Earbuds provide us with an immersive audio experience along with privacy. Whether we are listening to some music or watching a video, it feels so good to finally confine the sound to ourselves and listen to anything in a public place without disturbing others.  As a result of continuous innovation, we have gone from always mingled earphone wires to wireless earbuds. This technology is rapidly developing and innovating to enhance the user experience. 

The problem is that the top-tier branded wireless earbuds don’t come cheap. Luckily, some companies have successfully been able to cut down the cost of various premium packaging and casing features to deliver decent performance. The prices for earbuds go down as low as $10 but that would not be a promising investment at all. To get decent sound quality and compromise on some features or build quality, you can read our guide to the best earbuds under $30. These earbuds are packed with decent performance and true value for money. Save your money and decide on the best wireless or wires earbud for yourself!

Let’s check out the best earbuds under 30 USD wired & wireless

1. Skullcandy Dime True Wireless in-Ear Earbud – Golden Red

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless in-Ear Earbud - Golden Red

 

 

A highly reputable brand is producing wireless earbuds priced at $25.99. They must be way better than their cheap competitors, right? Well, yes. Skullcandy dime are one-of-a-kind earbuds that are a perfect mix of audio quality, performance, and extra premium features packed in a low-price bracket. Unsurprisingly, there are some cuts made to the quality of the earbuds and the case. Both are made of decent matte plastic and don’t offer a premium feel as higher earbuds will, but we can all compromise that for the best sound quality, right? After all, we are just spending $25.99 on it.

They don’t offer active noise cancellation like other competitors in this price category but still manage to offer a decent noise cancellation with the aid of their compact and well-thought design. The design is a perfect fit for our ear canal and blocks all the unnecessary sound. The fit also means better sound quality and effects production.

These earbuds also come in a range of colors which makes them stand out in the market. Green, red, orange, blue, black and grey are some colors you can get in the market. The design is remarkably simple. A Skullcandy logo appears on each earbud. The case is also simple and compact in design. Slots for earbuds and a lid is all you will see. Nothing is flashy about these earbuds. 

On the performance side, Skullcandy dime is IPX4 rated and can withstand sweat and splash. The bass is decent, and the earbuds offer decent and strong connectivity. Highs and lows are perfectly captured and converted without feeling too much distortion in speakers. Even at high volumes, you won’t feel your ears being damaged due to high-quality sound production. The spec sheet states that the total playtime you get with the case and earbuds combined is 12-hours. 

Specifications:

  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.1
  • Type: True Wireless
  • Battery Life: 3.5 hours + 12 hours from the case
  • Wireless range: 8-10 meters
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Charging: Micro-USB charging
  • Water-resistance: IPX4
  • Weight: 1.13ounces
  • Charging Time: 30 minutes
  • Ear tips: 3 ear tips
  • Microphone: Yes

Pros:

  • Powerful audio performance
  • Perfect fitting
  • Water resistance
  • Excellent mic performance

Cons:

  • Plastic Design
  • Low battery timing
  • Unintuitive controls

2. JLab Go Air True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds + Charging Case

JLab Go Air True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

 

 

It’s quite hard to find good earbuds under $30 let alone true wireless earbuds. You are already prepared to compromise some performance for the price tag but JLab Go Air exceeds expectations in this price of $29.99 by delivering a playtime of 5 hours in each charge. Furthermore, the charging case has the capacity to charge earbuds 3 times which adds another 15 hours of total playtime to the buds. 

The design is very sleek. The outer part of the buds has touch-sensitive controls and a JLab logo branding. They are small-sized buds and have the audacity to completely fit the ear without falling down. These buds come in three colors: red, teal, and navy. As expected in this price range, the IP44 rating is given to these buds which means splash and sweat resistance. 

The signature of JLab’s earbuds is their enhanced bass-boosted speakers. JLab’s own audio app can also help you enhance audio by increasing dialogue clarity. While having integrated 8mm neodymium drivers, these earbuds deliver noise reduction and durability via design. If you are really looking to get decent wireless earbuds, you can consider these buds while keeping in mind that this low price would mean a little bit of decreased sound quality and uncertain and lagging touch-sensitive controls. 

Specifications:

  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Type: True Wireless
  • Battery Life: 5 hours + 15 hours from the case
  • Wireless range: 8-10 meters
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Charging: Integrated charging cable
  • Water-resistance: No
  • Weight: 2.39 ounces
  • Charging Time: 40 minutes
  • Ear tips: 3 ear tips
  • Microphone: Yes

Pros:

  • Excellent battery timing
  • Fitted Design
  • Bass boosted performance

Cons:

  • Touch controls are inconsistent
  • Splash resistance is questionable

3. Black Shark Lucifer T1 Wireless Earbuds

Black Shark Bluetooth Earbuds

 

 

These earbuds are available for $29 on sale on Amazon right now. The original price of these buds lies around $40+ but considering the current price, what can you get in these buds? The most performance-packed and futuristic-looking true wireless earbuds manufactured by a well-established gaming accessories company at an exceptionally low price are just mind-blowing. 

Getting straight to the performance side of Black Shark wireless earbuds, they have a 10mm driver, ultra-low latency, 35-hours of extensive battery timing, dual modes, built-in high-quality microphone, and IPX4 rating. One charging can last for 3.5 hours and these earbuds can be charged 10 times from the case’s single charge. The 55ms ultra low latency provides a smooth sound without any delay. This makes these earbuds a perfect fit for gaming where a quick response through sound is required.

For the design of these earbuds, these wireless earbuds earn the top spot in gaming earbuds, having a matte black premium quality material, and built-in led lights to provide a stealth gaming feel makes them two times worth the price. Earpieces and the charging case have Black Shark branding and led lights. The design of the earpiece fits perfectly in the ear canal and blocks any extra noise coming into the ear.

Specifications:

  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.2
  • Type: True Wireless
  • Battery Life: 3.5 hours + 35 hours from the case
  • Wireless range: 10 meters
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Charging: USB Type-C
  • Water-resistance: IPX4
  • Weight: 3.52 ounces
  • Charging Time: 55 minutes
  • Ear tips: Yes
  • Microphone: Yes

Pros:

  • Excellent Battery timing
  • Great Design
  • Low Latency
  • IPX4 Rated
  • Bluetooth 5.2 technology

Cons:

  • No active noise cancellation

4. APEKX True Wireless Sports Earbuds

APEKX True Wireless Bluetooth

 

 

The major selling point and difference from the rest of the competing products are that APEKX wireless buds have not just an IPX4 resistance but an IPX 7 resistance. That means now you can shower in these buds, dance in the rain, and do much more with the increased resistance against water. These earbuds come with a 5.0 Bluetooth technology and have ear hooks to fit your ear. This makes them a perfect fit for gym and running as nothing can take these things off your ear. We definitely recommend them for anyone who’s active and loves to go for a run and loves to listen to music while doing so. If you had problems with earbuds falling out of your ears, you won’t have these problems with APEKX earbuds, since they have hooks to fit your ear perfectly while running.

These come in just a black color and both earpieces have a button on the outer side for controls and power on/off. Extra ear hooks are included in the package to suit all types of ear sizes and offer more convenience. The overall build quality of normal plastic and the case is pretty decent plastic too. 

With 1 year of warranty and 30-days of no questions asked return policy, APEKX has great customer service and refund policies. Alongside that, you also get a free lifetime online customer support from the company. 

These buds offer excellent sound quality with 3d stereo sound technology. You can’t expect to have active noise cancellation at this price, but you get a great fit to keep most of the noise out. A single charge of the case will get you around 22 hours of claimed battery timing while the buds themselves only last about 4 hours per charge. 

Specifications:

  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Type: True Wireless
  • Battery Life: 4 hours + 24 hours from the case
  • Wireless range: 10 meters
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Charging: Micro USB
  • Water-resistance: IPX7
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • Charging Time: 40 minutes
  • Ear tips: 2 Ear tips
  • Microphone: Yes

Pros:

  • Long Battery Timing
  • Shower resistant
  • Ear hooks for fitting

Cons:

  • Not great sound quality
  • No active noise cancellation
  • Modest Battery timing

5. JBL Tune Wireless in-Ear Headphones

JBL Tune

 

 

Are these the best performance earbuds in this price range? Well, you could say so. JBL Tune 115WS earbuds are packed with quality bass and sound, long battery timing, noise isolation, and fast charging. 

The design of these buds is pretty typical. Small-sized earbuds that fit the ears perfectly and have a JBL branding logo on the outer side of the buds. They also come in matte black plastic and with a case. The overall weight is bulkier than the other AirPods in the market. The charging is indicated by the LED lights on the charging case which flash in different patterns to indicate battery levels.

In this price range, these earbuds offer a great bass quality along with excellent sound. An overly sweet spot between high and low performance, these earbuds handle high notes very well and the sound quality is undistorted. The low latency also is a plus when playing games etc. Unfortunately, these earbuds have no IP rating on them, and the charging case only provides an additional 15 hours of charging. But on the bright side, you will get a 6-hour playtime with one charge and it will only take 15 minutes for the earbuds to charge from the case!

Specifications:

  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.1
  • Type: True Wireless
  • Battery Life: 6 hours + 21 hours from the case
  • Wireless range: 8-10 meters
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes, but quite weak
  • Charging: USB Type-C
  • Water-resistance: None
  • Weight: 2.57 ounces
  • Charging Time: 2 hours
  • Ear tips: 3 type ear tips
  • Microphone: Yes

Pros:

  • Excellent Bass
  • Fast Charging Speed
  • Sleek Design

Cons:

  • No IPX rating
  • Low case charging capacity

 

6. AUKEY True Wireless Earbuds (EP-T21S)

AUKEY True Wireless Earbuds

 

These new generation earbuds pack superb high fidelity wireless music in the typical Aukey brown box. The total playtime is remarkable 30 hours on-the-go with the case. With wide compatibility, these buds connect to almost all Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as Android, iPhone, and laptops. 

These earphones offer snugly fit and are ideal for everyday use. Tons of positive online reviews and recommendations are a testimony to the quality and performance of these buds. Hence, no surprise that they top this list of inexpensive earbuds. 

Specifications: 

  • Reliable and fast wireless connection with Bluetooth 5.0 technology
  • 10 mm enhanced dynamic drivers
  • MEMS microphone technology allows you to make clearer calls. There is a mic on each earbud
  • USB-C Quick Charge – up to 5 hours of energetic sound output on a 1.5-hour quick charge
  • Touch control for convenient audio playback and calls
  • One step connection after opening the charging case
  • Comes with three pairs of ear tips (S/M/L) and a USB Cable

Pros

  • Excellent volume and sound for the money
  • Strong midrange and clear treble notes
  • Slim and portable charging dock
  • Maximum comfort fit owing to the different ear tips sizes
  • Decent battery life with the battery indicator on the case

Cons

  • Bass is not dominant and drowns among other frequencies
  • It’s passive noise cancellation, where the ambient noises are still audible

Full Aukey Earbuds Review

7. Sony MDR-XB50AP/R Extra Bass Earbud Headset

Sony MDR-XB50AP:R Extra Bass Earbud Headset

 

If you value deep bass response, then this set of earbuds can be the best bet for your buck. The bass quality truly complements today’s’ popular music genres. A tightly sealed acoustic design allows for a high level of sound isolation which aides in extended bass response.

It’s an ideal companion for your smartphone, especially if you are an android user as the Smart Key app enables control functions directly from your phone. Noise cancellation is one of the best in the under $30 price category.

Specifications:

  • Wired connectivity
  • 0.47 neodymium drivers
  • 12-millimeter dome type driver units for high-quality bass
  • Integrated microphone and smartphone playback control
  • Hybrid silicone earbuds
  • High energy neodymium magnets for powerful sound
  • Comes with a soft carry pouch for convenient storage

Pros

  • Powerful deep bass
  • Earbuds offer a comfortable and secure fit
  • Tangle-free, Y type flat cord with slider is a joy to use
  • Lightweight for ultimate music mobility
  • Long-lasting comfort with XS, S, M, and L earbuds for perfect fitment

Cons

  • The sound quality gets overpowered by the low range, and hence the high and medium notes get muddled

8. TOZO T10 Bluetooth 5.0

TOZO T10 Bluetooth 5.0

 

If you don’t want to second guess your choice and want quality in the best possible price range, go with these TOZO earbuds. It features the most advanced Bluetooth available and can connect to any mobile phone.

TOZO uses a proprietary nano-coating to make their earbuds truly water-resistant and dare we say even washable. These silicone buds literally conform to your ear canal, and hence no worries about any discomfort. The wireless tech on this is beyond belief.

Specifications:

  • 8 mm large size speaker driver, with drive area about 1.77 times than the average driver area
  • The wireless charging case that can be used to charge headphones
  • Bluetooth 5.0 works with all mobile phones
  • Silicone ear tips that conform to ear canal shape
  • Nano-coating water-resistant earbuds that are waterproof for 1 meter deep for 30 minutes.
  • TOZO T10 wireless earbuds can last for over 4 hours playtime from a single charge and 14 extra hours in the compact charging case

Pros

  • Top-notch sound quality with nice highs and lows
  • Affordable budget pick
  • Suitable for sports and gym use owing to their water-resistant and sweat-resistant build
  • No strings no-hassle – convenient wireless charging
  • Ergonomic design for an active lifestyle

Cons

  • Phone call quality is just alright, not great
  • Some issues might crop up to pair with equalizer devices
  • The sound may drop if a lot of movement is involved

9. 1More Piston Fit In-Ear Earphones

1MORE Piston Fit

 

 

Why we picked it – A modern-retro fusion that is high on quality and ergonomics

1MORE collaborated with Grammy-winning sound engineer – Luca Bignardi, to perfect the final tuning and deliver a precise representation of your favorite artist’s intended sound. 1More name is associated with high-quality products and it’s a reason to rejoice as now anybody can get a whiff of 1More quality with this affordable pick.

1More Piston Fit in-ear headphones apply a heavy coat of fashion to these buds with vivid and stylish metallic colors that are sure to turn heads.

Specifications:

  • Aluminum body with dual-layer composite drivers consisting of flexible PET polymer and light aerospace grade titanium
  • 3 sets of ear tips for comfy precision fit
  • 45° angled design fully matches individual ear canals
  • Inline control box and microphone

Pros

  • Rates high on the “value for money” scale
  • Sleek and lightweight
  • Oblique angled ear fittings naturally match your ear canals enabling a comfortable fit
  • Superior sound quality with sizzling highs, present mids, and powerful bass
  • Snug fit increases the noise isolation and fullness of sound
  • The in-line microphone conveniently located allows you to take calls without cross-talk

Cons

  • The straight plug might be subjected to wear and tear
  • Paint has a tendency to chip if not used with care

10. APETOO True Wireless TWS Earphones

APETOO True Wireless TWS Earphones

 

 

This wireless earbud offers a wide range of compatibility with almost any device. One-step fast connectivity is a plus when using this earbud to listen to music on the go. These AirPods are compact and lightweight with powerful features packed in.

The design is surprisingly good. The lightweight case and earbuds are made of matte black plastic and the case has red lights on the sides to provide a funky design.  Noise cancellation is excellent due to the design that fits the ears perfectly. APEETO markets these buds as noise-canceling earbuds by isolating sound, which loosely means a fitted design. Surprisingly, there is no IPX rating on these buds.

On the performance’s side, a built-in DAC chip offers high-quality sound along with decent noise cancellation. The earbuds have a playtime of around 5 hours with the case having the capacity to charge buds up to 4 times. The 13mm speaker offers high notes of sound with superior performance and almost no distortion. 

These earbuds have touch controls and are compatible with a wide range of devices. Definitely a product worth considering!

Specifications:

  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Type: True Wireless
  • Battery Life: 4 hours + 20 hours from the case
  • Wireless range: 10 meters
  • Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Charging: USB Type-C
  • Water-resistance: No
  • Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Charging Time: 2.5 hours
  • Ear tips: No
  • Microphone: Yes

Pros:

  • Great noise cancellation
  • High-quality sound
  • Wide compatibility

Cons:

  • No IP rating
  • Modest Battery timing

11. Symphonized NRG 3.0

Symphonized NRG 3.0

 

Lesser price doesn’t mean compromising on the looks or sound. Symphonized NRG 3.0 justify this statement with their luxurious wooden finish and rich acoustic performance for the price.

Symphonized, leverages the natural acoustical properties of wood to deliver crisp and clear sound. Thanks to their price, these wooden wonders can also be a cool option for gifting purposes.

Specifications:

  • Wired connectivity
  • 8 mm neodymium drivers and 3.5 mm gold plated audio jack
  • 9 pairs of silicone ear tips
  • Premium all-natural wooden housing
  • In-line controls and microphone
  • Protective hardshell case with carabiner clip
  • 3 types of wooden housing – Walnut, Sapele, Zebra

Pros

  • The lightweight wooden frame that adds sophistication to its looks
  • Different ear tips for different ear sizes, for that perfect comfy fit
  • User-friendly voice control and a decent in-line mic for calls
  • No sound leakage renders balanced and even sound
  • Durable cables and build quality
  • Portable case to carry around

Cons

  • Rubbing of cables is audible in earbuds that might disrupt calls/music experience
  • Not water resistant
  • Noise isolation is sub-par

12. Skullcandy Ink’d+ Plus Wireless Earbuds

Skullcandy Ink’d+ Plus Wireless Earbuds

 

Skullcandy is no stranger in the audio world with its wide range of devices that have known to become mass favorites. This wireless edition takes care of almost all features that you would expect in an earbud. 

The buds claim to offer comfort fit and sit comfortably around the neck. They are one of the best brands for your buck if you are a Skullcandy fan and trust their line of products.

Specifications: 

  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life with rapid charge (10 minutes = 2 hours)
  • Splash resistant
  • Microphone with dedicated buttons for Call, Volume and track control
  • Activate Assistants like Google Assistant and Siri
  • 7 color variants – Deep Red, Black, Faded Purple, Cobalt Blue, Elevated Olive, Fresh Mint and Faded Pink

Pros

  • Affordable and feather light
  • Removable stability ear gels
  • Decent build quality and battery life
  • Comfortable and user-friendly controls
  • Splash proof

Cons

  • A little high on the treble and low on bass
  • A microphone is not that powerful, especially when outdoors
  • Rubber flap on the charging port comes in way while charging the earbuds

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13. Senso Activbuds S-270 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

Senso Activbuds S-270 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

 

 

Why we picked it – True HD premium sound with great battery and noise cancellation

You know when you see and experience the top-quality product. This is one such device! The senso Activbuds boast state-of-the-art acoustic components that produce incredible sound quality with deep bass and crystal clear treble. 

They feature flexible ear hooks with silicone gel earbuds, that ensure you enjoy a fatigue-free listening experience. These are practical choices for users with an active lifestyle or exposure to water/sweat. The cool case and accessories that come with these earphones are a win-win too.

Specifications: 

  • Bluetooth 4.1 CSR technology – Connect seamlessly with all Bluetooth enabled devices up to 30 feet away
  • IPX7 rated – waterproof and sweatproof
  • 8 hours of non-stop playtime on a single charge and 240 hours stand-by with a quick charge of only 1.5 hours
  • CVC 6.0 noise suppression technology
  • 3 sets of ear tips – S, M, and L
  • 1 year of warranty and bonus items (Dual port USB charger, Hard case, ties & 3 feet lightning cable for Apple and Android devices)

Pros

  • Comfort, secure fit that doesn’t fall off from ears
  • Resistant to sweat, light rain, and accidental splash
  • 24*7 live phone support
  • Impressive battery life
  • High noise isolation lets you focus without any skips or missed words
  • Great for the gym, running, and sports as they have an extremely secure fit

Cons

  • It May hurt a bit after wearing it for a long time
  • Volume might be a bit too loud even at lower volume settings

An Earbuds Buying Guide

To make purchase decisions easier for you, we are listing some key factors that you should consider while buying earbuds on Amazon!

Battery

The battery timing should normally be above 20 hours at least. Although it can go up to generous 30+ hours and even up to 100 hours in some rare cases. Another factor to consider here is if the earbuds last long enough before they need a recharge. If the earbuds can last for 5-6 hours, it should be enough rather than 2 hours on the buds and the rest on the charging case.

Sound quality

How can you tell if the product has good sound quality? Well, it is very important as most products under $30 might not have really good quality. You should look for the driver size which is responsible for the loudness levels with better quality. Furthermore, check for latency speed to see if your sound will lag behind your phone.

Noise Cancellation

You are not going to get active noise cancellation at this price. That technology requires precision and tech which is expensive than a $30 price tag. Although, you can get some really good fitted earbuds with the ability to block and isolate sound in your ears. They don’t let anything ese pass through which makes your listening experience better.

Design and Comfort

On the design side, ensure that the earbud fits the ear canal perfectly. The rest of the design e.g., the size of the case, color choice, earbuds design is all dependent on your need. All the earbuds above have a detailed explanation of the design and what you can expect. Read that for further clarification.

FAQs

At what voltage should you charge the case of the earbuds?

The earbuds case is mostly rated at 5V 1A. It means that it can charge perfectly on a 5 Watts charging brick. Using a charging brick with a higher voltage can result in damage to your case’s battery and a reduction in battery timing. So, you should only use a 5V charger to charge the case for the longest life.

Can you use just one earpiece from the case?

Most earbuds come with single-mode support in which, you can put one piece back in the case and turn it off while the other is still connected and useable for calls, etc. In some cases, there is always a parent earbud that connects and pairs the second earbud with it. In that case, you should put the child earbud in the case and connect your device with only the parent earbud.

What to do if my earbuds are not charging in the charging case?

Sometimes, carbon gets accumulated on the charging points of the earbuds or case. You should first try cleaning the charging contact points and then try again. Furthermore, check the battery of the case if it is charged. If the issue still persists, you should contact customer support if the product is still in warranty!

Wrapping Up

The market for budget-friendly earbuds is growing with a lot of people wanting variety by changing buds often or not wanting to spend beyond a certain limit. 

We hope our“Best earbuds under $30” give you some new ideas. As you can see you can get some great wires & wireless earbuds. Earbuds that are great for music and great for sports. And there are some great-looking ones as well, visually you can’t tell apart whether they are budget or premium, some of these really do look sharp.

Editors Picks:

Best Performance – JBL Tune 115TWS True Wireless in-Ear Headphones

These buds get an overall A* in all areas of performance. The high-quality bass, excellent noise reduction, 6 hours of buds charging, 15 hours of case charging, and 15 minutes of fastest recharging time makes these buds an editor’s choice for performance.

Best Design – Black Shark Lucifer T1 Wireless Earbuds

Black Shark Lucifer T1 is the best earbuds available in the market in the design category. Branded earbuds with high-quality build material and green lights on the earbuds and case provide a gaming and stealth vibe to them. The tail on both earpieces provides a strong grip and style while delivering excellent performance with the gaming design. Perfect for gamers!

Best Battery Timing – Orsnog Q8 Wireless with LED Display

These buds have the most powerful battery pack. The surprising thing is that the case itself comes with a built-in torch and a massive 2600mAh battery. The case can light up the torch for 10 straight hours and the playtime case is claimed to be a gigantic 100 hours of recharge without using the torch. In the $30 category, this spec sheet is just mind-blowing.

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