Many people listen to music while working, whether they work in the trades, a lab, or an office. According to research on music and productivity described at Inc.com, “those who listened to music completed their tasks more quickly and had better ideas overall than those who didn’t.”
If you’re a plumber or other tradesperson, how you listen to music – or any sound, like a podcast or a phone call – may depend on your jobsite. Are you working on a construction site? In a home? At a facility? We’ve rounded up our top picks for ways to listen on the job, whether you use a public system like a radio or a more private method like headphones.
These wireless headphones are especially great for two things: long use time without charging and phone calls. With a 13-hour playtime before charging is needed, you can get through the long work day and then some without having to worry about charging. The microphone is noise-cancelling, providing clear communication when you’re on a call. Plus, they’re only $20.
These headphones are made for working out, which means they’re also great for physical labor. The behind-the-head style and lifetime sweatproof warranty are perfect for hard work; they won’t slip off due to movement or sweat. Like the last model we mentioned, the Phasier headphones charge quickly, last a long time, and aren’t going to break the bank.
DeWALT is one of the best tool brands in the business, and the quality they place in their products extends to their radios. This compact jobsite radio is built with a roll cage, the ability to run off the AC power cord of DeWALT power tool batteries, a protective storage box, and a USB port.
The name “Power Box” says it all. It features bluetooth capabilities and also works as a regular AM/FM radio. The stereo sound is a huge bonus of this radio, with four-way speakers and a subwoofer that project loud, clear sound. There are separate controls for bass, treble, and equalizer, making the sound even more pure (no fuzzy construction site static here). It’s also durable, powerful, and portable.
You can’t go wrong with Milwaukee! This radio is small and won’t take up too much room in your work van, weighing only 3.5 pounds with a 10-1/2″ length. Another standout reason to purchase this model is the weatherproof speakers and weather-sealed MP3 player, making it a great choice for outdoor settings.
Sometimes at work you listen to music just to block out the external noise. Listen to your favorite tunes in these noise-cancelling headphones and you’ll be able to focus on your job. They also have a microphone, bluetooth connectivity, and a 20-hour battery life.
We’ve covered our recommendations for devices to use while working. What you choose to listen to is an entirely different matter – we’re still waiting for a plumbing-themed band to hit the music scene!
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