Best Wireless Earbuds for Small Ears (June 2018) – Reviews and Buyer’s guide
by David Wright | June 7, 2018
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 TGH Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 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:
|Model||Battery life (up to)||# Sets of ear tips|
|TGH Wireless Bluetooth Headphones||5 hours||5|
|ZNT FIT Bluetooth earbuds||6.5 hours||3|
|Small Target Wireless Earbuds||9 hours||3|
|Mpow Cheetah Bluetooth Headphones||8 hours||3|
|Anker SoundBuds Slim+ Wireless Headphones||7 hours||3|
1. TGH Wireless Bluetooth Headphones – our Best Wireless Earbuds for Small Ears
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 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 small ears.
2. ZNT FIT Bluetooth earbuds
If you are looking for truly wireless earbuds 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. The ear tips are made of soft rubber and provide a secure fit for more comfortable and safe usage. After all, secure fit is probably one of the most critical factors for truly wireless earbuds, 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.
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.
3. Small Target Wireless Earbuds
Affordable sports earbuds with the IPX7 waterproof rating and 9 hours of working time – 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.
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 small 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.
4. 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-cancelling 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.
5. Anker SoundBuds Slim+ Wireless Headphones
We have arrived at our 5th wireless earbuds in the list – Anker Soundbuds Slim+. These buds come with 4 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 SoundBuds provide great secure fit by themselves, but with ear hooks these earbuds become excellent for any sports and outdoor activities. Up to 7 hours of listening is not the longest battery playing time among headphones in our list, but, on the other hand, it’s not the shortest result as well and should be enough for daily needs for most people.
Returning to the topic of sports, SoundBuds have IPX5 water-resistant standard 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 SoundBuds Slim and customer support.
These are nice wireless earbuds with an affordable price that can easily compete with more expensive models. And, by the way, SoundBuds also have magnets for putting buds together to wear them around the neck while not in use.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.