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 to 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. It's worth noting that Bluetooth still has some limitations, primarily in regards to latency and microphone quality, so if you want a pair of wireless headphones for gaming or for watching TV from the couch without wires, you'll likely want to look to a pair of wireless headphones that use a dedicated transmitter as opposed to a Bluetooth connection.
We’ve tested nearly 250 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 so far 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 3 hours of playback, which is helpful if you’re in a rush.
On the downside, 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. 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 E9 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 so far are the JBL Live 400BT. These headphones aren’t a bad choice for listening during some light exercise. They’re fairly lightweight and clamp the head fairly tightly, while their on-ear design allows for more breathability than most over-ears. Their 30-hour plus battery life is excellent and should last you several days without needing a charge.
Their sound profile is decently well-balanced across the board, with deep, punchy bass and well-reproduced mids and treble, so they should suit a wide variety of musical genres. If you want to fine-tune your listening experience, they’re compatible with the JBL Headphones app, which provides a parametric EQ and presets. Multi-device pairing is a hugely convenient addition, and somewhat rare at this price point.
On the downside, their on-ear fit doesn’t deliver a very consistent listening experience, so they could sound different every time you wear them. They also don’t feel especially premium, with cheap-feeling plastic construction. Still, these headphones are a solid value with a rich feature set and a well-balanced sound profile.
The best wireless headphones under $100 with an in-ear design that we've tested to date are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. These truly wireless headphones look and feel surprisingly premium for their price point, and easily give some more expensive options a run for their money. They're decently comfortable and come with five different sizes of tips to help you get the best possible fit. They feel quite durable and are rated IPX5 for sweat and water resistance, though this isn't something we test for.
Their bass-heavy default sound profile gives a good amount of thump and kick to music without being overpowering, making them well-suited for a wide range of genres and content. If you like to be able to customize the sound of your headphones, their good companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ as well as 20 presets, which is excellent, especially at this price. Despite not having ANC like some higher-end options, they still isolate a very good amount of noise, and they leak almost no sound, so you can blast your music without bothering people nearby.
Unfortunately, their 6.4-hour battery life isn't as long as some other options, though their case gives an additional three charges, and can easily be topped up by tossing onto any Qi-enabled wireless charging pad, which is handy. Their touch-sensitive controls also aren't the best and don't give very good feedback. If you prefer physical controls, you may want to check out the cheaper Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless, though they don't have a companion app, which is a shame. Overall, the Liberty Air 2 offer great value and are among the best truly wireless headphones we've tested.
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 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.
If you're an Apple user and want your headphones to pair seamlessly to your devices, get the Beats Powerbeats3. They aren't truly wireless like the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless, and they don't have any EQ settings, but they last a lot longer off a single charge, and they utilize Apple's W1 chip to easily connect to all your Apple devices. These headphones are designed for taking to the gym, thanks to their ear-hook design, and they're very stable in the ear. Their sound profile is quite well-balanced and is well-suited to a wide variety of genres. They're decently comfortable and look and feel quite premium. Unfortunately, they don't isolate noise well at all, and they don't have any customization options.
Overall, if you want a pair of truly wireless headphones that are well-suited to a wide range of uses, go for the Anker. However, if you use a wide range of Apple devices and want headphones that will easily switch between them, the Beats are a decent option, though their ear-hook design gives them a more sports-centric look.
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'.
02/03/2020: Replaced Anker SoundCore Liberty Air with Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. Moved Skullcandy Grind to notable mentions. Replaced BeatsX with Beats Powerbeats3 for consistency.
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 headphones. 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.