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The 5 Best Earbuds Under $50 - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Best Earbuds Under $50
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If you take your headphones with you everywhere, you may find over-ears too large and bulky. In-ears and earbuds are great alternatives that are often very portable, and you can easily toss them into a pocket or bag. While some of the most popular in-ears can be extremely expensive, you don't have to spend a ton to get a good pair for everyday use. Note that while typically the term 'in-ears' refers to headphones that go deeper in the ear canal, and 'earbuds' simply sit in your ear, these terms are often used interchangeably, so we'll include both in this article.

We’ve tested over 250 pairs of earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best earbuds under $50 to buy. Make sure to check out our picks for the best earbuds, the best cheap earbuds, the best headphones under $50, and the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50.


  1. Best Earbuds Under $50: Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless

    7.0
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    7.2
    Office
    5.3
    Wireless Gaming
    5.2
    Wired Gaming
    6.6
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best earbuds under $50 we've tested. While these in-ears have over seven hours of continuous playback time, their carrying case holds roughly 12.5 additional charges, which exceeds most other truly wireless headphones on the market. They can also passively block out a good amount of ambient noise like office chatter.

    These decently comfortable headphones are well-built and rated IPX5 for water resistance. Thanks to their stability fins and assortment of differently-sized ear tips, they shouldn't fall out of your ears once you get the right fit. Their bass-heavy sound profile adds a bit of punch, thump, and boom to your mixes. They also have very little leakage, so you crank your music up without worrying about others around you hearing it.

    Unfortunately, they don't have a companion app or EQs to help adjust their sound to your liking. Their mic also struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise around you, so whoever's on the other end of the line may have difficulties understanding you if you're talking from a busy street. That said, these in-ears have long continuous battery life and plenty of additional charges to help keep you going throughout your day.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you want to save money, try the JLab GO Air POP True Wireless. While they don't block out as much ambient noise as the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless, and they have fewer additional charges in their carrying case, they offer decent performance at a lower price. Unlike most budget-friendly earbuds, they have three EQ presets built-in to help you adjust their sound to suit your tastes. With the 'JLab Signature' EQ, which is their flattest EQ, they have a bass-heavy sound that delivers a bit of extra thump, punch, and boom to tracks. They also have a decently comfortable fit and feel well-built. They have over nine hours of continuous battery life, and their case holds an extra three charges if you need it.

    Go for the Anker if you prioritize higher total battery life and better noise isolation, especially when it comes to ambient chatter. However, if you want more affordable headphones that don't compromise on performance too much, consider the JLab.

    See our review

  3. Best Earbuds Under $50 For Working Out: Beats Flex Wireless

    6.9
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    7.0
    Office
    5.4
    Wireless Gaming
    5.3
    Wired Gaming
    6.0
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Beats Flex Wireless are the best earbuds under $50 for working out that we've tested. These headphones have a lightweight neck cable design, so you can wear them around your neck while you're not using them. They also have a good build quality and a stable in-ear fit, ensuring they stay in place during a run in the park or working out at the gym.

    These colorful in-ears have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra rumble, body, and boom to mixes, which can help keep you pumped up at the gym. Thanks to their W1 chip, you can seamlessly pair them to Apple devices like your iPhone. They also have roughly 11 hours of continuous battery life, so they should last through long workouts. If you like to listen to your music at high volumes, they don't leak much audio either, and they can also block out a decent amount of background noise like ambient chatter.

    Unfortunately, they don't have an IP certification for water resistance, which is a bit disappointing. Even though they have a companion app, it doesn't offer many customization features. That said, if you're looking for wallet-friendly gym headphones, they're a solid choice.

    See our review

  4. Most Durable Earbuds Under $50: TIN Audio T2

    5.7
    Mixed Usage
    6.2
    Neutral Sound
    5.6
    Commute/Travel
    6.4
    Sports/Fitness
    5.7
    Office
    3.8
    Wireless Gaming
    5.8
    Wired Gaming
    2.3
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic No
    Transducer Dynamic

    The TIN Audio T2 are the most durable earbuds under $50 that we've tested. These very well-built wired earbuds have a braided, detachable audio cable, so you can easily replace it if it gets damaged. The buds are encased in metal, making them feel like they should withstand a few accidental drops without taking too much damage.

    These headphones have a very warm sound profile that delivers extra boom to your audio, which should please fans of EDM and hip-hop. That said, their mid-range is fairly balanced, so vocals and lead instruments sound present and clear. They also have a fair overall noise isolation performance, and although they struggle to block out the low rumble of bus engines, they can cut down office chatter.

    Unfortunately, they don't have a microphone, so you can't take calls on the go. The buds are also somewhat large and may not be comfortable for users with smaller ears. That said, they come with six differently-sized pairs of silicone ear tips as well as one pair of memory foam ear tips to help you find the best fit.

    See our review

  5. Best Wired Earbuds Under $50: Samsung AKG Type-C

    7.3
    Neutral Sound
    5.7
    Commute/Travel
    6.5
    Sports/Fitness
    6.4
    Office
    5.3
    Wireless Gaming
    7.2
    Wired Gaming
    6.5
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best wired earbuds under $50 that we've tested are the Samsung AKG Type-C. These in-ear headphones are intended for use with devices with a USB-C port, like smartphones and computers. They provide a very low latency connection over USB, so they're suitable for uses like streaming video or mobile gaming.

    They're lightweight, comfortable, and come with a few different sizes of ear tips, meaning you can find the best fit for you. They have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra boom and a well-balanced mid-range that ensures that vocals and lead instruments are still present and clear. They also have good build quality, and the in-line remote is very easy to use.

    However, their companion app doesn't include sound customization options like an EQ or presets. Their in-line controls don't include a track skipping function, which is a little inconvenient, and the earbuds may fall out of your ears if you use them during a workout. Otherwise, their comfortable fit, versatile sound, and low latency help put them among the best USB-C headphones that we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Skullcandy Dime True Wireless : The Skullcandy Dime True Wireless are well-built in-ears with a bass-rich sound profile suitable for a variety of audio content. However, their continuous battery life is under four hours, which most likely won't last through long days at the office without pausing to recharge them. See our review
  • JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless : The JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless are decent in-ears. However, they're often sold for a bit more than $50. See our review
  • Sony WI-C310 Wireless: The Sony WI-C310 Wireless are a cheaper pair of earbuds with an around-the-neck design and a pretty neutral sound profile with a touch of extra bass. However, they aren't as well-built as some of the other budget headphones we've tested. See our review
  • Sony WI-XB400 EXTRA BASS Wireless: The Sony WI-XB400 EXTRA BASS are usually on sale for less than $50 and are a solid option if you want a bit of extra bass. That said, the cables leading to the earbuds feel thin and could be subject to wear and tear over time. See our review
  • JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless: The JBL Endurance Sprint are sports in-ears with a very well-balanced, neutral sound. However, they aren't the most comfortable, and their touch-sensitive controls are rather finicky. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 10, 2022: Moved the TIN Audio T2 to a new category, 'Most Durable Earbuds Under $50'.

  2. Nov 11, 2021: Replaced the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless with the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless as the JLab offer better overall performance.

  3. Sep 14, 2021: Checked picks to make sure they represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are available. There were no changes to product picks.

  4. Jul 19, 2021: Replaced the FIIL T1X True Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless as the FIIL aren't currently available. Also added the Beats Flex Wireless as the 'Best Earbuds Under $50 For Working Out' as they offer value to most users.

  5. May 21, 2021: Replaced the ENACFIRE E60 Truly Wireless with the Skullcandy DIme True Wireless as the ENACFIRE have been upgraded and we don't currently know how this variant performs in comparison to our model. We have also replaced the Beats urBeats3 Earphones with the Samsung AKG Type-C as the Beats aren't currently available.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best earbuds under $50 for most people to buy. 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's the list of all our reviews for in-ears and earbuds under $50. Be careful not to get caught up in the details, there are no perfect headphones and everyone perceives the comfort and sound of their headphones differently.

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