The Best Headphones under $ 100 is much harder to find than you think. Here at WIRED, part of our job is listening to music all day, always with more imaginative and expensive models of bonkers. We have playlists for bass testing, for detail checking, for dance moves – we’ve got into it. But, believe it or not, we want to check out the cheap stuff as well. If you look at the headphones that pack the most tech in it for the money, it seems like every year companies make better and better models.
That doesn’t mean our work is done; The etailers are still flooding with cheap, awesome headphones, so we keep listening and updating our picks every few months. As you search for the next good pair, be sure to check out our rest buying instructions, including Best Wireless Headphones and Best Wireless Workout Headphones.
Updated May 2021: We added the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 and Fiio FH1s, and updated prices and links throughout.
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