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 than headphones without one. While many people are looking for Bluetooth headphones due to their phones 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 460 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 want wireless headphones for gaming or watching TV, see our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets and the best TV headphones.
The best wireless headphones under $100 with an over-ear design that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. Whether you need headphones for your commute, the office, or just casual music listening, they stand out from most other headphones in this price range. They have a fantastic noise cancelling feature that you can set to different modes in the app. When set to 'Transport' mode, it can effectively isolate you from a wide range of background noise, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines. They last over 44 hours continuously and are comfortable enough for long listening sessions. They even support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected with your phone and computer simultaneously.
Out of the box, they have an excited sound profile well-suited for genres like rock and pop. They deliver intense thump, rumble, and boom while vocals and sibilants like cymbals are bright. That said, if you like a different sound, they have an app with a graphic EQ and presets so you can customize their sound to your liking, unlike most other picks on this list. Unfortunately, there's a difference in sound quality depending on whether ANC is on or off. If you turn the ANC off, your audio sounds a bit hollow and thin, which is a little disappointing.
If you want headphones for video calls or online meetings, the JBL Tune 760NC Wireless are the best Bluetooth headphones for calls under $100 that we've tested. While our top pick is better for most uses, you may prefer these if you use your headphones for many calls and prioritize mic performance. Their integrated mic does a better job of capturing your voice and making you sound clear and natural on the phone. It has decent noise handling too, so moderate background noise won't interfere with your call. However, they won't do a great job with loud noises like bus engines.
Their sound profile adds a bit of extra rumble and punch in the bass range, but the rest of the range is neutral, so instruments in music and voices over the phone sound clear and accurate. Unfortunately, unlike the pricier headphones recommended here, they don't have a companion app with presets or an EQ to help customize their sound. They have a solid 40 hours of continuous playback time, so you can easily use them for your commute and workday without recharging. They aren't uncomfortable headphones, but they clamp tightly on the head, which can get annoying over time.
If you've been annoyed by audio syncing issues watching videos on your phone, you might be looking for the Razer Opus X Wireless. Their ANC feature isn't nearly as effective as the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless'. However, unlike other picks on this list, they have a dedicated 'Gaming Mode' to help lower latency over Bluetooth. With this mode activated, you won't encounter lip-syncing issues on Android or iOS devices, whether you're playing a mobile game or video chatting. They have a comfortable fit, and their control system allows you to adjust calls and music on the fly.
They have a somewhat neutral sound profile out of the box, although a bump in their high-bass adds boom and warmth to mixes. Their companion app offers EQ presets to help you change their sound to your liking. Thanks to their ANC system, they can block out ambient chatter and the whirl of standing fans, but they struggle to cut down car engine rumbles, so they won't be ideal for commuting or traveling. The manufacturer advertises them to last 30 hours with their ANC on, and we measured over double that, which gives them the longest continuous battery life of all the headphones listed here.
The most customizable Bluetooth headphones under $100 that we've tested are the Razer Barracuda Wireless. Sound customization features like an EQ and presets aren't that uncommon at this price point, but these offer a few extra options compared to headphones like the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. Aside from a 10-band graphic EQ and presets, they have a virtual surround sound feature meant to help create a more immersive listening experience. You can adjust the virtual soundstage in the app and even save different surround sound modes. There's also an EQ for the mic and in-app options for adjusting its volume and sidetone.
Out of the box, these headphones have a warm sound profile with a lot of extra boom to help bring out sound effects like footsteps and explosions. They were intended as hybrid gaming and casual-use headphones and come with a wireless USB dongle that provides a low latency connection with PCs and PlayStation consoles. That said, they don't have an overly gamer-centric look and support Bluetooth as well as a wired connection via analog, so you can easily connect to your phone and use them for music. However, they aren't ideal for use in noisy places like the subway since they lack ANC and do a poor job of blocking ambient sound.
If you're looking for lighter, more portable headphones, the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless are worth considering. Like most earbuds, they have a shorter continuous battery life than the over-ear headphones listed here. That said, their fantastic noise isolation performance rivals the Anker Soundcore Q30. They can effectively reduce bass-range noise like rumbling engines and are even better than the Q30 at blocking out mid-range noise like ambient chatter. They have a good build quality and a decently comfortable, stable fit.
Their default sound profile lacks some low-bass, so genres like EDM will lack thump and rumble. Their neutral high-bass response helps bring warmth and body to your audio. They also work with an app that has an EQ and presets, so you can customize their sound to suit you. They last for around eight hours of continuous use with the ANC on, which is solid for truly wireless earbuds, and you can also top up the battery in the portable case, which holds about four additional charges. The earbuds also support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected to your phone and computer at the same time.
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Jan 20, 2023: Added the Razer Barracuda Wireless as the 'Most Customizable Bluetooth Headphones Under $100'. Replaced the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless because they have better noise isolation and support multi-device pairing.
Oct 28, 2022: Made minor text updates and checked that products are available at the right price.
Aug 26, 2022: We've rehauled this article to better align it with user expectations. As a result, we've removed most of the in-ears on this list and added the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810, JBL Tune 760NC, and Razer Opus X as over-ear picks. We've also cleared the Notable Mentions of old and out-of-date products.
May 30, 2022: Added the JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless as the 'Most Durable Wireless Headphones Under $100'. Replaced the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless as the 'Best Wireless Headphones Under $50'.
Mar 31, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
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.