3M - Peltor Ultimate 10 Hearing Protector (Rating: 5)

Becoming more safety conscious in the workshop is something I've had to learn-it doesn't come naturally to me. So even after I started wearing safety glasses regularly, using safety guards on tools, and consciously following safe tool use, I didn't wear hearing protection. Why not? Because the loud noises didn't really bother me, and I didn't like any of the hearing protection I tried: some cheap earmuff style from the local hardware store, and the headband with small plugs. So, I went without most of the time.

And then I read someone's recommendation of these Ultimate 10s on a forum post on LJ. I decided I should be more careful with my hearing. The verdict: They both block out more noise than the others I tried and were more comfortable at the same time. Now I wear hearing protection all the time.

So, if you're looking for hearing protection that you actually wear without breaking the bank ($20-30), go for the Ultimate 10s.