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 172 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 and the best headphones under $100 for more options.
The best wireless headphones under $100 that we’ve tested so far are the Mpow H10. These noise cancelling headphones have soft, plush padding and are comfortable to wear. They perform reasonably well for their price and provide good value overall.
These headphones have great bass and good treble. Their mid-range is a bit recessed, but they sound decent overall. They isolate noise fairly well and do a good job at reducing the intensity of sounds in the bass range, like bus and plane engines, which makes them decent travel headphones. They have a great 23-hour battery life, can be used while they charge, and even have a standby mode to help save power, which is rare for wireless headphones in this price range.
On the downside, these headphones have a fairly large frame and their headband might be too big for those with smaller heads. They also don’t feel as well-built as the cheaper Mpow H5. That said, the Mpow H10 outperform the Mpow H5 in nearly every other respect, making the price difference worth it overall.
If you like the Mpow H10 but wish they were a little better-built, consider the Anker SoundCore Life 2. Their noise isolation isn’t as good, but they feel like more durable headphones for around the same price. Some people may find they sound a little better too, since they have more low-bass and their mid-range is less recessed. They’re comfortable and even come with a nice hard carrying case, which is an added bonus.
Although they have an excellent 28-hour battery life, they don’t have any power-saving features like the Mpow. They can be used passively with the included audio cable without ANC but can’t be used while charging. Their noise cancelling is also weaker than that of the Mpow; however, they leak a lot less sound so you can raise your volume more without disturbing those around you, which is preferable for office use. Overall, they're one of the best Bluetooth headphones under $100 we've tested.
If being able to customize your headphones is important to you, get the Sennheiser HD 4.40. They aren't noise cancelling and are a bit less comfortable than the Mpow H10, but they feel better-made and have a more customizable sound. They’re compatible with the Sennheiser Captune app which provides a great parametric EQ for you to fine-tune their sound your way.
Like the Anker Soundcore Life 2, they have a have 18-hour battery life but also don’t have any power-saving features. They do support NFC for easier Bluetooth pairing, though. Overall, they’re decent customizable headphones for the price.
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.
These headphones 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.
These headphones 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 4-hour battery life, which is about average for truly wireless earbuds, and they have a power-saving mode to help preserve the battery.
Unfortunately, they 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, these 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, these 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 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.