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 200 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 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 JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are the best cheap Bluetooth earbuds that we've tested. These well-built, truly wireless in-ears come with three different EQ presets built-in, so you can easily customize their sound to suit your tastes. They also have a small and lightweight design, which makes it easy to take them with you when you go.
When using their flattest EQ preset, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra body and boom to your mixes. Vocals and lead instruments should still sound clear and accurate, although they're nudged to the back of your mixes. They also have over nine hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case holds an additional three charges if you need it.
Unfortunately, they lack more robust sound customization features like a graphic EQ to fine-tune their sound. They also struggle to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines. They do a much better job of cutting down noise like ambient chatter, which can be helpful if you work in a noisy office.
If you're looking for more neutral-sounding headphones, check out the Sony WI-C310 Wireless. While they don't feel as well-built as the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless and lack EQ presets, they have a flatter overall sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also have a bit of extra punch and body to their sound, but it's still versatile enough for a variety of audio content. They also offer roughly 17 hours of continuous playback time, which should get you through long days at the office or on the go. They have a lightweight and comfortable fit, although their rubberized cables feel thin and somewhat fragile.
Try the JLab if you're looking for truly wireless headphones with EQ presets. However, if you prefer a more neutral sound profile or a longer continuous playback time, look at the Sony.
The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested. These well-built earbuds come with a variety of stability fins and ear tips so that you can find the most comfortable fit for you. They're also stable and have an IPX5 rating for water resistance, making them a solid choice for workouts.
Their sound profile is fairly neutral, with an overemphasized bass response that adds thump, punch, and boom to mixes. Despite not having ANC, they isolate you from a good amount of mid-range noise like ambient conversation and even cut down a bit on the low rumble of bus and plane engines. They last for just over seven hours of continuous playback, and their case holds about 12.5 additional charges, so their total battery life is extremely long.
However, their onboard control scheme is tricky to use and lacks a volume function. Also, while they're decently comfortable, using their touch-sensitive surfaces can push the earbuds deeper into your ears. They also lack sound customization features, although their sound profile should be suitable for a variety of genres and content. Overall, they're a versatile choice if you're looking for cheap earbuds.
If you want budget-friendly earbuds with ANC, you may prefer the TOZO NC9 Truly Wireless. These Bluetooth earbuds are a little above our price point and have a shorter continuous battery life than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. However, they have an impressive ANC feature that effectively isolates you from a range of ambient noise, including rumbling bus and plane engines. They also have a much better control scheme that includes a volume function. Their fit is similarly comfortable and stable, and they have a more bass-heavy sound, which fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop may like. Unfortunately, they lack sound customization features and may sound a bit muddy to some.
If you want the headphones with a longer continuous battery life or a more neutral sound profile, go for the Anker, but consider the TOZO instead if you want budget-friendly in-ears with ANC.
The best budget Bluetooth earbuds under $100 that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. They have an ANC system that offers an excellent noise isolation performance. Using the 'Transport Mode' setting, their ANC can cut down the low rumbles of bus and plane engines as well as office chatter.
Their bass-heavy sound profile is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop as it delivers extra thump, rumble, and body to your mixes. However, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can customize their sound to suit your tastes. These in-ears have a comfortable and stable fit, and their well-built design is rated IPX5 for water resistance.
Unfortunately, some users may find their under six hours of continuous battery life a bit short for long days at the office. They also have high latency on PCs as well as Android and iOS devices, which is a bit disappointing if you like to stream video. However, these headphones offer a versatile performance that should please most users.
If you prioritize battery life from your truly wireless headphones, consider the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. Unlike the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless, they lack sound customization features. However, they have over nine hours of continuous playback time and have a standby mode to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. Their carrying case also holds roughly 2.5 additional charges, and you can use one bud while the other charges. They have a slightly v-shaped sound profile that adds thump, rumble, and boom to mixes while vocals and lead instruments are bright. They have ANC and can block out a great amount of background noise. They have a comfortable fit too and feel well-built.
Check out the Anker if you're looking for a more customizable pair of earbuds with a better noise isolation performance. However, if you value longer-lasting continuous battery life or more neutral default sound profile, go for the EarFun instead.
Oct 25, 2021: Replaced the Sony WI-C310 Wireless with the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless and made the Sony the 'More Neutral-Sounding Alternative'. Also moved the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless and Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions. Replaced the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless and made the EarFun the 'Alternative With Better Battery Performance'.
Sep 29, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Sep 01, 2021: Replaced the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless as they offer a better value to most users.
Aug 02, 2021: Replaced the FIIL T1X True Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless as the 'Best Budget Wireless Earbuds Under $100' because the FIIL aren't currently available. Made the TOZO NC9 Truly Wireless the 'Noise Cancelling Alternative' instead of the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless because of the TOZO's better noise isolation performance and lower price.
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.
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.