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The 5 Best Earbuds For Small Ears - Spring 2022 Reviews

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 Wireless Earbuds For Small Ears

    The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are the best Bluetooth earbuds for small ears that we've tested. These sleek, well-built in-ears have a very comfortable fit and don't enter your ear canal too deeply. They also come with three different sizes of ear tips to help you find the best fit.

    Thanks to their H1 chip, you can seamlessly pair them with other devices in your Apple ecosystem. They also 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. They have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system, and as a result, they can block out a great amount of ambient noise around you. If you like to stream videos from your phone, they have low latency on iOS and Android devices, so you shouldn't have issues with audio lag.

    Their companion interface is quite limited, and it doesn't offer many sound customization features. Their continuous battery life of 5.3 hours also may not be enough to get you through your workday without pausing to recharge the buds again. Luckily, their carrying case holds roughly five additional charges if you need it, and you can even use one bud while the other charges.

    See our review

  2. Best Earbuds For Small Ears Under $100

    The best earbuds for small ears under $100 we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. These well-built earbuds have a comfortable, stable fit. They have a lightweight design, and there are five pairs of differently-sized ear tips included to help you find the best fit.

    They have an ANC system that does an excellent job isolating you from ambient sound, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines. They have a bass-rich sound profile that emphasizes the thump and rumble in genres like EDM and hip-hop, while instruments and lead vocals are clear and detailed, thanks to their very neutral mid-range response. They also work with a companion app that includes sound customization features and lets you set the ANC to different modes to suit the situation.

    Unfortunately, they have high latency, so you may notice audio syncing issues if you use them to watch videos on your phone and computer. Their continuous battery life of roughly 5.7 hours is too short to last through a 9-5 workday or a long trip without recharging. They come with a portable charging case that holds about four additional charges, meaning you can top them up.

    See our review

  3. Best Neckband Earbuds For Small Ears

    The best wireless earbuds for small ears with a neckband design that we've tested are the Beats Flex Wireless. These well-built headphones have small earbuds and a flexible silicone and plastic design. Their in-ear fit isn't too deep, and they're comfortable once you find the right size in the selection of differently-sized ear tips.

    Although they don't have 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, the integrated mic has a mediocre overall performance, so they may not be the best choice for taking phone calls, especially in noisy environments. Their companion app also lacks features like an EQ or presets to help adjust their sound to your liking. That said, these brightly-colored earbuds offer decent versatility at a budget-friendly price.

    See our review

  4. Best Wired Earbuds For Small Ears

    The best wired earbuds for small ears we've tested are the 1More Triple Driver. These in-ear headphones are very light and have a decently comfortable design. They don't sit too far inside your ears and come with nine pairs of decently-sized tips, including some made of foam, so you can pick what size and material you prefer.

    Their overemphasized bass response adds extra warmth and boom to your audio, making them well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. Their mid-range response is also very neutral, and instruments and lead vocals sound clear and detailed, so their sound is suitable for a variety of genres. Unlike many wired headphones, these also come with a portable hard plastic case to protect them when you're on the go.

    However, they lack an ANC feature and don't passively isolate you from very much noise. Some users have reported receiving electric shocks from their units. They don't have a companion app or come with features like an EQ or presets that you could use to customize their sound. Otherwise, they offer a solid overall performance and come with many different tip size options to help you find a good fit.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Earbuds For Small Ears

    The best budget earbuds for small ears that we've tested are the Samsung AKG Type-C. These inexpensive earbuds have a comfortable fit that makes them suitable for long listening sessions. They have a solid, durable-feeling design and come with three differently-sized ear tips to help you get a good fit.

    They use a USB-C connector instead of a more typical 1/8" connection, which is convenient if you own a newer smartphone or computer with this type of port. They provide a low latency connection, so you can use them to watch a movie or make a video call without worrying about audio syncing issues. Their sound profile is well-balanced and suitable for different content, with a touch of extra boom in the bass range that can please fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop.

    Unfortunately, you can only use them with devices with a USB-C port, which can be limiting. They have mediocre stability, meaning they may fall out of your ears during workouts. They also don't have an app or any sound customization features. They offer a versatile sound and a comfortable, lightweight design at a budget-friendly price.

    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 a similar degree of customization. However, they aren't as comfortable and lack ANC. See our review
  • Raycon E25 True Wireless: The Raycon E25 True Wireless are small, truly wireless in-ears. They're more comfortable than the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless but don't have any sound customization features. 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
  • Beats BeatsX Wireless: The Beats BeatsX Wireless are neckband headphones with a stable in-ear fit and a slightly bass-heavy sound profile. However, they aren't as comfortable as the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear/HD1 In-Ear Wireless. See our review
  • Skullcandy Jib Wireless: The Skullcandy Jib are budget in-ears with very small earbuds. They provide pretty good value for their price but have a very bass-heavy sound. See our review
  • Symphonized NRG 3.0: The Symphonized NRG 3.0 are wired in-ears with cool wood earbuds and many tip options. Unfortunately, they sound dark and boomy and have a mediocre in-line microphone. See our review
  • MOONDROP Aria: The MOONDROP Aria are wired headphones with a very comfortable fit. However, they come with fewer tip size options than the 1More and can feel heavy in your ears. They also lack a mic, but they have a much more accurate, neutral bass response, which you may prefer. See our review
  • Shure SE215: The Shure SE215 are wired in-ear monitors that have 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. May 06, 2022: Moved the Shure SE 215 to Notable Mentions. Also added the MOONDROP Aria to Notable Mentions.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. Nov 08, 2021: Replaced the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless with the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless as the Apple offer better overall performance. Also replaced the Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016 with the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless as the Jaybird have been discontinued.

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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