Spy’s Tech Editor Adrian Covert reviews the best cheap wireless earbuds for sale in 2021. After testing products from Spy-favorite brands like Anker and Jabra, as well as lesser-known alternatives from EarFun, Skullcandy and Treblab, we selected the best options at every price point.
It’s crazy how quickly technology moves. Even just a few years ago, the best Bluetooth earbuds and wireless headphones were prohibitively expensive. But as time has progressed, it’s gotten easier to find a quality set of wireless earbuds for a price that won’t break your bank account. There are plenty of fantastic brands that provide great options if you’re looking to save money.
If you’re willing to buy a brand that’s not as fancy as the likes of Apple, Samsung or Beats, you’ll still find plenty of worthy options. In fact, many of the brands on this list have premium features like waterproofing, easy pairing and long-battery life. (Unfortunately, true active noise-cancellation is off the table if you want to buy earbuds for under $100.) In this product category, shopping for budget brands no longer means you’ll have to forgo a good pair of buds.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best cheap wireless earbuds for sale in 2021, all for under $100. And if you’re willing to spend a little more, we’ve recently seen price drops on premium wireless earbuds from Apple and Jabra. Because going wireless shouldn’t cost you your last paycheck, check out our selections for the best cheap wireless earbuds.
1. Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Review
For less than $100, there are few pairs of cheap wireless earbuds that bring as much to the table as the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 (we recently reviewed the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro buds, too). With a design that is similar to the regular Apple AirPods, these earbuds support the Apt X codec (which makes them great wireless earbuds for Android users), seven hours of playback on a single charge, four integrated microphones for extra clear phone calls, and a companion app which lets you fully tweak the EQ to your liking or pick from a number of presets (including some crafted by audio pros). Add to that a case that supports wireless charging, and a Bluetooth connection that is reliable in any environment, and you have all the making of the best cheap wireless earbuds you can buy.
2. Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds
Jabra is one of our favorite audio equipment companies, and we named the Jabra Elite 75t the best wireless earbuds of 2020. While the 75t offer improved sweat- and water-resistance, active noise-cancellation and a longer battery life, the 65t model still boasts plenty of impressive features — and at a much more affordable price. Not only do these Bluetooth earbuds offer stellar audio quality (both when listening to music and when making phone calls), but they’re also built to last. Invest in a pair of Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds and you can use them for years to come. These earbuds are compatible with both Android and Apple devices, and the Jabra Sound+ companion app is actually worth using. On top of all that, you get 15 hours of battery life with the included charging case.
We’re not the only ones that love Jabra’s budget earbuds. The 65t earbuds have earned more than 20,000 reviews from Amazon customers and have a solid 4.2-star rating, far higher than most wireless earbuds under $100. Backed by Jabra’s reputation for quality, budget shoppers can purchase these earbuds with confidence.
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3. EarFun Air Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
EarFun is a relatively new company in the audio space, but they’re already making a huge impact. Their Air earbuds look and function very similar to Apple’s infamous AirPods, but are considerably less in price. The Airs also took home a CES Innovation Award for how easy they are to use; the ergonomic design does a great job of providing a good audio seal, while its enhanced four-microphone setup allows for crystal-clear calls. Turns out the new kid in town knows what they’re doing.
4. Tribit Flybuds C1
If you’re looking for premium features in your wireless earbuds while still saving money, the Tribit Flybuds C1 are a pair of cheap wireless earbuds that should be on your radar. For well under $100, you get a pair of wireless earbuds that feature the latest Bluetooth technology, AptX support for superior audio quality on Android devices, 4 integrated microphones for improved call quality and IPX5 water resistance for those splashes, spills and rainstorms you might encounter. But one thing that we particularly like about these is that the controls on each earbud are physical buttons, which means that you’ll be less likely to erroneously pause your music or activate transparency mode when you’re just trying to adjust your earbuds.
5. Skullcandy Dime Wireless Earbuds
When it comes to the best cheap wireless earbuds, Skullcandy are not only offering up the most affordable pairs around, but for the price, they promise the design and audio quality that you’d typically find in a more expensive pair. At just $24.99, the Skullcandy Dime features IPX4 water resistance a contoured and noise-isolating fit that makes it as good for working out as it does those moments when you need to drown out the world around you. Even better, the case is designed to be clipped to a keychain, so you don’t have to worry about finding a second sleeve if you don’t want to shove the case in your pocket.
Admittedly, the feature set here is pretty spartan: There’s no noise canceling or transparency mode, no companion app and battery life isn’t amazing (a single charge only lasts 3.5 hours). But the price is unbeatable, and if you need a pair of earbuds to replace those AirPods you lost, or you just want something that you don’t have to baby, the Skullycandy Dime have everything you need.
6. Sony WF-SP800N Wireless Earbuds
GREAT FOR WORKOUTS
If you’re looking for a pair of earbuds that can handle the rigors of an intense workout, look no further than the Sony WF-SP800N wireless earbuds. With an IP55 rating, these earbuds are built to withstand nearly any environment you expose them to. But coming from Sony, who make one of our favorite pairs of wireless earbuds available right now, you can be assured the sound quality on these are nothing to scoff at.
7. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
EXCELLENT BATTERY LIFE
Aside from the fact that these earbuds feature two-way drivers tuned by AKG, we love that the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus have exceptional battery life, rated by the manufacturer for 11 hours on a single charge. These also have some excellent customization options, including the ability to launch apps such as Spotify with the push of a button. If you’re looking for premium features at a budget price point, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better pair of earbuds.
8. Skullcandy Jib True Wireless Earbuds
If the Skullcandy Dime are not available for some reason, the Skullcandy Jib are a very very similar alternative that’s only slightly more expensive. Like the Dime, these are for those who don’t particularly care much about concepts like audio curves, soundstages, detail or responsiveness. Coming in at less than $30, there is nothing that makes these better than more premium options when it comes to performance, but they have most of the competition beat on price. Plus, these headphones have audio quality which is better than the price would suggest. Plus if you are prone to losing or breaking your shiny gadgets, these are so cheap that it won’t be the end of the world if you break them or lose one.
9. Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro
For a budget pair of earbuds, there’s a lot to love about the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro. Whether it’s the customizable EQ, active noise-cancellation, streamlined design or call quality, the all-around package has a premium look and feel to it. And while the sound was not tuned with audiophiles in mind, many will find the bright, bass-forward sound to be appealing. The biggest downside? The lack of AptX support means that the sound can be a little harsh when used with Android devices, but iOS, Mac and Windows users should find few faults with these buds.
10. 1MORE Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
With a staggering six hours of battery life, high-quality audio and interchangeable ear tips, 1MORE’s earbuds are as close to an all-in-one earbud solution as is available on the market. 1MORE has worked with a Grammy Award Winning sound engineer to ensure the best possible audio quality around across a variety of different genres. ENC mics provide crystal clear call audio, and four different colors allow you to express your personality. All-in-all, it’s an extremely quality product for a price that can’t be beaten.
11. iKanzi Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
These budget earbuds from iKanzi offer a great value for the price. One-step pairings make it easy to connect to your device of choice while Bluetooth 5 provides the best possible connection. The included charging chance will boost the overall playback time of the device up to 12 hours on a single charge. Additionally, playback from the earbuds themselves provides clear audio with a great sound and deep bass.
12. Axloie Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
BEST OVER-EAR EARBUDS
On the note of added security, over-ear earbuds, like this option from Axloie, not only have a sporty look but provide the user with just a touch more material to ensure the headphones don’t slip. These added hooks are great for high-intensity activities (like working out) but are equally as great for everyday use. Axloie’s version includes a balanced, high-powered sound with IPX7 waterproof protection and five hours of use on a single charge.
13. Treblab X5 Bluetooth Earbuds
Don’t let the hooks on this set of earbuds from Treblab fool you, they’re not just there for looks, but rather, for a very practical purpose. The expandable silicone-tips help to actively reduce outdoor noise and provide you with a clearer overall audio experience. The included buttons on the stem of the earbud make skipping tracks even easier with a tangible button press while the portable charging case allows for 35 hours worth of use.