The best AM FM radio earmuffs are a fantastic way to enjoy a range of music genres and stay informed on current events, all without disturbance from the noise of the outside world.
Take your favourite AM/FM stations with you on the go, without the cumbersome bulk, with an awesome set of radio earmuffs to keep your ears comfortable at the same time.
Like any other product this useful, versatile and popular, there is a slew of different brands, models, makes and shapes of radio earmuffs on the market to choose from.
We've taken the work out of sifting through hundreds of these versions and have narrowed the search down to our top 5 picks for the absolute best earmuffs with radio.
Best AM FM Radio Earmuffs
1. Honeywell Radio Earmuff
Honeywell’s Model RWS-53012 Sync Digital Radio Earmuffs are a budget-friendly alternative to other noise-cancelling or noise-reducing ear protection muffs which only offer ‘white noise’ to listen to. These earmuffs have a reduction rating of 25.
These earmuffs enable you to listen to quality AM/FM radio or to your own playlists or podcasts via their MP3 capability as well as connectivity with your phone via the AUX input jack (cable is included).
The hi-fidelity radio reception is digital quality and is in stereo. They have an auto-search function as well as ten pre-set station options.
The LCD display and controls are located on one of the earpieces, as well as a short sturdy antenna for optimal reception.
Comfort and ear protection are maximised by the superior design features which include volume management technology, and a patented airflow control system which allows for an optimal volume and sound distribution without increasing the size or weight of the earcups.
A maximum FM radio volume output of 82dB ensures that your eardrums will never be accidentally damaged. Furthermore, the headband is padded and the side fork slides are reinforced for durability. The entire cup is slimline and the ear cushions can be removed for cleaning and replacement.
2. Howard Leight SYNC
Certified to satisfy Australian 26dB Class 5 Ear Protection device, the Howard Leight SYNC 1030332 Digital AM/FM radio earmuffs are an excellent alternative to those who work in noisy industrial environments and not wanting to simply hear white noise all day.
Many ear protecting noise cancelling/reducing safety earmuffs do nothing else and workers can become more tired and less productive.
These earmuffs are also digital radio receivers which provide high-quality audio for AM and FM radio as well as a speaker for MP3 players. These muffs have a noise reduction rating of 25.
They feature an auto-search function with LCD display, 10 pre-set stations and volume management technology so you can customise your listening experience and avoid the need to disrupt your work to adjust throughout the day.
The muffs also have an AUX jack and cable for your MP3 player or other sources such as your phone.
A patented Airflow Control system protects the ears from damage by ensuring even distribution of the sound and volume across all frequencies.
A padded headband and strong side fork slides ensure comfort and durability. They are a hi-vis neon green to enhance worker safety. 2 x AA batteries are included with purchase.
3. Stanley Sync Digital
Wearing protective headphones is a necessity for workers in loud industrial environments. However, they can often simply block or reduce ambient noise and replace it with a low volume ‘white noise’ which can be tedious and uninspiring for the individual over prolonged periods.
From Stanley comes the Sync Digital AM/FM/MP3 Radio Earmuff (Model RST-63012).
These are highly ear protecting earmuffs (Noise reduction rating 25) which provide the opportunity to listen to the radio or to music or podcasts instead of that white noise. This can improve alertness and productivity.
They feature an AM/FM radio receiver with auto-search function and LCD display and 10 pre-set stations. An AUX input jack and supplied cable means you can sync to your MP3 player or phone as well.
This, together with volume management, enables the user to listen in high fidelity stereo with rich bass to their preferred station or playlist without needing to make adjustments throughout their working day.
A patented Airflow Control system attenuates the sound across all frequencies to eliminate any risk of damage to the ear.
Lightweight and slim earcups, padded headband and strengthened fork slides add to the comfort and durability of these earmuffs. The ear cushions are easily snapped in and pulled out for cleaning and replacement as necessary.
The snug fit increases the noise reduction effect and maximises the quality of the stereo listening experience.
4. Peltor Worktunes Ear Muffs
The Digital Worktunes Radio Earmuffs from Peltor may be on the slightly pricier end of the market for protective earmuffs but they have a lot to offer buyers.
They generally cancel or reduce the loud ambient noise from reaching the inner ear and instead the wearer hears a low volume unchanging ‘white noise’.
This can be fairly boring in the context of a long day at a worksite with the potential to reduce productivity.
The Peltor earmuffs give the worker the option to replace the white noise with a Voice-Assisted Digital quality stereo AM/FM radio, MP3 or iPod sourced music, sports broadcast, talk show, podcast etc. You can pre-set up to 50 stations. A sturdy short antenna is attached to the earcup for enhanced reception.
A simple button design on one earcup makes for easy operation but the Voice Assist technology is what really sets these earmuffs apart from the rest.
This function gives you information about what station you’re listening to, listening guides, battery warning information and helps you to pre-set stations hands-free. All without having to take the earmuffs off.
They have a Noise Reduction Rating of 22dB. They are extremely lightweight and very comfortable for prolonged use, with soft premium quality foam ear cushions and a generously padded adjustable headband.
5. Flyoukki FM Radio Ear Muffs
The Flyoukki radio headphones are designed for personal use when walking, exercising or otherwise wanting to listen to the radio while on the move.
Take them to the beach or on camping trips. An AUX jack input allows you to attach the headset to your MP3 or PC etc for more options.
The transistor radio function is FM only and features an auto search and store function. You can pre-set up to 11 stations and cycle through them with the push of a button.
The reception you get from these headphones is crystal clear and you’ll enjoy your favourite music stations, podcasts, talkback radio, sports broadcasts and more.
A heavy bass register gives the music or other listening experience a richness to enjoy as if it were coming from a large audio-visual setup.
The volume has an excellent range so you can use them for background sound or to really enjoy some loud rock’n’roll! They are extremely lightweight (only 195g) so you won’t notice that you’re wearing them.
The headband is adjustable and the earcups are designed to fit snugly and significantly reduce ambient external noises so you and focus on what you’re listening to and what you’re doing. They are powered by 2 x AA batteries (not included with purchase).
Radio Earmuffs Buying Guide
You could buy normal earmuffs, but if you're wearing them all day everyday, why not play music, whether that's via AM or FM radio stations, or connected to your phone for Spotify.
But what do you look for when buying a pair? and what's the difference between one brand vs another. Above we've mentioned five of the best, but which one is right for you?
Below you'll learn about what to look for in a radio earmuff headset.
- Noise cancellation
Probably the most important is the level of noise cancellation and what rating they have. The most impressive noise cancellation ear muffs are around 33 dB but for this, you'll have to dig deep.
Most earmuffs offer somewhere in the region of 20-25 dB. You can choose a model that offers good noise cancellation as there's nothing worse than hearing half music, half chainsaw.
The higher the dB rating, the more the background noise will be drowned out.
Another important factor to consider is the level of comfort. What are other reviews saying? Are they comfortable for long periods of use? Comfort can be achieved by buying radio earmuffs that are adjustable and offer various sizing around the ears.
Are they lightweight or heavy? Given you'll be wearing them on your head for long periods of time they should be lightweight. You'll find most range anywhere from 150 grams to 250 grams, however some can be much heavier, so check out the weight.
- Sound Quality
Of course purchasing a pair of radio earmuffs online you can't really check the sound quality, however usually you get what you pay for. Cheaper brands will have cheaper components and a lack of 'heavy-hitting bass' which is what you need! Check the reviews before buying in case others have mentioned anything negative about the sound quality.
- Battery Life
Some brands are powered by batteries such as AA while others are rechargeable batteries while some require a USB charger, similar to a games controller or mobile phone. Batteries may seem like a smart idea but may die on you without warning.
You should look at your average use and determine what suits you.
- AUX Input
If you're working out of FM or AM coverage, the earmuffs are pretty useless. That's why some brands decided to add a 3.5mm AUX input, which allows you to connect your MP3 player or smartphone directly to your earmuffs and use them like premium headphones.
Nearly all the models reviewed above include this, but check as some might require an adaptor. You may also need to add a 3.5mm male to male cable to plug in your device, while newer iPhones and Android phones will also need a USB-C to 3.5mm AUX adaptor.
Last Updated: December 3, 2021 by Rhys