20 Best Bluetooth Earbuds (In-Ear Headphones) Under $100 In 2017

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Buying the best Bluetooth earbuds (in-ear headphones), just like buying anything else these days, could give you huge headache. There are numerous products on the market, and choosing only one that is best for you requires a lot of time and exploration. Our list of 20 best Bluetooth earbuds (in-ear headphones) under $100 is designed to save you time and money, and in the process, you will even learn a little about Bluetooth earbuds.

Original Purpose of Bluetooth Earbuds

Listening to music is the most common reason for someone to buy Bluetooth earbuds, but there is another really important reason, and that’s the reason they were invented for, back in 2002. At the time, there was increase in number of car accidents caused by drivers using their cell phones while driving, and the idea was to make some kind of wireless headset that will be paired with phone and used while both hands are on the wheel. The intention was to make talking on the phone while driving safer. Although Bluetooth technology was introduced in 1998, this was the first application of this new technology. The manufacturers paired their cell phone with their headset using Bluetooth technology, and voila, the first Bluetooth headset was in use.

To conclude this little history lesson, the manufacturers of the first Bluetooth headset intended them to be a life-saver, not metaphorically, but quite literally. It is a question whether Bluetooth headsets and earbuds fulfilled their original mission or not, and it’s a tricky one. If you look at the statistics, the number of traffic accidents related to the use of phone has been increasing since the introduction of the first cell phone. National Safety Council says that approximately 25 percent of all traffic accidents in the U.S. today are caused by drivers using their phones while driving, and that is a huge percentage. However, there is no research on what kind of influence on traffic safety Bluetooth earbuds have, and whether that percentage would be even higher if nobody would have them.

In the end, it’s all up to you – if using Bluetooth earbuds for answering and making calls while driving makes you feel safe and more focused on the road, then you should buy some. Our list of 20 best Bluetooth earbuds includes a couple of Bluetooth earbuds that could be great choice for talking on the phone.

Best Bluetooth Earbuds (In-Ear Headphones) Under $100 – Top 20

Best Bluetooth EarbudsModelRatingPrice
SENSO S-2504.2$20 - $40
TaoTronics TT-BH074.4$20 - $30
TaoTronics TT-BH164.3$25 - $45
Phaiser BHS-7304.3$25 - $45
Anker SoundBuds4.0$20 - $30
Mpow Jaws4.1$15 - $30
Mpow Sport4.3$15 - $25
TREBLAB XR5004.2$30 - $50
Hussar Magicbuds3.8$20 - $40
SoundPEATS QY74.0$15 - $25
AELEC S3504.1$20 - $35
Otium4.0$15 - $30
VAVA MOOV4.6$20 - $40
AYL QY83.8$20 - $40
LEOPHILE EEL4.1$30 - $50
LEOPHILE ZERO4.6$90 - $110
Meidong HE8B4.7$70 - $90
Mighty Rock5.0$70 - $90
SMARTOMI MOTTO4.4$40 - $60
Dylan W34.3$20 - $50

In Which Cases Are Bluetooth Earbuds Better Choice Than Wired Earbuds

As we mentioned above, Bluetooth earbuds are most commonly used for listening to music. Some people might be wondering why would you buy Bluetooth earbuds, when the regular (wired) earbuds are cheaper, and the sound is better with the wired ones. Well, it all depends on what are your needs. If you are an athlete or a person that travels a lot, then Bluetooth earbuds might be the best thing for you. Also, if you are tired of all those cords hassling you whenever you move, and you don’t want to detangle bunch of cords every single day, you should try Bluetooth earbuds.

Things You Should Pay Attention to When Buying Bluetooth Earbuds

There are couple of key characteristics you should pay attention to when buying Bluetooth Earbuds – price and price-quality ratio, sound quality, battery life. Intended purpose is something that you should also think about, because there are earbuds specially made for athletes, for example. Design cannot be forgotten, and we will definitely discuss design of the products on our list, but since the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we will not emphasize it too much.

When it comes to prices, we should say that Bluetooth earbuds are indeed a bit more expensive than wired earbuds, but these differences are not really that big, and you can find pretty decent Bluetooth Earbuds for less than $40. Of course, you can also spend hundreds of dollars on your wireless earbuds, but there are also wired earbuds that could be equally expensive.

Concerning the sound quality, it has to be said that any audio that comes through Bluetooth earbuds goes through process of compressing and the sound quality might be diminished as a result of that compression, but as the technology advances, earbuds are getting better and better. Many of those from our list of 20 best Bluetooth earbuds use the latest 4.1 Bluetooth technology and state-of-the-art materials, which give you such a high-quality sound that you will immediately forget about all those wired headphones and earbuds.

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One more thing you should be aware of when you are buying Bluetooth earbuds is their battery life. Most of today’s Bluetooth earbuds have batteries that can last for at least 5 or 6 hours of constant listening to music or talking on the phone. Some Bluetooth earbuds that you will find on our list have batteries that can last for up to 12 or even 20 hours.

To summarize, when choosing Bluetooth earbuds remember one basic advice: Choose your earbuds depending on your needs – if you use your earbuds while jogging or in the gym, you should pick the ones with special ear hooks that prevent earbuds from falling out; if you are frequent traveler you should pay attention to battery, because you never know when you will be able to recharge it; and if you are just tired of all the cords that you’ve been stumbling over, you can buy whatever type of Bluetooth earbuds you like, you just have to pay attention to price-quality ratio because you don’t want to splash some serious amount of money on something that doesn’t meet your quality criteria.

Having in mind everything we said, you should be able to choose Bluetooth earbuds that fit you best, and our list is designed to narrow down your search and save you some time and money.

 Here is our list of 20 best Bluetooth earbuds (in-ear headphones) under $100.


SENSO Activbuds S-250 Bluetooth Headphones

Approximate Price : $30.00

These earbuds are optimized for active users and everything we have to say about them supports that. They come in a solid packaging, and there you will find Bluetooth earbuds connected with a cable that goes around your neck, round carrying case, 3ft long charging cable, 3 pairs of ear tips in different sizes, and on the top of all that there is also a car charger included. You will also find user manual, but you probably won’t need it since it is really simple to use these earbuds.

Regarding the design, there is nothing flashy about Activbuds S-250, but they still look stylish. They come only in black color with red, blue or gray Senso logo on the front side of each earbud. Earbuds have ergonomically designed ear hooks that you put around your ear. They ensure stability, and once you put them, there is really small chance of earbuds falling out from your ear. The ear hooks are really comfortable, and you will get used to them in no time. Ear tips are surprisingly comfortable and they are made to last, so you won’t be facing any cracking or damaging for a long time.

When speaking about technical details, the first thing you should know is that these earbuds use Bluetooth 4.1 so you will be enjoying great HD sound without connection problems. Thanks to this technology Activbuds S-250 could be connected to any Bluetooth enabled device in 30ft range. They also have CVC 6.0 noise suppression technology that reduces ambient noises. Some users have been complaining about this feature, and it seems that the problem appears when using integrated mic in a noisy environment, or during windy weather. Activbuds S-250 have IPX7 waterproof rating, which doesn’t mean that you can use them while swimming or diving. Battery is quite durable – it allows you to listen to music or talk on the phone for up to 8 hours without charging, and if put on standby it can last up to 240 hours. Charging battery takes 1-2 hours.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Simple and stylish design

Lots of accessories in the package

Extremely comfortable

Bluetooth 4.1 technology

IPX7 waterproof rating

Long Battery Life – up to 8 hours of playback time

CVC 6.0 noise reduction technology


TaoTronics TT-BH07 Bluetooth Headphones Magnetic Earbuds

Approximate Price : $26.00

People from Taotronics made great effort to design these elegant looking and stylish earbuds. They are available in four colors – black, blue, green and red. In the package, there are 3 pairs of ear hooks and ear tips in different sizes, charging cable and user manual. Ear hooks on TT-BH07 don’t go around your ears, but inside. Earbuds are comfortable and once you choose the right size of ear tips and ear hooks they will stay in your ear whatever you do. You can use them for biking, running, working out, or during any other activity. TT-BH07 are well built and durable earbuds. They have built in mic, and the controls are placed on the connecting cord near right earbud. Controls are easy to use and allow you to change the volume level, answer calls or activate Siri. Earbuds are compatible with android phones and iPhones, so you probably won’t experience any compatibility issues. Both earbuds have magnets on the outer side, and when you are not using them you can attach them with those magnets and wear them as a necklace.

TT-BH07 use Bluetooth V4.1 technology that allows easy pairing with any Bluetooth enabled device that is at most 33ft away. These earbuds use CVC noise reduction technology that should make talking on the phone much easier. Unfortunately, the biggest amount of complaints made by users is related to this function. On the other side, if you use earbuds just for listening to music, you will probably be much more satisfied. Battery is not that good as you might expect. It allows you to listen to music for up to 5 hours, and it takes 1 hour to fully recharge. Taotronics TT-BH07 earbuds have IPX5 splash proof rating, which means that your earbuds would survive some smaller amount of water, but cannot be used when swimming or diving. Earbuds are also sweatproof. Combining all that we said about TT-BH07 it is only natural to conclude that they are the best choice for running or working out.

Advantages and disadvantages

Elegant design

Ergonomically made and comfortable to wear earbuds,

Easy to use controls

Bluetooth V4.1 technology

IPX5 splash proof rating

CVC noise reduction technology

Shorter battery life than other earbuds on our list (up to 5 hours of playback)


TaoTronics TT-BH16 Bluetooth Headphones

Approximate Price : $34.00

TaoTtronics TT-BH16 is improved version of the previous Taotronics earbuds from our list. TaoTronics haven’t changed anything that was good with the previous TT-BH07 model, so everything that we praised about TT-BH07 is still there – elegant design, ergonomically made ear hooks and ear buds, compatibility with most Bluetooth devices, IPX5 splash proof rating, magnetic earbuds.

Noticeable improvements are related to connectivity, sound quality, and especially battery. Although TT-BH07 wasn’t so bad in terms of connectivity, BH-17 gives you even better signal because of integrated ceramic antenna, so you won’t have to worry that playback will be stopped because you moved your phone, and connection will be more stable. Sound is slightly improved compared to BH-07, and the only reason for that could be better quality materials, since there is no difference in codec they use (aptX codec). The biggest improvement is definitely battery life. TaoTronics went from 5 hours with BH-07 to 7 hours with BH-16, and although some would say that this is still an average, it is significant change that could attract more people to try this TaoTronics product. These earbuds are still not the best choice for people that travel a lot, but if you plan to use them in the gym or while jogging they are maybe just the thing you need. We should mention that the price of BH-16 is a bit higher compared to BH-07, but it’s still affordable for most people.

In regard to negative characteristics of BH-16 there is still noise reduction system, which is the same like with BH-07, but shows small signs of improvement, although not enough to be emphasized as significant.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Elegant and sporty design

Ergonomically made and comfortable to wear earbuds

Easy to use controls

CD-like sound quality

Bluetooth V4.1 technology and improved connectivity because of integrated ceramic antenna

IPX5 splash proof rating

Longer battery life compared to BH-07 (up to 7 hours)

/  CVC noise reduction technology


Phaiser BHS-730 Bluetooth Headphones

Approximate Price : $36.00

Design of Phaiser BHS-730 is stylish, but not so distinctive and you’ve probably noticed similarities with some other earbuds, but when it comes to quality of construction, you will be surprised. Phaiser BHS-730 are solidly built earbuds. Housings are made of metal alloy which makes them durable and strong, and on the top of that they have Nano coating that protects them from water and sweat. In a word, they look and feel expensive, and you would never guess that they are in fact affordable. In addition, earbuds are magnetic, so when you don’t use them you can wear them around your neck. BHS-730 has bullet-shaped ear tips that fit perfectly in your ears, and in-ear hooks that provide additional stability. Both ear tips and ear hooks are ergonomically designed and won’t be bothering you while you are listening to music or talking on the phone. Two earbuds are connected with a cord on which you will find controller. The cord is flat and sturdy and it doesn’t tangle. Controls are easy to use – there are three buttons that you use to control volume, play and pause tracks, and answer or make calls. Earbuds are available in 5 colors – blackout, heliotrope, lime-green, ocean-blue and red-heat. Earbuds come in package that contains a lot of additional accessories – 3 pairs of ear tips and ear hooks in different sizes, 2 clips for cord managing, sturdy zippered carrying case, and user manual.

Phaiser BHS-730 contains good-quality components that enable HD sound, and thanks to Bluetooth 4.1 technology and A2DP protocol all the tones are clear and bass is really strong. Bluetooth 4.1 technology allows pairing with almost all Bluetooth enabled devices – these earbuds can be used with all smartphones, iPods and PCs. Earbuds also have built-in mic which is good, but not great. This is partially because of CVC passive noise reducing technology. Mic picks certain amount of background noises, especially in noisy environment, Battery life is considered the only weak spot of these earbuds. Battery offers you up to 6 hours of listening to music or talking on the phone, and this feature should have been better.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Stylish design

More than solid construction

Ergonomically designed and comfortable ear tips and ear hooks

Lots of accessories in the package

Easy to use controls

Bluetooth 4.1 technology

Clear HD sound and strong bass

CVC passive noise reduction

Relatively weak battery (allows up to 6 hours of playback)


Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones

Approximate Price : $24.00

Anker Slim earbuds irresistibly remind us of Taotronics BH-07 and BH-17, so if you like elegant design and sturdy construction of Taotronics earbuds you will be equally pleased with these. These earbuds have metal housings which make them very durable, and Nano Coating makes them also sweatproof. Earbuds are connected with cord where you will find controller with built-in mic. On the controller, there are three buttons which allow you to control volume level, track playback and answer or end calls. Earbuds are also magnetic, so when you don’t use them and don’t have any carrying case with you, you can wear them around your neck without any fear of losing them. These earbuds come in a solid package which contains 4 pairs of silicone ear tips in XS, S, M, and L sizes, 3 pairs of in-ear hooks (S, M, L sizes), USB charging cable, cord management clip, shirt clip and small carrying pouch made of some kind of canvas. As you can see, the main feature that separates them from the others is extra pair of XS ear tips, so these earbuds might be the right choice for people with smaller ears and ear holes. Anker SoundBuds are available in 3 colors – black, blue/black and red/black, and if you want blue/black or red/black color combination you will have to pay a couple bucks more than for the black ones.

These earbuds have pretty good clear sound, but we can’t say that it is great since there is a little bit of distortion and sound leakage if you listen your music at high volume. Anker SoundBuds use Bluetooth 4.1 technology and can be paired easily with any iPhone or Android smart phone, Bluetooth enabled MP3 player or PC. Because of Nano coating we mentioned previously these earbuds have IPX4 sweatproof rating, and can be used even during the longest sweaty workout. They have CVC 6.0 noise reducing technology. Battery is durable – you can listen to music or talk on the phone for up to 7 hours, and it takes 1-2 hours to recharge.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Elegant design

Sturdy and durable earbuds

Comfortable earbuds

Additional pair of extra-small ear tips for people with smaller ears

Easy to use controls

Bluetooth V4.1 technology

IPX4 sweatproof rating

Long battery life (up to 7 hours of playback)

CVC 6.0 noise reducing technology

Problems with distortion and sound leakage at higher volume


Mpow Jaws Bluetooth Neckband Headset

Approximate Price : $20.00

Manufacturers of Mpow Jaws really worked hard to make their earbuds recognizable on the market, and they really made astonishing job. These earbuds have unique design – you may not like it, but you will have to admit that it is pretty distinctive. Mpow Jaws consist of a flexible neckband, which has shark-like magnetic clips on both ends. Clips should be used for placing earbuds when they are not in your ears. The idea is to protect the earbuds when they are not in use. Neckband is really lightweight and it won’t be difficult to get used to it. On the right end of the neckband you have volume controls, and on the left end you have track control buttons.  Earbuds come in a modest packaging, with 3 pairs of ear tips in different sizes and a charging cable. Some users of Mpow Jaws suggest that they are not durable enough, but the majority of them is pretty satisfied.

These earbuds use Bluetooth 4.1 technology, which enables pairing with any Bluetooth enabled device that is in 33ft range and saves battery. They use CVC 6.0 noise reducing technology which will make music listening or talking on the phone a bit easier when you are in some noisy environment, but CVC 6.0 is still not active noise canceling technology, and you should not expect perfectly clear sound. The key feature of these earbuds, besides the design of course, is battery life. This battery allows you up to 13 hours of listening to music or talking on the phone, which is pretty amazing and if we consider only battery durability Mpow Jaws are one of the best earbuds on the market. On the negative side Mpow Jaws are not waterproof, and it is not recommended to use them in water or while raining. There is possibility that even sweating could damage them – some users have been complaining about this issue.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Affordable price

Easy to use controls

Bluetooth 4.1 technology

Incredibly durable battery – up to 13 hours of playback

/ Distinctive design

/  CVC 6.0 noise reducing technology

Not as durable as some other earbuds on our list

Mpow Jaws are not waterproof


Mpow Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Earbuds Sport Running Headphones

Approximate Price : $17.00

These earbuds have interesting stylish design. They have black and shiny rectangular housings. Ear tips and in-ear hooks are made of soft silicone which makes them so comfortable. You can choose between two color combinations – one with black connecting cord and the other with blue. In-line controller with mic is on the connecting cord near the right earbud. Controls are simple and easy to use. Great feature of these earbuds is their weight – they weigh only 0.46 ounces, so you won’t experience any discomfort, even if they stay in your ears for hours. The package they come in looks kind of cheap, but you can’t expect some shiny stylish box for that amount of money. In the package, you will find 3 pairs of ear tips and ear hooks in different sizes, USB charging cable, and black zippered carrying case.

Mpow earbuds offer good sound quality with crystal clear mid-tones, and flat bass. Thanks to Bluetooth 4.1, pairing with any Bluetooth enabled device is quick and simple, and connection is strong. Earbuds are compatible with iPhone and Android phones. They have only passive noise reduction, which is not so great feature when you are in some noisy environment, because mic will pick up a lot of ambient noise, and it will be difficult for the person you are talking with to understand you. Battery life is satisfying considering the price – you can listen to music for up to 6 hours or talk on the phone for up to 7 hours. Recharge takes 2 hours.

One important flaw of these issues is that they are not sweatproof or waterproof. That would not be such a big problem if they are advertised in a different way, but since the manufacturer claims they are made for sports (jogging, running, working out, cycling) they should be waterproof or at least sweatproof. If you need earbuds for workout, and you don’t want to pay much more, there is upgraded version of these earbuds with IPX7 waterproof rating and magnetic earbuds which you can use as an alternative.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Stylish design

Lightweight and comfortable

Simple and easy to use controls

Good sound quality for the price

Bluetooth V4.1

Satisfying battery life – up to 6 hours of listening to music or 7 hours of talking on the phone

Passive noise reduction technology

Not sweatproof or waterproof


TREBLAB XR500 Bluetooth Headphones

Approximate Price : $39.00

Treblab XR500 are primarily made for sports, but you will see that they could be great choice for frequent travelers. Design is sporty, and construction is solid, so you won’t have to worry what will happen if you accidentally drop them on the ground. These are definitely durable earbuds. Treblab XR500 have silicone ear hooks and silicone ear tips. They are ergonomically designed, so you won’t feel any discomfort while wearing them. They will sit in your ears perfectly, and will stay there. Earbuds are available in 6 colors and color combinations – black/red, black/silver, green, pink, blue and white, so there is great chance that you will be able to pick the color that is complementary with your phone or phone case. Treblab XR500 earbuds come in sturdy package with USB charging cable, 3 pairs of silicone ear tips in different sizes, nice looking carrying case with Treblab logo on the upper side, and then there are 3 more pairs of foam ear tips. These foam ear tips are specially made to reduce background noise, and combined with passive noise reduction technology Treblab XR500 can offer you better experience than most of Bluetooth earbuds in this price range. Volume, track and call controls as well as mic are built into earbuds.

These earbuds offer you clear HD sound and deep bass, and if you use special foam ear tips you can get even better experience and almost completely isolate all the outside noises. Like most of other earbuds on our list Treblab XR500 use Bluetooth 4.1 technology that ensures connection to any Bluetooth enabled device (iPhone or Android phone, iPad, PC, etc.) within 33ft range. Like most earbuds made for workout, running, jogging, hiking or any other physical activity, Treblab XR500 have IPX7 waterproof rating, and are also sweatproof, so they won’t be damaged even during the hardest workout. They use passive noise reduction technology, but in this case manufacturer has managed to achieve much better noise isolation by combining passive noise reduction technology and foam ear tips. Battery is quite durable – it can last up to 9 hours, and it takes 1-2 hours to recharge.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Sporty design, available in 6 colors, solid construction

Lots of accessories

Easy to use controls

Strong HD sound and deep bass

Bluetooth V4.1 technology

IPX7 waterproof rating, also sweatproof

Long battery life (up to 9 hours of constant playback)

CVC 6.0 Passive noise reduction technology


Hussar Magicbuds Best Wireless Sports Earphones with Mic

Approximate Price : $26.00

Hussar Magicbuds are designed for active users and athletes. They come in stylish black box with a couple of accessories – besides the earbuds you will get 3 pairs of silicone ear tips (S, M, L sizes), charging cable, black carrying case, clip that should help you with cords and user manual. Design is simple but attractive. Hussar Magicbuds have flexible and ergonomically designed ear hooks which prevent earbuds from falling out and hold them in place. Ear hooks are comfortable and you will not even notice that you are wearing them. Earbuds come in only black color, and Hussar logo can be red or gray. Hussar Magicbuds have integrated microphone and volume and track controls on the left earbud. Controls are simple and easy to use. Earbuds are sturdy and the construction is solid, so once you buy these earbuds you don’t have to worry about breaking them.

The main technical feature is their sound. Manufacturer paid attention to every detail and every material that was used, and the result is incredibly clear and strong sound and deep bass. Hussar Magicbuds use Bluetooth V4.1 technology and can be connected to any Bluetooth enabled device (android phone, iPhone, laptop) that is at most 33ft away. These earbuds use CVC 6.0 noise reducing technology, and not having active noise canceling technology is probably their only flaw, but as we noticed earlier that doesn’t have to be such a tragedy. The only moment when you will experience some problems is when you are in an extremely noisy environment, and even then, it’s not like you won’t be able to hear anything, there will just be a little bit more noise besides music. Battery offers you up to 9 hours of listening to music or talking on the phone, which is more than satisfying, and it takes 1.5 hours to fully recharge. Earbuds have IPX7 waterproof rating, and they are also sweatproof, so you can be assured that hours of working out or running won’t damage them.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Simple and stylish design

Comfortable for wearing

Easy to use controls

Incredible HD Sound

Bluetooth V4.1 technology

Long battery life (up to 9 hours of playback)

IPX7 waterproof rating, also sweatproof

/  CVC 6.0 noise reducing technology


SoundPEATS QY7 Bluetooth Earphones with Mic

Approximate Price : $19.00

These earbuds are designed for athletes and active people, and that’s the first thing anyone will notice about them. Design is sporty and stylish and you can choose between six colors and color combinations –  black, white, black/blue, black/green, black/purple, black/red. They are slightly bigger than other earbuds on our list, mostly because all the controls are on the earbuds, as well as mic and charging port. Regardless of that fact, they are still not bulky and they weigh only 3.17 ounces. Ear tips and ear hooks are ergonomically designed and comfortable to wear. Besides earbuds, the package contains 3 pairs of ear tips and ear hooks in S, M, and L sizes, USB charging cable, cord management clip and zippered carrying case. They don’t seem as durable as some other earbuds on our list, but considering the price construction is solid enough.

The Sound on these earbuds is clear and surprisingly strong, and the bass should be a bit stronger. Bluetooth V4.1 technology enables pairing with most iPhone and Android smartphones, and after you pair them with some Bluetooth enabled device for the first time, the connection establishes automatically every time the same device is in range (33ft). SoundPEATS QY7 earbuds have IPX4 rating, which means they are sweatproof and makes them great choice if you are planning to use them for running, jogging, or in the gym. The battery offers up to 6 hours of constant listening to music or talking on the phone, which is average among earbuds in this price range, and again we emphasize that it is satisfying considering the price. Just like other cheaper earbuds, SoundPeats QY7 use CVC 6.0 passive noise reducing technology, so be aware that you will probably experience some problems when talking on the phone in noisy environment.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Good price-quality ratio

Sporty and stylish design

Comfortable earbuds with flexible and ergonomically designed ear hooks

Simple volume and track controls

Bluetooth V4.1 technology

IPX4 rating – sweatproof earbuds

Clear and strong sound, low on bass though

/  Battery can offer you up to 6 hours of music playback or talking on the phone

/  CVC 6.0 noise reducing technology


AELEC S350 Bluetooth Headphones

Approximate Price : $25.00

Aelec S350 have sporty design, and they come in four different colors – blue, red, green and black. They seem a little bit bulky, but they are still lightweight and won’t be hard on your ears. In the package, you will find one pair of earbuds connected with a cord, 4 pairs of ear tips and 2 pairs of in-ear hooks in different sizes, USB charging cable and sturdy zippered carrying case. Earbuds are made of plastic, and don’t seem as durable as some other earbuds, but there is still no danger of breaking if they fall on the ground. Some users have been complaining about earbuds being uncomfortable (mainly because of poorly designed in-ear hooks) or falling out from ears (because of connecting cord that sticks to clothes). Controller and mic are built into one earbud, and USB port is in the other. Controls are easy to use – you can adjust the volume, change tracks and answer and make calls (when you turn on voice dialing function on your phone).

The sound on these is clear and strong and the bass is kind of flat, but still for the price you pay it’s satisfying. CVC 6.0 noise reduction system is helpful when you are listening to music, but you can still hear background noises. Earbuds use Bluetooth 4.1 technology so you can pair your earbuds with any Bluetooth enabled device within 33ft range. You can also pair it with two or more phones at the same time. There were some reported issues concerning unstable connection, but majority of users is satisfied with this function. Aelec S350 have IPX4 sweatproof rating, and you can work out or run for as long as you like, and they won’t be damaged. Battery offers you up to 7 hours of listening to music or talking on the phone. The problem with battery is that you get low battery warning some 10 seconds before the battery dies, and the manufacturer should adjust that function so you can be warned earlier.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Lots of accessories

Satisfying durability and quality of construction

Good sound quality

Bluetooth V4.1 technology

IPX4 sweatproof rating

Long battery life – up to 7 hours of playback

/  CVC 6.0 noise reduction technology

Uncomfortable in-ear hooks

Connecting cord can be ‘’sticky’’

‘’Battery low’’ warning appears too late


Otium Wireless Sports Earphones

Approximate Price : $20.00

Just like TREBLAB XR500 or SENSO Activbuds S-250 these are primarily made for sports, and if you are a fan of this kind of sporty design and you are looking for the cheapest solution, these are just the right choice for you. Otium Earphones are available in black and red colors. Otium earphones have ergonomically designed ear hooks, at least that’s what manufacturer claims, although considerable number of users have complained that the ear hooks are too small or too big, so they tend to fall out when making sudden moves, or they feel uncomfortable. The main problem seems to be the fact that manufacturer doesn’t offer ear hooks in different sizes, so it might be good idea to go to the closest audio store and try these before buying. The Otium Earphones package, besides earphones includes 3 pairs of ear tips in different sizes, cord management clip, USB charging cable, and black carrying case with Otium logo on the upper side. The construction seems sturdy, and there were no major complaints concerning durability. Controls and mic are built into right earphone.

Otium Earphones have satisfying sound quality, but there is a lot of room for improvement. Bass is kind of flat, and if you turn the volume up to the maximum there could be some sound leakage. Like most earbuds on the list, Otium Earphones use Bluetooth 4.1 technology which allows you to connect to any Bluetooth enabled device within 33ft range. There was also certain number of users complaining about connectivity, especially about the range. The problem is that connection wasn’t stable enough although they were not so far from their phones. Earbuds are compatible with most Bluetooth enabled devices (iPhone and Android phones, PCs). Otium Earphones have IPX7 waterproof rating, which has almost become standard feature for sports earbuds. Earbuds have only passive noise reduction system, which is problem in some situations (noisy environment, windy weather). The battery offers you up to 8 hours of listening to music or talking on the phone, and can be recharged in 1-2 hours.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Sporty design

Sturdy construction

Bluetooth V4.1 connectivity

IPX7 waterproof rating

Long battery life (up to 8 hours of music playback)

Satisfying sound considering the price

/  Passive noise reduction system

Only one pair of ear hooks

Connectivity problems


VAVA MOOV 28 Wireless Sports Earphones in Ear Earbuds

Approximate Price : $30.00

Vava Moov 28 are one more elegant-looking earbuds designed for sports. Housings are made of aluminum and in-ear hooks and ear tips are made of soft silicone, so you can be sure that Vava Moov are durable and sturdy, but also very comfortable to wear.  They also have slightly angled ear tip part in order to fit perfectly into your ear. Earbuds have magnetic ends so you can connect them and wear them around your neck when you are not using them. In-line controls with built-in mic are placed on the connecting cord. Vava Moov 28 packaging is obviously inspired by Apple, and it really makes impression that you bought something much more expensive. Besides the earbuds, the packaging includes 3 pairs of ear tips and ear hooks in S, M and L sizes, short USB charging cable, one cable clip and black carrying pouch.

These earbuds offer you clear and pleasant sound, although they should be a bit louder and maybe harder on bass, but in general the sound is great, and these earbuds are one of the best options in this price range. Vava Moov earbuds use Bluetooth 4.1 technology which allows you easy pairing with any Bluetooth enabled device (compatible with iOS and Android platforms). Passive noise reduction technology does its job up to one point, and the limits of this technology were already mentioned earlier. Thanks to Nano coating they also have IPX5 splash-proof rating, which means that they won’t be damaged by sweat or light rain. One more important feature of these earbuds is their battery life. You can listen to music or talk on the phone for up to 8 hours, and recharge takes 2 hours.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Stylish design

Solid construction

Comfortable and perfect fit

Great sound quality for the price

Bluetooth V4.1

IPX5 splash-proof rating

Durable battery – up to 8 hours of music playback or talking on the phone

/  Passive noise reduction technology


AYL QY8 Bluetooth Earbuds

Approximate Price : $26.00

Design of these earbuds is so stylish and elegant that we couldn’t help but wonder whether they are made only for wearing on special occasions or you can go to gym with them. Joking aside, they are one of the most elegant looking earbuds on our list, and you don’t even have to pay much for this kind of elegance. They are black, with a silver ring on the front side of each earbud and silver AYL logo inside that ring. All the lines are carefully designed, and the earbuds have such an appealing look. Construction is solid, they seem sturdy, but you should have in mind that they are still made of plastic. They are slightly bigger than the regular earbuds since they have mic and volume and track controls built into one earbud and micro USB port in another earbud, but they are still lightweight and will fit your ears just fine. With these earbuds, you will get charging cable, 3 pairs of ear hooks in different sizes and even five pairs of ear tips so you can be certain that you will find the right size for you.

Sound quality is simply great. These earbuds use Bluetooth 4.1 technology and aptX codec which give you opportunity to experience crystal clear HD sound and powerful bass without distortion, even when you set the volume to the max.  Bluetooth 4.1 technology allows you to pair with any Bluetooth enabled device within 33ft range, and even more – these earbuds can be simultaneously connected to two different phones, but we have to stay sceptic about this function, since there were complaints regarding signal interference problems. AYL QY8 use CVC 6.0 noise reduction technology, but it could be problematic to use earbuds for talking on the phone in noisy environment. The battery offers you up to 7 hours of listening to music or talking on the phone, and it takes 1-2 hours to recharge.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Elegant design

Easy to use built-in controls

Great sound quality

Bluetooth V4.1 technology

Relatively long battery life (up to 7 hours of playback)

/  Simultaneous connection to two different phones

/  CVC 6.0 noise reduction technology


LEOPHILE EEL Wireless Neckband Headphones

Approximate Price : $40.00

LEOPHILE EEL neckband earbuds are designed for sports, especially for sports that take place near water or on the beach. Designers made an effort to combine stylish and sporty, and the result is amazing – the earbuds have such an appealing look. They are available in black and red colors. Neckband is made of soft silicone and has built-in controller and mic. Neckband is incredibly durable, you can bend it as much as you want or even wind it around your hand like a bracelet. Buttons on the controller are a bit stiff, and some people might not like that. Earbuds are made of high quality materials, they are sturdy, so they won’t be damaged easily. Earbuds and ear tips are comfortable and they snug perfectly in your ears. The problem with these earbuds is that when they are not in use, they just hang from the neckband, and if you try to run or jump they would dangle in all directions. Earbuds could be improved by having magnetic parts that would allow them to stick to the neckband ends when not in use, or by having retracting wires.  In the package, you will find 3 pairs of ear tips in different sizes and USB charging cable.

Sound is clear and warm, even at high volume, bass and treble are right on the spot, and noise reduction technology works quite well while listening to music. Leophile EEL use Bluetooth 4.1 technology and can be paired with any Bluetooth enabled device (iPhone, Android smartphone, iPad) in 33ft range, although some users complained about shortened range and connectivity problems. Two greatest features of these earbuds are IP67 dustproof and waterproof rating, and long-lasting battery (up to 10 hours of listening to music) On the other side, mic is probably the worst thing about them – the problem is the same like with all the other earbuds with passive noise reduction technology. Considerable number of users reported all kinds of malfunctions related to mic performance. If you plan to use these earbuds for listening to music during any type of sports activity then they won’t let you down, but if you want to use them for talking on the phone be aware of these issues.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Sporty and stylish design

High quality construction

Comfortable earbuds

Good sound quality

Bluetooth V4.1

IP67 dustproof and waterproof

Long battery life – up to 10 hours of music playback

/  Passive noise reduction technology

Wires are not able to retract when earbuds are not in use

Stiff buttons on remote control

Poor mic quality


LEOPHILE ZERO Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Neckband Headphones

Approximate Price : $99.00

Leophile Zero earbuds are designed for frequent travelers. Comparing to Leophile EEL these earbuds are more elegant, but definitely not as flexible since the silicone their neckband is made of is not so soft. Neckband has coated vinyl wrapper and integrated mic and controller with three buttons. In comparison to Leophile EEL controller is improved, and buttons are not so stiff any more. The problem with wires dangling and not being able to retract and stay still that we noticed with Leophile EEL is still present. Earbuds are comfortable and they will fit nicely in your ears. They are available in only black color and they come in fancy package alongside with 3 pairs of ear tips in different sizes, USB charging cable, black pouch made from some leather-like material, and one audio cable that you can use when you are low on battery. Audio cable has standard 3.5mm plug, and it is compatible with almost all smartphones and players nowadays. You can also use it on an airplane when you want to save your battery. You should remember that you have to turn off active noise cancellation technology (ANC) when using audio cable.

Leophile Zero earbuds offer you great sound quality with strong bass. They cannot compete with some professional headphones, but the sound is more than satisfying. Even when ANC is off, the sound quality stays at really high level. ANC eliminates great portion of ambient noise, especially low frequency noise, while there is a small problem with high frequency noise. Anyhow, if you’ve had some other Bluetooth earbuds with passive noise reduction, and you buy these, you will definitely feel the difference. Talking on the phone is much easier with these earbuds than with any other we mentioned earlier and ANC does its job very well. One more special thing about Leophile Zero is its battery life. Battery is incredibly durable and it can last up to 20 hours when ANC is off, or up to 15 hours when ANC is on. Recharge takes 1-2 hours.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Elegant design and solid construction

Dual mode – can be used as Bluetooth earbuds but also as wired earbuds

Great sound quality

Effective ANC technology

Long battery life – up to 20 hours when ANC is off, or 15 hours when ANC is on

Wires can’t retract


Meidong HE8B Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Earbuds

Approximate Price : $80.00

One of the best features of these earbuds is modern and stylish design. They come only in glossy black color with rhomboid shaped earbuds which make them look even more appealing.  Earbuds have black connecting cord with in-line mic and controller with ANC ON/OFF switch and 3 buttons used to adjust the volume, change tracks, and answer or make calls. The construction is solid and they make an impression that you can’t break them easily. Packaging they come in looks equally stylish, and besides ANC HE8B earbuds you will find there mini USB OTG charging cable, 3 pairs of earbuds in S, M, L sizes, two pairs of in-ear hooks and sturdy carrying case. Since you get attachable ear hooks, you can use these earbuds for running, hiking or any other kind of physical activity, and they will stay in your ears.

Although we praised a lot the looks and construction, there are some important flaws. First of all, the sound quality was not as good as you might expect. At best, we can say that it is satisfying. While the sound is clear and it can be really loud, the bass is neutral. To conclude this sound quality critique, if you are an audiophile, these are not made for you, if you need them for running or working out these are relatively good choice, and they are probably best choice for people that use their earbuds mostly for talking on the phone. ANC works good but not great and there is a problem with canceling higher frequency noise, but it is still much better experience than without ANC. Earbuds use Bluetooth 4.1 technology, so you can pair your earbuds with any Bluetooth enabled device (iPhone, iPad, Android phone, PC) in 33ft range. Meidong HE8B has pretty low durability and it can last up to 5 hours before you will be forced to use that mini USB OTG charging cable and connect your earbuds to your phone.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Modern and stylish design

Comfortable and stable because of attachable ear hooks

Active noise canceling technology

Mini USB OTG charging cable

Bluetooth V4.1

Average sound quality, neutral bass

Weak battery – up to 5 hours of playback


Mighty Rock HE8G Bluetooth Headphones

Approximate Price – $80.00

Design of these earbuds is stylish and just a bit flashy. There is only one combination of colors available – earbuds and controller are white with glossy pink edges, and connecting cord is white. Besides the earbuds, in the package you will find micro USB charging cable with OTG (on-the-go charging) function, 3 pairs of ear tips in S, M and L sizes and zippered carrying case. Construction is solid, earbuds seem sturdy, and thanks to ear tips they will perfectly snug in your ears. They don’t have ear hooks to make them more stable, so they are good option for the gym and not so good option for running or hiking or any other activity that includes lots of head movements.

Mighty Rock HE8G earbuds offer you clear and pleasant sound with just a bit too much bass. Thanks to ANC there is little to none sound leakage even at high volume. ANC chip allows you to shut out ambient noise up to 32dB and works fine for noises from 20HZ up to 2,000Hz, and it does better job with low frequency ambient noise. One more function worth mentioning is OTG or on the go charging, which means that you can use your phone or your PC to charge your earbuds’ battery, and you can even use them while charging. The manufacturer claims that it takes only 3% of your phone battery to fully charge the battery. Mighty Rock earbuds use Bluetooth 4.1 technology, which allows you to pair them with any Bluetooth enabled device (iPhone, Android phone, PC, iPad). Battery is not as good as we would like and it offers you up to 5 hours of listening to music or talking on the phone. Talking on the phone is much more pleasant thanks to great quality mic combined with ANC.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Stylish design

Sturdy and comfortable earbuds

ANC technology

OTG function

Bluetooth V4.1 technology

Sound should be better considering the price

Only one color available

Not so durable battery – up to 5 hours of playback


SMARTOMI MOTTO Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Approximate Price : $53.00

Smartomi Motto are well built and sturdy earbuds with nice attractive design. The only thing that slightly spoils the first impression is too long cable that connects earbuds and in-line controls, since it ruins the whole wireless concept. Cable is also too thin, so there is possibility of tangling. Earbuds feel comfortable and fit perfectly in user’s ears because of angled silicone-made ear tips and soft in-ear hooks. These earbuds are not made for sports, but could be quite useful during long travels and it will certainly make your ride on train or your flight more pleasant, especially because of noise canceling function. These earbuds come in nice black packaging, and along with earbuds you get 3 pairs of ear tips in different sizes (S, M, L), USB charging cable, small carrying canvas bag, and audio cable with 3.5mm jack. Audio cable is there because these earbuds can work in two modes – if your earbuds battery is full you can use them in wireless mode, but when the battery runs out you can use them as any other wired earbuds.

These earbuds offer great sound quality for the price and if you like strong bass, these are great choice for you. ANC is quite useful with low frequency noises, but don’t expect too much, they will definitely not shut out all the background noises. Just like most of nowadays Bluetooth earbuds Smartomi Motto use Bluetooth 4.1 technology, so you can pair them with any Bluetooth enabled device in 33ft range. Earbuds are compatible with all Android and iOS phones. One of the most interesting features of these earbuds is NFC function, which makes pairing to another Bluetooth enabled device so much easier. NFC enables skipping all regular pairing steps. The only thing you should do is to turn on the function, bring your phone and earbuds close one to another and they will pair. Smartomi Motto have IPX4 rating which means they are sweatproof. Battery is pretty durable, and it can last up to 7 hours with ANC function on.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Sturdy and comfortable earbuds

Dual mode (wired and wireless)

Great sound quality

Bluetooth V4.1 technology

NFC function

IPX4 sweatproof rating

Active Noise Canceling Technology

Long battery life – up to 7 hours of music playback or talking on the phone

Too long connecting cable


Dylan W3 ANC Neckband Earbuds

Approximate Price : $52.00

Dylan W3 look and feel really solid and we can say that these are really made to last. Neckband sits comfortably around your neck, but be aware that these are not really the best choice for workout, and they would probably move a lot while running. On the other side, they are great choice for frequent travelers, or for everyday use in your home or office. Dylan W3 earbuds come in stylish black packaging, and besides the earbuds, you will get 3 pairs of ear tips in different sizes, USB charging cable, and one cable management clip. Controls are placed on the right end of neckband, and they are easy to use, although the buttons are a little bit stiff.

Dylan W3 earbuds offer great sound quality with incredibly strong bass and precise treble, and when you include ANC into the equation, the sound quality gets even better. ANC really does great job with reducing lower frequency noises. High frequency noises are still present, but the general experience is just awesome. That’s the main reason why these earbuds are great choice for train or plane rides. Bluetooth 4.1 is the technology Dylan W3 earbuds use for pairing with any Bluetooth enabled device within 33ft range. Another great feature of these earbuds is long lasting battery. You can listen to music or talk on the phone for up to 15 hours when ANC is on, or even 20 hours when ANC is off. Mic quality is good, mic is well positioned, and talking on the phone will be much easier with ANC on, although person you are talking with, will be able to hear some background noises.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Sturdy construction and comfortable to wear

Simple and easy to use controls

Great sound quality

Bluetooth V4.1 technology

Active noise canceling technology

Long battery life – up to 15 hours of playback time when ANC is ON: 20 hours when ANC is OF

Stiff volume/track control buttons


After all the earbuds we’ve presented to you, we will try to sum up everything we’ve said and explain some important features your Bluetooth earbuds should have depending on your needs. We will do that through simple five steps algorithm for choosing the most suitable Bluetooth earbuds.

Step 1 – Define Your Needs

Depending on what are you planning to do with your earbuds and during which activities are you going to use them, you will be searching for different type of earbuds. In order to simplify things a little, we will divide all Bluetooth earbuds in two categories:

  • Designed for sports, and
  • Designed for travel

You will maybe question this kind of rough split, since there are much more than 2 occasions when you are going to use your earbuds, but these are the most often motives for buying them. Even more important, whatever you need them for, you will be able to fit into one of these two categories. So, if you are a business person and you need your earbuds mostly for talking on the phone, you will fit better into ‘’designed for travel’’ category, because you will need durable battery (since you don’t want your battery to run out during some important call), and you will need better noise canceling (since the person you are talking to must hear you loud and clear, and you don’t want any misunderstanding while negotiating some important business). On the other side, if you are, let’s say, blue-collar worker and you use your earbuds for listening to music while working, you will fit better into ‘’designed for sports’’ category because you will need your earbuds to stay in your ears whatever you do, and all sports earbuds have ear hooks that make them more stable. You will also need your earbuds to be dust-resistant or waterproof or at least sweatproof, since you are doing physical job that includes lots of sweat and dirt.

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There are many Bluetooth earbuds that combine important features from the first and second category, but you should be prepared to pay more to get these, since every new function pushes the prices up.

Step 2 – Define Your Budget

This one is fairly easy. You just have to define the maximum price you are willing to pay for a pair of Bluetooth earbuds. You should be aware though that you don’t have to pay a fortune to get some fancy earbuds, when you can get earbuds that meet your needs perfectly for much less money. That’s why you have our list of 20 best Bluetooth earbuds under $100.

Step 3 – Understand Important Features of Bluetooth Earbuds

Universally Important Features

Sound

Whether you are buying earbuds designed for sports or designed for travel, the sound quality is equally important, and you should pay attention to it. If you don’t have sensitive ear and can’t tell the difference, you should read some of our reviews and acquire at least general understanding of sound, bass, mid tones and treble. Depending on what type of music you listen, you will be happier with one pair of earbuds than with other, and the best thing would be to try them before buying.

Durability

Since we live in the age of consumerism, products are usually not made to last. Bluetooth earbuds market is flooded with cheap earbuds, that will stop working after one month or so. We have tried to give you some good choices based on our experience but also based on experience of other people that have been using earbuds from our list for quite some time. In general, if you want your earbuds to last, you should be looking for those made from better quality materials (metal alloys, protective silicone, etc.).

Comfort

Whatever you do, you don’t want your earbuds to annoy you, or to hurt you. Some manufacturers don’t pay enough attention to this feature, and there are some earbuds on the market that can be so uncomfortable, that you won’t be able to wear them for more than hour or two, and that would be such a waste of your money. We managed to include in our list some really comfortable earbuds – most of them have ergonomically designed and silicone-made ear tips and ear hooks in different sizes.

Connectivity

Since we are talking about wireless Bluetooth earbuds, connectivity is crucial feature. Most of Bluetooth earbuds today use Bluetooth 4.1 technology, which allows connecting to any Bluetooth enabled device – Android phone, iPhone, PC. Compatibility with all devices is one great thing about Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth 4.1 also enables faster data transfer and lower consumption of battery, and these are the reasons why Bluetooth earbuds became so popular.

Important Features of ‘’made for sports’’ Earbuds

Ear Hooks

In order to use your earbuds for running, cycling, jogging, hiking or working out, they have to be able to stay in place once you put them in your ears. That’s why all sports earbuds should have ear hooks, and the important thing about them is finding balance between being soft enough to be comfortable, and being hard enough to stay in your ears whatever you do.

Resistance

In order to last more than a few days, sports earbuds must be protected with additional layers of coating which make them resistant to water, sweat or dust. You will know that they are protected because of IPX ratings that can be found in specifications. Commonly used ratings are: IPX4, IPX5, IPX6, IPX7, IP67, and below you can find the meanings of these ratings.

IPX4 – resistant to splashes of water

IPX5 – resistant to water jets

IPX6 – resistant to powerful water jets

IPX7 – waterproof (device can survive in depths up to 1m for 30 minutes)

IP67 – dustproof and waterproof

Any rating from IPX4 to IPX7 implies that earbuds are sweatproof.

Important Features of ‘’made for travel’’ Earbuds

Battery Life

When you are frequent flyer, the best thing you could take with you are Bluetooth earbuds with long lasting battery. You never know when your flight is going to be delayed, or when you will be able to recharge your battery. That’s why battery life has such an important place in your search for earbuds made for travel.

Noise Canceling

Most of today’s Bluetooth earbuds use some kind of noise canceling technology – passive or active. Passive noise canceling (or reduction) technology offers you relatively good experience, and combined with well-fitting ear tips it can shut out certain amount of ambient noises, but you will still be able to hear most of noises around you. If you want to completely shut out background noises you will have to pay more, and buy earbuds that use active noise canceling technology.

Step 4 – Learn from Users’ Experience

Let’s say that you chose earbuds you like based on our advice. The only thing left to do is to buy them, right? No. Although you’ve checked all the specifications, and you like everything about these earbuds, you should never buy them immediately. If you want to be certain that you are making a good purchase, you should explore a little bit more about other users’ experience and see if they often report issues about earbuds you want to buy. Product ratings and user reviews on internet sites can be very helpful, and you should pay attention to them. After you finish your exploration, there is only one more step.

Step 5 – BUY Your Bluetooth Earbuds

We hope that our text helped you understand all the important things about Bluetooth earbuds, and if we managed to earn your trust, take a look at our list of 20 best Bluetooth earbuds under $100, and save yourself some time and money.


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