Audio industry household names Bose and Beats have their own pair of truly wireless earbuds. Both the Bose SoundSport Free and Powerbeats Pro are heavily marketed towards athletes and fitness enthusiasts and both command a premium price, with the Bose only slightly cheaper (although at the time of writing, the Beats are on sale so they cost about the same). We weigh in on their features and sound quality to help you choose which headphones are better for you.
Bose vs Beats True Wireless Earbuds Comparison Chart
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Dimensions||1.2″ x 1.2″ x 1 “||2.2″ (height)|
|Active Noise Cancellation||No||No|
|Runtime||Up to 5 hours||Up to 9 hours|
|Charging Case||Up to 10 hours more||Up to 18 hours more|
|Quick Charging||15 mins for up to 45 mins of battery||5 mins for up to 1.5 hours of battery|
15 mins for up to 4 hours of battery
|Audio Codecs||SBC, AAC||SBC, AAC|
|Microphone||1 (right earbud)||2|
|Sweat and Water Resistant (IPX4)||Yes||Yes|
|Color Options||Black, Blue, Bright Orange, Ultra Violet||Ivory, Black, Navy, Moss|
They sport very different aesthetics, but the Beats feel more secure
While they sport different aesthetics, what they have in common is they are both comfortable and stay secure. They are also bulkier and weigh more than other wireless earbuds like the Apple AirPods and Samsung Galaxy Buds.
The Powerbeats Pro have an adjustable clip design, so the fit feels more secure than the Bose. However, the ear hooks may contribute to the Beats feeling uncomfortable after wearing them for a few hours. Meanwhile, the Bose earbuds may feel a tad more comfortable, but they stick out of the ears unattractively and tend to bounce if you’re running or jumping.
To ensure a better fit and seal, both brands included three different sizes of eartips with the earbuds. As for their charging case, the SoundSport Free’s tube-shaped case is slightly slimmer than the Powerbeats Pro’s case which looks like a bigger version of an engagement ring box.
The Bose sound slightly richer and fuller, but the audiovisual latency can be an issue
If you like listening to pop or hip-hop while working out, you will like the Bose’s traditional sound signature with a warm bottom end and slightly scooped mids. In contrast, the Beats have slightly deeper bass, but an overall flat signature. Both deliver incredible sound quality, but which sounds better will highly depend on the type of music you often listen to.
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Set Up and Controls
Both have multi-function and volume buttons and support smart assistants
Pairing these true wireless earbuds to your device is smooth and effortless. If you’re an Apple user though, the Powerbeats Pro can be paired instantly by simply opening the charging case and holding it close to your device.
Both the Bose and the Beats have physical control buttons in their earbuds that let you play, pause and skip tracks, answer and end calls, or activate your smart assistant. However, the Powerbeats Pro offer better ease of use, as both earbuds house volume controls and multifunction buttons.
As Powerbeats uses Apple’s H1 chip, you don’t even have to use the multi-function button when activating Siri, a feature that can be surprisingly more useful than you expect. Its H1 chip also boasts seamless switching from one device to another, faster Class 1 Bluetooth, and overall better iOS integration.
The Bose and Beats wireless earbuds are sweatproof and water-resistant, but the Powerbeats Pro have a longer battery life
Both the SoundSport Free and Powerbeats Pro are IPX4-rated. This means you can wash them in the sink for a couple of minutes and/or use them during the most intense workouts, as they can withstand heavy splashes and sweat.
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The Bose may have a slightly better sound, but the Powerbeats Pro have overall better functionality and solid features
If we are purely talking about the quality of sound, the Bose SoundSport Free might win by a hair. However, the Powerbeats Pro by Beats have better aesthetics, longer battery life, and more seamless and stable connectivity, especially if you’re an Apple user. Because of the poor audio latency of the Bose, they won’t be good to use if you like watching videos using your wireless earbuds. Even though the Bose may be a little less expensive, the Beats have been recently discounted, so you can most likely get them for the same price.