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The 5 Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Under $50 - February 2019
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Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Under $50
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If you don’t like the cumbersome design of over-ears and prefer wireless portable headphones, then earbuds or in-ears are going to be the way to go. You also don’t have to empty your bank account to be able to find a great pair of headphones. Some more budget headphones can have great sound, be comfortable and come with some neat features.

We’ve tested 300 headphones so far and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds under $50 to purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds under $50, and the best sounding wireless earbuds.

  1. Best Wireless Earbuds Under $50: Anker SoundBuds Curve

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.8
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.0
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.9
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.5
    TV
    Score components:
    5.3
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best wireless earbuds under $50 are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They offer great performance for their price and have the best value on this list. Their ear-hook and earbud-like in-ear design are comfortable and stable enough for sports, especially once you achieve a good fit with the multiple tips and fins options provided in the box.

    They have a decent sound quality with a deep and powerful bass which can be great for bass-heavy genres like EDM, hip-hop, house, and dubstep and keeps you pumped during your strenuous workouts. They have a decent wireless range and an above-average battery life which makes them quite versatile overall for everyday casual and a great headset for sports.

    Unfortunately, like most wireless headphones, they have too much latency to watch a lot of video content. The Curve also do not isolate ambient noise as well as some of the other in-ears we've tested so they won't be ideal for crowded gyms and busy commutes, but should be fine for an office environment, especially if you’re playing music to mask the noise. They also have a great 12-hour battery life which should last you all day without any problem.

    See our review

  2. Truly Wireless Alternative: SoundPeats TrueFree

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

    If you do a lot of sports and prefer a truly wireless listening experience, then get the SoundPeats TrueFree. These super lightweight in-ears have a very low profile and are surprisingly well-built. They have excellent stability and come with 4 tip sizes to ensure a nice secure fit. They sound pretty average but have excellent isolation which makes them a decent choice for commuting or office use.

    Unfortunately, they have a rather disappointing microphone and control scheme. Their battery also doesn’t last very long, only about 3 hours, and the Bluetooth pairing process can be a bit difficult. That said, the SoundPeats TrueFree still offer incredible value – for the price, they’re well-built, comfortable, truly wireless in-ear headphones that are great for sports and fitness.

    See our review

  3. Best Wireless Earbuds Under $50 For Build Quality: Samsung U Flex

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.8
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    6.7
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.6
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.7
    TV
    Score components:
    5.7
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If build quality is important for you, take a look at the Samsung U Flex; they're the best Bluetooth earbuds under $50 for build quality. They have very similar overall performance to the Level U Pro but have a more premium feeling. The neckband is also a bit more flexible and makes them more portable since you’ll be able to store them into large pockets.

    They have a decent sound quality, but their bass is a bit lacking in rumble and thump. They have a good battery life with 11.5 hours of playback, and it fully recharges under 2 hours. Like the U Pro, you can also use them even if they are charging, which can be useful at the office if you’re near a power source like your computer.

    The U Flex are also compatible with the Samsung Level app, but only on Samsung devices which is disappointing. You get graphic and parametric equalizers, room effects, volume monitors, and a music playback timer, but barely get anything other than notification management and battery level status that doesn’t show the actual percentage of battery left if you’re connected to a non-Samsung Android device. If you have an Android device, the U Pro is a better choice.

    See our review

  4. Best Sounding Wireless Earbuds Under $50: JBL Endurance Sprint

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.9
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.4
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.7
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.2
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.1
    TV
    Score components:
    4.7
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for better sounding budget in-ears, get the JBL Endurance Sprint. They are sports-oriented headphones with bulkier over-ear hooks than the SoundBuds Curve but have better default sound quality but won’t be as comfortable.

    They are rated IPX7, so they should be more sweat and water resistant, although our current test bench did not allow us to test this precisely. They have slightly overemphasized bass which helps to keep you going during workouts. They have a 9-hour battery life who takes about 1.7 hours to charge fully. The JBL Endurance Sprint also come with a touch-sensitive control scheme, which is rare at this price point.

    However, this touch-sensitive control scheme is very inaccurate and sensitive. You might pause your music often instead of changing the volume level. Nevertheless, the JBL Endurance Sprint are good sports headphones that are great in a crowded gym thanks to their amazing noise isolation performance.

    See our review

  5. Alternative with Better Isolation for Commuting: AUKEY Latitude

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

    If you’re looking for in-ears that can block out enough ambient noise to make your daily commute a little more peaceful, then get the AUKEY Latitude. These solid earbuds offer truly outstanding isolation performance, blocking out noises like the deep rumble of bus and plane engines or the buzzing chatter of a busy office. They also hardly leak any sound either, so you won’t have to worry about bothering your colleagues or fellow commuters with your music.

    Like most Bluetooth headphones, the AUKEY Latitude have too much latency to enjoy movies or video games wirelessly, which can be a bummer on long car rides or flights. They’re also not the most comfortable for long periods of time. That said, they’re still a decent choice for everyday commutes and offer great value for their price.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Anker Soundcore Spirit X. A slightly more expensive alternative to the Anker Curve with better sweat resistance. See our review
  • Skullcandy Jib. A decent alternative to the JBL E25BT slightly less features overall. See our review
  • Bose SoundSport Free. A truly wireless variant of the Bose earbud design. Comfortable great sounding but slightly bulky and lacks good customization options. See our review
  • MEE audio X7. A cheap wireless headset with a decent design for sports. Mediocre sound and build quality compared to some of the other headsets on that list. See our review
  • Anker SoundBuds Life. A budget around the neck design with decent performance not as good or as portable as the Anker Curve or Spirit X. See our review
  • Mpow Jaws. A very budget around the neck design. Mediocre performance in most aspects not as good a value as the recommended headphones. See our review
  • Samsung Level U Pro. A decent-sounding headset with good battery life and lots of nice active features. Mediocre-at-best build quality for the price. See our review
  • JBL E25BT. Similar sound to AUKEY Latitude with a better isolating microphone. Unremarkable build quality though, with very poor latency and less stable fit than our top picks. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth earbuds under $50 to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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 Bluetooth in-ear headphones and earbuds. 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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