If you're often on the go and find over-ear headphones to be a bit too bulky, in-ears and earbuds are a great portable option. They tend to be very small and easy to bring around, and some designs are also more oriented toward sports. Some might not be as comfortable as well-padded over-ear headphones, but they can be a good option for passively isolating you against the outside world without breaking the bank for high-end noise cancelling over-ears.
We’ve tested over 280 earbuds and in-ear headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds under $100 to buy. If you’re looking for our top picks in general or are curious about different features, check our recommendations for the best headphones under $100, the best wireless earbuds, the best wireless headphones under $100, and the best earbuds under $50.
The Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless are the best earbuds under $100 that we tested. These buds are jam-packed with active features like adaptive active noise cancelling (ANC), multi-device pairing, and companion app support that help them stand out from other picks on this list. They also support LDAC, which is Sony's proprietary codec for Hi-Res audio, and are equipped with a 'Game Mode', which can help lower latency if you're gaming or streaming video.
These comfortable and well-built buds have a warm sound profile that you can customize to your liking using the app's graphic EQ and presets. Whether you're working in a busy office or on a noisy commute, they can also block out an outstanding amount of ambient noise so that you can focus on your audio. With their ANC on, they last over eight hours continuously, but their carrying case supplies an additional four charges, which is handy in a pinch. Their integrated mic's recording quality is poor, causing your voice to sound far away and sharp.
The EarFun Air Pro True Wireless are the best sounding wireless earbuds under $100 that we've tested. These buds have a slightly v-shaped sound profile that's a lot more balanced than other picks on this list. Although they deliver extra thump, rumble, and boom, their mid-range is very flat and neutral, resulting in clear and present vocals and lead instruments. They don't have a companion app, so you can't tweak their sound to suit your tastes.
These buds are the previous generation of the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless, but they outperform their successor in many ways, including when it comes to noise isolation. While it doesn't perform as well as the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless, it still does a great job of cutting down noise across all frequency ranges. With their ANC on, they last over nine hours continuously while their carrying case delivers 2.5 extra charges. They have a comfortable as well as stable fit and are well-built. They're even rated IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact.
If you're looking for more sporty earbuds, try the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless. While they don't have stability fins, they stay in your ears very well and won't fall out during a tough run. They also have a comfortable fit and are certified IP55 for resistance against direct dust and water exposure. That said, unlike the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless, they don't have ANC and rely on their passive capabilities to block out noise. They block out a decent amount of background sound, like ambient chatter, but they may not be the best choice if you want to monitor your surroundings while outdoors.
These buds have a physical control scheme that's decently easy to use and have clicky feedback so that you don't have to pull your phone out mid-workout to adjust your settings. Out of the box, they have a slightly bass-rich sound profile to help keep you pumped up while moving. Their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets if you want to adjust their sound. They last over seven hours continuously, and their carrying case holds an extra three charges if you need it.
The best Bluetooth earbuds under $100 for work that we've tested are the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless. These in-ears are discontinued, but you can still find them via some retailers. If you take a lot of calls at work, their integrated mic offers superior performance compared to other earbuds on this list, and it does a decent job of capturing your voice clearly, even in moderately noisy environments. These buds support multi-device pairing, which is handy when you want to stay connected to your work's PC and your smartphone simultaneously. Their fit is a bit bulky, and they can push against your ear, which can be fatiguing to wear.
They have a fairly well-balanced sound profile out of the box, but if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound. While they don't have an ANC system, they can still reduce office chit-chat and the high-pitched hum of AC units around you. They last over five hours continuously, which may not be enough for long days at your desk, but luckily, their carrying case supplies an additional two charges.
The Beats Flex Wireless are the best Bluetooth earbuds for iPhone under $100 that we've tested. These colorful neck cable earbuds have some Apple-centric features worth considering if you're an iPhone user. Their W1 chip lets you seamlessly pair them with other devices in your Apple ecosystem. They also have low latency on iOS devices, ensuring that your audio and visuals stay in sync when streaming video. Their comfortable and stable in-ear fit makes them suitable for jogs in the park.
Fans of EDM and hip-hop can especially enjoy their bass-heavy sound profile, which delivers extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes. However, their companion app doesn't offer customization features to adjust the buds to your liking. Their mid-range is fairly flat, so vocals and lead instruments are still present in your mixes. They have roughly 11 hours of continuous playback time and fully charge up in just over an hour. Even though they don't have ANC, and they struggle to block out bass-range noise like bus engine rumbles, they do a better job when it comes to isolating you from ambient chatter.
Jan 13, 2023: We've replaced the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. We've also replaced the JBL LIVE 300TWS Truly Wireless with the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless.
Oct 03, 2022: We've restructured this article to better meet user expectations. We've added the following picks: the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless and the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless. We've removed the following picks and cleared the Notable Mentions of any out-of-date picks: the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless and the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless.
May 13, 2022: Renamed the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless to 'Best Wireless Earbuds Under $20'. Removed the JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless and Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless. Moved the Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Mar 15, 2022: Replaced the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless with the Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless.
Jan 13, 2022: Replaced the JBL Live Free NC+ TWS True Wireless with the JBL LIVE 300TWS Truly Wireless as the Live Free NC+ are no longer available at this price point.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless Bluetooth 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 of wireless earbuds and in-ears 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.