The 9 Best Clip-on Headphones

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Otolaryngologists agree that putting speakers inside your ear canal is not a good idea. In order to avoid treble spikes, soreness, and possible infections, try using a pair of clip-on headphones instead of the earbuds that come prepackaged with many new devices. We've rated the best choices for home, gym, and outdoor use, based on comfort, sound, and build quality. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best clip-on headphone on Amazon.

9. Koss KSC21

8. Sony MDR-Q38LW

7. Audio Technica EQ-300M

6. Maxell EC-150

5. Philips SHS3800

4. Koss KSC75

3. Panasonic HZ47

2. Panasonic HZ11

1. Sony MDR-Q68LW

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