Turn down the volume with these ear plugs

Maybe you work in a noisy environment. Maybe your home or neighbors are noisy, and you want to study or sleep. Or maybe you’re just commuting and want to read a book. In any of these circumstances, earplugs can help. That’s why we found the best earplugs for any situation where you need a little peace and quiet.

The softest

Mack’s Ultra Soft Foam

Staff pick

Do you have sensitive ear canals? These ultra-soft earplugs are sure to give you relief from the sounds around you since they have a noise reduction rating of 32 dB. Plus, these are disposable, so you won’t have to worry about cleaning them or losing them when you’re traveling.

$9 at Amazon

A new shape

Flents Quiet Contour

The contoured shape of these earplugs means they help block more noise by fitting into the small angles of your ear canal. Plus, they’re great for sleeping, since the contour will also help hold them in place better than cylindrical style earplugs. Since they’re disposable, you won’t need to clean them, and instead can just toss them out.

$3 at Amazon

Easy to find

3M Corded Reusable

Are you tired of losing your earplugs? It might be time to buy a pair that has a cord connecting both of them. This makes them easier to find in your bag when traveling, and you can let them drape across your neck if you need to remove them for a moment. While they aren’t ideal for sleeping (because of their cord), they still deliver a 25 dB noise reduction for all other noisy activities.

$6 at Amazon

Swimmer’s pick

Speedo Ergo

Ready for a swim? Speedo earplugs are the standard when it comes to taking a plunge in the pool or at the beach. They will help prevent ear infections caused by trapped water, or swimmer’s ear. Additionally, they’re completely reusable, since you can wash them after every use before putting them back in their travel case.

$4 at Amazon

Less pressure

Mack’s Slim Fit Soft Foam

If you’re someone who has trouble using earbuds because they feel too big in your ears, then these slim-fit earplugs are for you. The soft, slender foam feels comfortable in smaller ear canals. They also wear comfortably to bed and will block or dampen most noises with their 29 dB noise reduction rating.

$9 at Amazon

Best for music

Hearprotek High Fidelity Concert

Unlike other earplugs that want you to hear as little as possible, these only reduce noise by 20 dB. They’re ideal for performing musicians or concert-goers since they don’t block the higher frequencies like foam or putty earplugs. This means you can have a conversation without screaming at your friends. Their convenient carrying case fits on your keychain, so they’ll be available whenever you need them.

$16 at Amazon

Custom fit

Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Putty

Putty material allows these earplugs to be custom fit to your ears. This means you’ll be able to sleep with them comfortably, even if you’re a side sleeper. The soft material means you won’t have that “full feeling” that happens with most earplugs. Since they won’t expand to fill your ear canal, these earplugs can only block up to 22 dB.

$4 at Amazon

From the top

Not all earplugs suit every situation because of their material or fit, but we found that the Mack’s Ultra Soft Foam earplugs meet the needs of most people. Their incredibly soft foam will be comfortable in smaller ear canals, and their high 32 dB noise reduction rating means they will drown out almost any noise nuisance. Because of their material, they’re comfortable to wear for long periods and even an excellent option for side sleepers. Plus, they’re budget-friendly, which means you won’t have to worry too much if you lose them while commuting or traveling.

If you’re using earplugs for tackling tasks in your yard, or you’re someone who loses them very often, then consider the 3M Corded Reusable earplugs. The string that connects both plugs makes them easy to keep track of, and prevents you from needing to put the plugs in your pocket if you need to take them out for a few minutes. And since you can wash them, this pair of earplugs will last you a long time, making them an economical choice.

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