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 latest phone no longer 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 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. 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 Mixcder E9. These inexpensive over-ear headphones are quite comfortable thanks to their well-padded ear cups and headband. While they're a bit bulky, they're still fairly lightweight and don't clamp down too much. Their battery lasts just under 18.5 hours, which is great, and you can use them passively with a wire in a pinch, which is convenient.
Their sound profile is surprisingly well-balanced, though there's a bit of a dip in high-mids/low-treble which may cause vocals and instruments to be lacking in detail and brightness. Overall, however, they'll be well-suited for a fairly wide range of genres and content. They have an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature, which works fairly well, especially at blocking out the low rumble of bus or plane engines, though it's only decent at blocking out background chatter.
Unfortunately, like many budget options, they feel quite plasticky, with cheap-feeling faux leather on the ear cups. While they don't necessarily feel the most premium, they still feel decently well-made and should be able to withstand a few accidental drops and bumps. Overall, if you want a decent pair of Bluetooth over-ears without breaking the bank, these are a good choice.
If you listen to a lot of EDM or hip-hop and want something with a bit of extra kick, get the Anker Soundcore Life Q20. Their sound reproduction isn't as consistent among various users, and their sound profile isn't quite as versatile as the Mixcder E9 Wireless, but they're cheaper and have a much more bass-heavy sound profile. While these headphones do provide quite a bit of extra bass, it isn't overpowering, and their slightly over-emphasized treble range makes them a decent choice for genres like pop and rock as well. Their frequency response consistency is only decent, so you may have to adjust them a bit on your head to achieve the same treble performance every time. On the bright side, they last over 32 hours off a single charge, which is outstanding, and their ANC blocks background speech better than the Mixcder.
If you want a more neutral sound profile, go with the Mixcder, but if you don't mind a bit of extra kick in your music, while spending less and getting a much longer battery, get the Anker.
If you want something even cheaper that has better ANC performance, get the Mpow H10. Their sound reproduction isn't as accurate as the Mixcder E9 Wireless, and they feel a bit lower-quality, but they're less expensive and have better ANC. Their sound profile is fairly excited, and while they have a bit of extra bass, it isn't overpowering, and they should still be suitable for most genres. Their ANC is surprisingly great considering their low price, and they'll do a much better job at blocking out engine rumbles or background chatter. They last about five hours longer off a single charge, which is great, and they're equally as comfortable as the Mixcder, though they may be a bit big for people with smaller heads. While they feel decently well-made, they don't look nearly as premium, and their hinges make a concerning snapping sound when folding the ear cups in, though this hasn't caused any permanent damage on our unit as of yet.
Overall, if you don't mind spending a bit more and want something with a more neutral sound profile and premium build, get the Mixcder, but if you want headphones that will help give you more peace and quiet while also spending less, go with the Mpow.
The best wireless headphones under $100 with an on-ear fit that we've tested so far are the JBL Live 400BT. Unlike over-ear headphones, which surround your ears with their ear cups, these on-ear headphones rest on top of your ear. While this can be less comfortable for some people for extended periods, they tend to breathe a bit better and are smaller and less bulky-looking. These headphones have physical clicky buttons that are decently easy-to-use, and they last just over 30 hours off a single charge, despite advertising only 24 hours, which is excellent.
Their out-of-the-box sound profile is very well-balanced and neutral sounding, lending itself well to a very wide variety of genres and content. They also have a dedicated companion app which gives you access to a parametric EQ as well as presets, which is a rarity at this price point. Unfortunately, due to their on-ear fit, their sound reproduction isn't very consistent, and different people will likely experience their bass delivery differently.
They look somewhat premium for their price, but unfortunately, they're made from cheap-feeling plastic, though they should still be able to withstand a few accidental drops and bumps without sustaining damage. They're nice and lightweight, but feel a bit tight on the head, especially during extended listening sessions. Overall, if you don't mind the fit of on-ears, their companion app, neutral sound profile, and outstanding battery make them impressively feature-packed for their price.
The best wireless headphones under $100 with an in-ear fit that we've tested so far are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. These truly wireless headphones are the successor to the popular Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless and have a fantastic price-to-performance ratio. They're decently comfortable for in-ears and come with five different sized tips to ensure you get the best possible fit.
They look and feel surprisingly premium and well-built, especially considering their price, and their stable fit makes them a great choice for the gym. They last almost 6.5 hours off a single charge, which is good for truly wireless headphones, and their case gives an additional three charges. When you need to top up the charging case, you can just toss it on any Qi-enabled wireless charging pad, which is convenient, and they do a great job at passively blocking background chatter.
Their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly well-balanced, but with a bit of extra bass. However, they have a good dedicated companion app that gives you access to 20 EQ presets as well as a full graphic EQ, which is great to see at this price point and allows you to customize them to suit your personal preferences. Overall, they're one of the best truly wireless headphones we've tested so far, and are quite impressive for their price.
If you want wireless in-ears for using at the gym or out for a run, get the Jaybird Tarah. Unlike the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless, they have a wire connecting the two earbuds, but they feel even more stable in the ear thanks to their stability fins. Their sound profile is fairly well-balanced and versatile out-of-the-box, but their companion app also gives you access to a parametric EQ, which is great if you like to fine-tune the way your headphones sound. Unfortunately, their battery life isn't great at only 6 hours and they use a proprietary charger, so you need to make sure to remember to bring it with you to charge while on the go. If you want something designed for sports that doesn't have any wires at all, check out the Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless, as their ear-hook design feels even more stable on the head, and their battery is almost double off a single charge, though they have a much more bass-heavy sound profile.
If you want a more versatile pair of truly wireless in-ears, get the Anker, but if you're looking for a pair of wireless in-ears for the gym, the stability fins on the Jaybird make them a better, more stable option.
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.
04/06/2020: 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.
12/05/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in 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 wireless 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.