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. Also see our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds under $50, and the best sounding wireless earbuds.
The best Bluetooth earbuds under $50 we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. A slight improvement over the previous generation, the upgrade aren't only an affordable pick for any budget, but they perform impressively well for their price.
They have the same sturdy design but now feature an improved in-line remote and IPX7 rating for better water protection, although we don't test for this. Their battery life also got a solid boost - they now provide an impressive 18 hours of playback on a single charge, which is even better than some of the most premium wireless earbuds we've reviewed. Their versatile sound profile hasn't changed either, so they're still a solid choice for not only hip-hop and EDM, but other genres too.
While they're quite comfortable for in-ears, they don't isolate noise very well. Their earbuds also have a tendency to slip out of place sometimes. Since they have ear-hooks, they're unlikely to fall right out of your ear, but if the earbud seal breaks, you might notice a difference in sound. Thankfully, they come with lots of earbud and stability fin options for a customizable fit. Overall, they provide outstanding value for the price and are very easy to recommend.
If you need a pair of earbuds with better noise isolation, check out the AUKEY Latitude Wireless. They're a lot less comfortable than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, but their more pronounced in-ear design helps them isolate much more noise. They isolate noise impressively well across the entire frequency range, which is great whether you're commuting or working in a busy office. They're packed with extra features like multi-device pairing and even aptX-LL, but they can sound a bit muddy out of the box. You can toggle between a few EQ presets using the multifunction button; however, there's no audio cue to let you know which one is active.
If comfort is more important, go with the Anker; for better noise isolation, you'll want the AUKEY.
If you want to go truly wireless, consider the Skullcandy Sesh. Their boomy sound profile makes them less versatile for different music genres than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, and they're less comfortable, but they isolate more noise and are completely wire-free. While their bass-heavy sound profile is suitable for fans of EDM like dubstep or house music, it can make pop or rock music sound rather muddy. They also don't have a very long battery life, averaging only about 4 hours on a charge, but their case provides a couple of extra cases so they should last for a while as long as they're stored in their case when not in use.
You'll want to go for the Anker if you want more a more versatile option, but for that liberating feel of truly wireless earbuds, you'll want the Skullcandy.
The best wireless earbuds under $50 for sound quality we've tested so far are the JBL Endurance Sprint. With their colorful, matte look, these earbuds provide a stable, adjustable fit to take you from home to the office or gym. These earbuds aren't just for sport, though. Their well-balanced sound reproduction makes them a great choice for those who want to appreciate their audio wirelessly without breaking the bank.
Where these earbuds excel is in sound: bass is deep and thumpy while treble is clear and detailed. This makes them suitable for virtually all genres of music and types of audio, from electronica to comedy podcasts. Their in-ear design also reduces heavy rumbling, like the sound of bus engines, which can be helpful during your commute.
While their touch-sensitive controls allow you to adjust volume or pause and play your music with relative ease, they can be a bit finicky at times. These earbuds also fall short in sound customization options: they don't have a compatible app, so you're stuck with their default settings. That said, if you're a fan of their neutral sound profile, they're a solid choice for under $50.
If you're not a fan of a more sports-oriented design but still want a decent-sounding pair of earbuds, then get the Sony WI-C310. They don't sound quite as neutral as the JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless, but they have a more compact, portable design and still sound very well-balanced. They do feel a bit cheaper, they're more comfortable, and they have a much more casual design.
Get the JBL if you want a more well-balanced sound profile and prefer the stability of the ear-hook design. However, if you want a more compact pair of headphones that you can easily toss in your pockets or bag, get the Sonys.
The best customizable wireless earbuds under $50 we've tested so far are the Jaybird Freedom F5. They're compatible with the Jaybird MySound app, which allows you to tailor their sound to your listening preferences, and they come with multiple earbud and stability fin options to help you find the perfect fit.
With the Jaybird MySound app on either iOS or Android, you can tweak the equalizer to your liking, whether you create a custom EQ or use one of the community presets. Even without using the app, these headphones have a decently well-balanced sound. If you like adding a pop of color to your look, you're also in luck: these earbuds come in several colors so you can find one that works with your aesthetic.
A drawback to these earbuds is their disappointing 4-hour battery life. Fortunately, they have a quick charge time and also come with a charging clip that doubles their battery life. All things considered, these headphones are a great budget choice for more control and customization of your wireless earbuds.
If you have a Samsung device and want the most customizable companion app we've tested, get the Samsung U Flex. Their app isn't compatible with iOS like that of the Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016, but when paired to a Samsung device, they offer extra customization. If you have a Galaxy phone or tablet, you get access to Samsung's Level App which provides a graphic EQ, room effects, volume monitors, and more. Unfortunately, this app isn't available for iOS and is extremely stripped down for non-Samsung Android devices, providing no customization options. On the upside, their decently angled fit doesn't apply too much pressure into the ear canal and they have good controls that allow you to control your music without needing to take out your smartphone.
Get the Jaybird if you want excellent customization but don't have a Galaxy device, but if you're a Samsung user and want the best level of customization you can get, go with the U Flex.
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.
02/17/2020: Changed Anker SoundBuds Curve for Upgraded 2019 model. Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy.
12/20/2019: Replaced SoundPeats TrueFree with Skullcandy Sesh Truly Wireless, minor text and structure changes.
10/22/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.