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 370 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 wireless headphones under $100 with an over-ear design that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q30. These comfortable headphones have a fantastic active noise cancelling feature you can set to three different levels in the companion app. When set to 'Transport' mode, it can effectively isolate you from a wide range of background noise.
They have an excited, v-shaped default sound profile that brings extra thump and rumble to mixes while ensuring instruments and lead vocals are bright. If you prefer a different sound, it can also be customized with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. Their battery provides roughly 44 hours of continuous use off of a single charge, so you shouldn't need to charge them too often, and in a pinch, you can even use them passively with their audio cable.
Unfortunately, they leak quite a bit of audio, so if you listen to your music at a high volume, it may bother people nearby. Like most over-ear headphones, they aren't stable enough to use for workouts, and their bulky size makes them not very portable. However, they come with a hard plastic case to protect the headphones when you're on the go.
The best Bluetooth headphones under $100 with an on-ear design that we've tested are the JBL Live 460NC Wireless. If you prefer an on-ear design, these headphones have a fairly neutral default sound profile suitable for a variety of audio content. That said, their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets so that you can tweak them to suit your tastes.
These headphones have over 29 hours of continuous battery life, which should last through long days at the office. They're also equipped with an auto-off timer to help save their battery life if you forget to turn them off. They have a good build quality and feel decently comfortable. While their regular Bluetooth latency on iOS and Android devices falls within good levels, their low-latency 'Video Mode' can help reduce audio lag, which is nice if you like to stream videos.
Unfortunately, while they have an ANC system, it does a sub-par job of blocking out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which could be annoying if you commute to work. Their mic has a hard time separating your voice from background noise, so if you're taking a call from a busy street, your voice may drown out. However, if you prefer an on-ear fit, they're sure to please most users.
The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the best in-ear wireless headphones under $100 that we've tested. These in-ears have a lightweight and portable design that's easy to put into your pockets and take with you on the go. They also have an adjustable ANC system to help block out background noise. Using 'Transport' mode, which is designed to tackle travel-related sounds, they can cut down the low rumble of bus and plane engines.
Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that's well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop, thanks to their thumpy, punchy sound. Thanks to their companion app's graph EQ and presets, you can customize their sound to suit your preferences. They have a comfortable and stable in-ear fit, and their well-built design is certified IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact.
Unfortunately, their continuous battery life of 5.7 hours may not last through long days at the office unless you recharge them throughout the day. However, their carrying case supplies an additional four charges. You can even use one bud while the other charges, which is handy in a pinch.
The TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless are the best wireless headphones under $50 that we've tested. While they're not as feature-heavy as the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless, they have an ANC system that stands out at this price point. They can block out the low rumble of bus engines during your commute as well as ambient chatter at the office or cafe.
These buds have a good build quality that feels sturdy and durable. They're also rated IPX6 for resistance against direct water contact, and they have a stable in-ear fit, making them a solid choice for use at the gym. If you like genres like pop and rock, their excited sound delivers a touch of extra thump and boom while sibilants like cymbals are bright. Their over eight hours of continuous battery life should last through long days on the go, but if you need to recharge them, their carrying case holds two additional charges.
Unfortunately, their integrated mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you. If you need to make a call from a noisy place like a busy street, your voice can be drowned out. They also have high latency on PCs as well as iOS and Android devices, meaning you may notice syncing issues between your audio and visuals. These headphones are worth considering if you value a great noise isolation performance at a more wallet-friendly price.
If you're looking for even more affordable wireless headphones, check out the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless. While they lack ANC and don't block out as much background noise as the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless, they're available at a lower price point. What makes these headphones stand out from the crowd as they have three EQ presets built in. When using their 'JLab Signature' EQ, which produces the flattest response, they have a bass-rich sound profile suitable for thumpy genres like EDM and hip-hop. They also have over nine hours of continuous playback time, and if you need to top their battery off, their carrying case supplies an additional three charges. They're well-built too and have a decently comfortable fit.
Try the TOZO if you want to block out more background noise during your daily commute or at work. If you're looking to save some money without compromising too much performance, take a look at the JLab headphones.
Mar 31, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Jan 27, 2022: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless with the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless as the TOZO offer a slightly better overall performance. Added the Anker to Notable Mentions.
Nov 25, 2021: Replaced the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless, and the FIIL T1X True Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. Removed the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless and the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Wireless. Added the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless as 'Cheaper Alternative'.
Sep 27, 2021: Verified picks to ensure they represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to recommendations.
Jul 29, 2021: Replaced the Creative Outlier Air V2 with the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless as the 'More Customizable Alternative' to the EarFun Air Pro because the Creative aren't currently available.
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.