Top 5 Best Cheap Bluetooth Earbuds In Ear Headphones of 2018

Budget wireless Bluetooth earbuds that have both style and sound you like do exist. Here we’ve rounded up 5 of the best possible sub $50 Bluetooth pairs for you. Well, they are as not as good as some premium sport headphones 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 let’s try having those budget pairs on, 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 with a good achievement of passive noise isolation, they will excel what you would be expected.

Five Of The Best Cheap Bluetooth Earbuds

several bluetooth headphones tangled
Bluetooth earbuds are varied in styling, but how about their sound quality?

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.

1. Anker SoundBuds Slim

Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones Bluetooth 4.1 Lightweight Stereo IPX5 Earbuds with Magnetic Connection NANO Coating Sweatproof Sports Headset with Metallic Housing Built-in Mic (Black)SoundBuds_SlimStyle: Earbuds with wing tips | Play Time: 7 hours | Bluetooth 4.1 | Driver type: Dynamic | Bluetooth range: 30 feet | Mic Noise cancellation: Yes | Sound signature: Natural sounding |
The SoundBuds Slim has great build quality with metal buds, the look and feel are far more than what you pay for. They fit securely and comfortably with wing tips, and manage to keep Bluetooth connection stable within 10 meter range.

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.Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones Bluetooth 4.1 Lightweight Stereo IPX5 Earbuds with Magnetic Connection NANO Coating Sweatproof Sports Headset with Metallic Housing Built-in Mic (Black)

  • Great build quality for the price
  • Strong Bluetooth connection
  • Identical to other models from other brands

2. LyreBeats-S1 Sport Wireless Earbuds

Wireless Headphones Bluetooth Earbuds with Mic, XIAOWU Bluetooth V4.2 Sweatproof Stereo Nosie Cancelling Earphones for iPhone Android and Windows, In-Ear Sport Headsets for Runing Cycling Traveling(G)
Budget Sports 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 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.

  • Stable Bluetooth connection
  • Solid bass, clear treble
  • Control buttons feel a bit cheap
  • Average build quality

>>Read full review of LyreBeats-S1

3. SoundPEATS QY7

AGS™ QY7 Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Sports Running Gym Bluetooth Earbuds Headphones Headsets for Iphone 6 5s 5c 4s 4, Ipad 2 3 4, Ipod, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones (Green)
A sweat-proof, earbud-style headphone that’s comfortable and fits securely while you work out.

The Qy7 sounds good for the price. 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 miro phonic noises.

Though it looks a little bit sturdy, the SoundPeats QY7 stays well-balanced in your ear whatever activities you are engaged in.

Rated positively 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

Best affordable bluetooth headphones with a collar
You can wear this around-the-neck headphone all day for both calls and music listening



“Skullcandy Ink”  | 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

Skullcandy Ink'd Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds with Microphone, Noise Isolating Supreme Sound, 8-Hour Rechargeable Battery, Lightweight with Flexible Collar, BlackAs 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. You would get the 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. 


  • Flexible neckband
  • Decent sound
  • Looks cheap

5. Sony MDR-XB50BS

Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones, Best Wireless Sports Earbuds with Mic/ Microphone, IPX4 Splashproof Stereo Comfort Gym Running Workout up to 8.5 hour battery, black
A Sony headphone with Beats Powerbeats2 size

Sony_MDR-XB50BS” | Release date: 2017 | 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

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.

We notice recently this pair is way more expensive than its original price, so it is no longer in our top list.

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SoundPEATS Wireless Earbud, Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones Cordless Earphone Single In-Ear Headset with Mic-Black
Best cheap true wireless earbuds SoundPeats

If you like completely cordless experience for exercise, theare 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.


TaoTronics Bluetooth Earbuds

TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones, Wireless 4.1 Magnetic Earbuds aptX Stereo Earphones, IPX5 Splash Proof Secure Fit for Sports with Built-in Mic [Upgraded Version]

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.


Mpow Wolverine Bluetooth 4.1: The BestWireless Sports Earbuds For The Gym

Sturdy yet lightweight wireless sports earbuds
They look bulkier than our top pick

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 but don’t expect the world (rich sound and deep bass) with earbuds in the $20 range, 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.

Photive PH-BTE70

Budget bluetooth sports earbuds with rubberized hangers, which can be bendable around the ear
For working out this set is great at both sound isolation and fitting securely

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 Wireless Hi-Fi Earbud Headphones with Charging Case - Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android, and Other Leading Smart Devices - Black
Go2 good wireless earbuds for jogging

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.

Camond Bluetooth 4.1 Earbuds: The Best For runners

Cambond Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for Running Sweatproof Earphones Sports Flexible Earhook Headphones with Mic for iPhone Android, APT-X Audio, Bluetooth 4.1, CVC 6.0 Noise Cancelling (Black)
Bluetooth Earbuds for runners with cord shortener

Runners are looking for high-quality sound but comfortable and snug fit from wireless earbuds is also a priority. Plus, since while running you sweat a lot, so wireless earbuds should be water/sweat-resistant.

Cambond Bluetooth 4.1 wireless earbuds are designed 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 these cheap Bluetooth earbuds had such long battery 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.




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

Best cheap bluetooth wireless earbuds for sound quality
Cool “metal look” Bluetooth Sports Earbuds

Most wireless earbuds are supposed to have good sound starting at around $100 such as the Jaybrid Freedoom, with many more than $150. Meizu’s MP-51, a new affordable Bluetooth headset from a Chinese company is a game changer and could but others to shame 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.

The fit is comfortably snug. 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.

How do we pick Bluetooth earbuds? 

Price: If you can’t afford the high-end wireless earbuds like Jaybird X3 or Airpods 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, At the time of writing all of these options cost under $50 there are a few good picks (you can also buy on ear Bluetooth headphones like Creative Sound Blaster Jam in this price range).

Don’t worry they work with your latest 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, stability of Bluetooth connection and battery life.

Most importantly, the sound quality is the decisive factor.  When looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones for sports, snug fit is critical to prevent them from falling out. 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 manufactured by the same factory. Not only do they share the same sounding profile, but hey look pretty similar .

This is because they were outsourced 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.

Battery life: Most Bluetooth earbuds we test have more than 5 hours of battery. If the battery life does matter, you should add the powerbank or earbuds charging case to your shopping cart.

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.

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

TaoTronics Bluetooth and Phaiser BHS-730 are wireless earbuds that recently I’ve found on Amazon. They  are rated with thousands of reviews, but I haven’t tried them out yet. 

In ear vs on ear/over ears: If you like more bass and spacious sound but less portable, the on ear Bluetooth Creative Sound Blaster Jam and Jabra MOVE Wireless are great choices.

Updated on 4/27/2018


11 thoughts on “Top 5 Best Cheap Bluetooth Earbuds In Ear Headphones of 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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