You don’t always have to fork out a lot of money to get a good pair
Bluetooth earphones can often be far more expensive than wired earbuds, so we thought we’d take some time to show that you don’t always have to fork out a lot of money to get a good pair.
In this article, we’ll be specifically focusing on the best Bluetooth earphones for under $100. We’ll start with the most expensive options and will make our way down to the budget choices.
#1 – Jaybird Tarah – $99.99
Overview: Good audio quality perfect for workouts and running.
Jaybird is easily one of the leading brands in the wireless earphone game. The Jaybird Tarah is one of their more affordable headphones, but it still offers a great sound range for the price.
The Jaybird Tarah is catered more towards those looking for good audio equipment while working out or out on a run.
This is reflected by the secure ear gel tips and design that wraps the wire safely around the back of your neck. The Jaybird Jarah is also waterproof and sweat proof, and you’ll get roughly 6 hours of usage on one charge. Quick charge technology lets you get up and going quickly when battery is low.
The sound is quite good, with reasonable mids, lows, and highs. To give you more control, you can use the Jaybird Custom EQ app to can switch between sound presets, boost bass, or create your own custom sound profile.
The app also has a ‘Find Your Fit’ feature that helps you to find the most suitable fit for the gel tips.
#2 – ADV.Sound Model 3 – $78.99
Overview: Best audio quality with a few small sacrifices in terms of design.
ADV.Sound are best known for creating excellent budget earphones that have a premium sound range. If you care more for high quality sound over comfort and practicality, the Model 3 from ADV.Sound is something we’d recommend checking out.
The Model 3s include sound reduction technology to block out any background noise, and their audio is worth writing home about. You can expect some truly deep bass, trebles that aren’t too over pronounced, and reasonable mids. At this price point, you’ll be lucky to find anything better.
As far as comfort goes, the ADV.Sound Model 3s start to show their weakness. The shape of the earbuds take some getting used to. You can choose to attach two different cables. One cable lets you connect through a wireless Bluetooth receiver and the other lets you connect via headphone jack. In wireless mode, you can get roughly 5 hours of usage on one charge. Unfortunately, charge time is a disappointing 1.5 hours from 0 to 100%.
Both options feel a little unwieldy, and whilst you can still place the wireless cable around your neck to keep it out of the way, it wouldn’t be as suitable for running as the Jaybird Tarah or other options below.
#3 – OnePlus Bullets Wireless – $69.99
Overview: Extremely comfortable and supports calling and voice assistants.
The OnePlus Bullets surprised me. They are incredibly comfortable, offering features and a design that you’d often see on earphones that cost twice as much.
We’ll start with the non tangle neck band – it fits comfortably on your neck and on either side you’ll have controls for volume and using the microphone.
The earbuds have wings to help them stay securely in your ears, and the tips have magnets so that you can clip them together and let them fall to your chest. As soon as your earphones clip together, your music will pause and the earphones will turn off to save battery. This is something you’ll never want to go back from once you’ve experienced it.
The battery life on the OnePlus Bullets is tremendous. Thanks to quick charging, you can get 5 hours of use from a 10 minute charge.
An included microphone allows you to make voice calls with your phone away from your mouth, and you can also communicate with your voice assistant. (Either Google Assistant or Siri, depending on your smartphone).
So what about the sound? It’s pretty decent, especially the highs and the lows, but the bass falls flat a little. If you’re a basshead, I’d suggest choosing something like the ADV.Sound Model 3s.
#4 – Anker SoundBuds NB10 – $39.99
Overview: Great budget option for sports and workouts.
At more than half the price of the Jaybird Tarahs, the Anker SoundBuds NB10 earphones are a surprising find. First, the build quality and overall design is great. The NB10s feel sturdy and they fit snugly around your neck. The NB10s are also waterproof and sweatproof, so you won’t come into any trouble if you get caught in the rain.
The earbud drivers may be a bit too big and clunky for some people, and they certainly aren’t as light as some options. But on the flip side, you get some very impressive bass and surprisingly good mids. The highs are a little discomforting at higher volumes, so make sure you consider that before blasting your ears at 100% volume.
You can get 6 hours of use out of one charge on the NB10s but you’ll need to charge these for about an hour to get them fully juiced up.
#5 – Creative Outlier ONE – $29.99
Overview: Extremely Lightweight alternative for budget running earphones.
The Creative Outlier ONE is an excellent budget choice for those that care about keeping their earphones as lightweight as possible. The tangle free cable can fit comfortably around your neck and the winged earbuds ensure they stay securely in your ears.
The Outlier ONE’s battery is very impressive. You can get up to 9.5 hours of use. The full charge time is 2.5 hours, but it’s understandable considering the larger battery capacity.
At this price, you’d expect there to a be an equally sized sacrifice to the sound quality, but that’s not the case. In fact, there’s a good level of bass and the highs and lows are well balanced. They aren’t quite in line with the ADV.Sound Model 3s or even Jaybird Tarah earphones, but they are surprisingly close.
Thanks for taking a read through our overview on some of the best Bluetooth earphones for under $100. For a quick summary, here are the products we have covered:
- Jaybird Tarah – $99.99
- ADV.Sound Model 3 – $78.99
- OnePlus Bullets – $69.99
- Anker SoundBuds NB10 – $39.99
- Creative Outlier ONE – $29.99
Hopefully there is something in this list that fits your budget and preferences. Do you have any other questions about these earphones? If you do, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll reply when I can.