Wireless headphones can be much more convenient than their wired counterparts; they give you an extra level of freedom and help eliminate annoying cables from your life. While wireless headphones have been around for a long time, you used to have to pay a fairly substantial premium for the luxury. However, in the past few years, that's changed and you can now get surprisingly decent wireless headphones on a budget. While most wireless headphones use a Bluetooth connection, gaming headsets generally use a dedicated wireless transmitter as that will give you better microphone quality as well as less lag, at the expense of portability and versatility.
We’ve tested over 300 pairs of wireless headphones and below are our recommendations for the best budget Bluetooth headphones to buy. If you’re looking for a more specific type of headphones, check out our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $50 or $100, the best headphones under $50, or take a look at the budget category for our best wireless gaming headsets.
The Mpow H10 Wireless are the best cheap wireless headphones that we've tested. These comfortable over-ears have a versatile performance that can please many everyday listeners. Their outstanding 23-hour continuous battery life can get you through your longest days on the go, too.
They have a somewhat excited, V-shaped sound profile that packs an extra punch and thump in the bass range, making them ideal for listening to bass-heavy music genres like hip-hop and EDM. Thanks to their ANC feature, they have an impressive noise isolation performance, too. You can enjoy your favorite music during your commute or while working in a noisy office without distraction.
Unfortunately, these headphones have a plasticky build that doesn't feel very durable. They also leak a bit of noise at high volumes, which may be annoying to the people around you. That said, if you're on a budget and don't want to sacrifice sound quality, these headphones are a solid choice.
If you prefer headphones with an in-ear design, consider the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 instead. While they don't isolate against background noise as well as the Mpow H10 Wireless, these in-ears have a more portable, breathable design that's better-suited for listening to music while on a run or at the gym. Thanks to their ear-hook design, they're very stable, so they shouldn't fall out of your ears during your workout. Like the Mpow, their sound profile has an extra thump and punch in the bass range. Their over 18-hour continuous battery life is ideal for long days on the go, and they don't leak a lot of noise, either.
If you prefer over-ear headphones with an impressive noise isolation performance, check out the Mpow, but if you prefer a more portable in-ear design, consider the Anker instead.
The best budget wireless headphones under $100 that we've tested are the Mixcder E9. These over-ear ANC headphones are comfortable thanks to their well-padded headband and ear cups, and they have easy-to-use physical controls. They feel decently well-built, despite being a bit plasticky, and they come with a nice hard carrying case.
Their sound profile is fairly well-balanced and is versatile enough for a wide range of content and genres. They may be lacking in detail and brightness to some people, though it shouldn't be too noticeable overall. Their ANC works decently well, and they actually do a better job at blocking out the low rumble of engines than background speech, which is fairly uncommon and makes them better for commuting than to help keep you concentrated in the office.
Unfortunately, while their 18.3-hour battery is good, it isn't nearly as long as their advertised 24-hour battery life and is shorter than the other over-ear options on this list. They also leak a bit more audio than other over-ears, so you may not want to blast your music if you work in a very quiet office. Overall, they offer a good price-to-performance ratio and are the best budget headphones under $100.
If you prefer the extreme portability of truly wireless in-ears, get the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless. Their in-ear fit may not be as comfortable for everyone as the over-ear design of the Mixcder E9 Wireless, and their battery doesn't last as long off a single charge, but they're much more portable and isolate background speech better. They have an excited sound profile, and their companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ, making them well-suited to a wide range of genres and content. They last just over six hours off a single charge, which is good for truly wireless headphones, and their case holds an additional three charges to help you get through the day. Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive controls may not be for everyone, and if you prefer physical controls, you may want to consider the similarly-performing Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless, though they don't have a companion app.
Overall, if you prefer over-ear headphones and want something with a long battery that will get you through a couple of full work days, go for the Mixcder, but if you prefer the truly wireless experience and want something you can easily toss into your pocket or bag, get the Anker.
The best budget Bluetooth headphones under $150 that we’ve tested are the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless 2016. These comfortable over-ears are very easy to use and have a premium and well-made design. Their 30-hour battery life is great, and they support multi-device pairing so you can easily switch between two devices.
While they're a bit more expensive than the other options on this list, it shows in their very accurate and well-balanced sound profile. Almost the entire profile is accurate and neutral, with a bit of extra thump that doesn't come across as over-powering or muddy, making them well-suited for almost all genres and content.
Unfortunately, their companion app doesn't include any EQ settings, and while they have ANC, it's only decent and won't help bring you too much peace. They provide great value overall and provide a lot of extra features like multi-device pairing, an auto-off timer, and NFC pairing.
If you’re looking for the best budget wireless headphones for gaming, get the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless. They don't have Bluetooth like the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless 2016, so you can't pair them to your phone, but they have a much better microphone and lower latency, thanks to their dedicated wireless transmitter. While their out-of-the-box sound profile is very well-balanced, their frequency response consistency is sub-par, so different people may experience it differently. On the bright side, they can be EQ'd via the SteelSeries Engine software to suit your preferences, and they're comfortable enough for extended gaming sessions. Unfortunately, they're only compatible with PC and PS4, and can't be used wirelessly with the Xbox One.
If you're looking for a day-to-day pair of Bluetooth over-ears, get the Plantronics, but if you want a good gaming headset that won't break the bank, go for the SteelSeries.
10/13/2020: Replaced the Anker SoundCore Space NC Wireless and the Skullcandy Grind Wireless with the FIIL T1X True Wireless and the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless as Notable Mentions.
08/13/2020: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless with the Mpow H10 Wireless to reflect pricing changes.
06/17/2020: Updated text for clarity and accuracy; moved the Mpow H10 to Notable Mentions.
04/16/2020: Replaced the Mpow H5 with the Anker SoundCore Life Q20 for consistency.
02/14/2020: Replaced the Anker SoundBuds Curve with the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, and the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air with the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best budget wireless headphones for most people to buy. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all of our headphones reviews in the budget range. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.