Whether you just got a phone that doesn’t have an audio jack or are simply looking to experience the freedom of Bluetooth audio, there are lots of cheap wireless earbuds out there for you to choose from. From super compact truly wireless earbuds to durable sports headphones that are designed to fit securely in place, you’re likely to find something that meets your needs without breaking the bank.
We’ve reviewed nearly 100 wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones so far and below you’ll find our top picks for the best budget 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 best cheap wireless earbuds we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They're one of the most comfortable in-ears we've tested to date, and their ear-hook design ensures a stable fit even during moderate workouts. They come with 6 different tip options included, which is impressive, and have a decent build quality which should be able to withstand a few accidental drops or bumps without sustaining damage. They also provide nearly 13-hours of battery life off of a 1.5-hour charge, which is quite good.
Their sound profile fairly well-balanced and should be suitable for most genres of music, though they're a little bass-heavy and fans of genres like hip-hop and EDM will likely enjoy their extra thump. While they do a mediocre job at isolating out background noise, they leak almost no audio, meaning you should be able to crank up your volume without bothering those around you. If you're worried about noise isolation, you may want to consider the AUKEY Latitude Wireless since they block out more background noise, though they're quite a bit less comfortable.
Overall, these headphones are quite well-rounded and offer a great price-to-performance ratio, making them among the best headphones we’ve tested so far. Their mix of comfort, good battery life, and versatile sound profile makes them a solid choice for anyone looking for a pair of cheap wireless earbuds.
If you’re looking for wireless earbuds that cost even less, consider the Skullcandy Jib. They feel more cheaply made than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless and they’re a bit less comfortable, but they’re generally available at a lower price. Like many Skullcandy products, their price varies on the color you choose, but there are a few options available under $20. They have powerful, punchy bass that fans of EDM and hip-hop music are sure to love, but they can also sound boomy and muddy. The Sony WI-C200 Wireless have a more balanced sound and better battery life, but tend to run a couple of bucks more.
Get the Anker if you don’t mind going slightly over $25 for better overall performance; however, if you’re looking to spend as little as possible and still want something, then the Skullcandy are a solid choice.
If you're looking for a cheap pair of wireless earbuds but want the ultra-portability of truly wireless headphones, go with the SoundPeats TrueFree. They're a few bucks more than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, but provide a great price to performance ratio and are the cheapest pair of truly wireless earbuds that we've tested to date. They block out a good amount of background noise, which makes them a decent option for commuting or using at the office. They sound adequate, though they're better-suited for bass-heavy genres like EDM or hip-hop. Unfortunately, their battery isn't great at just over 3 hours, but their case will provide an additional 4-5 charges, meaning they should last a full day providing you don't use them for extended listening sessions.
Get the Anker if you want better performance, but if you want a decent pair of very-well priced truly wireless headphones, go with the SoundPeats.
The best cheap wireless earbuds under $50 we’ve tested so far are the JBL Endurance Sprint. They have great audio reproduction and are among the best-sounding wireless earbuds we’ve reviewed to date. They feel rather premium for their price thanks to their touch-sensitive controls and matte finish. They have rubberized cables and an IPX7 rating for waterproofing too, which is great for sports.
These headphones have a remarkably well-balanced sound, with a rather neutral audio reproduction that’s well-suited for music of virtually all genres as well as podcasts and audiobooks. They also isolate quite a bit of noise, which makes them a decent choice for use during your daily commute. Their 9-hour battery life is decent, and they feature an auto-off timer to help further save power.
Unfortunately, their controls don’t always work as intended and sometimes register unwanted commands, which can be frustrating. They can also be a bit uncomfortable for some, especially those with smaller ears. The Sony WI-C310 Wireless are more comfortable and have an in-line remote that’s easier to use, but they don’t isolate noise as well and feel less durable for sports. If you don’t mind how the JBL fit, they’re a solid choice overall.
If you use a Samsung device and are looking for customizable in-ears under $50, then go for the Samsung U Flex. They may not sound as good as the JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless right out-of-the-box, but they’re compatible with the Level app on Samsung devices which provides access to a graphic EQ with presets, room effects, volume monitors, and more. Unfortunately, these customization features are only available on Samsung devices, so if you have iPhone or an Android device you won’t be able to experience these earbuds to their fullest potential. The Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016 can be customized on any Android device or iOS; however, their 4-hour battery life pales in comparison to the 11.5 hours that the U Flex provide.
If you’re looking for earbuds that reproduce audio accurately and have a balanced sound without the need for any additional tweaking, get the Endurance Sprint. However, if you have a Samsung phone and like spending time personalizing your listening experience, you’ll want to go for the U Flex.
The best budget wireless earbuds under $100 that we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. They are extremely portable thanks to their truly wireless design and feel decently well-made for the price. They come with four different tips to help you find a secure fit, and most people should find them quite comfortable thanks to their lightweight design that you can barely feel in your ears. They have a touch-sensitive control scheme on the stems of the earbuds and even support Bluetooth 5.0, which is nice at this price point.
Their sound profile is decently well-balanced and should be suitable for a wide variety of genres and content, from hip-hop to podcasts. Thanks to their great noise isolation performance, these are a good choice for commuting as they will do a decent job at passively blocking out the rumble of train or bus engines. They do an even better job of isolating out background speech, which should help you concentrate at work by blocking out noisy coworkers. They also leak almost no audio, meaning you can crank up your music without bothering those around you.
Unfortunately, they don't have volume control on the earbuds themselves, meaning you'll need to take your phone out to adjust the volume of your music. Overall, however, they're a versatile pair of in-ear headphones that perform much better than other options in the same price range and are among the best wireless earbuds we've tested so far.
If you like being able to customize the sound of your headphones, then get the Jaybird Tarah. They’re less compact than the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless and use a proprietary charger which some may find a bit restrictive, but they’re compatible with the Jaybird MySound app, which has a great parametric EQ for you to fine-tune their sound however you want. You can even have different sound profiles with saved EQ presets that you can share with your friends, which is neat. Unfortunately, their 6-hour battery life isn’t very long, especially compared to the similarly priced yet non-customizable JBL Reflect Mini Wireless. Thankfully, they have an auto-off timer to help save power.
If you don’t need the customization and prefer a more compact form factor, you’ll want to go for the Liberty Air, but if you’re all about getting your headphones to sound just the way you like, then get the Tarah.
If you're an Apple user and want a pair of headphones that will easily pair to all of your Apple devices, go with the Beats BeatsX Wireless. Unlike the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Wireless, they have a wire connecting your left and right earbuds, but they offer Apple's W1 chip which makes pairing them to your Apple devices seamless. Their sound is well-balanced and should be suitable for most genres of music. Many people prefer their physical buttons to the touch-sensitive ones found on the Liberty Air. It's worth noting that while they're regularly available under $100, some colors seem to be more expensive.
Get the Liberty Air if you want the ultra-compact portability of truly wireless headphones, but if you're an Apple user and want a seamless experience, go with the BeatsX.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best budget 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 all our reviews for wireless in-ear headphones and earbuds 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.
11/20/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
10/15/2019: Moved SoundPeats TrueFree to 'Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds', added Alternative for iPhone to 'Best Budget Under $100'.