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Mighty Plugs – World’s Finest Ear Plugs Review

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I recently bought some Mighty Plugs Earplugs to help block noisy co-workers at work and to use while traveling. The earplugs are marketed as the ‘highest blocking‘ and ‘most comfortable‘ earplug in the world. They have a sticky putty like consistency which helps them mold to the shape of your ear. This stickiness allows them to attach to your ear without being too invasive.
My choice was between purchasing these or the Howard Leight Laser earplugs. I ended up getting the Mighty Plugs because I hadn’t tried them before and they seemed interesting. I’ve been using the Mighty Plugs for six months and so far they’ve been good. They mold to your ears and are good at blocking external sound. However they are expensive, sticky, and get nasty after a while.

I’ve decided to go with a pros/cons format instead of my usual review style. Read more below.

Pros:

  • Mighty Plugs don’t go too far into the ear canal. The earplug molds into your ear cavity and canal to create a full seal. They form a good seal but can come out while sleeping or chewing. The Leight Laser plugs are more invasive and can also come out in similar conditions.
  • 20 year shelf-life (so they say). Leight Laser earplugs will probably last longer due to their synthetic construction.
  • Mighty Plugs last 25-30 uses but they pick-up dust and residue over time which reduces their effectiveness. Leight Laser earplugs last 2-3 uses and you can afford to have a new pair whenever you want. You also are not pushing in old buildup into your ears. Over the long run the Howard Leight earplugs are cheaper, 6 pairs of Mighty Plugs at 30 uses means one pack of 6 can be used 180 times. A box of Howard Leight will last at least 200 uses and you can get a new pair every time.

Cons:

  • Sticky lanolin leaves a tacky residue on fingers and on ears.
  • Earplus are sticky so they pick up dust, stuff from your fingers, and earwax from your ears. Re-use means you are pushing this stuff into your ears regularly. You also have to ensure you have clean hands before you start or you’ll contaminate the Mighty Plugs for the rest of your uses.
  • Need to knead them for 30-40 seconds before first use and then 15-20 seconds for each subsequent use. Leight Laser earplugs are ready to go in about 2-seconds: squeeze, insert, and hold in place for a moment.
  • Very expensive – 6 pairs for $20 plus $5 for shipping. Leight Laser earplugs are $20 for 200 with free shipping if ordering over $25.
  • Shipping is padded by $1 when ordering from Amazon.com – Mighty Plugs performs a bait and switch to show matching price from their site but then rip off the user via shipping. This is probably done to make up the money they pay to Amazon for their commission since Amazon does not charge commission on shipping charges.

Overall:
This is a decent earplug. However, the tackiness, residue build-up, and expense are major detractions. Their tendency to break their seal is about the same that of regular earplugs coming out. I think they are good for office and other clean environments. They are useless for outside work due to their tendency to pick up dust from the air and your fingers.

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Written by M Kapoor

July 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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  1. I tried these earplugs as well after reading rave reviews. Am I using the same product?! I found them absolutely terrible – as soon as I swallow they come unstuck, my hair keeps getting caught in them and they just plain don’t work! I could hear everything. I’ll stick to the old foam ones.

    Elle

    September 21, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    • I’ve been meaning to post a follow-up long-term review. I agree with you. The mighty earplugs don’t live up to their expectations over the long run. The cheap foam ones are much better.

      bleuchez

      September 22, 2015 at 2:47 pm

  2. Really not a good product. I would strongly advise against buying them. They’re sticky, get stuck in my hair and break up very easily. They broke up when I removed them and in trying to get out the piece of ear plug it got pushed deep inside my ear. very unpleasant. Noise blocking also not great. Definitely a waste of money.

    Cath

    October 30, 2015 at 10:52 pm

  3. I concur with what xyzio wrote. Foam plugs are so much better in every way.
    After purchasing a set of (expensive) Mighty Plugs i used one plug pair a few times riding my motorbike and went back to foam plugs.
    Mighty Plugs are an expensive gimmick device imo.

    Me

    January 28, 2017 at 12:43 am


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