I'm constantly losing or breaking my earbuds. Sometimes I leave them in my clothes after working out and they get ruined in the wash. Other times, my dog chews on them. Worst of all are the times I have no clue where they even went!
For this reason, I always purchase cheap earbuds. In the past, I typically stayed with the same Panasonic pair. However, since my wife and I were planning on taking our five kids to Disneyland, I decided I'd buy a few different pairs to test them out for my readers. Since we'll lose them all eventually, it seemed like the best approach.
So you know up front, the price range of these earbuds varies from $5 to around $10. This means that one pair could literally twice as expensive as another.
In spite of the price difference, my guess is that I'll get mostly the same sound out of each of them. Let's find out.
UiiSii Us90 Wired Earbuds
This is a rather interesting pair from UiiSii. It's the UiiSii model Us90. I will admit that out of all of them this is the pair that my kids were fighting over. So, clearly for looks they thought it was the best - although not my favorite.
In the Box
Out of all of the earbuds I'm reviewing, this model has the fanciest packaging. Considering the price of these earbuds that actually has me worried a bit. The Uiisii includes 4 extra earbud tips in the box of various sizes. If you have kids these smaller sizes my be worth throwing on to fit their ears better.
The Uiisii Us90 has a honeycomb ear design with a tangle free cable and a single remove button near the top of the cable that pauses or plays music or video. The Us90 is available in 3 colors including space gray, gold, and rose gold.
The earbuds themselves fit into my ear but weren't as comfortable as some of the other models here. Cable length is around 120mm.
Audio and Durability Test
Now for the real test. I took these earbuds for a run as I'll be doing for almost all of them. For me, they get about as loud as I'd want them. They certainly won't knock you out of your seat or anything, but they do get loud.
In addition, I was surprised at how good the bass was. In contrast, I've tested some $200 pairs of earbuds that I received to review. These don't compare to those. However, at 1/20th the price the sound is really good and certainly something I won't complain about for the price.
I spoke to my wife a few times on the phone with these and had her call me as well. As far as the microphone is concerned, it was pretty clear. In fact, my wife mentioned to me that she didn't know I was using the earbud microphone and figured I was still using the Samsung Galaxy S8 microphone. So, I'd say it's good enough.
In terms of durability it's hard to say exactly what I'll get out of these. I have seen a lot of positive and negative reviews to this point. So, your mileage may vary.
Overall, this pair of earbuds was the best sounding of all that I review below. That being said I personally didn't find it to be the most comfortable. This doesn't mean it's painful to wear or anything, it's just not as easy to wear as some of the more ergonomic options.
A Good Disposable Pair of Earbuds for Kids
AmazonBasics In-Ear Headphones
The AmazonBasics In-Ear Headphones are the cheapest of the earbuds that I've reviewed. Taking them out of the box you definitely get the feel that these are, well, basic.
There's no volume control or microphone here and I get why. For $5.95 you can't expect much.
Music for this set, in my opinion, was fine but not nearly as enjoyable as the other pairs. There is little bass and the highs sound a bit tinny to me. Still, I'd have problem giving these to my five-year-old who quite frankly doesn't seem to know the difference yet.
One little touch that I like about these earbuds is that they come with a clip. This is convenient for attaching to my clothing while at the gym. The overall feel of these is very lightweight and plastic. In my ear, they aren't very comfortable either as I move up and down while running. They come with 3 total ear tip sizes including one size that's small enough for my five-year-old. For color, these are available in black, blue, pink, and white.
Overall, I'd recommend these if you have young kids. The cord, sound, design, and look of these is basic, but I guess they let us know that beforehand.
ROVKING Wired Over Ear Sport Earbuds
These sports earbuds are for small ears. They are technically made for adults but work perfect with my 10-year-old.
These earbuds come with the ergonomic hook design. I actually prefer this while running. However, while being lazy on the coach, I don't find it quite as comfortable. Like the UiiSii model, this model includes a microphone and a remote stop and play button. They also have an attachment clip for hooking to your clothing which is certainly a plus.
In the box, you get additional sizes of tips. I preferred the option it came with so didn't try these.
The cord is a bit thicker than the Amazonbasics or other models at this price range. This keeps it from getting tangled as easily as it might.
The sound on these is pretty good. And whether you're running with these or simply letting your kids use them I think you'll be impressed.
For the money I paid for these, I thought they were great for what they are. My kids are pretty hard on these. But for the price, I can afford to replace them every once in a while if they lose or break them.
Panasonic RP-HJE120-K In-Ear Ergofit Headphone
I've been using (and replacing) this exact model for a couple of years. I keep purchasing it because of two main reasons. First of all, it's cheap. At under $10 it's very affordable. You'll pay as little as $8 for the black version without a mic or as much as $17 for the purple version that includes a microphone ($12 for the black version with mic).
These earbuds certainly don't have the bass that the UiiSii model has. However, out of all of these models, I do feel it's the most clear. The biggest compliment I can give to it is that I can listen to my music without really having to think about it.
Of course, there's the mic version. Personally, I haven't used it so I can't speak to the clarity of it.
In the Box:
Out of the box you get the earbuds, no clip, a couple extra pairs of tips, and that's just about it. There is no play stop button and the cord is very plain. So, there's nothing to keep it from getting tangled up and I regularly have to untangle them after shoving them in my pocket.
Overall I really like these Panasonic In-ear headphones. However, I'd put their overall sound quality just beneath the Ouzifish and UiiSii models here. I'm not sure about the other models I've reviewed here and durability, but this pair has never failed me. Considering they've worked several times after being washed, that's saying a lot. That being said, I do think they are the most comfortable. So, you'll have to decide what's most important to you.
Cheap and Good Over-the-Ear Headphones for Kids / Toddlers
No these aren't earbuds, but if you have a toddler you might not be able to fit the earbud into their ears. Or, they simply might not want to have something in their ears. So, this option is for parents who have kids around that age.
The Snug Plug N Play Headphones come in at just under $10 and feature 7 colors with a DJ style look.
The sound is really good here and certainly something that your toddler won't complain about.
These headphones fit my 3-year-old and my five-year-old who has a larger head. The adjustable option makes it work for quite a few sizes. Plus, the durable plastic construction keeps it from getting broken.
No Volume Limit Control
Parents who want to limit the volume on their kid's devices will notice there is not one here. That may be a deal breaker for some. However, these don't get that loud anyway. So, mostly they are designed for kids simply because they are smaller and not because they have any special features.
Overall, I'm happy with these for around $10. My daughter loves the color, they're small enough to fit her head, and she won't yank them out constantly like she does with earbuds.
Ouzifish In-Ear Headphones
The Ouzifish In-Ear headphones are another really great pair of cheap earbuds.
These come with some cool colors in gold, silver, rose gold, and gray. I went with the rose gold (as you can see above) for my daughter. The cable is a thicker non-braided plastic that keeps it from tangling. It comes with a start/stop button that's another nice touch. In the ear it's a bit more comfortable for me than the Ouzifish but not as comfortable as the Panasonic model.
The sound on Ouzifish earbuds has great bass and overall clarity. I really have no complaints for the price. I'd put it on par with the UiiSii model above as the best overall for this group.
In summary, these earbuds are inexpensive, sound great, have a few extra good features, some cool colors, and are a great overall value for your money. They have a premium feel and sound without the price.
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