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 nearly 120 earbuds and in-ear headphones so far and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds under $50 to purchase. Also see 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 so far 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.
These headphones 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 take your headphones with you everywhere and want the extreme portability that truly wireless headphones provide, get the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless. They're more expensive than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, and they don't last nearly as long off a single charge, but they're much easier to toss into a pocket and their charging case ups their overall battery life to nearly 35 hours. Their sound profile is very similar to the Curve Upgraded and provides a good amount of bass that isn't overpowering or boomy. They have physical clicky buttons that are easy to use, but unfortunately, don't provide as much functionality as the other Anker's controls. It's worth noting that they're generally slightly more than $50, but often have a coupon that brings them down below that price.
Overall, if you want earbuds that are less expensive and last much longer off a single charge, go with the SoundBuds Curve Upgraded. However, if you want something even more portable that you can easily toss into any pocket, get the Life P2.
The best wireless earbuds under $50 for sound quality we've tested so far are the JBL Endurance Sprint. They have a very well-balanced, versatile sound profile that lends itself well to a very wide range of music genres. Their sports-oriented design with IPX7 rating makes them especially ideal for athletes looking who want affordable yet durable wireless earbuds without sacrificing sound quality.
These Bluetooth in-ears are among the best-sounding wireless earbuds we've reviewed to date for a reason. Their balance of deep, rumbling bass and clear, detailed treble is excellent. They pack a powerful punch without sounding muddy or boomy and reproduce vocals and instruments with outstanding accuracy. Their in-ear fit also isolates an impressive amount of noise, which can help you focus on your music.
On the downside, their auto-off timer is rather aggressive, powering off the headphones after only 5-10 minutes of inactivity. Their touch-sensitive controls are also very finicky, prone to triggering unwanted or incorrect commands. That said, it's quite rare to see these features at all on earbuds this inexpensive, so they're worth considering if you're looking for satisfying sound quality.
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 most customizable wireless earbuds under $50 we've tested so far are the Jaybird Freedom F5. It's very rare for wireless headphones at this price point to have any customizable features at all, but these feature-packed headphones have been around for quite some time and can now be found for a very reasonable price. They're not always in stock everywhere, but if you manage to find a pair, they're worth it - especially considering how affordable they can get.
What makes these wireless earbuds shine is their impressive compatibility with the great Jaybird MySound app. This companion app gives you not only access to a fully parametric EQ, but to a whole library of EQ presets, and even Spotify playlists from athletes and artists around the globe. You can create your own presets and playlists to share with the community as well, which is neat.
Since these wireless earbuds are an older model, their battery life isn't quite on par with what newer headphones provide. Unfortunately, they only last for 4 hours before needing to be charged. On the upside, their charging cradle doubles as a battery backup when clipped to the in-line remote, adding another 4 hours of battery life.
If you own a Samsung smartphone or tablet and prefer a customizable listening experience, then you'll want to get the Samsung U Flex. Their device compatibility is limited compared to the Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016 since their companion app only provides customization options when paired to Samsung devices. However, with the right set up you get not only a graphic EQ with different preset options, but also room effects, volume monitors, and even a music playback timer. These earbuds can connect to two devices simultaneously, so you can get the benefits of the app with a Samsung device while listening to music on another. Their neckband design won't be for everyone, though, and they don't isolate much noise.
If you use an iPhone or Android phone that's not made by Samsung, get the Jaybird. However, if you're a Samsung user, you'll want the U Flex.
06/18/2020: Replaced the Skullcandy Sesh with the Anker SoundCore Life P2 due to current pricing. Updated text for accuracy and clarity.
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 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.