Not too long ago, if you wanted a pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds, you'd have to spend a good amount of money. Now that headphone jacks are getting less common on phones, and Bluetooth headphones are becoming the norm, you don't have to spend a lot to get a decent pair of wireless in-ears. Wireless headphones give you the freedom of not requiring wires, making them more portable and easier to toss into a pocket or bag.
We’ve tested over 210 pairs of wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below, you’ll find our top picks for the best cheap wireless earbuds divided by price range. Check also our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds overall, the best wireless earbuds under $50, the best wireless earbuds under $100, and the best sounding wireless earbuds.
The Sony WI-C310 are the best cheap wireless earbuds that we've tested. These lightweight wireless in-ears are very portable, and they're stable enough to wear during a light run or workout. Their amazing 17-hour continuous battery life should be more than enough to last you through long days on-the-go, too.
They have a fairly neutral sound profile that's suitable for lots of different types of audio content, and the extra emphasis in the bass range makes audio sound more full-bodied. They don't leak a lot of noise, and escaping audio is quiet and thin-sounding, so it shouldn't really bother anyone around you if you listen to your music at loud volumes.
Unfortunately, like many earbuds in this price range, they don't have the best build quality, and the cables feel very thin. Also, they don't have a noise isolation feature, so they can't really block out bass-heavy background noises like plane or bus engines. Fortunately, they can passively isolate against higher-frequency noises, like the sound of coworkers chatting nearby.
If you want a bit more thump and boom from your wireless earbuds, try the Skullcandy Jib. While their continuous playback time isn't as long as the Sony WI-C310 Wireless, and they don't support NFC pairing, the Skullcandy have a bass-heavy sound profile that's sure to please fans of EDM and hip-hop. They have a stable fit and are decently comfortable, so you can wear them for runs in the park or treadmill without too much of a problem. They also have a very compact design and easily fit in most pockets if you're on-the-go. However, some users may find their bass-heavy sound a little overwhelming and muddy. They can still reproduce vocals and lead instruments quite well.
If you want a longer-lasting continuous battery life from your earbuds and a more neutral sound profile, consider the Sony. However, check out the Skullcandy if you want a more thumpy, bass-heavy sound.
The FIIL T1X are the best budget wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested. These truly wireless in-ears are well-built, comfortable, and have a stable fit, which is great if you want to use them while you're running or working out. They also have a decent battery performance that lasts almost seven hours on a single charge, and their carrying case holds an additional three charges.
They have a well-balanced although slightly bass-heavy default sound profile that delivers a bit of extra thump and boom. While fans of EDM and hip-hop may especially enjoy this sound, thanks to their companion app, there are 15 EQ presets for you to try out if you want a sound that better-suits your preferences. They have an IP65 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this, and they can block out a decent amount of ambient noise passively.
Unfortunately, their integrated mic has a disappointing recording quality, so your voice sounds unnatural and distorted. They also have somewhat high audio latency on PC and Android, which can be bothersome if you like to stream video, although some apps compensate for latency differently. That said, if you're looking for wallet-friendly truly wireless headphones, they offer a customizable sound and a well-built design.
If you're looking for truly wireless headphones that do a better job of blocking out ambient noise, consider the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94. Unlike the FIIL T1X True Wireless, these in-ears don't have any sound customization options and have a less stable, comfortable fit, but they're equipped with an ANC feature that enables them to block out ambient noise to an amazing degree. They also have noticeably lower latency on mobile Android and iOS devices, which is great for streaming videos. They have a somewhat bass-heavy, boomy sound profile that might please fans of EDM or hip-hop but can also muddy and clutter vocals and lead instruments. Their sub-four-hour continuous battery life also isn't particularly impressive, though they do have an auto-off timer to help conserve the charge when not in use, and their case supplies roughly three additional charges.
Consider the FIIL if you want a more personalized listening experience and a comfier, more secure in-ear fit, but take a look at the TaoTronics if you prioritize superior noise isolation capability and lower Bluetooth latency.
The best budget wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested are the EarFun Air Pro. These noise cancelling compact truly wireless in-ears have a comfortable, stable fit and feel quite well-built, with a high-grade plastic construction that's rated IPX5 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for that. They supply over nine hours of runtime on a single charge and have a standby mode to help conserve power, so they shouldn't need frequent recharging, though battery consumption can vary with use.
These in-ears have a very well-balanced sound profile, though with just a bit of added bass, emphasizing the thump and punch of genres like EDM and hip-hop without overly muddying or cluttering more delicate vocals or lead instruments. Their ANC system helps them do a great job of blocking out ambient noise, ranging from the low rumble of bus and plane engines to the high-pitched hum of an AC unit, not to mention the chatter of nearby coworkers. They also have very low latency on mobile Android and iOS devices, which is good if you like to stream videos while wearing them, though apps and devices compensate to varying degrees for this, so your experience may vary.
However, their touch-sensitive control scheme can take a bit of time to get used to. They also lack any sort of sound customization features, like a companion app with an EQ or built-in EQ presets. Otherwise, their comfortable, sturdy design, long continuous battery life, and effective ANC system help make them some of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $100 that we've tested.
If you're looking for truly wireless in-ears with a broader array of sound customization features, consider the Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless. Unlike the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless, they don't have an ANC feature and block out less ambient noise, but they do have a companion app that allows you to fine-tune your listening experience. That includes a graphic EQ, EQ presets, and their proprietary Super X-FI virtual soundstage feature, which uses head-mapping technology to tailor their audio reproduction to the shape of your ears and face, though we don't currently test this function. Depending on your usage habits, they also supply more than 10 hours of continuous runtime and come with a case that supplies roughly two additional charges. Like the EarFun, their Bluetooth latency on mobile Android and iOS devices is also quite low, which is good for watching movies or videos.
Get the EarFun if you want superior isolation capability, but consider the Creative if you prioritize sound customization features.
Apr 12, 2021: Replaced Creative Outlier Air V2 with EarFun Air Pro as pick for 'Best Budget Wireless Earbuds Under $100'. Replaced Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC as 'Alternative With More Stable Fit' category pick with Creative Outlier Air V2 as 'More Customizable Alternative' category pick. Added Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC to Notable Mentions.
Mar 19, 2021: Replaced the Mpow X3 Truly Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless as they offer more customization features. The Mpow have been moved to Notable Mentions.
Feb 19, 2021: Substantial article rework. Replaced Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 with FIIL T1X True Wireless due to current availability. Renamed 'Truly Wireless Alternative' category to 'Noise Cancelling Alternative'; replaced corresponding Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless pick with TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless due to current pricing. Replaced Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless with Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless due to better category suitability. Replaced Jaybird Tarah Wireless with Mpow X3 Truly Wireless due to better category suitability. Added Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless, and Jaybird Tarah Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Jan 22, 2021: Replaced the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 with the Jabra Elite Active 65t as 'Best Under $100' since they have a more balanced sound profile, better noise isolation, and better build quality. Replaced the FIIL T1X with the Creative Outlier Air V2 as the Creative have more customization options. Added both the FIIL T1X and the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 to Notable Mentions.
Dec 21, 2020: Removed the AUKEY Latitude Wireless from 'Notable Mentions' due to changing availability. Added the SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless as a Notable Mention.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cheap wireless earbuds to buy for most people in each price range. 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).
That said, there are no perfect headphones. If you'd like to make the choice yourself, below is the full list of wireless in-ears and earbuds headphones we've tested. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.