I’m a big fan of over ear headphones. They are great for drowning out the world around you and enveloping you in the sounds of your choice. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love earbuds, too. They just have different uses. Headphones, when I choose to put them on, feel like more of a commitment, whereas earbuds, I can be more flippant with. My head gets less hot in earbuds, so they’re great for summer, and I usually take phone calls on them, exercise wearing them, or listen to podcasts on them, too. In short, earbuds are great, and if you don’t have a pair, you should. Here are some great options to choose from.
FOR EARBUDS THAT CAN DO IT ALL
These earbuds can do it all. Not only are they noise cancelling, they have a battery life of 24 hours, Alexa capabilities built in, adaptive sound control, and are water resistant, meaning you can work out in them, too.
FOR CLASSIC EARBUDS
You can’t go wrong with AirPods, that’s for sure. They’re not noise cancelling, but that’s ok. These are super sleek, and great for phone calls, which if you’re on the phone a ton, is a big benefit.
Bose Soundsport Free
These sporty headphones are sweat and water resistant, boasting up to five hours of play time. But the best thing about them is the “Find My Buds” feature that will ensure you never lose your headphones.
FOR STYLISH EARBUDS
Master & Dynamic MW07
Master & Dynamic makes some of my favorite headphones, and their earbuds are no different. Available in seven unique colors, these will help you stand out, and will still sound great. The drivers deliver rich, expansive sound, and the outer is made with a durable, yet lightweight and slim design that’ll turn heads.
FOR GREAT SOUNDING EARBUDS
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
These true wireless in ear headphones are built with 7mm drivers for impressive sound in such a small package. The ergonomic design makes wearing them a pleasure, and they boast active noise cancellation, too.
FOR BUDGET EARBUDS
This pair is a great, affordable option that still works extremely well. They’re waterproof, have a little button to increase sound or change the song, and come with an ergonomic fit so you can stay moving.
FOR AWARE EARBUDS
Samsung Galaxy Buds+
These earbuds have Ambient Awareness, meaning you can tune some of the outside world in, and some of it out, depending on what you want to hear. They’re great for phone calls, exercise, and function as well as over ear headphones for listening. They also come with adjustable ear gels so you can get the exact right fit.
FOR ANDROID USERS
Google Pixel Buds 2
If you’re an Android user, the Pixel Buds are for you. They are great for taking phone calls thanks to the sensors that help reduce background noise. Pair it with your Pixel phone for even more jaw-dropping features, like language translation.
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