If you don’t like the bulky design of over-ear headphones and prefer something more portable, then 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 headphones. There are lots of budget headphones that are comfortable, sound decent, and come with some neat features.
We’ve tested over 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.
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 overall well-rounded budget headphones.
The Anker SoundBuds Curve 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.
The Anker SoundBuds Curve 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’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. They’re not as comfortable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve, but they have great noise isolation, 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.
If you do a lot of sports and prefer a truly wireless listening experience, then get the SoundPeats TrueFree. They don’t sound as good as the Anker SoundBuds Curve, but they’re super lightweight, have a low-profile design and are surprisingly well-built. They have excellent stability and come with 4 tip sizes to ensure a nice secure fit.
Unfortunately, their control scheme can be a bit difficult to use, and although their Bluetooth pairing process is simple in theory, they seem to have a hard time successfully pairing consistently. Their battery doesn’t last very long, only providing about 3 hours of continuous playback, but they have a standby mode to save power and their charging case holds about 4 or 5 extra charges, so they’ll continue charging throughout the day if you keep them stored in their case. Overall, the SoundPeats TrueFree are well-built, comfortable, truly wireless in-ear headphones that are great for sports and fitness.
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 also rated IPX7 for advanced water and sweat resistance. They have a stable ear-hook design and a sporty look.
The JBL Endurance have great audio reproduction and have a well-balanced, neutral sound. They’re well-suited to all genres of music, as well as audiobooks and podcasts. They also have great isolation performance, which makes them a great choice to wear in a busy gym.
On the downside, the JBL Endurance Sprint have a rather bulky ear-hook design that won’t be comfortable for everyone, especially compared to the Anker SoundBuds Curve. The battery of the JBL Endurance also doesn’t last as long, but they have an auto-off timer that gets activated when the ear hooks of the headphones clip to the earbud casing, which is a nice feature. Overall, the JBL Endurance are decent-sounding wireless headphones that are a good choice for fitness enthusiasts on-the-go.
If you have a Samsung smartphone or tablet, take a look at the Samsung U Flex. 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 good 11.5-hour battery life and fully recharge in under 2 hours. Like the Samsung U Pro, you can also use them even if they are charging, which can be useful if you’re near a power source, like at your work computer. They sound decent overall, but their bass is a bit lacking in thump and rumble.
The U Flex are compatible with the Samsung Level app, but compatibility with all features is limited to Samsung devices only and it’s completely unavailable on iOS. The app comes with graphic equalizers, room effects, volume monitors, and a music playback timer on a Samsung device, but is limited to basic notification management and battery status levels on non-Samsung Android devices. If you have a non-Samsung Android device, the Samsung U Pro is a better choice, but otherwise, the U Flex are fairly versatile headphones for Samsung users.
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 (cheaper headphones wins 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.