- Great at drowning out noises in the home
- Works well for keeping out ambient noises while you sleep
- Comfortable enough to wear over long periods of time
If you have a hard time sleeping because of a loud neighborhood or kids that wake up at 5 a.m., then you need earplugs that will reliably drown out those excess noises. These earplugs are great at doing just that. They're also comfortable enough to wear over long periods of time if you're worried about them helping you stay asleep.
Unlike the other foam earplugs on this list, these take a little while to conform to your ear upon insertion, so you need to be patient. You also might have problems with the earplugs rubbing against your pillow if you have shallow ear drums and you use these for sleeping.
Ease of Use: These were the first pair of earplugs tested out and they were actually a really great introduction to earplugs. Instructions provided on the jar clearly explain how you’re supposed to roll the earplugs up into a cylinder and insert them into your ear. The only problem is that they suggest waiting 30 seconds for the earplug to expand, though it took more like 60 seconds if you want it to really secure itself in the canal.
Comfort: Like other foam earplugs, these are on the rougher side. That said, you need that friction to keep the earplugs in overnight. Pain upon waking does not seem to be an issue with these earplugs, so, overall, comfort is a high point with these. They fit well, stay in place, and allow you to go on with your day without having to worry about any residual ear pain from sleeping with them.
The only concern noted is that they are a bit long, so you might feel them brush against the pillow if you move around a lot. They advise not cutting them down any shorter than they are, so you might only want to use these if you have average or larger-sized ear canals.
Effectiveness: Do not expect any issues in terms of staying in place. And these earplugs are also great at blocking out noises. While they might not be enough for a few hours on the shooting range or for a ride on your motorcycle through the country, they are definitely great for sleeping.
Price: You get a jar of 100 plus a small travel case with this purchase. So long as the bottle is “fresh” (be sure to check the expiration date before opening), you shouldn’t have to worry about these earplugs going stale and you losing money on the purchase. Be aware, but this does not seem to be a common complaint when it comes to this particular brand of earplugs.
- Rated #5 in 5 Best Ear plugs