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 175 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 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 for it, they're also rated IP65 for dust and water resistance, which makes them a great choice to take with you to the gym or on a run.
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 pair of truly wireless in-ears with a longer continuous battery life and more charges in their carrying case, check out the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2. While they don't have any sound customization features and they aren't as comfortable as the FIIL T1X True Wireless, the Anker last over seven hours on a single charge. Their carrying case also holds around 12.5 additional charges, bringing their total battery life to just under 100 hours. While they have a slightly more bass-heavy sound profile than the FIIL, it adds a bit more punch to your mixes, which some users may enjoy. Although we don't currently test for it, they have an IPX5 rating for water resistance, so you can wear them for a jog in the park or a workout at the gym. However, their control scheme lacks volume controls, and their integrated mic really struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you.
Try the FIIL if you like to customize your audio experience and are looking for more comfortable in-ears. However, if you don't want to worry about battery life when you're on the go, consider the Anker instead.
The best noise cancelling wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested are the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94. These well-built headphones can regularly be found around the $50 mark and have an excellent noise isolation performance that's suitable for commutes or office use. The ANC can block out the rumble of bus and plane engines as well as office chatter and high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit.
They're rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this, and they have a stable fit so they shouldn't fall out if you're wearing them during moderate physical activity. They have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra boom, which can benefit genres like EDM and hip-hop. While their treble is a bit dark, their mid-range is neutral enough to keep vocals and lead instruments present and detailed in your mixes. They also have low latency on iOS and Android devices, which is nice if you like to stream videos from your phone.
Unfortunately, they lack any sound customization features to help tweak their sound to your liking. Their continuous battery life also falls short of four hours, so you may need to recharge them throughout your day if you want to use them during your shift. Luckily, their carrying case holds three additional charges, and they have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when you're not using them.
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. 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.
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.
Feb 18, 2020: Changed Anker SoundBuds Curve for Upgraded 2019 model.
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.