Best Bluetooth Headphones under $35

by Nicole on June 12, 2019

With headphone jacks going the way of the dodo the question of the day has become what Bluetooth audio products should you have in your life. Having owned a sleek pair of $399 Dash earbuds, but when you have to replace one for $150, you’ll agree, expensive wireless headphones are dumb.

I’m going to make a few suggestions for buds that you won’t loose while running for the train. Before we dive in I’m going to list Bluetooth (BT) aptX as a pro for a few of the headsets. Most headsets have SBC which supports sampling frequencies up to 48 kHz, bit rates up to 198 kb/s for mono streams and 345 kb/s for stereo streams. For comparison, aptX HD transfers audio at up to 576 kb/s for a 24-bit 48 kHz file, which allows for higher quality audio data to be moved more quickly. If you’re someone who really notices audio quality you should probably be spending more on your headphones, however, if you’re on a budget over the ear headphones provide fuller sound and the aptX codec will give you a better shot at the best sound quality in this price point.

I haven’t used all of these, but each does come as a personal recommendation from another tech reviewer or a friend.

VAVA MOOV 28 – Solid All Around Headset

These graced my purse for a few weeks before my dog ate them, the long battery life and good sound put them at the top of my list. Since didn’t get to use them for very long, I looked around the web for some long-term reviews I noticed that BGR thinks they sound better than Apple’s AirPods.


  • Great design, they don’t look budget
  • Magnets in the earbuds let you clip them around your neck when you’re not using them
  • Good sound quality
  • 8 hours of listening is an understatement 9+ is not uncommon
  • If you have an hour daily commute + gym, you may only need to charge once a week
  • Splash-proof rating IPX5
  • Cable is well balanced and comfortable


  • 2 hour charge time

SoundPeats Engine – Best Value, Range & Connectivity

aptX & aptX LL might not sound sexy but they ensure higher quality audio and a solid 10m range if you’re looking for headphone you can put your phone down and walk around a bit.  The neckband will be the feature that will be make or break for some, if you’re a running it bounces around too much and I can’t easily shove them into my pocket when I’m not using them. However, some people love the form factor.


  • aptX & aptX LL are unheard of at this price point.
  • sound isolation
  • IPX6 water-resistant
  • neckband itself provides plenty of give, and feels identical to that of the BeatsX or OnePlus Bullets Wireless.
  • Microphone quality is also solid, this is improved over the previous generation.
  • Great battery life, I got between 13.5-14 hours
  • The sound quality is good, the lows aren’t that clear because the bass tends to be a over exaggerated (which personally I like for working out). The passive isolation cuts down on abient noise and conversations happening around me. The sound is fine for commuting and excersicing and exceptional for the price.


  • Neckband is not great for working out, it can flop around when running. Elliptical and other cardio is fine, running is annoying.

TaoTronics 4.1 In-Ear – Audio lover

A runner I know vouched for these, usually clocking a minimum of 50km a week I would give these a runners seal of approval.

  • aptX codec
  • noise canceling technology
  • ceramic antenna increases the signal strength of these headphones, withstanding additional interference and eliminating excess noise
  • 1 hour charge time
  • Splash-proof rating IPX5


  • 5-6 hours battery life, not the 8 it claims

Mpow Thor Bluetooth Headphones On-Ear

Over the ear headphones are a fashion statement, they’re big so usually they’ over $30 because companies have a design tax. We have yet to find a truly svelt over the ear at this price point, but the Mpow aren’t bad. If you look closely they do look budget, but if style isn’t at the top of your list then you’ll be happy with these ok looking great sounding headphones.

  • 8 hours battery life
  • loud enough to mask any background noise
  • better bass than in ear, but it’s not a full rich bass like you’d find in a more expensive headset
  • Folds For Portability


  • 2-3 hours charge time
  • Comfortable, but after an hour you want to remove them to rub your ears as there is a little too much pressure
  • no noise canceling or aptX codec

Aukey Latitude EP-B40 – 2 Year Warranty

Aukey Latitude EP-B40 is a recommendation from a cute guy I struck up a conversation with at the gym. Which is why I looked them up to see if anyone else vouched for them, lucky for him, Wirecutter has named them their top budget gym pick.


  • Decent Sound Quality – BT aptX
  • Great volume, definitely loud enough even at a noisy gym
  • Silicone wings and tips keep the earbuds secure, long-distance running is no problem even with a lot of sweating
  • IPX4 waterproof and dusting rating
  • Magnets in the earbuds let you clip them around your neck when you’re not using them
  • Eight-plus-hour battery life will get you through more than a week of hour-long workouts before you have to recharge
  • The two-year warranty protects against manufacturing defects


  • The cable connecting the buds is rather long and does bounce annoyingly when you jog and is known to tug a bit as you turn your head

Right now for Black Friday the Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones are on sale for $79.99 down from $129.99, it’s not $35, but if you’re after great sound quality, this is probably as close as you’ll get.