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 for 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 360 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 three 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. Some users have also experienced their unit's headband cracking or breaking over time, which is disappointing. Still, at their current price, these headphones deliver great performance-per-dollar.
If you're looking for a pair of over-ear headphones that do a better job of filtering out background noise, you may want to consider the Anker Soundcore Life Q30. These Bluetooth-enabled over-ears are significantly bulkier than the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless and deliver audio less consistently, but their ANC feature is far more effective and lets them block out a remarkable amount of background noise. They also have a sturdier construction and are more comfortable to wear over extended periods of time. Their companion app features a graphic EQ that allows you to fine-tune their bass-heavy default sound profile, and they can be paired with two devices simultaneously. They also provide over 44 hours of continuous playback time, so you shouldn't need to worry about charging them too often. Unfortunately, they leak quite a bit of audio, which may annoy people around you.
Get the Plantronics if you want more portable headphones, but consider the Anker if you prioritize superior noise isolation capability and longer battery life.
The best wireless headphones under $100 with an on-ear fit that we've tested are the JBL Live 400BT. These Bluetooth-enabled on-ears have a stable fit that should stay in place as you head out on a jog or a run and an excellent 30-hour-plus battery life that should easily last you a couple of days. That said, they also come with a 1/8" TRRS cable that allows for passive audio playback and microphone usage on a wired connection.
They have an impressively well-balanced sound profile that suits a wide mix of audio content and musical genres. The JBL Headphones companion app lets you fine-tune your listening experience via presets as well as a parametric EQ, which is a rarity at this price point. They also support multi-device pairing, which is a convenient feature if you want to stay connected to your work computer while streaming music off of your phone.
Unfortunately, they aren't especially comfortable, with small ear cups and a tight fit. They also don't feel especially sturdy, as the plastic used in their construction feels as though it could break after a couple of drops or bumps. Otherwise, their rich feature-set and lightweight design help make them some of the best on-ear headphones that we've tested.
The EarFun Air Pro are the best in-ear wireless headphones under $100 that we've tested. These lightweight in-ears have an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature, which can block out quite a bit of bass-range noise from bus or plane engines. While it isn't as effective at reducing ambient chatter, it still offers great overall performance.
They're comfortable, stable, and well-built. If you like to wear headphones while running or working out, they have an IPX5 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. They also have a very slight v-shaped sound profile, so your mixes have a touch of extra thump, punch, and boom, while vocals and lead instruments are bright and present. They have a long-lasting continuous battery life of over nine hours, and there are around 2.5 extra charges in their carrying case.
Unfortunately, they don't have a companion app and lack and sound enhancement features to help customize them to your liking. Their touch controls can be a little tricky to use, and they lack volume control as well as a skip backward function. That said, these wireless in-ears offer a great ANC, long battery life, and a sound profile suitable for a variety of audio genres, which should please most users.
If you like to tweak and customize your headphones to your liking, take a look at the Creative Outlier Air V2. While they don't sound as neutral out-of-the-box as the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless and they lack an ANC, the Creative have a companion app with a graphic EQ, EQ presets, and a virtual soundstage feature. They have a similarly comfortable and stable fit. They're also well-built and are rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. They also have a longer continuous battery life of over 10 hours, and their carrying case holds around two additional charges.
If you're looking for in-ears with an ANC that can help cut down noise during your commute or day at the office, try the EarFun. However, go for the Creative if you like to adjust your headphones' sound profile to better suit your preferences.
The FIIL T1X True Wireless are the best wireless headphones under $50. These truly wireless headphones have a comfortable, stable fit and are rated IP65 for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. Even though they lack an ANC, they can block out a decent amount of ambient chatter around you.
Their slightly bass-heavy sound profile is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. That said, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app has 15 EQ presets as well as bass and treble adjustments so you can create your own EQ preset. They have over six hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case holds three additional charges.
Unfortunately, their integrated mic has a disappointing recording quality, so your voice sounds unnatural and distorted. These headphones also have high Bluetooth latency on PC, iOS, and Android, which could be troublesome if you like to stream video. Luckily, their companion app offers a 'Low-Latency Mode' which can help reduce audio lag, though your real-world experience may vary.
Apr 02, 2021: Moved the Creative Outlier Air V2 to 'More Customizable Alternative' and added the FIIL T1X True Wireless as the FIIL represent a better value to most users for the 'Under $50' category. Also moved the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Air Truly Wireless and Jaybird Tarah Wireless to Notable mentions and made the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless the 'Best In-Ear Wireless Headphones Under $100'.
Feb 01, 2021: Replaced FIIL T1X Truly Wireless with Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless as 'Best Wireless Headphones Under $50'. Replaced Mixcder E9 Wireless with Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. Added Mixcder E9 Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Nov 27, 2020: Added SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless to Notable Mentions. Slight changes to the text for accuracy and clarity; no change in main product recommendations.
Oct 01, 2020: Removed Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless from recommendations due to current pricing. Added FIIL T1X as 'Best Wireless Headphones Under $50'.
Aug 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.
Jun 05, 2020: Verification for accuracy, minor changes to the text. No changes in recommendations.
Apr 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.
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 Bluetooth-enabled 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.