Finding decent wireless headphones is no easy task. Finding the best wireless headphones for under 50 dollars is even tougher. After all, there are lots of things to consider on a wireless pair compared to the wired counterparts – battery life, range, Bluetooth version, charging time, and more!
It so much happens that we’ve got quite a bit of experience with such things and as per usual, we decided to share it with you. So, without any further ado, let us get right into it!
Things to Keep in Mind
This is quite possibly the only case when we can say that buying the most expensive pair of headphones you can afford is most likely the best choice. After all, wireless headphones that are also good tend to cost quite a bit. So, finding anything decent for less than $50 is a sort of miracle by itself.
Still, there are some things to keep in mind that are going to make the buying decision process much easier for you.
- Type: There are generally 3 types of popular headphones: In-ears, on-ears, and over-ears. All options have their own pros and cons, so, make sure to pick whatever fits you best
- Sound signature: Good sound isn’t necessarily bassy or ultra-sharp. Some headphones are naturally more neutral or bassy than others. Try finding the sound you like before buying
- Battery life and charging case: You don’t want your headphones running out of battery when you need them. And when they do, you also want to be able to charge them easily on the go
- Bluetooth version: Headphones with the latest Bluetooth version (5.0) consume less power while offering more range
- Wired use: There are times when you may want to use your headphones with a cable – but not all of them give you this option
- Comfort: Lots of things play a role in terms of comfort. The main things that you should look for are weight, padding, clamping force, and ear cups (When looking at on-ears or over-ears)
- Noise isolation/canceling: Big deal if you want to use headphones in public. Noise cancelation is much more effective for blocking engine noise – but it also brings up the overall price
- Communication: Almost all wireless headphones come with a microphone. But, it’s still something to look out for if you need it
Our 5 Best Wireless Headphones Under 50
Those are generally the things you want to keep in mind. Now that you know all this, it’s time to start checking out some headphones. Here are our top picks!
1: Mpow H12
Best Overall Wireless Headphones Under 50
If you like using your headphones while traveling, then Active Noise Cancelation can be a pretty big deal.
In case you’re not familiar with the concept, noise isolation relies on the raw build materials and overall design of the headphones to block outside noises. Noise cancelation, on the other hand, is using the microphone or microphones of the headphone to “listen” to outside noises and then replay them back to your ears out of phase. This effectively cancels any repeating sounds like engine noises.
Weight: 0.57 pounds
Extra features: ANC, foldable
ANC aside, these are over-ear headphones which means that you can generally expect a wider soundstage and increased levels of comfort in case you don’t like in-ear headphones. Another huge plus is the huge battery life. Mpow claims that these can last up to 30 hours and while you should take that info with a grain of salt, even half of that time will be way more than enough for most of us.
Sound quality is decent at this price point. As per usual with closed-back headphones, the base is a bit on the thumpy side and that’s also why highs are a bit overemphasized to compensate. This is definitely nowhere near close an audiophile experience, but, then again, you’d be hard-pressed to find a decent wireless experience at any price point – never mind under 50 bucks.
There’s not much in terms of downsides. But, we’d definitely like to have a bit more padding on the headband for increased comfort.
- Superb battery life
- Big earcups
- Great sound for the money
- Less portable than in-ear headphones due to design
- The headband could use a bit of extra padding
2: LETSCOM Bluetooth Headphones
Best Budget Waterproof Headphones
Bluetooth headphones are usually a bit pricey. Bluetooth headphones that are also waterproof even more so. So, headphones that are both wireless and waterproof for not just under $50, but also under $20, are an absolute steal in our book.
Weight: 0.2 pounds
Extra features: IPX7 waterproofing
In case you’re not familiar with IP ratings, they are basically an official way to test and rank headphones or other devices depending on how much abuse they can withstand. IPX7 is the second-highest rating that headphones can get with IPX8 being the top score. That’s because IPX9 requires the device to be able to withstand a high-pressure water jet at close distance and, well, headphones are obviously not going to be used like that.
So, for $20, you’re getting headphones that can withstand water submersion at 1 meter for 30 minutes. Other than that, the LETSCOM Bluetooth is also decent for working out since it comes with ear-hooks. That’s why we think it’s the ultimate budget pick for those who need something cheap and waterproof as well.
Sound quality is pretty good for the money. But, since we’re talking about in-ear headphones, there is obviously going to be zero soundstage. The bass is also a bit overwhelming – which is not a bad thing if you like bassy sound. But, it can also be a deal-breaker for those who prefer more neutral sound (The situation can get a bit better with an EQ, though).
The battery can last for about 7 hours of continuous usage and it takes about 2 hours to fully charge it. It’s not the best thing in the world, but, for the money that you’re paying and for in-ear headphones, this is pretty decent.
- Very lightweight
- IPX7 waterproofing
- Ear-hooks are a welcome addition
- Good value
- Decent battery for the money
- The base can be a bit muddy and overwhelming for some (But an EQ can make things better if you can use one)
- Many people have reported that the ear-hooks are too large for them which is something to keep in mind if you like working out
3: Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo
Most Portable Headphones
True Wireless Headphones are no doubt the best when it comes to portability. The only downside is that they also can’t offer the battery life that you normally get with on-ear or over-ear headphones due to size limitations. That’s where a charging case like the one that you’ll find with the Anker Soundcore Liberty Neos comes in handy.
Weight: About 0.03 pounds
Extra features: IPX7 waterproofing
If you’re out and about for a short walk, they are small enough for you to put them in your pockets. Their battery life of about 3.5 to 5 hours is more than enough for something like that and while it’s definitely nothing impressive, don’t forget that loud headphones with powerful base tend to ask for more power.
That said, this is obviously nowhere near long enough if you’re traveling – unless you enjoy looking for outlets all the time. But, thankfully, you also get a charging case that can give you an additional 15 hours of charging time. This is what makes these headphones the most portable option. They are very small and wireless while also eradicating the need of finding an outlet to charge them all the time.
The sound quality is generally superior compared to what you can find in cheaper in-ears. The base is generally smoother and less muddy which is also why the highs don’t need to be emphasized as much. That’s the recipe for a more pleasurable sounding experience – unless you only want raw base, in which case, cheaper headphones may end up serving you just fine as well.
- Extremely lightweight
- The charging case is a welcome addition
- Decent sound
- Built-in mic
- Multiple ear-tip sizes are included in the box
- Mediocre battery life
4: TOZO T10
Best Wireless Waterproof Headphones Under 50
LETSCOM’s offering is pretty good if you need something that’s very cheap yet decent. But, if you need the best waterproof headphones that you can grab for less than $50, these would probably be the Tozo T10s!
Weight: About 0.4 pounds
Extra features: IPX8 waterproofing
We’ve actually also rated them as one of the best waterproof headphones and the best value that you can get in that category. According to Amazon, their actual price is $80 – but we almost always find them under $50.
Just like with most cheap in-ear headphones, they sound very boomy and sharp at the same time. This is good if you like that type of bassy sound but we definitely wouldn’t recommend them to audiophiles.
As far as waterproofing is concerned, IPX8 is the highest IP rating that headphones can get. So, if you want the best, that’s literally it.
These headphones can last for about 3 hours of continuous use which is definitely not ideal. But, they also come with a charging case that can give about 4 more charges and that makes them an okay choice for traveling.
Despite being rather lightweight, they generally feel sturdy while also providing superb noise isolation and leakage prevention. Though with that said, do keep in mind that noise isolation is not the same as noise cancelation. So, Mpow H12s are still the way to go for long-distance travels where loud engine noises are concerned.
- Bassy sound (If you’re into that)
- Good built quality
- Good value
- Highest possible level of waterproofing in headphones
- Charging case is always a plus
- Mediocre battery life
- Some people may not enjoy the boomy sound
5: Avantree Audition
Best Battery Life
A common downside that cheap in-ear headphones have is their relatively poor battery life. You’d generally be lucky to find something that can last up to 5 hours. That’s obviously not the case with over-ear and on-ear headphones – partially because there is so much room to fit a bigger battery inside.
If that’s what you’re after, we’d say that the Avantree Audition is your best pick. After all, it can last for as long as 40 hours on a single charge! In the rare occasion that even that is not enough to satisfy you – there is always the option of using a portable power bank as well.
Weight: About 0.39 pounds
Extra features: Removable cable (If you want to use them wired) and NFC pairing
Another thing that you don’t commonly see in “cheap” headphones is NFC (Near Field Communication) pairing. If your phone supports it, all you have to do is turn on the aforementioned feature then tap the “NFC” tag of the headphones and that should be about it. That’s as easy as it gets.
Since we’re talking about over-ear headphones, you can expect to get a much wider and relatively fuller sound compared to in-ear headphones that are similarly priced. That’s partially thanks to the extra distance that there is between the drivers and your ears – also how the headphones interact with the outer layers of your ear.
We don’t have anything serious to report in terms of downsides. But, the lack of noise cancelation at this price point is a bit of a downer.
- Very lightweight for over-ear headphones
- Great sound for the money
- Big earcups
- NFC pairing is a welcome addition
- Amazing battery life
- Relatively wide soundstage
- Not foldable
- No noise cancelation (Which is common at this price point – but the H12s do come with it)
- Less portable than in-ear headphones by design
These are our top picks. If you still can’t decide on what to get, let us wrap up this article by mentioning everything about the aforementioned headphones as quickly as possible:
- Mpow H12: All-around the most balanced option in this list. They offer decent sound, portability, and even active noise cancelation. Their only downside is that they could use a bit more padding for increased comfort
- LETSCOM Bluetooth: A great budget option for those who need in-ear, waterproof headphones with ear-hooks. Just keep in mind that the sound is a bit muddier compared to the pricier picks on this list and that the ear-hooks won’t fit everyone
- Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo: A pricier but slightly better-sounding option than the above headphones. Their biggest downside is definitely the relatively short battery life
- TOZO T10: These offer the highest waterproofing certification. Quite possibly the best pick if you plan on jogging outdoors. Just keep in mind that battery life isn’t the best
- Avantree Audition: Good option if you prefer over-ear headphones. They offer a slightly wider soundstage and NFC pairing – but they are also the least portable headphones here as they don’t fold
That’s all for now. If you have any questions, feel free to let us know about them in the comments.