Do you want to invest in a great pair of Bluetooth headphones but don’t want to burn a hole in your wallet? We have the best selection of studio, workout, and enthusiast headphone recommendations to help you upgrade your current setup.
If you have a budget of $100 or so, it means that you are willing to spend a few extra bucks to invest in great audio quality. It is a solid price point to stick to if you are looking for everyday Bluetooth headphones that offer the perfect mix of features, battery life and comfort. We have recommendations for everyone so read on!
We have reviewed 195 wireless headphones with 4 stars and up ratings from all brands and shared our recommendations for best Bluetooth headphones under $100 which you can buy in 2019. Check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets under $100, best headphones under 100, best 7.1 surround sound headphones and the best noise cancelling headphones under 100.
- Best Over-Ear – Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT
- Best ON-Ear – Jabra Move Style Edition
- Best Bluetooth In-Ear – Marshall Minor II
- Best For Workout – Jaybird Tarah
- Best Battery Life – Plantronics Backbeat Go
- Best In-Ear Wireless – Anker Soundcore Liberty AR
- Best In Budget – JLab JBuds Air
7 Best Bluetooth Headphones Under $100 – 2019
Best Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones Under $100 – Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT
Sennheiser and quality are synonymous and for good reason. The brand has been instrumental at bringing us some of the best headphones the world has ever seen but does the HD 4.0 BT offer the same craftsmanship and audio quality as some of Sennheiser’s best products? Yes, it does.
Who Is It For?
The HD 4.40 BT is ideal for any Sennheiser fan that loves the brand’s neutral soundstage. If you want natural-sounding audio in a wireless headphone, the HD 4.40 BT is by far one of the best options at this price point.
Overview: These wireless Over-ear headphones might not be something most music lovers are looking for as portability is one of the more important factors when it comes to Bluetooth headphones. But for those who do not mind carrying a large pair of headphones on their daily commute, there is little to no competition against the 4.40 BT.
Sennheiser made sure that it got all the fundamentals right. 25- hour battery life, USB charging, warm sound signature and solid codec support come together in this brilliant package. Whether you are playing music out of your desktop with a high-end sound card or an entry-level smartphone, the audio quality is just consistently good.
NFC support is also available if you want to quickly pair the headphones to any Bluetooth-enabled device. When it comes to design, the foldable design makes it easy for you to pack up the headphones and take them along in a backpack or travel bag. It is a truly fantastic product and we cannot recommend it enough.
- Foldable design
- Robust codec support
- NFC pairing
- Neutral sound signature
- Premium construction
- Slow charging
Best ON-Ear Wireless Headphones Under $100 – Jabra Move Style Edition
One of the issues with buying Bluetooth headphones at this price point is that there is always some kind of drawback attached to them. The Jabra Move Style Edition performs quite well in all three important deciding factors for most headphone enthusiasts – sound quality, comfort and battery life.
Who Should Buy it?
If you are someone who wants a solid pair of Bluetooth headphones that offers great battery life and sound quality and do not care much about fancy features, the Jabra Move is a solid choice.
Overview: The Jabra Move Wireless has been one of the most popular Bluetooth headphones out there, and the Style Edition improves upon it greatly. When it comes to sound quality, the difference between the Style variant and its predecessor is not noticeable. Where the Move Wireless, improves greatly is in the battery department and comfort. With new comfortable earcups and a more flexible headband, the Move Style is one of the most comfortable Bluetooth headphones.
The controls on the wireless headphone are simple, and you should have no trouble using it on the go. While we do miss having a remote on the optional cable when using the headphones in wired mode, it is not a huge deal-breaker. You can expect around 16 hours of battery life which is quite impressive at this price point.
- Comfortable Design
- Solid Battery Life
- Haptic Controls
- Solid Codec Support
- Not Very Portable
Best Bluetooth In-Ear Headphone Under $100 – Marshall Minor II
Marshall has been part of the music industry for decades and they have created some of the best amplifiers the world has ever seen. Recently they started delving into the world of headphones and their expertise with audio technology is clearly visible in the Minor II.
Who Should Buy It?
Anyone who does not like exaggerated audio and loves listening to music with a neutral sound signature will love the minor II. The highs, bass and mids are all crystal clear on the Minor II and Marshall has done a tremendous job at offering such amazing audio quality.
Overview: The ergonomic design is what makes the Minor II stand out in the crowd of Bluetooth headphones. The earbuds were molded to make them stay in place throughout the day without falling off. The multi-directional controls lets you control music playback with ease and call controls are also present. And if you want to quickly pause music, you can simply remove the headphones and make the two magnetic earbuds touch each other.
The custom-tuned drivers offer amazing sound quality and if you are used to the Sennheiser sound signature which is very neutral, you will love what the Minor II has to offer. The highs are rich and do not break up and the lows are very balanced and do not feel overpowering.
You get over 10 hours of battery life on a single charge which is quite impressive for the compact design that the Minor II offers. We are very happy with how it performs and hope the legendary amplifier manufacturer continues to create such high-quality headphones for the mid-range segment.
Best Bluetooth Workout Headphones Under 100 – Jaybird Tarah
There are a ton of headphones that are designed specifically for people who love to work out and if you are one of them, you should consider these top-notch wireless headphones. With no charging case needed for these headphones thanks to the monster battery life, it’s one less thing you need to worry about when heading to the gym.
Who Is It For?
The Jaybird Tarah is ideal for anyone who wants a solid pair of headphones to take to the gym. Wired headphones can be quite frustrating to carry to the gym as they get in the way of your workout, and this is where the Jaybird wireless headphones come in.
Overview: The Jaybird Tarah is the perfect product if you want comfort and great audio quality in one package. The ear-tips fit comfortably in your ears and block out any outside noise so you can focus on your workout and shut the outside world out. The design is just incredible as it is nearly impossible to get these to fall off from your ears during a workout session.
Coming to the sound quality, we all know what to expect from a bran like Jaybird. The V-shaped sound signature is something all Jaybird fans can easily identify. If you love listening to music with a fair bit of treble, the Tarah does not disappoint. The vocals and cymbals are absolutely fantastic at any volume, and it’s not just the audio quality that impressed us, but the technology behind it as well.
With Bluetooth 5.0 being available on these headphones, you do not have to worry about reliability as you should be able to keep the headphones paired at moderately high distances. You also get IPX7 certification which means you do not have to worry about accidental water damage. The whole package is quite impressive, and if waterproofing is a big deal to you, this is a must-have pair of headphones.
- Waterproof Design
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Neutral Sound Stage
- Noise Cancellation
- Cables Attract Dust
- Plasticky Construction
Best Battery Life In-Ear Wireless Headphone Under 100 – Plantronics Backbeat Go
The Plantronics Backbeat Go might be one of the oldest horses in the race, but it is not a slouch by any means. This wireless headphone have aged quite well and held up quite well against some of the best products in the market right now.
Who Should Buy It?
If comfort and battery life are your biggest priorities, there is nothing that can outdo the Backbeat Go wireless headphone. It has been one of the most recommended headphones over the years, and it continues to be among the best products you can grab.
Overview: The Plantronics Backbeat Go offers incredible battery life and considering its size. You can get 18 hours of usage on a single charge which is more than enough even for the most ardent music lovers. That sounds like an awful lot of uptime for a product so cheap, doesn’t it? The best part is your ears will not tire out even if you spend that much time tuning in to your favorite tracks thanks to the incredible design with comfortable earcups and soft-touch headband.
So, what’s the catch? The only telltale sign that the Backbeat Pro is an aging product is the lack of support for aptX and AAC codecs. You lose a bit of latency, and it only affects you if you use the headphones for watching videos or play games. But from a music lover’s perspective, you have absolutely nothing to worry about as the quality is going to be top-notch no matter the genre of music you love.
- 18-hour battery life
- Ideal for Gym Usage
- Waterproof Design
- Solid Codec Support
- Fast Charging
- Not Ideal for Gaming
Best In-Ear Wireless Headphones Under 100 – Anker Soundcore Liberty AIR
This is yet another entry in the truly wireless segment. We already included the JLabs JBuds Air on our list so what does the Soundcore do differently? It is the unique sound signature that sets the headphones apart from the rest. While other manufacturers are trying to push bass-boosted audio that feels unnatural at times, Anker emphasizes on offering a neutral and more natural sound signature.
Who Is It For?
If you want truly wireless earbuds that offer unmatched portability and not sacrifice on sound quality, this is definitely the only pair of headphones you want to look at.
Overview: Instrumental music on the Liberty AR is just brilliant, and we can emphasize how natural everything sounds. While it lacks the heavy bass you find in most headphones, the dynamic range and narrow soundstage make listening to music on these headphones an incredible experience.
When it comes to Bluetooth codec support, you do get the standard AAC and SBC codecs, but things like aptX are seemingly missing. But it should not be a problem unless you use these for gaming, which may lead to some latency issues.
The in-ear design completely seals off outside sound and offers a nice and comfortable experience. The earbuds fit well inside your ears and do not fall off easily. The product feels premium and definitely on par with much more expensive, truly wireless headphones.
When it comes to the battery life, you get 5 hours, but that is without accounting for the additional 4 rounds of recharges you can get out of your battery case. You get a total of 25 hours of usage if you keep your case and headphones fully charged.
- Compact design
- 25-hour battery life
- Media controls
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Lacks aptX codec support
Best in Budget Alternative – JLab JBuds Air
While the Apple AirPods might be well above the $100 mark, it does not mean that you cannot enjoy great features and audio quality on a truly wireless pair of headphones on a budget. This is where the JLab JBuds Air comes in.
Who Is It For?
If you want truly wireless headphones for maximum portability, there are very few products that can beat the JLab JBuds Air. With solid battery life, crisp audio quality and a smart charging case being the highlights of the product, you will definitely be impressed by what it has to offer.
Overview: While they are marketed as workout/sports earbuds, you need to be slightly careful when heading to the gym with the JBuds. They can slip off quite easily if you do not have the right earbud caps installed and fit them properly in your ears.
Being truly wireless earbuds does have some distinct advantages – portability and noise cancellation being the two biggest factors. However, with extreme portability, you also lose out a little on the battery life. You get about 4 hours of usage on a single charge. That sounds quite bad, doesn’t it? Not at all. Considering the fact that you get access to a charging case that can recharge your headphones in a matter of minutes, you can get another 14 hours of battery life with a few quick recharges taking the total battery life to a whopping 18 hours.
The audio quality on the JBuds is quite impressive, and the V-shaped sound signature should impress fans of most music genres. With IP55 certification being one of the most marketed features of the product, we put the headphones to the test, and they did not disappoint. You can splash them in a puddle of water or drench them in your workout sweat with no signs of damage. It is a fantastic pair of headphones that get the job done on a budget with no real drawbacks.
- Truly Wireless Design
- IP5 Certification
- Solid Battery Life
- Charging Case Included
- Not Ideal for Bass Tracks
- Easy To Misplace
There are plenty of options out there, and we handpicked the best products across all categories from the Bluetooth segment under $100. It is important to set your priorities straight when choosing headphones to get the right value for money.