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 over 114 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.
Like most Bluetooth headphones, they have too much latency to enjoy movies or video games wirelessly, which can be disappointing on long car rides or flights. They’re also not the most comfortable for long periods of time. That said, they’re still a decent choice for everyday commutes and offer great value for their price.
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 controls can be a bit difficult to use and they seem to have a hard time with Bluetooth pairing sometimes. Their battery doesn’t last very long, only providing about 3 hours of continuous playback, but they have a standby mode to save power and their charging case holds about 4 or 5 extra charges, so they’ll continue charging throughout the day if you keep them stored in their case. Overall, the SoundPeats TrueFree are well-built, comfortable, truly wireless in-ear headphones that are great for sports and fitness.
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 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. Their battery performance is also much better than that of the Jaybird, providing nearly 12 hours of continuous playback on a charge.
These headphones have a decent default sound profile, but it can sound a little sharp to some. Since the Level U app isn’t available on iOS and provides limited functionality on non-Samsung Android devices, if you have an iPhone or another Android device, these might not be the best choice. That said, they provide great value for Samsung users thanks to their easy-to-use design and added mobile features.
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.