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Cheap Cans: 4 Pairs of Wireless Earbuds You Can Get For Under $40 Right Now

These picks deliver a surprising amount of features for their affordable price points



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If you’re working from home and need to tune out the noise around you, or looking to upgrade your earbuds from that pair you swiped from your last plane ride, we’ve got you covered. These affordable wireless earbuds deliver a ton of features for their price points, boasting loud, crisp audio, easy Bluetooth pairing, and built-in microphones for taking calls on-the-go. They’re all designed for comfort too, with lightweight bands and sturdy ear tips that allow for all-day wear.

Pick up a pair of these sweat-resistant earbuds for your next at-home workout or run, or choose an option with noise-canceling technology to block out external chatter when you just want to tune in to your playlist — and zone out everything else.

1. Soundcore Life P2

Anker Soundcore Life P2


The Soundcore Life P2s are easily the best wireless earbuds you can for under $40.  They offer seven hours of music playback per charge — longer than the AirPods Pro — and get an additional 33 hours of juice from their battery charging case. The Life P2s are IPX7 waterproof, which means you can wear them while you workout without damaging them with your sweat. We’ve tried some of Soundcore’s earbuds before, and they always sounded very good for budget-friendly buds because of their tuning. The company also touts the quality of the P2s microphones, which let you use the earbuds during work calls.

Soundcore’s Life P2 earbuds offer exceptional battery life and great sound in an ultra portable package.

Buy: Soundcore Life P2 at $32.19

2. iFrogz Audio Impulse Duo

ifrogz audio earbuds

Courtesy Amazon


Silly name aside, this pair of earbuds actually delivers on the goods, with two pretty decent sounding drivers per bud that churn out rich, reliable audio. The earphones come with a clip-on remote that lets you control your music and calls. These buds have solid battery life too, boasting up to ten hours of playback time on a single charge. We also like the wrap-around cables and magnetic clip, which keep your cables organized and tangle-free when not in use.

Buy: iFrogz Audio Impulse Duo at $13.49

3. 1More’s True Wireless Earbuds

1MORE True Wireless Earbuds


1More’s new True Wireless Earbuds were designed to make it as easy as possible to listen to music or take meetings on the go. Most earbuds have two microphones (one on each side), but this pair has two, which means your voice will sound clearer when you’re on the phone, or talking to a smart assistant. These earbuds are IPX4 water resistant, too, which means they’ll stand up to sweat. 1More says the 7mm dynamic driver produces well-balanced sound.

The only thing to consider about these earbuds is their battery life; the buds get 3.5 hours of life per charge, and an additional 16.5 from their battery case. This is a little on the lower side, but you won’t run into any issues unless you need earbuds for an international flight. If you need a set for video calls and casual music listening, this is the pair you should get.

Buy: 1more True Wireless Earbuds at $29.99

Note: Amazon is currently offering a $10 off coupon on this earbuds, which brings their price down to $29.99.

4. Skullcandy Ink’d+ Wireless Earbuds

skullcandy earbuds

Courtesy Skullcandy

Skullcandy is a little bit like the OG audio brand on this list, but they’re still kicking around for a reason. The brand makes some pretty impressive audio accessories for their price point, and these Ink’d+ earbuds are no exception. The featherlight buds fit snug in your ear, with less wiggle room, making music sound and feel more immersive. Bluetooth 5.0 technology makes for easy pairing with your phone and playlist.

These earbuds get up to eight hours of battery life on a full charge; ten minutes of rapid charging gets you two hours of playtime immediately. Choose from more than half a dozen artist-inspired colors.

Buy: Skullcandy Ink'd+ at $29.99

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