Wireless headphones are becoming easier to find and more affordable than ever. Whether you have a smartphone with no audio jack or are simply looking to free yourself from tangled cables for good, wireless Bluetooth headphones are the way to go. However, Bluetooth headphones can have microphone and latency issues, so although they’re usually fine for casual use, they may not be the best bet for gamers. If you want a pair of wireless headphones to game or watch TV from the couch, but you’re concerned about latency issues over Bluetooth, there are headphones that use a dedicated USB transmitter to create a wireless connection with less lag and better microphone quality.
We’ve tested 150 wireless headphones and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones under $100 to buy in 2019. 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. See also our recommendations for the best budget wireless headphones for more options.
The best wireless over-ear headphones under $100 that we’ve tested so far are the Mpow H5. They’re entry-level active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones, but have a more premium look and feel than their price tag suggests. They’re fairly well-built for Bluetooth over-ears under $100 and are overall pretty well-rounded headphones.
The Mpow H5 have a decent battery, providing you with 12 hours of playback on a charge, but they have no power-saving features. They sound decent and have great bass to compliment your favorite rap or EDM tracks. They also have an efficient, simple control scheme and can pair with 2 Bluetooth devices simultaneously, which is a nice feature at this price point.
Unfortunately, the Mpow H5 have poor noise isolation, which is especially disappointing for headphones with ANC. If you’re a commuter looking for good noise isolation, take a look at the Anker SoundCore Space NC. They have much better isolation performance than the Mpow H5 and do a good job at isolating disruptive ambient noises. However, they have a dark, unbalanced sound, so if you care about sound quality, they’re not the greatest choice. The Mpow H5 sound better and have an overall better performance-to-price ratio.
If you’re looking for wireless over-ear headphones to set up with your home theatre system or PC, get the Logitech G533. They’re not Bluetooth, so you won’t be able to connect wirelessly to mobile devices unless they support USB, but they have very low latency and are a better option for gaming or watching TV at home without lag. They’re comfortable, well-built headphones that sound great and are highly customizable with the Logitech Gaming Software.
On the downside, they have poor frequency response consistency, which means that different people are likely to experience variations in the sound of these headphones, due to differences in fit. The Corsair HS70 Wireless aren’t quite as customizable as the G533, but their sound is more consistent between multiple users. They’re a very well-built alternative to the G533.
If you prefer the fit of on-ear headphones, the best Bluetooth headphones under $100 we’ve reviewed so far are the Skullcandy Grind. They’re lightweight headphones that are comfortable to wear for hours since they don’t apply much pressure on your ears.
The Skullcandy Grind sound decent and are balanced enough to be suitable for most music genres, like hip-hop, rock, or pop music. Their battery lasts for 15 hours of continuous playtime and they charge under 2 hours, which is pretty good. Although they have no power-saving features and can’t be used while charging, they can be used passively with their included audio cable when the battery is dead.
Unfortunately, the Grind aren’t very portable for on-ear headphones, since they don’t fold into a more compact format. The JBL E45BT are a more portable option since they fold up tightly, but they’re also less comfortable. Though they’re less easy to stuff inside a small bag, the Skullcandy Grind are lightweight enough to wear around your neck for a bit if you don’t mind, and they provide better value overall.
If you’ve been considering truly wireless headphones, the best wireless headphones under $100 we’ve reviewed so far are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. They’re super portable in-ears with a stable fit and impressive isolation performance, which makes them great for light fitness use and a good choice for commuters.
The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air have surprisingly good audio reproduction for in-ears. They block out ambient noise quite well, which makes them a good choice for use on the bus or in the subway. They also hardly leak any sound at all, so you can raise the volume on a song you really like at work without bugging your colleagues. They have a battery life of 4 hours, which is about average for truly wireless earbuds, and they have a power-saving mode to help preserve the battery.
Unfortunately, the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air have a touch-sensitive control scheme that provides mediocre feedback and no volume control. The SoundPeats TrueFree are a cheaper option to consider, but they don’t perform as well as the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air overall. Even though their controls are a bit disappointing, the Liberty Air are still versatile truly wireless in-ears that provide pretty good value for the price.
If you’re looking for wireless earbuds specifically to wear while running or working out, get the Jaybird Tarah. They’re not truly wireless like the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air, but their build quality is better and they have an IPX7 rating for superior water and sweat resistance. They’re also compatible with the great Jaybird MySound app that provides an impressive parametric EQ along with a large selection of presets for you to customize your sound your way.
Like most Jaybird headphones, the Tarah use a proprietary charging cradle, which is quite restrictive in length and compatibility. If you’re looking for great sports headphones that you can charge via micro USB, consider the JBL Reflect Mini 2 for better sound out-of-the-box but no customization options.
If you’re on a tight budget but still want decent wireless earbuds, get the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They’re not as versatile as the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air, since they have a more bass-heavy sound and aren’t truly wireless, but they’re quite comfortable for in-ears and are among our best cheap earbuds. They have a pretty good battery life of nearly 13 hours and, although they don’t have any power-saving features, they charge in an hour and a half, which isn’t too long.
Although they have a sporty look, they don’t feel like they’re designed to withstand super intense workouts. If you have a couple of bucks to spare, check the Anker Soundcore Spirit X – they’re nearly identical but are more sweat-resistant and feel more well-built than the SoundBuds Curve.
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 wireless headphones 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.