The Ear Buddy Soft Foam Ear Plugs

Last updated date: October 26, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9

The Ear Buddy Soft Foam Ear Plugs

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 259 expert reviews, the The Ear Buddy The Ear Buddy Soft Foam Ear Plugs placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 20, 2019:
Checkout The Best Ear Plug for a detailed review of all the top ear plugs.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
28 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
1,014 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Ear Buddy Earplugs are made from a non-abrasive, high quality poly utherane foam that will remain in your ears all night long.
- Top Best Spec
Perfect for airplanes, noisy accommodations, traveling with a person who snores, or just day-to-day use, the Ear Buddy plugs are reasonably priced and effective.
- Trip Savvy
September 4, 2019 | Full review
As the fit is nice and tight, you don’t have to worry about these falling out in the middle of the night. While your ears may be firmly plugged, you won’t have to deal with any discomfort due to pressure, even while sleeping on your side.
- The Hunt Guides
August 30, 2018 | Full review
The foam molds itself to the shape of your ear canal in about 15 seconds so it stays securely in place. It works well enough as it can minimize the noise levels down to 32 decibels.
- Bestlist
September 2, 2019 | Full review
These earplugs are perfectly designed for concerts, construction sites, shooting ranges, and more.
- YoDiv
These super-soft earplugs are great for sleeping, but they can also be used for other purposes such as hunting, hiking and running the wood chipper in the backyard.
- Current Commerce
They are soundproof so they are able to resist up to 32 dB. As a result, they are able to deal with loud noise from concerts, construction, shooting, or other noisy activity.
- The Z9
August 23, 2019 | Full review
The Ear Buddy Premium Soft Foam Earplugs has a high NRR rating of 32 decibels to ensure maximum noise reduction.
- Best Pickers
July 21, 2017 | Full review
It’s very high noise reduction rating of 32 decibels protects your hearing and provides peace and quiet. This is perfect for sleeping, construction, concerts, hunting, shooting, snoring, and general hearing protection from all types of loud activity.
- Ey Yaa
July 28, 2016 | Full review
These earplugs are fits perfectly in ear means won’t fall out of your ears.
- Best Ear Muffs 4 U
November 2, 2018 | Full review
If you have a partner that’s loud and snores, these earplugs are without a doubt your best way to enjoy a peaceful night.
- Any Top 10
Povides a sixty day, 100% money back guarantee. This is the strongest guarantee industry-wide, showing they truly believe in their product.
- Trek Bible
September 28, 2018 | Full review
These buds are made from non-abrasive polyurethane foam that doesn't immediately rebound, meaning you should be able to easily fit them for a snug fit.
- Sleep Advisor
July 19, 2019 | Full review
These earplugs have the highest noise reduction rating of 32 decibels and they are super soft and amazingly comfortable so you can wear them for longer.
- Ah Joo
Great for studying when you share a dorm with a roommate.
- Sleeping Culture
These earplugs can cancel to 32 decibels noise reduction rate. It feels very comfortable and convenient to use in all day living from sleeping to outdoor activities. You will never feel any pain as well as always stay relaxed.
- The Pick
August 3, 2019 | Full review
The best thing about these earplugs is their noise-canceling properties. Once you pop them inside your ears, you hear nothing and can sleep peacefully even in very loud surroundings.
- Happy Sleepy Head
August 21, 2019 | Full review
These earplugs are one of the longest lasting ones around as well and you can get at a few uses.
- Wear Plug
Also perfect for rock concerts, construction, shooting ranges and other events and occasions that involve loud activity
- Sandman Comes
Using these ear plugs is very easy too. Just squeeze the tip of the ear plug so that it looks like a pin and then insert it in your ear.
- Best 10 Revieweds
One of their main advantages is the fact that you can wear them for different situations: for sleeping, concerts, snoring, shooting, hunting, construction, among others.
- Earmufs
June 9, 2017 | Full review
These earplugs are latex-free, so they’re hypoallergenic for the vast majority of people.
- Outdoor Life
August 30, 2019 | Full review
Protect you from the annoying voice of your neighbors.
- RollawayGuide
September 2, 2018 | Full review
They can be put into the ear by rolling the foam between your fingers and gently inserting it into the ear canal.
- Water Damage Restoration Dallas Texas
It comes with a Noise Reduction Rating of 32 decibels which is as good as you can get anywhere in the industry.
- Technical Ustad
December 15, 2018 | Full review
These ear plugs are extremely soft.
- Sleeping Hamster
These earplugs have a lower NRR rating at 28 dB, but they also have a pretty amazing feature that other passive earplugs don’t.
- Firearm Review
December 2, 2018 | Full review
Highest-Quality Polyurethane Foam w/ Very Slow Rebound Time For Easy and Comfortable Fit Every Time!
- Jones Around The World
What experts didn't like
You may sleep through your alarm. Seriously.
- The Hunt Guides
August 30, 2018 | Full review
But there’s also one downside to consider. For a single use earplug, it’s pretty expensive compared with other brands.
- Best Pickers
July 21, 2017 | Full review
Some customers have suggested that these earplugs are not meant for long term use/can be painful.
- Sleeping Culture
The only issue with these earplugs is that you might need to make a couple of tries to insert them properly. This can be a bit annoying, especially if you’re tired and just want to fall asleep as quickly as possible.
- Happy Sleepy Head
August 21, 2019 | Full review
These ear plugs have a high NRR, but for this product, that means that they are not as comfortable as some of the other foam ear plug reviews.
- Sandman Comes
The size may seem bigger to some people with small ear cavities.
- Best 10 Revieweds
Not good for small ears.
- Outdoor Life
August 30, 2019 | Full review
This earplug is not washable and not reusable.
- Technical Ustad
December 15, 2018 | Full review
They might hurt your ears when used throughout an entire night.
- Sleeping Hamster
Incorrectly using them renders them almost useless.
- Firearm Review
December 2, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Secret To Protecting Your Hearing And/Or Getting A Good Night’s Sleep! The Absolute Best Foam Ear Plugs You Can Get Today! - Super Soft and Amazingly Comfortable - Non-Abrasive, Highest-Quality Polyurethane Foam With Very Slow Rebound Time For Easy and Comfortable Fit Every Time! - Highest Noise Reduction Rating of 32 Decibels! - Won’t Fall Out of Your Ears! BEWARE OF CHEAP IMITATORS! MAKE SURE YOU GO FOR QUALITY WHEN DEALING WITH YOUR HEARING NEEDS! Get The Best. Treat Yourself To The Hearing Protection Your Ears Deserve! Do You Have Annoying Loud Neighbors Or A Snoring Spouse? Tune them out all night long. Our ear plugs for sleeping will give you comfort and quiet all night long! Shooting And Loud Machinery Are Extremely Dangerous For Your Hearing Hearing once lost can NEVER be regained. It is critical to trust the highest quality of ear protection for your priceless hearing. Our ear plugs have been tested and proven to have a noise reduction rating of 32 decibels Read more

Overall Product Rankings

Mack’s Foam Ear Plugs, 50 Pair
1. Mack’s Foam Ear Plugs, 50 Pair
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 41
Eargasm High Fidelity Ear Plugs
2. Eargasm High Fidelity Ear Plugs
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 41
Vibes High Fidelity Concert Ear Plugs
3. Vibes High Fidelity Concert Ear Plugs
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 19
Honeywell Disposable Foam Ear Plugs
4. Honeywell Disposable Foam Ear Plugs
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 26
Flents Quiet Time Ear Plugs
5. Flents Quiet Time Ear Plugs
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 8
Flents Quiet Please Ear Plugs
6. Flents Quiet Please Ear Plugs
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 17
The Ear Buddy Soft Foam Ear Plugs
7. The Ear Buddy Soft Foam Ear Plugs
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 28
Mack’s Silicone Ear Plugs, 6 Pair
8. Mack’s Silicone Ear Plugs, 6 Pair
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 29
Flents Quiet Contour Ear Plugs
9. Flents Quiet Contour Ear Plugs
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 8
Mpow Foam Ear Plugs
10. Mpow Foam Ear Plugs
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 14

An Overview On Ear Plugs

While attending loud concerts and participating in motorsports are fun, the noises produced at those events is often greater than 85 decibels, and as a result, capable of causing noise-induced hearing loss. People are also at greater risk for hearing loss when they are in close proximity to loud noises, like at a shooting range or when using power tools. You don’t need to give up all of these fun activities, however. Instead, you simply need a good pair of earplugs that will reduce the noise.

Simplemost Media

Earplugs are mainly sold in two different types of materials. The first is a urethane foam that is not only soft up against the skin, but also form-fitting. Mack’s Foam Ear Plugs, 50 Pair are easy to compress and insert into the ear. Once inserted, the foam will slowly begin to expand to fit the ear canal. The second material used in making the majority of earplugs is silicone. Mack’s Silicone Ear Plugs, 6 Pair is non-toxic and free of any allergens. It’s also moldable to your ear and able to keep water out.

While shopping for a quality set of earplugs, decide whether you’d like the plugs to have a central pull tab, a side pull tab or no tab at all. The benefit of having a tab is the ease in removing the earplugs when you’re ready to take them out. However, if you don’t have one, the earplugs become virtually invisible, drawing less attention to your ears.

Simplemost Media

Review your needs, and check that the earplugs are designed to meet those needs. Some models are great for kids with sensory processing disorders or adults who suffer from tinnitus. Ergonomically-designed plugs are better for users who need to wear them for an extended period of time, such as overnight to drown out the snores of a spouse. You also want to make sure the earplugs are capable of reducing sound without muffling the noise. Earplugs with attenuation filters are best for this.   

Simplemost Media

Before making your final decision, look to see if the earplugs offer any extras. For example, the Eargasm High Fidelity Ear Plugs come with an aluminum case that doubles as a keychain. The Vibes High Fidelity Concert Ear Plugs also come with a hard storage case that protects your earplugs from coming in contact with dust or dirt.

DWYM Fun Fact

Although earplugs weren’t officially invented yet, Homer mentioned a form of them in his poem “The Odyssey” back in 850 BC. These earplugs were made of softened beeswax and used to shut out the noise of the Sirens (mythical creatures), who would tempt sailors to crash their ships.

Fast forward to 1907, and you’ll come to the first time that earplugs were manufactured and available for sale to the public. Max Newgar, inventor and owner of Ohropax, found a market among hospitals and soldiers heading to war. Newgar used paraffin wax, which remained the norm until the ’60s when silicone models became a better option. Silicone earplugs are still used today.

The Ear Plug Buying Guide

  • Check to see if the brand of earplugs you’re considering has been recommended by a doctor. You don’t want to risk sticking anything in your ear that may potentially cause harm.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling and inserting the earplugs.
  • If you keep the earplugs in overnight, be aware that the plugs may push ear wax back further in your canal.
  • Disposable earplugs should never be worn a second time. Earplugs that are designed for multiple uses must be cleaned regularly to prevent bacteria from entering the ear. This is accomplished by brushing the earplugs with a mixture of soap, water and hydrogen peroxide. You can use a toothbrush with soft bristles, just make sure you rinse the earplugs afterward and allow them to air dry before you use them again.
  • Look for a safety seal on the container of the disposable earplugs if you have small children or pets at home. The earplugs can be a choking hazard.
  • Read the product listing to determine whether there is a satisfaction guarantee. This way you aren’t wasting your money if the earplugs are unsuccessful at toning down external noises to acceptable levels.
  • As you begin comparing the prices of earplugs, you’ll need to look at whether the earplugs are reusable and how many earplugs you get in each pack. On the lower end, you’ll find Mack’s Foam Ear Plugs, 50 Pair and Mack’s Silicone Ear Plugs, 6 Pair, both of which are disposable. The Eargasm High Fidelity Ear Plugs and the Vibes High Fidelity Concert Ear Plugs command a higher price for several reasons. Not only can they be worn multiple times, but they also come with a carrying case.