You can certainly pick up solid earbuds for hundred of dollars. But those with tighter budgets can find earbuds that work for them, from options that include high-end features like active noise cancellation, to those that fit well (and secure) while working out.
We tested each of the earbuds on our list, trying them on phone calls, web conferences — and in some cases during a run. They each proved to be worth considering, in our opinion, with some under $50.
Here then are five of what we think are some of the best budget earbuds you can pick up today.
Skullcandy Dime Wireless Earbuds are just $25Lauren Barack/GearBrain
Skullcandy Dime Wireless Earbuds
It's almost impossible to talk about the Skullcandy Dime earbuds without considering their price. At $25, these are a real bargain, and worth, at the very least, buying them as a backup. You won't worry or panic if you lose them, and with the clip, you have an even better chance of keeping them attached to your key chain.
During out review, we found sound was clean, and you can use both earbuds solo, and they have a 12-hour battery life. Plus they're small, easy to tuck into a pocket, and crucially — $25.
Strauss & Wagner SPW301 Earbuds have a cord between each earbud to keep them togetherLauren Barack/GearBrain
Strauss & Wagner SPW301 Earbuds
The Strauss & Wagner SPW301 proved to be a great workout pair of earbuds during our review. They're not truly wireless as they have a thin wire between them, but the $49 are styled as earbuds and come with extra gels and find to help you find a secure fit. (Key while working out.)
These $49 earbuds also have an 8-hour battery life, feature a solid metal design and they have a magnet that help them stick together.
Skullcandy Jib True Wireless Earbuds have 22 hours of battery lifeLauren Barack/GearBrain
Skullcandy Jib True Wireless Earbuds
The $30 Skullcandy Jib True Wireless earbuds are short, wireless and have a 22-hour battery life. They come with a charging case, and sound is fine, and a bit heavy on the bass, while sound during phone calls were completely clear. Nicely, these also connected immediately to the last device they connected to — which is a small thing, but a solid feature.
Monolith by Monoprice M-TWE True Wireless Earbuds sport both ANC and ambient modeTerry Sullivan/GearBrain
Monolith by Monoprice M-TWE True Wireless Earbuds
The Monolith by Monoprice M-TWE True Wireless Earbuds are easily the most expensive earbuds on this list. While they retail in some places for $130, you can find them online for under $100.
They have both active noise cancellation (ANC) and ambient mode, and with the case you get 30 hours of battery life. Controls are handled by swiping the earbuds as well, including volume, ANC and more. And sound was solid, with very good mid and treble tones.
1More ComfoBuds Wireless Earbuds feature environmental noise cancellation, great for phone callsTerry Sullivan/GearBrain
1More ComfoBuds Wireless Earbuds
The $50 1More ComfoBuds Wireless Earbuds are easy to set up and feature environmental noise cancelling which can reduce the sound around you while you're on a call. Sound quality was very good during our testing, and we could even pick up detail like a scratch of a metal slide on an acoustic guitar.
Battery life is 18 hours, but that includes the case. And you'll control the earbuds by tapping on the outside to play, pause and even increase or decrease the volume.
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