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9 Best Earbuds under $50 in 2024

Last updated: 3 months ago
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We’ve tested over 100 popular earbuds (out of 193 tested headphones).

Below are our recommendations for the best earbuds under $50 you can get today.

P.S. Check the A/B sound tests to know exactly how they sound.

We test and evaluate headphones using a standardized 9-point methodology. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Sonic9Score Price Mic & Remote Water protection Read more
TOZO NC7 Best wireless
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4.0
Under $50
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IPX6 (Water-resistant)
SoundPEATS Clear Best cheap
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3.7
Under $30
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IPX7 (Waterproof)
CCA Trio Great value
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3.8
Under $40
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None
Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 Best workout
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3.5
Under $50
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IP54 (Sweatproof)
4.0
Under $55
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    All earbuds on our list are evaluated based on 9 key factors (Sonic9Score).  As the main criteria, we looked at their overall performance for the price. See our testing and ranking methodology.

    Let’s be honest. Most earbuds for $50 aren’t good.

    But if you look hard enough, there are a couple of gems that actually sound good, stay comfortable, and come with the latest features.

    We looked at the options on the market, and here is what we think are the best earbuds under $50 today. For more options, see the best wireless earbuds under $50 or the top cheap earbuds at different prices.

    Best Earbuds under $50

    1. TOZO NC7

    1st-place Best Overall ANC Earbuds under $50
    TOZO NC7 buds and case

    If you want good overall performance and effective noise cancellation, the TOZO NC7 are the best earbuds under $50 we’ve tested – TOZO NC7 review.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.3
    Driver size icon Driver size: 7mm dynamic
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 17-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 9h + 36h in case | Wireless range: 40 feet (or 12.2 meters) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: 2h – quick charge – USB-C & Qi wireless | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: IPX6 | Features: App, EQ, ANC, auto play/pause, relaxing sounds
    • Great & fairly natural sound quality (after EQ)
    • Feature-packed app with lots of customizations
    • Quite effective active noise cancellation for the price
    • Battery life of 9 hours per charge (with ANC)
    • No Game mode means visible audio lag in mobile games
    • Transparency mode produces audible background hiss

    These $50 earbuds sound great, have impressive battery, and are comfortable for everyday use. They’re the go-to buds for people looking for the latest premium features on a budget because they perform better than other earbuds under $50 in most categories.

    Check the TOZO NC7 A/B Sound Test:

    TOZO NC7 Sound Quality Test – HeadphonesAddict

    After applying custom EQ settings (found in our full review), TOZO NC7 sound impressively good (for the price). They’re very natural with good details, suitable for all music genres. And you can always adjust the sound profile to your liking inside the companion app with equalization.

    Good things don’t end there. These are the best active noise cancelling earbuds under $50. They reduce a good chunk of low frequencies with ANC modes, making them an excellent pick for commuters on a budget. ANC can be compared to more expensive models, which is rare at this price point.

    They’re comfortable for daily use thanks to their ergonomic design. But they’re not the most stable for sports. Even though are waterproof with an IPX6 rating.

    Their battery plays music for more than 9 hours on a single charge (18 hours if you turn the ANC off), among the longest out of ANC earbuds. You can also customize controls and play relaxing audio clips to help you fall asleep.

    For the overall best earbuds with noise cancellation, check ou the TOZO NC7.

    Best Cheap Earbuds under $50

    2. SoundPEATS Clear

    true-wireless Best Budget Earbuds Under $50
    SoundPEATS Clear in the case

    If you prefer a cheaper model, the SoundPEATS Clear True Wireless are the best cheap earbuds under $50 we’ve tested. Great for those seeking reliable performance – SoundPEATS Clear.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 8mm dynamic
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 9h + 26h in case | Wireless range: 60ft (18.2m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: Quick charging – USB-C & Qi charging | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: IPX7 | Features: EQ presets, ear fins
    • Good sound quality
    • Fantastic comfort & stability
    • Reliable Bluetooth connection
    • Great battery life (more than 8h per charge)
    • Usable physical controls with 3 EQ profiles
    • Okay passive noise isolation
    • Some audio delay when watching videos

    If you’re looking for inexpensive earbuds under $50, these offer the best overall performance. With reliable wireless connectivity, good sound, and fit, they’re the optimal choice for the price.

    Hear the SoundPEATS Clear A/B Sound Test:

    SoundPEATS Clear Sound Quality Test – HeadphonesAddict

    The 12mm drivers inside produce a surprisingly balanced sound signature that’s enjoyable for all music genres. And with the EQ in companion app, you can adjust it to fit whatever genre you listen to.

    Comfort and fit are equally great. In our head-shaking test, the earbuds stuck in the ears well. And that stayed true during exercise testing. You can easily use them for sports and working out because the eartips latch to the inside of the ear canal and don’t slip.

    They’re made out of clear plastic and are sweatproof, so you can use them in the rain. We tested the battery at 5 hours and 45 minutes, while not the longest, it’s a solid performance for the price.

    SoundPEATS Clear battery comparison

    You also get Adaptive EQ, 9 sound presets, and a clear microphone quality for phone calls. They have good noise isolation but suffer from some wind noise in bad weather.

    For the price, they offer good performance across the board and are perfect for a casual user.

    Best Bass Earbuds under $50

    3. CCA Trio

    dollar Best Bass under $50
    CCA Trio in ears

    If you prefer natural sound with a pinch of bass, the CCA Trio have the most natural tuning of earbuds under $50 we’ve tested – CCA Trio review.

    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 3x 8mm dynamic driver
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-40.000Hz
    Type: In-ear monitor | Back design: Semi-open | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: Optional | Impedance: 15-20 ohms | Sensitivity: 101-103dB | Weight: 0.35 ounces (10 grams) per IEM | Cable lenght: 47.2 inches (1.2 meters) | Features: 4 filter switches, detachable cable
    • Natural sound quality for the budget price
    • Wide soundstage & pretty accurate imaging
    • Made with quality materials & come with decent cable
    • Good passive noise isolation despite semi-open design
    • Adjustable tuning switches help personalize the response
    • Quite heavy due to metal plate & 3 dynamic drivers
    • Tuning switches press on earlobe, causing some discomfort
    • A bit too bassy for serious audio purists

    CCA Trio are in-ear monitors with a warm yet natural tuning and smooth audio performance across the frequency response.

    Hear the CCA Trio A/B Sound Test:

    CCA Trio Sound Quality Test – HeadphonesAddict

    Trio IEMs are rocking a triple dynamic driver setup, with each driver playing a different frequency range (bass, midrange, and treble). That makes them sound more effortless and airy.

    Surprisingly, they have a really wide soundstage for an in-ear headphone, with sounds playing further out of your head. Accompanied with accurate imaging, they’re a joy to listen to.

    Despite their semi-open design, these IEMs don’t suffer from excessive sound leakage. They’re also effective at passive noise isolation, so you don’t hear much of your surroundings, and handle cable noise pretty well.

    All in all, if you want great-sounding in-ear monitors under $50, these are a top choice.

    Best Earbuds under $50 for Workouts

    4. Edifier TWS1 Pro 2

    trophy Best for Running and Working Out
    Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 on a rock

    If you want earbuds for working out and sports, the Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 are the best earbuds for sports and bass under $50 we’ve tested – Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 review.

    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.3
    Driver size icon Driver size: 10mm dynamic
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-40.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 4.5h + 12h in case | Wireless range: 40 feet (12 meters) | Noise cancelling: Yes, 3 modes | Charging: 1.5h – quick charge – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC | Water resistance: IP54 | Features: App, EQ presets, Game mode, auto play/pause
    • Excellent sound (after disabling ANC and picking Classical EQ)
    • Comfortable & surprisingly stable fit, suitable for exercising
    • Decent call quality in quieter environments
    • Good ANC & ambient sound mode for the price
    • Battery life of 4.5h is below average for ANC earbuds
    • A visible latency during gaming, even with Game mode

    These are comfortable, dustproof and sweatproof, and don’t fall out when exercising. This and the IPX4 sweatproof design make them a much better choice for sports than TOZO NC7. And they have more features than SoundPEATS Clear with ANC and Ambient sound mode which is useful for working out outside.

    They have a V-shaped sound signature with boosted bass that becomes more balanced when you turn on the ANC. This makes them suitable for bass-heavy music, which is what most people prefer during workouts. We have a separate guide for the best bass earbuds here.

    Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 Sound Quality Test – HeadphonesAddict

    We tested the battery at 4 hours 40 minutes with ANC turned on, without ANC, they last over 6 hours. This is solid and more than enough for a workout or two.

    The noise isolation and ANC are decent, but nothing to write home about. They reduce ambient noise noticeably. With a microphone, you can have phone calls on a run, as long as it doesn’t get too loud.

    These aren’t top-notch in any category, but for $50, you will have a hard time finding better Bluetooth earbuds for working out.

    Best Wired Earbuds under $50

    5. TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero:Red

    wired Best Wired Earbuds Under $50
    TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero Red IEMs

    The Zero:Red are the best wired earbuds under $50 right now – TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero:Red review.

    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 10mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: In-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: n/a | Weight: n/a | Cable lenght: n/a | Features: RF insulated cable
    • Durable, aluminum build
    • Comfortable fit
    • Great sound for the price
    • No inline controls

    If you want the best balanced audio quality from wired earbuds under $50, TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero:Red are the best choice.

    Tuned by Crinacle, Zero:Red have one of the most enjoyable sounds out there, with a pleasant balance of higher tones, mids, and bass. I enjoyed listening to them for all music genres.

    Hear the TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero:Red A/B Sound Test:

    TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero:Red Sound Quality Test – HeadphonesAddict

    IEM’s housing is made of resin and sports a beautiful red and black color scheme. The feather pattern on the plate gives them a unique look that attracts looks.

    Of course, it isn’t just about looks. Zero:Red have a universally comfortable shape and offer a stable fit thanks to the ear hook cable going over the ear. Nonetheless, these are not the best for sports because the fit loses grip when moving, and they have no water protection.

    The wire is detachable and uses 2-pin connectors to ensure longevity. And overall, they feel decently built in hands.

    With above-average noise isolation, they remove background noise in noisy places, so you can enjoy your audio in peace.

    At the time of writing, they cost $55, but I still included them in the list because their sound quality is a no-brainer at this price.

    Runner-Ups: Other to Consider

    6. Anker Soundcore Life A1

    Anker Soundcore Life A1 review

    Their V-shaped sound signature is a highlight. They come with built-in EQ modes (Signature, Bass Boost, and Podcast mode. In terms of build, they’re very ergonomic and fit comfortably into your ears. They’re also exceptionally stable, thanks to ear wings, even during intense workouts. Their battery lasted for 8 hours and 19 minutes in our test, with the Qi wireless charging case holding another 26 hours of juice. A solid choice for workouts.

    Anker Soundcore Life A1 review

    7. Treblab WX8

    Treblab WX8 earbuds

    The Treblab WX8 are stem earbuds under $50 with warm and pleasantly detailed sound and premium features like Qi wireless. These are capable earphones that sound good for all music genres and can survive any environment thanks to their IPX8 rating.

    Treblab WX8 review

    8. TOZO T20

    TOZO T20 on a rock

    Earbuds need an EQ to sound more balanced and less bright but are overall pleasant enough for a casual, non-demanding user. T20 sport an AirPods Pro design, which provides excellent comfort. Furthermore, they have an IPX8 rating and more than 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.

    TOZO T20 review

    9. EarFun Air 2

    EarFun Air 2 in ears

    EarFun Air 2 pack a good bass punch that you can tame with the in-app’s EQ (find our settings in the full review). Earbuds feel like they cost more than they look, offering an IPX7 rating and have up to 7.5 hours of music playtime on a single charge. They’re just a bit weak at passive noise isolation, so we don’t recommend them for commuting.

    EarFun Air 2 review

    For slightly more money, look at the best wireless earbuds under $100 and the best wireless headphones under $100.

    How We Test

    We test each pair of earbuds on 9 categories. We take objective measurements in categories where this is possible. For example, frequency response for audio quality (see graphs in full reviews).

    We also test their water protection, connectivity, usefulness of their features, noise isolation, and ANC and create microphone test recordings for everyone to hear. The measurements and hands-on experience in different situations help us compare and pick the best-performing earbuds that we can confidently recommend. Read more on our testing and scoring methodology.

    How did we pick the models?

    Here are wired and wireless earbuds that excel in important testing categories. All recommended earbuds perform above the competition in the same price range. We chose from 193 popular headphones we tested. Then, we ranked them for different use cases and types.

    What to Expect from Earbuds under $50?

    • Average sound quality that’s good for casual users (apart from our recommendations that sound better)
    • Cheaper materials and lower build quality, but many still have some water resistance
    • A comfortable fit, with some being suitable for sports
    • Basic active noise cancellation that removes some ambient noise
    • A clear microphone in a quiet environment, but struggling when noisy
    • Average battery playtime of around 5 hours

    Specific models in our list perform much better than average. See the list for specifics.

    Why Do My Earbuds Have No Bass?

    The biggest and most common reason you’re not getting any bass is a bad fit.

    You need to get an airtight fit. So the bass doesn’t escape the ear canal. To get the right fit, you have to pick the right ear tips for your ear size.

    • Most earbuds come with at least 3 sizes, many with plenty more, and there are many other types to choose from among the aftermarket tips.
    • The best ones are memory foam tips that offer superior comfort and passive isolation. However, you can usually only get them as an accessory, and they cost more money.
    • Make sure your earbuds actually have strong bass and aren’t bass-poor by design.
    Ear tips
    The right eartips make all the difference (and there are many to choose from).

    Try all sizes and types to see which ones fit you best. One type will surely provide you with a solid fit and stronger bass.

    Models We Considered That Didn’t Make The List

    Why Trust HeadphonesAddict?

    At HeadphonesAddict, we provide honest headphone tests through a rigorous methodology and a transparent process. See how we test here. We put a lot of effort into personally testing and measuring each pair so we can make educated recommendations.

    More reasons to trust us:

    • We test headphones ourselves on 9 key points (less for wired models).
    • We measure frequency responses, ANC, passive isolation, battery longevity, and compare EQ presets.
    • We don’t take money for tests and reviews.
    • We don’t delete or edit “bad reviews.” Even when brands ask us to. If the headphones sound bad or have other faults, we tell you without embellishment.

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

    Are cheap earbuds safe?

    Cheaper earbuds are equally safe as more expensive alternatives. The Bluetooth technology, ANC, and materials are the same. It’s more important how you use them than their price, like avoiding excessive volume over long periods, which can lead to noise-induced hearing loss.

    Is it okay to buy cheap earbuds?

    It’s okay to buy budget earbuds if you’re a casual user who needs a basic pair without the need for the latest best features and Hi-Fi audio quality. At this price point

    Is it bad to wear earbuds all day?

    It’s not bad to wear earbuds all day if you listen at normal volume and clean your ears. WHO advises listening to earbuds for 60 minutes per day at 60% volume. Higher volumes might lead to hearing loss over time. Also, ear tips can push ear wax into the ear canal, which can lead to infections.

    What to do if a smartphone doesn’t have a headphone jack?

    If you want to use wired earbuds, but your phone doesn’t support AUX, you should get an audio adapter. There are different types of adapters. Apple uses Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, while other devices use USB-C to 3.5mm adapter.

    Where to buy cheap earbuds?

    Online stores like Amazon generally offer the best prices and model diversity for earbuds. Official brand websites are also a good option, with fast shipping times and competitive pricing.

    Conclusion

    The list above is what we think are the best earbuds for under $50. Tell us which ones you’re the most interested in. And you can always leave a comment.

    If you want to check other reviews, see the list. I promise you won’t find better earbuds for $50 there, but you can still check 🙂

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