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The 5 Best Cheap Wireless Earbuds - Fall 2022 Reviews

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 Wireless Earbuds Under $25

    The JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless are the best cheap wireless earbuds we've tested. Unlike many earbuds in this price range, they offer a few sound customization options. You can cycle through three EQ presets using their onboard controls. Their most neutral EQ setting produces a bass-rich sound well-suited for thumpy genres like EDM. The earbuds are also well-built and come in a few bright color options.

    Their battery lasts about nine hours off of a single charge, and they come with a case that holds about three extra charges. Unfortunately, they don't have an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature, so they don't block out ambient sound, like rumbling bus and plane engines. They help passively reduce higher-pitched sounds like office chatter or a humming computer fan.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds Under $50

    The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best budget wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested. These earbuds come with a case that holds more than 12 extra charges, so they have a total battery life of nearly 100 hours, much longer than most earbuds we've tested. They last about seven hours of continuous use off of a single charge. Additionally, they offer a decently comfortable fit and good stability for workouts.

    Their bass-rich sound profile is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop, and it delivers some extra rumble, punch, and boom to your audio. Unlike the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless, they don't offer sound customization features. They also lack ANC and don't isolate you from bass-rage noise like a rumbling engine, although they block out a little more mid-range noise like ambient chatter.

    See our review

  3. Best Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds Under $50

    If you're looking for budget-friendly, truly wireless earbuds with active noise cancelling, the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless are the best we've tested. They have an ANC feature that does an impressive job blocking out ambient sound, including rumbling engines during your commute and background chatter at work. While you can't switch it off completely, you can use the 'Transparency' Mode to hear what's happening around you without taking out the earbuds.

    They're well-built and last about eight hours off a single charge, meaning they can last through a long flight or 9-5 workday. Their slightly v-shaped sound profile adds extra rumble and punch in the bass-range without overwhelming instruments and lead vocals, making them suitable for genres like EDM as well as pop and rock. Sibilants like cymbals may sound harsh, and the headphones don't have a companion app or any sound customization features.

    See our review

  4. Best Wireless Earbuds Under $100

    The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds under $100 we've tested. If you're willing to spend a little more, these earbuds have more features than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. They have a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets, so you can adjust their bass-heavy sound profile to suit you. You can also remap the controls, turn on 'Gaming Mode' for somewhat lower Bluetooth latency, and choose between a few different ANC presets to suit different situations.

    Using the 'Transport' preset, they have an excellent noise isolation performance, especially when blocking out the low rumble of bus and plane engines. Unfortunately, their 5.7-hour continuous battery life is the shortest of all the headphones on this list.

    See our review

  5. Best Battery Performance Wireless Earbuds Under $100

    If you're looking for headphones with strong battery performance, the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless are the best truly wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested. These comfortable, well-built earbuds have a continuous battery life of about nine hours, so they easily last through a 9-5 workday or a long flight. Their portable case holds about 2.5 extra charges, and you can use one earbud at a time while the other charges. There's also a standby mode to help conserve power when you're not listening to audio.

    They have a great noise isolation performance, thanks to their ANC feature. While it doesn't block out as much mid-range noise as the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless' ANC, it's similarly effective with bass-range sound, like rumbling engines. These headphones also have a very well-balanced, versatile sound profile with a bit of extra rumble and punch in the bass range. They don't come with any sound customization features, though. If you want earbuds that come with an EQ, you may prefer the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless, but they have a shorter seven-hour continuous battery life.

    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 more neutral sound profile than the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless, but they last for less than 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, which is longer than any of the picks on this list. However, they have cheap build quality, and their controls feel mushy. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless have a better control scheme than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless and come with sound customization features. However, they're a bit more expensive and have a much shorter continuous battery life. See our review
  • Skullcandy Jib Wireless: The Skullcandy Jib Wireless are cheap, basic wireless in-ears with a bass-heavy sound profile. They're even cheaper than the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless, but their continuous battery life is shorter, and they have a mediocre build quality. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 06, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  2. May 25, 2022: Added the EarFun Air Pro Truly Wireless as the recommendation for 'Best Battery Performance Under $100'.

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

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

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

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cheap 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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