Best Headphones under $50By Reviewed.com Staff
We've all been there. You finally forget to take your earbuds out of your pocket and they go through the laundry, or they get stepped on, or they simply get lost. While you could buy the same pair and call it a day, there's no reason you instead can't save a little money and get something a little better.
Our experts have spent years testing hundreds of headphones to find which were the best. We also know that not everyone is an audiophile willing to spend hundreds on headphones they might eventually lose or break.
Therefore, if you're looking for the best headphones that won't cost as much as a new computer, here's our take on the best headphones that cost less than $50.
Updated May 23, 2017
The Final Audio E2000 earbuds don't have a lot of the extra features we look for in earbuds, like in-ear controls, a tangle-free cable, or ultra-durable connection points. But they do have arguably the best sound quality of any 'buds we've tested under $80. They feature a generally clean sound profile, rich bass, and detailed highs that complements tons of genres. If you're on a budget, these should be on your list.
Entry-level headphones typically leave you holding a broken tangle of junk if you buy cheap enough. The real tragedy is that it doesn't always take all that much more to get a set of headphones that will keep you satisfied—and the Sol Republic JAX in-ears are exemplary of this: They're great for the price. Keep in mind, you will not be seeing this guy in the package, however.
Where To Buy$26.52 Amazon Buy $20.46 Walmart Buy
If you're in the market for good, affordable–and we mean really affordable—headphones, then The House of Marley's Smile Jamaica in-ears are a great choice. Available for less than $20, the Smile Jamaicas are comfortable, durable, and provide just enough emphasis in the right places to give your music a satisfying boost without busting your budget.
Where To Buy$19.01 Amazon Buy $19.99 Best Buy Buy $21.00 Walmart Buy $21.99 Kohl's Buy
While Shure has a reputation for professional-grade headphones, it also has a wide range of budget headphones. The Shure SRH144 put a focus on bass that sometimes can dwarf other sounds, but overall offers a balanced sound that doesn't play favorites with music genres. If you're one of those people who just can't stand earbuds, these are the best alternative without spending a ton.