Best Wireless Earbuds for Small Ears in 2020

by David Wright | Last updated

Best Wireless In-Ear Headphones (Earphones/Earbuds) for Small Ears

If you’re looking for the best wireless earbuds and you have small ear canals (or want to give earbuds as a present to someone with small ears), it can be not a simple task to find the right ones – primarily if you’re limited in time.

Luckily for you, we have conducted research and will provide you with the list of the best wireless earbuds for small ears based both on the information we have found across the web and on our personal experience.

If you’re in a hurry, we can say right away that in our opinion the Anker Soundcore Spirit Pro are the best wireless headphones for small ears that you can buy currently. Still, If you have 5-10 more minutes, then we suggest you to check out our full list and read the full reviews below.


Best Wireless Earbuds for Small Ears – our list:

ModelBattery life (up to) 
TOZO T10
(Our best pick)
3.5 hours
(12.5 hrs with charging case)
JLab Audio JBuds Air3 hours
(13 hrs with charging case)
Anker Soundcore Spirit Pro
10 hours
BeatsX Earphones8 hours
SENSO Bluetooth Headphones8 hours
Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth Headphones8 hours
Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless3 hours (9 hours with charging case)
Samsung Gear IconX7 hours
Sony WF-SP700N/B Wireless3 hours (9 hours with charging case)
Juckbo Wireless Earbuds3.5 hours (16 hours with charging case)

1. TOZO T10 – our Best Pick

The problem with most of the budget wireless earbuds is that they usually lack build and sound quality. But after thorough research, I’ve finally found something that offers above-average sound quality even at a competitive price.

The TOZO T10 doesn’t only offer exceptional sound quality, but it also comes with high-speed and stable Bluetooth 5.0. You can quickly connect these earbuds to your smartphone within seconds.

The design is ergonomic, and thanks to the silicon (gel-flexible) inserts, these earbuds become suitable for small ears. The sound transmission is quite good, thanks to the in-call stereo sound.

The bass and treble here are good and ideal for jogging, running, and other sporting activities. Also, there is the reliable wind-noise protection, which helps to hear the sound better during outdoor sports.

The case comes with the built-in charge that supports the battery with 10-hr playback time (4-cycles). That’s what lets you be less worried about the draining battery. The charging case is also compatible with wireless charging (the wireless charger doesn’t come in the box).

The drawback of the TOZO T10 wireless earbuds is that they don’t support phone-control options.

Wireless connectivity is the prime consideration, and this is one of the reasons I have selected this model. As I mentioned above, the T10 comes with BT 5.0 that supports AVRCP, A2DP, HFP, HSP, and produces stereo sound (in-call).

Sometimes, you may realize that only one piece is paired. In that case, you need to ‘Reset’ the options.

The TOZO T10 is rated IPX8 waterproofing thanks to the efficient Nano-Coating protection.

Key Features
› Good sound quality
› IPX8 water and windproofing
› Wireless charging support
› Fast and stable Bluetooth 5.0
Specification
Brand › TOZO
Model › 4353513035 / T10 Bluetooth 5.0
Weight › 0.16 Ounces / 4.54 grams

2. JLab Audio JBuds Air

The JLab Audio enjoys being the official Major League Soccer audio sponsor, and it isn’t surprising at all to get athlete-specific wireless earbuds from the brand. The water/dust proofing of this model is rated IP55. These truly wireless earbuds target the buyers with a low budget.

The sound quality is good, and the noise isolation feature also works well. The JBuds Air comes with 2x Cush-Fin pairs, 3 ear-tip pairs, a USB cable, and a charging case. The device and accessories are plastic made, including the 500mAh charging case. But the design is still delicate and aesthetically appealing.

Each of the buds weighs 6 grams. The in-ear fitting is stable even when cycling and running. The angled-nozzles support ergonomic fit, but after wearing them for an hour, you may feel a slight hint of discomfort.

The charging case serves you with an additional 10-hr playback. The durability of the USB cable is doubtful, though. However, JLab claims to have the cable tested for at least 10k bends before it shows any sign of damage.

In addition to the basic controls, this particular model facilitates the users with advanced controls, including volume adjustments and access to the virtual assistant (Google or Siri). Pressing the earbud-panel thrice, the device cycles through 3 EQ presets including bass boost, balanced, and signature. The JLab JBuds Air is compatible with the JLab App.

As for the battery, it doesn’t impress. It lasts for just over 3 hours of constant playback. But the 500mAh charging case lets you forget about the draining battery because it serves with the additional 10-hr charging anywhere anytime.

It is good to see BT 5.0 connectivity that comes with a range of 10 meters. But don’t forget that the BT connection doesn’t support aptX here. Keeping in mind the price, the lacking of aptX doesn’t really hurt, in my opinion.

If you use iPhone, you are lucky to have AAC support, but in case if you use an Android smartphone, you could be frustrated by the audio-visual lag.

The sound quality is impressive as long as you talk about the low-end frequencies. But the mids and highs fail to impress. If you are looking to enjoy optimal sound quality, then you probably need to spend a bit more and look for something from the higher price-tier.

Key Features
› IP55 Water/Dust Proofing
› Compatible with the JLab App
› AAC support for iPhone users
› Advanced controls – Volume adjustment and Virtual Assistant (Google and Siri etc.)
› 500mAh Charging Case with 10-hr of additional playtime
Specification
Brand › JLab
Model › EBJBUDSAIRRBLK82 / JBuds Air
Weight › 5.6 ounces / 158.75 grams

3. Anker Soundcore Spirit Pro

Anker Soundcore Spirit Pro are a great earbuds in terms of sound quality, fit, sweat/water resistance and playtime . This model is the updated version of previous Anker’s bestseller: SoundBuds Slim+.

The Soundcore Spirit Pro comes with 3 sizes of ear tips and 3 different sizes of ear hooks. More than enough to choose from for the majority of people with all possible sizes of ear canals.

The ear tips of Anker Soundcore provide great secure fit by themselves, but with ear hooks these earbuds become excellent for any sports and outdoor activities. Battery lifetime increased to 10 hours of listening comparing to 7 hours in SoundBuds Slim+.

Soundcore Spirit Pro earbuds have IP68 water-resistant standard and their sweatproof SweatGuard technology so that they can be safely used in various conditions such as sweat during intensive training or raindrops. As well as Mpow, Anker gives their customers 18-month warranty on Soundcore and customer support.

These are nice wireless earbuds with an affordable price that can easily compete with more expensive models. And, by the way, Spirit Pro earbuds also have magnets for putting buds together to wear them around the neck while not in use.

4. BeatsX Earphones – Ear Pieces by the Famous Brand

Beats is a brand known for providing accurate sound with great clarity in every detail. With the BeatsX earphones you will immerse in your music as they have maximum noise cancellation for a great experience. They feature a state-of-the-art acoustic design that conveys clear treble and deep bass with no distortion. That allows you to listen to a wide range of music genres.

BeatsX earphones have a distinctive Flex-Form cable that fits comfortably in the ear. This cable has adjustable fitting options making the earphones suitable for all types of ears. The design is comfortable enough for an all-day listening experience without causing fatigue to the ear.

They are lightweight and compact, not to mention the sleek design they exhibit.

There is an Apple W1 chip incorporated in the Beats earphones that changes the way you connect to your devices. This technology allows for effortless connection even while switching to your Apple devices. The chip provides an 8-hour battery life perfect for when on the go.

Featuring the fast fuel, you will get two hours of playback on low battery with a 5-minute charge. With these earphones, you can receive and reject calls, control your music as well as activating Siri with remote talk.

5. SENSO Bluetooth Headphones – Quality Sound with Affordable Price

Sports enthusiasts can attest to how annoying it gets when their earbuds keep falling out off ears when they are exercising. Senso headphones are one of the best for these situations as they provide perfect fit for every ear. It’s achieved thanks to the adjustable ear hooks that ensure a comfortable fit for different types of ears. The ear hooks have gel flex silicone earbuds for a firm and fatigue-free fit.

Waiting for wireless headsets to connect can be a daunting task. As a result, the Senso provides a suitable solution by connecting smoothly up to 30 feet away from the devices. They combine the Bluetooth V4.1 wireless with CVC 6.0 noise isolation technologies, and allow you to fully enjoy every bit of your music. You will like inconceivable sound reproduction with strong bass and clear detail.

The earphones have a durable design with IPX-7 waterproof rating to prevent sweat from causing any damages to them.

They have the longest lasting battery compared to other earphones in the same category. When on standby mode, you get up to 240 hours and they take 1.5 hours to achieve full charge. Featuring the advanced lithium polymer battery, you are able to enjoy your music for up to 8 hours.

6. Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth Headphones

These earbuds come with 3 ear tip sizes out of the box – nothing special here, but the tips provide stable and secure sealing, and the biggest tips can be used for noise isolating purposes.

The Mpow Cheetah has an interesting behind-ear design with ear hooks and resilient wire that’s automatically rolled up for carrying in pocket or bag without entanglement. This wire also snugs against the neck or your head giving comfortable and safe wearing. All of these design features make Mpow Cheetah great earbuds for jogging, running, biking, workouts and any other outdoor activities.

The battery provides up to 8 hours of playing time, which is always good for people who don’t like or not able to recharge the device frequently.

Earbuds work with Bluetooth 4.1 technology and also powered by AptX codec that additionally increases sound quality.

As for the warranty, Mpow provides an 18-month guarantee, and that is incredible for any wireless earbuds.

7. Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless

If you are looking for the utmost music experience, then you might think of investing in the Jabra Elite sport earbuds. These earbuds offer the most premium sound quality and comfort, including people with small ear canals.

Each earbud features two microphones which work at minimizing destruction for perfect listening experience. The call controls enable you to receive calls, end them or reject them. You can play, pause, track forward and backward with the intuitive music controls.

They use the Bluetooth 4.1 technology to ensure effortless connectivity to other devices and provide a comfortable and secure fit every time. This is because they have flexible fitting options designed for different types of ears and enable all-day use without fatigue. These are the best earphones for sports as you have an option to either wear one or both earbuds.

Featuring an IP67 waterproof rating design, sweat and moisture will not damage them.

Jabra Elite Sport have up to 9 hours of battery power for all-day listening enjoyment. You get 3 hours in the earbuds and when placed in the charging case, you will have the extra 6 hours. As mentioned earlier, these are the best earbuds for sports as they feature advanced heart rate monitor and TrackFit motion counting sensor.

Your phone will display the calories burned, training effect, average heart rate and speed via a dedicated App. The tracking controls allow you to open the Jabra sport app on your phone, start or stop the workout and receive real time coaching feedback.

8. Samsung Gear IconX

When it comes to truly wireless earbuds, Samsung seamed lacking something for a long time, but it is not a case anymore. The company jumped in with the promising Samsung Gear IconX. This model quickly pushes back its predecessors, and it is good to realize that this upgrade works far better than we previously had from Samsung.

The Samsung Gear IconX earbuds feature a low profile compact design. For optimal comfort, the interior of these earbuds comes with foam-cushion. It means that you don’t need to jam-tight the buds in ears. The design is smart and practical that helps the buds to stay without sticking out. Also, the earbuds come with wing tips for a secure fit.

As far as the controllers are concerned, the Samsung Gear IconX replaces buttons with the touch-sensitive pad. That’s a smart move because buttons often irritate. But you’ll need time to get used to this touch-panel.

You will have to memorize tap-combinations to use different functions. Initially, it will be a bit frustrating, but once you get used to, things get more and more comfortable.

The best part about the IconX is that these earbuds are compatible with Samsung smartphones. Once connected, you these headphones serve you with real-time coaching. That is why they call IconsX one of the recommended models for runners.

The coaching comes in the form of robotic instructions to keep you motivated. Besides, you get a couple of fitness tracking features. The Gear IconX also features a built-in slot compatible with a 4GB memory card.

The noise cancellation is good. It’s not exceptional, but acceptable as the device has Ambient Sound Mode to support you when you are outside. Wireless (Bluetooth) connectivity is stable for both Android and iOS devices.

The sound quality of the Samsung Gear IconX is not outstanding, but not bad either. The highs are a bit distorted. But if the volume settings are moderate, the sound quality is pretty nice. Overall, it is an enjoyable listening experience as long as the volume is not set too high.

The battery of the Samsung Gear IconX lasts for up to 7 hours, and the good thing is that it supports USB Type-C Fast Charging (10-minute quick-charge that lasts for 1 hour of playback).

Key Features
› Stable BT connectivity (iOS and Android supported)
› Splash/Sweatproof
› Compatible with Samsung Connect App
› Type-C Fast charging (10-minute charge for 1-hr playback)
› Touch-panel instead of controller buttons
Specification
Brand › Samsung
Model › SM-R140NZKAXAR
Weight › 4.96 Ounces / 140.6 grams

9. Sony WF-SP700N/B Wireless

Beauty, stability, and solidity are three words I can use to describe the Sony WF-SP700N/B. This model from Sony has been certified by IPX4. Basically, the designers had the idea of producing something for sports enthusiasts. The Sony WF-SP700N/B wireless earbuds easily survive sweat and splashes.

The design is curvy, compact, and fitting. The structure of these earbuds somewhat resembles pebbles. The bud easily slides into the ear. To make is more small-ear-friendly, Sony offers wingtips to help the buds properly hold grip inside the ear.

The profile is minimal, and the placing of the control buttons is pretty suitable. There are not too many buttons on the buds but just a tap button. Perhaps, it may take some time to get used to this button, but it doesn’t frustrate as long as the buds manage to impress through their sound quality.

The Sony WF-SP700N/B offers exceptional sound quality, especially if the bass is what impresses you. The sound features punchy bass, and the highs are clear and livelier. Sony has done a great job to enable this device to produce the sound that nearly resembles 3D quality.

Talking about the Bluetooth, the connectivity is convenient and stable. Sony has included NFC pairing to fasten the Bluetooth speed and to optimize connectivity. What impresses the most is the noise cancellation quality of the Sony WF-SP700N/B. These earbuds serve you with the 3-NC options. You can easily reduce noises and distractions to enjoy the crisp sound fully.

The earbuds are compatible with Android and Apple smartphones. You can sync them via NFC and Bluetooth.

Also, there is an Ambient Sound Mode. You have the freedom of blending music and mixing surrounding sounds which is a nice feature, especially when you are outdoor or in the gym.

As for the battery life, the WF-SP700N/B comes with a suitable battery that supports playback for ~3 hours. With a charging case you can increase this time to up to 9 hours.

Key Features
› Exceptional bass with clear highs
› Above-average noise cancellation
› Splash/water/sweat resistant (IPX4 Rated)
› Compatible with Sony Headphones Connect App
› NFC and Bluetooth
Specification
Brand › Sony
Model › WFSP700N/B
Weight › 0.27 ounces / 7.65 grams

10. Juckbo Wireless Earbuds – Great Multi-Device Compatibility

Busy individuals always love having something that serves multiple purposes along with the primary functions. The Juckbo Wireless Earbuds offer promising multi-device control at a competitive price. You can play media tracks and attend phone calls via these earbuds.

If you have small ears, these earbuds are suitable because you have the option of selecting from several tips. The design is ergonomic, comfortable and easy-to-fit. They are lightweight, and you don’t feel discomfort even after wearing them for over an hour. To hold the earbuds in place, they have a 4-point support system.

The earbuds pair with each other automatically. Pairing them with other devices sometimes takes a little longer than usually. The sound quality is acceptable for this price range. It provides clear and crisp sound as long as the volume is moderate.

The Juckbo earbuds have IPX5 waterproofing rating, so you need not worry about sweat and splash.

The speed of battery charging is pretty fast. It reaches from 0% to 80% in just 30 minutes. The battery indicator keeps you updated about its current level. Once fully charged, it provides up to 3.5 hours of playback time.

Noise cancellation of the Juckbo Wireless Earbuds is disappointing though. Sometimes it becomes problematic if you happen to be in a noisy place.

The maximum volume level doesn’t produce as much sound as you might expect, but as mentioned before, the quality of the sound remains good as long as the volume remains moderate.

The in-call stereo sound is supported by the PC antenna and MEMS Silicon filter. Nano-Coating serves with waterproofing feature, but this model is not meant for swimming anyway.

Key Features
› Call response and track selection without touching the smartphone
› Fast battery charging
› IPX5 waterproofing
› 3.5-hrs playback battery life
› Added stability thanks to the 4-Point support
Specification
Brand › Juckbo
Model › B07RXJGMZT
Weight › 4 Ounces / 113.4 grams


Previously listed earbuds

ENACFIRE E18

ENACFIRE E18 True wireless Earbuds

EnacFire E18 are wireless earbuds with superior sound quality reproduction and will bring the most comfort for any type of ear. Unlike the conventional earbuds with annoying pairing, these connect with one-step pairing technology. It means that you can readily connect as long as they are on.

They are contrary to the traditional ones that need clicks on the power button for connection. It will only take you a few seconds for you to start enjoying your music with these earbuds.

The best part about these earbuds is the multiple using modes they come with. These modes provide listening satisfaction at different levels and moods. When you are home relaxing and unwinding, the stereo mode will bring you the much needed satisfactory with the premium HD sound.

Also, when you want your family or spouse to listen to a great jam, the earphones have a share mode for that experience. The single mode allows you to listen to your music as well as the sound in your surroundings.

These earbuds offer circa four hours of music playtime on a single charge. The charging case has power that last up to 15 hours for uninterrupted listening experience on the go. This supplements the less hours given for music playtime.

There is a built-in microphone to pick calls conveniently. The anti-drop design of these earbuds make them suitable for people with small ears even when engaging in movement activities.

LEZII GW10

LEZII GW10 True Wireless Headphones

If you are tired of earphones falling off every time you engage in strenuous activities, then these Lezii GW10 wireless headphones are for you. They feature the latest v4.2 Bluetooth technology for faster connection and with minimal delays. This enables you to enjoy your favorite jams with reduced destructions.

These earphones use the true wireless technique which completely eliminates the use of cables for easy walks and jogs. Each earbud is designed to be used as a Bluetooth headphone, all on its own for a divergent listening experience.

When it comes to fitting in the ear, these in-ear headphones are perfect for different ear types. This is because they use a soft and sweat proof material on the earbuds to protects the ear. The ear hooks have a comfortable design that doesn’t fall off when exercising, running or even sleeping.

These earphones feature multiple connection function which allow you to select between the single-mode and twin-mode. Single mode allows you to pair each earbud with a different handset whereas twin mode enables sharing quality audio with a friend. There is also a microphone for receiving calls as well as activating Siri.

The earphones come with a storage case with charging function for great convenience on the move. This case has a battery capacity of 450mAh and is rechargeable via USB. To charge, simply place them in the case and the red pilot light will light up to indicate they are charging.

ZNT FIT

ZNT FIT Bluetooth earbuds

If you are looking for truly wireless earbuds for small ears that you’re going to use primarily for calls, then ZNT Fit model is worth to look at. These are entirely cordless in-ear headphones with up to 6.5 hours of music playing, up to 8 hours of talking and it only takes 0.5-1.5 hours for full charge.

ZNT Fit comes with ear tips of 3 different sizes – small, medium and large. The ear tips are made of soft rubber and provide a secure fit for more comfortable and safe usage. After all, good fit is probably one of the most critical factors for truly wireless ear buds, because if they fall out of ears, there is just nothing to prevent them from hitting the ground and possible damage.

There are two magnetic chargers with USB connector in the package – this may be pretty convenient because, for example, you can keep one of them at home and the second one in your car.

Important note: there is only one earbud in the package. So make sure to order 2 items if you need the full set of earbuds.

The sound that the ZNT FIT earbuds deliver is close to crisp and pretty clean, but it’s not too loud. So if you’re a lover of listening to the music very loudly, then these headphones are probably not your choice.

But if you need some earbuds without any wires at all that deliver solid sound quality while talking and music playing with an average volume – these ZNT set might be a winner for you.

Small Target

Small Target Wireless Earbuds

Affordable sports earbuds with the IPX7 waterproof rating, 9 hours of working time, and suitable for smaller ears – that alone sounds pretty cool, right? Let’s add the AptX codec here for better sound quality and one year manufacturer’s warranty, and you get one of the best options between all the existing wireless earbuds for small ears.

As you can see in the photo, these earbuds have ear hooks that adjust over the back of the ears for more secure fit (indeed for sports). They also have wire clamp for its length adjustment. The earbuds are perfect for exercising, working out, cleaning the house, hiking or any other activities that involve movements.

With the battery that delivers up to 9 hours of play time, you can easily take these earbuds on a day trek or a long bike ride. You can connect the Small Target to two Bluetooth devices at the same time. Thus you can pair the earbuds with some HD player and with your phone simultaneously so you won’t miss a call while listening high-quality music.

In open space the operating distance is up to 33ft – this is enough for comfortable listening while cleaning the house and keeping the smartphone in one place (of course, you may need to carry it from time to time).

The earbuds have 3 different sizes of ear tips in the package so that they will hold securely in the ear canals – including small ones.

It’s worth to say that there are only two reasons why we haven’t picked the Small Target as the best wireless earbuds for smaller ears:
1) they have 3 sets of ear tips versus 5 sets of TGH earbuds. Even though it’s not crucial in most cases, while choosing the best earbuds specifically for small ear canals, it’s essential that earbuds have as much ear tips of different sizes as possible. Because “small” is a relative concept and two people with (relatively) small ear canals may still need two different sizes of ear tips to have the best experience.
2) The design of TGH earbuds is better than Small Target, even though it’s always a subjective point without a doubt.

Overall, the Small Target are fantastic wireless earphones and, considering its low price, you probably cannot go wrong with them.

TGH

TGH Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

These earbuds are very comfortable, lightweight and deliver excellent sound quality. They are powered by 10mm speakers – these are one of the biggest speakers on the market used in wireless earbuds of similar sizes. This helps the TGH earbuds to provide deeper bass and cleaner sound on mids and highs as well.

The earbuds have the magnetic clasp which allows securing buds around your neck during a break in listening. This model also has the built-in microphone, so you don’t have to get your phone out of the pocket to answer a call.

The battery in TGH Wireless Headphones allows up to 5 hours of listening while it takes only about 1.5 hours for a full charge. It also has a 15-min quick charge option so that even when you have very little time for charging you will still get one or a few hours of wireless great sound.

The headphones come with 5 set of ear tips: 1 set of Comply Foam tips and 4 sets of silicon tips. Of course, their sizes are different and, in addition to all the other advantages, that’s what makes these earbuds best for people with small ear canals.

To summarise, in our opinion the TGH Wireless Headphones are great Bluetooth earbuds with a reasonable price, high-quality sound and substantial battery lifetime. And the presence of 5 sets of ear tips in the package makes these headphones the best for a person with tiny ears.


What You Should Know Before Buying Wireless Earbuds (Buyer’s Guide)

We’ve also written a buying guide for choosing cordless earphones in our Best Wireless Earbuds article, so you may want to check that out as well.

First of all, let’s find out what are the main advantages and disadvantages of wireless/Bluetooth earbuds in comparison with the standard wired headphones.

Woman running and jumping with wireless earbuds for small ears

The strongest advantage of all the wireless headphones is the freedom in movement while listening. No matter what you do – running, riding a bicycle, walking, riding a scooter, mountaineering/climbing, working out, exercising at the gym, moving in public transport or just cleaning the house – you will feel the comfort of the absence of cables. And in some activities and sports (like swimming) it’s almost impossible to use regular wired headphones at all, so switching to wireless can be the only way out for some people in some situations.

Many wireless earbuds also allow controlling audio directly from the headphones, without a need to reach a phone or other audio source. Sure, some wired earphones have a remote control on its cord as well, so it’s not always an advantage and still depends on specific models.

Of course, there are no advantages without the drawbacks. And here are the main ones:

Downsides of Wireless Earbuds

1) Need to charge.
One of the most significant (and understandable) downsides of wireless headphones is that it requires charging. Again, this depends on specific people and their lifestyles. For someone who only needs small earbuds for a few hours a day it won’t be an issue at all. But for another person who, for example, loves long hikes – having one more device that needs charging can be an additional headache.

This disadvantage is however continually weakened with the development of technology and increasing the battery capacity. There are already models that provide 12+ hours of wireless play time. And battery’s lifetime will only improve with time due to new technologies (in particular also due to the popularity and the development of electric vehicles and their batteries).

2) Higher price.
Even though this downside is also gradually eroding, the price of wireless earbuds usually higher than standard wired earphones with similar audio quality. Of course, there is nothing strange here because, except for the speakers themselves, all wireless headphones have at least Bluetooth/Wi-Fi module and a battery on board. And most of the wireless devices also use some extra modules and technologies (e.g. AptX) that cost a penny as well.

However, thanks to amazing manufacturers from China (and not only), there are enough models currently with excellent sound quality (comparable with wired headphones) in various price categories.

3) Harmful radio waves.
Unfortunately, there are no comprehensive studies on this subject yet and usually only a few mention radio waves as shortcomings of all wireless devices (including wireless earbuds). However, based on my research, I’m almost sure that any headphones (and any other devices) that work via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi technology harm our body. The magnitude of the harm is a task for professional research in this field, but the fact of the harmful effects itself is beyond any doubt for me.

Personally, while understanding the risk of using wireless earbuds, I do own and use them, but from time to time only. I also have conventional wired earbuds and try to use them most of the time.

So, my honest personal advice for anyone who wants to buy wireless headphones is to use them only in situations when a wired option is not suitable – e.g. while running, working out and so on. Sure, I could be wrong with it and, probably, radio waves don’t harm our health at all. But, as they say: it’s better to be safe than sorry.

4) Sound quality.

Audio waves
Yes, due to the limits of wireless technologies wired headphones generally have cleaner sounding. With the technological progress, the differences are getting smaller and smaller though. So, for most people, the sound quality of good wireless earbuds is more than enough for daily needs.

However, if you are a true audiophile and catch every note and tone of all sounds – most likely you will need wired headphones to satisfy your music lover nature completely.

Choosing the best bluetooth earbuds for small ears

If you have ears with small ear canals (or you’re looking for a gift for someone who has small ears), there is only one general thing you have to take care about when choosing the best wireless earphones – it’s the availability of interchangeable tips with different sizes in earbuds package.

We made sure that all the wireless headphones mentioned in this article do have various ear tips, so any person with small ear canals can comfortably use any of the models mentioned above.

Eartips sizes

When buying wireless earphones, you should always check whether they will fit in your ears. How the earbuds fit determine the comfort and sound quality you get.

Getting the right size for small ears can be tricky. That is due to the fact that people have ear canals with different shapes and forms. For this reason, you should pay attention to the size of the eartips if you want a comfortable fit.

When your earphones keep falling off while engaging in different activities, they become a nuisance. Eartips that are too small don’t work well to form a strong seal for sound isolation. This means that the sound you get will be of low quality with minimum noise cancellation.

However, if you are buying the earphones for small ears, they will provide perfect fit with no discomfort. Larger eartips have similar effect as they can cause utmost discomfort and can easily slip out of the ear.

Wireless earphones offering multiple sizes of ear tips are the best options since you can get the right size for your ears. You are able to try all of the eartips to ensure you get the right one offering comfort and secure fit as well as good sound quality. Small ear tips have a deeper fit that produce the best sound results.

Larger ear tips on small ears will sit at the threshold of the canal and may provide comfort when partaking lighter activities like sleeping. The right size of eartips will keep the earbuds strongly inserted in your ear. Also, most sport earbuds have ear fins to hold them shallowly in the ears.

Comply Foam vs Silicon ear tips

There are two main ear tips for in-ear headphones (both wireless and wired models) currently: it’s silicon ear tips and foam ones. Each of them has its pros and cons, however, two different people can have opposed opinions on each of them.

First of all, let’s clarify what Comply Foam tips are.

Comply is a registered trademark of Hearing Components, Inc. In short, the story of this brand started in 1990 when a former employee of the 3M company Robert Oliveira (PhD) allocated the Comply brand to a separate company. Since that time Hearing Components Inc. has been creating a wide range of product for hearing with a speciality in foam formulation.

The Comply Foam ear tips use memory foam technology which allows them to adjust to the shape of the ear canal while exercising, running or working out (due to temperature changes and movement). This also leads to a richer bass and better sound experience overall. You can read about all the benefits of Comply Foam on their official website.

How to insert Foam tips in ear canals

At first glance, this may look like something too obvious to write about, but Comply Foam tips have to be inserted a bit differently than regular silicon ear tips.

First, you need to roll/squeeze the tip into a thin cylinder. Then gently insert the entire tip into the canal and hold it in for 10-15 seconds. During this period the foam will expand and take the shape of your ear canals, and you will be ready to explore all the benefits of Comply foam tips with great isolation.

Of course, besides the correct inserting, you will likely need to test out different sizes of tips to choose the one that suits you best.

How To Prepare Comply Foam Tips for Inserting

Should I choose only between earbuds that come with Comply Foam ear tips?

In my opinion, the answer is no. And here is why:

First of all, if you pick quality wireless earbuds most likely even silicone ear tips will provide robust sealing and sound delivery. And secondly, you can always buy Comply Foam tips additionally if you feel that standard silicon ones don’t satisfy your needs.

So you should always consider and compare earbuds and their filling (like battery capacity, Bluetooth module, sound quality, etc.) first while also making sure that there are ear tips of different sizes inside the package.

In other words, foam tips are not able to transform some poor headphones into good ones. But they can really enhance advantages of quality earbuds and help to move your sound experience to the next level.

 

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16 replies
  1. Judith
    Judith says:

    It’s an remarkable piece of writing in favor of all the internet visitors;
    they will get advantage from it I am sure.

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    • David Wright
      David Wright says:

      Thanks for your question and for stopping by, Kim!

      Apple Airpods is not the best option for people with small ear canals simply because you can’t choose between different sizes of ear tips (since they are made in one-piece body). So they can cause inconvenience (or even pain) by putting pressure on ear canal.
      Another reason why I personally don’t recommend them is the price. Simply compare it with the Anker Soundcore Spirit Pro – you can get them for apprx. 1/3 of the Airpod’s price. And with Anker you’re getting 3 different sizes of eartips and up to 10 hours of playtime vs 5 hours in Airpods.

      And if you need truly wireless earbuds and the price is not an issue, then I’d recommend to take a look at Jabra Elite Active 65t. They’re a bit more expensive than Airpods, but again they come with 3 different ear tips and the sound quality is better than in Airpods.

      And finally – this is just my subjective opinion, but I don’t like the way Airpods look when I see other people using it. They look as if the wire broke at the wired headphones :)

      Hope it helps.

      Reply
  2. John Koning
    John Koning says:

    Thanks for a great article – am looking for my wife who has very small ear canals – tired of going on line and ordering to find they still do not fit – is there a store that would allow to test size? we are in the Toronto/Barrie area.
    Thanks John

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  3. John Koning
    John Koning says:

    Hi David – also need to mention she has a FItbit Versa and swims – would like to load music on her watch and then listen while working out and swimming.
    Regards

    John

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    • David Wright
      David Wright says:

      Hi John! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I understand that some ear canals are so small that it’s really difficult to pick the model with a suitable ear tips. But, just curious – did your wife try Anker Soundcore Spirit Pro?
      As for store that allows testing – I’m not from Canada, but it seems that this store has demo at least for some of the models: https://baybloorradio.com/headphones/in-ear
      Also, you may ask this one as well: https://www.planetofsoundonline.com/collections/headphones

      P.S. With Fitbit Versa any earbuds should work fine as long as they are Bluetooth.

      Let me know if I can help with anything else ;)

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  4. Rafika
    Rafika says:

    Hi David!

    I’d like to know if there are any of these are almost as similar to the Apple earphones (size and quality wise). Those are the only ones that fit into my ear perfectly. Other classic wireless earphones with rubber tips are usually too big or won’t fit properly.

    Thanks!

    -Rafika

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    • David Wright
      David Wright says:

      Hi Rafika!

      I think Anker Soundcore Spirit Pro and BeatsX should suit you. Both sets have several ear tips with different sizes, and their smallest ones are smaller than AirPod’s earbuds. Of course, I can’t guarantee it, because it depends on auricle structure, so you have to test them. But I’m almost sure that they should be suitable.

      Thank you for your comment, and feel free to ask more questions if you have any ;)

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    • David Wright
      David Wright says:

      Hi Luiza,

      Great question! Actually, I’m going to update the article soon. And I will include Samsung Gear IconX and Galaxy Buds here, as both models have nice price/quality ratio, and they’re suitable for small ears as well.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  5. cindi
    cindi says:

    hi David.
    i just recently broke down and bought a pair of Anker Zolo Liberty plus. i was motivated by the graphene-powered sound. i really have trouble with comfort and fitting with ear buds. the zolo’s come with 9 different sizes of silicone tips and none of them work. i wanted to let you know that having an ample selection of tips doesn’t not suffice that all ear canals will be satisfied. i can’t tell you how many earbuds i’ve given away due to discomfort. i’ll be giving these away as well. too bad, they have great sound.

    i learned a lot from your article! thanks so much. cheers

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    • David Wright
      David Wright says:

      Hi Cindi,

      Thank you so much for your comment and information regarding your experience with the Anker Zolo. You’re absolutely right – having different sizes of ear tips doesn’t guarantee that earbuds will suit everyone with small ears/ear canals. It’s simply because small ears are different too. So the only way to make sure that earbuds will suit a person is to test/wear them for a while. But, to be honest, I’m a bit surprised that none of 9 tips fit you.

      Sincerely wish you to find the right model that will be the best for you. Once again, thanks for stopping by and for your kind words!

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    • David Wright
      David Wright says:

      Hi Mary,

      Sorry for a bit late reply! Jaybird are great earbuds overall, and I have them as the best option in another list. But, unfortunately, I’m not sure whether they’re a good fit for small ears or not.

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  6. Niki Wise
    Niki Wise says:

    As a person with small ear canals, I find it very difficult to know if the earbuds shown have small openings if the photos don’t show the earbuds holes. I’ve used Shure earbuds for years because they have really small sound openings and will stay in one’s ear. I regret to say that I lost my most recent pair, yesterday.

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