Whether you are at home or on the go, many of us spend a lot of time listening to music on our headphones. If you are looking for investing in a nice pair of headphones, it can be pretty confusing when you are trying to find out which kind you should buy. Here we go over the different types of headphones ( earbuds, earphones) and explain the main differences between them.

Over-Ear Headphones

What it is: Standard over-ear headphones have thick headbands and large ear cups that surround the ears.

Who should buy it: If you are looking for comfortable fit and the size doesn´t matter to you.

On-Ear Headphones

What it is: Usually more compact than over-ear headphones. They are smaller with ear cups that rest on the ears.

Who should buy it: For a user who wants a comfortable fit in a more compact design


What it is: Small, portable headphones with earbud tips which rest at the edge of the ear canal.

Who should buy it: If you want portable design and find an in-ear fit uncomfortable.

In-Ear Headphones

What it is: Same as earbuds, but the earbud tips are inserted into the ear canal.

Who should buy it: For listeners who want a portable design and are comfortable with the in-ear fit.

What type of headphones should you buy?

If you are looking for the best headphones you can buy in 2018, we put together a list of the best we found. The 10 Best Headphones For Any Budget In 2018.