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3M TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector Review | Reasonably Priced and Quality

3M-WorkTune-Hearing-Protector-Front-AngleIn this review, we’ll be taking a look at one of the most popular hearing protection headsets out there, the 3M TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector. Unfortunately, this headset does not have Bluetooth capabilities at this time, but, as far as I can tell, this is the most purchased headset on Amazon, so I thought I’d take a look at it. (Even though it doesn’t have Bluetooth abilities, it is MP3 compatible so you can still connect it to your phone.)

 

Quick Review


  • Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) - 50
  • Battery Life - 85
  • Sound Volume/Quality - 70
  • Size & Comfort - 75
  • Durability - 80
  • Other Features - 50
  • Price - 90
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Summary

This headset from 3M is a decent product that will keep your ears comfortably protected while you work. It does not have Bluetooth capabilities (there are workarounds) but is MP3 and AM/FM compatible. It is in the lower price-point for similar products so it won’t break the bank! If you’re looking for a reasonably priced set of hearing protecting headphones with audio capabilities, then you should definitely consider the 3M WorkTunes Hearing Protector.

 

In-Depth Review of 3M TEKK Worktunes Hearing Protector Headset


Now let’s dive into the nitty gritty details of this headset. I’ll go through each of the common features of most hearing protection headsets as they relate to the 3M TEKK WorkTunes as well as the special features and characteristics unique to this specific model.

If you’d like to read more about the common things you should consider when searching for your next set of hearing protection headsets, have a look at this article:

What to Consider when Purchasing Bluetooth Hearing Protection

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)

This headset offers an NRR of 24 dB which is quite good. If you put these on, you’ll be pretty oblivious to a majority of the sounds around you.

I read one review on Amazon of a guy whose wife kept sneaking up on him when he was in the shop and scaring him because she knew he wouldn’t be able to hear her approaching him…so beware if you decide to wear these with loved ones around!

In addition to protecting your ears from outside noise, these also protect you from the radio or MP3 you’re listening to by limiting the dBs coming from your speakers at all times.

 

Battery Life

According to the manufacturer (3M) and even some Amazon reviews, this headset should last a good two full days on a single set of 2 AA batteries.

You’ll have to purchase your own batteries, though, since they aren’t provided in the package when you order the headset. I’d suggest picking up some rechargeable batteries so you’re not having to buy new ones all of the time.

 

3M-WorkTune-Hearing-Protector-FrontBluetooth Range

As I mentioned in the beginning of this review, this particular headset is not Bluetooth enabled. However, I’m sure if you’re creative enough, you could figure out a way to get your phone connected.

Also, you are able to plug these into your phone, so if you can find a way to keep the cord out of the way you can still safely listen to whatever you want to while you work.

 

 

Sound Volume/Quality

These headsets come with built-in Bass Boost which allows you to select between two different settings to control the type of sound you want at any given time.

That being said, the sound isn’t bad… but it isn’t great either. A lot of times you’ll find yourself needing to almost max out the volume to be able to hear your music/radio clearly. You have to remember you get what you pay for and this particular headset is on the lower end of the price range of these types of hearing protection, so you shouldn’t expect high-quality, HD, super-crisp sound in the first place.

Another sort of strange design feature (some might say flaw) is how when you have an MP3 player plugged into the headset, the sound bypasses headset audio amp. This means the volume control on the headset doesn’t work and you’ll have to control it from the MP3 player itself. This also drains the battery on your MP3 player faster because the power for the sound is coming from your MP3 battery, not your headset battery.

 

3M-WorkTune-Hearing-Protector-Back-AngleSize & Comfort

This headset is on the heavy side when compared to other similar devices, coming in at 1.1 pounds (17 oz.).

Its physical size is pretty much normal with the following dimensions: 4″ x 6.8″ x 10″.

The headband is adjustable to allow for a comfortable fit for most people…. As long as you don’t have a giant head… or a tiny head.

The earmuffs themselves have been upgraded with softer padding to make them more comfortable. They are also about average size so they should fit over your ears comfortably.

 

Durability

3M has upgraded the durability of this model over previous models. They have changed some of the materials they use as well as redesigned the hinge on the battery cover to make it stronger and less likely to break after lots of use.

Other than that, as long as you treat these well and don’t beat them up beyond normal wear and tear, they should stay intact and serve you well.

 

3M-WorkTune-Hearing-Protector-SideOther Capabilities

As I’ve already mentioned a few times, this headset comes with a digital AM/FM receptor and allows you to auto scan available stations as well as set a number of preset stations. As with any other small radio, it does have trouble picking up stations clearly at times and can sometimes cause different stations to blur together if they’re operating on nearby frequencies.

Additionally, you are able to plug in any MP3 device through the recessed input jack located on the headset itself. This way you can listen to any device you have on your person as long as you have the proper audio cable.

This headset also has a Voice Assistant feature to allow you to control and program the headset easily using only your voice.

 

Price

The 3M TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector headset runs on the lower end of the price range of similar devices at just under $40 on Amazon. That being said, they are a good value for the price… which is probably why they’re the most popular hearing protection device on Amazon.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the WorkTunes Hearing Protector from 3M is a great value for the price. Obviously, it’s not packed with features, nor does it have super amazing sound quality, nor does it offer Bluetooth capabilities… but, given all that, it will get the job done and is a great hearing protection headset that will keep you safe and entertained.

If you’re not looking to spend hundreds of dollars, but still want a decent product that can protect your ears and keep you entertained while you work, it’d be in your interest to get your hands on this headset from 3M!

Dustin “Kirby” Garness

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