The best-reviewed wired, wireless, and wire-free options, all in one place.
Sure, they’re small, but that doesn’t mean earbuds are a purchase to be taken lightly.
You’ve probably been listening to music on the go since you were about 12. So you know that finding a good pair of earbuds is actually pretty tricky. We’ve probably all gone through more than we can count.
And while picking up a £5 pair in the checkout line is easy enough, you know you’ll just be back again next month (or sooner) for a new pair because they stopped working.
Does that mean all earbuds are rubbish? No way. It’s simply not true that bass, noise cancellation, and crisp sound can only be found in fancy over-ear headphones. Some of us prefer our headphones to be a little more inconspicuous and portable.
Since it’s always good to get a personal recommendation, we did some research and pulled out the best earbuds on Amazon. We’ve also split them into categories: the ones you’ll need a headphone jack or the beloved dongle for, the wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are still connected with a cord, and the truly wireless earbuds that are as discreet as you can get.
Whatever your preference and whatever your price range, you’re sure to find some that don’t suck.
Best wired earbuds
This is the headphone-jack kind you’ve used ever since your first Walkman (or iPod). There’s no charging or dealing with dead earbuds, but iPhone users will have to choose between listening and charging.
The Panasonic RP-HJE125E-K In-Ear Headphones have a super comfy ergo-fit bud that’s said to conform to the shape of your ear. If you’re not looking for over-the-top sound features and just need a pair to get the job done, these are for you — though some customers also mention that their noise cancellation and bass clarity is pretty impressive for such a low price.
Overall, the Panasonic earbuds have a 4.3 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, from almost 3,000 reviews. Plus, if you lose them or put them through the washing machine, you won’t break the bank replacing them.
The Symphonized NRG 3.0 Wooden Headphones are just as functional as they are classy, handcrafted from genuine wood that offers up insane natural acoustics. Deep bass and clear sound is also present, with multiple earbud sizes to seal out background nose. The colourful cord features buttons for volume control, voice commands, and phone calls. Basically, they’re fancy AF and totally don’t look like they’re under £25 — but they are.
Overall, the Symphonized earbuds have a 4.0 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, which is pretty impressive from over 50 reviews.
They have a similar look to some of the others in this list but come in a few colours and are obviously Sony, if you care about big brand names. Interior neodymium magnets give them powerful, equal sound in each ear, and 12mm dome driver units (the metallic things on the earpiece) deliver bass that is truly extra. Bass that bumpin’ is honestly pretty hard to find in earbuds under £50, so if the audiophile in you cares about that, these are your pick.
Overall, the Sony Extra Bass earbuds have a 4.1 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, based on almost 500 reviews.
The Tri-port technology provides strong bass from three different ventilation holes and makes for crisp highs and natural-sounding lows. Basically, you’re getting sincerely awesome acoustics for such a tiny pair of headphones. Bose also claims that they’re sweat and weather resistant, so even the most extreme workouts won’t make them fall out.
Overall, the Bose SoundSport Headphones have a 3.9 out of 5 star rating on Amazon from over 500 reviews.
Bluetooth and wireless earbuds
If you’re tired of untangling headphone cords every damn day or constantly losing your iPhone dongle, a pair of wireless earbuds may be more up your alley.
Otium Wireless Sport HeadphonesSweatproof and equipped with a comfortable ear hook to ensure security, these little guys are perfect for vigorous workouts.
Sweatproof and equipped with a comfortable ear hook to ensure security, these little guys are perfect for vigorous workouts, running, biking, or anything in-between. The sound quality is also superb — their EDR technology basically means clear bass and no muddied sound, even at its loudest volume. According to the listing, you can fit in eight hours of listening time on one full charge.
Overall, they have a 4.6 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, which is pretty amazing. Many of the reviews comment on the great value you get with Otium.
They’re equipped with a high-fidelity, detailed stereo sound, and impressive bass for how small they are. All of that is packed into an ultra-lightweight design that will almost feel like you’re not wearing anything. Built-in magnets allow the buds to stick together like a necklace for a more secure hold when they’re not in use. These are also claimed to be sweatproof, another plus for gym-goers.
Overall, the SoundPEATS earbuds have a 4.4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, from over 100 reviews.
These bad boys sport 8 mm speakers designed by Swiss audio engineers and are apparently approved by even the pickiest music lovers. The BHS-730 give the most robust sound and deepest bass of any Phaiser headphones, but the HD sound isn’t all they can do. They’re coated in Liquipel Nano Coating, making them sweatproof and strong enough to survive being dropped in water. Memory foam ear tips provide extra comfort and noise isolation.
Overall, the Phaiser BHS-730 headphones have a 4.0 out of 5 star rating on Amazon from over 2,000 reviews. That might have something to do with the fact that faulty items are reportedly replaced, free of charge. That’s great customer service.
Truly wireless earbuds
For those who are constantly on the go and really just can’t be bothered with any cords whatsoever, 100 percent wireless earbuds are a game changer. This is a serious Men in Black look. Just make sure you don’t lose them.
The FOCUSPOWER F10 Mini Bluetooth Earbuds are mini alright, and the smallest ones we’ve seen — perfect for those who want their headphones as unnoticeable as possible. They may fall out a time or two before you get the positioning right, but what else can you expect from earbuds smaller than a coin? Just snuggle these little beauties into your ear canal and call it a day, alright?
The F10 earbuds have seriously impressive battery life as well. They’re apparently able to last up to six or seven hours, depending on the volume. But we don’t think you’ll need full volume anyway, because according to the listing, the lithium accumulator gives full-volume sound at just 30 or 40%.
We’re not going to get into the reviews, because there just aren’t enough on Amazon UK yet.
TREBLAB X2 Bluetooth EarbudsMultiple customers make it a point to talk about the unique, ultra-futuristic look of these earbuds, mentioning that they’re constantly getting compliments.
In this new and improved version of Treblab’s first go, the company has perfected the X2’s speakers with beryllium — an element found in stars that apparently makes the speed of sound 2.5 times faster than traditional speakers. This is as crisp and three-dimensional as you can get.
Listen for five hours on one charge, and then use the portable charging dock and carrying case to get another five hours of juice. Multiple customers make it a point to talk about the unique, ultra-futuristic look of these earbuds, mentioning that they’re constantly getting compliments.
Overall, the TREBLAB X2 earbuds have a 4.0 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, from over 100 customers.
For Bose’s latest and greatest, the creators focused on every little technical aspect, from circuits for improved sound to antenna position for maximum Bluetooth signal.
Even in a crowded gym, all you’ll hear is your music: Volume-optimised EQ make music three-dimensional and balanced at any volume. Bose claims these are sweat and weather resistant, and they come with three different pairs of StayHear+ Sport tips for extra comfort and security. If you lose them, you can find them in a second with the “Find My Buds” feature on the Bose Connect app.
Overall, the SoundSport Free headphones have a 3.9 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, from over 200 reviews.