Best Ear Protection for Shooting in 2016

Finding the best ear protection for shooting or to call them by their name, the best earmuffs for shooting, shouldn’t be a difficult thing to do now when the internet offers so many options. But this might actually represent a problem by itself because you might feel overwhelmed by the number of choices you can make.

That is exactly the aim of this article, to help you make a choice faster and easier. We concentrated the information so that you can make a definite choice much faster than you would usually do by randomly surfing on different sites.

We only included the best earmuffs for shooting in terms of value for the money, quality of materials and overall user experience. We also split the article into categories so you can find the one that suits your needs best, faster by using the quick navigation table above.

The ear protection headphones present in this review are from multiple brands and price ranges. Without further ado, let’s begin with the first pair which we consider to be the best buy in our selection.

– Best Earmuffs for Shooting (Overall) –

Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport Sound Amplification Electronic Earmuff, Classic Green (R-01526)

As the best buy in our selection, this pair of Howard Leight Earmuffs do not only come with a great price for what they offer but they are also very appreciated by countless pleased customers.

These earmuffs are very smart. They have built in microphones which detect certain noises and the ambient sound and it amplifies it so you can clearly hear what the people around are telling you. Besides this, the earmuffs are also very lightweight and comfortable and can be adjusted so that they fit you in the best position. So these can also be considered some of the best earmuffs for shooting range or hunting.

Another nice feature is that they can fold to fit in larger pockets whenever you do not need them. You can also plug in a phone or other devices that fit the audio jack incorporated.

Ultimately, what I think is the most important aspect, the noise suppression capability of these earmuffs is top of the line. You can shoot with very noisy guns and the blast is reduced to an indistinguishable, unintrusive sound. They are very reliable on this aspect.

The Howard Leight Earmuffs might possibly represent the best ear protection for shooting that you can currently buy on the market in terms of quality, value for the money, comfort, and overall experience.

– Best Electronic Earmuffs –

3M Peltor TacticalPro Communications Headset

The 3M Peltor TacticalPro are definitely one of the best choices in terms of quality for a pair of electronic Earmuffs. They work on the same principle as the pair of Howard Light earmuffs above, by amplifying low-frequency sounds and blocking the high-intensity ones.

However, the price difference is justified by the added quality and features you will find on this pair. The Noise Reduction Rating of 26 decibels is one of the highest among the ones we reviewed and the quality of the materials used in the manufacturing of this pair is definitely higher than what you might see on others.

Besides the fact that these are very comfortable, in order to offer the best noise suppression possible, the cups basically seal if worn properly.

Can you find earmuffs with a higher noise reduction rating? Yes. Can you find earmuffs with fancier features than these? You can. Can you find, however, a better pair in this price range in terms of reliability, quality, comfort and value for the money? I doubt that.

These earmuffs are in my opinion the best pick if you want quality, reliability, and comfort above everything and they are well within their rights at securing a place in our selection of the best ear protection for shooting.

– Best Ear Protection for Shooting in Terms of Affordability –

ClearArmor 141001 Safety Ear Muffs Shooters Hearing Protection Folding-Padded

If you want an affordable alternative as your next earmuffs for shooting, hunting, and other noisy activities, then the ClearArmor are a great choice. I would say these are the best earmuffs if you want value for the money and one of the best price/quality ratios found on a pair of earmuffs.

I haven’t really figured out the exact Noise Reduction Rating for this pair of earmuffs, but people say that it is around 30 dB. Either way, the earmuffs are very good at blocking most unwanted noises and sounds. You probably can find better noise reduction earmuffs but most definitely not at this price.

The comfort is definitely there thanks to the padding with synthetic leather which is also easy to clean, the adjustable headband is something every pair of earmuffs should feature in my opinion, and thankfully it is present in this pair as well. Another aspect that I like is the durability of these earmuffs. While the materials might not seem top quality at first glance, over time you will see that everything is put together very well. I am still amazed how flawless a pair of earmuffs can be in this price range. See for yourself!

At this price you probably cannot find a better all around pair of earmuffs suitable for so many other activities besides shooting and hunting.

Best Ear Protection for Shooting for the money

Active Research® Earmuffs & Hearing Protection Bundle – Strongest Available 34dB Protection For Shooting And Industrial Use

Another affordable pair, the Active Research Earmuffs come with some attractive features for those who do not want any fancy stuff blown in their face. The earmuffs are lightweight, comfortable, and they feature a foldable design for easy carry whenever you do not need them.

I personally do not trust the ratings that exaggerate the noise reduction rating, although I cannot say for certain that this is the case with these earmuffs. I am not even going to debate whether they are actually rated for 34dB or not. All I say is that they do their job quite well, especially considering the price. On this aspect, I would rate them as reliable.

You can use these earmuffs for a large variety of activities besides shooting and hunting from studying to even sleeping. Do you have noisy neighbors? No more worries. You won’t hear a thing after you put these earmuffs on.

Is this the best ear protection for shooting solution? I would say that in this price range, yes it is.

3M Peltor Tactical Sport Earmuff

While not the absolute best in the branch, I chose this pair of 3M earmuffs as a good pick in the contest for the best ear protection for shooting because it offers great balance in virtually every aspect of it from build to comfort, quality of materials and more.

I like the fact that 3M is a serious company with a history which doesn’t exaggerate on the noise reduction rating like I suspect other companies do. It says it is rated for 20dB and I trust them, and frankly speaking this is a good rating in this price range.

This is a middle range pair of earmuffs for the shooting range. If you want something in the middle that is not too expensive neither too cheap then I would go with these 3M earmuffs.

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