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The 5 Best Wireless Earbuds Under $50 - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Under $50

Many people prefer the compact, portable design of earbuds, but there are few things more frustrating than pulling a tangled mess out of your pockets when you're running out the door. Wireless Bluetooth earbuds solve this issue but can be expensive. Fortunately, you don't have to break the bank to get something decent. There are plenty of solid options under $50, even for those who care about sound quality or like having lots of customization options.

We’ve tested over 225 earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for under $50. Also, check out our picks for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds under $50, and the best sounding wireless earbuds.

  1. Best Wireless Earbuds Under $50

    The best wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. These small earbuds are well-built and rated IPX5 for water resistance. They have a stable enough fit for workouts and come with a few different sizes of tips and stability fins. These buds stand out because they come with a case with 12.5 additional charges. Each charge lasts about seven hours, so if you top them up in the case, they last for nearly 100 hours.

    They're simple overall and don't have app support or sound customization features. That said, they have a well-balanced, bass-rich sound profile suitable for most types of content. They also lack active noise cancelling (ANC) but do a good job of blocking out noise like chit-chat or the hum of an A/C unit, which is nice if you want to reduce distractions when you're working at home or the office. Unfortunately, they have limited onboard controls, and when using the touch surfaces, you can push the earbuds further into your ears.

    See our review

  2. Best Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds Under $50

    The TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless are the best noise cancelling wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested. If you're looking for earbuds that can block out noise at the office or during your commute, these are a better option than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless, thanks to their ANC system. It does a great job of isolating you from background noise, whether it's the low rumble of engines or background conversations at work.

    They don't have an app or sound customization features but offer an excited sound profile that adds thump and rumble to your audio. Elements like voices are nudged slightly toward the back of the mix, but it's still versatile enough for a variety of genres. They have a solid eight-hour battery life and come with a case that holds a few extra charges. However, they aren't well-suited for phone calls in noisy environments because their mic struggles to separate your voice from ambient sound.

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  3. Most Customizable Wireless Earbuds Under $50

    The most customizable wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless. These in-ears are compatible with the Anker Soundcore app, which allows you to remap controls and adjust their sound using an 8-band graphic EQ and presets. The app also offers Anker's HearID feature, which creates a personalized EQ based on your ears.

    Out of the box, they have an excited sound profile that delivers extra bass while vocals and lead instruments are bright. They provide about six hours of continuous playback time, and their case holds just three additional charges. Unfortunately, they lack a power-saving feature to help conserve battery life when you're not using them.

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  4. Best-Sounding Earbuds Under $50

    The Sony WI-C310 Wireless are the best wireless earbuds for neutral sound under $50 that we've tested. These aren't as well-built as the other earbuds recommended here, but they offer a more neutral sound profile than options like the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless, with just a touch of extra punch and warmth in the bass range. You might prefer them if you listen to more vocal-centric content. Their neck cable might not be for everyone, but it's lightweight and flexible and allows you to wear the earbuds around your neck when not in use.

    They have an in-line remote that lets you control your music, answer calls, and adjust the volume. While they don't come with a charging case, they have a long continuous battery life of around 17 hours that will easily last through a workday. However, they don't have ANC and struggle to block out noises like rumbling bus engines, so they aren't great for listening to music during your commute.

    See our review

  5. Best Wireless Earbuds For Sports Under $50

    If you're looking for affordable earbuds for sports, look at the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless. These earbuds usually cost a little more than $50, but they outperform cheaper options in a few ways. They have a comfortable fit, good build quality, and an IP55 rating for protection against dust as well as water. Unlike many budget-friendly buds, they have an app with a graphic EQ and presets, so you can customize their slightly bass-rich sound profile to suit your tastes.

    Even though they don't have stability fins, they'll stay in place during workouts and runs. They don't have ANC but manage to passively block out a good amount of mid-range noise, like background chatter. You can also select 'Ηear-Through' mode, which is supposed to let you hear ambient sound, which is nice if you run outside and want to stay aware of your surroundings. The battery lasts for around 7 hours of continuous use, and they come with a compact charging case that holds an additional three charges.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless : The JLab Audio JBuds Air Truly Wireless are a good, cheaper alternative to the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless. They have a very stable fit and an IP55 rating for dust and water resistance but a short continuous battery life. They also lack sound customization features. See our review
  • TOZO NC9 Truly Wireless: The TOZO NC9 Truly Wireless are cheaper than the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless and perform quite similarly, except that they have a much shorter battery life. Their ANC has a great performance but blocks out less bass-range noise like rumbling engines. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 18, 2023: Made minor updates to the text and checked that the products are available.

  2. Nov 04, 2022: Replaced the SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless with the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless because they have a more comfortable fit and longer battery life. Removed some less relevant products from Notable Mentions.

  3. May 30, 2022: Added the SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless as the 'Best Wireless Earbuds For Sports Under $50'.

  4. Mar 31, 2022: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.

  5. Feb 02, 2022: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth 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 is the list of all our reviews for wireless earbuds under $50. 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.

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