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The 6 Best Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Under $100 – Summer 2019
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Best Wireless Earbuds Under $100
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Earbuds and in-ear headphones are great for people on the go who value versatility and are looking for a convenient way to enjoy their favorite media anywhere, anytime. Compared to over-ear headphones, in-ears and earbuds offer unbeatable portability and are generally a better option for sports since they tend to be more breathable. Sometimes they can even provide pretty good isolation performance, which is great if you don’t want to shell out big bucks for headphones with active noise cancelling (ANC).

We’ve tested over 114 earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds under $100 to buy in 2019. If you’re looking for our top picks in general or are curious about different features, check out our recommendations for the best headphones under $100, the best wireless earbuds, the best wireless headphones under $100, and the best earbuds under $50.

  1. Best Wireless Earbuds Under $100: Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.1
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.3
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.5
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.4
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.6
    TV
    Score components:
    4.6
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best Bluetooth earbuds under $100 that we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. These truly wireless in-ear headphones have a low-profile design that resembles the Apple AirPods but with a glossier finish. Their build quality is decent, and they’re rated IPX5 for sweat and water resistance, but their glossy finish tends to attract fingerprints. They’re decently comfortable and come with 4 silicone tip sizes to help you get a nice, stable fit.

    These are the best-sounding wireless earbuds under $100 we’ve tried so far. They have excellent audio reproduction and a balanced sound that is well-suited for a wide variety of music genres, from EDM, to jazz, to even classical. They isolate quite a bit of noise passively and hardly leak any sound at all, which is good for office use.

    Unfortunately, they don’t have a companion app to let you customize your listening experience. They also only provide about 4 hours of continuous playback on a charge, but this is about average for truly wireless headphones. Since their charging case provides a couple of extra charges, they should stay charged for most of the day if you keep them in their case when not in use. Overall, the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air offer pretty good value for their price and are easy to recommend.

    See our review

  2. More Comfortable Alternative: JBL FreeX Truly Wireless

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you like the truly wireless design of the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air but find their deep in-ear fit uncomfortable, then get the JBL Free X. They’re bulkier than the Anker when they’re in their charging case, but their in-ear fit protrudes less deeply into the ear canal, which is more comfortable. The earbuds themselves also feel better-built and easier-to-use. They have a similar neutral, balanced sound and isolate pretty well.

    There were many reports of the original JBL Free having issues maintaining a stable wireless connection, which we also noticed in our review. The new model is supposed to have corrected this problem. While we can’t confirm the issue is resolved for good, since we don’t yet have a wireless reliability test, we didn’t notice any connection issues with these headphones during our testing like we did with the original. As long as their connection stability holds up, these headphones are a solid alternative to the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air for those who prefer something more comfortable.

    See our review

  3. Best Wireless Earbuds For Sports Under $100: Jaybird Tarah Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.9
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.0
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.4
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    8.0
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.2
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.2
    TV
    Score components:
    4.8
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for something with a more sweat-proof design, the best Bluetooth earbuds under $100 for sports are the Jaybird Tarah Wireless. They’re well-built headphones with a stable, secure fit and an IPX7 rating for added water resistance. They have eargel tips that don’t enter as far deep into the ear canal as other in-ear tips, so they’re fairly comfortable too.

    These are decent-sounding wireless in-ear headphones that should be okay for most music genres, but their default sound profile seems to favor more bass-heavy genres. Fortunately, it’s possible to customize their sound to your liking with the Jaybird MySound companion app. The app also lets you create and share sound profiles with other Jaybird users.

    Unfortunately, they use a proprietary charging cradle to charge, which is a bit less convenient than a regular micro-USB cable. They also only have a 6-hour battery life, but they do feature an auto-off timer to help save power when they’re not in use. That said, whether you’re serious about fitness or just like to go on a run from time to time, they are worth considering and are among the best cheap wireless earbuds for sports that we’ve tested so far.

    See our review

  4. Alternative With A Longer Battery Life: JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you like the stable, secure fit of the Jaybird Tarah Wireless but wish their battery lasted longer, then go for the JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless. They’re not customizable like the Jaybird, but their battery lasts significantly longer. You’ll get just over 10 hours of continuous playback with these headphones, which is pretty good, and they even come with a small rubber carrying pouch.

    Although they have a decent battery life, they don’t have any power-saving features, so you’ll need to make sure to remember to turn them off when not in use or else they’ll continue draining the battery. Their lack of customization can be disappointing when compared to the Jaybird, but thankfully they have great audio reproduction with a neutral sound profile that’s balanced enough to handle any track you might throw at them.

    See our review

  5. Best-Designed Wireless Earbuds Under $100: Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.9
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.3
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.0
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.7
    TV
    Score components:
    5.3
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for stylish, well-designed earbuds, take a look at the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless. These in-ears have a stable ear-hook design that helps secure the earbuds in place without putting too much pressure on your ears. They’re very portable, lightweight, and come with a rubberized carrying pouch.

    They feature Apple’s W1 chip, which means they pair seamlessly with iOS devices connected to your iCloud account. They have deep, powerful bass that brings out the thump and rumble of bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM without drowning out the vocals and lead instruments over other genres. They have a pretty good battery for wireless in-ears too, lasting nearly 12 hours of continuous playback on a single charge.

    Unfortunately, they may not be the best for commuting, since they don’t isolate very much noise. That said, this means they might be suitable for outdoor runners who need to be able to remain aware of their surroundings. Overall, they’re well-designed, comfortable in-ear headphones that will work for many.

    See our review

  6. Budget Alternative With A Similar Design: Anker SoundCore Spirit X Wireless

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless are out of your price range and you prefer a more understated look, get the wireless Anker SoundCore Spirit X Wireless. They might not have the same build quality as the Beats, but they’re significantly cheaper for a very similar design. They’re actually quite comfortable for in-ear headphones; they don’t enter the ear canal as deeply as other in-ears and have a nice soft ear-hook. They have a bass-heavy sound, similar to the Beats, but aren’t as well-suited for vocal-centric music.

    Like the Beats, these headphones don’t isolate all that well. They also don’t have as good a wireless range as other Bluetooth headphones either. That said, they still provide great value for their price and are a solid alternative to the similarly-designed Powerbeats3.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Beats BeatsX Wireless: In-ears with a very flexible neckband design that isolate significantly more noise than the Beats PowerBeats3, but aren’t as comfortable, portable or well-built. See our review
  • Jaybird X4 Wireless: Nearly identical to the Jaybird Tarah but perform better overall. More expensive but can sometimes be found on sale for less than $100. See our review
  • TREBLAB X5 Truly Wireless: Decent truly wireless in-ears with an unconventional design that have pretty good audio reproduction but feel rather cheaply made. See our review
  • JBL Everest 110 Wireless: Wireless in-ears with great isolation and decent sound, but in-line remote feels cheaply made and headphones don’t feel as well-built as the other recommendations on this list. See our review
  • AKG N200 Wireless: Well-designed wireless in-ears with a very well-balanced, neutral sound, but short battery life compared to our top picks. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Lite Truly Wireless: Well-built truly wireless earbuds with impressive audio reproduction and great isolation, but poor battery performance. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 45e Wireless: Comfortable earbuds with good active features but bad noise isolation, especially for noise cancelling headphones, and sound rather boomy and dark. See our review
  • Altec Lansing True Evo Truly Wireless: Well-built truly wireless in-ears with a nice hard charging case that provides a couple of extra charges, but boomy bass may be overpowering to some. See our review
  • Sony WI-SP500 Wireless: Open-back earbuds with a unique yet comfortable fit, but sub-par sound quality. See our review
  • Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless: Durable wireless earbuds with a semi-open design that lets in ambient noise so outdoor runners can remain aware of their surroundings. Not very versatile but decent for their use. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless earbuds under $100 to buy for most people. 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 our reviews for wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $100. 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.

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