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. 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.
3. Mpow Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
If you’re looking for something that’s a little less expensive — but still quality — these earbuds from Mpow are a fantastic runner-up. With included active noise canceling, the earbuds will ensure you can focus entirely on whatever audio experience you’d like to have. Additionally, they’ll provide six hours of listening, while the pad on the individual bud allows you to fully control the audio (I..e, skipping, pausing, etc.).
4. Skullcandy Jib True Wireless Earbuds
BEST EARBUDS UNDER $40
For those who don’t particularly care much about concepts like audio curves, soundstages, detail or responsiveness, the Skullcandy Jib wireless earbuds are the perfect pair of cheap wireless earbuds. Coming in at an amazingly low $30, there is nothing in the way of innovative features or noise-cancelling, but these headphones have audio quality which is better than the price would suggest. Plus if you are prone to losing or breaking your shiny gadgtets, these are so cheap that it won’t be the end of the world if you break them or lose one.
5. 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.
6. ENACFIRE Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
BEST SPORT EARBUDS
With their IPX8 waterproofing, ergonomic design for sports, and large touchpads, these earbuds from ENACFIRE are ready to be your best friend for working out. IPX8 waterproofing ensures the rain and sweat won’t cause your buds to go on the fritz, while the shape sits firmly (yet comfortably) in your ear. The eight hours of playback time between charges makes it so you can work out for a long, long time. Additionally, interchangeable ear tips allow you to fully customize a fit that will work best for you.
MORE: Best Waterproof Earbuds
7. TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
BEST FOR ALL-DAY USE
With a truly impressive eight-hour battery life, TaoTronics’ SoundLiberty earbuds are great for those who have busy, active lives and don’t want to have to worry about charging their earbuds multiple times a day. Smart noise reduction allows for bothersome sounds to be blocked so you can focus on your music without worry. This feature also allows for better clarity during phone calls, while the Bluetooth 5 connectivity ensures you won’t lose your music over a spotty transmission.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Boltune Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
These smartly-priced earbuds from Boltune are Amazon’s Choice, with over 17,000 reviews (!) for an average of 4.5 stars out of five. Essentially the consumer favorite, these earbuds provide great quality (immersive sound, Bluetooth 5 connectivity, six hours of playtime) for under $40. The one-step pairing makes set-up a breeze, which means you’ll go from unboxing to listening in almost no time flat. Additionally, the secure fit makes it so your audio experience is totally uninterrupted and of the best quality possible.
Also Consider: Jaybird X4 Bluetooth Earbuds
BEST WIRED EARBUDS
If you’re the kind of person that has a tendency to misplace things, maybe getting individual earbuds isn’t the best call. Instead, opt for these wired earbuds from Jaybird. The X4 still connects via Bluetooth but bound together by a wire that’s easy to slip over the back of your neck for some extra security. The \ comfortable foam tips nestle themselves inside your ears for a great-feel without losing any audio fidelity. Additional features like IPX7 waterproof protection and eight hours of playtime make them a worthwhile investment.