There’s no reason to drop a fortune on earbuds you’ll lose. These are so cheap!
Earbuds are a necessary part of using a smartphone or laptop, at this point. These cool, geeky, and cheap wireless earbuds let you pocket that bad boy while you walk, do yoga, or lie on the couch. They let you do whatever you want on your computer — Zoom calls, watching videos — without disturbing the other people in the room. They make podcasts, audiobooks, and your own choice of music available no matter what else you are doing.
There are a lot of expensive ones out there that everyone seems to covet. My take on that is that spending $200 on these will only add to my stress. Do I want to worry about losing something that’s small and could easily fall out of my ear or pocket? I do not.
Here are six earbuds you can afford to lose, replace, or buy as gifts. In the market for some $20 earbuds? I’ve got you covered.
The Anker Soundcore Life P2 True
These are true wireless earbuds ($33) that look like a famously expensive pair but are only $40, including the charging case. True wireless means they don’t use wires to charge (just put them in the charging case for that) or to connect to each other for stereo sound. They are cute, come in three colors, and get five-star reviews from 17,000 people.
They have a long battery life, and you can use them one at a time if you are talking on the phone, which makes them super versatile. Wear them on your morning walk, take a call while walking, wear one all day when working your network for funding, and later wear them to listen to music while sipping wine.
The Tozo A1 Mini Wireless Earbuds
These bitty, wireless earbuds ($20) are super cute, convenient, and small enough to wear anywhere. And with all those cute colors — there are six to choose from — they wear like jewelry. They are light, discreet, and hold a charge for 24 hours (including the battery charging case), so they are perfect for taking on a trip. And how can you pass up that price tag?
These AirPod Dupes for $20
Fashion is one reason for wearing earbuds. If you want to look like you splurged on AirPods but want to save your money for food and rent, these coioc wireless earbuds are the dupe you need at a buy-a-few-because-I-will-lose-them price tag. They are small, get 30 hours of playtime — some of that stored in the charging case — and come in three colors.
Soul S-FIT True Wireless Earbuds
These Soul S-FITs are the wireless earbuds ($64) I carry everywhere. I love them because they fit, look a cute accessory, sound great, and charge in that cute case when I’m not wearing them. They are waterproof, so I can keep listening even if I jump into a quick shower after my morning walk.
They are small enough to have with me so I can fire up an audiobook if my walk gets boring, and that wing that snaps them into my ear is comfortable and makes them stay put. They come in six colors and are on sale right now.
A Gorgeous Pair of Quality Noise-Cancelling Buds
I am a huge fan of Plantronics headphones, and this beautiful pair of noise-canceling earbuds — the BackBeat Pro 5100 ($35) — is no exception. Again, this is a true wireless headphone. These have a microphone that filters out ambient noise so you can talk on the phone from anywhere. And when you listen to music, the sound is rich and immersive. At this price? Must have.
Tozo NC Active Hybrid Earbuds
These headphones with a charging case ($40) are so affordable that I gave a pair to everyone on my gift list back at Christmas, and they all love them. They come with a wireless charging case, are waterproof, fit into your ear, so no one will know they are there, and get over 19,000 five-star reviews from Amazon shoppers who say the sound and battery life are outstanding.
TOZO T10 Bluetooth 5.0
I have not tried these slick earbuds, also from Tozo ($26), but can 205,000 five-star reviews lie? I’m ordering a pair to find out. These are small and use Bluetooth 5.0. Both the case and earbuds are waterproof, and the charging case will charge on a Qi-compatible wireless charging surface. They come in five colors.
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