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 380 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 Anker Soundcore Life Q30 are the best wireless headphones with an over-ear design under $100 that we've tested. These headphones have an outstanding noise isolation performance, thanks to their adjustable active noise cancelling (ANC) feature. When set to 'Transport' mode, it can cut down a significant amount of noise like the rumble of bus and plane engines as well as office chatter. Although we don't currently test them, there are other ANC modes available that can help block out different kinds of noise like wind and traffic noise too.
Out-of-the-box, they have an excited, v-shaped sound profile that adds intense thump and rumble to your mixes. Although some may find they sound a bit too bass-heavy, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can tweak their sound to your liking. These well-built headphones also have over 44 hours of continuous battery life and can even be used passively with their TRS cable. They're comfortable and lightweight, especially as they don't clamp too tightly on your head.
Unfortunately, they leak a lot of audio, so if you're listening to music at high volumes, people around you may be able to hear it. They also have a bulky design and can fall off your head if you're wearing them while running or working out. On the upside, they come with a good hard case to help protect them when you're on the go.
If you want over-ear headphones with a more neutral default sound profile, you may prefer the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless. They aren't as well-built or comfortable as the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, but some listeners may prefer their accurate and neutral default sound profile. They're less prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, so you're less likely to have to adjust them each time you wear them. If you want to customize their sound, they also work with a companion app that gives you access to a few EQ presets. Their battery provides roughly 24 hours of continuous playback, and they also have a standby mode to help conserve power when they're not in use. However, their ANC feature does a mediocre job of blocking out noise, especially bass-range noise like rumbling bus and plane engines.
Go for the Anker if you want the option with the better ANC performance, but consider the Plantronics instead if you're looking for a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box.
The best wireless headphones under $100 with an on-ear fit that we've tested are the JBL Live 400BT. These Bluetooth-enabled on-ears have a stable fit that should stay in place as you head out on a jog or a run and an excellent 30-hour-plus battery life that should easily last you a couple of days. That said, they also come with a 1/8" TRRS cable that allows for passive audio playback and microphone usage on a wired connection.
They have an impressively well-balanced sound profile that suits a wide mix of audio content and musical genres. The JBL Headphones companion app lets you fine-tune your listening experience via presets as well as a parametric EQ, which is a rarity at this price point. They also support multi-device pairing, which is a convenient feature if you want to stay connected to your work computer while streaming music off of your phone.
Unfortunately, they aren't especially comfortable, with small ear cups and a tight fit. They also don't feel especially sturdy, as the plastic used in their construction feels as though it could break after a couple of drops or bumps. Otherwise, their rich feature-set and lightweight design help make them some of the best on-ear headphones that we've tested.
The best in-ear wireless headphones that we've tested are the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. These compact, lightweight in-ear headphones are equipped with an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature that does a very good job of blocking out bass-range noise like the rumble of bus and plane engines. They're quite comfortable since they feel light and don't sit too far inside your ears.
Their slightly v-shaped sound profile brings some extra thump, punch, and boom to mixes while keeping vocals and lead instruments present and bright. They're a solid choice for working out since they're well-built, stable, and have an IPX5 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for that. Also, they have a long continuous battery life of around nine hours and come with a sturdy case that holds roughly 2.5 additional charges.
Unfortunately, they don't work with an app that gives you access to sound customization features like an EQ or presets. Their controls aren't the best, since they don't include volume or skip backward functions, and the touch-sensitive surfaces can be hard to use. Otherwise, these wireless in-ears offer impressive noise isolation and a versatile sound profile at a budget-friendly price point.
If you want headphones that come with sound customization features, you may prefer the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless. These Bluetooth in-ears aren't as comfortable as the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless and lack an ANC feature, but they work with a companion app that gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets, so you can tweak their sound profile to suit you. They're comfortable, stable, well-built, and have an IPX5 rating for water resistance, although we don't test for that currently. Their battery provides about 6.4 hours of continuous use, and they also come with a sturdy case that holds around 2.8 additional charges. Although they don't have ANC, they passively isolate you from a good amount of office-type noise like background chatter.
If you want headphones with an ANC feature or a longer continuous battery life, go for the EarFun, but consider the Anker instead if sound customization features are important to you.
The FIIL T1X True Wireless are the best wireless headphones under $50. These truly wireless headphones have a comfortable, stable fit and are rated IP65 for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. Even though they lack an ANC, they can block out a decent amount of ambient chatter around you.
Their slightly bass-heavy sound profile is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. That said, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app has 15 EQ presets as well as bass and treble adjustments so you can create your own EQ preset. They have over six hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case holds three additional charges.
Unfortunately, their integrated mic has a disappointing recording quality, so your voice sounds unnatural and distorted. These headphones also have high Bluetooth latency on PC, iOS, and Android, which could be troublesome if you like to stream video. Luckily, their companion app offers a 'Low-Latency Mode' which can help reduce audio lag, though your real-world experience may vary.
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.
Jun 01, 2021: Switched the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless in the 'Best Over-Ear Wireless Headphones Under $100' category as the Anker offer better value to most users.
Apr 02, 2021: Moved the Creative Outlier Air V2 to 'More Customizable Alternative' and added the FIIL T1X True Wireless as the FIIL represent a better value to most users for the 'Under $50' category. Also moved the Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Air Truly Wireless and Jaybird Tarah Wireless to Notable mentions and made the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless the 'Best In-Ear Wireless Headphones Under $100'.
Feb 01, 2021: Replaced FIIL T1X Truly Wireless with Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless as 'Best Wireless Headphones Under $50'. Replaced Mixcder E9 Wireless with Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. Added Mixcder E9 Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Nov 27, 2020: Added SoundPeats TrueFree 2 Wireless to Notable Mentions. Slight changes to the text for accuracy and clarity; no change in main product 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.