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 180 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 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's sometimes cheaper, but we haven't tested it yet.
If you prefer the unencumbered freedom of a pair of truly wireless headphones but don't want to strain your budget further, consider the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless. Their battery life is little over half that of the Skullcandy Jib Wireless, they're fractionally pricier and have a much worse microphone. However, they're easier to throw into your pocket and feel substantially better-made. They do a good job of passively blocking out background chatter and barely leak any audio, so you can listen to your music at pretty high volumes without disrupting people nearby. Their sound profile is less boomy than the Skullcandy, although it should be noted that music will be lacking a bit of detail in the upper frequencies.
Get the Skullcandy if you want longer overall battery life and a better mic, but consider the SoundPeats if you prioritize portability and solid build quality.
The best budget wireless earbuds that we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These Bluetooth in-ears have a comfortable, stable fit thanks to their ear-hook design. Their over 18-hour continuous battery life is among the longest we've ever tested for wireless in-ears, and they can easily last through your work day and your commute.
Overall, these headphones have a decently neutral sound profile, so they're suitable for a lot of music genres. They pack an extra thump and punch in the bass-range, too, which can satisfy fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. They also don't leak a lot of noise, so you can crank up the volume on your favorite music without bothering people around you.
On the downside, while the earbuds and ear-hooks feel pretty sturdy, the cable connecting the buds feels quite thin. These headphones also don't have any customization features, and they don't support multi-device pairing. That being said, they offer a decently versatile performance at an affordable price, and they're among the best headphones we've tested.
If you don't want a cable connecting your earbuds, consider the FIIL T1X instead. While their continuous battery life isn't as long as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, these comfortable in-ears are very portable thanks to their truly wireless design and solid charging case. Their default sound profile is decently neutral, though a bit bass-heavy, so you'll really feel the thump and punch from your favorite songs. If you prefer a different sound, you can choose from 15 different EQ presets via the companion app, which is an impressive feature for this price range. On the downside, their integrated microphone performs worse than the Anker's, so it may make your voice sound unnatural and distorted.
If you want earbuds with long continuous battery life and a better microphone recording quality, check out the Anker. If you prefer a truly wireless design and like to customize your sound, consider the FIIL instead.
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.
They 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're looking for a pair of wireless headphones that you can bring to the gym without a hassle, take a look at the Jaybird Tarah. They don't have the same go-anywhere portability as the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless and have a slightly shorter single-charge battery life, but their fit is more secure, and their dedicated companion app has more features, with a parametric EQ and built-in music player. They also offer multi-device pairing, which is handy if you tend to swap between listening to content on your phone and computer. While they let in more ambient noise than the Anker, it's likely that some athletes who train outside will appreciate the difference, as they'll be able to monitor their surroundings more effectively.
Get the Anker if you prefer the hassle-free portability of a pair of truly wireless headphones and want a more isolating listening experience on your way to work or in the office. However, consider the Jaybird if you're looking for a pair of headphones that you want to bring out on a run or to the gym.
09/04/2020: Replaced the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless with the FIIL T1X True Wireless. Removed Anker Soundcore Liberty Lite from 'Notable Mentions' to reflect changing availability.
08/07/2020: Added Samsung Galaxy Buds to 'Notable Mentions'; slight changes to the text for accuracy and clarity.
07/10/2020: Moved the JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless to Notable Mentions for consistency.
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.
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 headphones we've tested to date. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.