Earbuds/In-ear headphones are small and ultra-portable headphone designs. Earbuds rest at the edge of the ear canal and in-ear headphones have special tips that are inserted into the ear canal instead (read our article about Earbuds vs In-Ear headphones). Below are our recommendations for the best Earbuds/In-Ear headphones, we have tested so far.
Best Earbuds/In-Ear Headphones $150+
The Bose Quiet Comfort 20 are one the best isolating earbuds with tested so far. They have a comfortable and stable fit and an efficient control scheme. Their sound quality is a bit bass-heavy but reproduces tracks with enough fidelity to please most listeners. However, they're less compact than some of the in-ear headphones on this list and the control module, though flat and relatively small, can get a bit bothersome.
The Bose SoundSport In-Ear Wireless deliver a good sound and a stylish wireless design, with a semi-open earbud fit. They're comfortable, stable, and their semi-open fit lets you monitor your environment while running. However, they're not as open as the wired model, and their build quality is not as durable as some of the other headphones in this price range.
Best Earbuds/In-Ear Headphones $75 to $150
The Jaybird X2 are an above-average set of in-ear headphones with a decent sound and a stable wireless design. They don't leak much and block ambient noise surprisingly well. They fair well in loud environments or at the gym, as long as you can achieve a comfortable and tight seal. The in-ear fit, however, may not be comfortable for everyone.
The Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear are a versatile pair of earbuds. They're stable, easy to carry around, comfortable and deliver an above-average sound with deep, rumbling bass. They don't have many features and have a very straightforward design but their impressive passive isolation and remarkably low leakage make them sufficiently well-rounded for many use cases and environments.
Best Earbuds/In-Ear Headphones $30 to $75
The Samsung Level U Pro have a decent sound quality and a stable around the neck design that will work for some but not for everyone. They have a good wireless range and the in-ear buds don't exert as much pressure in the ear canal like typical in-ear models, which makes them comfortable but also less isolating. Unfortunately, the flimsy audio cables look weak and not durable.
Best Earbuds/In-Ear Headphones below $30
The SoundPeats QY8 have an above-average audio reproduction. They're wireless and stable enough to be used while doing sports. They also do well at isolating listeners, although they only block noise passively. They're a great option for the gym, and they're not too pricey but can be uncomfortable for some.
The Anker SoundBuds Sport are decent in-ear headphones with a stable wireless design, at a decent price. They're small and surprisingly great at blocking ambient noise. Unfortunately, they have poor sound quality, and the in-ear fit is not comfortable for everyone.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Earbuds/In-ear headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of Earbuds/In-ear headphones that didn't make the cut:
- Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear. Low leakage and decent isolation. However, they have a subpar, bass-heavy sound that's not for everyone.See our review
- Bose Soundsport In-Ear. Good sound and an open fit for joggers. Poor noise isolation not ideal in loud environments. See our review
- Powerbeats 2 Wireless. Stable, wireless design good for sports. The semi-open fit is not ideal for all use cases. See our review
- Soundpeats Q9A. Stable, semi-open, wireless design similar to the Powerbeats 2. Mediocre-at-best sound is a deal breaker. See our review
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for Earbuds/In-ear headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no perfect Earbuds/In-ear headphone. Personal taste, preference and listening habits will matter more in your selection.