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The 5 Best Budget Wireless Headphones - Fall 2021 Reviews

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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 400 pairs of wireless headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best budget Bluetooth headphones to buy. If you’re looking for a more specific type of headphones, check out our recommendations 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: Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless

    8.0
    Neutral Sound
    7.1
    Commute/Travel
    7.2
    Sports/Fitness
    7.2
    Office
    6.0
    Wireless Gaming
    7.6
    Wired Gaming
    6.8
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best cheap Bluetooth headphones that we've tested are the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless. These over-ears have a decently versatile overall performance that can please many different types of listeners. They have a stable fit, and their 24.5-hour continuous battery life is ideal for long days on the go.

    They have a very neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. There are a few EQ presets available on the Backbeat App to help you customize their sound to your liking. They don't leak much sound, so you can listen to your favorite songs at loud volumes without annoying those around you.

    Unfortunately, while their ANC feature can block out higher-frequency background noises typically found in an office, they struggle to isolate against bass-heavy sounds like bus and plane engines. Also, while they feel pretty sturdy, some users have reported that their unit's headband has cracked or broken over time. However, if you're on a tight budget, these versatile headphones are a solid choice.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With Better Noise Isolation: Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're looking to cut down more ambient noise when you're on the go, try the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. While they don't have ANC, and their default sound profile isn't as neutral as the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless, they can passively block out more background sound. They can especially reduce ambient chatter, which is handy if you work in a noisy office. They have a well-built design and are rated IPX5 for water resistance. Their slightly bass-heavy sound profile also adds extra boom and thump to your mixes, which fans of EDM and hip-hop can enjoy. They have over seven hours of continuous playback time too, and unlike most truly wireless headphones, their carrying case holds 12.5 additional charges. This means that their total battery life is just under 100 hours, which is outstanding.

    Check out the Plantronics if you're looking for over-ears with a more neutral sound profile. However, go for the Anker if you like an in-ear design that can isolate you from more ambient noise.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Headphones Under $100: Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless

    6.5
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    6.9
    Sports/Fitness
    7.2
    Office
    5.5
    Wireless Gaming
    7.1
    Wired Gaming
    6.7
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    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: Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    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 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 P3 if you want more portable, stable headphones with an in-ear fit.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Headphones Under $150: Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless

    6.8
    Neutral Sound
    7.9
    Commute/Travel
    8.3
    Sports/Fitness
    7.4
    Office
    5.8
    Wireless Gaming
    5.7
    Wired Gaming
    6.9
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are the best budget headphones under $150 that we've tested. While their price tends to fluctuate, they offer a great build quality and versatile performance. Thanks to their multi-device pairing support, you can connect them with your laptop and smartphone at the same time.

    These in-ears have a very excited v-shaped sound profile that adds intense thump, rumble, and boom to mixes while sibilants like cymbals are bright. That said, you can customize their sound profile to suit your tastes by using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They have a continuous battery life of under seven hours, and their carrying case supplies about three extra charges. If you're looking to block out ambient noise in your day-to-day life, they also have an ANC system that does a decent job of blocking out mid-range noise like office chatter.

    Unfortunately, they struggle to cut down the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which could be annoying if you commute or travel a lot. Their integrated microphone also has a mediocre recording quality, so your voice may sound a bit thin and unnatural. That said, these in-ears have a comfortable fit and a customizable performance that's sure to please most users.

    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
  • Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless: The Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless are in-ears with an excited, v-shaped sound profile, a virtual soundstage feature, and a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets. However, they don't block out as much noise as the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. See our review
  • EarFun Air Pro True Wireless: The EarFun Air Pro True Wireless are truly wireless headphones with a powerful ANC system. However, they lack sound customization features like an EQ. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 are noise cancelling over-ears with impressive battery life, but their V-shaped sound profile may not appeal to all listeners. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are gaming headphones with roughly 25 hours of continuous playback time and companion software that allows you to adjust their sound to your liking. However, they aren't as versatile as other headphones on this list. See our review
  • Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset: The Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset is a good wireless gaming headset with tons of customization options, but they donโ€™t have as good of a microphone as the SteelSeries Arctis 7. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless: The HyperX Cloud2/Cloud II are well-built wireless over-ear gaming headphones with lower wireless latency than the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and slightly better overall battery life, but you can't use them on a wired connection if you run out of battery. See our review
  • Jaybird Tarah Wireless: The Jaybird Tarah are great wireless sports earbuds with a fairly neutral sound profile and a dedicated companion app, but their roughly six-hour battery life is rather short. 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're not as comfortable as the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless, and their continuous battery life is shorter. See our review
  • ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless: The ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless are wireless gaming headphones with low latency via their USB-A dongle and RGB lighting. They're not very versatile, though, and they struggle to block out background noise. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Jun 10, 2021: Replaced the Razer Opus Wireless with the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless as the Razer have risen in price. Also replaced the Creative Outlier Air V2 Pro True Wireless with the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless as the EarFun offer better value for most users. Replaced the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless with the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless.

  4. Apr 14, 2021: Replaced Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless 2016 with Razer Opus Wireless as 'Best Budget Headphones Under $150' due to current pricing. Added ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless, HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless, and EarFun Air Pro True Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  5. Feb 15, 2021: Replaced Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 with FIIL T1X due to availability. Replaced Mixcder E9 Wireless with Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. Replaced Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless with Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless. Added Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 and Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.

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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