Over 5 years of experience in true wireless earbuds, I was able to tell which pair best suits to me (I think this works for you as well), for sports, for time on flights, for calls, or for audiophile sound, people even look for which pairs work best for their phone’s OS. Under $100 seems promising a lot.
I rounded up best cheap true wireless earbuds under $50 – they generally sound but not stellar for features, build quality and sound.
If you want something more, say more than $50 and less than $100 you get more features, better build quality and sound quality and what most sub $50 pairs lack in.
- $100 ANC TWS do exist and they are actually effective
- Higher build quality than $50 earbuds
- More built-in mic for noise-reduction so a few of them are great for calls
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2
Superior voice-calling capability
Soundcore Liberty Air 2 seems to be a good fit if you have small ears. They are Bluetooth 5.0, equipped with fast-charging, personalize your hearing with HearID and have touch control.
It has noise isolation that Airpods simply don’t match, so the bass holds tight and feel more ohm which is driven by diamond-inspired drivers.
The Soundcore Liberty Air 2 have a good clarity, nice mid and good treble.
Generally good for everything: fit, sound, build quality. The neutral sounding profile with a bit mid-range emphasis.
The TEVI sounds safe in all departments. They are not the pair that can blow you away at first try, and as you get used to their sound, you won’t find it more exciting neither. Not particularly great, but nothing bad at all.
Pretty similar to ZERO AUDIO’s sound profile, the TEVI boosts more bass quality and richness.
Perhaps the Tevi come in the light grey fabric exterior of the charging case, the sense they are unique.
Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds
These earbuds, with just 5 hours of battery life, regularly sell for $120. They are currently $25 off, I don’t know how long this price will last until now they are best value TWS under 100.
While Elite 65t sounds somewhat more characterized than LYPERTEK TEVI, the bass is more present, treble is a bit forwarded and, the mid-range is a bit recessed – that makes this range brilliant.
For active personalities
At the time of writing, the Sony WF-XB700’s price is set below $100.
They are the bulkiest earbuds in this post, but they fit right for most people even though they come without wingtips for sports. The Sony WF-XB700 gives more secure fit than Jabra.
Not just the design, the Sony WF-XB700’s sound is really for sports, bass is more emphasized, punchy than Jabra, mid-range performance is comparable (as good as) of Jabra Elite 65t, but since the treble lacks in energy the overall sound is less lively.
The original Samsung Galaxy Buds
Samsung acquired Harman (also AKG owner) dated back in 2016, showing their intention for TWS market.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds inherit the AKG’s sound signature with upper midrange enhancement, together with well-extended bass, they top the competition for the sound. How?
I also reviewed these sets below, but they are not quite on par with competing models from Sony, Jabra and LYPERTEK. Just include them here for your reference.
Xiaomi Airdots Pro are not popular, in this price range, Xiaomi Airdots Pro can be a good pick for ANC, available to buy on GearBest.
ANC is an ambitious feature that many want to bet in.
Bose possesses the advanced NC tech, but it struggles to build this function into their true wireless, Sony, Apply and other have launched their first set and they are not perfect yet. But it would be a point for users.
Cheap true wireless earbuds with NC would attract more buyers.
Airdots Pro are just another Xiaomi’s product that tries to come in the market with NC for less if you know Airpods Pro cost $249 that is quite a lot for NC.
The last pair I would recommend is true wireless IEMs, the Bluetooth 5.0 TFZ X1 – their sound is highly clear and detailed with BA drivers.
1More Stylish True Wireless not recommended for their sound, though they are truly stylish and high-quality built. What’s a pity, the bass is not that tight, the treble is weak feel pretly lightweight and vocals is muffled.