If you don’t like the bulky design of over-ear headphones and prefer something more portable, then wireless earbuds or in-ears are the way to go. You also don’t have to empty your bank account to be able to find a great pair of Bluetooth earbuds. There are lots of budget options that are comfortable, sound decent, and come with some neat features.
We’ve tested nearly 120 earbuds and in-ear headphones so far and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds under $50 to purchase. Also see our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds under $50, and the best sounding wireless earbuds.
The best Bluetooth earbuds under $50 that we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. These sporty looking headphones have an ear hook design that's similar to the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, providing a comfortable and stable fit, and shouldn't fall off even with heavy movements. The cable tethering both earbuds together houses the in-line remote that's easy to use and allows them to hang around the neck if you need to take them off momentarily. They come with a large number of ear tips to help you get a good seal, which is essential for proper bass response, as well as for noise isolation.
These earbuds have a fairly bass-heavy sound signature. The bass can be overpowering at times and there's a lack of emphasis on vocals and leads. Unfortunately, there's no mobile app support for any type of customization. As for noise isolation, their performance is mediocre. While they perform well in the mid and treble range, they hardly block out any noise in the bass range, which is where the low rumbles of bus engines sit. They have a very good battery life, though, with an average of 12.7 hours of playtime and taking 1.5 hours to charge.
If you're looking for a competent pair of earbuds on a tight budget, go with these.
If you need a pair of earbuds with better noise isolation than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, check out the AUKEY Latitude Wireless. They have a design that's similar to the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless, using stability fins and ear tips to provide stability and a good seal. Even without active noise cancelling, their passive isolation is simply outstanding, performing well above average across the entire frequency range, with a particularly impressive performance in the mid and treble range. Although these earbuds have a well-extended bass, the significant bump in the high-bass and low-mid makes them sound muddy, and the treble can be quite sharp. You can toggle between three EQ profiles using the multifunction button; however, there's no audio cue to let you know which one is active.
If comfort is more important, go with the Anker. For better noise isolation, consider the AUKEY.
If you don't want any cable at all, maybe consider going with a pair of true wireless earbuds like the Skullcandy Sesh. They're not as comfortable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, since their stability relies solely on having the earbuds inserted deeply into the ear canal, which can be uncomfortable for some. However, this design helps significantly with noise isolation, with excellent performance in the mid and treble range, good for blocking out ambient chatter and the high-pitched hum of AC units. The sound signature of these earbuds is bass-heavy, with a dip in the mids and lower treble, causing vocals and leads to sound a tad muddy and distant. Unfortunately, there's no mobile companion app to customize the sound and the battery life is also quite disappointing, averaging around 3.7 hours of continuous playback and taking 1.6 hours to charge.
Overall, go with the Anker if you want a more comfortable pair of headphones, but for that liberating feel of truly wireless earbuds, get the Skullcandy.
The best-sounding wireless earbuds under $50 that we’ve tested so far are the JBL Endurance Sprint. They have a matte, rubberized finish that not only looks great but is rated IPX7 for advanced water and sweat resistance. They have a stable ear-hook design and a sporty look.
They have great audio reproduction and a well-balanced, neutral sound. They’re well-suited to all genres of music, as well as audiobooks and podcasts. They also have impressive isolation performance, which makes them a great choice to wear in a busy gym.
On the downside, they have a rather bulky ear-hook design that won’t be comfortable for everyone, especially compared to the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless. Their battery also doesn’t last as long, but they have an auto-off timer that activates when the ear hooks clip to the earbud casing, which is a nice feature. Overall, these are decent-sounding wireless headphones that are a good choice for fitness enthusiasts on-the-go and are some of the best wireless earbuds under $50.
If you don't like the bulky, sports-oriented design of the JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless but still want a decent-sounding pair of earbuds, get the Sony WI-C310. They sound slightly more boomy than the JBL and may sound a bit sharp to some people, but they still have great audio reproduction, especially considering their lower price. They don't feel quite as well-built as the JBL, but they're more comfortable and have a much smaller profile.
Get the JBL if you want a more well-balanced sound profile and prefer the stability of the ear-hook design. However, if you want a more compact pair of headphones that you can easily toss in your pockets or bag, get the Sonys.
If you like being able to customize your listening experience on your smartphone, then get the Jaybird Freedom F5, one of the best Bluetooth earbuds under $50. They’re compatible with the Jaybird MySound app which provides lots of customization options. They have a super portable, lightweight design with a fairly comfortable low-profile in-ear fit, so they’re also the best earbuds for small ears that we’ve tested so far.
They sound decent when you first try them on and have a fairly well-balanced sound straight out-of-the-box. When you pair them with their companion app, you get access to a great parametric EQ and a whole collection of community presets to help you find the right sound profile to suit your needs.
Unfortunately, they only provide about 4 hours of continuous playback, which isn’t very long. Thankfully, they charge in 1.5 hours and you can even extend their battery life by attaching their proprietary charging clip to the in-line remote. If you don’t mind their unconventional battery, these headphones provide pretty good value overall, especially if you like customizable headphones.
If you have a Samsung device and want the most customizable companion app we've tested, get the Samsung U Flex. Their app isn't compatible with iOS like that of the Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016, but when paired to a Samsung device, they offer extra customization. If you have a Galaxy phone or tablet, you get access to Samsung's Level App which provides a graphic EQ, room effects, volume monitors, and more. Unfortunately, this app isn't available for iOS and is extremely stripped down for non-Samsung Android devices, providing no customization options. On the upside, their decently angled fit doesn't apply too much pressure into the ear canal and they have good controls that allow you to control your music without needing to take out your smartphone.
Get the Jaybird if you want excellent customization but don't have a Galaxy device, but if you're a Samsung user and want the best level of customization you can get, go with the U Flex.
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 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.
12/20/2019: Replaced SoundPeats TrueFree with Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless, minor text and structure changes.
10/22/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.