Before anything else, you’ll want to figure out how much you’re willing to spend on new earbuds. Value priced earbuds continue to improve, so you can find good “cheap” buds for not too much money (less than $60). But if you’re looking for premium buds from Sony, Apple and Bose, be prepared to spend a lot more.
It’s key that the earbuds you buy fit your ears well. They should offer a comfortable, secure fit. If you don’t get a tight seal with noise-isolating earbuds, sound quality and noise canceling can be dramatically impacted for the worse. Open earbuds don’t have that issue, but they should be comfortable to wear and sit securely in your ears.
Because the fit of your earbuds is so important, it’s critical to buy your buds at a retailer that has a good return policy, in case the buds aren’t a good match for your ears.