True wireless earbuds are fantastic gadgets to have on hand—in the world of audio, their portability and convenience can’t be beaten. But while the big-name brands have some big price tags attached, there are plenty of companies out there making more budget-friendly options. So, let’s see what you can get in 2021 for under $50.
for more specifics (which we’ll mention in each section). Working out is a concern for a lot of people, as unprotected gadgets can be damaged from your sweat. We can safely say all the earbuds on this list are outfitted to deal with sweat, so that won’t be a concern.
EarFun managed to jam a lot into the Air earbuds, from their sleek, modern design to solid audio quality. They’re rated IPX7 and have a long-lasting battery (5-7 hours in each earbud with around 30 in the case). The Air even features wireless and fast charging to sweeten the deal further—you can get 2 hours of playtime from just 10 minutes of wired charging (wireless is slower).
While it’s missing any form of noise-canceling or transparency mode, the audio still holds up on its own. You also get four pairs of ear tips included with your purchase—extra-small, small, medium, and large. On the whole, these earbuds deliver great value, and it’s hard to find something to complain about for the money.
These featured-packed buds are also available in black and white.
A feature-packed pair of earbuds for a reasonable price.
When it comes to the gym, having earbuds that are waterproof and sound blocking are extremely important. The ENACFIRE A9s does both of these with a rating of IPX7 and ANC, but it also includes a transparency mode so when you need to hear your surroundings, it’s only a tap away. While it lacks any wireless or fast charging, the battery life is still admirable with the earbuds rated for 5 hours, and the case supplying 32 hours of total playtime. They also come with three pairs of ear tips: small, medium, and large. All of this comes together to create an amazing pair of earbuds for your next workout.
Best for the Gym
If you’re working out in a gym a lot, these are the earbuds you want to buy.
If you’re on a tight budget and are fine sacrificing extra features for, then the Skullcandy Dime is for you. These inexpensive earbuds are rated IPX4, last for 12 hours in total (3.5 hours for the buds, 8.5 in the case), and feature a compact design with the lowest price on this list. These are light on features lacking fast charging, wireless charging, noise cancellation, and transparency mode, but they do the basics so well it makes up for it. They’re quite the bargain and are even available in four different colors: Chill Grey, Dark Blue and Green, Light Grey and Blue, and True Black.
The Skullcandy Dime also come with three pairs of interchangeable ear tips: small, medium, and large.
Bang for the Buck
Do you want to never worry about your earbuds randomly dying on you again? Because if so, the Tribit Flybuds 3 does a great job at dissuading that fear. Not only do these sound great, have an IPX8 rating, and feature a unique, highly customizable design with six pairs of ear tips in the box (with different sizes and shapes), but the battery life is quite impressive. While the buds have 5 hours of charge, the case packs in a whopping 100 hours worth. You can safely take these on a weeklong trip without ever worrying about touching a charging cord. Of course, without fast or wireless charging, actually juicing up the case may take a while.
The only major downside to these is the lack of any noise-canceling or transparency mode. But, for the price, the Flybuds 3 already offer some impressive features so the lack of those is understandable.
are also worth considering. They’ll offer transparency mode, active noise cancellation, and wireless charging for just $60. That’s a bit over the budget we’re discussing here, but they also offer all the top-end features anyone could want for so little money. They’re available for , and they’re expected to release in July. You can expect a full review on RG sometime before the official release.