The Hearos Xtreme Protection Series earplugs, Howard Leight Max earplugs and Moldex Pura-Fit are three of the most effective and highest rated earplugs as of 2014, according to ConsumerSearch.com. All of these earplugs have excellent consumer reviews.
The Hearos Xtreme Protection Series earplugs block up to 33 decibels of noise. They boast a 91 percent customer approval rating from SleepLikeTheDead.com and are known for being comfortable. Their only downside is their huge size, which may make them not fit narrow ear canals. Howard Leight Max earplugs are similar in size and effectiveness and are about three times cheaper at only $5 for 20 pairs. However, users claim that they are less comfortable than Hearos ear plugs.
For narrow ear canals, the Moldex Pura-Fit are ideal. These earplugs are long and skinny, but they block up to 33 decibels of noise and are inexpensive at $30 for 200 pairs.