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Wireless Earbuds Buying Guide

Last Updated on May 9, 2020 by ashwinig

A new pair of wireless earbuds might seem interesting, but before you pick up a pair, you need to see if it meets your needs. However, some people might not be familiar with the term earbuds. So, for them, earbuds are basically designed to sit at the start of the ear canal. So, they come somewhere in-between the in-ear monitors and full-fledged headphones. Now, you need to consider some important things that must be considered before buying a pair of earbuds as different types of earbuds have somewhat different features, and getting the most expensive earbuds doesn’t necessarily mean that they would be the best for you. Please go through this guide to get an idea about what to look for in a pair of earbuds, and you will be able to choose the best pair of wireless earbuds for yourself.

Different Kinds of Earbuds

Earbuds are manufactured by various companies, and they can be categorized into two types depending upon how they rest on your ears. The first kind are clip-on, and the second type are in-ear.

Clip-on Earbuds

Clip-on earbuds are like clip-on earbuds, that is, they have a clip like structure that goes over your outer ear. The driver unit gently rests against your ear canal, and due to its design, these earbuds are the most comfortable to wear. These wireless earbuds offer decent sound quality as well as battery life. They are comfortable to wear and very portable, making them perfect for use while working out. However, these earbuds don’t offer noise cancellation. So, wearing them outside where ambient noise levels are high, you might not be able to enjoy the music. Another problem with these devices is that the driver unit doesn’t fit into the ear canal, and thus the sound would leak out. So, the people around you might hear the music and get distracted.

In-ear Earbuds

In-ear Earbuds are the most used earbuds. They are very similar to the in-ear monitors, and the driver units are placed directly in the ear. This provides a seal between the ear canal and the outside. Thus, giving decent noise canceling. The in-ear earbuds are more portable than clip-on earbuds, and there are some variants that are totally wireless. These earbuds are quite like the Airpods but are even smaller. However, due to their small size, you don’t get the best sound quality that is possible. Still, the sound quality is decent enough for regular use, and if you shell out extra money, you will get some good sounding earbuds.

Things to Consider While Buying Bluetooth Earbuds

Earbuds are sound-producing devices and are quite like earbuds. So, the things that you need to look for in the earbuds are the same as that of earbuds. Let us look at what matters when buying a pair of earbuds.

Frequency Response

It tells us about the frequency range of sound that a headphone could produce. A healthy young person is capable of hearing sounds ranging between 20 and 20000 Hz. Most headphones keep their frequency response within this range. However, some might even go as low as 15 Hz and as high as 25000 Hz. Theoretically speaking, these ranges won’t make these headphones better than the other ones because we don’t hear sounds that are not within the 20 to 20000 Hz range. However, some people claim that headphones with the ability to produce music with a higher frequency range sound a tad bit better.

Sweat and Water Resistance

If you are going to use earbuds while exercising, then opting for sweat-resistant earbuds is a must. This would ensure that your earbuds don’t get damaged due to sweat or water entering the earpieces and causing short-circuits. So, check out the different kinds of ratings and resistance while buying yourself a pair, especially if you are going to use them specifically during exercise.

Battery Life

Battery life is something that you would be looking at before anything else. So, if you are a frequent traveler then, it would be a good idea to choose Bluetooth earbuds with good battery life as nobody wants to spend a trip with music getting shut off in the middle because the earphone batteries died. So, go with the earbuds that also come with a feature that lets you charge and use them at the same time because earbuds aren’t exactly known for their amazing battery lives.


In the end, it all boils down to the money you are willing to spend on the earbuds. Wireless earbuds could come for prices that are as low as a thousand Rupees and could also go up to one lakh Rupees. It is true that the more you are willing to pay, the better the experience would be, but it doesn’t mean that you get the most expensive pair. So, depending on your requirements, choose the earbud that fulfills as many requirements as possible without burning a hole in your wallet.

In-Line Controls

In-line controls help you with receiving and rejecting calls, playing, and pausing music, changing the volume, and summoning the digital assistant without any need to touch your mobile phone. So, if you want all these features, then you should opt for a pair that comes with in-line controls. However, at times, earbuds that are purely music-oriented won’t come with anything more than volume control. So, prioritize before buying any headset. However, in-ear earbuds generally don’t offer in-line controls, and if you need them, you should ideally choose a clip-on earbud.

Noise Cancellation

Most earbuds offer two kinds of noise cancellation features, namely, active-noise cancellation and noise isolation. Now, both the options perform the same task, keeping outside noise away from your ears so you can hear the music clearly. But they employ a different approach to achieve this goal. Noise isolation earbuds just block the outside noise from entering your ear physically. They either cover the ears or make a seal within the ear canal. Active Noise Cancellation earbuds physically block the external noise, but they go a step further to ensure a better performance. These earbuds have tiny microphones located on the outside whose job is to pick external noise. The earbuds understand the frequency of the external noise and make a noise at the opposite frequency to that of the external noise alongside the music. This process cancels out the external noise, and the music is all that the wearer hears. If you are looking for noise cancellation, then you should opt for the in-ear monitors as they offer the best noise cancellation of the three.


Buying a Bluetooth earbud without considering your use case might not be a good idea. If you are a casual user, then you would preferably not go with an earbud offering superior sound quality or better dust and water resistance than required. On the other hand, a regular swimmer should opt for a pair that offers great water resistance and provides a seal that prevents water from entering the ears, and if you are a true music lover, then you would definitely want the best sounding pair of earbuds even if they don’t offer other features such as the ability to control Siri or Google Assistant. As these additional features add to the price of the earbuds, you need to see which features you want and then choose the headsets that offer the desired features.

Wireless Earbuds Buying FAQs


What Are the Different Kinds of Wireless Earbuds?

Wireless earbuds can be classified into two categories depending on size. In-ear earbuds, which are the smallest, and clip-on earbuds which are the most popular design among people who work out. They offer slightly different noise cancellation and battery life. But, are overall quite similar.

Are Bluetooth Earbuds as Good as Wired Earbuds?

A decade ago, or so, Bluetooth earbuds were nowhere near wired ones in terms of quality. However, with the newer powerful hardware and better codecs, the quality of Bluetooth earbuds is at par with the wired ones, if not better.

How Long Do Wireless Earbuds Last?

The in-ear wireless earbuds could last anywhere around 3-4 hours, whereas the clip-on earbuds could go up to 10 hours on a single charge. However, none of these could offer 20 hours of battery life as over-the-ear headphones do.

How Long Do Wireless Earbuds Take to Charge?

The charging time depends on the battery size. So, it takes around 2 hours to charge the in-ear monitors and up to 4 hours to charge the clip-on earbuds.

What Should I Consider While Buying A Wireless Earphone?

You should look at the use case, the budget, the microphone, and battery life. Other things that you need to keep in mind are noise cancellation, sweat & water resistance, and the portability of the headset.

How Much Do Different Kinds of Wireless Earbuds Cost?

The cost of Bluetooth earbuds varies on a lot of things, but mainly it depends on the brands and the design. You can get them for as low as a thousand rupees and may even need to spend as much as one lakh rupees for the best pair.

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