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Best Motorcycle Earbuds: Crank Up the Music on Your Next Ride

These top motorcycle earbuds are comfortable, reliable, and affordable

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PUBLISHED ON September 18, 2019

One way to enhance your motorcycle adventure is by listening to your favorite tunes while you're on the go. The best motorcycle earbuds are designed to be low profile so they fit comfortably and snugly in all conditions. Our buying guide will help you find the top motorcycle earbuds no matter what type of riding you do.

  • Best Overall
    Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds
    Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds
    Summary
    Summary
    These earbuds are designed to offer exceptional sound clarity across all frequency ranges. They are also lightweight enough to offer a comfortable fit.
    Pros
    Pros
    Designed with a waterproof barrier against rain and sweat. They lock in the ears and won’t fall off even if you are running. Exceptional bass.
    Cons
    Cons
    Only offers 5 hours of wireless playtime. No volume controls. They stick out from the ears.
  • Best Overall
    Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds
    Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds
  • Best Value
    Avantree Apico Mini Bluetooth Earbud
    Avantree Apico Mini Bluetooth Earbud
    Summary
    Summary
    These earbuds fit in your ear without being noticeable and are ergonomically designed to fit the shape of your ear canal. They are compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices.
    Pros
    Pros
    They are tiny, low profile, and easy to set up. They fit snugly inside your ears under the helmet, and you can hear clearly at highway speeds.
    Cons
    Cons
    The battery life is not very long, and it’s challenging to use with phone calls because the connection may break in and out. Also, the Bluetooth range is not very good.
  • Best Value
    Avantree Apico Mini Bluetooth Earbud
    Avantree Apico Mini Bluetooth Earbud
  • Honorable Mention
    Holiper Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds
    Holiper Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds
    Summary
    Summary
    These Bluetooth wireless earbuds provide eight hours of playback time, take one hour to charge, and are waterproof, sweatproof, and lightweight. The ear tips are soft and comfortable.
    Pros
    Pros
    You don't have to worry about losing the earbuds when removing your helmet. The sound is loud and clear, the alto and treble are bright, and the bass is powerful.
    Cons
    Cons
    They may not work with a half helmet or pair with all devices. The magnetic snap can be awkward to use, and the cord may inhibit a proper fit.
  • Honorable Mention
    Holiper Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds
    Holiper Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds

    One way to enhance your motorcycle adventure is by listening to your favorite tunes while you're on the go. The best motorcycle earbuds are designed to be low profile so they fit comfortably and snugly in all conditions. Our buying guide will help you find the top motorcycle earbuds no matter what type of riding you do.

    Best Motorcycle Earbuds Reviews & Recommendations 2020

    Best Overall

    The best earbuds let you forget that you are holding a massive weight in your ears, which can make listening to music for long hours quite uncomfortable. This is why the Anker Soundcore wireless earbuds top our list with their lightweight build that's slightly under 0.2 ounces. As for the listening experience, they’re designed with BassUp technology, which boosts the bass by 43 percent while at the same time giving you accurate frequency response across all frequency ranges. 


    Soundcore’s GripFit technology enables the earbuds to be a secure, comfortable, and fatigue-free fit. You simply slide them in and twist to lock. With SweatGuard protection, the earbuds resist sweat, rain, and humidity, which could potentially damage the internal components. Lastly, the earbuds charge in the carrying case, which has a micro USB port, and you can use each earbud separately as the other charges. 


    While these earbuds are lightweight, they do have a thick body, which noticeably sticks out from your ears. Another downside is that they only offer five hours of playtime on a single charge. Also, they have no volume controls, so you’d have to rely on the device they’re connected to adjust the volume.

    Best Value

    These earbuds are mainly for listening to music at home or on the go. The device is small enough to fit in your ear without being noticeable by others and is ergonomically designed to fit the shape of your ear canal without sticking out. The earbuds are compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices, and the device indicates whether it's on or off and connected to your device.


    What sets this product apart from its competitors is its low price. The earbuds are also very tiny and low profile, and the sound quality is above average. They are easy to set up and use, and even if you have a big head, they fit snugly inside your ears under the helmet where they take up hardly any room. You can hear clearly at highway speeds, and they seamlessly play music and deliver GPS directions.


    One problem with these earbuds is the battery life is not very long. Also, it’s challenging to use with phone calls because the connection may break in and out, and it may be hard to hear the person on the other end. Finally, the Bluetooth range is not very good.

    Honorable Mention

    These Bluetooth wireless earbuds with microphones are compatible with iOS, Android, MP3 players, laptops, and more. They provide eight hours of playback time, take one hour to charge, and are waterproof and sweatproof. The earbuds and neckband are lightweight, and the ear tips are soft and comfortable.


    You can listen to music and hear GPS directions when you're wearing a three-quarter, open-face helmet. Also, you don't have to worry about losing the earbuds when removing your helmet because they hang on your neck with a magnetic clip. The sound is loud and works perfectly. The alto and treble are bright, and the bass is powerful.


    There have been some complaints that the earbuds don't pair with all devices. Also, the cord may make it challenging to get a proper fit in your ears; if you pull too far in one direction, the opposite side can fall out. Also, the magnetic snap can be awkward to use, and they may not work if you have a half helmet.

    Honorable Mention

    These earbuds are made with a micro-speaker that sits inside the ear canal, which prevents them from moving. They feature an IPX6 waterproof rating, so they are sweat-proof and can still function in the rain. They include a mic for answering phone calls, and the manufacturer claims they provide eight to 12 hours of nonstop music.


    One of the best features is that you can hear music even with a loud exhaust. The battery life and sound quality are great, and the controls extend down below your helmet, which allows you to make adjustments. The sound is so good you don't even have to crank the device to maximum volume when you're wearing a half helmet and don't have a windscreen. In addition, the earbuds stay in place when you're putting on your helmet.


    One downside is that these earbuds may not work well with a modular or full-face helmet because the cord is too short. Also, the instructions for syncing the Bluetooth may be confusing, and the buttons may be too difficult to operate when you're wearing gloves.

    Honorable Mention

    Wired earbuds experience less frequent interruptions when you are running or riding at high speeds. This is why we included the Klim Fusion, which will improve your audio experience as you ride. The ear tips are designed with memory foam, which admittedly doesn’t offer a secure fit like rubber tips, but is comfortable and also retains the shape of your ears for the best fit. You also get three extra pairs of ear tips of different sizes for a more customized fit. 


    They connect to any device with a 3.5 millimeter (0.14-inch) jack pin port, and the jack pin is reinforced with soft rubber rings that can hold up to the strain of your daily commutes. Also, it has a microphone way down at the junction of the earbud wires, which you can use to answer phone calls.


    While you can easily adjust the volume by flicking the slider, you may accidentally turn the music down low while you are moving. The aux jack fits loosely in your phone and can easily fall out. There have also been complaints about the noise quality, which can sound hollow.

    Honorable Mention

    These earbuds automatically sync up once you take them out of their case. They are designed with Bluetooth 5.0 for reliable connection and 3EQ Sound setting that lets you tune the sound to your preferred setting without the help of an app. The result is a balanced sound with decent bass. You only need to tap it to activate all the intuitive controls. It also has a built-in microphone that you can use to take phone calls or access voice assist features on your smartphone.

      

    It doesn’t cancel out the ambient noise but allows you to enjoy uninterrupted music for a relatively long time. Each individual earbud can offer six hours of playtime and you get 18 extra hours of charge from the case on a single charge. Additionally, the silicone gel tips are water-resistant and, therefore, you needn’t worry about sweating inside your helmet. 


    However, the audio quality can be lacking. The sound lacks volume and bass. Also, these earbuds have a tendency to quit working after several months.

    Honorable Mention

    These may be one of the most expensive earbuds out there but we will show you why they may be worth the extra bucks. First, they are sleek, wired, and designed for selected Apple and Samsung devices. They feature an active equalizer and exclusive TriPort technology, which makes the beat coming through the ear tips feel more realistic and balanced. Also, it’s designed with noise cancellation technology to effectively reduce the ambient noise and let you focus on the music.


    With a simple flick of a button, the earbuds go into Aware Mode so you can listen to what’s happening in your environment. They also have a built-in microphone that you can control with a one-touch button to answer or end calls. You need to charge them to activate the intuitive features and it only takes two hours with the USB cable provided.


    However, these earbuds are very expensive compared to others in this guide. The cables start to fall apart after two years. Also, they don’t fit well inside the ears of some users.

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    Benefits of Motorcycle Earbuds

    • Block out the wind. Wind noise can be loud, distracting, and at times uncomfortable for motorcycle riders. Under helmet, earbuds are good at blocking out the wind and providing other noise reduction features so you can concentrate on the road.
    • Listen to music. The best motorcycle earbuds will enable you to listen to your favorite songs while you're on the road either commuting to work or taking a road trip.
    • Talk to people. The best Bluetooth earbuds for motorcycle riding will allow you to talk on the phone and communicate with other riders who have similarly connected devices. Wireless Bluetooth earphones come with a mic and allow you to make and receive phone calls.

    Types of Motorcycle Earbuds

    Wireless 

    These days, a lot of earbuds are Bluetooth enabled. The best Bluetooth earbuds for motorcycle riding allow you to ride carefree without worrying about wires that may pull, tug, tangle, or get in the way. This is crucial because you don't want to fiddle with your earbud's wiring while you're trying to concentrate on the road.

    Wired

    One of the advantages of wired earbuds is that they tend to be less expensive. In addition, you don’t have to worry about battery life, and they are compatible with nearly any device that has a headphone jack. The downside, however, is that if the cable is too short, it may be hard to ride with them attached to your device. Plus, they may pull free from your phone or MP3 player if you make big or sudden movements. 

    Top Brands

    Avantree

    Avantree was founded in 2004 and is based in San Jose, Calif. The company designs high-quality smartphone and tablet-based Bluetooth accessories for the world's most popular gadgets. We recommend its Avantree Apico Mini Bluetooth Earbud.

    Snug Phones

    Snug Phones is a Canadian company based in Langley, BC. The founders are athletes and motorcyclists who wanted to create earbuds that are comfortable and long-lasting. One popular pair of earbuds are the Snug Phones wireless silicone Bluetooth earplug headphones.

    EAOS SlimBuds

    This Philadelphia-based company creates helmet and glove-friendly earbuds for motorcycle, bicycle, and ATV riding. Its wireless earbuds were designed by two bikers who felt the motorcycle industry lacked quality audio systems. 

    JLab Audio

    Founded in 2005, JLab’s mission is to enhance consumer’s lives with incredible sound, inspired design, and innovative technology. The company launched in 2005 and is based in Carlsbad, Calif. One of its top products is the JLab Audio JBuds Air True Wireless Signature Bluetooth Earbuds.

    Shure

    Shure Radio Company was founded in 1925 in downtown Chicago. The company has been making premium microphones and audio equipment ever since. One of its most popular, noise-canceling products is the Shure SE215-CL Sound Isolating Earphones with Single Dynamic MicroDriver.

    Motorcycle Earbuds Pricing

    • Under $20: You can find various types of earbuds for less than $20, but many of them will have wires, and they won’t necessarily be geared specifically towards motorcycling. 
    • $20-$50: You can find some Bluetooth-enabled earbuds in this price range. Some may be bulkier than others and lack some of the features provided by more expensive options.
    • $50-$100: The best wireless earbuds for motorcycle riding will have a premium price tag. These Bluetooth-compatible units are generally more durable, reliable, and have a longer battery life than cheaper devices. Some products even exceed this price range but aren’t necessarily better overall.

    Key Features

    Comfort

    One of the most important features when it comes to motorcycle earbuds is finding a pair that feels comfortable both with or without a helmet. When you're wearing the best earbuds for motorcycle riding, you should feel little to no discomfort. If they don't feel right, it can be distracting, which can be dangerous.

    Weatherproof/Shockproof

    If you ride your motorcycle in various types of weather conditions, you will need a pair of earbuds that can withstand the elements. Check to see if the product is water-resistant so it can endure the rain. Also, if you ride on bumpy roads, you will need a pair that is shockproof so they can withstand all sorts of vibrations.

    Durability

    While you may be tempted to buy cheap motorcycle earbuds, they may not last as long as more expensive brands. Choose a product that is solid in structure and materials and that will hold up over time. Avoid flimsy earbuds because you will probably need to replace them after a short period of use.

    Other Considerations

    • Low Profile: Low profile earbuds for helmets tend to be more comfortable than the average earbud. Low profile earbuds seamlessly grip your ears and don't stick out. A helmet can put pressure on your ears, and if the earbuds don't fit correctly or are bulky, they will cause discomfort.
    • Added Features: Certain brands of biker earbuds have featured such as noise cancellation and noise isolation. Some are sweatproof or have radio functions that allow you to listen to the news as well as music. Other earbuds provide separate power buttons and volume control for more versatility.

    Best Motorcycle Earbuds Reviews & Recommendations 2020

    Best Overall
    Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds

    The best earbuds let you forget that you are holding a massive weight in your ears, which can make listening to music for long hours quite uncomfortable. This is why the Anker Soundcore wireless earbuds top our list with their lightweight build that's slightly under 0.2 ounces. As for the listening experience, they’re designed with BassUp technology, which boosts the bass by 43 percent while at the same time giving you accurate frequency response across all frequency ranges. 


    Soundcore’s GripFit technology enables the earbuds to be a secure, comfortable, and fatigue-free fit. You simply slide them in and twist to lock. With SweatGuard protection, the earbuds resist sweat, rain, and humidity, which could potentially damage the internal components. Lastly, the earbuds charge in the carrying case, which has a micro USB port, and you can use each earbud separately as the other charges. 


    While these earbuds are lightweight, they do have a thick body, which noticeably sticks out from your ears. Another downside is that they only offer five hours of playtime on a single charge. Also, they have no volume controls, so you’d have to rely on the device they’re connected to adjust the volume.

    Best Value
    Avantree Apico Mini Bluetooth Earbud

    These earbuds are mainly for listening to music at home or on the go. The device is small enough to fit in your ear without being noticeable by others and is ergonomically designed to fit the shape of your ear canal without sticking out. The earbuds are compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices, and the device indicates whether it's on or off and connected to your device.


    What sets this product apart from its competitors is its low price. The earbuds are also very tiny and low profile, and the sound quality is above average. They are easy to set up and use, and even if you have a big head, they fit snugly inside your ears under the helmet where they take up hardly any room. You can hear clearly at highway speeds, and they seamlessly play music and deliver GPS directions.


    One problem with these earbuds is the battery life is not very long. Also, it’s challenging to use with phone calls because the connection may break in and out, and it may be hard to hear the person on the other end. Finally, the Bluetooth range is not very good.

    Honorable Mention
    Holiper Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds

    These Bluetooth wireless earbuds with microphones are compatible with iOS, Android, MP3 players, laptops, and more. They provide eight hours of playback time, take one hour to charge, and are waterproof and sweatproof. The earbuds and neckband are lightweight, and the ear tips are soft and comfortable.


    You can listen to music and hear GPS directions when you're wearing a three-quarter, open-face helmet. Also, you don't have to worry about losing the earbuds when removing your helmet because they hang on your neck with a magnetic clip. The sound is loud and works perfectly. The alto and treble are bright, and the bass is powerful.


    There have been some complaints that the earbuds don't pair with all devices. Also, the cord may make it challenging to get a proper fit in your ears; if you pull too far in one direction, the opposite side can fall out. Also, the magnetic snap can be awkward to use, and they may not work if you have a half helmet.

    Honorable Mention
    Snug Phones Wireless Silicone Bluetooth Ear Plug Headphones

    These earbuds are made with a micro-speaker that sits inside the ear canal, which prevents them from moving. They feature an IPX6 waterproof rating, so they are sweat-proof and can still function in the rain. They include a mic for answering phone calls, and the manufacturer claims they provide eight to 12 hours of nonstop music.


    One of the best features is that you can hear music even with a loud exhaust. The battery life and sound quality are great, and the controls extend down below your helmet, which allows you to make adjustments. The sound is so good you don't even have to crank the device to maximum volume when you're wearing a half helmet and don't have a windscreen. In addition, the earbuds stay in place when you're putting on your helmet.


    One downside is that these earbuds may not work well with a modular or full-face helmet because the cord is too short. Also, the instructions for syncing the Bluetooth may be confusing, and the buttons may be too difficult to operate when you're wearing gloves.

    Honorable Mention
    Klim Fusion Earbuds

    Wired earbuds experience less frequent interruptions when you are running or riding at high speeds. This is why we included the Klim Fusion, which will improve your audio experience as you ride. The ear tips are designed with memory foam, which admittedly doesn’t offer a secure fit like rubber tips, but is comfortable and also retains the shape of your ears for the best fit. You also get three extra pairs of ear tips of different sizes for a more customized fit. 


    They connect to any device with a 3.5 millimeter (0.14-inch) jack pin port, and the jack pin is reinforced with soft rubber rings that can hold up to the strain of your daily commutes. Also, it has a microphone way down at the junction of the earbud wires, which you can use to answer phone calls.


    While you can easily adjust the volume by flicking the slider, you may accidentally turn the music down low while you are moving. The aux jack fits loosely in your phone and can easily fall out. There have also been complaints about the noise quality, which can sound hollow.

    Honorable Mention
    JLAB Audio JBuds

    These earbuds automatically sync up once you take them out of their case. They are designed with Bluetooth 5.0 for reliable connection and 3EQ Sound setting that lets you tune the sound to your preferred setting without the help of an app. The result is a balanced sound with decent bass. You only need to tap it to activate all the intuitive controls. It also has a built-in microphone that you can use to take phone calls or access voice assist features on your smartphone.

      

    It doesn’t cancel out the ambient noise but allows you to enjoy uninterrupted music for a relatively long time. Each individual earbud can offer six hours of playtime and you get 18 extra hours of charge from the case on a single charge. Additionally, the silicone gel tips are water-resistant and, therefore, you needn’t worry about sweating inside your helmet. 


    However, the audio quality can be lacking. The sound lacks volume and bass. Also, these earbuds have a tendency to quit working after several months.

    Honorable Mention
    Bose QuietComfort

    These may be one of the most expensive earbuds out there but we will show you why they may be worth the extra bucks. First, they are sleek, wired, and designed for selected Apple and Samsung devices. They feature an active equalizer and exclusive TriPort technology, which makes the beat coming through the ear tips feel more realistic and balanced. Also, it’s designed with noise cancellation technology to effectively reduce the ambient noise and let you focus on the music.


    With a simple flick of a button, the earbuds go into Aware Mode so you can listen to what’s happening in your environment. They also have a built-in microphone that you can control with a one-touch button to answer or end calls. You need to charge them to activate the intuitive features and it only takes two hours with the USB cable provided.


    However, these earbuds are very expensive compared to others in this guide. The cables start to fall apart after two years. Also, they don’t fit well inside the ears of some users.

    Tips

    • When selecting a pair of earbuds, look for a product that provides several fittings so you can adjust the size so they are comfortable (and won’t fall out) no matter how small or large your ear canals are. 
    • Ensure the Bluetooth earpieces are compatible with your iPhone, iPad, Android, or other electronic devices before you purchase them.
    • Remember that earbuds can be used on and off your motorcycle. If you purchase sweat-resident earbuds, you can wear them to the gym or when you’re working in the yard.
    • For the best audio experience, be sure to clean your ears regularly, using approved wax removal methods or by consulting a physician. Avoid using Q tips because they can damage your ears.
    • Make sure your earbuds and your hands are clean when you insert the product into your ear canal to prevent bacteria from forming. This can lead to an infection.
    • It's a good idea to remove your earbuds every few hours so your ears can rest for a little while. Also, be aware that people with sensitive skin or allergies may be irritated by products with rubber ear tips.

    FAQs

    Q: Is it legal to wear earbuds while riding a motorcycle?

    A: Check with your state's laws. In Ohio, for example, headphones or earbuds are prohibited while driving; however, headphones built into motorcycle helmets are exempt. Some regions may allow motorcyclists to use earbuds in a single ear only.

    Q: What if my device doesn’t pair with my Bluetooth motorcycle earbuds?

    A: Be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions to pair your Bluetooth earbuds with your mobile device. Also, make sure the product is compatible with the type of device you plan on connecting to the earbuds.

    Q: Can I talk to someone when I'm on a motorcycle, or will the earbuds just pick up the noise of the bike?

    A: This depends on several factors. First, you need to make sure you have a product that comes with a mic. Also, some products are better than others at canceling out background noise, such as wind and the bike’s pipes. For the best talk clarity, consider purchasing a helmet with Bluetooth speakers and headphones built-in, such as a Sena.

    Final Thoughts

    Our pick for the best motorcycle earbuds is the Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds. They are lightweight, comfortable, and produce exceptional sound.

    For a more budget-friendly pick, consider the Avantree Apico Mini Bluetooth Earbud.