It’s become more common than ever before to see someone wearing earphones for extended periods of time. It’s a tech-lover‘s dream. People have conversations with them in and go through the workday with them stuck in their ears. You may even be one of those people (I often find myself realizing I still have them in while taking a shower!). This happens often these days because earbuds have evolved in such a way where they not only help us zone out and turn up, but they do so while also managing to fit like a glove in the ear.
If you’re looking for recommendations for earphones that are so comfortable and effective they can be worn for hours, or you know someone who needs to upgrade from the over-the-ear and cord options, here are six options of different price ranges, all with powerful performance abilities, that are kind to the ears.
Note: Of course, you shouldn’t keep earphones in around the clock no matter how comfy they are. Do give them a break in order to avoid ear infections, hearing loss and other discomforts from wearing them too long and at too high of a volume. Happy listening!
Loop Experience Earplugs
All day, every day wear
These affordable earplugs, which are highly rated, are touted as the only noise-reducing ear plug made for all day, every day wear. They are able to be that because they allow you to hear everything without being too loud, and off clear sound as opposed to buds that can give muffled playback. And through the new Elements Edition palette, you can try them in some chic colors, including sweet lilac (pictured and captured by Stig De Block), as well as Still Olive, Digital Cobalt and Midnight Mercury.Available at
With its aluminum body, half in-ear design, water resistance and up to 15 hours of battery life, the Oddict brand’s Twig Pros stand out and can stay in — without costing an arm and a leg. And through the Oddict app, you can control how you hear your music through a sound profile.Available at
For those seeking a comfy, cozy fit but have smaller ears that struggle to adapt to certain buds on the market, UE, or Ultimate Ears, crafted their UE Fits to mold to the ear of the user, perfect for ear canals of all sizes. With that, gel tips, dual microphones and noise isolation capabilities, you truly can leave these in for hours and hours.
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Beat Fits Pro
Work it while working up a sweat
There’s no earbud better equipped to stay in and perform at its peak than one that’s built for workouts. The Fit Pros have flexible secure-fit wingtips for comfortable, long wear and great sound thanks to spatial audio features and noise canceling capabilities.Available at
With these in your ear, don’t expect it to be blasting your favorite jams. With an open-ring design, it blends ambient sounds going on around you as you hit the streets with the digital sounds of your music. Because it’s not too loud, these are the perfect buds to truly keep in most of the day.Available at
The Pixel Buds Bro are so serious about comfortably and securely fitting in your ear, when you set them up they won’t be cleared for use until they’re properly placed and adapt to your ear, allowing for an optimal listening experience. The buds are also noise canceling but have transparency mode so you can be sure to hear what’s going on around you outside.Available at