The right earphones can make all of your music sound its absolute best and with the advancements in technology, they can do so much more. But choosing the best headphones for your needs can be a bit challenging with all the options out there, in all different price ranges.
So we’ve taken a closer look at what you should look for when searching out the best earphones in 2019 and also provide you with what our top choices are, so you can have a better idea when you go shopping.
We look at the best in-ear earphones and the best wireless earphones for music lovers in 2019, including the best earbuds for iPhone, and in all budget ranges.
If you’re ready, let’s get started.
Types of earphones / earbuds
When you first head online or to the store, it can be a little bit overwhelming seeing the different options out there for the first time. To give you a primer of sorts, we thought it would be a good idea to highlight each of the different types out there to make them easier to spot as well and easier to choose.
Also known as earbuds, are typically found in two different variations, ones that sit on the ear while the earphones rest comfortably in the ear, and those that are pushed into the ear. Regardless of the design you choose, both can have issues. The first can become painful especially if they don’t fit right in your ear cavity or if it puts too much pressure on your ear itself.
The second kind can get to be uncomfortable if the earbud doesn’t fit right and can fall out if it’s too big or small. Many people tend to prefer the second kind because of its noise-cancelling design but noise cancelling earbuds can be dangerous if you tend to wear them while you are commuting. You want to make sure that while you can hear what you are listening to in high-quality audio, you can still hear some sound outside in order to stay safe.
Commonly called headphones because of the headband, on-ear earphones are available in two different options, either pressed against your ear or over-ear headphones that enclose the ear. While the ones pressed against your head are typically more lightweight the over-ear variety, they are relatively cheaper as well. Over-ear headphones can be either light or heavy-weighted so you may want to try them on if you can prior to buying them to determine if the weight is right for you so it doesn’t cause any neck strain while you’re using them.
Many different styles of earphones are available with the option to be used wirelessly but this option does tend to add more in terms of the price you will pay. For some, owning wireless headphones is the best option available, especially if you are using them with a portable device or tend to listen to music or other programs while exercising. While the convenience of not having wires is positive, some wireless headphones will end up providing lesser sound quality than what you may be looking for.
How to choose the best earphones for you
With the different types of earphones available, once you decide on which style you think will work best for your day in and day out, you want to make sure that they also meet certain criteria so they will fit, perform well and last for years to come. With that in mind, we wanted to share out checklist when it comes to choosing the best earphones.
Comfort and fit
The right amount of comfort is important in anything you wear on your body. From jeans to earphones, something worn sparingly won’t generally become uncomfortable. However, over time, without the proper fit, can become really uncomfortable. To get an idea of whether or not the earphones you’re buying are not only a good fit, but comfortable, if you have the chance, try the earphones on for about 20 minutes to determine if they are a good fit or not.
For headphones, weight can be a significant factor in regards to overall comfort. Although the overall weight of the headphones may not be that much, when they are on your head, that weight can affect how comfortable they are. The headband can also influence the level of comfort with padding and adjustable to ensure a proper fit.
With earphones, portability isn’t usually an issue. The physical design of both earphones and headphones, especially those that are wireless are designed for portability. Whether you’re at the gym or hanging around the house, many earphones are made for anybody’s active lifestyle. Make sure that the ones you choose not only satisfy your audio needs but your lifestyle needs as well.
If, in addition to the work that you do, live a pretty active lifestyle, the durability of your earphones could be something to consider before making a decision. While many earphones and headphones will come with carrying cases to protect them when they aren’t being used. If they are high-end earphones, check to see if you can purchase replacement parts. It can be a lot less money to replace parts of your earphones instead of buying a new set.
Wired or Wireless
Whether you should choose wired or wireless earphones is strictly a personal choice. The can be benefits and negatives for either choice. Wired earphones can offer better sound quality than some brands of wireless earphones but the cord can become tangled easily. While you won’t run into that problem with wireless, the cost of many wireless headphones can be a negative to some.
While for many people, spending hundreds of dollars on top of the line earphones can be a feasible option, but for others, it may not be so easy. Choosing a pair of earphones that fit your budget can sometimes help you find a better quality cheaper option that you would have gotten spending hundreds of dollars on a more expensive pair of earphones.