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 360 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 best cheap wireless headphones that we've tested are the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810. These over-ears have a decently versatile overall performance that can please many different types of listeners. They have a stable fit, and their 24.5-hour continuous battery life is ideal for long days on the go.
They have a very neutral, balanced sound profile that's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. There are a few EQ presets available on the Backbeat App to help you customize their sound to your liking. They don't leak a lot of sound, so you can listen to your favorite songs at loud volumes without annoying those around you.
Unfortunately, while their ANC feature can block out higher-frequency background noises typically found in an office, they struggle to isolate against bass-heavy sounds like bus and plane engines. Also, while they feel pretty sturdy, some users have reported that their unit's headband has cracked or broken over time. However, if you're on a tight budget, these versatile headphones are a solid choice.
If you prefer the more portable design of a pair of in-ear headphones, you may want to consider the FIIL T1X True Wireless. Their more condensed control scheme isn't as easy to use as that of the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless, and they have a much shorter continuous battery life, but they're much smaller, feel better-made, and are comfier to wear for extended periods of time. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is quite well-balanced and suited to a variety of genres, but if that's not to your liking, their companion app features 15 audio presets to let you fine-tune your listening experience. They also block out a decent amount of noise and don't leak that much audio, so you should be able to listen to content at high volumes without disturbing people nearby. Unfortunately, their latency on most devices is somewhat high, which may be annoying if you plan on streaming movies or videos on your phone. They also don't support multi-device pairing.
Get the Plantronics if you prefer the fit of over-ear headphones and want longer continuous battery life, but consider the FIIL if you prioritize portability and sturdier build quality.
The best budget headphones under $100 that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. These comfortable Bluetooth-enabled over-ears feature a highly effective three-level noise cancelling feature that allows them to block out ambient noise to a remarkable degree, ranging from the low rumble of a bus engine to the high-pitched hum of an AC unit. They also supply over 44 hours of continuous playback time, so you shouldn't need to worry about charging them very often.
Their default sound profile is quite bass-heavy, which emphasizes the thump and rumble of genres like EDM or hip-hop, but could be overwhelming to listeners of other genres. Thankfully, their companion app features a graphic EQ and audio presets to let you customize their audio reproduction to your liking. They also support multi-device pairing, which is a somewhat rare feature at this price point and allows you to stream music off of your phone while remaining connected to a computer.
Unfortunately, these over-ears are quite bulky, which can make them a bit of a nuisance to carry around, even when you're using their sturdy-feeling hard case. They also leak quite a bit of audio, which could annoy people nearby if you're listening to content at a high volume in a quiet environment. Otherwise, if you're looking for a pair of wireless headphones that offer superb noise isolation capability for a relatively affordable price, these are a good option.
If you prefer the more portable design of truly wireless headphones, you may want to consider the Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless. They don't block out nearly as much ambient noise as the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless and don't support multi-device pairing, but they're substantially easier to carry around in a bag or a pocket. While their roughly 10-hour single-charge battery life isn't as long as that of the Anker, it's relatively impressive for a pair of truly wireless headphones, and they come with an auto-off timer to conserve power and a carrying case that supplies roughly two additional charges. Their boomy, bass-heavy default sound profile can be extensively customized in their SXFI companion app via a graphic EQ or audio presets. If you'd like to fine-tune your listening experience even further, they come with a head-modeling virtual soundstage feature that tailors their audio reproduction to the shape of your ears, though we don't currently test this function.
Consider the Anker if you want superior noise isolation capability, but take a look at the Creative if you want high-customizable headphones that are easy to carry around.
The best budget Bluetooth headphones under $150 that we’ve tested are the Razer Opus Wireless. These feature-packed Bluetooth-enabled over-ears are a great choice for this price, as they have a comfortable, stable fit and feel quite well-built, with a mostly high-grade plastic construction. Their near 33-hour continuous battery life should also ensure that you don't run out of charge too often, depending on your usage habits.
Out-of-the-box, they have a well-balanced sound profile and should suit a variety of musical genres, though this can be adjusted to your liking via their in-app graphic EQ or EQ presets. They're also equipped with a highly effective ANC system that enables them to filter out ambient noise to a remarkable degree, ranging from the low rumble of bus and plane engines to the high-pitched hum of an AC unit.
Unfortunately, they lack any sort of multi-device pairing capability, so you can't stream music from your phone while remaining connected to your computer. Otherwise, their sturdy build quality, remarkably effective noise isolation capability, and long battery life make them some of the best over-ear headphones that we've tested.
If you’re looking for a pair of wireless headphones better suited to gaming, consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition. Since they aren't Bluetooth-compatible like the Razer Opus Wireless, they aren't particularly well-suited to bringing on your commute, but their USB-A dongle allows for low-latency transmission of audio, which is great for gaming. They're also impressively well-built and have a mostly well-balanced, though slightly boomy sound profile that can be adjusted via a graphic EQ in their companion software. Their boom mic delivers far better overall performance than the Razer's integrated unit, as it makes your voice sound full-bodied, clear, and mostly free of background noise. Unfortunately, they do a poor job of blocking out ambient noise. While they should be comfortable for most users, people with large heads may find their ski-band adjustable headband to be a little tight.
Get the Razer if you want noise cancelling headphones that are a better fit for everyday use, but take a look at the SteelSeries if you're looking for a dedicated wireless gaming headset.
Apr 14, 2021: Replaced Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless 2016 with Razer Opus Wireless as 'Best Budget Headphones Under $150' due to current pricing. Added ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless, HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless, and EarFun Air Pro True Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Feb 15, 2021: Replaced Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 with FIIL T1X due to availability. Replaced Mixcder E9 Wireless with Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. Replaced Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless with Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless. Added Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 and Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Dec 11, 2020: Replaced the Mpow H10 Wireless with the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless and removed the Aukey Latitude Wireless from Notable Mentions due to changing availability.
Oct 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.
Aug 13, 2020: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless with the Mpow H10 Wireless to reflect pricing changes.
Jun 17, 2020: Updated text for clarity and accuracy; moved the Mpow H10 to Notable Mentions.
Apr 16, 2020: Replaced the Mpow H5 with the Anker SoundCore Life Q20 for consistency.
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.