Well, hopefully we can put an end to that for you. We’ve put in a good number of hours to try and find the best ways to avoid tangling your workout headphones.
These are not listed in any particular order, but they’re all worth checking out. You may even be able to implement some of these ideas without spending a penny!
7 Ways To Avoid Tangling Your Earbuds
The Budwrap is probably our favorite pick, but unfortunately they’re not yet released. The inventor successfully completed his kickstarter campaign and is ramping up to get these going. Simply wrap your earbuds using the Budwrap and carry them on your wrist or off. Simple, yet ingenious.
The Stashcord is another cool anti-tangling device for headphones. One great thing about the Stashcord is it doesn’t require you to wrap or kink your headphone cable at all, something that can definitely damage the headphones if done repeatedly.
The Stashcord simply uses a lightweight fabric to wrap around the cables. You simple slide the Stashcord over the cable fully when you’re ready to stash them and then just slide it down a bit when you’re read to rock out. You could also remove the Stashcord each time, but that would just take a bit longer.
Smartwraps are a silicone rubber earphone cable management system by Sumajin. They look very similar to something an electrician may use to wrap extra cable. Essentially you just wrap the cable around the center of the Smartwraps and loop them in the hooks on the outer ends to keep the cord from tangling.
They come in 3 different colors: gray, white, and black.
The Gear Tie is nothing but a glorified twist tie, which is why they work so great and are incredibly cheap. Let’s not forget they’re reusable. Of everything available these are probably your best option in terms of price and functionality.
In addition, they come in tons of different colors and you get a 4-pack when you purchase them. You’ll end up paying around $1 per Gear Tie, which you’re not likely to ever find a simpler way to keep your headphone cords untangled (though make sure you check out our do-it-yourself (DIY) options below).
If you really want to take it to extremes you could always go with a pair of headphones that don’t use cables, but zippers! These things are actually pretty neat. We haven’t tried them out, but couldn’t find many complaints in regards to sound quality.
One thing that is pretty obvious is that they’re going to be a bit heavier than typical earbuds, so you may end up sacrificing a good fit just to keep your headphones untangled. This wouldn’t be our top pick, but definitely an interesting design and pretty fashionable too.
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Options
Our last two options are actually some tips we found over at Lifehacker.
#6 Headphone Cord Wrap
In their first DIY method they show a video on How to Wrap a Headphone Cord. It’s a pretty neat little trick that allows you to wrap your headphone cables after you’re done in a slip-knot type fashion.
#7 Binder Clip
They’re second method teaches you How to Wrap Your Headphones with a Binder Clip.
Well, that’s it for keeping your headphones tangle free. Hopefully you can avoid that frustration from now on. Though, if you don’t want to try any of these neat tricks, then be sure to check out headphone cords that utilize the flat, tangle-free cable (like Monster iSport).