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 in 2019. See also 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. They’re well-designed, comfortable in-ear headphones with a stable fit and sporty look. They have an excellent price-to-performance ratio and are the best cheap wireless earbuds that we’ve reviewed so far.
They come with 6 tip options to help you find the perfect fit, and a compact carrying case so you can protect them in your bag or pockets. They have a relatively balanced sound that’s well-suited to deep, bass-heavy music in particular. Their battery is decent and provides nearly 13 hours of playback on a charge.
They are more comfortable than most in-ear headphones since their earbuds don’t protrude deeply into the ear canal. On the flip side, this also means they don’t isolate as much noise as other in-ear headphones and let quite a bit of ambient noise seep into your audio. Thankfully, their leakage performance is great, so you can raise your listening volume a bit to mask out disruptive sounds without bothering those around you with your music too much.
If you want a pair of in-ears that block more background noise, get the AUKEY Latitude Wireless. They aren't nearly as comfortable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, but they're better suited for commuting or use in the office thanks to their better isolating design, which should be able to reduce engine rumbles and block out background chatter. While out-of-the-box they're more well-suited for bass-heavy music, they do have three EQ modes which make them fairly versatile for most genres.
Get the Anker if you want a very comfortable pair of headphones that can be worn for longer periods, but if you need better noise isolation to block out sounds around you during commutes, go with the AUKEY.
If you want the extra portability of truly wireless earbuds without breaking the bank, go with the SoundPeats TrueFree. They don't sound as good as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless, but they're surprisingly well-built and isolate background noise well, making them okay for your daily commute. They come with four different tip sizes, which should give a comfortable fit for most people, and they're among the best truly wireless earbuds we’ve tested so far.
Get the Anker if you want a more balanced-sounding pair of headphones and like a more traditional design, but if you're a fan of truly wireless headphones and want something at a good price, go with the SoundPeats.
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. 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 Wireless. 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 are 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.
10/22/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.