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 140 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 Wireless are the best cheap wireless earbuds that we've tested. These wireless in-ears have a portable, flexible design, and they should be stable enough in your ear to wear while on a run. Thanks to their 17-hour battery life, they can last through your workday without a recharge, which is nice.
Overall, they have a neutral, balanced sound profile that's suitable for listening to lots of different audio content, and the little extra boom in the bass range can help you stay motivated during tough workouts. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can crank up the volume on your favorite tunes without annoying anyone around you. They can also passively isolate against higher-frequency sounds like voices or the hum of a nearby AC unit, helping you focus on your music while working in a noisy office.
Unfortunately, like many options in this price range, these in-ears don't have the best build quality, and they don't seem very durable. Also, they struggle to isolate against bass-heavy noises like bus and plane engines, so they may not be suitable for your commute. However, if you want to stay aware of your surroundings while running outdoors, you may actually prefer this design feature.
If you love listening to bass-heavy music genres like EDM and hip-hop, consider the Skullcandy Jib instead. These wireless in-ears don't have as long of a battery life as the Sony WI-C310 Wireless, but their bass-heavy sound profile may be preferred by listeners who like a lot of extra boom and punch in their music. They're portable and have a decently comfortable and stable fit, so you can also wear them while jogging. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so your audio shouldn't bother anyone around you. Like the Sony, they can passively isolate against higher-frequency sounds found in a typical office setting, like voices from coworkers or the hum of an AC unit. While they don't block out bass-heavy sounds like bus and plane engines, outdoor runners may appreciate that they can stay aware of their surroundings while enjoying their music.
If you prefer a more neutral sound profile and want longer battery life, check out the Sony, but if you prefer a bass-heavy sound, consider the Skullcandy instead.
The best budget wireless earbuds that we've tested are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. They offer over 18 hours of continuous battery life, which is great if you're working a long shift or if you have a multi-hour commute. You can also take them to the gym as they have a stable, ear-hook fit as well as an IPX7 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.
They have a thumpy, boomy sound that should please fans of hip-hop and EDM. That said, they still have a well-balanced mid and treble range, which makes them suitable for a variety of audio genres. Thanks to their in-ear fit, they don't leak a lot of noise, so you can listen to your music at a high volume without disturbing the people around you. They also come with a hard case to help protect your headphones when you're on-the-go.
Unfortunately, the cable that connects both buds feels a bit thin and could be prone to breaking. They also don't have any customization features, which can be a little disappointing if you want to easily tweak their sound profile. Still, they offer a versatile and overall decent price-to-performance ratio, even ranking among the best headphones we've tested.
If you don't want a cable connecting your earbuds, consider the FIIL T1X. 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. Unfortunately, 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 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, some athletes who train outside will likely 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.
11/27/2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
10/30/2020: Replaced the Skullcandy Jib Wireless with the Sony WI-C310 Wireless as 'Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds'. Named the Skullcandy Jib Wireless as a 'Bass-Heavy Alt'. Removed the SoundPeats TrueFree/True Wireless as it seems they've been discontinued.
10/02/2020: Replaced the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless with the Mpow X3 Truly Wireless.
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.
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.