Are you looking for inexpensive wireless Bluetooth earbuds that have both the style and sound you will like? Look no further. Here we’ve rounded up 5 best sub $50 Bluetooth pairs that are trully worth it. Of course they are as not as good as some models coming from premium sport headphone brands like Jaybird X3, Bose SoundSport Wireless or Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless, which stands out from the crowd by their great sound quality and appealing design. But fit those budget pairs into your ears, I’m sure you will be impressive by how these earbuds manage to fit and sound. They are lightweight and very comfortable to wear and once they fit properly for a good achievement of passive noise isolation, they will excel what you would be expected.
Five Of The Best Cheap Bluetooth Earbuds
There are some things you should know about the fit. Most cheap Bluetooth earbuds are designed for sports so they are supplied with wing-tip or silicon hangers. The hangers are worn around the ear, providing an additional secure fit – with these parts you are never worried about your earbuds falling out. By design we can divide those earbuds into 2 types: around the neck and regular ones with a short cable.
In terms of sound overall they sound decent, but the treble feels a bit edgy but it is still quite pleasant to listen to, and I wish the bass could be more crisp. If you look for a quality pair of earbuds, not very picky a bout the sound, the SoundBuds Slim is considerably the best option.
2. LyreBeats-S1 Sport Wireless Earbuds
Beats has been greatly successful with their PowerBeats wireless earbuds, which represents fashion, sports design and bass enhanced sound signature. But they are expensive and don’t always provide best fit into your ears. LyreBeats-S1 wireless Sports Earphones only cost a fraction of PowerBeats Wireless’s price, but they sound really impressive. If you like something look a little bit like Beats, but offer better noise isolation, the LyreBeats-S1 would be the pair for your next workout session.
The Qy7 sounds good for the price ($22.99). It is comfortable to wear and offers a bunch of accessories, including earhooks, tips, and a nice carrying case.
Flat cable without a inline control makes it less prone to mirophonic noises.
Though it looks a little bit sturdy, the SoundPeats QY7 stays well-balanced in your ear whatever activtives you are engaged in.
Rated possitively by thousand buyers, this pair will impress you with both feature and audio performance.
4. Skullcandy Ink’d Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds in a collar form
As I said in my post about around the neck Bluetooth headphone, the collar design is not for every one. But if you like it, go for it. However, there is an advantage of around the neck design, when not in use the earbuds hang over there and since the entire earbuds are light and you don’t feel them at all. Skullcandy Ink’d is the best set for the price, and it can play 7 hours between charges.
The XB50BS feels light and sturdy, yet it fits well and sound decent at a resonable price point. Its bass isn’t as punchy as Jaybird X3, and just enough to make you feel “bass is there without being bloating or boomy”. If you listen bass-heavy music, this set also excels.
It is the winner in this top 5 considering the battery, which can play up to 8 hours continuosly. The XB50BS aslo delivers an average job for calls.
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If you like completely cordless experience for exercise, the SoundPEATS Wireless Earbuds are definitely a great choice. They fit exceptionally securely and their style I guess was inspired by Beats Powerbeats. The battery is quite good with 5 hours between charges and its sound is good too.
While Apple Airpods or Jabra Elite sports are expensive, the Soundpeats cost only a fraction of those, but they are able to deliver mostly what active personalities seek for.
These are one of the best designed earbuds I’ve seen in this category. They comes with wingtips that provide great fit for sports. The slick metal on the back of housing makes it look more stylish.
The Bluetooth earbuds are also light and pretty durable, and they are sweat resistant. The battery is rated 5 hours, which is a little below average but considering its size it is fine. Tao earbuds sound clear with decent amount of bass.
Every time you hit the gym, the solid pair of Bluetooth wireless earbuds is essential. Of course, the Wolverine is one of those. It is cheap and sounds great for the price–don’t expect the world (rich sound and deep bass) with $20 earbuds, their sound is lack of bass.
The Wolverine is sweat-proof and the entire construction is built endure the sweat and varied movements of a vigorous workout.
They have an inline control, and more importantly they give you best fit with various earhooks and eartips. In turn, they provide good noise isolation.
Styled somewhat similarly to Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless, the Photive PH-BTE70 sounds good and have a better noise isolation. It also has bendable hangers, which you can adjust to fit over the earfor extra stability. Photive Bluetooth earbuds’ battery lasts a bit longer than 1byone Bluetooth headphones, with 6 hours for streaming music. But apparently it looks sturdy and has controls and mic that position on the right earbud, while 1Byone has an inline remote.
Plantronics BackBeat Go 2
The Go 2 has better build quality with durable design and is smaller in size than to 1byone. It is also waterproof, and includes a very useful charging case, enabling you to charge your in ear set anywhere when they run of of juice.
The Go2 is not just for music on the go–they isolate noise well when you enjoy music on train or noisy places, they are also for gym users. They sound decent and their Bluetooth connection is reliable. But they don’t fit as secure as Photive or 1Buyone does. So if you tend to by Bluetooth earbuds mainly for your workout the Photive is a better choice.
Runners don’t require much about high-quality of sound, but comfortble and snug fit from wireless earbuds. Plus, since while running you sweat a lot, so wireless earbuds should be water/sweat-resistant. Cambond Bluetooth 4.1 wireless earbuds are for this purpose. They provide excellent fit with flexible hooks, which wrap around your ear for desire fit, so the earbuds never fall out.
You get a plenty of playback time, 10 hours on average volume level, I was surprised that cheap Bluetooth earbuds can have such long batery life. The Cambond also added a handy feature that can connect more than two devices and you can manually switch back and forth between them.
Most wireless earbuds are supposed to have good sound starting at around $100 such as the Jaybrid Freedoom, pricing more than $150. The $29 Meizu’s MP-51, a new Bluetooth headset from a Chinese company is a game changer and could ashame others. It sounds good with balanced sounding profile like Apple earpods but puts on more bass and offers a better sound isolation. As you might have known the bass quality will increase if the earbuds seal in the ear better.
Apple removed the headphone jack in their latest version of Iphone. Well here’s how Bluetooth earbuds are going to be handy. If you would like to replace Apple lightning wire earbuds, the Meizu MP-51 would be a nice choice. You don’t have to sacrifice the sound quality, we tested 2 sets and both has natural sound, but the MP-51 sounded better with strong bass and more details.
It fits right and snugly. It features water/sweat resistance, and when not in use two earbuds are magnetically attached–one great way to keep things stay neat on your neck.
The sports headset also comes with an inline control, which includes mic for calls and buttons for track navigation.
1ByOne Bluetooth earbuds
1Byone is a gadget maker specializing in smart home electronics, from plasma speakers to turnable with an affordable price. To give more freedom and convenience for an active person, they also make Bluetooth version of their headphones. After comparing a pair of 1byone Bluetooth earbuds to other budget models in terms of sound quality and features we were impressive that it could be the best cheap Bluetooth earbuds we’ve tested. This pair I previously reviewed, but as always there will be better sets so I dropped it out of the list.
Details: 1byone Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless earbuds In-Ear Headphones
MSRP: $59.99 (manufacturer’s page);
Current Price: $42.99 from amazon.com
Specs: Driver: Dynamic | Freq: 20-20k Hz | Cable: Flat
Bluetooth Version: V4.1 | Multiple point Technology
Wear Style: Straight down or over-the-ear
Affordable Bluetooth Earbuds Review–Are They Worth-Buying?
Accessories and design (3.5/5) – Available in three models: black, white and green. The 1byone Bluetooth earbuds have silicone tips and ear-hooks (3 sizes), cord shorten-er, and nice carrying pouch. It also offers sweat-proofing for your rigorous exercise
Build Quality (3.5/5) –The Bluetooth earbuds are lightweight and made entirely of plastic, and the flat cord is pretty durable.
Noise-Isolation (4/5) – You need to twist the earbuds a bit into your ears, as result they’ll provide good noise isolation.
Microphonics (4/5) – Since the short cable connect 2 distinct earbuds is flat, once you move it bounces just a bit and mircophonics (the noise you hear caused by cable bouncing) presents quite low when worn cable-down, I didn’t hear any noise when wearing over the ear style. You can also adjust the length of the cord by sliding the cord shortener.
Comfort (4/5) –The lightweight and average housing size don’t put pressure on the outer ear. Both eartips and additional ear-hooks with wing works great. The ear hooks come in different sizes and contour well to the outer ear, which keep earbuds stay securely in place and it is also very comfortable. It is very useful for workout, however you can remove this part for regular use.
Sound quality (7/10) – Truth be told, compared to other budget-friendly Bluetooth earbuds, including, SoundPEATS QY7 Bluetooth 4.1, Photive PH-BTE70, Bluedio Q5 (bigger in size and sounds mediocre) and MPOW Swift. The 1byone packs a bit more bass than Soundpeat and Bluedio Q5 (is also lack of bass, heavy and highly distorted sound). The 1byone Bluetooth is the first dynamic-driver earbuds from 1byone and marketed to sport enthusiasts with aptX support and long Bluetooth working range. The 1byone Bluetooth earbuds own a strong and dynamic sounding profile while Mpow swift and Soundpeat sound nearly identical, and they appear to be the same in design.
Note that as long as you get the tight seal, everything related to sound will be fine, otherwise, the bass or the entire frequency response will turn out to be down-graded.
Initially what impressed me is the bass, it is rumbling and tight but it strongly focuses on mid-bass, leaving sound quite bloated. Overall these Bluetooth earbuds produce the deep and powerful bass that bass heads may be expecting, but it also keeps the tone quite neutral.
Due to the prominence of bass, the 1byone can sound a bit mid-centric but not overshadow the mid-range. The treble is just good, it is not very smooth or bright. Though one thing you could complain about the treble is that is is not well extended and pleasant. The details become loosen when it plays at high volume, and it represents something crunchy, but acceptable. The overall tone of the 1byone Bluetooth earbuds tend to be a little laid-back sub-mid.
Value (7/10) – For a Bluetooth earbud, the 1byone sounds great for the money. Plus, it is well-built, highly isolating, and ergonomically crafted. Certainly, they fit your desire with bass presence.
It should be pointed out that you must press and hold the multiple function button for a few second until it is in pairing mode. The 1byone has a long working range and reliable Bluetooth connection. It is common that while excising your body movements will interfere the Bluetooth, causing shaky connectivity or hiccup, for 1Byone it rarely occurs. Featuring the multiple point Tech, the Bluetooth earbuds allow you to switch back and forth between 2 device it has paired. The inline mic and volume controls are practical, but the controls don’t work as track navigation for Android users.
There is a pleasing female voice telling you when the battery is low and the led indicator flash red. The actual battery is around 4 or 5 hours, you may need to recharge it several times a week.
Pros: Good noise isolating performance; well-build and stylish; clear, crisp and deep bass, and accurate sound. Eartips and ear-hooks provide secure and comfortable fit for workout.
Cons: Low treble distortion. Average battery life.
Lightweight and small size are what make 1byone differ from its competitors. 1Byone Bluetooth earbuds are easy to fit, sound good and have decent play time. Rated as the best budget Bluetooth earbuds you can buy for less than $50, they are exceptionally comfortable and fit securely in the ear no matter physical activities you are engaged in. They also come with the handy features like in-line controls and mic. Overall, they do a good job for sports.
How do we pick Bluetooth earbuds?
Price: If you can’t afford the high-end wireless earbuds like Jaybird X3 or Airpods ($150) totally cordless earbud, there are a plenty of budget options out there. Pretty much that makes it difficult for you to pick a pair. But by narrowing it down, I assumed that these options cost under $50 there are a few good picks–Don’t worry they work with your lalest Iphone with no headphone jack. They may come from no-name companies or very well known makers (Sony, Samsung, Anker). In addition to the price we consider fitting, comfort, stabitility of Bluetooth connection and battery life. Most importantly the sound quality is the decisive factor probably you are interested in when looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones for sports. Finally concerning the quality, I don’t think these wireless earbuds are rugged enough over years if you often take it to the gym.
Totally wireless VS “wire” wireless: You may prefer a pair of Bluetooth earbuds without cord, they often have shorter battery than regular ones. But in turn you are free from the cable.
You may get the same pair from many brands: Quick search on Amazon you may find out that a lot of pairs, which come from different brands. But they are just the same. Not only do they share the same sounding profile, but hey look pretty similar . This is because they were outsoured from the same Chinese companies that list their products on Alibaba. The sellers will contact to those companies and discuss how to redesign the products, basically the drivers and hardware will not be re-engineered. The next steps they will re-brand their Bluetooth earbuds. And you get a more stylish earbud but with the same sound quality. Indeed, the price of those earbuds are varied. You can identify several brands 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
Sound quality: For the sound, you get used what you hear but if you regularly swich back and forth 2 pairs, in which one pair is better than the other, you will tend to abuse the better.
Bluetooth chipset: Aside from audio quality and design, most budget Bluetooth earbuds don’t have some smart features. None of them have companion app for checking battery status or location tracking. And you may know they are listed with different price. This is because the quality and Bluetooth chipset equipped in those earphones. Among CSR qualcomm, Airoha, JL I prefer CSR chipset, which provide better sound quality in terms of details and clear. But the housing desing of earbuds also plays a very important role how the sound is tuned.
Fake Reviews: It is a common practice that sellers on Amazon do some tricks to get positive review for their products, so some earbuds may end up with hundred of 5 rating stars, which isn’t necessary that they will sound good. If you want to try out a new pair, it’d be better check the authenticity of reviews.
TaoTronics Bluetooth and Phaiser BHS-730 are wireless earbuds that recently I’ve found on Amazon. They are bombarded with thousands of reviews, but I haven’t tried them out yet.
Updated on 05/01/2017