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The 6 Best Budget Wireless Headphones - Summer 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 375 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 wireless 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 that's suitable for listening to lots of 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 a lot of 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. In-Ear Alternative: FIIL T1X True Wireless

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

    If you prefer the more portable design of in-ear headphones, you may want to consider the FIIL T1X True Wireless. Their more condensed control scheme isn't as easy to use as that of the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless, and they have a much shorter continuous battery life, but they're much smaller, feel better-made, and are comfier to wear for extended periods of time. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is quite well-balanced and suited to a variety of genres, but if that's not to your liking, their companion app features 15 audio presets to let you fine-tune your listening experience. They also block out a decent amount of noise and don't leak that much audio, so you should be able to listen to content at high volumes without disturbing people nearby. Unfortunately, their latency on most devices is somewhat high, which may be annoying if you plan on streaming movies or videos on your phone. They also don't support multi-device pairing.

    Get the Plantronics if you prefer the fit of over-ear headphones and want longer continuous battery life, but consider the FIIL if you prioritize portability and sturdier build quality.

    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 quite 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: EarFun Air Pro True Wireless

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

    If you want to go completely cable-free, consider the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. While they lack sound customization features, and their noise isolation performance falls short of that by the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, the EarFun are lightweight truly wireless in-ears. That said, their ANC still does a great job of blocking out ambient noise like the rumble from bus and plane engines. These in-ears are comfortable, well-built, and are rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. They have a somewhat v-shaped sound profile that adds extra thump and rumble while vocals and lead instruments are bright. Their continuous battery life of over nine hours should also be enough to get you through long days at the office. Their carrying case offers roughly 2.5 additional charges if you need it.

    Check out the Anker if you're looking for a more customizable audio experience from over-ear headphones. However, if you enjoy the look and feel of truly wireless headphones, try the EarFun instead.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Headphones Under $150: Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

    7.9
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    8.4
    Sports/Fitness
    7.3
    Office
    6.1
    Wireless Gaming
    5.9
    Wired Gaming
    6.9
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best budget Bluetooth headphones under $150 that we’ve tested are the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless. These sleek in-ears have a very neutral and accurate sound profile out-of-the-box, which makes them suitable for a variety of audio content. While they lack a more robust EQ, they have EQ presets in their app that allow you to customize their sound to your preferences.

    They have a comfortable fit and are stable enough to use while you're working out. Their design is sturdy and well-built too, and they're rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. They offer over 13 hours of continuous playback time on a single charge, which is great, and their carrying case holds an additional charge. They also have a standby mode to help conserve battery life when you're not using them, and you can charge one bud while using the other one, which is nice.

    Unfortunately, it can be easy to accidentally register a command if you're adjusting their fit in your ear and they lack volume controls altogether. Since they don't have an ANC, they also struggle to block out bass-range noise like the rumble of a bus or plane engine. They do a better job of cutting down office chatter. All that said, they're among the best true wireless earbuds that we've tested as they offer a versatile default sound profile and a long-lasting battery performance.

    See our review

  6. Alternative With ANC: Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless

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

    If you're looking for headphones that can isolate more noise around you, take a peek at the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless. While their in-ear fit isn't as stable as that of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, the Jabra have an ANC that can block out a good amount of background noise. They have a great build quality and are rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. Out-of-the-box, they have an excited, v-shaped sound profile that adds intense thump and rumble to your mixes. That said, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound to suit your preferences. They also have a continuous playback time of under seven hours, and their carrying case holds roughly three additional charges. They support multi-device pairing too, which is nice if you want to stay connected to your smartphone and laptop at the same time.

    Go for the Samsung if you're looking for wireless headphones with a more neutral default sound profile. However, if you're looking for better-built in-ears with an ANC system to help cut down some noise around you, check out the Jabra instead.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Skullcandy Jib Wireless: The Skullcandy Jib are inexpensive earbuds that perform okay but 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
  • 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 they can't be used 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Dec 11, 2020: Replaced the Mpow H10 Wireless with the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless and removed the Aukey Latitude Wireless from Notable Mentions due to changing availability.

  5. Oct 13, 2020: Replaced the Anker SoundCore Space NC Wireless and the Skullcandy Grind Wireless with the FIIL T1X True Wireless and the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless as 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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