Over the past few years, Bluetooth headphones have become more and more common, to the point where it's now harder to find headphones with a wire rather than headphones without one. While many people are looking to Bluetooth headphones due to their phone not having an audio jack, many others just like the idea of ditching cumbersome cords that can get in the way and become tangled. While Bluetooth headphones used to come attached to a much higher price tag, they've now become common enough that you can get impressively decent Bluetooth headphones for under $100.
We’ve tested over 300 pairs of wireless headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones under $100 to buy. If you’re looking for earbuds specifically, check out our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds under $100 and the best wireless earbuds under $50. If you're looking for wireless headphones for gaming or watching TV, see our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets and the best TV headphones.
The best Bluetooth headphones under $100 with an over-ear design that we've tested are the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810. These wireless over-ears are decently comfortable, with a lightweight design and ample use of plush padding, and feel sturdy, with lots of dense plastic used in their construction. They also provide a decently intuitive physical control scheme, placing most major functions within easy reach.
They have a very well-balanced sound profile, which makes them well-suited for everything from hip-hop to audiobooks. They offer Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility as well as multi-device pairing, which is handy if you frequently swap between listening to content on your phone and computer. Their 24.5 battery life is great, while a quick 10-minute charge will provide 3 hours of playback, which is helpful if you’re in a rush.
Unfortunately, if you’re looking for an especially isolating listening experience, these might not be your best bet, as their ANC system does a poor job of reducing the low rumble of noises like bus engines. Their dedicated BackBeat App is somewhat lacking in features, as it doesn’t offer an EQ to customize how they sound. Still, at their current price, these headphones deliver great performance-per-dollar.
If you're looking for something that'll offer a bit more peace, consider the Mixcder E9. Their sound profile isn't as well-balanced as the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless and they don't offer the same wealth of connectivity options, with no multi-device-pairing, no Bluetooth 5.0 support, and a shorter line of sight range. They also lack Plantronic's customizability, with no dedicated app to adjust your listening experience. That said, they're marginally more comfortable and do a better job of blocking out ambient noise, especially in the bass range: if you intend to use your headphones in your daily commute and want to block out the rumble of bus engines, the Mixcder might be a better fit.
Get the Plantronics if you prioritize a better-balanced sound profile and a richer feature-set, but take a look at the Mixcder if you want a bit more isolation and a more comfortable fit to get you through the daily grind.
The best wireless headphones under $100 with an on-ear fit that we've tested are the JBL Live 400BT. These on-ear headphones are quite lightweight and have a stable fit that allows your ears to breathe, so they're not a bad choice if you'd like to wear them while you're out on a run. They have a physical control scheme that places quite a few functions at your fingertips, including playback and volume controls.
They have a well-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, so they should suit everything from EDM tracks to podcasts. That said, if you like to fine-tune your listening experience, they're compatible with the JBL Headphones app, which features multiple audio presets as well as a parametric EQ. They also support multi-device pairing, which is rare at this price point, and come with a 1/8" TRRS cable, so you still have full audio and microphone compatibility when you're on a wired connection.
Unfortunately, some may find their on-ear fit to be a little too tight to wear for long periods. Since their audio delivery is heavily dependent on their fit and positioning, it's also hard to achieve a consistent listening experience, especially if you have glasses or long hair that covers your ears. Some may also be put off by their plasticky build quality. Still, if you're looking for a pair of feature-packed on-ear headphones at a price that won't totally break the bank, they're a good option.
The best wireless headphones under $100 with an in-ear design that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. These truly wireless headphones look and feel surprisingly premium for their price point, and easily give some more expensive options a run for their money. They're decently comfortable and come with five different sizes of tips to help you get the best possible fit. They feel quite durable and are rated IPX5 for sweat and water resistance, though this isn't something we test for.
Their bass-heavy default sound profile gives a good amount of thump and kick to music without being overpowering, making them well-suited for a wide range of genres and content. If you like to be able to customize the sound of your headphones, their good companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ as well as 20 presets, which is excellent, especially at this price. Despite not having ANC like some higher-end options, they still isolate a very good amount of noise, and they leak almost no sound, so you can blast your music without bothering people nearby.
Unfortunately, their 6.4-hour battery life isn't as long as some other options, though their case gives an additional three charges, and can easily be topped up by tossing onto any Qi-enabled wireless charging pad, which is handy. Their touch-sensitive controls also aren't the best and don't give very good feedback. If you prefer physical controls, you may want to check out the cheaper Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless, though they don't have a companion app, which is a shame. Overall, the Liberty Air 2 offer great value and are among the best truly wireless headphones we've tested.
If you’re a dedicated athlete looking for a pair of headphones better suited for sports, consider the Jaybird Tarah. They don’t provide the same freedom as the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless due to the audio cable running between the two earbuds, but they do maintain a more secure in-ear fit due to their stability fins. Their in-line remote is easier to use than the Ankers’ touch-sensitive control scheme when you’re out on run, and they provide an added bit of customization thanks to the inclusion of a parametric EQ in a Jaybird MySound app. Multi-device pairing is an added bonus. Unfortunately, their 6-hour battery life is only decent, and charging them necessitates using a proprietary port.
Get the Anker if you want the freedom and portability of truly wireless headphones, but consider the Jaybird if you prioritize a secure fit and a rich feature set.
The best wireless headphones under $50 that we've tested are the FIIL T1X. These truly wireless in-ears provide a remarkable price-to-performance ratio, with sturdy construction, a relatively decent 6.8-hour continuous battery life, and 15 different EQ presets, which can be changed inside their companion app. They also have a 'Low-Latency Mode,' which drops their wireless latency noticeably on some devices.
Out-of-the-box, they provide a slightly bass-heavy but ultimately well-balanced sound profile that should give your favorite EDM and hip-hop tracks an added bit of thump and rumble while still suiting a wide variety of audio content. Their in-ear fit is very stable, quite comfortable, and helps them deliver audio with incredible consistency. They block out a decent amount of ambient noise and leak very little audio too. Their holds an additional three charges, for a total battery life of over 27 hours, which is excellent for a pair of truly wireless in-ears.
Unfortunately, their integrated mic delivers poor recording quality, making your voice sound unnatural and distorted. Their touch-sensitive control scheme also relies heavily on multi-touch inputs, which can take some time to get used to. That said, if you're on a budget but aren't willing to sacrifice much in the way of features or audio reproduction, these are a good choice.
10/01/2020: Removed Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless from recommendations due to current pricing. Added FIIL T1X as 'Best Wireless Headphones Under $50'.
08/04/2020: Replaced Mixcder E9 with Plantronics Backbeat Go 810 as the recommendation for 'Best Over-Ear Wireless Headphones Under $100' category, moved Mpow H10 and Anker Soundcore Life Q20 to 'Notable Mentions'.
06/05/2020: Verification for accuracy, minor changes to the text. No changes in recommendations.
4/06/2020: Replaced Anker SoundCore Life 2 with Anker SoundCore Life Q20. Added Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 and Mpow Flame Pro to 'Notable Mentions'.
02/03/2020: Replaced Anker SoundCore Liberty Air with Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. Moved Skullcandy Grind to notable mentions. Replaced BeatsX with Beats Powerbeats3 for consistency.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless headphones under $100 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 our reviews for headphones. 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.