These are my recommendations for the best Bluetooth wireless headphones under 50 bucks.
For most people, $50 can get them a decent haircut, a new AAA gaming title, or a small tattoo.
These are all good options but you know what’s better?
A new pair of Bluetooth headphones.
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I’m reviewing headphones for some years now and there was a time when decent Bluetooth headphones used to cost more than 100 bucks easily.
I used to think the same but then got hands on Anker’s Soundcore Life Q10.
It completely changed my mind because you get good battery life, decent build quality, USB-C Charging, and relatively accurate sound. All in 50 Bucks.
Actually, they are the best Bluetooth headphones for under $50 right now.
But different people prefer different types of over-ear headphones. So I’ve reviewed some other over ear headphones as well for this review roundup.
Let’s get started.
Anker Soundcore Life Q10: Check Price On Amazon
Best Bluetooth Headphones Under 50
In the presence of big players like Sony and Bose, Anker has slowly carved a name of its own in headphones market.
They make decent budget headphones and the same is the case with Q10.
Despite being made out of plastic, they are one of the most comfortable headphones I’ve tested so far. The weight is only 10 ounces which makes them very lightweight.
The faux leather ear cups surround the ears well but don’t exert any extra pressure. These earcups provide a good level of sound isolation but expectedly can’t compete with ANC headphones.
The headband is flexible and can be extended for big heads.
Unlike the rest of the body, this headband has been made up of metal which makes Q10s quite durable as compared to what their price suggests.
On the right earcup, you’ll find all the controls. These controls include a power button, a volume up/down button, and a bass booster button. These otherwise decent buttons can be pressed a little too easily.
There’s a built-in microphone as well, which means you can use Q10s for phone calls. But it doesn’t do it as well as dedicated headsets.
Most budget headphones these days emphasize bass to please the young listeners but affect the overall sound experience in this pursuit.
Q10s also come with a bass-heavy sound but don’t sacrifice on highs and mid notes.
Due to the large diagram and 40mm sound drivers, these headphones provide a good amount of bass without affecting other sound frequencies.
There is a bass booster button on Q10 but I would advise against it because the treble will be degraded.
Being Bluetooth headphones, they come with Bluetooth 5.0 technology. During the testing, I found them to last 40+ hours which is quite good for headphones at this price range.
There’s no AptX and AAC codec support here and it’s something you must keep in mind before going for the purchase.
Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless: Check Price On Amazon
Available in many color options, we have Skullcandy Hesh 2 wireless.
These headphones are some of the toughest in their price range and will probably last a few years of wear and tear.
On the other hand, this sturdy build results in the Hesh 2 wireless being a little heavier and may feel uncomfortable for some people.
The noise isolation is also on the next level but the side-effect of this excellent noise isolation is that your ears can get hot and sweaty after a lengthy session (due to no air circulation).
Despite being marketed as over-ear headphones, they feel more like on-ear models. This, and fact that its headband has no cushioning, reduces the comfort level even further.
Another thing I didn’t like is the awkward placement of the charging port – on the left earcup.
Volume controls are present on the right earcups and can be used to navigate tracks via long pressing. Right beside these controls is a multi-function button. This button turns these headphones on, play/pause playback, and manage calls.
Another thing I liked is the inclusion of a cable and soft case. This cable enables you to connect to the audio source if the battery dies.
Like other budget options, you get a high level of bass here but highs are sculpted which makes the overall sound feel less natural (despite having good soundstage).
Treble and mids also had slightly less detail than my expectation.
Bluetooth connectivity range is also a little less than what you get in other headphones.
Mpow H12 IPO: Check Price On Amazon
The next headphones we have is Mpow H12 IPO. Although Mpow has a variety of headphones in its hierarchy, H12 IPO comes with a good balance of features and value.
It comes with a matte black finish and radial texture on the earcups.
The headband is adjustable and earcups are foldable, which means you can easily commute with them. On the left earcup, you’ll get an ANC toggle button, a 3.5mm audio jack when/if the battery runs out, an microphone.
On the right one, there are volume up and down buttons on either side of the power button. This power button doubles up for voice commands, pause/play playback, and calling – depending on how long you press it.
These buttons are slightly loose and not as polished as you get in other expensive headphones but Mpow had to cut some corners.
Aside these buttons is the micro-USB port for charging.
Some people may find the all-black color scheme a little boring but it looks classy in my opinion.
These headphones weigh just a little above 9 ounces which, along with memory-protein earpads, make them extremely comfortable even after long usage.
Some Mpow headphones in the sub-$50 range offer smooth bass but treble reproduction just goes off the mark.
Thankfully, that’s not the case with H12 IPO.
Despite hearing a bass emphasized sound, I didn’t notice harshness in the sound even at higher volume levels.
There is some audio leakage at those volume levels but it’s not fair to be much critical at this price point.
Although the level of passive sound isolation is good, these headphones have ANC technology. Yes, it can’t compete with what you get in the likes of sony WH-1000XM4 in but still feels like a good addition.