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, some headphones use a dedicated USB transmitter to create a wireless connection with less lag and better microphone quality.
We’ve tested over 180 wireless headphones and below are our recommendations for the best Bluetooth headphones under $100 to buy in 2020. 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 Mixcder E9. With these headphones, you're definitely getting bang for your buck. The build quality is reasonable, with a headband that's reinforced with metal and the hinges feel solid. If you're worried, though, they do come with a hard carrying case for extra protection.
These headphones sound good for their price. The bass is punchy without sounding boomy, but the mids and treble range can be a bit uneven and lacking detail. It's a sound profile that's versatile but better-suited for bass-heavy music. The active noise cancelling does a good job of blocking out ambient noises as well, with the bass and treble region being where they're the most effective. Unfortunately, there isn't a companion app to customize these headphones. On the upside, the battery life is good, averaging 18 hours of playback, which should be enough to get you through the day.
It's worth noting that these headphones are becoming increasingly difficult to find, as the availability on Amazon is strictly from third-party sellers at an increased price. However, they're still available for purchase through Mixcder's website for under $100. If you're looking for a decent pair of headphones without spending a fortune, check these ones out.
If you need something cheaper or headphones with better active noise cancelling, take a look at the Mpow H10. The plastic build does feel cheaper and less durable than the Mixcder E9 Wireless, but for such a low price, you're still getting a pair of headphones that sound good with great noise isolation. When ANC is enabled, they're great at blocking out noise across the entire frequency range and still manage to have an average of 23 hours of playback time, which is great. The only weak point that's concerning are the hinges, which produce a snapping sound when folding the headphones for transport.
If you can afford the Mixcder, they're still a better choice. But for something cheaper without compromising too much on performance, try the Mpow.
If you're a bass-head, you may want to take a look at the Anker SoundCore Life 2. At 28 hours of continuous playback, these headphones can dish out some serious bass and somehow never overpowering vocals or sounding boomy. They're not as comfortable as the Mixcder E9 Wireless, though, mainly due to the very large headband, which may cause the headphones to fall off if you have a smaller head. The performance of the active noise cancelling is a bit of a mixed bag. They're great at blocking noise in the treble and mid range, but falls short when it comes to the bass region, where the rumbles of airplane and bus engines reside.
If you're concerned about fit, then go with the Mixcder. If you like teeth-rattling bass, however, the Anker are for you.
The best on-ear wireless headphones under $100 that we've tested so far are the JBL Live 400BT. These Bluetooth headphones are quite lightweight and breathable, making them slightly more comfortable for extended periods than most on-ears. Their 30-hour battery life is outstanding, and they even have an auto-off timer to stretch their battery life even further. They can be paired to two devices at once, which is great if you need to easily switch between your phone and PC, and if your battery dies, you can plug them in with the included 1/8" TRRS cable, which is great.
Their sound profile is extremely accurate out-of-the-box, and they're well-suited for a wide variety of genres. Unfortunately, like many on-ears, their frequency response consistency is poor, so you may experience their bass and treble differently depending on their positioning on your ears. Luckily, they have a dedicated companion app, so you can change their sound profile via a parametric EQ or presets, which is great.
Their noise isolation is mediocre, so they may not be the best choice for blocking out chatty coworkers or the low rumble of engines on a bus or plane. On the upside, they don't leak very much audio, so you should be able to turn them up to block out background noise without bothering those around you. Overall, if you prefer the more casual design of on-ear headphones and don't want to spend much, these are a decent option.
The best in-ear wireless headphones under $100 that we've tested so far are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. These truly wireless headphones give you extra freedom and portability over standard wireless in-ears, and look and feel much more premium than their price-point suggests. They're a good upgrade over the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless, our previous pick in this category, though if you want something even a bit cheaper, those are still a decent option.
These headphones are decently comfortable and are light enough that, if you achieve a proper fit with the five included tip sizes, you can wear them for extended periods without fatigue. Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme is a bit disappointing, but their charging case feels very premium and even supports wireless Qi charging, though we don't test this. Their our-of-the-box sound profile is surprisingly well-balanced, but these headphones now work with Anker's SoundCore app, which is a welcome addition over the previous version. With the app you can remap the buttons, as well as gain access to 20 EQ presets and an 8-band graphic EQ, so you can customize their sound to suit your preferences.
Unlike some higher-end truly wireless options, they don't have ANC and rely on a good fit to passively block background noise. Luckily, they do a good job at this, and while they don't do nearly as good a job at blocking out the low rumble of bus or plane engines, they still do a good job overall. They also leak almost no sound, so you should be able to turn up your music to block background noise without bothering those around you. Overall, if you want a customizable, premium-feeling pair of truly wireless headphones without spending a small fortune, they pack in a lot of features while keeping the price down.
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 2 Truly Wireless, 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. However, like most Jaybird headphones, these use a proprietary charging cradle, which is quite restrictive in length and compatibility.
Get the Ankers if you're looking for something for more casual use and care more about noise isolation. However, if you use your headphones primarily for sports, go with the Jaybirds.
If you want a pair of wireless earbuds that can easily connect to your Apple devices, get the Beats Powerbeats3. They aren't truly wireless headphones like the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless, but they feature Apple's W1 chip for seamless pairing to all your Apple devices. They feel well-built, and their ear-hook design should be stable enough for most workouts. Their sound profile is quite well-balanced, with just a little bit of extra thump that shouldn't be boomy or overpowering. They last almost 12 hours off a single charge, which is good, and their in-line remote is easy to use.
If you want the extreme portability and freedom of truly wireless headphones, get the Anker, but if you use Apple devices and want to be able to easily connect and switch between them, go for the Beats.
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.
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.
12/05/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.