The best headphones under $100 are harder to find than you might think. Here at WIRED, part of our job is to listen to music all day long, often on extremely stylish and insanely expensive models. We have playlists for testing bass, evaluating details, dance parties – let’s get started. But believe it or not, we like testing the cheap stuff just as much. It’s like a treasure hunt to find the ones that offer the most technology for the money. And they get better every year.
This doesn’t mean our work is done; E-retailers are still overflowing with cheap headphones sound cheap, so we’ll listen carefully and update our picks every few months. If you’re looking for your next great pair, be sure to check out our many other buying guides, including the best wireless headphones, the best wireless workout headphones, and the best phones with a headphone jack.
Updated October 2023: We added the Anker Soundcore Space A40, Anker Liberty 4 NC, JLab JBuds Mini, Logitech G Pro X, and Logitech G333 in-ear gaming monitors.
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