How do you know which pair of headphones or earbuds is best for your brand? What’s worth the money? What should you avoid altogether? We reviewed some of the best promotional bluetooth ear buds and headphones available, and shared our top picks below!
Staff Picks: Bluetooth Ear Buds
Budsies Wireless Ear Buds:
Confession: I tried this iteration of Orig Audio ear buds and didn’t love them. Maybe this is a sign that I’m approaching 40, but I honestly couldn’t figure out how to pair them to my phone and to each other. (The YouTube instructional video helped, but I still thought it took too many steps.)
HOWEVER, when the Budsies came to market, I decided to give my favorite tech brand another chance, and I’m so glad I did. These quickly became my favorite pair of ear buds. The sound quality is excellent!
Technically, these noise -cancelling wireless ear buds DO have a single performance-style wire that connects them together, but it’s not cumbersome. This set features a power button, charging outlet, and a microphone that’s built into the cord instead of the actual ear bud. (Historically, this has been my challenge with bluetooth ear buds. With other bluetooth earbuds, people always tell me my voice sounds muffled, but not with this pair.) I also like the full color imprint area on each ear bud. (Just keep in mind that the imprint area is SMALL, so you might need to go with a symbol or super simple artwork.)
Price: For less than $25, these are an absolute steal. (Seriously, what are you waiting for?)
Aria Wireless Headset:
These noise-cancelling wireless bluetooth ear buds charge in their own convenient storage case, which makes it so much easier to keep up with them. (Trust me…when you’re digging around under your desk looking for that one missing ear bud, you’ll get it.) Unlike a lot of the ear buds and headphones I tried, the noise reduction microphone on this one works better than most. I’m not saying that it will completely drown out the chatty folks at the table next to you at Starbucks, but it helps.
The other big selling point for me on this one is the large imprint area on the case. MOST of the time, if you put a logo on a case, the case will get lost or thrown away, and your logo will never be seen again. Since this case is also the charger for this pair, it’s not going anywhere which means lots of repeat impressions for your brand.
Price: At $79.99 to $89.99 per pair, these definitely fall into the “premium” giveaway category, but you can order as few as 6 pair to use for holiday gifts, recognition programs or high value customer gifts. If you’ve got the budget for it, we say it’s worth the extra $$.
Staff Picks: Bluetooth Headphones
How about a pair of headphones that converts to a full-out bluetooth speaker? Simply flip the earpieces on these Switchback headphones and that’s what you get… a two-in-one headphone and speaker! After we saw a demo at our monthly sales meeting, I ordered a pair and put them to the test. Although I didn’t love the built-in microphone, I was really pleased with the noise-cancellation feature and overall performance of the headphone and speaker functions.
This pair offers a HUGE imprint area for your logo, but you can only do a 1 color logo. The most interesting feature? You can load music onto a mini SD card and insert it in the headphones if you want to listen to music without a bluetooth connection. (I admit I’ve never used this but I think it’s such a unique option.)
Price: At $50 to $60 per pair, these make a good mid-range option.
These beauties sport a FULL COLOR, large imprint area and upscale retail packaging, which makes for a killer presentation if you need a high end gift. As far as noise cancellation goes, it performs the best of all the headphones tested, although I thought all four did a solid job in this area. The microphone performs better than average, and the sound quality is REALLY good. (We’re told that the tech specs are similar to Beats by Dre.) You do get a solid 10+ hours of listening time with these, which is a lot longer than most headphones and ear buds.
Check out the video below for a quick demo.
Price: At $100 for a single pair (no minimums), these are the most expensive pair we tried, but we think it’s worth the money if you want true headphones instead of ear buds.