My phone fell into the toilet last week.

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In a panic, I quickly (gross, I know), pulled it out, frantically took the case off, and let it dry. Ms. iPhone still worked! Thank. God. A few hours after the debacle, I had a conference call. I dialed in and heard nothing. Crap. After flipping out yet again, I took a deep breath, put my handy-dandy white headphones in, and voila! Sound, but it still wasn’t great.

This got me thinking. If I needed headphones from now on, why not look into some better ones? I did my research. Turns out, there is whole world of earphones, all for different purposes! So, with my paycheck just coming in, I decided to splurge a little.

I am now a convert, with three different headphones, all serving different purposes:

  1. When I’m at work (ones with phone connect options)
  2. When I’m working out (wire-free)
  3. On my commute/travels (noise-canceling)

Now, if you work, work out, or travel, which I’m sure you all do, listen up (get it?) A good set of headphones is a GAME CHANGER. Here are your best bets:

WHEN YOU’RE AT WORK
On the cheap(ish)
: Klipsch R6i Black In-Ear Headphone – $79.99
Klipsch
These are some of the comfiest earbuds on the market, and with a carrying case, you can take ‘em to and from the office!

If you’re splurging: Master & Dynamic ME05 Headphones – $199
Master & Dynamic ME05 Headphones
With great bass and microphone capabilities, you’ll be set wherever you are. Plus, they’re gold. Who doesn’t like feeling fancy? Exactly.

WHEN YOU’RE WORKING OUT
On the cheap(ish)
: Sennheiser MX 686G Sports – $69.95
sennheiser
I love these primarily because they stay in my ear when I’m running. Nothing worse than being in a groove and suddenly having to stop!

If you’re splurging: Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones – $100.82
Jaybird
If you’re an intense trainer, these are perfect. They’ll stay in your ear, and with killer sound and bass, keeping up rhythm is super easy!

WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELING
On the cheap(ish)
: Thinksound ts02-blkchoc 8mm Passive Noise Isolating Wooden Headphone – $79.99
Thinksound
I’m obsessed with these beauties. The wooden frame is gorgeous, and the sound is even better. Also, there really is nothing better than being able to tune out the world for a good mid-travel nap.

If you’re splurging: Bose Quietcomfort 35 Wireless Headphones – $349
bose
Consider these as headphone royalty. They’re comfy, wireless, and noise canceling – everything you need for a long, relaxing flight.

Happy hearing!

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