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The 5 Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds

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 215 pairs of wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below, you’ll find our top picks for the best cheap Bluetooth earbuds divided by price range. Check 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.


  1. Best Cheap Under $25

    The best cheap wireless earbuds we've tested are the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless. Unlike many cheap headphones, these in-ears have a couple of EQ presets built-in, meaning you can adjust their sound to your liking. That said, using their 'JLab Signature' EQ, which produces the flattest response, they have a bass-rich sound profile with a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom to please fans of EDM and hip-hop.

    They have a well-built design that comes in a few flashy colors. They're also rated IPX4 for resistance against water splashes, and even though they don't have stability fins, they should stay in place if you're running or working out. Their over nine hours of continuous playback time should last through long days at the office. If you need to recharge them, their carrying case supplies an additional three charges in a pinch.

    Unfortunately, their charging cable is integrated into their carrying case, meaning if it gets damaged, you'll have to replace the entire unit. If you commute to work or travel a lot, they also struggle to passively isolate you from the low rumble of bus and plane engines. However, they're more effective at blocking out ambient chatter, which is better if you work in a noisy office.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Under $50

    The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best budget wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested. Although they're otherwise simple in design, these earbuds have a carrying case that holds roughly 12.5 additional charges, exceeding many other wireless earbuds. On a single charge, the buds last over seven hours continuously. When added together, their total battery life falls just under 100 hours, which is handy if you don't want to worry much about recharging their case.

    These earbuds have a decently comfortable fit, good stability, and are rated IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact. Their bass-rich sound profile is also well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop, as mixes have extra thump, rumble, and boom. That said, vocals and lead instruments are still clear and accurate. Thanks to their in-ear fit, they can passively isolate you from sounds like office chatter and the high-pitched hums of AC units.

    Unfortunately, they struggle to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which can be frustrating if you commute to work. They also lack sound customization features like an EQ or presets to help adjust their sound to your liking. However, these budget-friendly wireless earbuds have high total battery life and good build quality, sure to please most users.

    See our review

  3. Noise Cancelling Alternative

    If you're looking for affordable in-ears with noise cancelling, consider the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless. While their carrying case holds a lot fewer charges than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless, they have a great noise isolation performance, thanks to their ANC system. They can block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines and ambient chatter well. Their excited sound profile adds a touch of extra thump and rumble to mixes. Sibilants like cymbals are also bright, although some users may find they sound piercing. The buds have a stable and decently comfortable fit and are certified IPX6 for resistance against direct water contact. They have over eight hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case holds two additional charges.

    Take a look at the Anker if you value a higher total battery life from your in-ears. However, if you want noise cancelling earbuds, check out the TOZO instead.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Under $100

    The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the best budget wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested. They're packed with more features than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless, thanks to their companion app. Using the app, you can adjust their thumpy, bass-heavy sound profile to your liking using the graphic EQ and presets. You can also remap controls, switch between ANC settings, and access 'Gaming Mode', which helps reduce audio latency.

    These buds have an adjustable ANC system that can block out different kinds of ambient noise. Using the 'Transport' mode, they cut down the low rumble of bus and plane engines well. They're certified IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact, and they have a stable and comfortable in-ear fit, making them a solid choice for working out.

    Unfortunately, their integrated mic has some trouble separating your voice from moderate ambient noise, so if you have an important call, it's best to take it from a quieter space to ensure you're heard clearly. Their 5.7-hour continuous battery life may not last through long days at the office or on the go. Luckily, their carrying case holds roughly four extra charges, which is handy in a pinch.

    See our review

  5. Alternative With Better Battery Performance

    If battery life is important to you, check out the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless. While they don't have noise cancelling and won't block out as much background sound as the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless, they have seven hours of continuous playback time and have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. These earbuds have a bass-rich sound profile with a touch of extra thump, punch, and warmth. Their mids are very neutral, so vocals and lead instruments are still clear and present in mixes. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app has a graphic EQ and EQ presets so you can adjust their sound to your liking. They have a comfortable and well-built design, too.

    Try the Anker if you want earbuds with an ANC system to help block out background noise. However, if you prefer headphones with longer continuous battery life for long days on the go, take a look at the Jabra instead.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless: The Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless are compact and well-built in-ears with a versatile performance. However, they only last under four hours continuously, which is disappointing. See our review
  • Sony WI-C310 Wireless: The Sony WI-C310 Wireless are neck cable headphones with a neutral sound profile and roughly 17 hours of continuous battery life. However, they have cheap build quality, and their controls feel mushy. See our review
  • JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless : The JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless are in-ears that perform well but are more expensive. Their charging case has a lid but an integrated charging cable, which is a bit restrictive. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are well-built in-ears with a bass-heavy sound profile and many customization options, but they don't support multi-device pairing. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless: The Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless are lightweight, truly wireless headphones with a companion app that offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can customize their sound. However, they aren't as comfortable as the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Skullcandy Jib Wireless: The Skullcandy Jib Wireless are cheap, basic wireless in-ears with a bass-heavy sound profile. Their battery life is shorter than that of the Sony WI-C310 Wireless. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 25, 2022: We've checked our picks for product accuracy and availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  2. Mar 30, 2022: Replaced the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless with the Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless as the second generation have a standby mode.

  3. Feb 22, 2022: Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  4. Jan 21, 2022: Moved the Sony WI-C310 Wireless to Notable Mentions due to their cheap, plasticky build quality.

  5. Dec 22, 2021: Replaced the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless with the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless as the Jabra offer a better value to most users.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cheap wireless earbuds and best budget Bluetooth 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.

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