Howard Leight Laser Lite earplugs have a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 32 decibels (dB), and they are reported to be super comfortable for people with smaller ear canals. They help block a wide variety of noises, even very loud sounds, yet are soft and comfortable enough to sleep in, reviewers say. A few users say they fell out too easily, possibly due to their narrow profile.
Great noise reduction. Howard Leight Laser Lite earplugs have an NRR of 32 dB. While other earplugs on the market may have a higher NRR, most reviewers say the Laser Lites offer good noise reduction. Owners say the Laser Lite earplugs work well for everything from sleeping to shooting.
Soft and comfortable. The reviewer for Motorcycle.com felt compelled to create a new word for the Howard Leight Laser Lite earplugs: comfortabulous. He found them so comfortable, he says he even forgot he was wearing them. His sentiments are echoed in the reviews at Obairlann.net and Motorcycle Paradise, both of which remark on the softness of the Laser Lites. Two customers on Amazon.com found that their smaller ears tolerated Laser Lites better than other earplugs with a higher NRR and that they were comfortable enough for sleeping.
Ted Verrill concurs, saying the Laser Lites' narrower profile allows for a better fit in his smaller ear canals, thereby providing noise reduction comparable to or better than some of the earplugs with a higher NRR. The reviewer on Motorcycle Paradise had problems with the Laser Lites not sealing properly and falling out.
Inexpensive, but disposable. The Howard Leight Laser Lite earplugs are made of polyurethane foam and designed to be disposable. At 18 cents a pair, they are cheaper than other disposable foam earplugs. Most reviewers find that they can clean and reuse foam earplugs at least two to three times before having to dispose of them, but nothing specific about the Howard Leight Laser Lite earplugs is mentioned. SleepLikeTheDead.com gives the Howard Leight Laser Lite earplugs a rating of fair for their reusability.
Review Credibility: Very Good SleepLikeTheDead.com is a website dedicated to reviewing sleep products. In their earplugs review, they compile information from 780 different users to create a list of the top six earplugs. Howard Leight Laser Lite earplugs have an owner satisfaction rate of 95 percent and their reusability is considered fair. The main complaints from a small percentage of owners were that the earplugs didn't stay in and didn't block noise well. SleepLikeTheDead.com does not detail how they obtained the reviews from the owners, and they don't they list those earplugs with low ratings.
Review: Earplugs for Sleep: Reviews and Ratings, Nick Robinson, Nov. 3, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Amazon.com users give the Howard Leight Laser Lite earplugs an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars in more than 150 reviews. Users have worn Laser Lite earplugs for anything from sleeping to shooting. They found Laser Lites very comfortable, and one user said they didn't make his ears sore like other brands had. The one drawback was that users found better noise reduction with other earplugs, though they found these to be more comfortable.
Review: Howard Leight LL1 Laser Lite Earplugs no Cords (200 ct), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good EarPlugStore.com is an online retailer dedicated solely to earplugs and hearing protection. There are fewer user reviews here than on Amazon.com, but the users are knowledgeable about earplugs and have often tried multiple types. Howard Leight Laser Lite earplugs win a full 5 out of 5 stars from about 16 different users across several packaging options. Owners say they're comfortable, and they're effective at blocking noise. Reviewers say they have used them for sleeping to shut out snoring and city noise, and to block wind noise while on a motorcycle, and they say they're equally good at both. One user says this is the first earplug she has found that works well with her smaller ear canals.
Review: Howard Leight LaserLite UF Foam Ear Plugs (NRR 32) (Box of 200 Pairs), Contributors to EarPlugStore.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Motorcycle enthusiast Ian Johnston rates 13 brands of earplugs according to four criteria: packaging, expansion speed, pressure and comfort. He does not rank them on noise reduction, saying that comfort and ease of use are his top priorities because they ultimately determine effectiveness. He gives the Howard Leight Laser Lites above average scores, with his highest rating going to the packaging. They get good scores for comfort and insertion, but he says they have an odd shape.
Review: Earplug Survey, Ian Johnston, June 21, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good Motorcycle enthusiast Cheesebeast clearly has tried a lot of earplugs; this article lists the pros and cons of 23 brands. Howard Leight Max is the number one pick for its "transparent comfort, excellent noise attenuation and easy fit," followed by E-A-Rsoft FX and Howard Leight Laser Lite. He describes the Laser Lite earplugs as "comfortabulous" and notes that he even forgot he was wearing them.
Review: Noise: A MO Investigation, "Cheesebeast", Oct. 14, 2006
Review Credibility: Good A motorcycle enthusiast, Ted Verrill is lukewarm about Howard Leight Max, saying they're on the large side, and Hearos, because of their lower NRR rating. He top-rates the Howard Leight Laser Lite because they are narrower than the Max and expand to fill the ear canal. He says the Laser Lites are the earplugs "of choice for those who find the Max uncomfortable." Despite the age of this review, the earplugs Verrill reviews are still widely used.
Review: Earplugs…Sorry, could you repeat that?, Ted Verrill, Nov. 12, 1999
7. Motorcycle Paradise
Review Credibility: Good Iron Chef, an Australian motorcyclist, takes eight brands of earplugs for a test drive. It's unclear if he'd recommend any of these earplugs, but he gives high ratings to the Howard Leight Max, although he says they're too big to insert comfortably. He finds the Laser Lite earplugs comfortable, but he has problems getting the earplugs to seal properly and believes the Max is better at blocking noise.
Review: Ear Plug Shootout, "Iron Chef", Dec. 4, 2006