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 230 earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds under $50 to purchase. Also, check out our picks for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds under $50, and the best sounding wireless earbuds.
The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested. These headphones have an outstandingly long total battery life of over 98 hours, thanks to the 12.5 additional charges in their carrying case. A single charge gives you roughly 7.3 hours of continuous playback time, which should last through long commutes without an issue.
These well-built headphones are rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. They have a stable fit and are fairly comfortable too, so they're a suitable choice if you're looking for headphones to use at the gym. Their slightly bass-heavy sound profile delivers a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom, which can help keep you pumped up during your runs. They're also able to passively isolate you from a good amount of ambient noise such as office chatter.
On the downside, their integrated mic struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise. They also lack sound customization features such as an EQ so you won't be able to adjust their sound to your liking. That said, these in-ears offer a long total battery life and well-built design that's sure to please most users.
If you're looking for even more affordable wireless earbuds, consider the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. While they're not as comfortable as the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless and they don't isolate you from as much ambient noise, the Skullcandy still offer a decent performance but at a lower price point. These in-ears have a good build quality and since they have a smaller case, take up less room in your bag. Their sound profile is slightly bass-heavy, which adds a touch of extra boom to your mixes. However, they're still versatile enough for a variety of audio content. On the downside, they have a continuous battery life of under four hours, which may not last through long days on the road or at the office. Luckily, their carrying case holds roughly 2.5 additional charges if you need it.
Take a look at the Anker if you're looking for in-ears with a longer total battery life and a better noise isolation performance. However, if you're looking to save some money without compromising too much on performance, get the Skullcandy.
The TOZO NC9 Truly Wireless are the best wireless noise cancelling earbuds under $50 that we've tested. Although their price tends to fluctuate just above the $50 mark, these in-ears are equipped with an active noise cancelling (ANC) system that's well worth the price. As a result, they're able to block out a great amount of background noise like the rumble of bus and plane engines as well as office chatter.
Out of the box, these headphones have an excited sound profile that's well-suited for genres like pop and rock. They pack extra boom, thump, and rumble while vocals and lead instruments are bright and sparkly. They also have a stable in-ear fit, good build quality, and are rated IPX6 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. They're fairly comfortable, and thanks to their design, don't trap in heat.
On the downside, their continuous battery life of just over four hours may not be enough to get you through long days at the office without pausing to recharge them. Your voice can also be easily drowned out by background noise if you're taking a call from a loud environment like a busy street. That said, if you really value high noise isolation, these buds can help block out ambient sound so that you can focus on your audio.
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 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.
Aug 06, 2021: Replaced the FIIL T1X True Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless as the FIIL are no longer available. Also added the TOZO NC9 Truly Wireless as 'Best Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds Under $50' as they represent a better value to most users.
Jun 07, 2021: Made the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless as 'Best Wireless Earbuds Under $50 For Noise Isolation' and added the TaoTronics Soundliberty 94 Truly Wireless as an 'Alternative With ANC'. Also added the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless as a 'Cheaper Alternative'.
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.
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.