Since Amazon allowed third party sellers to sell on their platform we’ve seen the unprecedented grow of wireless Bluetooth earbuds, mainly in the price range under $50. While their sound quality is not that much varied, there are a lot of styles you can choose from, neckband, headband and Beats Powerbeats alike earbuds, and the most recent are true wireless earbuds.
For under $50, you could get pretty good wireless Bluetooth earbuds for build quality, nice design and feature, decent battery, stable Bluetooth connection and impressive sound quality (bass, treble, mid-range), though those cheapies are still integrated with low-end Bluetooth chip. Here are 5 most popular styles, best Bluetooth earbuds under 50 on Amazon and their short reviews.
2ANKER SOUNDBUDS LITE NECKBAND BLUETOOTH EARBUDS
3ENACFIRE E18 TRUE WIRELESS EARBUDS
5MPOW CHEETAH HEADBAND BLUETOOTH EARBUDS FOR SPORTS
What else would you need?
- Noise cancelling feature: If you need cancel out the noises, but this is not really practical since turning on this feature the battery will drain quickly.
- Quick charging feature: this is a very cool feature recently with new tech in battery production, just five or ten minutes of charging the battery are able to provide juice up to several hours to Bluetooth earbuds
- Nano-coating: This will help earbuds to resist to the water, sweat and dust.
- You may want a pair of Bluetooth earbuds for swimming.
SoundPEATS Magnetic Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth Headphones: These earbuds are identical to other from Anker, the sound is balanced and natural, treble is clear but not very sculpted. SoundPeats have solid build quality and with metal housings they are built to last.
Symphonized DRV Genuine Wood Bluetooth Wireless: Symphonized was known for their typical geniune wood earbuds and with recent move to Bluetooth, they just released the Symphonized DRV, a classic look for earbuds. But they also feature wingtips for more secure fit, that is a good thing, you can wear them while cycling or doing other stuffs without worrying about the earbuds falling out. Well in the price range under $25, it is very difficult to differentiate the sound quality between pairs, but I noticed the DRV sounded with a lot of bass, feel a bit bloating at sub-bass. Mid-range is fine, vocal is there and treble would be better in terms of clarity. The call quality is average, in our test the battery is rated at 8 hours and the control supports all voice assistants.
Aukey Latitude EP-B40: Thewirecutter highly rated this pair, but we disagree because its sound quality and the inline control. The sound is just passed and the inline control is quite heavy which sometimes they tug earbuds – earbuds falling out. The earbuds can clip together is a cool feature to manage earbuds when they are not in use.
Monoprice 15273: the earbuds look impressive but they are rather large and not comfortable to wear for a long listening sessions. The bass lacks in quantity and crispness.
SoundMAGIC E10BT: These earbuds sounded good, but the battery compartment somewhat is in-convenient but it is designed as a Shirt-clip and it takes in a lot of juice for earbuds that the battery is somewhere between 10 to 12 hours. SoundMAGIC E10BT features 13.5mm dynamic driver, so they are truly extra-bass earbuds. The build quality overal is great for the price, we like the metal housings and durable cable but it is more expensive than other pairs.
Sony WI-C300 Wireless In-Ear Headphones: Though the WI-C300 sounds good – the 9mm neodymium driver delivers the dynamic, fun, balanced sound. There are some quality and design issues related to Bluetooth connection and fit. This is because the inline control and the module that sits on the back of your neck pulling the earbuds while you move and it is tricky to press the button on the inline control, you need to locate them and pressing hard in order to trigger its function. Thei battery is solid with 8 hours of playback.
JBL Lifestyle Tune 110BT Wireless: These are hybrid-neckband Bluetoth earbuds, the earbuds are small and lightweight and they can also magnetically clip together. On the right it is an inline-control and on the left there is a module which I think to host the battery, the rubber cable is flat to resist tangling but they are long and we have no way to mange the cable. The sound quality is not that good, lacking in bass and clarity overall. A miss.
iFrogz Impulse Duo: The dual driver earbuds that don’t work for fit and sound. The trebe feels no way to extend and dark bass and because of the design, you may find it difficult to fit earbuds into your ears.
Xiaomi Mi Sports Bluetooth: The earbuds let users wear over the ear style like Beats sports headphones – they look noticable. The Mi Sports are solidly built, and their bass performance is good – punchy and deep but it is not the pair if you look for clarity.
SoundMAGIC ES20BT: Metal earbuds, dull sound, average battery life (just 6 hours for music listening). The housings of ES20BT is contructed of ABS plastic and metal finish. The dynamic 13.5mm driver reproduce impressive bass, the sound feels spacy and bright. Earbuds have a good noise isolation and are comfortable
LyreBeats-S1: We like its balanced sounding profile – powerful bass, decent battery life, light-weight and comfortable to wear.
LyreBeats-S1 (2018): A worth upgrade of LyreBeats-S1, the lastest sports leather skin, longer battery life (up to 10 hours) and more solid build quality. The IPX7 rating, the S1 are truly for sports.
We’ve seen an increasing number of (Bluetooth headphones) units shipped by other brands than Beats, Apple, LG, Sony, Bose – according to The U.S. Wireless Headphone Market in 2017. This is due to the fact that Amazon’s business model that allow third party sellers to sell their wireless headphones on their platform.
How we conduct the research and test the wireless headphones
First we had to look at Bluetooth earbuds from 5 established brands including Beats, Apple, LG, Sony, Bose and Anker. At least 3 pairs each from those brands. Only Anker and Sony target to low-end market. Other audio makers started to upgrade their wired earbuds to Bluetooth, SoundMagic, iFrogz, Symphonized, and LyreBeats and they had differenct approaches, either with a cable or a neckband, or even with a large battery compartment.
Which type of Bluetooth earbuds are for you?
The truly wireless earbuds though have short battery life and their Bluetooth connection with your phone is not perfect if you like to get rid of all cable that is invariably the first choice. The next move is neckband if you often take calls since neckband headphone have better call quality than other types of earbuds – I call it every day headset. Bluetooth earbuds with a short cable is portable and they should be fine for most users (for starters) and the last option is Bluetooth earbuds for running and working out since you’ve got other great headphones and want to spare them safe for listening to music only.
Is sound quality your priority?
If you crave for the best sound quality then the PHAISER BHS-730is our top pick. LyreBeats-S1 sounds good too, the sound is airy and pleasant to listen to.
When cheap Bluetooth earbuds will break?
Sooner or later than 12 months, and it also depends on your usage these Bluetooth earbuds will break. Housings and nozzles are most likely to break because you use them a lot for working out, the battery is another subjecto for degration, it won’t hold charge any more. I knew the life cycle of the battery is over 500 times, supposedly you charged your Bluetooth earbuds 5 times/week then in one year you charge it roughly 260 times, a hafl of its life cycle the point most battery meets their maximum usage that they hold charge less.
Why Bluetooth range and Bluetooth stability are varied between earbuds? Most cheap Bluetooth earbuds’s modules are built with low-end Bluetooth chipset among these the CSR Qualcomm and Airoha are the most popular. You can see in the spec they point out CSR8645 (Bluetooth 4.1) or CSR8635 that is Bluetooth chipset code name, and the CSR chipset is better than Airoha for connectivity but for sound transmittion via Bluetooth it doesn’t rely on a single aspect – type of chip. Housing earbuds design and PBCA board are other factors decide the the sound quality.
I have been writing and testing Bluetooth earbuds since 2014. And all of them though called wireless, it doesn’t mean you are free from cable – still a short cord dangling down or band which sit either on your neck or behind the head. But in recent years, totally cordless earbuds have been prominent but they are not perfect yet due to the un-stable Bluetooth connection and short battery life. So I’ve rounded most popular style Bluetooth earbuds under $50 – you get the point for your need.