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. They have a surprisingly comfortable in-ear fit thanks to their ear hook design; it keeps the earbuds securely in your ears without shoving them too far into your ear canal. Their in-line controls are easy-to-use, and they feel fairly well-built overall. Though we don't yet test for waterproofing, they should hold up fairly well to sweat and rain thanks to their IPX7 rating.
These wireless earbuds have an excited, bass-rich sound signature that'll bring out the thump and rumble of genres like EDM and hip-hop without drowning out the vocals and instruments of rock, pop, or folk music. Their battery lasts for over 18 hours, which is among the best we've seen of any wireless earbuds, and they charge quickly.
While they're well-suited for everyday casual use, their comfortable design does come at the expense of noise isolation. You'll still be able to block out a good amount of disruptive ambient chatter, but these earbuds can't effectively block out the deep rumble of an oncoming subway train or bus engine. Thankfully they don't leak too much sound, so you should be able to raise your listening volume to help mask more noise without bothering your fellow commuters.
If you need something that can block out noise more effectively, then get the AUKEY Latitude. They're not as comfortable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 since they have more of an earplug-like fit, but this helps them isolate a lot more noise. Most headphones struggle to block out noises in the lower frequencies without active noise cancelling (ANC), but these earbuds do a surprisingly good job at blocking out the deep rumble of bus or plane engines. They can also stay connected to two devices at the same time, and even support aptX-LL for lower audio latency with compatible Bluetooth devices, which are impressive features to see included at this price point. They can sound a bit muddy and cluttered, though, and their 7-hour battery life might not be long enough to get you through a full work day.
Get the Anker if you care more about comfort, but if noise isolation is your top priority, the AUKEY are the way to go.
If you prefer the freedom of truly wireless earbuds, then get the Skullcandy Sesh. Their battery life is a lot shorter than that of the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, even with the additional charges provided by their charging case, but their ultra-compact design is even more portable. There are no wires at all to get hooked or snagged on anything, and their case is small enough to even fit in most pockets. Their sound profile might be a bit too bass-heavy for some, but should please fans of EDM like dubstep. However, their battery lasts less than 4 hours on a charge, and you can only recharge them twice in their case before the case needs to be charged too.
Get the Anker if you don't want to have to worry about battery life as much, but if you'd rather have a more compact, portable design, then go for the Skullcandy.
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, you'll want the U Flex.
04/17/2020: No changes to picks; text refresh to keep things up-to-date.
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.
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.