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 170 earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds under $50 to purchase. Also, check out our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds under $50, and the best sounding wireless earbuds.
The best wireless earbuds under $50 we've tested are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These inexpensive Bluetooth in-ears provide an excellent price-to-performance ratio and are quite impressive given their low price point. They don't enter the ear canal as deeply as most in-ears, making them quite comfortable for extended periods, and their 18.4-hour battery life is the longest we've ever tested from Bluetooth earbuds.
They provide a good amount of extra thump and rumble but are still well-balanced enough for most genres and content. They're a good option to take with you to the gym thanks to their ear-hook design and IPX7 rating for sweat and water resistance, though this isn't something we test for.
Unfortunately, while the earbuds themselves feel quite well-built and durable, the cable connecting the left and right buds is quite thin. They also don't have a dedicated companion app for any customization options or EQ changes, though this is to be expected considering their low price. Overall, these are surprisingly decent for their price and are among the best headphones we've tested.
If you prefer a pair of truly wireless earbuds, consider the Anker SoundCore Life Dot 2 instead. While these in-ears aren't quite as comfortable, stable, and easy-to-use as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, they still offer great value for a very versatile performance. Overall, their sound profile is decently neutral and packs an extra punch in the bass, so they suit most music genres. At just over 7 hours, their continuous battery life is decent, and their very portable charging case offers an outstanding 12.5 additional charges for when you're on the go. These in-ears also do a good job passively blocking out ambient noise, making them ideal to use during your commute. Unfortunately, like most budget earbuds, they don't have a companion app or sound customization options, but they should still please most casual listeners.
If you want a more comfortable pair of in-ears with a more stable fit, go with the SoundBuds Curve Upgraded, but if you prefer a truly wireless design, choose the Soundcore Life Dot 2 instead.
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 on a run or 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. In addition, 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.
The best wireless earbuds under $50 with customization features that we've tested are the Jaybird Tarah. These breathable in-ears have a very stable fit, making them ideal to use while working out or playing sports. Overall, they offer a lot of features and a satisfactory sound reproduction for their price point.
They have a decently neutral sound reproduction, and the overemphasis in the high-bass adds a slight muddiness to the sound that may appeal to fans of bass-heavy genres. Thanks to the MySound app, you can easily adjust the sound profile to your liking using the parametric EQ and presets. You can even connect with other Jaybird listeners to share and access other custom sound profiles.
Unfortunately, like most in-ears, their fit may not be comfortable for everyone. Also, their in-line controls aren't the easiest to use. That being said, with their companion app and customization options, these in-ears stand out compared to other budget options.
If you're looking for a pair of customizable earbuds but prefer a truly wireless design, consider the FIIL T1X. These in-ears have a companion app with 15 audio presets, so they aren't quite as adjustable as the Jaybird Tarah Wireless, which have a companion app with a parametric EQ as well as audio presets. That said, their sound profile can still be tweaked for a wide variety of audio content, and their truly wireless design makes them even easier to store in your pocket or a bag. Despite their budget-friendly price, they're quite well-built and have a comfortable, stable fit that shouldn't fall out of your ears, even during intense workout sessions. They provide just under seven hours of continuous playback time and come with a case that supplies roughly three additional charges, so they should have no problem lasting you a couple of days at work.
Get the Jaybird if you want more in-depth sound customization options, but consider the FIIL if you want something a little more portable with better battery life.
10/13/2020: 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.
08/13/2020: 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.
06/18/2020: Replaced the Skullcandy Sesh with the Anker SoundCore Life P2 due to current pricing.
02/17/2020: Changed Anker SoundBuds Curve for Upgraded 2019 model.
12/20/2019: Replaced SoundPeats TrueFree with Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless.
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.