Top 5 Best Wireless Earphones For Running Under $50


Running/jogging can be made so much more enjoyable with some great music, podcasts or other audio. Wireless earphones work amazingly well as they stay in your ears; sound great, and don’t have any wires to get tangled in while running.

Of course, not all wireless earbuds are created equal especially when it comes to their performance while the user is running. In this article, we’ll go over the best wireless earphones for running with a price tag under $50 USD.

The top 5 best wireless earphones/earbuds for running under $50 are:

With a $50 price cap, you may not find the best of the best. However, you’ll surely get yourself a great pair if you choose any of the 5 listed above.

Related articles:
Top 5 Best Wireless Earphones For Running Under $100
Top 5 Best Wireless Earphones For Running Under $200

Since we’re having a discussion within the context of a price cap, I figure I should leave a link to a related My New Microphone article: Are Expensive Headphones (Or Cheap Headphones) Worth It?


What Makes A Great Wireless Earphone?

Though the term “best” is subjective, we should still list out the criteria used for determining what makes a great pair of wireless earphones.

  • Comfort: this is perhaps the simplest yet most important criterion of any pair of earphones. Though highly subjective, factors such as weight; shape, and the overall dimension play a role in comfort.
  • Battery life: because wireless transmission requires power, wireless earphones will require batteries. The amount of time it takes for the battery to drain from fully charged is an important factor to consider.
  • Wireless specifications: do the earbuds use the Bluetooth protocol or some other type of wireless transmission? Will they be compatible with your current set up? Are the earbuds true wireless (two independent receivers for the left and right buds) or “regular” wireless (the two earbuds must be connected via a wire)? These are questions worth asking.
  • Frequency response: a great pair of earphones should be able to reproduce the full audible spectrum from 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz with clarity.
  • IP rating: presumably you’ll be sweating as you run. Having a somewhat waterproof pair of earphones will do you well in this case. That means an IP rating of at least IPX3.

With that, let’s get into our top 5 best wireless earphones for running under $50!

To learn more about wireless earphones before we start, please consider reading the following My New Microphone articles:
How Bluetooth Headphones Work & How To Pair Them To Devices
How Do Wireless Headphones Work? + Bluetooth & True Wireless


JLab JBuds Air

First on the list are the JLab JBuds Air (link to check the price on Amazon).

JLab JBuds Air

These “jack-of-all-trades” earphones perform well with all types of Bluetooth devices and audio files.

They fit snug in the ear canal and are true wireless, meaning no cables in between! When it comes to running, a pair of true wireless earbuds will eliminate the risk of tangling your cables and the risk of tugging the earphones out our your ears.

Of course, the downside is that each of earbuds becomes easier to lose. However, because the JLab JBuds tend to fit so well, this is not a huge concern, even when jogging and running. Each 5g earbud comes with extra ear tips and Cush Fins to help keep the JBuds fitted and comfortable.

The JBuds Air are quite the bargain at just under $50 USD. As mentioned, they are true wireless. They also utilize a Class 1 Bluetooth 5 connection that can run for 6 hours and come with a charging case that will provide an additional 18 hours on the go. That’s more than enough to get you across the finish line of a marathon!

The Jbuds will automatically turn on and connecting to each other right out of the case before pairing to the most recent Bluetooth device. Using these true wireless earbuds is about as hassle free as it gets.

With an IP55 rating, these earbuds are certified sweat resistant which will certainly improve the longevity of these earphones for runners. They’ll even hold up when running in the rain.

Note that the charging case is not waterproof.

In terms of sound quality, these earbuds are great. They cover the full range of human hearing from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz and have a sensitivity rating of 103 ± 3 dB. These earbuds feature a custom EQ that allows us to control the frequency response. Choose between JLab Signature, Balanced and Bass Boost modes without the need for an app.

Push controls on the outside of the earbud allow us to quickly control our music and volume by pushing on the outside. This comes in handy when running since we no longer have to fumble with our phones of audio players.

These earbuds from JLab even have a built-in microphone that can be used with Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and other voice assistants to control what we’re hearing.

When you’re done with the JLab JBuds Air, simply put them back in the case and continue on with your day. The pocket size charging case makes these earbuds easy to carry around while simultaneously protecting and charging them.

These earbuds also come with a 2-year warranty from JLab. If we consider the amount of technology that’s crammed into these earbuds, it’s easy to see why they make this list. When we hear the audio, we know for sure that the JLab JBuds Air earbuds are some of the best under $50 for running.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 8mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: 32 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 103 ± 3 dB
  • IP Rating: IP55
  • Weight: 5g per earbud, 50g charging case
  • Wireless/Wired: Class 1 Bluetooth 5 True Wireless

To learn more about headphone specifications, be sure to read my article Full List: Headphone/Earphone Specifications w/ Examples.

The following JLab earphones are a bit more expensive but worth the extra few dollars:


Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo

Second on the list is the Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo (link to check the price on Amazon). Let’s discuss the 2019 Upgraded version.

Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo

These earphones are also considered true wireless and so there’s no cable connecting the two earbuds. This eliminates the possibility of tangling up cable or accidentally yanking the earphones out as we’re running.

The Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility combined with the LDS antenna (derived from satellite technology) creates a practically unbreakable link with the paired audio device. So long as you’re running with your device, the Liberty Neo earbuds will stay connected.

These earphones pair very quickly and will automatically connect to the last paired device on start-up. Keep them with your running equipment for hassle-free connectivity.

A single charge will get you 5 hours of playtime which is likely enough to finish a full marathon but is more than enough for a typical job. The compact charging case offers an additional 15 hours of charge before the entire system needs to be plugging in to charge from the power mains.

Sonic quality is obviously an important factor to consider and the Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo earbuds sound exceptional given their price point. The 6 mm Graphene drivers deliver clarity and deep, resonant bass, making them stand out amongst other earphones that can only offer one or the other.

Each earbud only weight 5.5g and is designed with Soundcore’s proprietary GripFit technology. Obtain a secure and comfortable fit by sliding the earphones in and twisting them sightly. Liberty Neo is supplied with several accessories to help us tailor the perfect fit. Choose from 4 sets of EarTips and EarWings. A superb fit is important when running and the Liberty Neos offer just that.

An IPX7 rating means that these earphones will continue to perform perfectly while resisting sweat and/or rain. Note that the charging case is not waterproof.

A MEMS omnidirectional microphone is included for clear, hands-free calls and to help engage voice assistants on the go.

Note that, although this product may be marketed as noise-cancelling, it only has passive noise cancellation (by plugging the ear canal) and no active noise-cancellation.

The Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo comes with an 18-month warranty.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 6 mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: 16 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 97 dB SPL
  • IP Rating: IPX7
  • Weight: 0.2 oz (5.5 g) per earbud (51 g / 1.8 oz net)
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.0

Treblab XGo

Third up is the Treblab XGo (link to check the price on Amazon): another inexpensive pair of true wireless earphones.

Treblab XGo

The Treblab XGo earphones are the only models on this list that don’t have the full 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz frequency response specification (it’s 30 Hz – 20,000 Hz). It’s important to note that this is rather insignificant since frequencies that low are difficult to hear anyway, especially when running.

What the XGo earphones do have is a rich sound with balanced tonality and deep bass. In other words, these earphones sound great!

These earbuds fit comfortably and securely in the ear, making them a superb choice for runners. They come with 3 sizes of Silicone Eartips to adapt and fit to the user’s specific ear shape.

An IPX4 means the XGo earbuds will resist sweat and most rain conditions (at least the ones where running for fun would be practical). Note that the charging case is not waterproof.

Like the aforementioned earphones, the Treblab XGo’s have a practically unbreakable connection and instant pairing to the last-paired device. Bluetooth 5.0 guarantees a seamless performance at a range of 33 feet with your Bluetooth audio device. So long as you’re running with your device (rather than away from it), these earbuds will stay connected as move.

These earphones have an impressive 6 hours of run time with an extra 24 hours from the portable lighter-size case.

They also feature a built-in microphone for calls and voice assistant utilization.

On-device controls include the following by tapping on the outside of the earbuds:

  • On / Off
  • Play / Pause
  • Next / Previous
  • Calls
  • Siri/Google VA

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 8 mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: 16 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 30 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: no info
  • IP Rating: IPX4
  • Weight: 4.5 g / 0.158 oz per earbud|37 g / 1.3 oz charging case
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.0

also check out Treblab XFit (link to check the price on Amazon)


Aukey EP-B60

The Aukey EP-B60 (link to check the price on Amazon) is the only pair “non-true wireless” headphones on this list. Yes, the two earphones are connected by a cable but they are still an excellent option for runners.

Aukey EP-B60

The EP-B60s from Aukey feature fine-tuned 8 mm dynamic drivers to deliver a surprisingly clear sound with deep, punchy low end.

These earphones utilize Bluetooth 5.0 as their wireless protocol, allowing an operating range up to 10m (33ft) which is more than enough if we keep our audio device with us as we run.

They’re also magnetic. To turn the earbuds on and get them paired, separate the earbuds. To turn them off, stick them back together.

These earphones don’t come with a charging case like the true wireless buds on this list. Rather, the earphones connect to a charging block via a USB-A to C Cable. The battery life of the Aukey EP-B60 is 8 hours and the earphones have a 1.5 hour charging time (from depleted to full). That’s more than enough for runners.

Because the earbuds are connected together, the EP-B60 is easy to keep track of. Personally, I don’t find the cable to be bothersome when running though some people may.

The controls are easier to understand since there’s a control panel along the conjoining cable. This panel features the following:

  • Volume + / Next Track control
  • Volume – / Previous Track control
  • Multi-function button
    • Play/Pause
    • Answer/End Call
    • Redial last-called number
    • Reject an incoming call
    • Use Voice Assistants
  • Microphone
  • USB-C Charging Input
  • LED Indicator

In terms of comfort, these earphones are awesome. The Aukey EP-B60 comes with 2 pairs of Ear-Tips and Ear-Hooks (small and medium-sized) to help us get the right fit for our ears. On the odd chance that an earbud does come loose (it happens), the cable will keep the earbud from falling to the ground.

With an IPX6 rating, the EP-B60 will be resistant to sweat and rain, though I wouldn’t take them swimming.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 8 mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: no info
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: -42 dB ±3 dB
  • IP Rating: IPX6
  • Weight: 16g / 0.56oz
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.0+EDR

Soul S-Gear

To wrap up the list, let’s discuss the Soul S-Gear (link to check the price on Amazon).

Soul S-Gear

The Soul S-Gear true wireless earbuds are another superb option for runners and joggers. They utilize Bluetooth 5.1 and have an IPX4 rating. This means they’ll connect without issue to your Bluetooth audio device and be able to withstand a sweaty jog in the rain if need be.

Note that the charging case is not waterproof.

The S-Gear earphones provide sonic clarity in the mids and high with balanced and powerful low-end. They sound well above their price class.

Once initially set up, the S-Gear will connect to the last paired device instantly as soon as it’s removed from the charging case.

These earphones offer 6 hours of playback time on a full charge with an additional 18 hours of charge from the charging case (before the entire system needs to plugged in to power mains for a full charge). That’s more than a runner will generally need!

These Soul earphones fit very snug with runners as well, which is an important feature. They come with small, medium and large Ear Tips to help us get that perfect fit. Once fitted, these earbud should stay in even in the most dynamic runs.

Touch controls allow us to quickly answer/end phone call and play or pause audio on the go.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 12 mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: 32 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 92 ± 3dB
  • IP Rating: IPX4
  • Weight: 4.6g each Earbud
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.1

Honourable Mentions

Here are 5 more wireless earbuds under $50 worth checking out that didn’t quite make the main list:

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