Jaybird X4 vs. Bose SoundSport Wireless: Which should you buy?

Jaybird X4

The Jaybird X4s are the best wireless sports earbuds for most people. They've got excellent battery life, are fully waterproof, and offer really great sound for $20 less than the SoundSport Wireless.

Jaybird X4

Battery champ

Eight hours of battery.
Fully waterproof.
More compact.
Proprietary charging clip.

Bose SoundSport Wireless

Although the battery life and water resistance rating isn't as good as what's offered with the X4, the Bose SoundSport Wireless are the best sports earbuds you can buy if sound quality is your top concern.

Bose SoundSport Wireless

Superior sound

Top of the line sound.
Bluetooth and NFC pairing.

For most people, the Jaybird X4 earbuds offer the best overall experience while giving you a good value for your money. However, if you want the very best sound quality around, the SoundSport Wireless are tough to beat.

Which earbuds should I buy?

If you've narrowed your search for wireless sports earbuds down to the Jaybird X4 and Bose SoundSport Wireless, you're in a great position. We've got a feeling you'll be happy no matter which one you choose, but even so, the X4s will likely be the best fit for most people.

For starters, the Jaybird X4s offer fantastic battery life. Jaybird rates them for eight hours of use on a single charge, and in our testing, we saw closer to 10 hours. Whether you're running a marathon or hitting up the treadmill at your gym, this kind of endurance is great to have. Bose's SoundSport Wireless last an admirable six hours per charge, and while that's good, you definitely get more juice in between top-ups with the X4s.

Another area where Jaybird takes the lead is with the X4s durability. The IPX7 rating means the X4 are fully waterproof and can be submerged in water up to one meter for 30 minutes. Comparatively, the IPX4 rating for the SoundSport Wireless only offers guaranteed protection against water sprays and splashes — not actual submersion.

Both earbuds come with a carrying pouch and customizable ear tips, but once again, Jaybird gets the upper-hand with a more compact design.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Jaybird X4Bose SoundSport Wireless
Sweat + water resistanceIPX7IPX4
BatteryUp to 8 hoursUp to 6 hours
Companion appJaybird MySoundBose Connect
Customizable ear tipsYesYes

All of that may make the SoundSport Wireless sound like a pretty inferior product, but there's one area where these puppies really shine — sound quality.

The Jaybird X4s sound really, really good, but like we've come to expect over the years, Bose is still one of the undisputed kings in these regards. The sound that comes out of the SoundSport Wireless is downright fantastic, and you'd be hard-pressed to not get a huge grin on your face when listening to them.

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.