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The 5 Best Budget Wireless Headphones - Spring 2022 Reviews

Best Budget Wireless Headphones

Wireless headphones can be much more convenient than their wired counterparts; they give you an extra level of freedom and help eliminate annoying cables from your life. While wireless headphones have been around for a long time, you used to have to pay a fairly substantial premium for the luxury. However, in the past few years, that's changed, and you can now get surprisingly decent wireless headphones on a budget. While most wireless headphones use a Bluetooth connection, gaming headsets generally use a dedicated wireless transmitter as that will give you better microphone quality as well as less lag at the expense of portability and versatility.

We’ve tested over 420 pairs of wireless headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best budget-friendly Bluetooth headphones to buy. If you’re looking for a more specific type of headphones, check out our picks for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50 or $100, the best headphones under $50, or take a look at the budget category for our best wireless gaming headsets.

  1. Best Cheap Wireless Headphones Under $50

    If you're looking for something cheap, the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless are the best budget Bluetooth headphones under $50 that we've tested. Unlike most other headphones at this price point, these in-ears have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system. It does a great job of blocking commuter noise like the low rumble of bus engines as well as passenger chit-chat. 

    These well-built headphones are certified IPX6 for resistance against direct water contact. They also have a stable in-ear fit, making them a solid choice for use at the gym. If you're a fan of genres like pop and rock, they have a v-shaped sound profile that delivers extra thump and rumble to mixes while sibilants like cymbals are bright. Some users may find they sound a bit piercing though. They have over eight hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case supplies an additional two charges. 

    On the downside, they lack sound customization features, so you won't be able to adjust their sound to your liking. Their integrated mic also has a hard time separating your voice from background noise, so your voice can be drowned out if you're taking a call from a busy street. That said, thanks to their great ANC system, they're the best cheap Bluetooth headphones that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. More Customizable Alternative

    If you want to have more control over your headphones' sound, check out the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless. While they don't have ANC and their continuous battery life is shorter than that of the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless, the Anker have companion software, which offers a good amount of customization features. Using the app's graphic EQ and presets, you can tweak their excited sound profile to your liking. The app also has button mapping, meaning you can adjust the control layout to better suit your needs. These earbuds have a decently comfortable fit and are well-built. While their continuous playback time of over six hours may not be enough to get you through your workday without pausing to recharge them up, their carrying case holds an extra three charges.

    Go for the TOZO if you value noise isolation, especially for tackling the rumble of bus and plane engines. However, if you want a little more control over your headphones' sound, try the Anker instead.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Headphones Under $100

    The best budget wireless headphones under $100 that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. These comfortable Bluetooth-enabled over-ears feature a highly effective three-level noise cancelling feature that allows them to block out ambient noise to a remarkable degree, ranging from the low rumble of a bus engine to the high-pitched hum of an AC unit. They also supply over 44 hours of continuous playback time, so you shouldn't need to worry about charging them very often.

    Their default sound profile is quite bass-heavy, which emphasizes the thump and rumble of genres like EDM or hip-hop, but could be overwhelming to listeners of other genres. Thankfully, their companion app features a graphic EQ and audio presets to let you customize their audio reproduction to your liking. They also support multi-device pairing, which is a somewhat rare feature at this price point and allows you to stream music off of your phone while remaining connected to a computer.

    Unfortunately, these over-ears are bulky, which can make them a bit of a nuisance to carry around, even when you're using their sturdy-feeling hard case. They also leak quite a bit of audio, which could annoy people nearby if you're listening to content at a high volume in a quiet environment. Otherwise, if you're looking for a pair of wireless headphones that offer superb noise isolation capability for a relatively affordable price, these are a good option.

    See our review

  4. Truly Wireless Alternative

    If you prefer the fit and feel of in-ears, try the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. While their active noise cancelling system doesn't block as much ambient noise as the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, and they lack multi-device pairing, they have a lighter, more portable fit. They have a comfortable, well-built design and are certified IPX5 for protection against direct water contact. They're also stable enough for running or working out. Out of the box, their bass-heavy sound profile delivers extra thump and rumble. However, you can adjust their sound to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. While their continuous battery life may not last you through your workday without a recharge, their carrying case holds roughly four additional charges if you need it.

    Check out the Soundcore Life Q30 if you're looking for headphones with a more powerful noise isolation performance or significantly longer continuous battery life. However, take a look at the Soundcore Life P3 if you want more portable, stable headphones with an in-ear fit.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Headphones Under $150

    The best budget headphones under $150 that we've tested are the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless. These noise cancelling earbuds do a great job of cutting down sounds like the rumble of train engines and office chatter. If you're also a Samsung user, they have a couple of extra features like a low latency 'Game Mode' and Scalable codec support for high-quality audio that's only available when you're connected to supported devices by this manufacturer. 

    These headphones have a fairly neutral default sound profile, making them versatile enough for a variety of audio content. That said, their companion app offers EQ presets to help you customize their sound to your liking. These buds are well-built, with a stable as well as comfortable in-ear fit. They're even certified IPX2 for resistance against light rain.

    On the downside, their mic has a hard time separating your voice from moderate ambient noise so if you need to take an important call, it's best to do so from a quiet environment. Their continuous playback time of under five hours also may not last through long days on the go without pausing to recharge them up again. Luckily, there are three extra charges in the carrying case, which are handy in a pinch. 

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Skullcandy Jib Wireless: The Skullcandy Jib are inexpensive earbuds that perform okay. They donโ€™t have any sound customization features and have mediocre build quality. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless offer an outstandingly long total battery life of under 100 hours. However, they lack sound customization features, and their control scheme isn't very intuitive. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless are the previous generation of the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless and are a solid alternative if you're looking for more waller-friendly over-ears. However, they lack sound customization features like an EQ and ANC. See our review
  • JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless: The JBL Endurance Sprint are decent wireless in-ears with a well-balanced sound profile, but they aren't particularly comfortable and have an unintuitive control scheme. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 are well-built in-ears with good noise isolation capability, a companion app with plenty of customization features, and sturdy construction. However, they have mediocre touch-sensitive controls, and you can't use one bud while the other charges. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless: The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless have a comfortable fit, a great build quality, and a customizable sound profile. However, their ANC struggles to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 20, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  2. Feb 18, 2022: Removed the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless and the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless as they're not currently available within their price bracket. Added the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless as 'More Customizable Alternative' and the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless as 'Best Budget Headphones Under $150'.

  3. Dec 06, 2021: Replaced the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless with the Anker Souncore Life Q20 Wireless as the most color variants of the Plantronics are no longer found at this price point. Also replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless with the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless as the TOZO offer ANC. Replaced the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless with the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless as the JBL have a slightly better overall performance.

  4. Oct 07, 2021: Replaced the EarFun Air Pro Truly Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless as the Anker offer a better value to most users. Also removed the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless as they've been discontinued.

  5. Aug 09, 2021: Replaced the FIIL T1X True Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless as the FIIL are no longer available.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best budget wireless headphones for most people to buy. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all of our headphones reviews in the budget range. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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