If you don’t like the bulky design of over-ear headphones and prefer something more portable, then wireless 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 Bluetooth earbuds. There are lots of budget options that are comfortable, sound decent, and come with some neat features.
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 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 the best cheap wireless earbuds that we’ve reviewed so far.
They 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.
They 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 Wireless. 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.
Get the SoundBuds Curve if you’re concerned about comfort – they’re much easier to wear for longer periods of time thanks to their comfortable design. However, if noise isolation is your biggest priority and you don’t less comfortable earbuds during your commutes that help bring some peace and quiet, you’ll definitely want to go for the AUKEY Latitude.
If you 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 come with 4 tip sizes to ensure a nice secure fit and are among the best truly wireless earbuds we’ve tested so far. Unfortunately, their battery doesn’t last very long, but they’ll continue charging throughout the day if you keep them stored in their case.
If you prefer the ease-of-use that a more traditional wireless design provides, you’ll want to go for the Anker SoundBuds Curve since they provide excellent value for their price. However, if you’re a fan of a truly wireless design and want something decent at a good price, then you can’t go wrong with the SoundPeats TrueFree.
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.
They have great audio reproduction and a well-balanced, neutral sound. They’re well-suited to all genres of music, as well as audiobooks and podcasts. They also have impressive isolation performance, which makes them a great choice to wear in a busy gym.
On the downside, they have a rather bulky ear-hook design that won’t be comfortable for everyone, especially compared to the Anker SoundBuds Curve. Their battery also doesn’t last as long, but they have an auto-off timer that activates when the ear hooks clip to the earbud casing, which is a nice feature. Overall, these are decent-sounding wireless headphones that are a good choice for fitness enthusiasts on-the-go.
If you find the ear-hook design of the JBL Endurance Sprint too bulky and want more portable wireless earbuds that still sound decent, then get the Sony WI-C310. They’re a bit more bass-heavy than the Sprint and can also sound slightly sharp to some people, but they still have great audio reproduction overall, especially for their price. They’re a bit cheaper and are more comfortable but they don’t feel quite as well-built.
Get the JBL if you prefer a more neutral sound and want the added stability than an ear-hook design provides; however, if you’re looking for more compact earbuds that you can easily stash in your pockets and like a bit more bass, you’ll want to go for the Sonys.
If you like being able to customize your listening experience on your smartphone, then get the Jaybird Freedom F5. They’re compatible with the Jaybird MySound app which provides lots of customization options. They have a super portable, lightweight design with a fairly comfortable low-profile in-ear fit so they’re also the best earbuds for small ears that we’ve tested so far.
They sound decent when you first try them on and have a fairly well-balanced sound straight out-of-the-box. When you pair them with their companion app, you get access to a great parametric EQ and a whole collection of community presets to help you find the right sound profile to suit your needs.
Unfortunately, they only provide about 4 hours of continuous playback, which isn’t very long. Thankfully, they charge in 1.5 hours and you can even extend their battery life by attaching their proprietary charging clip to the in-line remote. If you don’t mind their unconventional battery, these headphones provide pretty good value overall, especially if you like customizable headphones.
If you have a Samsung smartphone or tablet, take a look at the Samsung U Flex Wireless. Their companion app isn’t compatible with iOS like that of the Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016, but they provide added customizability when paired with Samsung devices. With a Galaxy phone or tablet, you get access to the Samsung Level app which provides lots of customizable features, like a graphic EQ, room effects, volume monitors, and more.
Get the Jaybird if you don’t want to feel restricted by having to stick with a Samsung device to get the best out of your headphones. However, if you’re a tried and true Samsung user who wants to stick within their ecosystem, you’ll find the level of customization that the Samsung U Flex provides at this price hard to beat, which makes them worth considering.
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.