As a commuting or exercising must-have, earphones are an essential part of modern life. If you’re in the market for a new pair then look no further — we’ve found 10 excellent options for you.
Rather than go down the standard route though, we’ve searched long and hard to find earphones that look good as well as sound good. From dashing designer products to cheap and cheerful choices, there’s something here to suit all budgets.
Take a look through the photo gallery below for our eclectic mix of fun earphones. Let us know in the comments which pair you prefer — and why.
Boasting a warm sound from the natural wood chamber, these earphones are perfect for people who are looking for something more than cold metallics or impersonal plastic.
Designer Danish brand AIAIAI’s unusual Pipe Earphones are available in a “sunset” (pictured) and “petroleum” gradient, offering a different angle on colorful headphones.
Cost: Approx $55
We think Sony’s design department have scored a big win with these rad Eighties-inspired earbuds..
These high-end headphones get a subtle, pretty designer touch with Vivienne Tam’s lovely butterflies.
Designed for “the person who wants to be different” The Clip from snowboard brand Frends offers a rectangular splash of color and a funky fabric cable.
Specially sized for women’s ears, Altec Lansing’s Bliss Platinum Series manages that tricky balance between making something that will appeal to women and not being overtly girly.
For anyone who’d like colorful earphones but doesn’t have the budget to splash out, Philips’ Color Tune product line is ideal. Available in a variety of color combinations, a pair will set you back less than $10.
Cost: Varies (typically less than $10)
These might tip the balance from “novel” to “novelty” but, as they’re made by cable company Monster, the sound quality should be decent.
Paul Frank’s famous marsupial, Julius the Monkey, adds a cheeky touch of fun to these great earbuds.
With an affordable price tag, a bonkers “gas mask” design, range of bright colors and the promise of “big beat bluster” there’s nothing not to like about these funky earbuds from Sony.