Did you know that Amazon has come out with their own AmazonBasics hearing protection earmuffs? The earmuffs are available in several colors and are priced at just $12 each.
AmazonBasics earmuffs are said to be rated to 26 dB NRR and are ANSI S3.19-1974 certified.
Amazon says that they are:
Ideal for commuting, office settings, studying, stadium events, construction sites, yard work, fireworks, and gun ranges.
The earmuffs feature ABS and PU construction and have an adjustable headband. They weigh 0.7 lbs.
Here’s how the AmazonBasics earmuffs are described:
AmazonBasics Noise Reduction Safety Earmuffs Ear Protection, Black and Blue
You don’t need ear protection, you need hearing protection.
There’s a bigger issue than minor wording annoyances. In the top product description, Amazon says that their earmuffs provide 26 dB of noise reduction. But then lower on the page, it says the noise reduction rating is 23 dB in two different places.
So which is it? 26 dB might be acceptable, although I personally prefer earmuffs with higher noise reduction ratings, but 23 dB seems paltry – especially on earmuffs of this size.
Amazon advertises their AmazonBasics on the product page for 3M Peltor X-series X3A earmuffs as a similar item to consider. However, they are not very similar. The 3M Peltor X3A has a higher noise reduction rating and is lighter at 8.64 oz (0.54 lbs). The Peltor X3A also looks to be a lot less bulky, which could affect user comfort.
The “ear protection” vs. “hearing protection” part is a minor niggle, but it’s much more disconcerting that Amazon specifies two different noise reduction ratings for their AmazonBasics safety earmuffs. Is it 23 dB or 26 dB? There’s a customer question about the NRR discrepancy from back in July, but I suppose no one at Amazon or AmazonBasics saw the question or knew how to answer it.