How Long Do Headphones Last (Updated 2022)

When buying a product which costs huge bucks, most people want to look for each and every minor detail so the product they are going to buy could be worth what they are paying for.

Most people don’t bother looking for minor details and they just search for top headphones and just hit the buy now button. That’s not a good practice and you should read some articles and watch some videos before hitting the Buy Now Button.

At the time of writing this article, We have used over 72 headphones over the course of 3 years and watched many Youtube videos related to what we are going to recommend to you in the last section of this article. 

Now, I’m going to talk about the timespan of modern headphones, tips that can make your headphones last longer than usual, comparison of wired vs wireless headphones and headphones vs earbuds with an overall estimation based on my relation with the products.

How Long do Headphones Last

The simple answer for How long does Headphones last is an average of 5 years. Only a few headphones last longer than 5 years. The average lifespan of headphones is 5 years based on normal circumstances.

If you are the one using them for 10 hours a day, they won’t last longer than 5 years and if you’re using them for a pretty decent time interval there is a fair chance they will last longer.

Wired vs Wireless Headsets Lifespan

Based on research, there are multiple reasons why scientists always recommended using Wired headphones over Wireless and we do prefer Wired headphones over Wireless Headphones as they last longer, are cheaper, they will never have latency issues, easy to use, and less harmful for the environment.

Let’s talk about the Lifespan of Wired Headphones first, Wired headphones can last longer than 7 years. They are the simplest built headphones and can be used for 7 years easily. They don’t require a charge, they are less harmful to the environment and they never had latency issues which we sometimes face with the expensive wireless headphones.

Headphones vs Earbuds

Headphones vs earbuds is kinda interesting because there are so many factors that have to be discussed in order to choose one over the other. If you are the one who has this question in mind, we’re going to discuss some factors that will help you make your decision.

Sound Quality

The #1 factor you’ll look for when choosing Headphones vs Earbuds is sound quality. Both Earbuds and Headphones have insanely great sound quality. If you look at Sony Headsets they are far better than any brands headsets and Beats Earbuds and Apple Airpods have better Earbuds than any company.


Now, this is another important factor, in fact the most crucial one. Earbuds tends to be more portable than Headphones, you can easily carry them in your pocket or in your bag while for headphones you need to have good space in your bag for placing your headphones.

Comfort and Pricing

Comfort and Pricing are the ones we can’t ignore at any point. Some earbuds are easy to fit nicely in your ears but most cheap earbuds are not friendly and can hurt your ear canal badly when used for more than 5 hours a day.

Comfort depends upon the price. Cheap earbuds and headphones can hurt you while expensive ones are designed solely for Comfort and Quality purposes. 

Best Brands of Headphones

If we are talking about the best headphones in the market, we are talking about sony. The first word that comes out of my mouth is, if someone asks me to recommend a good headphone, the first option is sony headsets like Sony WH-1000XM4.

You can watch every video on YouTube, look at every forum, you’ll find Sony #1 brand for headphones. Other brands include JBL, Bose, Sennheiser, Audio-Technica and lastly AKG Acoustics.

Best Brands for Earbuds

Again Sony has secured the number 1 position for best earbuds brand in the whole world. Sony’s WF-1000XM4 is insanely popular among all earbuds and people love it. After Sony, Bose earbuds were considered and then Beasts Fit Pro secured the number 3 spot for best earbuds.

Last but not the least, Apple Airpods pro have a better reputation than Audionic and Xiaomi earbuds. Apple have better sound quality and the active noise cancellation feature is so popular among the masses.

Which brand lasts longer

Sony, Beats, Bose and Apple have the best market reputation for the best Lifespan over the last few years. I personally have used Headsets of these brands and they are just best as what they are doing.

So based on my experience and research, I would recommend you Sony, Bose and Apple. If you are an Apple user you can go with Airpods Pro and for a Wired headphone you can go for Sony as they have the best Sound Quality and Reputation.


The research that we have shared with you is just not random research, we put in hours watching videos and coming up with a list of best wired and wireless headphones. Over the years we have used many Headphones including Samsung Buds Pro and the list goes on and on but the shared ones are the ones we feel proud to recommend to you.

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