Full disclosure: wireless earbuds are pretty great. If you don’t have some, then you should probably grab a pair. It’s 2022, after all.
But in a world where fewer phones even come with a pair of wired earbuds, these Bluetooth-rejecting little guys still have an important role to play.
If you need something small and semi-disposable to toss in a gym bag, these are it. If you need something to live in your carry-on luggage so you’re never without them when the baby two rows over starts streaming*, these are it. If you ever let your nice wireless earbuds die and then face the unsettling reality that you literally can’t fold a load of laundry without piping a podcast directly into your brain? These. Are. It.
At two for six bucks, the cost of these amount to a rounding error in the price of typical wireless headphones.
Get yourself a pair. Or a pair of pairs, as it were.
*This started out as a typo for “screaming” but thanks to endless Baby Shark remixes on YouTube Kids, “streaming” works also.