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 2019. 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 Wireless. These noise cancelling headphones perform reasonably well and feel better-built than other options we've reviewed in the same price range. Their controls are surprisingly easy-to-use, they're comfortable, and they provide good overall value.
These headphones provide excellent, well-balanced bass which follows our target curve almost flawlessly and they accurately reproduce vocals and lead instruments in the mid-range. They offer a good battery life of just over 18 hours, which will be more than enough to get you through an average day or two of use.
While their noise cancelling feature is alright, it's not the best. In addition, though their treble performance is passable overall, the response is rather uneven, lacking detail and brightness. That being said, overall these are decent headphones for the price, making them a solid choice for those not wanting to spend over $100.
If you want an even cheaper pair of wireless headphones that still offer reasonable sound quality, consider the Mpow H10. They feel less durable than the Mixcder E9 Wireless, but are a few bucks less and have better noise cancelling. They have a decently well-balanced sound and provide an impressive 23-hour battery life with ANC enabled, which is more than enough for an average workday or two. Unfortunately, these headphones produce a concerning snapping sound when you fold the ear cups inwards. It doesn't seem to damage the headphones, but raises concerns about their durability.
Go with the Mixcder E9 if you want well-built, easy-to-use wireless over-ears. However, if you're looking for a cheaper pair of headphones with better ANC, go with the Mpow H10.
If you're a fan of bass and listen to genres like hip-hop or EDM, you may want to consider the Anker SoundCore Life 2 Wireless. They're slightly more expensive than our main pick, but offer great battery life, providing 10 hours more than the Mixcder E9 Wireless. They have deep bass that's thumpy without overwhelming vocals and lead instruments or sounding too boomy. Unfortunately, they have unremarkable noise isolation and their headband is rather large, which means they might not fit if you have a smaller head.
Get the Mixcder E9 if you're concerned about fit, but if you don't have a particularly small head, then go with the Ankers, especially if you like extra bass.
The best on-ear wireless headphones under $100 that we’ve tested so far are the Skullcandy Grind Wireless. They have a comfortable, lightweight design that’s pretty easy-to-use with an efficient control scheme. They feel fairly well-built, especially for their price, and can be used wired or wirelessly.
They reproduce audio fairly well, with a reasonably well-balanced sound that’s generally suitable for most music genres. Some may find they sound a little sharp, but this won’t be an issue for everyone. They have a good 15-hour battery life and charge in less than 2 hours, which is decent. Just remember to turn them off when not in use, since they don’t have an auto-off timer.
On the downside, they’re not compatible with a companion app, which can be disappointing for those who are sensitive to their brighter sound profile, since their sound can’t be as easily EQ’d as that of the JBL Live 400BT. They also don’t fold into a more compact format. That said, their low-profile design is easy to wear around the neck, especially since it isn’t too heavy, and they’re decent wireless on-ears overall.
If you’re looking for on-ear headphones that have a more customizable sound profile, then consider the JBL Live 400BT. They’re not nearly as comfortable as the Skullcandy Grind, but they’re compatible with the JBL Headphones app which provides access to a parametric EQ so you can fine-tune the way they sound to better suit your tastes. Their battery performance is also much better, especially since they have an auto-off timer you can toggle in the app. Unfortunately, they feel quite cheaply made and can fit rather uncomfortably tight at times. That said, they still perform well overall and provide pretty good value for their price.
Go with the Skullcandy if comfort is your top priority. However, if you prefer to be able to customize your headphones' sound profile, the JBL are a good option.
If you’ve been considering truly wireless headphones, the best Bluetooth headphones under $100 we’ve reviewed so far are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. They’re super portable in-ears with a stable fit and impressive isolation performance, which makes them great for light fitness use and a good choice for commuters.
These headphones have surprisingly good audio reproduction for in-ears. They block out ambient noise quite well, which makes them a good choice for use on the bus or in the subway. They also hardly leak any sound at all, so you can raise the volume on a song you like at work without bugging your colleagues. They have a 4-hour battery life, which is about average for truly wireless earbuds, and they have a power-saving mode to help preserve the battery.
Unfortunately, they have a touch-sensitive control scheme that provides mediocre feedback and no volume control. The SoundPeats TrueFree are a cheaper option to consider, but they don’t perform as well as the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air overall. Even though their controls are a bit disappointing, these are still versatile truly wireless in-ears that provide pretty good value for the price.
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, 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 want the ability to customize your sound, or use your headphones primarily for sports, go with the Jaybirds.
If you’re looking for wireless earbuds that will connect seamlessly to your iPhone, go with the Beats BeatsX Wireless. Like the Jaybird Tarah, they're not truly wireless like the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air, but they come with Apple's W1 chip for easier pairing with your Apple devices. They provide deep, thumpy bass while still sounding well-balanced which makes them suitable for most popular genres of music. They also offer great passive isolation, so they're a good option for commuting or traveling. They only have a 6.5-hour battery life, but thankfully can fully charge in just over half an hour.
Go with the Anker if you'd rather have truly wireless earbuds, but if you want to stay within the Apple ecosystem for its added ease-of-use, go for the BeatsX.
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.