7 Best Cheap Bluetooth Earbuds Under $50 {Plus One To Avoid in 2018}

pile of earbudsCan you really find decent Bluetooth Earbuds for cheap? We’ve researched the market and found that – Yes, it is possible to find stylish Bluetooth earbuds with amazing sound on a budget

On this list, we’ve rounded up the best wireless earbuds we could find for under $50.

While that was our top limit, actually many of the ones we found sold for half of that,  including our top overall pick: this set of Anker SoundBuds Slim earbuds.

We’ve included some behind the neck, short cable and totally wireless earbuds to offer recommendations no matter what your personal preference. The key is that these are all wireless and affordable.

While these earbuds do not deliver the kind of sound quality you’d expect from premium sports headphones like the Jaybird X3, or the Bose SoundSport Wireless, the models below are worth checking out for their overall value based on the price range.

In general, we looked for lightweight, comfortable design and excellent sound (within reason considering the low price point).

Best Affordable Bluetooth Earbuds 

Most inexpensive Bluetooth earbuds are designed for sports so they come with wing-tip or silicon hangers to keep them secure for active users. By design, we can divide Bluetooth earbuds into two categories: around the neck and headphones with a short cable.

Anker SoundBuds Slim

Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones
Anker SoundBuds Slim

Style: Earbuds with wing tips | Play Time: Up to 7.5 Hours | Bluetooth 4.1 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Mic Noise cancellation: Yes | Sound signature: Natural sounding |
The SoundBuds Slim have solidly built metal housings that look and feel like more than what you pay for. They fit securely and comfortably with wing tips and manage to keep a secure Bluetooth connection for up to 10 meters.

In terms of sound, they are decent overall. The treble comes across a bit edgy and the bass could be crisper, but overall they are quite pleasant to listen to. If you are looking for a quality pair of earbuds and are not very picky about the sound, the SoundBuds Slim is one of the best options. These earbuds pair surprisingly well with a wide variety of devices for earbuds in this price range and the magnetic backs of the buds are very convenient for securely storing them around your neck.

Pros:

  • Great build quality for the price.
  • Strong Bluetooth connection.
  • Magnetic buds.
  • IPX5 water-resistance.

Cons:

  • Identical to other models from other brands.

Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones Waterproof IPX7

Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones Waterproof IPX7, Wireless Earbuds Sport, Richer Bass HiFi Stereo In-Ear Earphones w/ Mic, Case, 7-9 Hrs Playback Noise Cancelling Headsets (Comfy & Fast Pairing)
Mpow Flame

If you like the secure feel of over-ear earhooks then these Mpow Flame headphones are definitely worth a closer look.

These powerful bass sound on these earbuds will be a hit with anyone who listens to bass-heavy music.

A great feature for music listeners is the quick charge function that gives 7-9 hrs playing time after charging for only 1.5 hours.

Pros:

  • Quick charge only 90 mins.
  • Waterproof IPX7 Rating.
  • 45 days money back guarantee
  • 18-month warranty

Cons:

  • Maybe too heavy on the bass for some people’s taste
  • Sound isolation is weak, noise leakage.

Phaiser BHS-730

Phaiser BHS-730 Bluetooth Headphones Headset Sport Earphones with Mic and Lifetime Sweatproof Guarantee - Wireless Earbuds for Running, Blackout
Phaiser BHS-730

The main feature that sets these apart from our first pick on the list is the patented winged earphone tips that help keep them in place, even if you are working out.

This, along with the bullet-shaped Comply T-400 M memory foam tips (these are one of our most recommended replacement earbud tips).

The sweat-proof Liquipel Nano Coating and the winged shape of the tips that help keep them in place are two top features that make these Phaiser earbuds a top budget pick for running or working out.

Pros:

  • Comfortable earbud tips.
  • Winged design stays in place for active listening.
  • Lifetime Sweatproof Warranty.

Cons:

  • Excessive cable noise especially when running
  • Sound quality is not stellar.

SoundPEATS QY7

Toysdone Wireless Headphones Stereo Earbuds Wireless Sport Earphones For Running With Mic (6 Hours Play Time, IPX4 Sweatproof, Secure Ear Hooks Design) Black / Green
Toysdone Wireless (Previously called SoundPeats)

The SoundPeats Qy7 sound great for such a low price. They are comfortable to wear and come with great accessories, including earhooks, ear tips, and a nice carrying case.

Their flat cable without an inline control makes them less prone to microphonic noises.

Though they look sturdy and robust, the SoundPeats QY7 stay well-balanced in your ear even in active conditions.

These earbuds have been rated positively by thousands of buyers and will impress you with both in terms of features and audio performance.

Pros:

  • 6 hours play time on 2 hrs charge.
  • Weighs only 0.64 ounces.
  • IPX4-Rated Sweat Resistant.

Cons:

  • Not as water-resistant as other models (vs. IPX7 on Mpow above)
  • Difficult to get a perfect fit even with the included S/M/L ear tips

Skullcandy Ink’d Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds

Skullcandy Ink'd Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
Comfortable Enough to Wear All Day

Style: Behind the neck, earbuds | Play Time: 8 hours | Bluetooth 4.1 CSR8635 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 33 feet | Mic Noise cancellation: Yes | Sound signature: Balanced sound

As mentioned in an earlier post about around the neck Bluetooth headphones, the collar style design is not for everyone. The advantage of this design is that the earbuds stay secure around your neck when not in use, making them perfect for workouts, taking calls or listening to music.

Skullcandy Ink’d is the best set for the price, and can playback 7 hours of music between charges. 

Pros:

  • Flexible neckband
  • Decent sound

Cons:

  • Looks cheap
  • Lifespan questionable

FocusPower F10

FOCUSPOWER F10 Mini Bluetooth Earbud Smallest Wireless Invisible Headphone with 6 Hour Playtime Car Headset with Mic for iPhone and Android Smart Phones(One Pcs)
FOCUSPOWER F10

For the price, these truly wireless earbuds deliver a lot in a very small package. The 4.1 Bluetooth and EDR technology will allow you to pair to a wide variety of devices including smartphones and tablets up to 30+ feet away.

It also features multipoint connection allowing you to simultaneously connect to two devices. The magnetized USB charger is convenient, it snaps into charge without messing with cables. 

The battery life is a little disappointing at only 4 hours although that can be stretched out to about 7 hrs at 30-40% max volume.  Completely wireless, click here to see our other top truly wireless earbud picks.

Pros:

  • Truly wireless
  • Connectivity
  • Dual connection to 2 devices

Cons:

  • Weak battery life
  • USB charger

Avoid: Airpod Knock-Offs

bluetooth airpods by apple
Apple Airpods

We saw lots of reviews of these cheap Chinese knock-offs in early 2018, many of them being sold through Alibaba or Ali-Express. We even saw very reputable review sites and audiophile Youtubers with huge followings singing the praises of these cheap look-alikes. The glory was short lived and after a few months, many of these units have failed to perform.

We see exact copies showing up all the time but in the long run, they are cheaply built and missing the key build quality that makes the Airpods what they are.

We have included one budget option above if you are looking for a completely wireless option. While they do not look like the Apple product (they are not even white!) they do give you the benefit of being cable free.

 


Related Video: Using, Connecting and Troubleshooting Bluetooth Earbuds


Previous selections from our list (2015-2018)

Sony MDR-XB50BS (these are no longer under $50) 

Style: Earpieces with wing tips | Play Time: 8.5 hours | Bluetooth 4.1 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Mic Noise cancellation: Yes | Sound signature: Strong bass performance

These earbuds feel light and sturdy, fit well and sound decent at a reasonable price point. The bass isn’t as punchy as it could be, but it comes through enough to make you feel the bass is present without being too bloated.

In terms of battery life, this is the best set on the list, with up to 8 hours of playback. This set is also great for call quality.

TaoTronics Bluetooth Earbuds

These are one of the best-designed earbuds in this category. They come with wingtips that provide a secure fit for sports and stylish, slick metal housings.

These Bluetooth earbuds are also light, durable, and sweat-resistant. The battery provides 5 hours of playback which is average for earbuds in this category. Tao earbuds sound clear with a decent amount of bass.

Mpow Wolverine: The Best Wireless Earbuds For The Gym

A solid pair of Bluetooth wireless earbuds is essential for the gym. These headphones are inexpensive and sound great for the price. Unfortunately, they lack bass, but their sound is great overall, especially for the price.

The Mpow Wolverine earbuds are sweat-proof, and the entire construction is built with vigorous workouts in mind.

They come with an inline control, various earhooks and ear tips to give you a secure, personalized listening experience with excellent noise isolation.

Photive PH-BTE70

Styled somewhat similarly to Beats Powerbeats3, the Photive PH-BTE70 sound great and have even better noise isolation. They also have bendable hangers, which you can adjust to fit over the ear for extra stability. The battery lasts up to 6 hours which is a bit longer than other sets on this list. They are sturdy and have an inline control with a mic on the right earbud.

earbuds wrapped around phone
The beauty of Bluetooth is avoiding this problem!

Plantronics BackBeat Go 2

The Go 2 has excellent build quality with a durable design and compact size. They are also waterproof and include a very useful charging case.

The Go 2 earbuds are not just for music on the go, they also isolate noise well when you enjoy music on a train or other noisy places. They are also perfect for the gym as they sound decent and their Bluetooth connection is reliable. Unfortunately, they don’t fit as securely as Photive or 1Buyone. If you are looking for a set of Bluetooth earbuds for the gym, the Photive earbuds above would be a better choice.

Camond Bluetooth Earbuds: Best Choice for Runners

Runners are looking for earbuds with high-quality sound, a comfortable, snug fit, and waterproof/sweat-proof protection.

Cambond

Bluetooth wireless earbuds are designed with these things in mind. They provide an excellent fit with flexible hooks which wrap around your ear so the earbuds never fall out.

You get a massive 10 hours of playback time which is impressive for budget earbuds. These earbuds also have a handy feature that allows you to connect to more than two devices at once, then manually switch back and forth between them.

Meizu’s EP-51: The Best For Sound Quality

Many sets of wireless earbuds have great sound at around the $100 mark. Meizu’s MP-51 earbuds are a new, affordable Bluetooth headset that offers excellent, balanced sound similar to Apple AirPods, but at a fraction of the price. They have a strong bass presence and great sound isolation.

If you are looking for a set of Bluetooth earbuds to use with your new iPhone, the Meizu MP-51 would be a nice choice. They have a natural, detailed sound so you don’t have to sacrifice sound quality for Bluetooth compatibility.

The fit is comfortably snug and they are water/sweat-resistance. When not in use the two earbuds attach magnetically so you don’t have to worry about them falling off your neck.

This sports headset also comes with an inline remote with mic and buttons for playback control.

LyreBeats – S1 Sports Wireless Earbuds

Style: Earbuds with earhooks | Play Time: 8 hours | Bluetooth 4.1 CSR8635 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Mic Noise cancellation: Yes | Sound signature: Enhanced bass, warmer sound with foam tips

Beats has been greatly successful with their PowerBeats wireless earbuds which represent fashion, a sporty design, and a bass-enhanced sound signature.

Unfortunately, they are expensive and don’t always provide the best fit for some users.

LyreBeats

-S1 wireless sports earphones cost considerably less than PowerBeats, but their sound is truly impressive. If you are shopping for something that looks similar to Beats headphones but offer better noise isolation, the LyreBeats-S1 is perfect for you.

Pros:

  • Stable Bluetooth connection
  • Solid bass, clear treble

Cons:

  • Control buttons feel a bit cheap
  • Average build quality

Click here to read a full review of LyreBeats-S1

 

How Do We Pick Recommended Bluetooth Earbuds? 

Price: If you can’t afford high-end wireless earbuds like Jaybird X3 or AirPods, there are a plenty of budget options out there. At the time of writing, all of these earbuds cost under $50.

Totally wireless vs “wired” wireless: You may prefer a pair of Bluetooth earbuds without a cord, but keep in mind they often have a shorter battery life than regular ones. On the bright side, you are free from the cable.

You may get the same pair from many brands: A quick search on Amazon reveals that a lot of the same pairs are being sold by different brands. They are manufactured by the same factory so they have the same sound profile and look identical.

Many of these products are outsourced from the same Chinese companies that list their products on sites like Alibaba. Sellers will contact those companies and discuss how to redesign the products to look differently, but the drivers and hardware will usually not be re-engineered.

Sellers will re-brand these Bluetooth earbuds so you get more stylish earbuds, but with the same sound quality. The price of these earbuds varies. You can identify several brands that have the same design as our top pick Anker SoundBuds Slim because it is very likely that they have come out of the same Chinese factory.

Battery life: Most Bluetooth earbuds we test have more than 5 hours of battery. If battery life matters to you, add a power bank or earbud charging case to your shopping cart.

Sound quality: For sound, you get used whatever pair you use most often. If you switch between two pairs you will favor one over the other and use it more often.

Most importantly, the sound quality is a decisive factor. When looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones for sports, a snug fit both inside and outside the ear is critical to prevent them from falling out, but also to provide proper noise isolation.

Smart Features: Most budget Bluetooth earbuds don’t have smart features. None of them have a companion app for checking battery status or location tracking. This is one main reason for their cheaper price tag.

Another reason for the price difference between lower and higher-end Bluetooth earbuds is the Bluetooth chip that is used. A higher quality Bluetooth chip will offer better, more detailed sound as well as a stronger connection that spans a greater distance.

Reviews:  If you want to find a quality pair, it’s better to check multiple reviews. 

11 thoughts on “7 Best Cheap Bluetooth Earbuds Under $50 {Plus One To Avoid in 2018}”

  1. Nice review, my confusion is the sound quality, I knew sports earbuds, especially Bluetooth models tend to sound lack of bass, and fullness of body. They normally represent just a range of frequencies. Possibly emphasize on bass or mids and hard to equally distribute over all ranges like many reviewers said balanced sounding. What I look for is just average of things, which I can feel bass, nice mids and pleasant treble, it seems to me the 1byone fits to my taste. But it is not clear about other sets included here, photive and soundpeats.

  2. Hey, You really put your hard work to make this awesome post on ear-buds. I personally like your choice “byone Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless ear-buds In-Ear Headphones”. It is one of the favourite for me. The best thing is it’s sexy design and wireless feature.

  3. Seriously, I dont think these cheap Bluetooth are worthbuying at all. They sound crap, easy to break and they will never stay well in your ears. They said wireless but it is not totally cordess, still a short cable, what’s heck they bounce and make noise when you move. I am a bit skeptical about Bluetooth sound. Just comment to let all you know 🙂

    • Jack, I bought the soundpeats and have to disagree completely with all of your grievances.
      1st – they are noise cancelling, and although the bass isnt insane, for 20$ these sound incredible.
      2nd – Idk if they are easy to break or not because i take good care of them, but I box, run, lift, and play basketball with these and they havnt fallen out of my ears a single time.
      3rd – there is a clip that comes included to attach this connection cord to your shirt, and it doesnt bounce or hardly move when you do that
      4th – These sound much better than my apple earbuds included with my 6s, and even compete with my polk over ear headphones with sound quality (minus the bass).

  4. I bought a set of Apple In Ears a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been living with them and taking advantage of them every single day now.

    Nevertheless, if you utilize surround sound headset in conjunction having a DSP player,
    you will have heightened state of audio experience.
    A lot of people want to pay attention to music while carrying out a
    range of activities for example mowing the lawn, jogging, working out along with doing things in the home including cleaning.

  5. Speaking of best budget wireless earphones, how can one go without mentioning the House of Marley EM-JE083-SB model with mic and neck band??
    Was launched around second quarter of ’17.
    Braided wires, volume & track controls, sweat proof, sports safe, tangle resistant, make/end calls, made of wood and aluminium, and ofcourse the brand.. quite something to go unnoticed.
    Your thoughts, as in review, on this product will be appreciated.

  6. Anker SoundBuds Slim sounds good for those who like clarity in highs and average mid-range, its sound lacks in bass. Sweat-proofing feature and durability are excellent.

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