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 410 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 with an over-ear design under $100 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. These over-ears have a fairly neutral default sound profile that's 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 too 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 also has a hard time separating your voice from background noise, so if you're taking a call from a busy street, your voice may be drowned 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 great ANC system that you can set to one of three different levels to better suit your environment. Using the 'Transport' mode, they can reduce an excellent amount of bass-range noise like the rumbles of bus engines.
They offer a highly customizable audio experience, thanks to their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. That said, their bass-heavy default sound profile is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. Although their 5.7-hour continuous battery life may not last through long days at the office, their carrying case holds roughly four additional charges. They also have a comfortable as well as stable fit and are well-built. They're even rated IPX5 for protection against direct water contact.
Unfortunately, their integrated mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you. The headphones also have high latency on PCs, iOS, and Android devices, which could be frustrating if you like to game on the go. That said, they have a low-latency 'Gaming Mode', which helps reduce their latency to acceptable levels on iOS and Android.
The best wireless headphones under $50 that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless. These decently comfortable headphones stand out from the crowd due to their outstanding total battery life of over 98 hours. They last over seven hours on a single charge, and their carrying case holds 12.5 charges, which is very handy.
They have a bass-rich sound profile that delivers a bit of extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes. That said, vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present. Although they lack ANC, they can passively block out a good amount of background noise and are especially well-suited for reducing mid-range sounds like office chatter. They also have a good build quality and are rated IPX5 for water resistance.
Unfortunately, they don't have any sound customization features to help you adjust their sound to your liking. They also have high Bluetooth latency, which is disappointing if you like to stream video. However, if you're looking for wireless in-ears, the Anker offer solid value at this price point.
If you're looking for cheaper headphones, consider the JLab Audio GO Air POP True Wireless. While their total battery life is much shorter than the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless, they offer a versatile performance but at a lower price point. These lightweight in-ears come with three built-in EQ presets to help you adjust their sound to suit your tastes. Using the 'JLab Signature' EQ, which is the flattest EQ, they have a bass-rich sound that adds warmth and boom to your mixes. They have over nine hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case holds about three extra charges. They're rated IPX4 for water resistance and have a stable fit suitable for use during sports or other physical activities.
Take a look at the Anker if you want higher total battery life and a more neutral sound profile. If you're looking for even more wallet-friendly headphones that don't sacrifice too much when it comes to performance, get the JLab instead.
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.
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'.
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.