Top 5 Best Wireless Earphones/Earbuds Under $100 Of 2021


In our busy lives, a great pair of hassle-free wireless earphones can be an everyday item. With device manufacturers phasing out headphone jacks and the propensity for wires to tangle, many people are switching to wireless earbuds for their listening pleasure.

Of course, some wireless earbuds are better than others. In this article, we’ll discuss the best wireless earphones on the market with a price tag below $100 USD.

The top 5 best wireless earphones/earbuds under $100 are:

At $100 USD, you’ll find plenty of great wireless earbuds. There are plenty on the market that are cheaper (and plenty more expensive). $100 will likely get you a quality pair without breaking the bank!

Since we’re having a discussion within the context of a price cap, I figure I should leave a link to a related My New Microphone article: Are Expensive Headphones (Or Cheap Headphones) Worth It?


What Makes A Great Wireless Earphone?

Though the term “best” is subjective, we should still list the criteria used to determine what makes a great pair of wireless earphones.

  • Comfort: this is perhaps the simplest yet most important criterion of any pair of earphones. Though highly subjective, factors such as weight; shape, and the overall dimension play a role in comfort.
  • Battery life: because wireless transmission requires power, wireless earphones will require batteries. The amount of time it takes for the battery to drain from fully charged is an important factor to consider.
  • Wireless specifications: do the earbuds use the Bluetooth protocol or some other type of wireless transmission? Will they be compatible with your current set up? Are the earbuds true wireless (two independent receivers for the left and right buds) or “regular” wireless (the two earbuds must be connected via a wire)? These are questions worth asking.
  • Frequency response: a great pair of earphones should be able to reproduce the full audible spectrum from 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz with clarity.

With that, let’s get into our top 5 best wireless earphones under $100!

To learn more about wireless earphones before we jump into the best models under $100, please consider reading the following My New Microphone articles:
How Bluetooth Headphones Work & How To Pair Them To Devices
How Do Wireless Headphones Work? + Bluetooth & True Wireless


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JBL Reflect Flow

Let begin with the JBL Reflect Flow (link to check the price on Amazon) from the popular audio brand JBL.

JBL Reflect Flow

The JBL Reflect Flow is a pair of true wireless earbuds. True wireless means that each earbud has its own wireless receiver and so there’s no need to have the two earpieces tethered together. These earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0 to pair wirelessly to compatible audio devices within a range of 10m / 33 ft.

The supported Bluetooth profiles are A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.5 and HFP 1.6.

The lithium-ion battery offers a maximum playtime of 10 hours, and a full charge (from 0% to 100%) takes less than 2 hours to complete via the Reflect Flow charging case. A fully charged charging case holds 20 additional hours before the entire system has to be plugging into power mains.

The 5.8mm dynamic drivers are tuned to give a full frequency response of 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz. Once snug in the ear canal, these wireless earbuds listeners will experience a surprisingly full bass with detailed mids and highs.

For more info on frequency response, check out my article What Is Headphone Frequency Response & What Is A Good Range?

A proper fit is made easy with 3 differently sized detachable “Freebit” ear wings and 3 sizes of comfortable silicone eartips. Mix and match to find the perfect fit for bass response, comfort and stability.

With an IPX7 rating, these earbuds are great for sweaty workouts and walks in the rain. Just don’t submerge them under a meter of water, and you’ll be fine!

Note that the charging case does not share this IP rating and is not waterproof.

Each earphone features a MEMS microphone for telephony that allows the JBL Reflect Flow to double as a mic (common with Bluetooth headphones). These mics allow for hands-free stereo calls and easy access to the voice assistants of the paired device.

To learn more about MEMS microphones, check out my article What Is A MEMS Microphone? (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems).

Additional technology includes Ambient Aware and TalkThru, which both work by allowing external sounds to be heard. The difference between the two is that TalkThru turns down the audio and lets environmental sounds in. These features are accessible by simply tapping the exterior face of the earbuds.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 5.8 mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: 14 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 102 dB SPL
  • IP Rating: IPX7
  • Open/Closed-Back: in-ear
  • Weight: 85g with charging case
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.0

To learn more about headphone specifications, be sure to read my article Full List: Headphone/Earphone Specifications w/ Examples.

JBL is featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
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Top 10 Best Loudspeaker Brands (Overall) On The Market Today
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Top 11 Best Subwoofer Brands (Car, PA, Home & Studio)
Top 11 Best Car Audio Speaker Brands In The World
Top 11 Best Soundbar Brands On The Market
Top 8 Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker Brands On The Market


Cambridge Audio Melomania 1

Next up are the superb Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 (link to check the price on Amazon) earbuds.

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1

The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 is another pair of true wireless earbuds that uses Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology. They connect easily to compatible Bluetooth audio devices, and the BT5 Class 2 connection is very strong, with a range of 10m / 33 ft.

Auto-pairing will take place with the last paired device as soon as the earbuds are removed from the case.

The supported codecs are aptX, AAC and SBC, and the profiles are A2DP, AVRCP, HSP and HFP. The Qualcomm chip and Kalimba DSP lower latency for superb sync.

These earbuds have a battery life of 9 hours with continuous playback. The charging case holds an additional 36 hours for 4 additional earbud charges before the system must be topped up. It takes approximately 30 minutes to charge the earbuds from 0% and 2 hours to charge the case from 0%.

The earphones are built around graphene-enhanced 5.8mm dynamic drivers. When fitted properly, we can expect deep bass and clear treble across the earphone’s 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz frequency response.

To learn more about dynamic drivers and driver size, check out my articles The Complete Illustrated Guide To Moving-Coil Dynamic Headphones and What Is A Good Driver Size For Headphones? respectively.

The Melomania 1 earbuds are rather small and fit nicely in the ear canal without being bulky on the outside. To ensure a comfortable and secure fit, Cambridge Audio includes 3 pairs of differently-sized silicone eartips along with a pair of memory foam eartips. A proper fit also improves passive noise isolation, allowing for safer enjoyment at lower volumes.

An IPX5 rating means these earphones are sweat and water-spray-resistant. So long as you don’t drop them in water, they should hold up well during workouts and rainy weather. The case, when closed, shares this rating.

The Cambridge Audio earbuds have built-in MEMS microphones with cVc™ noise cancellation for clear communication, whether that be with calls or with voice assistants.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 5.8mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: no info
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: no info
  • IP Rating: IPX5
  • Open/Closed-Back: in-ear
  • Weight: 4.6g each (charging case 37g)
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.0

Cambridge Audio is featured in the following My New Microphone articles:
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Earfun Air Pro

The sleek and stylish Earfun Air Pro (link to check the price at Earfun) comes in at number 3.

Earfun Air Pro

The Earfun Air Pro true wireless earphones utilize Bluetooth version 5.0 as their wireless protocol with aptX, AAC and SBC audio codecs. It has a maximum operating range of up to 15m / 49 ft.

The supported Bluetooth profiles are A2DP, AVRCP, HSP and HFP.

Fully charged, the earbuds have a battery life of 9 hours. An additional 23 hours are available in a full charging case for a total of 32 hours before the system must be plugged in. Fast charging means that a 10-minute charge will net 2 hours of extra playtime.

Note that, with active noise cancellation engaged, the battery life drops down to 7 hours on the earbuds and a total of 25 hours (versus 32) with the charging case.

The Air Pro earbuds are designed with 10mm composite dynamic drivers, capable of delivering powerful bass and remarkable audio clarity, given the earphone’s price. These custom-designed speakers are made in collaboration with the respected Chinese speaker manufacturer Edifier.

In addition to superb sound, the Earfun Air Pro features proprietary QuietSmart active noise-cancellation technology that cancels out up to 38 dB of external noise with a proper fit. This ANC utilizes two microphones per earbud with both feedback and feedforward cancellation circuits. The result is notable, especially for such small earbuds.

For more information on active noise cancellation in earphones, check out my article How Do Noise-Cancelling Headphones Work? (PNC & ANC).

Three different sized soft silicone ear tips help you achieve the perfect seal for a trifecta of comfort, noise cancellation and sonic quality.

In addition to the ANC mics, the Air Pro features 3 additional microphones per earbud for advances noise-cancelling telephony. This microphone system’s customized algorithm reduced noise and enhances the voice of the person wearing the earbuds. Accessing voice assistants is easy, and calls are made crystal clear on both ends.

Use the earbuds in stereo mode or single earbud mode, depending on your situation.

Typical functions (calls, ANC, voice assistant, music) are made possible with a built-in accelerometer sensor and tap control directly on the outer face of the earbud.

An IPX5 rating means these earbuds will continue to work as you work out. They also perform well in rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions. Note that the earbuds are not entirely waterproof; they’re simply water-resistant. The charging case is not waterproof.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 10 mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: no info
  • Frequency Response: no info
  • Sensitivity: no info
  • IP Rating: IPX5
  • Open/Closed-Back: in-ear
  • Weight: 5.35g per earbud (53g total)
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.0

Creative Outlier Gold

The Creative Outlier Gold (link to check the price on Amazon) is a great pair of earphones that resemble the typical form factor of in-ear monitors.

Creative Outlier Gold

The Creative Outlier Gold true wireless earphones use Bluetooth 5.0 with Qualcomm aptX, AAC and SBC audio codecs for low-latency listening. Its operating range is up to 10m / 33 ft.

The supported Bluetooth profiles are A2DP, AVRCP and HFP.

Each earbud has a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that holds 14 hours of playtime per charge. The included charging case offers an additional 25 hours for a total of 39 hours before the entire system must be plugged into power mains. The earbuds take 2 hours to charge via the case, and the case takes 3.5 hours to charge USB (assuming 0% in both).

The Creative Outlier Gold has 5.6mm dynamic drivers fitted with graphene driver diaphragms. Graphene is a super-material, lighter than paper, stronger than steel, and a better conductor of electricity than copper.

When properly fitted, the listener will experience the fullness of these drivers across the balanced frequency response.

The superior fit of the Outlier Gold earbuds is nearly universal. Place the buds in your ear and twist them gently to achieve a secure fit. The earphones only come with two sizes of soft silicone eartips (two pairs of each size) since the company is so confident the buds will fit.

The ergonomic design is met with an IPX5 rating, meaning these earbuds will continue to perform as designed in wet environments. Just don’t go throwing the earbuds (or the charging case) into water or other fluids!

Both earbuds are fitted with a built-in microphone for calls and smart assistant functions. Listen to calls in both earphones at once.

Assign your preferred side at the main control for the earphones by placing the other earbud in the charging case. Touch control offers the typical call, voice assistant and music commands.

Combine Creative’s Outlier Gold earphones with its Super X-Fi software by activating the SXFI App wirelessly on your mobile device.

This technology uses complex algorithms and computationally intensive techniques to custom fit audio, for every individual, through a sophisticated Head and Ear-Mapping process.

By doing so, SXFI effectively recreates the realism and spaciousness of high-end loudspeaker systems in professionally tuned rooms, only in headphones.

Of course, this is difficult to achieve by any means. However, the Outlier Gold earphones do sound pretty good with (and without) Super X-Fi.

This software can work on local audio (audio/music saved to the device) but may not work with streaming content.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 5.6 mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: no info
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: no info
  • IP Rating: IPX5
  • Open/Closed-Back:
  • Weight: (54g /1.9 oz charging case)
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Microphone: MEMS|Omnidirectional|100-10,000 Hz|-42 dBV/Pa

Creative is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 9 Best Portable DAC (Digital-Analog Converter) Brands.


Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2

Let’s wrap up by discussing the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 (link to check the price on Amazon) from Anker’s popular consumer audio brand, Soundcore.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 is yet another pair of true wireless earbuds. Like the others on this list, it uses Bluetooth 5 for fast, easy and reliable connectivity. The range of this connection is 10m / 33 ft.

The supported codec is Qualcomm aptX. Bluetooth profiles include A2DP, AVRCP and HFP.

The Liberty Air 2 has 7 hours of playtime per charge. 21 more hours are made possible via the charging case for a total of 28 hours. Fast charging allows 10 minutes of charging to net an additional 2 hours of playtime.

These earbuds deliver a notable amount of bass while remaining clear across the mids and highs. This is made possible via the diamond-inspired drivers and tight fit of the earbuds.

To find the right fit, the Liberty Air 2 comes with 5 pairs of differently-sized eartips. Choose the size the suits your ear canal the best, insert the earbuds into your ears and twist them forward to lock them in place.

Though the stemmed design may make it seem like these earbuds will fall out easily, they actually stay in place quite firmly. I wouldn’t recommend them for running, though they do fit securely for low-impact listening.

To learn about my recommended wireless earbuds for running, check out the following My New Microphone articles:
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Use the earbuds in mono or stereo. To engage mono mode, take one earbud out of the charging case and leave the other in the charging case.

4 built-in microphones with cVc noise reduction technology make calls a breeze and voice assistant utilization easy for hands-free operation of the earphones and the paired device.

The earbuds’ IPX5 rating tells us the headphone are sweat and water-resistant. Note that the charging case is not waterproof.

Download the Soundcore App on the paired audio device to enhance the listening experience even further. The app allows users to choose from 22 EQ settings or to customize the EQ themselves. The HearID feature will create a personalized sound profile for an ideal output for the user. Other functions include customizing on-ear controls and easy firmware updates.

Touch controls control music, calls, activate voice assistants, or even power on/off.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 6 mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: 16 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: no info
  • IP Rating: IPX5
  • Open/Closed-Back: in-ear
  • Weight: 58.97g with charging case
  • Wireless/Wired: Bluetooth 5

Honourable Mentions

There are plenty of other wireless earphones under $100 worth discussing. Here are 5 more:


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Arthur

Arthur is the owner of Fox Media Tech and author of My New Microphone. He's an audio engineer by trade and works on contract in his home country of Canada. When not blogging on MNM, he's likely hiking outdoors and blogging at Hikers' Movement (hikersmovement.com) or composing music for media. Check out his Pond5 and AudioJungle accounts.

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