14/08/2017 – 11:31am
Headphones, or earbuds, can be expensive. The higher the price, the better the sound quality. But it is also true that you can pick up very cheap pairs of earbuds for more casual usage.
If you go the gym, for instance, chances are you don’t want to be taking your Bose QC35 headphones, as drenching them in sweat, though perfectly fine, probably isn’t the best idea if you plan on using them for a long time.
For these types of usage scenarios – or, if you’re just after a cheap pair of earbuds – you have plenty of options. Just don’t go expecting high-end sound quality, as that just isn’t possible on a pair of cheaper headphones.
All of the earbuds on this list retail for around or just under £10, and while they won’t rival a pair of £100 earphones, they will certainly provide quite a bit of bang for your buck. And this is the point here – value for money.
Cheap earbuds are great to have around as it doesn’t matter if you break them or cover them in sweat or lose them. I always have a cheap pair of earbuds laying around for the gym or when I take the dog for a walk and it is peeing it down.
So… what are the best earbuds for under £10? My picks are listed, in no particular order, below:
Panasonic RP-HJE125E-K Ergo Fit In-Ear Headphone
Unlike a lot of earbuds on this list, the RP-HJE125E-K Ergo Fit come from an established technology brand and when you use them you will hear the difference.
The sound these earbuds kick out is very impressive, thanks to Panasonic’s OctaRib technology, and they’re also very comfortable to wear, resting nicely in your ear canal.
The Panasonic RP-HJE125E-K Ergo Fit ship with a selection of ear pads as well, so you will be able to find the perfect fit for your ears, regardless of their size.
The big deal here, though, is the performance – the Panasonic RP-HJE125E-K Ergo Fit has a very wide frequency response of 10-24kHz and, as a result, kick out some pretty epic sounding audio.
And they do it all for just £7.06 – check out the reviews for these bad boys over at Amazon.
Betron DC950 Headphones Earphones
These Betron DC950 Headphones normally retail for £30, but are now on offer for just £8.99, which is a pretty big saving.
Like the Panasonic earbuds above, the Betron DC950 Headphones have a super-wide frequency response (20Hz – 20kHz) for huge sounding music.
But unlike the Panasonic, these earbuds actually look like expensive earbuds, thanks to excellent design and build materials.
They also pack in plenty of audio technology, including large 11.5mm Neodymium driver units for massive bass, a tangle-free cable, and they even come with a one year warranty AND a 30-day money back guarantee.
If you’re after exceptional value for money and great design these are the ones to go for. For £8.99, it is more or less impossible not to love the Betron DC950 Headphones.
TAIR Wired In-Ear 3.5MM Headphone
Again, the TAIR Wired In-Ear 3.5MM Headphones are big-hitters when it comes to value for money.
Not only do they look very smart, decked out in all white, but they also perform very well given their meager price tag of just £7.99.
I bought a pair of these last year and basically wore them into the ground over the space of 12 months. I got them because they were cheap and was very impressed by not only their durability but also the sound quality.
The earbuds feature dual-dampening technology for smooth, reliable sound across the board. Bass, treble and the mid-range are all present and accounted for and, while they do lack the punch of the Betron’s, they’re still very good for the price.
You can also take calls on these as well, providing you’re running an Android handset or an iPhone.
These aren’t the best on the list when it comes to sound quality, but they do offer some of the best value for money of any and are ideal options for anyone that’s looking for a decent pair of earbuds for the gym.
Take a look at the reviews for these over at Amazon – people love them.
Q-YEE Wired Earphones
You might not have heard of Q-YEE, but DO NOT let that put you off, as these earbuds are very impressive.
I love the design of these earbuds, the black-on-silver-on-red is really eye-catching, and the overall fit is very good – they fit really snuggly in your ears and, once installed, hardly ever pop out.
Compatible with both Android and iPhone, the Q-YEE Wired Earphones deliver decent sound quality, though they lack the bass response of some of the other earbuds on this list.
For the price, though, and because there are A LOT of options in this price segment, the Q-YEE earbuds are solid, reliable performers that are kind of a jack of all trades (but a master of none).
They are very well put together too, so you don’t need to worry about giving them hell when you’re wearing them.
You can pick up a pair via Amazon for £9.99.
That’s it for now, though I will be adding in new options as and when I test them. If you have any earbuds you think should be included, pop your recommendations in the comments below.