#1 Jabra Elite Active 65t
If you’re looking for truly wireless earbuds for running with a more sports-friendly design, then get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. Their bulky earbud design makes them less comfortable than the Samsung Galaxy Buds, but they feel better-built overall and are rated IP56 for advanced dust and water resistance. They sound decent and have great isolation performance, perfect for helping you get in the zone at the gym.
Like most truly wireless earbuds, they have fairly short battery life. However, they provide slightly more than 5 hours of continuous playtime, which is decent, especially considering their charging case provides 2 additional charges. As long as you store them in their case when not in use, they’ll last you the whole day.
#2 Sennheiser Momentum True
Sennheiser’s first wireless earbuds demand a hefty fee, but once you actually listen to them, you see why. The sound quality of the Momentum TW is second to none. Throw in an elegant case, an above average battery life and the ability to charge via USB-C and you have the best wireless earbuds for users who place a premium on sound quality.
#3 Bose SoundSport Free
Hoping for a vacation jog, but still want to keep up with the latest episode of The Daily? Here’s your answer. The Bose SoundSport earbuds are built for those on-the-go—who also want to stay aware of their surroundings. That means you aren’t getting any noise isolation, but it also means you won’t get hit by that bus because you are so lost in the sweet, sweet hooks of Carly Rae Jepsen. (The Jabra Elite Active, in contrast, are quite noise-cancelling.) These earbuds also water-resistant, so they’ll withstand your own sweat as well as an unexpected rain shower. Most importantly, though, is the sound: Granted you’re not in too noisy an environment like, say, an airplane cabin, these really do sound great with a good blend of highs, mids, and lows.
#4 Anker SoundCore Liberty Air
The best wireless earbuds under $100 that we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. They’re versatile truly wireless in-ears that have excellent audio reproduction and a very portable design. Their charging case provides up to 3 extra charges to help them last all day and their portability, sound quality, and great isolation make them a decent choice overall.
Unfortunately, those who don’t like the way in-ears fit will likely find them rather uncomfortable. Their earbud tips protrude quite deeply into the ear canal, which isolates quite a bit of noise but can be uncomfortable after a while. They’re also not customizable, and they only provide 4 hours of continuous playback, but they’re still versatile truly wireless in-ears that are worth considering and are a good option for commuters who don’t mind their fit. Overall, they’re the best wireless in-ear headphones under $100 we’ve reviewed.
#5 Anker SoundBuds Curve
The best cheap wireless earbuds that we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They’re more comfortable than most in-ears we’ve tested, since their earbud tips don’t enter too deeply in the ear canal and they have an ear-hook design that ensures a stable fit. Their 13-hour battery life outperforms that of more expensive models, like the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless, and they even come with a nice hard carrying case, which is a welcome addition at this price point. They’re also the best earbuds for bass that we’ve reviewed to date thanks to their exciting bass-rich sound.
On the downside, like most budget headphones, they don’t have any power-saving features, so you’ll need to remember to turn them off when not in use or else their battery will continue to drain. They also don’t have a companion app, so your EQ options are more limited. Though their ear-hook design ensures a stable fit, they don’t have the most sweatproof design, so athletes may want to consider the similar yet more sweat-resistant Anker SoundCore Spirit X Wireless. Overall, they’re the best Bluetooth earbuds we’ve tested in the budget category.
#6 JayBird X3 Sport
Jaybird is a well-known purveyor of excellent Bluetooth headphones for sport so it’s no surprise that it’s a popular option in athletic and fitness circles. The Jaybird X3 wireless in-ears, in particular, are a common pair because it’s extremely comfortable. Even with tiny 6mm drivers, its excellent sound produces a booming bass.
In terms of sound isolation, Jaybird X3 completely seals off your ear canal thereby muffling noise very well even without active noise-cancellation. For optimum comfort and fit, you can choose from a variety of silicone ear tips and ear fins.
Whether you’re an average or power sweater, Jaybird X3 doesn’t cave in as it’s protected with a hydrophobic nano-coating which is responsible for wicking away moisture.
#7 AfterShokz Trekz Air
AfterShokz is on a whole lot of new level playing field for wireless workout headphones. It specializes in bone conduction headphones that are uniquely designed to keep ears free from buds for maximum situational awareness.
It might be a newcomer, Trekz Air doesn’t fall short of features you would look for in great wireless workout headphones. It uses Bluetooth 4.2 which has a range of up to 33 feet (10 meters). It delivers crisp sound, rich bass and toned down vibrations to inspire you to move.
The dual noise-canceling microphones enhance speech quality during calls and blocks out ambient sound at the same time. Unfortunately, low volume remains an issue in AfterShokz headphones and Trekz Air is no exception.
#8 Plantronics BackBeat FIT
Plantronics is held in high regard owing to its impressive line of budget wireless workout headphones. The robust BackBeat Fit in-ears could go down as one of the best wireless workout headphones under $100.
The ear hooks and the wraparound design guarantee a snug fit even during intensive workouts. They’re lightweight, sturdy, and flexible enough to not cause discomfort.
The earbuds don’t go too deep into your ear canal so the chances of fatigue are quite slim even if you’ll wear them for longer periods. A caveat though: the ear hooks could be too tight for some ears.
The neon green, blue, and red colors are great options for runners who usually run after dark so they’d stand out on the road. The open ear tip allows for more awareness of your surrounding.
In terms of battery, it’ll last for up to 8 hours of playtime on a single use which is way above and beyond the 4-6 hours standard in wireless headphones.
#9 Bose Quietcontrol 30
The best wireless noise cancelling earbuds that we’ve tested so far are the Bose QuietControl 30. If you’re looking for more comfortable earbuds with great isolation, they’re a great choice. They have great active noise-cancelling, reproduce audio fairly well, and have a comfortable earbud fit. Like most in-ears, they have little sound leakage, which makes them a decent choice for use at the office. Their neckband design ensures your music is always at arm’s reach.
Unfortunately, there have been reports that the neckband build quality isn’t the best, as the rubber casing starts peeling off after a few months of usage. The Bose Connect app also doesn’t offer very many customization options and doesn’t provide an EQ, unlike the highly customizable Sony WI-1000X. Nevertheless, these are versatile, comfortable earbuds that are likely to please, especially for commute and travel.
#10 Powerbeats Pro
When you combine comfortable design with great sound, long battery life and Apple H1 convenience you get an all-round fantastic pair of earphones. And that’s exactly what the Powerbeats Pro is.
For its first pair of wire-free earphones, Beats collaborated even more deeply with Apple than before; building all the internal components and the design from scratch.
The more gentle curves and angles in the sculpted plastic casing make a pair of earphones that’s super light and supremely comfortable to wear for long periods. It also happens to have battery life to match, with up to 9 hours of playback outside of the case.
That’s not all either, with it being Apple-owned, Beats gets access to Apple technology, and that means you get the same H1 chip that lives inside the second gen AirPods. That means simple pairing with iOS devices, and instant pairing with any device using the same iCloud account.
Then there’s sound, which really is quite impressive given the Powerbeats price point. Lots of bass, but plenty of detail in the highs and mids. The only downside is a lack of decent noise cancelling.