Earbuds can be supremely frustrating. The appearance of a $30 pair doesn't often differ noticeably from a $150 pair. And alarmingly enough, you can't always detect much audio difference between the two either.
That often means buying a pair of wireless earbuds for commuting or working out can turn into a crapshoot without some trusty guidance. Well, consider this your insider's guide. We've assembled 10 of our favorite earbud models that sound great — and all are currently anywhere from $5 to $150 off.
Buds Under $50
These are some of the smallest and most lightweight earphones you'll find — but they've definitely got the skills to be worthy of attention. Each bud has its own speaker, Bluetooth 5.0 chip, battery and mic, so each can work independently if needed. And at 70 percent off, it's the biggest deal in this elite group.
These ultra-light silicone earbuds are ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in your ear for hours. That's a good thing, because with the accompanying charging case, you can fuel up these Jams up to 15 times for a total of 48 hours of playtime, all while on the go.
These buds are packing the exclusive DL02 Immersive Sound Engine, which enhances the clarity of your music while it pumps up the bass. It also works to optimize your music coming from popular streaming services like Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.
The TREBLAB X5s pair instantly with any Apple or Android device via updated Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity within the 33-foot signal range, then bring the music. Offering clear, crisp stereo-quality sound thanks to its advanced 8.2mm drivers, they're also $40 off.
Buds Under $80
The Airs not only feature custom-built composite cellulose drivers for enhanced sound, but it's also rocking 4-mic call technology, which can filter out all the disruptive noise around you while you're trying to talk with someone. That also boosts your voice quality as well, whether you're using both or just one earbud.
If you constantly lose connection between your regular earbuds and your phone, these earphones utilize Signal Enhance technology that actually maximizes the sync between the two. Of course, you can also expect superior audio quality with CVC 6.0 noise cancellation and a battery life of up to 36 hours.
It's not often you find earbuds inspired by the military, but these actually look like equipment that might be issued by the U.S. Army. Designed with the unique shape and pattern of a military kit, these buds come in their own military-style metal charging case and can certainly bring some much-needed fight to your daily combat.
Buds That Should be Over $100…But Aren't
While the Decibullz feature award-winning sound, their coolest feature are the thermo-fit earpieces that conform exactly to the shape of your ear. Just heat them in water, press them to your ear, and you've got 'em — the perfectly fitted earbuds.
No less an authority than CNET says these buds "sound excellent…particularly for the price." Sleek and compact, these 1Mores feature a Bluetooth 5 chip, Qualcomm aptX audio technology and AAC hi-res transmission for better sound than comparable models. And you can respond to calls distraction-free with DSP tech for environmental noise cancellation.
With sweat and water resistance and an ergonomic design that sits comfortably in and around your ear, the Vodo Vibes are well suited for a trip to the gym. These buds also come with dual microphones for better audio during your phone calls and serve up more than six hours of music on a single charge.
Prices are subject to change.