Best Affordable In-Ear Headphones of 2018By Reviewed Staff
It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the options when it comes to picking out a new pair of headphones. Once you figure out which type you want—over-ear, on-ear, or in-ear—you need to cross your fingers and hope your new 'phones sound great, as well.
Luckily, we put every set of headphones we can get our hands on through a rigorous testing process to find the best of the best. Whether you're working out at the gym or just looking for something comfortable to listen to on your commute, we've got a list of great options for you to choose from. Best of all, they won't cost you an arm and a leg.
Curious what sets them apart from the other headphones we've tested? Click through to the full reviews to find out everything you need to know.
Updated January 03, 2018
The best thing you can do to keep ambient noise from messing with your music is to spend upwards of $1,000 for custom ear molds. At least, that used to be the case. But newcomer Decibullz has a much more affordable option in its debut headphones, the Contours. Instead of a visit to a professional, all you need is hot water and 15 minutes of your time. The result? Rich sound that stops unwanted interference in its tracks.
The Final Audio E2000 earbuds don't have a lot of the extra features we look for in earbuds, like in-ear controls, a tangle-free cable, or ultra-durable connection points. But they do have arguably the best sound quality of any 'buds we've tested under $80. They feature a generally clean sound profile, rich bass, and detailed highs that complements tons of genres. If you're on a budget, these should be on your list.
Where To Buy$41.95 Amazon Buy $41.95 Walmart Buy
Entry-level headphones typically leave you holding a broken tangle of junk if you buy cheap enough. The real tragedy is that it doesn't always take all that much more to get a set of headphones that will keep you satisfied—and the Sol Republic JAX in-ears are exemplary of this: They're great for the price. Keep in mind, you will not be seeing this guy in the package, however.
Where To Buy$22.30 Amazon Buy $16.56 Walmart Buy
If you're in the market for good, affordable–and we mean really affordable—headphones, then The House of Marley's Smile Jamaica in-ears are a great choice. Available for less than $20, the Smile Jamaicas are comfortable, durable, and provide just enough emphasis in the right places to give your music a satisfying boost without busting your budget.