|
|Wireless||No (6′ cord)|
|Maximum Play Time||–|
|Bluetooth version||No Bluetooth|
|Ear tip material||Silicone|
|Price||Free with peloton packages|
Are peloton Urbanears Sumpan good? The peloton Urbanears Sumpan headphones are good because these earbuds do not slip out from the ears thanks to removable silicone ear tips, even during the extended sweat session.
In fact, I think they sit better in my ears much than the Apple Airpods. However, they do not provide the clear and sharp sound quality that you get from other headphones.
Do peloton headphones have a microphone? Both of the peloton headphones JBL X and Urbanears Sumpan have a built-in microphone that can be used for hands-free calls and voice assistant when you connect them to your phone.
Another thing I noticed with the peloton Urbanears Sumpan is they tend to get quiet, even when the volume is high.
Peloton Headphones Price Comparison
Overall, you can buy peloton headphones for $85 from their website. However, the company offers sweet discounts throughout the year where you can get $300-500 of value when buying a bike, which can be redeemed for accessories like headphones.
Even if you already own a Peloton bike and you are not eligible for a new buyer’s discount, the $85 for the JBL X earbuds is still comparable to other known brands.
Here is the price comparison table for peloton headphones.
|Peloton JBL X||$85|
|Bose Sport Earbuds||$179|
|Bose Sport Open Earbuds||$199|
|Beats Fit Pro||$199.99|
|Beats Studio Buds||$149.95|
|JBL Endurance RUN||$18.99|
|JBL Reflect Contour 2||$30.95|
|JBL Endurance SPRINT||$39.69|
|JBL Reflect Mini NC||$149.95|
|JBL Endurance DIVE||$69.97|
|Apple AirPods Pro||$249|
|Jabra Elite 7 Active||$179.99|
|Jabra Elite 4 Active||$119.99|
|Jabra Elite Active 45e||$99.99|
As you can see, the peloton JBL X has a comparable price to other JBL earbuds. To save money, you can always go for more affordable products like Beats Flex, JBL Endurance SPRINT, or Endurance DIVE.
On the other hand, if you are looking for the best headphones that work with the peloton, I recommend getting Bose SoundSport or Powerbeats Pro.
How To Use Peloton Headphones
You can use peloton headphones by pairing them with your bike. To ensure your headphones are working, make sure your earbuds’ battery is charged and they are not paired with other devices.
Here is the video tutorial on how to connect the peloton to headphones.
- Turn on the headphones – Start by turning on your peloton headphones and pressing the button. This will start pairing mode and allow the peloton to connect.
- Log in to the bike – If your bike is switched off, turn it on and log in to the main menu.
- Select menu button – The menu button is on the bottom right corner of your home screen and has a “three dots” icon.
- Select device settings – Device settings open a window where you can manage your WiFi and Bluetooth.
- Select Bluetooth – Once you press the Bluetooth settings, you can turn ON the Bluetooth sidebar in the top right corner. This will enable pairing mode on the peloton bike.
- Pair your headphones – Once the Bluetooth is on, the peloton should display a list of Bluetooth devices that are nearby and ready to pair.
How To Charge Peloton Headphones
You can charge the peloton JBL X headphones by using the included micro USB cable. The USB port is on the controls panel where you adjust the volume. It takes around 2 hours to fully charge peloton headphones from the empty battery.
Alternatively, you can also charge your headphones directly from the peloton bike.
Using Peloton Without Headphones
In general, you can use a peloton without headphones because both bikes and tread have a speaker system. However, these speakers do not employ a separate bass radiator and can start to distort at a higher volume level, which means they can easily be damaged.
What is audio distortion? As a whole, the audio distortion occurs when the amplifier in the speaker is unable to provide enough power. This creates movement in a speaker driver, causes heat inside the speaker, and can damage the speaker.
In other words, the peloton speakers are not the best if you’re looking for a concert sound experience.
A good alternative for your home gym is to connect a wireless speaker system like Bose or JBL to the peloton bike, especially if you like good music.
I like to use the SoundLink Revolve II Bluetooth speaker because it’s portable, has a long-lasting battery, and has 360 degrees crisp sound quality.
You can learn more about the benefits of using “peloton speakers” and which ones are the best in my article here.
As you can see, the peloton JBL X headphones are good because not only do they have better sound quality, but also they are wireless and can be used in other classes that are off the bike.
On the other hand, the peloton Urbanears Sumpan does not have the same sound quality.
I love that peloton includes those headphones in their bike packages, however, if you’re looking for the best audio experience, use other wireless headphones or earbuds.