Finding the perfect set of inexpensive earphones can be a challenge. With so many different types and styles to choose from, we wanted to help you make the right choice. We bought the best-selling buds directly from Amazon and took them for a spin. We spent several days testing them, focusing on design, comfort, sound quality and any extra features.
Here are the earphones worth buying, and the ones you should avoid. And make sure you check out all of our top picks.
Tom's Guide evaluated the earphones by wearing each set for 2 to 3 hours per day. We used the earphones during various types of daily activities, such as commuting and working out. We listened to different genres of music, including pop, rock, soul, hip-hop and new country, and we made phone calls if the units included in-line mics.
The Bullex earbuds deliver excellent sound quality at a very affordable price. The earbuds were very comfortable and stayed snug in my ears even after an extended workout on the treadmill. Noteworthy features include exchangeable front caps that adjust to your listening pleasure, 9-millimeter drivers and an in-line mic. Take your pick of gold or silver on the bullet-inspired design.
The sound quality was solid across the spectrum. The lows were deep, the midrange sounds were balanced and the highs kept going. These features, coupled with a price easy for anyone's budget, pushed the Bullex to the top of our list.
The MX 365 earphones live up to Sennheiser's long history of producing reliable headphones. The 365's superclean highs and rich lows allowed Adele to convey even more emotion than usual. Two weaknesses that prevented these earbuds from getting a higher rating were the lack of an in-line mic and a flimsy cable design. Still, the MX 365 earphones are a great choice for the price.
Like most Amazon-branded products, the company's Premium Headphones didn't disappoint. They produced clean, crisp sounds across the spectrum, fit snugly and feature built-in magnets, which allow the earbuds to connect when they're stored away. These extras, along with a solid price, make them a great pick. Well done, Amazon.
The ErgoFit earbuds come in a variety of colors, which should appeal to the fashion-conscious. They also deliver crisp highs, warm mids and deep lows despite their low price. Compared to other earbuds in their price range, the ErgoFit produced cleaner, clearer audio. Even better, they conform to the shape of your ear canal, creating a snug but comfortable fit for those long jam sessions.
These earphones are a great buy if you don't want to deal with cables on your daily commute or while working out. They delivered deep, rich and surprisingly smooth sounds from a sub-$20 pair of Bluetooth earphones. They were easy to configure and kept a charge for 6 hours.
The P50000 earbuds deliver clean and crisp sounds via Bluetooth. It took about an hour to charge the buds, and they gave us a solid 6 hours of play time. The earphones performed well across genres, and the snug fit kept outside noise at bay so we could enjoy our favorite playlist. Our only issue was the awkward placement of the controls on the earpiece, which sometimes resulted in unwanted skips.
We're usually skeptical about dropping our hard-earned cash on sub-$20 earphones claiming "Enhanced Bass" right on the package, but to our surprise, the RX18 proved us incorrect. The 10-mm drivers delivered decent bass and nice mids, along with highs that allowed us to listen to pop music for more than 5 minutes straight. Overall, we liked the earphones enough to pick up a set from our favorite local street vendor.
(Credit: MEE audio)