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 220 earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds under $50 to purchase. Also, check out our picks for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds under $50, and the best sounding wireless earbuds.
The FIIL T1X are the best wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested. These sleek, truly wireless in-ears have a lightweight, comfortable, and stable design. Although we don't currently test it, they're also rated IP65 for dust and water resistance, making them a great choice to take with you to the gym.
They have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that fans of EDM and hip-hop can enjoy. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers 15 EQ presets, so you can find one that better suits your needs. Even though they lack an ANC, they can block out a decent amount of noise like ambient chatter around you. They also don't leak a lot of audio, so you can listen to your music at high volumes without disturbing those around you. They have under seven hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case offers three additional charges.
Unfortunately, its integrated mic has a disappointing recording quality, so your voice sounds distorted and unnatural. The mic can also struggle to separate your voice from ambient noise around you, so you may want to take calls in more quiet spaces to be heard more clearly. That said, these wallet-friendly headphones have a highly portable design with a customizable sound profile and decent battery performance. They're even among the best cheap wireless earbuds we've tested.
If you're looking for a more affordable pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds, consider the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. While they're not as comfortable as the FIIL T1X True Wireless, and they lack EQ presets to help adjust their sound, they offer decent overall performance at a lower price point. These earbuds have a solid and sturdy build. Their sound profile is slightly bass-heavy with a touch of extra thump and boom, but it's still versatile enough for a variety of audio content. They also do a decent job of blocking out background noise like ambient chatter, although they struggle a lot more to cut down the rumble of bus engines. Unfortunately, their continuous battery life is quite short at under four hours, and they lack a power-saving feature to help conserve battery life. Luckily, their carrying case has roughly 2.5 additional charges.
Take a look at the FIIL if you like adjusting your headphones' sound using EQ presets. However, try the Skullcandy if you're looking for wallet-friendly earbuds that don't sacrifice too much on performance.
The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 are the best Bluetooth earbuds under $50 for noise isolation that we've tested. These headphones do a great job of passively blocking out background noise like office chatter. They also don't leak a lot of audio, so you can listen to your favorite music at high volumes without disturbing others around you.
These headphones have a good build quality and are rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't currently test it. They have a reasonably well-balanced sound profile with a touch of extra thump and rumble. They have a continuous battery life of over seven hours, and they have a standby mode to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. Their carrying case also holds roughly 12.5 extra charges, which brings their total battery life up to just under 100 hours, which is outstanding.
Unfortunately, they struggle to passively block out bass-range noise. They don't have a companion app, either, and lack sound customization features like an EQ to help adjust their sound. Their control scheme can also take some time to get used to, and they don't offer volume controls. That said, If you're looking to block out some noise while you're out and about, they're a suitable choice.
If you're looking for an even better noise isolation performance, check out the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless. While their price fluctuates just above the $50 mark, and their continuous playback time is a lot shorter than that of the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless, the TaoTronics have active noise cancelling (ANC), which can help cut down more background sounds around you. The ANC does an especially outstanding job of blocking out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which is handy if you commute or travel a lot. They have a decently comfortable fit and feel well-built. Their boomy, bass-heavy sound profile is also sure to please fans of EDM and hip-hop, while their neutral mid-range helps keep vocals and lead instruments present and detailed in your mixes.
Although their continuous playback time is a bit under four hours, their carrying case holds three additional charges if you need it.
Try the Anker if you prefer passive noise isolation or you're looking for earbuds with longer continuous battery life. However, go for the TaoTronics if you prioritize ANC to cut down more noise while you're on the go.
The best wireless earbuds under $50 for neutral sound we've tested are the JBL Endurance Sprint. These wireless in-ears deliver a hint of extra bass that emphasizes the thump and rumble in your favorite EDM and hip hop tracks, but without adding any boominess or muddying vocals or lead instruments. In other words, they're a good match for a wide mix of musical genres and audio content.
Thanks to their stable ear-hook design and decently sturdy construction, they're well-suited for taking out to the gym. Despite their somewhat bulky earbuds, it's still quite easy to store them in a bag or your pants pocket. While their nine-hour battery life is only fair, it should still be more than enough to last you throughout a day at work. They leak very little audio and do a great job of filtering out background noise, so you can stay focused on what you're listening to.
Unfortunately, their unusual twist-to-lock wear procedure can take some time to get used to and may not be comfortable for all listeners. Also, their touch-sensitive control scheme can be frustratingly inconsistent when it comes to registering commands. Still, due to their well-balanced, versatile sound profile, these earbuds are among the best-sounding wireless earbuds we've tested.
If you're looking for wireless earbuds with a simpler design that don't skimp on sound quality, then get the Sony WI-C310. They can sound a touch cluttered compared to the JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless, but they have an in-line remote with physical buttons that are much easier to use when you're on the go. While they don't have any power-saving features, they have a 17-hour battery life, so even if you forget to turn them off at the end of the day, they should still have a bit of battery power left in the morning. They feel rather cheaply made, though, and Sony states they're not waterproof.
Get the JBL if you're very sensitive to a cluttered or boomy sound or prefer something more durable for working out. However, if you prefer a simpler design and better battery life, go for the Sony.
Jun 07, 2021: Made the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless as 'Best Wireless Earbuds Under $50 For Noise Isolation' and added the TaoTronics Soundliberty 94 Truly Wireless as an 'Alternative With ANC'. Also added the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless as a 'Cheaper Alternative'.
Apr 08, 2021: Replaced the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 with the FIIL T1X True Wireless as the Anker are no longer available. Also removed the Jaybird Tarah Wireless and the Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless as they are no longer available under $50. We have added the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless and the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless.
Oct 13, 2020: Removed Sony WI-SP600N Wireless from recommendations due to current pricing and availability. Added FIIL T1X Truly Wireless to recommendations. Slight changes to text for accuracy and clarity.
Aug 13, 2020: Replaced the Jaybird Freedom F5 and the Samsung U Flex with the Jaybird Tarah Wireless and the Sony WI-SP600N respectively to reflect pricing changes. Replaced the Anker SoundCore Life P2 with the Anker SoundCore Life Dot 2 and added the AUKEY Latitude Wireless as a Notable Mention.
Jun 18, 2020: Replaced the Skullcandy Sesh with the Anker SoundCore Life P2 due to current pricing.
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.