10 Best Cheap Earbuds 2016

Where cheap earbuds are concerned, don’t believe the old adage of only getting what you pay for, as this is one arena where you can get a lot for a little money. Some of the most reliable, comfortable and best sounding products fall within the budget range, meaning you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to get hold of quality in-ear headphones.

However, the huge amount of choice can make it difficult to decide which model is right for you, so here’s our opinion on the top ten best cheap earbuds out there.

Things to Take Into Consideration

Although everyone’s goal is to find earbuds that are comfortable and reliable, there are other things to mull over before deciding on the most suitable pair for you. Here are three major points you should consider before purchasing:

  • Specifications. Although technical terms such as frequency response, decibel rating and impedance might leave you scratching your head in bewilderment, they are relevant when it comes to the sound quality produced. Always read up on the specifications to ensure you get the earbuds you are looking for, or were expecting.
  • Intended Purpose. Many in-ear headphones these days are made for specific purposes. If you intend to run with them, you should find a pair that fits snugly and stays in place. Alternatively, if you want to use them to make phone calls, then having in-line controls and a microphone would prove invaluable.
  • Compatibility. Not all earbuds are compatible with every device, so before buying, make sure you check this out. In particular, look for the size of the jack (also referred to as a plug and measured in millimeters) as this determines which gadgets they fit.

Top 10 Cheap Earbuds Complete Table

PictureNameAccessoriesEnhancementsPriceRating (1-5)
PictureNameAccessoriesEnhancementsPriceRating (1-5)
1. Sound Intone E6 Sports In-Ear Headphones Noise Isolating EarphonesCarrying case, 6 sets ear tipsSweat/water resistant$$4.8
2. FSL Xylem Wood Earbuds with Microphone and RemoteS/M/L ear tips, Carry pouch Integrated microphone$$4.5
3. Panasonic RPHJE120K In-Ear Headphone, BlackS/M/L ear padsErgo-fit design$4.4
4. JVC HAFX5P Gumy Plus Inner Ear Headphones (Pink)S/M/L ear padsCurved design for comfortable fit$4.3
5. Symphonized NRG Premium Genuine Wood In-ear Noise-isolating HeadphoneS/M/L ear tips, Carry pouch Handcrafted wood earphones$$$4.3
6. Sennheiser CX200 Twist-to-Fit EarbudsEar adapter setTwist to fit system$$$4.2
7. Sentey® In-ear Headphones Earphones Earbuds Amplitude X180 (Blue)S/M/L silicone ear-tipsIn-line control$$4.2
8. Audio Technica ATHCOR150LG In-Ear HeadphonesS/M/L silicone ear tips, Cord wrap, Oval hangersTravel-friendly cord$$4.1
9. Zipbuds JUICED 2.0 Never Tangle Earbuds3 custom ear tip sizesPatented Zip buds cabling $$$4.1
10. Philips SHE3590BK/28 In-Ear Headphones (Black)S/M/L interchangeable ear capsErgo-fit design$4.1

Our Top 5 Best Cheap Earbuds Reviews

1. Sound Intone E6 Sports

Coming a resounding first in our table of the best cheap earbuds, these are the ultimate in comfort and sound quality, making them the perfect budget in-ear headphones.

Although these have undoubtedly been marketed to appeal to the more sporty types among us, don’t let this put you off if you are way more comfortable lounging in your favorite armchair.

With an exceptional sound quality, these headphones suit all purposes and work just as well whether you are in the middle of an aerobic workout or quietly listening to an audio book. The noise isolation, along with a very precise sliding volume, both help provide excellent sound quality regardless of whether you are listening to music or voices.

The earbuds come in a variety of colors with a tasteful design that is water and sweat resistant, along with a patented ergonomic earpiece and an over the ear fit which keeps them securely in place, even when running.

You would be hard pushed to find any faults with these earbuds. Whether you are listening to music or audio books, climbing a mountain or doing yoga, these are stylish, easy to use, lightweight and exceptional value for money.

2. FSL Xylem Wood Earbuds

These are cracking earbuds, with a lightweight, attractive wood design and quality of sound that way surpasses their affordable price tag, making these a well-earned runner-up for the best cheap earbud.

The featured wood goes way beyond aesthetics: as well as being eco-friendly it is also an integral part of the design which provides the great quality acoustics and bass.

With an integrated microphone and control, you can flawlessly handle music and calls without ever having to reach for your phone, and with a 3.5mm jack, they are compatible with just about all portable devices.

On a slight downside, the earbuds do not have any method to prevent the cable tangling, are a little on the flimsy side, and if truthfully told, aren’t the most comfortable in-ear headphones available.

Overall, despite the negatives, the good sound experience, convenience of an integrated microphone and controls, as well as its gorgeous look and value for money, make these a great choice.

3. Panasonic RPHJE120K

With nine color options giving you the chance to co-ordinate them with your favorite technology, Panasonic are easily one of the most popular, as well as the cheapest, earbuds on the market today.

Although not equipped with up-to-the-minute enhancements and are less durable than more expensive models, these simple headphones have soft ear pads that conform to the ear, providing a comfort and reliable fit, even when you are active. Sound wise they cover all bases and are particularly adept at canceling outside noise.

Specific drawbacks include a fairly thin cord that is susceptible to tangling, which is particularly problematic when engaging in vigorous activity. There is also an often noticeable difference in output between the left and right earbuds.

Although the cheaper price tag results in somewhat less sophisticated earbuds, the level of comfort, wide choice of colors and good sound ensure these are an absolute bargain.

4. JVC HAFX5P Gumy Plus

These are right behind the Panasonic in terms of price, variation of colors and holding their own against the big boys.

This model is not all singing and dancing either, and there is no denying that they are basic earbuds. However, don’t equate that to a lack of comfort, as these have gummy earbuds that come in three size options (small, medium and large) ensuring a fit perfectly inside the ear. This means that most of the outside noise is blocked as well as having a good quality, wide range of sound.

Looking towards potential drawbacks, there are several factors to consider. The first is that there is no slack adjuster, meaning there is a tendency for the earbuds to dangle a little bit. Additionally, the cord is too short and thin, which often results in irritating tangles.

However, when weighing up the pros and cons, if you are looking for very cheap, comfortable earbuds that do a good job, then you really can’t go wrong with these.

5. Symphonized NRG Premium

If you out to impress, then look no further. These earbuds have an eye-catching, effective design that is handcrafted from real premium wood.

To complement their attractiveness, these have a high-end, clear and balanced sound with a deep bass, as well as being able to effectively block outside noise. In addition, they have an in-line microphone which switches tracks and picks up (and ends) calls.

Comfort wise, the product comes with size options for the earbuds and fit well. The cord is long and textured, which keeps it from tangling, and the earbuds come with a complementary tie-string pouch to store them in.

Negative aspects include the in-line microphone not able to control the volume and a design which is perhaps not the sturdiest, with earbuds sometimes having a tendency to break.  However, with a guaranteed one-year warranty, a pleasing appearance, enhancements and superior sound quality, these deliver way more than you pay for.

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