The best headphones under $100 are harder to find than you might think. At WIRED, it’s part of our job to listen to music all day long, often on extremely fancy and very expensive models. We have playlists for testing bass, for evaluating details, for dance parties – we care. But believe it or not, we like to test cheap products just as much. It’s like a treasure hunt to find which ones pack the most tech for the money. And they are getting better every year.
This does not mean our work is done; retailers are always full of cheap headphones that sound cheap, so we’ll keep listening and updating our picks every few months. While you’re looking for the next great pair, be sure to check out our many other buying guidesincluding the Best Wireless Headphones, Best Wireless Workout Headphonesand Best phones with a headphone jack.
Updated November 2022. We’ve added the Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT and the JLab Go Air Pop.
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