Best Wireless Headphones under 100 (July.2017 Updated)

Wireless Bluetooth headphones change the way we listen to music, but it’s hard to pick which ones are suitable for you. But you are lucky: we’ve done the homework for you! Please read our article on the Best Wireless Headphones of 2017, which includes the best wireless headphones, the best for sport, the best for sound quality, the best for travel and more.

Device NameDescriptionNoise
Cancellation
Battery
life (hours)
Bose QC 35Best
Noise Canceling
Yes20Check Price
Avantree ProBest Battery LifeNo40Check Price
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0Best Sound QualityYes20Check Price
Ghostek soDrop 2Best OverallNo14Check Price
Jaybird X3Best For ExerciseNo8Check Price
MPOW Bluetooth HeadphonesBest Under $50No12Check Price

1.Best For Noise Canceling-Bose QuiteComfort 35

Bose QuiteComfort 35

Bose is famous for its noise-canceling headphones, and the Bose QC 25s have been a popular option for a long time on the market. Even now, it’s still a good choice for noise cancellation if you don’t care that they are wired. The Bose QC 25 is $299.00 at Amazon, and the Bose QC 35 is a $50 increase over it, but it’s definitely worth it.

It has a metal-feeling body even though it is made of plastic. Moreover, it is very light and soft and you can use them for quite some time without feeling uncomfortable. It’s well designed, and the headphones easily fold up into a small case. 

The bass is full, the mids are warm, the highs are clear, and the sound is fairly neutral in general. Although the sound quality of QC 35 is not the best of all the headphones we compared, it’s the best in the wireless noise-canceling headphones category. The battery gives you up to 20 hours of wireless play time or 40 hours of wired play time per charge. And a noise-rejecting dual microphone provides clear calls, even in windy or noisy environments.

The Bluetooth/power button, multifunction button, and volume control are both on the right side of the headphones, and pairing is easy and quick with Bluetooth or NFC. You can pair up to two Bluetooth devices at the same time, and you can also use the switch on the right to switch between the devices easily. It’s a pity that they don’t support aptX, but it’s not too bad considering the great sound quality.

Conclusion

All in all, the headphones are not cheap and the sound quality is not the best. But they’re definitely the best wireless noise-canceling headphones. What’s a better choice than wearing your headphones to put yourself in a whole new sound world, one that helps you concentrate or makes your journey seem faster and more comfortable when there is a lot of background noise? We have to say that the QC 35 is a solid option for people who travel a lot (especially on planes and trains), and who often stay in noisy places such as offices and coffee shops.

Pros
  • Top-notch noise cancellation
  • Broad and clear soundstage
  • Comfortable even when worn for a long time
  • Easy folding design for travel
Cons
  • Can’t turn off the ANC mode unless it’s wired
  • No aptX support

 

2.Best Battery Life – Avantree Audition Pro

Avantree Audition Pro

Avantree Audition Pro is almost the best all-around pair with an equally great price, except for the lack of active noise cancellation. The sound quality is good overall for the money. And they’re comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Both Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC are supported, with easy one-touch connection with NFC technology, and you’ll get a range of approximately 30 feet.

Avantree Audition headphones are quite comfortable with the padded ear cushioning, and they also clamp to your head nicely if you’re on the move, so walking or jogging with them is not a problem. They’re lightweight and fold right into the semi-hard case for travel.

Avantree Audition headphones are quite comfortable with the padded ear cushioning, and they also clamp to your head nicely if you’re on the move, so walking or jogging with them is not a problem. They’re lightweight and fold right into the semi-hard case for travel.

Conclusion

After testing, we’re impressed by its battery life, because it does indeed have 40 hours of listening time, which beats most other Bluetooth headphones.

Pros
  • 40 hours of battery life
  • Folds up for travel
Cons
  • Audio delay without bluetooth transmiter
 

 

3.Best For Sound Quality – Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless

Sennheiser Momentum

The overall design of the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless, with its full size, noise-canceling seal and Bluetooth wireless operation, is simple and elegant. The leather on the ear cushions (55x38x19mm LxWxD) has an extremely pleasant feel.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless has three modes: wired passive, wired active, and wireless active. When the power is on, noise canceling is active; you can’t turn off the noise cancelation when using it in Bluetooth or wired active mode.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless has two buttons, a power on/off one and a multi-function switch. It performs very well as expected for a Bluetooth 4.0 device. It does use aptX codec compression technology and is compatible with devices that support aptX via Bluetooth. You can hold down the power button for about seven seconds to enter pairing mode and to search for a new device. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless is NFC enabled and pairing with NFC-enabled devices was always easy and quick.

It’ll take about three hours to reach a full charge from a dead battery, and the battery life on a full charge is about 20 hours.

The acoustics with noise cancelation enabled was good and stable (but not the best). The bass is powerful, mids are clear and highs are bright. And the dual microphones worked well to ensure a good call quality.

Pros
  • Best sound quality
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable
  • Foldable
Cons
  • High price
 

 

4.Best Overall – Ghostek soDrop 2

Ghostek soDrop 2

Ghostek soDrop 2 stands out in comparison with the other wireless headphones for its price-performance ratio. A fashionable and modern design, cozy feeling, and great sound quality make the headphones an excellent product at this price point.

They’re made of plastic, black leather, and brushed aluminum materials, and weigh only 255 grams. They’re light, but not so light that they feel cheap, which means they don’t tire your head when you wear them. The leather headband and soft ear cushions are also very comfortable. All these features make the headphones so comfy that you can use them for quite some time without feeling uncomfortable.

The sound performance of the soDrop 2 wireless headphones is great with clear highs, present mids, and deep bass; a key reason why we picked them as our best overall wireless headphones. They are advertised as noise reducers, and they work well in blocking outside noise.

The headphones support Bluetooth 4.0 and can connect to two devices at once. AptX technology is also supported. You’ll get a range of about 30 feet, and pairing devices is easy. There are three buttons on the back of the headphones on the right cup: the volume up/down buttons and a multi-feature button. The battery life will give you about 14 hours of play time. And there’s a 3.5mm input to use them wired. What’s more, the headphones fold up well in a hard case provided by Ghostek.

Pros
  • Decent sound quality
  • Excellent price to performance ratio
  • Noise reduction works well
  • Foldable
Cons
  • Some sound leakage at high/max volume
 

 

5.Best For Working Out/Running/Exercise – Jaybird x3

Jaybird x3

Jaybird has achieved great success in the exercise-focused wireless earphone department on the back of one product, the Jaybird X2 wireless sports earphones. They’ve released the X3 as the upgraded version of X2 at a lower price.

The Jaybird X3 provides multiple ear fins (S, M, L) to keep the buds securely inside your ear. There are six pairs of ear tips (three in silicone, three in Comply foam) to offer a comfortable fit for different ear sizes. It uses 6mm drivers in the earplugs to make the fit inside the ear better. Additionally, the hydrophobic nano-coating makes the earbuds sweatproof. These features make Jaybird X3 one of the best headphones for exercise.

The X3s support Bluetooth 4.1 and can connect to two devices simultaneously. Pairing is easy, and you can use the remote on iOS/Android and the battery level will show on your phone in real time. The rope rests against the back of your head and the on/off and volume buttons are behind your right ear. You can take calls without taking the earbuds out by using the interior mic, and the call quality is good.

The battery life is about 8 hours on average at high volume. The sound quality of the X3s is great, especially the bass. The mids and highs are also clear. The Jaybird APP can adjust the sound if you’re still not satisfied.

Pros
  • Great sound

  • Sweatproof

Cons
  • A Unique device to charge  (not directly in microUSB port than X2s)

 

 

6.Best Budget/ Under $50 – MPOW Bluetooth Headphones

MPOW Bluetooth Headphones

Are you looking for a pair of wireless headphones that look good, sound good, and are foldable, but stuck on a low budget? If so, the Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones might be a solid option for you.

The Mpow headphones look like the Beats Studio Wireless, with similar curves and angles to the Beats. The ear cushion is made of memory-protein materials; it’s comfortable (though not quite comfortable as the Beats) and you can’t ask for more in this price range. There is a silver metal-looking inlay over the left cup, and over the right one there are the buttons, including volume up/down buttons, next/previous track buttons, and a multifunction button. The controls are handy and easy to use.

Designed to be passive noise isolating, they are over-ear headphones, and as such they do block out most outside noise with the music on. However, depending on the size of your head/ears, the headphones may be a little tight and become “on-ear” headphones.

The sound quality is pretty good. The headphones do not have too much bass, but they offer fairly balanced sound. In addition, there was some sound leakage during our test, but it’s not a concern unless it bothers you.

They can connect with smartphones, tablets, TVs, and other Bluetooth devices within 33 feet. Pairing is easy and quick. There is a built-in 420 mAh battery providing up to 12 hours of music time per charge. You can also use them as wired headphones if the battery drains out because there’s a 3.5mm input. A built-in microphone offers you hands-free calls; however, this is not available when the headphones are wired.

Overall, it’s a solid option for those who don’t want to spend too much on headphones. With the good quality and good customer support, they are given 4.6 rating by Amazon reviewers.

Pros
  • Good sound quality for the price
  • Inexpensive
  • Foldable
  • Passive Noise Cancellation
  • Switchable between wireless and wired mode
Cons
  • Headphones may be a little tight depending on the size of your head/ear
  • Some sound leakage
 

 

Hi there, my name is Jessica Zhang, used to work in Sony as an engineer, currently doing Masters in Networks Security from the Chiba University.Read more about her

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  1. Specter Wireless Reply

    Nice article, want to write one on one of our headphones?

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