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Best Skullcandy Earbuds

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Don’t just listen to music. Feel it! 

Skullcandy’s mission is loud and clear. Just like their earphones. Born as a solution to a problem, the founder of Skullcandy – Rick Alden, felt that technology should support a seamless switch between music and calls. The outcome was a brand that didn’t just make headphones but also supported an active lifestyle in a trendy and practical way. 

Just as their name, Skullcandy earbuds defy convention and skip the obvious. The earphone market is flooded with some cool Skullcandy options for you to choose from. Before you dig into the best-of-best list, if you are a first-time buyer of Skullcandy, consider this:

Why should you buy Skullcandy earbuds?

  • Affordability – The earbuds are in the average price range of $25 to $77, which is an okay budget for many shoppers.
  • Something for everyone – Whether you are a casual listener or sports enthusiast, Skullcandy has a wide array of choices from wireless, wired, and true wireless earbuds.
  • Fashionable looks  – Whether it be the skull logo or pop colors and swirls, Skullcandy is very retro and modern at the same time. This is sure to make heads turn your way.
  • Custom tuned – The earbuds are tuned and tested by a team of audio experts at Skullcandy Utah facility, who ensure you feel bass in your bones when you plug in these buds.
  • Fearless Use Promise – Most of the earbud models of Skullcandy support the Fearless Use Promise, which replaces buds at a discount in case if you break or lose them.
  • Comfort fit – The stability ear gels and the overall design of Skullcandy earbuds make them great for workout, adventure, and on the move active use.

 What to expect when opting for Skullcandy earbuds?

While everything is hunky-dory, it is wise to know what to expect when you consider buying Skullcandy earbuds:

  • They are bass-heavy that works well with most of the music genres and has a very youthful vibe to them. However, the sound clarity of vocals is not their forte.
  • Loud thumping sound
  • A cheaper alternative to brands like Apple, Sony, Audio Technica, etc. so you can’t expect studio-quality sound
  • Average durability that requires replacement if not used with care. However, Skullcandy offers discounts on replacements and since they are originally cheap, buying additional sets might not be a deal-breaker. 

To ensure you get your perfect pair as per your budget and preference, we have split the list into two. Skullcandy earbuds below and above $30. 

Top 5 Skullcandy Picks below $30

Skullcandy Ink’d 2.0 In-ear earbud

Skullcandy Ink'd 2.0 Mic'd Ear Bud Headphone (Black)

 

 

Why we picked it – Budget friendly most sold Skullcandy earphones 

Ink’d 2.0 falls within the budget line earbuds of Skullcandy and is one of the most sought after earphones for online buyers. It has a surprisingly punchy bass and sub-bass, courtesy of the large 11 mm driver. 

These fare well in the sound department as compared to other expensive counterparts with a loud and clear sound quality. They are a very good pick for non-fussy everyday listeners who are not willing to spend beyond $20 on an earbud. 

Specifications: 

  • Wired version with 11 mm driver and neodymium magnet
  • Ultra-durable flat cable
  • Single-button in-line remote with mic can take and make calls, play and pause music, and cycle through tracks.
  • Unique color options to suit individual style quotient
  • Two sizes of silicone gel earbud sleeves for a perfect fit
  • 1.3-meter nylon braided ultra-durable flat cable
  • Lifetime limited manufacturer’s warranty

Pros

  • Lightweight, comfortable and durable
  • In-ear design allows for passive noise isolation
  • Flat cable lends them a tangle-free edge
  • Inline Microphone good enough to make calls
  • Responds positively to custom equalization

Cons

  • Sound quality is a bit inconsistent, where highs might not be as crisp
  • The plastic housing gives away their cheap price

2. Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 Wireless in-ear earbud

Skullcandy Smokin' Buds 2 Wireless In-Ear Earbud

 

 

Why we picked it – High on Bass with removable flex-collar

Skullcandy created quite a stir in the world of audiophiles with the Smokin’ Buds 2 in-ear wireless earbuds. With 6 hours of battery, you can carry your playlist wherever you go. For those of you who prefer neckband design, these are a great investment with their lightweight flex collar design.

Smokin’ Buds 2 is a step up from the Ink’d series of Skullcandy, with their thoughtful design and decent sound quality. These buds secure a winning spot in the bracket of affordable wireless Bluetooth earphones with solid bass. 

Specifications: 

  • Stable Bluetooth wireless connection
  • 9.2 mm driver diameter
  • Off-Axis Tech for improved noise isolation
  • Low profile and removable flex collar to keep buds in place or remove it entirely
  • 6 hours of battery life. Takes 2.5 hours for full recharge
  • Onboard Mic/Remote for taking calls or managing music
  • Comes with 2 sets of ear gels – S & M
  • 2 years of warranty

Pros

  • Lightweight collar and flexible neckband for comfort wear
  • Angled and Oval-shaped earbud nozzle offers a secure fit 
  • Massive bass response
  • Flat cord offers freedom from a tangled mess
  • Moisture and sweat resistant

Cons

  • The sound is skewed to the lows. So music genres with a focus on high notes might not sound accurate
  • Battery life might not be enough for avid music lovers

3. Skullcandy Jib+ Plus

Skullcandy Jib+ Plus

 

 

 

Why we picked it – Minimalistic design that is great for first-time users of wireless earbuds

Jib+ is the upgraded version of the Jib Wireless series of Skullcandy earphones with the addition of cool features like splash resistance, voice assistant, and flat sturdy TPE cables. These earphones have a lot of positive customer reviews with many of these swearings by their consistent and multi-dimensional audio output.

The sound quality is pleasantly loud with clear vocals and audible nuances. Though there is no IPX rating, Skullcandy has managed to provide splash and sweat resistant earbuds cased inside fashionable dual-tone matte and glossy accents. 

Specifications: 

  • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity with an average of up to 35 feet range
  • 6 stylish colors to choose from – Cherry Red, Bleached Blue, Electric Yellow, Pure Mint, Black, and Cobalt Blue
  • 6 hours of battery life
  • Splash resistant
  • Microphone and dedicated buttons for track/volume control 
  • Activate assistant (Google Assistant or Siri)
  • Includes 3 sets of ear gels (S, M, L), stability gels, secure cable clip, and 2 years of warranty

Pros

  • Lightweight and fits easily into the ear
  • Flat cables makes them less susceptible to accidental snapping
  • Minimal sound leakage
  • Relatively balanced mids and highs

Cons

  • Bass is in the weaker range and the earbuds deliver treble-heavy output
  • Inadequate sound isolation 
  • Microphone involves little struggle owing to background noises

4. Skullcandy Chops Flex Sports Earbuds 

Skullcandy Chops Flex Sports Earbuds 

 

 

Why we picked it –  Good for music and great for the gym 

If you are a sports or gym enthusiast, then Skullcandy Chops Flex Sports earbuds will not disappoint you. Keeping the buds stay put in ears is a real struggle for people who lead an active lifestyle, and these affordable pair of earbuds do that job perfectly without entering the ear canal. 

The light and flexible ear hanger design and worry-free sweat resistance make them cool companions to wear for longer periods. 

Specifications: 

  • Wired connectivity
  • 13.5 mm driver diameter
  • 4 color variants – Black/Gray, Gray/Red, Blue/Swirl and Mint/Black
  • Single-button Call and Track control
  • 2-year warranty
  • Microphone

Pros

  • Secure and flexible fit
  • Cool design and comfortable wear
  • IPX4 water and sweat resistant
  • No fear of infections
  • Good for people who want to be aware of the surroundings especially during running
  • Easy switch between calls and music and ideal for podcasts

Cons

  • Very low on accessories 
  • Average sound quality
  • The earbud doesn’t enter inside the canal and hence the sound output is felt at a distance. Many users might not be okay with this radio station type sound. 

5. Skullcandy Jib True Wireless In-Ear Earbud

Skullcandy Jib True Wireless In-Ear Earbud

 

 

Why we picked it –  Great battery and affordable true wireless buds under $30

Jib True earbuds pack the flexibility of Bluetooth buds at a great price by keeping things straightforward with just the features you need. Now you can listen to non-stop music for 6 hours on a single charge and an additional 16 hours with the charging case. 

If you don’t want to drop several hundred dollars on a pair of wireless earbuds, then get these Skullcandy wireless wonders. They offer great bass, decent call quality, balanced audio, and extreme portability owing to their compact design case. 

Specifications: 

  • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity 
  • 22 hours total battery
  • IPX4 sweat and water-resistant
  • Use either bud solo
  • Dual microphones and Noise-Isolating fit
  • Call, track, and volume control
  • 2 color variants – 92 Blue and True Black

Pros

  • Discount on replacement buds in case of damage or loss of any earbud
  • Simple controls like Activate assistant, volume and track control without even touching your phone
  • Shrug off sweat or water and workout stress free
  • Clean and clear calls owing to microphones in both earbuds
  • Impressive battery life

Cons

  • Noise cancellation can be a bit disappointing
  • It May not be suitable for running and intense workouts

Top 5 Skullcandy Picks above $30

1. Skullcandy Indy True Wireless in-ear earbud

Skullcandy Indy True Wireless in-ear earbud

 

 

Why we picked it – Value for money and surprisingly good audio performance

With a sleek and truly wireless design, Skullcandy Indy, keeps you connected to your music without the hassle of any wires whatsoever. The buds have been tuned to deliver crisp highs and warm lows without distortion.

The packaging advertises “Connected, Not tied down” – and that’s what Skullcandy tries to achieve with these TWS earbuds with a battery life of up to 16 hours. They are reminiscent of Apple’s AirPods but cost a lot less and are a great alternative to the former. 

Specifications: 

  • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity 
  • Removable stability, ear gels for a secure fit.
  • Up to 16 hours of total battery life
  • IP55 sweat, water, and dust resistant
  • Call, track, and volume touch controls
  • 5 color variants –  Black, Indigo, Deep Red, Fresh Mint, and Elevated Olive
  • Noise reduction for calls
  • 2 years warranty

Pros

  • Premium sound quality at a great price
  • Wear it confidently without any worries of water, sweat, or dust
  • Discounted replacement of earbuds in case of loss/damage to either of the buds
  • Comfortable custom fit with 3 sets of ear tips (S, M & L) and stability gels (L)

Cons

  • The overall volume is a bit low especially for iTunes
  • Slight echo might be felt between the two buds while listening to audio-books or podcasts
  • Re-pairing to another device is cumbersome

2. Skullcandy Ink’d Plus Active Wireless In-ear Earbud

Skullcandy Ink’d Plus Active Wireless In-ear Earbud

 

 

Why we picked it – Featherlight wireless design with stylish looks

Skullcandy Ink’d plus earbuds deliver excellent sound quality for the price they come at. The wireless neckband design which is light and secure to wear can easily make it a favorite among fitness folks. 

They are ideal for people who love music but are not stoked to buy expensive Bluetooth buds. Even while active workouts, the best part is that they don’t weigh down the wearer, don’t fall off, or get entangled with things around. 

Specifications: 

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • 10 mm driver diameter
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life with Rapid Charge: 10 minutes = 2 hours
  • Microphone with call, track, and volume control
  • Activate assistant
  • 7 fashionable color variants in bold and pastel colors – Fresh Mint, Faded Purple, Black, Cobalt Blue, Deep Red, Elevated Olive and Faded Pink
  • 2 sets of ear gels (S and M)
  • 2 year of warranty

Pros

  • Extremely comfortable and flexible to wear
  • Cuts out a lot of background passive noise owing to a snug fit
  • The buds stay put in ears very well even during running
  • The inline microphone picks up the voice well with less distortion
  • Water-resistant

Cons

  • Absence of voice status prompts on Bluetooth pairing, battery level, etc.
  • The neckpiece being thin, flops and moves around the neck a bit too much

3. Skullcandy Strum In-Ear Earbud

Skullcandy Strum In-Ear Earbud

 

 

Why we picked it – Wired luxury that comes with dynamic audio suitable for all music genres

Skullcandy advocated “Best Fit Ever” when they came out with the Strum earbuds –  a wired earphone with a unique flexible design that improves comfort and acoustics while also keeping them in place.

Strum in-ear buds render powerful attacking bass, natural vocals, and precision highs for every playlist – thanks to the specialized audio tuning! For $50, Skullcandy Strum is more than the average performer with a clean sound response in this price bracket.

Specifications: 

  • In-ear wired connectivity
  • 9 mm driver diameter
  • Passive noise isolation
  • In-line microphone
  • Call, track, and volume control
  • 2 pair silicone ear gels (Small and Medium)

Pros

  • Bass response is great
  • Comfortable and secure fit
  • Good overall sound quality
  • Tangle-free cords
  • Convenient universal sliding volume/track control unit

Cons

  • Some friction of wires transfers straight to your eardrums
  • The earbuds could have done better with more pitch to the mids and highs

4. Skullcandy Push Ultra True Wireless In-Ear Earbud

Skullcandy Push Ultra True Wireless In-Ear Earbud

 

 

Why we picked it – Truly wireless, sporty and highly durable Skullcandy buds

Made to get messy, standing true to its name, Skullcandy Push Ultra – pushes away all limits and lets you enjoy musical freedom. Get them wet, get them muddy, rinse them off and repeat. Even the wireless charging case has a ruggedized exterior. Some people may even say Skullcandy overbuilt them. 

Marketed as 100% ambidextrous, both earbuds give you access to all music and call controls, including 3 EQ modes for tunes, movies and podcasts. So you can rock either bud by itself or use whichever hand’s available.

Specifications: 

  • Wireless Bluetooth connectivity
  • 40 Hours Total Battery + Rapid Charge
  • Wireless Charging Case
  • Moldable Hooks + Stay-Aware Buds
  • IP67 Sweat and Waterproof
  • Built-In Tile Technology
  • Available in 3 color variants – Bleached Blue, Energized Yellow, True Black (Limited edition Push Ultra are available on Skullcandy website – Hopeful Mint, Determined Blue, Strong Red)

Pros

  • Unshakable and comfortable fit
  • Easy to find your earbuds using the Tile app
  • Full controls from each bud
  • Impressive battery life
  • Replace a bud or the case at a discount (on top of the manufacturer’s warranty)
  • Moldable ear hooks allow you to hear more of your surroundings when you need to 
  • Waterproof and dust resistant

Cons

  • Doesn’t fit snugly to the ear canal, which might lead to loss of some sound
  • Might be expensive than other gym-friendly options

5. Skullcandy Sesh True Wireless In-ear Earbud

Skullcandy Sesh True Wireless In-Ear Earbud - Black

 

 

Why we picked it – Affordable yet feature-rich 

Kill the wires, not your wallet – that’s how Skullcandy has positioned Sesh True Wireless earbuds. At a price point that is as small as the buds themselves, now you can treat yourselves with wireless fun and great sound. 

The noise-isolating design and three different size silicone gels seal out ambient sounds to keep your music neat. They have noteworthy breathability, comfort, and acceptable build quality that balances your soundtracks’ bass and treble like no other TWS. 

Specifications: 

  • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity
  • Up to 10 hours of total battery
  • IP55 sweat, water, and dust resistant
  • Charging case
  • Microphone, call, track, and volume control
  • Activate assistant
  • 3 color variants – Black, Indigo Blue, Deep red (Limited edition of Sesh Earbuds with Print available on Skullcandy website)

Pros

  • High and pure sound quality
  • Water, sweat, and dust resistant
  • Horizontal in-ear piece and vertical outer piece allows firmer grip and lends good looks to the buds
  • Portable design and the buds don’t fall off the ears 
  • The battery supports short commutes and should last most of the workout sessions
  • Replace a bud or the case at a discount (on top of the manufacturer’s warranty)

Cons

  • The charging case is a bit bulky
  • Supports only the basic SBC audio codec for audio transfer
  • Battery life is anemic for true blue audiophiles

Concluding Comments

Skullcandy has climbed up the popularity charts thanks to their funky youth vibe, cool logo, and price edge over other expensive alternatives. The upbeat brand has been sported by ambassadors that include NBA All-Star – Kyrie Irving and world-renowned pro surfer – Coco Ho, which further helped Skullcandy to connect with its customers.

Skullcandy earbuds have held their place high among the tough competition by the likes of Sony, Bose, Boat, Panasonic, etc. owing to their decent sound quality coupled with affordable technology that stands out.

Skullcandy on your mind? Let us know in the comments section Which Skullcandy earbud has given you the best experience OR Which Skullcandy earbud are you planning to flaunt next?

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