After more than three dozen hours of testing by our expert panelists we believe the Skullcandy Ink’d Bluetooth is the best set of Bluetooth in-ear headphones available under $50. Though nothing about this cost is ideal, if you’re looking for something ultra-affordable that gets the job done, the Ink’d Bluetooth earbuds sound decent, with a lot of bass, and they’re comfortable for long-term wearing. The necklace/halo feels fantastic, but it is lightweight and comfy, and it is flexible enough to coil up for storage.
Overall, none of those panelists were thrilled with the audio quality of any of those options in this price range, so if you find audio quality to be a top priority, then you are going to want to spend more money. Though you get a great deal of additional perks for the excess money, our update costs about twice as much as the Skullcandy pair, which we understand could be too much for your truly budget-conscious.
If you would rather a collar-free alternative, or desire a set of earbuds that may cross over to the gym on occasion, the Aukey Latitude EP-B40 is a great choice. These earbuds sound pretty great for your money, and they fit snugly and comfortably. Additionally, using its IPX4 evaluation, the Latitude EP-B40 can handle some perspiration, whether you are running on a treadmill or dashing to catch a train. Magnets from the earbuds let you clip the set around your neck when you aren’t using it, and also the eight-plus-hour battery life will get you through a full workday before needing to recharge. Plus, the Latitude EP-B40 includes a two-year warranty that protects against manufacturing flaws.