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 320 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 Wireless. 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 Wireless. 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 Wireless. 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 best wireless headphones under $100 with an in-ear design that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. These compact truly wireless headphones have a sturdy plastic construction that's rated IPX5 for water resistance, though it should be noted that we don't currently test for this. They also have a stable fit that should stay in place, even during fairly intense workout sessions.
Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that should emphasize the thump and rumble of EDM and hip-hop music without totally overwhelming vocals and lead instruments in other genres. Still, if that's not to your liking, they have a companion app with 20 different EQ presets and an eight-band graphic EQ to let you fine-tune their sound profile. They provide over six hours of continuous playback but come with a case that supplies roughly three additional full charges, which should be enough for a couple of days.
Unfortunately, they don't have any sort of standby mode to help extend their battery life when not in use. Their somewhat deep in-ear fit also may not suit all listeners, and their touch-sensitive control scheme can be a little tricky to use due to the lack of any sort of feedback. Still, if you're looking for a versatile pair of truly wireless headphones, these are a good option.
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 a 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. They hold 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.
11/30/2020: Added SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless to Notable Mentions. Slight changes to the text for accuracy and clarity; no change in main product recommendations.
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.
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.