Human beings hate to be uncomfortable, and it’s especially annoying when you have an ill-fitting set of wireless earbuds. Especially when shopping for a pair of cheap wireless earbuds, comfort and fit can be a serious drawback. The way earbuds sit in your ears is such a specific feeling that anything less than ideal can result in an annoying feeling (at best) or downright pain (at worst). How do you find the balance between a comfortable fit and quality?
Luckily, most earbud brands pay really close attention to fit and feel, so it’s just a matter of doing the research and finding out which is best for your needs. To make it easier for you, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorites from brands like Sony, Apply, Ultimate Ears, Jabra and more to ensure you’re getting a pair of earbuds you can wear for hours and hours without worry. You can find our top picks, below.
1. Ultimate Ears UE Fits Earbuds
How do you make sure your earbuds are truly comfortable? By making it so that your earbuds are truly customized for you. The UE Fits from Ultimate Ears have a patented Lightform technology that molds to your ears in 60 seconds to provide a more tailored fit for your listening purposes. The no-fall fit ensures they’re snug in your ears for day-long comfort. Plus, the passive noise isolation makes it so the actual sound of the UE Fits is similar to noise-canceling without having to use an algorithm that can mess with Bluetooth connectivity.
Ultimate Ears UE Fits Earbuds
2. Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds
We just recently reviewed the WF-1000XM4 earbuds, and part of what makes them so special is their memory foam-like ear tips that can sit in your ears for hours at a time without issues. Plus, the noise-cancellation features on the XM4s rival that of most over-the-ear headphones, making this quite the compelling package for those who want comfort without forgoing quality too.
Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds
3. Bose QuietComfort 20 Earbuds
With three different-sized earbud tips, the Bose QuietComfort 20 earbuds really lean into the “comfort” part of their namesake. Designed to provide a soft and secure fit, the QC earbuds also feature premium noise-canceling to let you truly get lost in your music or podcast of choice. Additionally, you can control all of your music with a slimmed-down control module that’s right at your fingertips.
Bose QuietComfort 20 Earbuds
4. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Earbuds
BEST FOR ANDROID
In addition to their unique bean-style shape, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live earbuds feature swappable tips to help you find the best fit, including wingtips for extra comfort. Lightweight yet capable of producing fantastic-sounding music, the Buds feature active noise cancellation to help block out pesky sounds while also featuring a battery life that can last all day so the music only stops when you want it to do so.
Samsung Galaxy Bud Live Earbuds
5. Jabra Elite 85t Earbuds
Jabra’s Elite 85t earbuds have the benefit of having scanned “thousands” of ears to determine a perfect fit. When backed with oval-shaped silicon EarGels, the semi-open design provides a fantastic feel and fit that might make you forget you’re even wearing them in the first place. Combine those features with long-lasting battery life, superior noise-cancellation, and crystal-clear microphones for taking calls, and the Elite 85t are well worth your consideration.
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Jabra Elite 85t Earbuds
6. JLab Epic Sport Earbuds
BEST FOR EXERCISE
JLab’s Epic Sport earbuds are made for working out, but their over-the-ear loops help to provide a secure and comfortable fit whether you’re running in preparation for a marathon or just running to catch a train. When you combine that cozy feel with other great features like active noise-cancellation, long playback, and even a super low latency movie mode, the Epic Sport offers a lot to offer for a fantastic price.
JLab Epic Sport Earbuds
7. Sennheiser IE60 Headphones
BEST AUDIO QUALITY
Sennheiser is known for their studio-quality audio and Bluetooth headsets, but they also make super comfortable headphones as well. The wired IE60 headphones reflect this ethos, thanks to the relaxing and cushioned fit of the earbuds, which will help provide a comfortable feeling all day long. The IE60 also comes with various tips and earloops if the standard feel of the headphones doesn’t quite work for you.
Sennheiser IE60 Headphones
8. 1MORE Triple Driver Earbuds
In addition to the powerful three drivers that power these great-sounding earbuds from 1MORE, they’re designed with a comfortable ergonomic fit to slide naturally into your ears. With nine different customized tips, there’s sure to be a fit that will work well with your ear shape to provide the best comfort around. Additionally, the in-line remote makes it easy to navigate through your audio with the touch of a button.
1MORE Triple Driver Earbuds
9. Apple AirPods Earbuds
BEST FOR APPLE USERS
For most iPhone users, the most comfortable set of earbuds is going to be Apple’s AirPods. The shape and design of the AirPods are extremely similar to what Apple devotes have used for years, making them simple and easy to get accustomed to because they already know what the AirPods feel like in their ears. Fast and easy to use with a great sound, they’re a great choice for anyone in the market for some new earbuds.
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Apple AirPods Earbuds
10. EarFun Free 2 Earbuds
EarFun’s updated Free earbuds come with all sorts of fancy new features, including a better driver, a low latency mode for gaming, 7 hours’ worth of playback time, and a host of other benefits. But we love how comfortable they are in your ears and even include a few different-sized custom tips to help you really nail a fit that’s best for you.