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 that we've tested so far are the Skullcandy Jib. With their impressive price-to-performance ratio, they're fairly well-rounded for their low price point, making them a great choice for those wallet-conscious.
These earbuds are fairly comfortable and shouldn't put too much pressure on your ear, making them a good choice for working out. Fans of EDM will also like the extra bass in their sound profile. In terms of noise isolation, these earbuds can reduce chatter. They also don’t leak a lot of audio, so you should be able to turn your music up without your coworkers hearing it.These earbuds also come in a variety of colors, making it easy to style with your aesthetic. Although each color varies in price, the black variant tends to be one of the cheaper options.
On the downside, their battery lasts just under six hours and they can take over two hours to charge. This might not be enough to get you through your work day, but for their low price point these earbuds still perform fairly well, making them a good choice for those looking to save a few bucks.
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 bit more expensive than the Skullcandy Jib Wireless, but provide a great price-to-performance ratio and are one of the cheapest pairs 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. Their sound reproduction is 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 Skullcandy if you want something cheaper and don't mind having a wire connecting your left and right buds, but if you want a decent pair of very-well priced truly wireless headphones, go with the SoundPeats.
The Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 are the best wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested so far. They're a great choice if you're closely watching your wallet but can't sacrifice the comfort and portability of wireless Bluetooth earbuds.
Although they're slightly more expensive than the Skullcandy Jib Wireless, they offer better performance. Their comfortable, stable ear-hook design makes them great for physical activity. Their IPX7 rating for water resistance is also great, too, although this isn't something we test for. For their price, the 18.5-hour battery life is outstanding: you'll be able to listen to your audio for an entire long-haul flight with no problems. They also fully charge in just over an hour, making them a portable pair of headphones when you're on the go. They've also got a fairly excited sound profile: their bumped up bass makes them suited for a variety of content, from EDM to rock.
On the downside, the cable connecting the left and right earbuds is thin and could be prone to breakage. They also don't come with a companion app to customize their default sound profile. However, for their price point, these earbuds provide good bang for your buck and are among the best wireless headphones that we've tested so far.
If you want something with a less bass-heavy and more neutral sound profile, go with the JBL Endurance Sprint. They're more expensive than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, and their battery doesn't last nearly as long, but they have a much more balanced and accurate sound profile. They're decently comfortable, though they do take a lot of adjusting to find a proper fit, and they only come with three different sized tips, which is less than the five that come with the Anker. On the upside, their passive noise isolation is great, and they're even decent at blocking out the low engine rumble of planes or trains.
Overall, if you like an excited sound profile with a bit of extra kick, go with the Anker, but if you'd rather a more neutral sound profile and don't mind spending a little bit more, get the JBL.
The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 are the best budget wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested so far. A slightly more expensive update of the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless, they have a better build. Their continuous playtime has also increased to 6.4 hours and the charging case now offers five charges, making these earbuds an improved choice for those shopping within this price range.
Their sound is fairly well-balanced with an emphasis on bass. If you don't like this sound profile, however, the mobile companion app offers several presets that can make finding your right sound easier. This app also allows you to remap some of the touch controls on the earbuds. Although these earbuds don't have noise cancelling, they do a good job of noise isolating, particularly in the voice range. If you work in an office setting, these earbuds will be able to cut out some ambient chatter.
On the downside, the microphone struggles to separate speech from background noise in busy environments and voices tend to sound muffled. Their controls also lack feedback, except for the audio cues triggered when the earbuds are turned on and off. Still, these are a fairly affordable pair of earbuds and are the best budget wireless earbuds under $100 that we’ve tested so far.
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 something more compact, 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 Liberty Air 2 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 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.
03/12/2020: Minor text and structural changes. No changes in recommendations.
02/17/2020: Made Skullcandy Jib Wireless "Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds" and moved SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 to "Best Budget Wireless Earbuds" for consistency.
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.
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.