Unless you’re rocking some high-end, over-the-ear, noise-canceling headphones, the new default for headphones is undoubtedly wireless earbuds. Popularized by Apple’s Airpods, there are so many to choose from that can make it hard to decide what to get. Being on a budget doesn’t help either, as there are still many mid to lower-end options available. If you’re stuck on what wireless earbuds you should get, and you’re on a budget of $100 or less, you’ve come to the right place.
Below, we’re going to layout our favorite wireless earbuds for under $100
We may as well get one of the best out of the way. The Tozo T10 Wireless Earbuds are simply one of the best options you can get for their price.
These $50 headphones offer up an assortment of features that one may expect to find only in high-end options. Bluetooth 5.0, IPX8 water resistance, and a wireless charging case can all be found within the TOZO T10s, which is just plain impressive, given the price of these things. They also offer a rich, balanced sound experience, which is of the utmost important for any audio product.
One downside is that the T10s offer only a 3.5 hour playback time per bud, which is below the industry standard, but luckily, the included charging case can net you an additional 9 hours of juice.
If you’re on an extreme budget and you’re not looking to spend even $50 on a pair of wireless earbuds, you’ll be happy to find that the SoundPEATS True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds This also allows you to use the earbuds together or separately, just in case you only want to use one earbud at a time.
As far as the battery life is concerned, it’s a bit lower than the industry standard with 3.5 hours of playback per bud. Luckily, the built-in charging case can bring your listening time up to a full 15 hours. The case sadly doesn’t support wireless charging, but for $30, it seems a bit too much to ask for.
Another great choice for one the cheap wireless earbuds come from PASONOMI. Their Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds offer up a fairly standard feature set that you’ll be able to find on similarly priced options, which is hardly a bad thing. This includes, fast pairing, Bluetooth 5.0, and IPX7 water resistance — all good things for any pair.
What makes these earbuds stand apart are their large charging case. Pasonomi claims the 2200 mA case can recharge the earbuds up to 17-18 times, which is impressive on it’s own, but that’s not all. You can also use the charge case to recharge your phone if it’s dead, too! While it may not recharge your entire phone’s battery (for example, the Galaxy S10 ships with a 3000 mAh battery), it should definitely give you enough life until you find a proper charger.
If you don’t mind getting closer to the $100 mark, and want some wireless earbuds with great battery life and style, then Creative Labs may have made the earbuds for you. The Creative Outlier Air Wireless Earphones ship with a 10-hour battery life out of the box, which blows even some of the best, high-end earbuds out of the water. Not only that, the USB C-powered charging case provides an additional 2 charges, bringing your total listening time to 30 hours, which reaches over-the-ear headphones listening time.
Creative knows a thing or two about audio, and the Outlier Airs show that. With deep bass, and crisp sound thanks to their 5.6mm graphene diaphragm, the sound experience is rather stellar. The buds also feature an attractive LED ring that channel some of Creative’s MP3 players from years ago.
These buds don’t stop there, either. You’ll be treated to Bluetooth 5.0 and TWS support, as well as aptX/AAC support, IPX5 sweat resistance for when you’re at the gym, and a quick double press on one of the buds will activate a smart assistant like Siri or Google Assistant.
If you can gather up a full $100 for your earbuds, the Creative Outlier Gold editionoffers the headphones in a sophisticated champagne gold color as well as an additional 4 hours per bud. 14 hours on a single charge is practically unheard of, so color us impressed with Creative.