The Best headphones under $100 are harder to find than you might think. Here at WIRED, it’s a part of our job to listen to music all day, often on exceedingly fancy and bonkers-expensive models. We have playlists for testing bass, for assessing detail, for dance parties—we get way into it. But, believe it or not, we like testing the cheap stuff just as much. When checking out headphones that pack the maximum amount of tech inside them for the money, it seems that every year companies are making better and better models.
That doesn’t mean that our work is done; e-tailers are still overflowing with cheap, awful headphones, 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 guides, including the Best Wireless Headphones and Best Wireless Workout Headphones.
Updated September 2021: We’ve added the Google Pixel Buds A-Series and Koss Porta Pro.
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