The Best Cheap Earbuds (Under $15) For Sale on Amazon in 2018

Good earbuds have never been cheaper.

That's because three types of earbuds are fighting for your dollar: truly-wireless earbuds like Apple's AirPods, Bluetooth earbuds with a tether, and traditional (wired) earbuds.

Wired earbuds are the cheapest option. They're perfect for stowing in a carry-on bag so you'll never watch an in-flight movie without sound again. Wired earbuds are also cheap enough to wear (without concern) during sweaty workouts.

Today's earbuds have surprisingly good sound quality. For less than $10, you can score a pair of earbuds with decent bass and an open soundstage. 

If you have large or small ears, look for earbuds that include different-sized tips to adjust the fit. (Finding a comfortable tip is worth it.) Removable tips also make it easier to clean your earbuds.

Keeping your earbuds (and ears) clean is a good practice for everyone, but people with chronic ear infections should be mindful of headphone-induced problems. Remember: All headphones can be dangerous if they're played too loud, so listen at a safe volume.

Here are the best-reviewed earbuds selling on Amazon for $15 or less:

Betron YSM1000 Headphones, Earbuds, High Definition, in-Ear, Noise Isolating, Heavy Deep Bass for Apple iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung Cell Phones and Smartphones (Gold with Microphone)

Avg. Price: $15 | Bargain Price: $10

These solidly-built earbuds sound good and their thick cord doesn't tangle easily, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers noted that these earbuds are not a good choice for the gym because they fall out during intense activities.

Earbuds Microphone, Vogek Bass in-Ear Headphones Earphones S/M/L Earbuds Built-in Mic, Phone Control, Compatible Samsung, Android Phone More (Black-Red)

Avg. Price: $7 | Bargain Price: $6

Vogek's earbuds are lightweight and sound decent for the money, but several Amazon customers found these headphones to be uncomfortable after extended use. Some reviews imply that these earbuds run small (and are better for people with smaller ear canals). 

Wired Headphone Metal Earbuds by Amasing Noise Cancelling Stereo Heave Bass Earphones With Micphone Mic with Volume Control,In Ear Headphones with Magnetic Design for Men for Samsung Iphone 5 6 Pink

Avg. Price: $8 | Bargain Price: $5

Several Amazon customers praised these earbuds sound quality and shiny looks, but some customers had a hard time keeping them in their ears, even with the largest silicone tip. Those reviews imply that these earbuds run large (and are better-suited for big ear canals).

Marsno M2 Wired In Ear Headphones, Earbuds, Full Metal Earphones with Mic and Volume Control, High Definition, Noise Isolating, Heavy Deep Bass,Vibrant Range &Crystal Clear Sound (3.5mm Jack, Premium)

Avg. Price: $15 | Bargain Price: $12

Marsno's earbuds are packaged nicely, well built and they sound respectable for the money, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers wrote that the earbuds' angled design kept them feeling snug in their ears. Despite the manufacturer claiming that these headphones are "full metal," one reviewer noted that the earbuds are mostly made from plastic.

Author's Note: I didn't include Panasonic's ErgoFit earbuds above because there are thousands of suspicious-looking reviews. That said, I have two pairs of ErgoFit earbuds (that I bought on sale for $6) and I love them.

John DeFeo