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 180 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, the best wireless earbuds under $50, the best wireless earbuds under $100, and the best sounding wireless earbuds.
The Sony WI-C310 are the best cheap wireless earbuds that we've tested. These lightweight wireless in-ears are very portable, and they're stable enough to wear during a light run or workout. Their amazing 17-hour continuous battery life should be more than enough to last you through long days on the go.
They have a fairly neutral sound profile that's suitable for lots of different types of audio content, and the extra emphasis in the bass range makes audio sound more full-bodied. They don't leak a lot of noise, and escaping audio is quiet and thin-sounding, so it shouldn't really bother anyone around you if you listen to your music at loud volumes.
Unfortunately, like many earbuds in this price range, they don't have the best build quality, and the cables feel very thin. Also, they don't have a noise isolation feature, so they can't really block out bass-heavy background noises like plane or bus engines. Fortunately, they can passively isolate against higher-frequency noises, like the sound of coworkers chatting nearby.
If you want the unrestricted freedom of movement that comes with a pair of truly wireless headphones, take a look at the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. The Skullcandy's sub-four-hour continuous battery life is much less than that of the Sony WI-C310 Wireless, but they're even more portable and come with a charging case that supplies over 13 hours of total playback time, depending on your usage habits. These in-ears also feel quite well-built, with a solid plastic construction that's rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. Their sound profile is also quite well-balanced, allowing them to suit a wide variety of musical genres, though their slightly overemphasized bass response should add just a bit of extra thump and rumble to your favorite EDM and hip-hop tracks. Unfortunately, their relatively bulky design and deep in-ear fit might not suit all users. They also lack any sound customization features, like an in-app graphic EQ or onboard EQ presets.
Get the Sony if you want longer continuous battery life, but consider the Skullcandy if you want more sturdily-built truly wireless on-ears.
The best budget wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested are the FIIL T1X True Wireless. These well-built in-ears are comfortable enough for long listening sessions and come with several differently-sized ear tips and stability fins. Once you achieve a good fit, they're stable enough to stay in place during a run or workout at the gym.
They're also rated IP65 for dust and water resistance, although we don't test for it currently. Their default sound profile is slightly bass-rich, which adds some extra thump, kick, and boom to mixes. If you prefer a different sound, there are 15 EQ presets available in the companion app, and you can also create your own. The battery lasts for roughly seven hours of continuous playback time, and the earbuds come with a hard plastic case that stores about three extra charges.
Unfortunately, they don't have an ANC feature and don't passively isolate you from the low rumble of bus and plane engines., they don't block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines. Their touch-sensitive controls aren't the most intuitive either. Otherwise, their affordable price, customizable sound, and comfortable, stable fit make them a solid choice if you want cheap wireless earbuds.
If you're looking for budget-friendly earbuds with active noise cancelling, you may prefer the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless. These earbuds are usually sold at a higher price but are currently on sale for a little over the $50 price point. Unlike the FIIL T1X True Wireless, they don't have onboard volume control, but they have an ANC feature that does a good job of isolating you from ambient sound. They also have a longer continuous battery life of roughly 10 hours. Their companion app includes a graphic EQ and presets, so you can customize their sound profile to suit you, and they have a comfortable, stable fit that makes them suitable for workouts.
Go for the FIIL if you want the more affordable earbuds or prefer easier-to-use controls, but consider the Anker instead if active noise cancelling is a priority.
The best budget wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested are the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. These noise cancelling compact truly wireless in-ears have a comfortable, stable fit and feel quite well-built, with a high-grade plastic construction that's rated IPX5 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for that. They supply over nine hours of runtime on a single charge and have a standby mode to help conserve power, so they shouldn't need frequent recharging, though battery consumption can vary with use.
These in-ears have a very well-balanced sound profile, though with just a bit of added bass, emphasizing the thump and punch of genres like EDM and hip-hop without overly muddying or cluttering more delicate vocals or lead instruments. Their ANC system helps them do a great job of blocking out ambient noise, ranging from the low rumble of bus and plane engines to the high-pitched hum of an AC unit, not to mention the chatter of nearby coworkers. They also have very low latency on mobile Android and iOS devices, which is good if you like to stream videos while wearing them, though apps and devices compensate to varying degrees for this, so your experience may vary.
However, their touch-sensitive control scheme can take a bit of time to get used to. They also lack any sort of sound customization features, like a companion app with an EQ or built-in EQ presets. Otherwise, their comfortable, sturdy design, long continuous battery life, and effective ANC system help make them some of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $100 that we've tested.
If you want earbuds that you can customize to suit you, try the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless instead. They have a shorter continuous battery life than the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless and aren't as comfortable, but you can customize their sound profile with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. They're well-suited for workouts since they come with a few differently-sized ear tips and are quite stable once you achieve a good fit. They're also rated IP56 for dust and water resistance, although we don't test for that currently. While they lack an ANC feature, they do a great job of passively isolating you from ambient sound. Unfortunately, they block out less bass-range noise than the EarFun.
Go for the EarFun if you want earbuds with an ANC feature or prefer the option with longer continuous battery life. Try the Jabra instead if you want headphones with a customizable sound profile.
Jul 07, 2021: Replaced the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless as the 'Noise Cancelling Alternative' to the FIIL T1X True Wireless, and replaced the Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless with the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless as the 'More Customizable Alternative' to the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless because the original picks aren't currently available.
Jun 10, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
May 12, 2021: Replaced 'Bass-Heavy Alternative' pick with 'Truly Wireless Alternative' pick. Added TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless and Skullcandy Jib Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Apr 12, 2021: Replaced Creative Outlier Air V2 with EarFun Air Pro as pick for 'Best Budget Wireless Earbuds Under $100'. Replaced Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC as 'Alternative With More Stable Fit' category pick with Creative Outlier Air V2 as 'More Customizable Alternative' category pick. Added Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC to Notable Mentions.
Mar 19, 2021: Replaced the Mpow X3 Truly Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless as they offer more customization features. The Mpow have been moved 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.