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 reviewed over 120 pairs of wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones so far, 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 Skullcandy Jib are the best cheap wireless earbuds we've tested to date. These very inexpensive Bluetooth in-ears are a good choice if you want headphones that you won't worry about too much if they get lost or damaged. They're decently comfortable and have an easy-to-use in-line remote that allows you to skip tracks and answer phone calls. Like with most Skullcandy headphones, the prices vary greatly depending on color, so you may be limited if you want to get the best price.
They have a bass-heavy sound profile that's best-suited for genres like EDM or hip-hop but is surprisingly well-balanced for the price. Their mid and treble ranges are fairly even, so instruments and vocals don't sound lost or dull. They do a good job at passively blocking background chatter, and their microphone does a decent job of separating your voice from background noise.
Unfortunately, their price point is reflected in their build quality, and they feel quite cheap and plasticky overall. Their battery life also pales in comparison to most more expensive options at under six hours, so you'll likely have to take a charging break to get you through a full day. It's worth noting that Skullcandy has released a new 'Plus' version that is sometimes cheaper, but we haven't tested it yet.
If you'd rather the extreme portability and freedom of truly wireless headphones without spending a ton more, get the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless, our truly wireless alternative to the best cheap wireless earbuds. They're a bit more expensive than the Skullcandy Jib Wireless, and their battery doesn't last nearly as long off a single charge, but they're even more portable and feel much more durable. Their sound profile isn't quite as boomy as the Skullcandy but is much muddier and veiled. They have good passive isolation and leak even less audio, making them a good choice to help give you some quiet.
If battery life is more important to you and you want to spend less, get the Skullcandy, but if you prefer a truly wireless design and want headphones that feel much better-built, go for the SoundPeats.
The best budget wireless earbuds that we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These inexpensive Bluetooth earbuds are a good choice for using at the gym thanks to their very stable ear-hook design and IPX7 rating for sweat and water resistance, though this isn't something we currently test. Their earbuds don't enter the ear canal nearly as deep as other in-ears, making them quite comfortable even during longer listening sessions. Their 18.4-hour battery is among the longest we've tested on a pair of wireless in-ears.
These headphones have a fairly bass-heavy sound profile that's best-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. That being said, they should be well-balanced enough for most music and content, as long as you don't mind a little extra bass. Their microphone is surprisingly decent for Bluetooth headphones, and your voice sounds quite understandable and bright.
Unfortunately, their lower price point shows in their build quality and they don't feel nearly as durable as some higher-end options. While the earbuds themselves are made from dense, good quality plastic, the cable connecting each side is quite thin. That being said, they still offer fantastic value and are among the best headphones we've tested.
If you prefer headphones with a truly wireless design, get the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless. They aren't quite as comfortable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, and they don't last nearly as long off a single charge. However, their truly wireless design gives you more freedom, and they have a slightly less boomy sound profile. It's worth noting that these truly wireless in-ears are usually slightly more than $50, but can often be found on sale. Even at their regular price they offer great value, and they have easy-to-use physical buttons. While they only last around six hours off a single charge, their charging case gives them an additional five, which is excellent.
Overall, if you don't mind having a wire connecting your two earbuds, go with the Curve, but if you don't like their slightly bulkier design and want a surprisingly decent pair of truly wireless headphones for under $50, get the Life P2.
If you don't mind spending a bit more, the best budget Bluetooth earbuds under $100 that we've tested so far are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. These true wireless in-ears offer a great price-to-performance ratio and look and feel as durable and premium as much more expensive options from the competition. They come with five sizes of tips to help you find a decently comfortable fit, and their charging case supports Qi-wireless charging, which is a nice addition at this price point.
These headphones have an excited sound profile that's well-suited to most popular genres, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ and 20 EQ presets, making it easy to match their sound to your personal taste. They passively block out a good amount of background noise, making them a good choice for your daily commute as well as using in the office. You can even take them with you on your morning jog as they feel quite stable and are rated IPX5 for water and sweat resistance, though this isn't something we test.
Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive controls may not be for everyone, especially if you live in colder climates and often wear gloves or winter caps. Their 6.4-hour battery life also isn't quite as long as some more expensive options like the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless but is still quite good for a pair of truly wireless headphones. Overall, the Anker look and feel much higher-end than their price tag would suggest and are among the best wireless earbuds we've tested.
If you use your headphones primarily at the gym or out for a job, get the Jaybird Tarah. They aren't truly wireless like the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless, and they require a proprietary charger. Still, they feel quite a bit more stable thanks to their stability fins and have a higher IP rating for better water resistance, though we don't test for this. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is quite well-balanced, with less bass than the Anker, and their companion app gives you access to a parametric EQ to better fine-tune their sound. Their battery only lasts six hours, which is slightly disappointing for non-truly wireless headphones, and they require a proprietary charger, which can be a pain if you forget to bring it with you or lose it completely. Unlike the Anker, they support multi-device pairing, which allows you to switch between your phone and PC easily.
If you prefer the portability and freedom of truly wireless headphones and want something well-suited for a variety of uses, get the Anker, but if you want something that feels more stable for use at the gym, go with the Jaybird.
07/10/2020: Moved the JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless to Notable Mentions for consistency. Updated text for accuracy and clarity.
06/05/2020: Changed Anker SoundCore Life P2 to 'Truly Wireless Alternative' for "Best Budget Wireless Earbuds Under $50" due to current pricing.
02/17/2020: Made Skullcandy Jib Wireless "Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds" and moved SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 to "Best Budget Wireless Earbuds" for consistency.
01/17/2020: Replaced the Anker SoundBuds Curve with the 2019 Upgraded model. Replaced the Beats Powerbeats Pro with the Anker Soundcore Life P2 as 'More Affordable Alternative' to 'Best Budget Under $100'.
12/19/2019: Replaced Anker SoundCore Liberty Air with Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. Replaced Beats BeatsX with Beats Powerbeats 3.
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).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of our reviews for all wireless in-ear and earbud headphones under $100. 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.