The 5 Best Earbuds for Flying (2020)

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Traveling can be fun, but that said, passing the time inside a jet’s cabin, flying at 30,000, feet can be a real nuisance. To keep from getting bored on your flight, you might want to listen to some tunes.

Of course, you need the right headphones for this, and that’s what we’re here for today. Let’s get to it and help you find the best earbuds for flying. 


Best Earbuds for Flying: Reviews

1. Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones

If you are looking for small, comfortable, and portable earbuds that work great for flying and travel, these Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones are a great option to keep in mind.

For one, remember that they are very affordable, so if you happen to lose them as you travel, it won’t be a huge deal.

Now, these are in-ear headphones, so they are automatically very small and lightweight, making them great for travel because they don’t take up much room and they don’t weigh much either.

So you can use them on an airplane, they are wired headphones, and no, they do not have Bluetooth capabilities, but this is fine for airplane travel, because you can’t use Bluetooth on an airplane anyway.

What we really like about the Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones is that they come with ear buds of different sizes to fit in almost any ear canal. 

These ear buds are designed to be soft and comfortable, so you can wear them for a long time without discomfort. Moreover, they also create a good noise-isolating effect so you can drown out the sound of the people and the engine of the airplane. Keep in mind, the sound quality here is not going to be fantastic — it’s ok, but not great. 

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Very comfortable
  • Come in multiple colors
  • Simple 3.5 mm connectivity
  • Noise isolating 
  • Great price

Cons

  • Limited durability
  • Not the best audio quality

Best For

If you are looking for super cheap travel headphones that are lightweight, portable, and will let you listen to your tunes on a flight, these Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones make for a fine choice.

2. 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones

1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones Hi-Res Headphones with High Resolution, Bass Driven Sound, MEMS Mic, In-Line Remote, High Fidelity for Smartphones/PC/Tablet - Gold
  • Three drivers- These headphones have two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver. Together they deliver an extremely accurate listening experience with unsurpassed dynamic power and clarity from deep bass to sizzling highs.
  • Tuned By A Grammy Award Winning Sound Engineer- 1MORE collaborated with internationally acclaimed producer, mixer, and sound Engineer Luca Bernard to perfect the final Tuning to deliver a precise representation of your favorite artist's intended sound.

This is a slightly more expensive headphone option to keep in mind. When compared to others we reviewed, these are much more expensive. However, considering that you can buy headphones which are still much pricier, these in all reality still aren’t too expensive. 

In terms of travel, these are in-ear headphones that are very small and lightweight, something which automatically makes them ideal for traveling. They barely take up any room, and if you have them packed away, you won’t even notice them. They’re more than ideal for airplane and all sorts of travel.

In terms of sound quality, these 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones do quite well. As you may have gathered from the name, these are triple-driver headphones that come complete with balanced armatures and dual outer layers of PET; this means that these headphones produce some very high-quality sound, and this is true for bass, treble, highs, lows, and volume in general.

They may not be the best sounding headphones of all, but for travel, and for the decent price, you get more than we would usually expect. They are comfortable to wear, noise isolating, they don’t weigh much or take up much space, and for the decent price, their sound quality is pretty good.

Pros

  • Decent sound quality
  • Moderate price
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Noise isolating
  • Comfortable

Cons

Limited durability

Best For

If you need some decent headphones with fairly good sound quality, don’t want to spend a lot, and need something comfortable for travel, the 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones are a fine choice to keep in mind.

3. Betron YSM1000 Headphones

Betron YSM1000 Earbuds with Microphone and Remote, Noise Isolating in Ear Headphones, Earphones for iPhone, iPad and Samsung
  • Superior Bass; Specifically designed to highlight the bass and tone of any track, the 10mm neodymium drivers of this headphone set provide premium sound quality; Regardless of volume, you will experience crystal clear audio at all times.
  • Premium sound; Big brand quality rivalling much more expensive earphones; 24k Gold Plated 3.5mm jack for optimum performance; Powerful deep bass and balanced crisp mids and highs produce premium audio performance and accurate listening experience.

Going back in the other direction now, these are more affordable headphones to go with, and in terms of price, are somewhere between our first and second products reviewed.

One thing we do want to say is that the Betron YSM1000 Headphones certainly look very sleek. These are some average 3.5mm plug headphones, and no they do not have Bluetooth, so this is perfectly fine for air travel, and you can easily connect them to any music-playing device you may have brought on board.

In terms of comfort, the Betron YSM1000 Headphones come with soft in-ear buds that create a bit of a suction, so they are quite comfortable, they should stay in place, and they isolate noise quite well.

You get a few different sizes of ear buds to suit your own ear size. Moreover, the Betron YSM1000 Headphones are very small and lightweight, so traveling with them should not be much of a problem.

In terms of sound quality, these Betron YSM1000 Headphones are not too bad, and the noise-isolating feature certainly helps a lot. They feature a heavy bass sound, and decent treble too, although their frequency range is not the best.

What is nice is that you get a volume controller built into these headphones, plus they also come with a mic for receiving and making phone calls. 

Pros

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Very comfortable
  • Noise isolating
  • Good bass and treble
  • Ideal for travel 
  • Good price

Cons

  • Range is not the best
  • Durability is not super high

Best For

If you just want a pair of simple and affordable headphones that will perform well for travel, these Betron YSM1000 Headphones are a decent option to keep in mind. 

4. 1MORE Quad Driver in-Ear Earphones

1MORE Quad Driver in-Ear Earphones Hi-Res High Fidelity Headphones Warm Bass, Spacious Reproduction, High Resolution, Mic in-Line Remote Smartphones/PC/Tablet - Silver/Gray
  • FOUR DRIVERS - Diamond-like carbon dynamic driver (like mini speakers) + 3 balanced armatures (like mini tweeters) deliver unsurpassed dynamic power and definition.
  • METICULOUS DESIGN - Streamlined aluminum sound chamber with perfected ergonomics ensures exceptional comfort and noise isolation.

We already looked at one option from this brand name, but whereas those were triple driver headphones, these ones are quad drivers. The most important aspect about these 1MORE Quad Driver in-Ear Earphones to note is that they have some truly amazing sound quality.

This is what they are built for, for clear and crisp audio reproduction. In terms of sound quality, these are going to be the best headphones on this list today. 

They have super clear treble, very deep bass, awesome highs and lows, and more; these are hi-fi headphones with some of the best sound quality.

They also come with special ear buds which are noise-isolating and sound-cancelling, for an even better listening experience. With all of that said, these are much more expensive than anything else which we have reviewed today.

However, they are also some of the most durable and best-sounding headphones out there. They are super lightweight and compact in-ear headphones, which are small and light enough for all sorts of travel.

You even get airline adaptors to plug right into an airplane’s audio system, plus a nice travel case. In terms of headphones which are ideal for travel, these s are definitely near or at the top of the list, but of course, all for a really high price tag. 

Pros

  • Awesome sound quality
  • Superior durability
  • Ideal for travel
  • Many accessories included

Cons

Very expensive

Best For

If you have the money to spend and are looking for a super high-quality option, these 1MORE Quad Driver in-Ear Earphones are a great choice. 

5. Final E5000 High Resolution Sound Isolating In-Ear Headphones

Final E4000 High Resolution Sound Isolating In-Ear Headphones Earphones
  • Enclosure: Aluminum Black Anodized Finish
  • Driver: 6.4 mm Dynamic Type

Alright, so we might have been lying when we said that the 1More headphones above were the best and most expensive on our list today. In fact, these Final E5000 High Resolution Sound Isolating In-Ear Headphones are more expensive, at nearly $300.

You do get what you pay for, and although these cost a lot of money, they’re also some of the best in-ear headphones you will ever find. In terms of durability, you will easily get years and years of use out of them.

Moreover, in terms of sound quality, thanks to the various high-quality drivers and technology which the Final E5000 High Resolution Sound Isolating In-Ear Headphones come with, the bass, treble, highs, lows, and overall accurate sound reproduction are about as good as can possibly be. 

This, combined with the total noise-cancelling effects of these headphones will have you barely noticing that you are even on an airplane. Jokes aside though, seriously, the sound quality and volume you get with these headphones is nearly unmatched by any others. Let’s also keep in mind that they are small and lightweight, and they come with a travel case and hear hooks.  

Pros

  • Best sound quality
  • Ultra-durable
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Carry case included
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Noise isolating

Cons

Very high price tag

Best For

If you want headphones for travel and everyday life, and you have a few hundred dollars you can invest, we would recommend the Final E5000 High Resolution Sound Isolating In-Ear Headphones. 


Conclusion

The most important takeaway is that you get what you pay for. If you are willing to spend more, you will get much higher quality headphones. That said, if you are traveling, by plane or otherwise, something less expensive and basic might do just fine. 

About the author

Glen

My name is Glen. I've been in the audio world for over 15 years. I love reviewing audio equipment and solving audio related problems.