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 250 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 best wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. These in-ears stand out from the pack due to their superb total battery life of over 98 hours. While one charge lasts over seven hours, their carrying case holds roughly 12.5 additional charges.
These headphones have a bass-rich sound profile that delivers extra thump, rumble, and boom to your mixes. Their design is well-built and sturdy, and they're certified IPX5 for protection against direct contact with water like rain. They also have a breathable, stable, and decently comfortable fit, so you can use them at the gym without an issue. Although they don't have active noise cancelling (ANC), they can passively isolate you from a good amount of ambient noise like office chatter around you.
Unfortunately, the integrated mic has a sub-par noise handling performance, and your voice can be drowned out by moderate ambient noise, which can be frustrating for whoever's on the other end of the line. They don't have a companion app either and lack sound customization features, so you can't tweak their sound to your tastes. Thanks to their long total battery life, good build quality, and stable fit, they should please most users.
If you're looking for even more affordable wireless earbuds, consider the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless. While their total battery life is much shorter than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless, they still offer solid performance, although at a lower price point. These headphones have three built-in EQ presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. When using their 'JLab Signature' EQ, which is their flattest EQ, they have a sound profile rich in warmth and boom. Thanks to their over nine hours of continuous playback time, they should last through a long shift at the office without needing an immediate recharge. They also have a good build quality and are certified IPX4 for protection against splashes of water. Unfortunately, the carrying case has an integrated charging cable which can be prone to damage.
Check out the Anker if you prioritize higher total battery life. However, if you're looking for more wallet-friendly earbuds without sacrificing performance too much, try the JLab instead.
The TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless are the best Bluetooth earbuds under $50 with noise cancelling that we've tested. These headphones have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system that can isolate you from a great amount of background noise. They can block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines and reduce office chatter.
They have an excited sound profile that adds extra thump and rumble while sibilants like cymbals are bright. They're well-built, rated IPX6 for water resistance, and have a stable fit, making them also a suitable choice for users on the move. They have over eight hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case supplies an extra two charges.
Unfortunately, they don't have any sound customization features to help you adjust their sound to your liking. Their integrated mic also really struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you, which can be frustrating if you're taking a call from a busy street. On the upside, the mic has a decent recording quality, ensuring your voice sounds clear and natural.
The most customizable wireless earbuds under $50 that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless. These in-ears are compatible with the Anker Soundcore app, which allows you to remap controls as well as adjust their sound using an 8-band graphic EQ and presets. The app also offers Anker's HearID feature, which creates a personalized EQ based on your own ears.
Out of the box, they have an excited sound profile that delivers extra bass while vocals and lead instruments are bright. They also have a decently comfortable as well as stable fit and are certified IPX5 for water resistance. Even though they don't have ANC, they can passively block out a good amount of ambient noise around you. They also have over six hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case holds roughly three additional charges if you need it.
Unfortunately, they lack a power-saving feature to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. Their integrated mic has a passable recording quality, so your voice sounds muffled and lacking in detail. However, if you like to tweak and customize your headphones to your liking, they're a suitable choice.
The Sony WI-C310 are the best wireless earbuds under $50 for a neutral sound that we've tested. These in-ears have a fairly neutral sound profile with a touch of extra warmth and boom. They also deliver audio very consistently and have a decently comfortable fit.
They have a flexible neck cable design so that you can wear them around your neck when you're not actively using them. They also have roughly 17 hours of continuous playback time and don't leak too much audio at high volumes. Although they're not suitable for blocking out bus and engine noise, they do a significantly better job of cutting down ambient chatter.
That said, parts of their build, like their modules, feel thin and fragile. They also have high latency on PCs and Android devices, which could cause your audio and visuals to fall out of sync. Still, although these affordable headphones have a no-frills design, they're well-suited for neutral sound at this price point.
Dec 02, 2021: Replaced the JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless with the WI-C310 Wireless. Also replaced the TOZO NC9 Truly Wireless with the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless and the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless with the JLab GO Air POP True Wireless. Added the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless as 'Most Customizable Wireless Earbuds Under $50'.
Oct 05, 2021: We've checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
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.
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.