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The 5 Best Earbuds For Small Ears - Fall 2022 Reviews

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Best Earbuds For Small Ears

It can often be hard for people with small ears to find a pair of earbuds that fit comfortably. Many in-ears have fairly large earbuds that cause pressure and push on different parts of the ear, causing fatigue and pain over time. Luckily, there are some ultra-slim in-ears with small enough earbuds that don't touch the outer parts of the ear canal.

We’ve tested over 270 earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best options for people with small ears. If you’re looking for our top picks for other earbuds and in-ears, check out our recommendations for the overall best earbuds and in-ear headphones, the best truly wireless earbuds, and the best wireless earbuds and in-ears.


  1. Best Earbuds For Small Ears

    The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are the best earbuds for small ears we've tested. These premium headphones have a very lightweight and comfortable fit that doesn't enter your ear canal too deeply. They also come with three different sizes of ear tips to help you find the best fit. Although some users have trouble with the buds moving around in their ears, a few in the community have swapped out the default silicone tips with foam tips. This material molds to your unique ear shape, which can improve the headphones' comfort, fit, and stability.

    These buds have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system that can block out lots of ambient noise around you. With the ANC on, they have a continuous battery life of over five hours. Their carrying case holds roughly five additional charges if you need them. Thanks to their H1 chip, you can seamlessly pair them with other devices in your Apple ecosystem. They have a fairly neutral and well-balanced sound profile that's versatile enough for different audio content, although they lack a bit of low bass. Unfortunately, their companion interface is limited and doesn't offer many sound customization features.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Earbuds For Small Ears

    The Beats Studio Buds True Wireless are the best wireless earbuds for small ears at the upper mid-range price point that we've tested. If you have small ears, chances are your conchas or the hollow part of the ear where in-ears rest, are small too. These buds are a lot more compact and take up much less room. Although they aren't as well-built as our top pick, and their ANC doesn't block out nearly close to the same amount of noise, their comfortable fit is suitable for long listening sessions. They also come with three pairs of differently-sized ear tips so you can find what works for you.

    Unlike Beats' previous models, these in-ears have a more neutral sound profile than their boomy, bass-heavy siblings. Even though they lack a lot of bass, vocals and lead instruments still sound clear and intense. However, they don't have any sound customization features to help you adjust their sound. They also don't have an H1 or W1 chip for seamless pairing with Apple devices, which is a bit unusual for this manufacturer. However, they have over five hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case supplies an additional two charges if you need it.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Earbuds For Small Ears

    The best Bluetooth earbuds for small ears at the mid-range level that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. They offer significantly better performance over the Beats Studio Buds True Wireless for a more affordable price. They have a fairly small bud size, come with five pairs of ear tips to help you get the best fit, and even feel comfortable enough for long listening sessions. What's their drawback? Their default sound profile isn't as neutral as the Beats. However, if you also want some extra thump and punch in your mixes, they've got a bass-heavy sound that's well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. You can even fine-tune their sound to suit your tastes using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets.

    They have an adjustable ANC system that does an excellent job isolating you from ambient sound, including the low rumble of bus engines and office chatter. With the ANC on, they last under six hours continuously, but their portable charging case holds about four additional charges. They're also well-built and are certified IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact, which is great if you want to use them during a run.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Earbuds For Small Ears

    The best wireless earbuds for small ears at the budget level that we've tested are the Beats Flex Wireless. If you're looking for earbuds that won't empty your wallet, these neck cable headphones have a small bud design. They also don't have a very deep in-ear fit and come with five sets of ear tips. Even though they're not as customizable as our mid-range pick, their unique design comes in a couple of eye-catching colors, and they have a W1 chip for pairing with your Apple devices.

    Despite lacking stability fins or ear hooks to help them stay in place, they should be stable enough for workouts. Their bass-heavy sound profile brings extra thump, boom, and punch and makes them well-suited for bass-rich genres like EDM and hip-hop, although some listeners may find it overwhelming. They also have a reasonably long continuous battery life of roughly 11 hours. Unfortunately, even though they have a companion app, it offers extremely limited controls.

    See our review

  5. Best Open-Back Earbuds For Small Ears

    The Apple AirPods (2nd generation) Truly Wireless are the best open-back earbuds for small ears we've tested. These well-built headphones are worth checking out if you have small ear canals. Since they have a one-size-fits-all design and lack ear tips, they don't have a deep in-ear fit. While they've been replaced by the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless, their earbud shape is also a little smaller than their successor. Their comfort can depend on your ear shape, though. They also don't block out almost any background noise, which can be frustrating if you work in a noisy office. However, if this isn't a deal-breaker for you, it's worth considering these buds as a lightweight alternative to the in-ear headphones on this list.

    They have a fairly well-balanced sound profile but lack a lot of low-bass, so mixes sound a bit hollow without adequate thump and rumble. Vocal-centric content like podcasts or classical music sounds present and bright. Like other Apple headphones, they have an H1 chip for seamless pairing with devices in your Apple ecosystem. They also have just over four hours of continuous battery life, and while that may not be enough to get you through a full day without a recharge, their carrying case supplies five extra charges.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are a viable alternative to the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless as they offer similar customization. However, they aren't as comfortable and lack ANC. See our review
  • Sony WI-C310 Wireless: The Sony WI-C310 Wireless are in-ears that are good for small ears but donโ€™t have many tip options and feel cheap. They're otherwise decent, especially with their excellent 17-hour battery life. See our review
  • Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless: The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless are earplug-shaped headphones with a wide variety of ear tips. However, if you have small ear canals, their fit can put pressure, which can be uncomfortable over time. See our review
  • Skullcandy Jib Wireless: The Skullcandy Jib Wireless are budget in-ears with very small earbuds. They provide decent value for their price but have a very bass-heavy sound and have under six hours of continuous playback time. See our review
  • Shure SE215: The Shure SE215 are wired in-ear monitors with a comfortable fit and come with several ear tip sizes. However, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that muddies vocals and lead instruments. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 22, 2022: We've overhauled this article to deliver earbuds that are more suitable for small ears. We've added the Beats Studio Buds since they have a compact design and the Apple AirPods (2nd gen) if you're looking to avoid ear tips altogether. We've also removed the 1More Triple Driver and Samsung AKG Type-C as well as cleaned up Notable Mentions by removing out-of-date picks.

  2. May 06, 2022: Moved the Shure SE 215 to Notable Mentions. Also added the MOONDROP Aria to Notable Mentions.

  3. Mar 07, 2022: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

  4. Jan 06, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to recommendations.

  5. Dec 10, 2021: Made the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless the 'Best Earbuds For Small Ears Under $100' as they offer a versatile performance at this price point.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best earbuds to buy for most people with small ears. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for earbuds and in-ears, sorted by their comfort score. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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