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. (I've gone through more in my lifetime than I 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 crap? 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. Read more...More about Headphones, Earbuds, Wireless Earbuds, Noise Cancelling, and Mashable Shopping
MOST AFFORDABLEPanasonic RP-HJE120-PPK In-Ear Stereo Earphones
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.
BEST VALUE FOR WIRED HEADPHONESSymphonized NRG 3.0 Wooden Headphones
These are just as functional as they are classy, handcrafted from genuine wood that offers up insane natural acoustics.
BEST WIRED EARBUDS FOR AUDIOPHILESSony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass Earbud Headset
Bass this bumpin' is pretty hard to find in earbuds under $100, so if the audiophile in you cares about that, these are your pick.
BEST MID-PRICED WIRED EARBUDSBose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones
Basically, you're getting sincerely awesome acoustics for such a tiny pair of headphones.
BEST DEAL ON WIRELESS EARBUDSOtium Wireless Sport Headphones
Sweatproof and equipped with a comfortable ear hook to ensure security, these little guys are perfect for vigorous workouts.
BEST FITSoundPEATS Magnetic Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones
MOST POPULAR WIRELESS OPTIONPhaiser BHS-730 Bluetooth Headphones
These bad boys sport 8 mm speakers designed by Swiss audio engineers and are apparently approved by even the pickiest music lovers.
BEST DEAL ON WIRE-FREE EARBUDSFOCUSPOWER F10 Mini Bluetooth Earbuds
This borderline invisible pair of earbuds are the #1 best selling truly wire-free earbuds.
MOST STYLISH WIRE-FREE OPTIONTREBLAB X2 Bluetooth Earbuds with Beryllium Speakers
Multiple customers make it a point to talk about the unique, ultra-futuristic look of these earbuds, mentioning that they're constantly getting compliments.
BEST HIGH-END WIRE-FREE EARBUDSBose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport Headphones
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.
BEST EARBUDS FOR COMMUTERSSamsung Galaxy Bluetooth earbuds
Quick Ambient Mode will alert you to important sounds such as oncoming traffic and ambulance sirens.
BEST FITPower Beats Pro totally wireless earbuds
These earbuds combine Beats quality sound with connivence and comfort.
BEST BLUETOOTH AND BATTERY LIFEENACFIRE wireless earbuds
Keep your music going for nearly a month before these need to be charged.