One of the most common issues when buying ear defenders is trying to find a pair that fits your head comfortably.
While most ear defenders have an adjustable headband, they can still be too tight for people with larger than average heads.
We’ve looked at the most popular ear defenders in the UK and picked out the best pairs for people with large heads.
1. Peltor X5A Ear Muffs
3M Peltor is one of the world’s most respected brands in hearing protection equipment.
The Peltor X5A Ear Muffs are designed to protect your hearing even in the loudest of environments such as airports and factories.
They have an SNR of 37 dB, which means they one of the highest levels of protection of any pair of ear defenders on the market.
The Peltor X5A Ear Muffs have wide cushions that shouldn’t feel too tight even if you have large ears.
The cups are roomy which helps prevent your ears from getting too hot.
Despite being bulky, these ear defenders don’t feel too heavy and you should be able to wear them for hours at a time without them feeling uncomfortable.
2. Mpow Ear Defenders
A cheaper alternative to the Peltor X5A Ear Muffs is this pair of ear defenders from budget electronics brand Mpow.
With an SNR of 34 dB they offer a good level of protection (though not as much as the Peltor X5A Ear Muffs reviewed above).
These ear defenders have a stylish black design and can be folded to save space when transporting them.
The headband can be adjusted to fit anyone from children to adults with big heads.
At just 308 grams these ear defenders are quite light, helping them feel comfortable even if you’re wearing them for a long period of time.
As with most ear defenders, the ear pads can get quite hot. However, overall the Mpow ear defenders offer great value for money.
3. Baratec Yellow Cushioned Adjustable Headband Ear Defenders
If you’re looking for some very cheap ear defenders that will fit large heads you should consider the Baratec Yellow Cushioned Adjustable Headband Ear Defenders.
While they’re arguably not as comfortable as the Peltor or Mpow ear defenders reviewed above, these ear muffs offer good performance at a very low price point.
With an SNR of 25 dB these ear defenders don’t offer as much protection as the other ear defenders reviewed here, but they should be fine for moderately noisy activities such as DIY or just blocking out the sound of noisy neighbours.
4. Honeywell 1013530 – Electronic ear defenders that fit large heads
If you’re looking for a pair of electronic ear defenders that will fit large heads, you should consider the Howard Leight Honeywell 1013530 ear defenders.
These ear defenders amplify quiet sounds while dampening loud sounds, making them perfect for shooting.
The Honeywell 1013530s have an SNR of 25 dB which means they offer a decent level of protection, but not as much as many other ear defenders on the market.
One nice thing about these ear defenders is that you can connect them to an MP3 player or other device and use them as headphones.
Most people find these ear defenders comfortable to wear, even for hours at a time, though inevitably they will start to feel hot eventually.
There are some other hearing protection options if you have a large head. You could try a pair of ear defenders where the band goes round the back of your head.
Ear defenders of this type are called neckband ear defenders. A good pair to look at is the Peltor Optime 3 Neckband Ear Defenders.
Another option is simply to wear ear plugs rather than ear defenders. For some high-quality ear plugs, see this article: Best Industrial Ear Plugs.