Several readers have asked recently about the best inexpensive headphones and earbuds both for themselves and their kiddos. Today seems like a great day to respond.
Generally, these are the best values, price points and styles of headphones for adults and kids, too:
Best inexpensive wired earbuds
Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbuds are smartphone compatible with integrated microphone and remote for Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices. Comes with small, medium and large earpads a perfect fit for adults and children. Your choice of several beautiful colors. Under $15.
Best mid-level wired headphones
1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones deliver an extremely accurate music-listening experience. For the discriminating listener as they delivery dynamic power and clarity. You’ll love the sizzling highs and deep lows. The built-in microphone and remote are Apple and Android compatible. Around $75.
Best value for high quality wired, noise-canceling
Bose QuietComfort 20 is the Cadillac of smartphone replacement earbuds. These are only for those with discriminating hearing and music appreciation to go along with it. Available in two models: one for Apple devices* and one for Samsung/Android devices. Features noise canceling that reduces surrounding distractions, letting the music stand out. Many other high-end features. Under $250.
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Best inexpensive in-ear Bluetooth sport/fitness headphones
These Senso Bluetooth Headphones are ideal for the active listener who cannot be dealing with a cord draping from the ears to the device. Bluetooth is a highly state-of-the-art method by which headphones and a listening device can communicate with one another without a visible connection.
Personally, I love the style of these earbuds with their flexible behind-the-ear hooks that keep the headphones comfortably firm in place while I tap dance, turn cartwheels and bunny jump—all while listening to my favorite music. You believe that? What you can believe is the part about me loving this particular style of wireless headphone. Under $25.
Best mid-level Bluetooth on-ear wireless headphones
Get ready for an elevated audio experience with the Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth Headphones. This is a sleek and simplified headset which will deliver amazing sound and long-lasting battery life (12 hours after a full charge). The backup cable comes with mic plus remote functionality, just in case. Powerful 50mm drivers for crystal clear, refreshingly loud and clear playback. Extremely comfortable, too. Under $70.
Best inexpensive kids headphones
These Kids Foldable Wired Headphones are just perfect for your little ones who don’t need ultra-high quality sound. Tired of replacing busted headphones?
These are about as indestructible as headphones can come and are designed to be volume-limiting—good for hearing health. So darned cute, too, coming in a variety of bright colors.