What are the best Earphones for iPhone In 2019?

Pioneer’s Rayz headphones offer a suprerior Apple experience. Their truly hands free Siri experience makes them the perfect pair for any Apple devotee. While they do only come in a wired option, it’s a fair trade off for the technology that’s packed inside.

RankNameOur RatingPrice
#1Pioneer RayzClick For Price
#2HUSSAR Bluetooth Wireless HeadphonesClick For Price
#3Apple AirPodsClick For Price
#4iDARS in-Ear HeadphonesClick For Price
#5BeatsX WirelessClick For Price

Why Buy a Pair Of Earphones Specifically For iPhone?

While most earphones get along just fine with Apple devices, there are a number of awesome features and tricks which only work with certain pairs due to the way in which they were designed.

The chances are you’re unlikely to be connecting your earphones to anything other than your iPhone in the near future, so if that is the case, it would be wise to invest in the “full apple experience” if you will.

Connectivity

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, I’m willing to bet you’re familiar with controversial decision to drop support for the 3.5mm jack. While there has been much speculation about why exactly they chose to do this, it’s unlikely we’ll ever know their true motivations.

That said, provided you are connecting to an iPhone 7 or later at the time of writing, every item in this list will work with your device right out of the box, no adapters required.

With this in mind, however, you’ll still have to choose whether you’d prefer a wired or wireless connection. For the most part, this will come down to personal preference, however, and really depends on your personal circumstance.

Wired

The wired options in our list come with Apples proprietary lightning connection. While it does limit your options in terms of diversity to connecting to other devices, it does mean you’ll be able to connect it to your device without having to worry about keeping an adapter handy.

Wired options are generally good for those who listen to music for long periods of time. Given the majority of wireless options in the list only last around 5-10 hours on a single charge, if you happen to do a lot of traveling or find yourself far away from a power outlet a lot, then you may wish to bear this in mind when making your decision.

Wireless

In picking a wireless option, you’re future-proofing your purchase for both Apple and other products. Bluetooth technology isn’t going anywhere soon so you can almost guarantee you’ll be able to connect these headphones to any playback device in the foreseeable future.

As mentioned above though, the main concern is that you’ll have to keep these constantly charged. While this isn’t a huge inconvenience, it is something to remember if you’re particularly prone to forgetfulness – you could be presented with a flat battery just as you’re gearing up to go for your daily jog.

The Apple W1 Chip

You’d be mistaken for thinking this is just some kind of marketing gimmick from Apple.

However, the general consensus appears to be that there’s much more to this typical Apple buzzword than meets the eye.

You’ll see a couple of headphones on this list contain something called the Apple W1 Chip. This is a custom made Bluetooth chip which boasts increased compatibility and connectivity with Apple’s devices.

The idea is that this chip will provide much faster pairing to your Apple devices. Switch on your earphones and within seconds (3 to be exact), you’re ready to go. Your Apple device will instantly recognize them and pair almost instantly.

This also allows headphones that contain this chip to add in some pretty cool features such as automatic pausing the moment you remove the earphone from your ear.

The downside, however, is that unfortunately, this chip does come at a cost. Naturally, any pair of headphones containing this chip comes in at a premium. If you’re after a truly seamless, truly Apple experience, however, keep an eye out for this little chip.

Siri and Apple Music

One of the highlights of the Apple ecosystem is everyone’s favorite virtual assistant, Siri. Siri has come a long way in the past few years doing an ample job of keeping up with competition and providing some pretty useful features for iPhone users.

Push to talk

You’ll need to press down on a button and Siri will be ready and waiting to take your commands. While it’s not exactly a truly hands-free experience, it certainly gets the job done!

Unfortunately, there are very few options in the market right now that offer true hands-free capability. That said, we do have one suggestion on the list, the Rayz by Pioneer. With these, you can simply say “Hey Siri” to activate it without having to press any buttons or have your phone to hand.

Apple Music

Siri integration makes for a particularly powerful feature when combined with Apple music as you’ll be able to request songs, skip tracks etc. with ease.

A couple of commands you can try:

Siri, play [Song] – Request a specific song

Siri, pause/play – Pause or star the current track

Siri, shuffle my music – Play your library on shuffle

Unfortunately, on the off chance you are locked into a different platform such as Spotify, note that you won’t quite be able to get the full voice controlled experience as you do with Apple Music.

You’ll have to jump through a few hoops to access it, and the functionality isn’t quite as spectacular as Apple Music. That said, Apple are upping their game when it comes to third party integration, so you never know what the future my hold.

Design

Quality

Given Apple generally produce high-quality products, we believe a good pair of iPhone earphones should match that quality. We’ve paid special attention to the overall quality of each item in our list to make sure they won’t just break after a few months.

Earphone vs. Overear

While this does come down to personal taste, it’s probably safe to assume you’re in the Earphone camp right now. There’s are many good reasons too as well.

To start, earphones are incredibly light compared to their clunky over-ear counterparts. Nothing quite beats the freedom of putting in a pair of earphones and forgetting they’re even there.

This also adds to their overall portability, making them an excellent companion for the on-the-go lifestyle. Being able to toss them in your bag without worrying about them being damaged is a huge plus if you’re as bashful as me.

Finally, earphones are great for light workouts. Their design allows for easy cleaning and won’t collect grime and dirt as traditional fabric over-ear headphones do.

Our Top Picks In The

Best Earphones for iPhone 

Category


Our #1 Pick Pioneer Rayz

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QUALITY


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PROS

✓ Lightning Connector

✓ Hands Free Siri Intergration

✓ Excellent Sound

✓ Noise Cancelling

CONS

✘ Wired

These headphones were built with Apple devices in mind from the ground up. They feature true hands free Siri intergration meaning there’s no button to push to access voice commands – a fantastic feature for those on the go who want to control their music without fumbling around with a wire or button. Just say “Hey Siri and she’ll be ready and waiting for you.

Their noise-canceling and audio quality have gotten nothing but praise from users making them a great choice for people who appreciate awesome music quality.

Unfortunately, the only drawback is that these are wired. While this isn’t a big deal to some, you may want to take this into consideration if you’re looking for something truly wireless.

Additionally, their pricing is slightly premium, although generally cheaper than most of the Apple branded products in this list.

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Our #2 Pick HUSSAR Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

 COST


QUALITY


OUR VERDICT


PROS

✓ Waterproof

✓ Wireless

✓ Siri Support

CONS

✘ Basic design

These earphones from Hussar are the full package. They offer exceptional sound quality, a comfortable design and push-button Siri access all for a reasonable price.

Their IPX7 water resistance means you can take these out into the rain and not have to worry about water damage. In fact, this rating even covers you for full underwater submersion making them the perfect match for newer waterproof iPhone models.

Their Bluetooth connectivity means you’ll be able to connect them to a range of devices should you wish.

Perhaps the only downside is that their design doesn’t quite match the usual Apple aesthetic, however, if this isn’t’ a concern to you then these headphones really are a winner.

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Our #3 Pick Apple AirPods

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QUALITY


OUR VERDICT


PROS

✓ Apple W1 Chip

✓ Fully Wireless

✓ Recharge case

CONS

✘ Price

✘ Battery Life

It would be hard to omit these from this list. While they certainly come at a premium, they make for a solid worthwhile investment.

Apple has pulled out at all the stops to create perhaps one of the best Apple listening experiences.

Their fully wireless design offers amazing portability to anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle and their inclusion of the Apple A1 chip allows for easier syncing across Apple devices and stronger, stable connections.

Unfortunately, there are some downsides. Naturally, as with anything Apple-branded, they do come at a premium. Additionally, due to their smaller form factor, battery life is somewhat reduced with around 5 hours of battery life which could pose an issue if you plan on using these for long-haul flights. They do, however, come with a recharge case that’ll keep you topped up for an additional 24 hours which is very convenient.

If you have the budget and you’re looking for a pure Apple experience, these may be the headphones for you.

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Our #4 Pick iDARS in-Ear Headphones

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QUALITY


OUR VERDICT


PROS

✓ Lightning Connector

✓ Great Sound Quality

CONS

✘ Wired

✘ No-Thrills design

Our next pick will really come down to personal preference. These headphones offer everything you need for the full Apple experience – Siri support via push button for voice control, excellent sound quality and a lightning connector.

Unfortunately, these are wired. That said, that may not necessarily be a drawback for some. Without having to worry about constantly recharging the batter, you can toss these in your backpack and forget about them.
Once again, these don’t necessarily have the Apple Aesthetic. If design is an important factor to you then you might want to take that into consideration when purchasing.

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Our #5 Pick BeatsX Wireless

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QUALITY


OUR VERDICT


PROS

✓ Premium Design

✓ Quick Charge

✓ Apple W1 Chip

CONS

✘ Price

Beats often get a lot of flack from Audio enthusiasts. That said, it’s hard to argue that they’ve managed to assert and maintain their dominance in the Audio world. Their use of premium materials and focus on creating the best audio quality proven them to be a worthy addition to this list.

Their quick charge feature allows an additional 2 hours of listening for 5 minutes of charging – an excellent feature for the forgetful among us.

The inclusion of an Apple W1 chip also allows for seamless syncing and connecting providing strong stable connections to your devices.

Naturally, however, this branding does come at a premium. That said, if you’re all about the aesthetics, these may be the perfect fit.

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Conclusion

If you’re looking for the best Apple experience, hands down Pioneer’s Rayz headphones win out against even Apple’s own offering. Their hands-free Siri integration is simply leaps ahead of competitors and they come with superior sound quality to boot.