In-ear headphones are a love it or hate it affair. Some people love their compact design and the fact that you can easily wear them under a hat or a helmet, while others dislike the feeling of having something sitting directly in your ears.
Light and compact enough for the gym without sacrificing on audio quality, in-ear headphones are perfect for more or less every situation you can think of throwing at them – running, biking, hiking or simply walking around town.
Ideally, the best in-ear headphones (often referred to as earbuds) should be ultra-comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Newer models might be completely wire-free, but if battery life is a concern for you, you might want a pair of wired buds.
We’re constantly reviewing new pairs of earphones, so we’re always updating this list as we find better ones available.
Here are the top 8 best earbuds, ordered by audio performance-to-price ratio:
- 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone
- RHA T10i
- Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE
- Klipsch Reference X6i
- Shure SE215
- Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears
- V-Moda Forza
- Optoma NuForce BE Sport3
- 1More Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones
- Focal Sphear
Not sold on earbuds? Check out our guide to the best headphones of any type.
1. 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone
Your search for great sounding, good value headphones ends here
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 20 – 40,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 99 dB at 1KHz | Impedance: 32 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
Excellent sound quality
Excellent build and design
Cheap remote quality
The 1MORE Triple Driver has a lot to offer at the price it comes at. The three drivers produce impressive sound quality with deep bass that is hard to find in any other earphone. Moreover, they are compatible with both iOS and Android. They come bundled with nine sets of ear tips, thus ensuring a comfortable fit for all.
Read the full review: 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone
2. RHA T10i
Premium earphones for any taste
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 41g | Cable length: 4.4 feet | Frequency response: 16-40,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW | Impedance: 16 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
Amazing sound quality
Second on our list is the RHA T10i. It’s here for one simple reason – the sound quality is incredible, thanks to the snug seal created when the headphones are stuck in your ear. Plus the bass is also robust for such small earphones.
The RHA T10i looks slick with a metal finish around the drivers and around the cable as well. They also come with several replacement tips if the defaults don’t fit your ear canal. They’re more expensive than other buds on the list, but there’s good reason they’re in our top spot.
Read the full review: RHA T10i
3. Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE
Beyerdynamic’s buds are some of the best for Apple devices
Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 45g | Cable length: Up to 4 feet | Frequency response: 10 – 27,000Hz | Drivers: Neodymium | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 35 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
No Android support
There’s no shortage of sub- Rs 13k headphones on the market, but the Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE are at the top of the pack. Their excellent build quality, sound and design make them one of the most well-rounded in-ear headphones we’ve ever heard. No, they’re not cheap, but again, you get what you pay for.
Read the full review: Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE
4. Klipsch Reference X6i
Audiophile sound on the go
Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: 18 grams | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 10-19,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: 110dB | Impedance: 50 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
Balanced, spacious sound
Lots of cable noise
Awkward carrying case
The Klipsch Reference X6i are a wonderful-sounding package. Their comfort, build quality, sound quality and features make it great value for the money, too.
They have some problems (like an awful lot of cable noise while you’re moving around with them on), but if you’re looking for balanced sounding in-ear headphones, we can wholeheartedly recommend the Klipsch Reference X6i.
Stated simply, they’re supremely comfortable audiophile-level in-ear headphones for an affordable price.
Read the full review: Klipsch Reference X6i
5. Shure SE215
Excellent midrange in-ear headphones for a bargain
Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: N/A | Cable length: 5.3 feet | Frequency response: 22Hz-17,500kHz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 107dB SPL/mW | Impedance: 17 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A
Lacks in-line controls
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