Review: The Pixel Buds Pro’s foam compliance tips are almost an essential upgrade

If you’re looking to increase the comfort and sound isolation of your Pixel Buds Pro, a set of Comply foam tips might be just what you need.

Out of the box, Google’s Pixel Buds Pro come with a set of silicone tips that offer a solid fit and decent enough insulation for most people. However, there is always room for improvement, and there is no better company to offer that than Comply. For years, Comply has been a leading manufacturer of foam ear tips for most of the major headphone brands, supporting Apple, Google, Samsung and many more.

Comply once again continues support for Google’s Pixel Buds line, with foam tips for the Pixel Buds Pro, which are better equipped for new tips than previous models. Previous models of Pixel Buds were intentionally designed to let in external sound so you can be more aware of your surroundings. This design made the improvements to sound insulation a little useless.

With the Pixel Buds Pro, Google has closed the earbuds to make room for noise cancellation, while also including a “transparency” mode to hear what’s going on around you. Thanks to this change, it’s immediately apparent that the Pixel Buds Pro’s Comply foam tips do a great job of blocking out unwanted noise compared to virtual ear tips.

Noise cancellation and isolation were already highlights of the Pixel Buds Pro, and the Comply foam tips take things to another level.

Another advantage of getting the foam tips for the Pixel Buds Pro is the increased comfort. At first, the compliance tips were a bit uncomfortable and needed to be squashed before being properly placed in my ear. However, after a few days it became much easier to work with them.

Once I break the Comply foam tips in right, I sometimes forget I was even wearing the Pixel Buds Pro. It’s been common for the battery to die — voice calls drain faster than music — on the Pixel Buds Pro before I’ve experienced any discomfort wearing them. It’s also generally safer, and you don’t need to fiddle with it as much throughout the day.

However, there are some downsides to switching to foam heads. The biggest issue stems from the way the Pixel Buds Pro’s battery case is designed, which requires each bud to be snugly in place. Normally, the buds are pulled to the correct spot by magnets, but the foam tips can somewhat interfere with that.

Instead, you’ll need to watch for the indicator light to flash to know that the speaker is in place and charged. Likewise, on cold days it can be a bit difficult to unbox the Pixel Buds Pro because the foam gently grips the walls.

Close-up of Pixel Buds Pro with matching foam tips

The other major downside is that the foam tips wear out a bit faster than the silicone tips. After a few months of use, you’ll likely notice that the foam has started to wear or tear. Comply foam heads are usually recommended to be replaced every three months. You can see a little bit of that damage in the photo above in a bunch of tips I started using in August.

When you first purchase the Comply foam tips for the Pixel Buds Pro, it’s a good idea to purchase a multi-pack that includes three sizes for $24.99. Once you know your preferred size, you can purchase a three-pack of this size for $24.99 to cover an additional nine months of use.

Overall, the Comply foam tips bring some much appreciated upgrades to the Pixel Buds Pro, but having to replace them regularly might be a deal breaker for some. With the holidays just around the corner, a handful of compliance tips will make for a great stocking stuffer for anyone with a set of Pixel Buds Pro.

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