The Best Earbuds of 2018

By Reviewed Staff

Looking for new earbuds can be an exhausting and overwhelming experience. That's probably why so many of us go to Best Buy or Amazon and pick the first thing we see. But, let's face it, they won't sound great and will break before you know it. Instead, put the effort into finding the right earbuds that's durable, comfortable, and sounds amazing.

But, with thousands of models to choose from, how does anyone know where to start? Well, after years of scientific testing and a lifetime of experience, our experts have found the best earbuds out there. Our list will update as new headphones come out and go through our testing. But, if you're looking for the best right now, look no further than our number one pick.

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Updated January 03, 2018

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Expert Score
9.2

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless

If you're in the market for wireless earbuds for running or going to the gym, the Beats Powerbeats 3 are as good as it gets. The earhook design ensures they stay put, the Class 1 Bluetooth means you can stay connected from up to 100 feet away, and the sound quality is fantastic. They aren't cheap, but if you're tired of being disappointed by wireless 'buds, these are worth the investment.

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Audio-Technica ATH-CKX9iS

Whether traversing a sea of commuters on a busy subway, braving stretchy pants and an hour of cardio, or doggedly tramping down the sidewalk for a boss's third frappuccino—sometimes, we just need music to keep us going. For that, the Audio-Technica SonicFuel in-ears are a great option that's been around for years. Costing well under $100, these sound great, offer a solid low-end, and fit well in most people's ears.

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Decibullz Contour

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.

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$34.55 Amazon Buy $59.99 Walmart Buy

Westone Adventure Series Alpha

They aren't clad in obnoxious extreme branding, but the Westone Adventure Series Alpha in-ears are marketed (and built) to withstand an extreme athlete. To give you a little taste of what I mean, you have to pull a ripcord in order to just open the box—and inside is a set of in-ears that are a paragon of durability with the chops to survive even the most extreme environs.

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Urbeats by Dr. Dre

If you haven't noticed the literal ocean of people every which way wearing Beats by Dr. Dre, then maybe you should have your eyeballs checked (or maybe you don't review electronics for a living).

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