Best Wireless Earbuds Under $150

As any athlete, or in fact anyone who’s ever exercised will tell you: music is what turns a boring monotonous activity such as jogging into a bearable potentially even fun activity. However, the last thing you need while you are getting in your morning run is catching your headphones and yanking them out of your ears!

The solution? Wireless earbuds! We have scoured the web for the best wireless earbuds under the $150 mark.

Best Wireless Earbuds Under $150 – our list

1. Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

While you are working out, you want your earbuds to stay in whilst remaining comfortable – these earbuds are designed for this exact purpose. They even have an extended flexible wing which provides further stability and support, combined with them being both sweat and weather resistant they are the perfect headphone for any budding athlete.

The Bose SoundSport wireless headphones support both Bluetooth and NFC (Near Field Communication) pairing, this means you can quickly get connected and get on your way without the hassle of a cord restricting you.

Bose has always been one of the giants when it comes to sound quality and these headphones do not disappoint. These earbuds can provide a great bass and a pretty decent mid-range. There is no distortion with these earbuds, only crisp clean sound. It’s nice to know that Bose has retained the performance they are famous for, and with Bose active EQ you are guaranteed high-quality audio that is balanced at any volume. Where these headphones are let down is in the battery life, which is less than perfect at only 6-hours, this means the average user will need to charge their SoundSport earbuds once every few days.

Pros

Cons

Fantastic sound quality Volume-control is not sweat resistant
Sweat resistant tips Only a 6-hour battery life per charge
Designed to be comfortable & stable

2. Jaybird X3 – Best Earbuds for Sports

The Jaybird X3 In-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Sports Headphones are Jaybird’s newest wireless headphones which were released in 2016, with their sleek design they have interchangeable tips and fins allowing for a secure and comfortable fit. They have an accompanying app (the Jaybird app) which allows you to customize your music.

With endorsements from athletes such as Lauren Fleshman and Brandon Johnson, these headphones are definitely aimed at the sportier individual. Very similar to the previously released X2’s they should feel very familiar to anyone who owned the X2’s although they have made some slight tweaks.

Firstly they have got a new design which is a bit smaller in volume as well as being shorter and lighter than the X2’s which really helps in the way of comfort. As with the last set of headphones they have a rugged design and a hydrophobic nano-coating which makes the headphones sweat and weather resistant.

Now on to the most important part, the sound quality. These headphones offer exceptional sound quality especially for their price, powered by 6mm drivers they offer both great sound and excellent bass. However these headphones are let down by their occasional tendency to cut out when connected to a phone in your pocket, however, this is easily remedied by wearing an armband for your phone.

Pros

Cons

A decent 8-hour battery life Occasional sound drop out
Hydrophobic nano-coating preventing water damage Only compatible with original charger
Secure fit
Great sound quality

3. Optama NuForce BE6I

The Optama NuForce BE6I is the cheapest wireless earbuds on this list (at least at the moment of publishing this post) but that doesn’t mean they skimped out on the quality as they are easily able to compete with any of the other more expensive headphones in this article. They are a minor update on the previous model the NuForce BE6, which in of themselves were a great set of earbuds.

They feature an aluminum body and a great sound for the price which is in no small part due to the patented 10mm driver, this eliminates unwanted reverberations and allows the driver to maintain optimal integrity which allows for distortion-free sound.

The Optama NuForce is compatible with both AAC and aptX meaning it can stream audio from Android, iPhone, PCs, and Macs. These earbuds also offer an incredibly impressive Bluetooth range of nearly 100 feet because of its innovative antenna design.

As with the Jaybird X3, these earbuds have an 8-hour battery life which is a little more than average allowing you to get more mileage out of them before having to set them to charge. They are also IPX5 certified making them water resistant and allowing you to take them out in the rain with you without worry.

Pros

Cons

IPX5 certified Cheap remote
Good sound
Comfortable fit
Value for money

4. AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

This choice is a little different from the rest of the headphones on this list, for a start they don’t actually use earbuds, they work using bone conduction technology which creates mini vibrations, sending sound through the cheekbones and straight into the inner ears. As the name might give away they are of titanium design coated in silicon rubber, this results in a flexible and lightweight unit.

AfterShokz have really upped their game with these headphones when compared to the Bluez 2, one of their previous products, as the differences are substantial. Trekz Titanium uses PremiumPitch+, which offers a wider dynamic sound range, deeper bass as well as 50% less sound leakage.

Unfortunately these headphones do still leak some sound and do not completely immerse you from the outside world which could be could be either a positive point or negative depending on where you are planning on using them, for example, if you plan on going jogging this would be ideal as you can still be aware of your surroundings.

One of the biggest drawbacks of the Trekz Titanium is with the 6-hour battery, which as mentioned before, just isn’t up to par with some of the other wireless earbuds out there. This point is very important as nobody wants to be out jogging only for their music to just suddenly stop.

Pros

Cons

Light & flexible Short battery life
Enhanced awareness Sound leakage
Unique design & concept Doesn’t drone out background noise
Flexible and lightweight

5. BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones

BeatsX is the first new model from Beats after they were acquired by Apple in 2014 and as you would expect from the aforementioned company they do not disappoint. Sleek, light and compact the BeatsX are a fantastic option for anyone looking for wireless earbuds under $150.

With an IPX5 water resistance rating and an 8-hour battery life, these In-Ears are comparable with any of the more expensive products above plus it has the neat feature of the ‘Fast Fuel’ mode that allows for 2 hours playback after just 5 minutes charging.

Naturally, as a Beats product, these headphones offer a rich and deep bass combined with a great volume level. The BeatsX also offer great noise isolation which allows the wearer to hear all frequencies clearly.

One nifty little feature that these earbuds have is they are magnetic meaning when you are not using them you can connect them together to make for more comfortable wearing. Whilst this doesn’t make it innovative by any means, it’s one of those little details that Apple likes to make things just that little bit better.

The BeatsX are not charged with a MicroUSB but instead uses a lightning cable which while great for Apple users isn’t ideal for Android device users who like to use just the one cable.

Pros

Cons

8 Gel tips inside the box The sound is good but not best on the list
Excellent bass and volume More convenient for Apple users
Quick charge feature

Final word

If you’re looking for wireless earbuds cheaper than $150, you can choose any model from this list and you won’t go wrong. But, as usually, one model has more advantages in one thing, but it may lag behind in something else.

For example, if you’re an Apple user you can boldly pick the BeatsX earbuds and you will get all the benefits this model provides – including a lightning cable for charging and its compatibility with other Apple devices. And if you need wireless headphones just for sports, then Jaybird X3is probably the best choice for you.

Same for other earbuds from the list – there are both some advantages and little disadvantages. Just remember that nothing can be the only best pick for all at once, so just choose what you like best and enjoy your listening.

If you want to learn more about the features of wireless earbuds and some of the modern technologies they use, you can also read our buying guide on this topic.