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 Upgraded 2019. They're rather similar to the previous Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, but with slight improvements to their water resistance rating and battery life. These headphones have an impressive 18 hours of battery life on a single charge, up from 13 on the previous version. They're also one of the most comfortable in-ears we've tested so far and their ear-hook design is great for active people that are looking for a stable fit. They're now rated IPX7 for water resistance, which makes them on-par with the older version of the Anker Spirit X Wireless.
Their sound profile is 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. Note that they're just over $25, but are still a way better option than most headphones in this price range.
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 Upgraded 2019 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 good, 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 Upgraded 2019, 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 Samsung 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 JBL. 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 2. Although they're slightly more expensive than the original Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless, they come with some improvements as well as some welcome additions. The first major improvement is in terms of build quality. While they're still mainly made out of plastic, they feel much more premium and sturdy, especially the charging case, which now has five additional charges and the earbuds themselves have 6.4 hours of continuous playback time.
These headphones have a fairly well-balanced sound, but they're bass-heavy with a slight recess in the mid-range. However, they now come with a mobile companion app that lets you tune the sound through a variety of presets. The app also allows you to remap the touch controls on the earbuds. Unfortunately, there isn't any feedback when using the controls except for audio cues when turning the earbuds on and off, but otherwise, they're responsive and work well. There's a microphone should you need to take a call; sadly, its performance is unremarkable. Voices tend to sound muffled and the microphone struggles to separate speech from background noise when used in a busy environment. On the upside, these headphones have very good noise isolation. They do an okay job at blocking out the rumbles of bus engines, but the mid-range is where they truly shine, making them great for blocking out ambient chatter.
If you're looking for a well-rounded pair of earbuds while staying within your budget, these are a good choice.
If you like being able to customize the sound of your headphones, then get the Jaybird Tarah. Due to the wire connecting the two drivers, they won't be as compact and portable as the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless, but their dedicated app has an amazing parametric EQ that allows you to customize their sound profile to better suit your preferences. However, they only have about 6 hours of battery life, which isn't very long but should still be enough for a couple of workouts. They also have an auto-off, which is useful to save battery life when you forget to turn them off.
If you don’t need the customization and prefer a more compact form factor, you’ll want to go for the Anker, but if you’re all about getting your headphones to sound just the way you like, then get the Jaybird.
If you like in-ears like the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless but want to save a bit of money, then check out the more affordable Anker SoundCore Life P2. They're very similar headphones, but their case isn't as great and they have physical buttons rather than a touch-sensitive control scheme. The other Ankers also have a better battery and a dedicated app that provides EQ presets, which isn't available with the Life P2. On the other hand, the Life's physical buttons of the provide better feedback and are easier to use in cold climates. These two headphones also sound almost identical and will be better suited for bass-heavy genres, although their sound profile is still fairly well-balanced.
Overall, if you're looking for the best truly wireless headphones under $100, the Liberty Air 2 will offer better overall performance, but if you're on a tight budget and still want great truly wireless headphones, but for a cheaper price, go with the Life P2 instead.
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.
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.
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'.