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Here are the Best Headphones for Every Budget and Kids, Too

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.

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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.

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.


Resource Links:

Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Headphones

1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones

Bose QuietComfort Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Senso Bluetooth Headphones

Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth Headphones

Kids Headphones by Onanoff

Updated 3-3-19

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3 replies
  1. Khalil Ahmed says:

    Hi Mary!
    I have read your blog, the way you explains the categories of headphone with respect to budget and sound quality inspires me a lot.
    By the way, what do you think the user should go for in-ear wireless headphones or wired headphones. This query is asked several times by our blog(https://cartxplorer.com) readers and i would like to know your opinion.

    Khalil Ahmed

  2. Karen Williams says:

    How do you block out noise from a crowded area so the people you are talking to on your headset will not hear all the noise? Is noise-cancelling just for what you hear or is it also for what people you are talking to on your headset hears? My boss works from a cafe and has online meetings with me and the background noise is bad for me to hear and understand what he is saying.

  3. Stephanie Flagg Hanley says:

    I always love your recommendations, except I have never found a pair of the earbuds like you’ve recommended that work for me – they always fall out. Even the ones that have the smallest buds fall out in minutes. Any recommendation for good quality, old school ear buds like the round ones?


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