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Best Earbuds Under 100 USD – Buying Guide and Earbuds Reviews

When earbuds first came out, they used to be pretty expensive. Lucky for everyone, that is not the case anymore.

There are so many options for earbuds that you can get for literally under $100 – including wireless ones!

There are a lot of earbuds out there though, how do you know which ones to buy?

Easy! Read our article and you’ll be on your way to purchasing the best earbuds under $100.

The 13 Best Earbuds Under $100 For 2019

GGMM Nightingale

The very first headphones to make it onto the list are from GGMM. A lot of the headphones on this list are from brands that you probably haven’t heard of.

If you’re buying headphones under $100, that is one thing that you’ll have to compromise on. With that being said, brand names aren’t always everything!

These are super inexpensive, give you four different colors to choose from (Gunmetal Gray, Gold, Silver, and Black), and are even noise-isolating.

Notice we said noise-isolating and not noise-canceling. There is a difference.

These will focus the sound in your ear, making it sound crisp and clear but they don’t actively block out any sound.

Another thing we like is that it comes with three different tip sizes – small, medium, and large. They’re actually super comfortable and this makes it so anyone can find something that fits them.

These are corded but the cord is super long at 3.9 feet and also extremely durable.

There’s volume control and also a microphone on here so it’s perfect for phone calls as well.

Worried about purchasing cheap headphones from a brand you’ve never heard of? Well, don’t. These actually come with a lifetime warranty! No matter what goes wrong, you can actually return these for a fresh pair. Nothing beats a lifetime warranty and they might be worth purchasing for that exact reason.

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All in all, a strong pair of headphones to start off our list.

What We Loved

  • Noise isolating
  • Comes with three different tip sizes

What We Didn’t Like

  • Cord a little bit too long, can get tangled easily

Symphonized NRG 3.0

If you want headphones that not only sound great but look amazing as well, then you should consider going with the Symphonized NRG 3.0.

These have a beautiful wooden finish that really makes them look a lot more expensive than they actually are.

They’re handcrafted with genuine wood and come in seven different colors so no matter what you love, you can easily find something.

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Okay okay, these may look fantastic but how do they sound? Let us tell you.

They give you a powerful, crisp acoustic sound with a really good bass for their size. Usually, with earbuds, you have to compromise on bass, but not with these guys.

They come with three different tip sizes, so you’ll be able to try each one out and see which one works best for you.

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These are noise-isolating earbuds as well, but we would almost go as far as to call them noise-canceling. They do an excellent job at keeping the sound in and any excess noise out.

One small complaint is that the wire does feel a bit cheap. The headphones themselves are great, but the cord and the volume controls don’t match up to how great the headphones themselves are.

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They also come with a cute little carrying bag! Good price, good quality, and great customer service. Good job, Symphonized. Good job.

What We Loved

  • Beautifully designed
  • Comes with carrying bag

What We Didn’t Like

  • Wire feels a bit cheap

Panasonic RP-HJE120-PPK

This is one of the few name brands to make it onto the list. Panasonic is one of the few brands that actually make decent headphones at a really good price.

These might be some of the least expensive headphones in the whole entire world. Okay maybe not actually, but they’re pretty dang cheap.

You get eight different color options and can choose whether you want to buy them with or without the microphone.

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Maybe you never talk on the phone or maybe you’re buying them for your child you more often than not lose their headphones, save yourself a few bucks and get them without the mic.

The tips are extra soft and conform to your ears. These are some of the most comfortable earbuds around for sure.

The cord is super long at 3.6 feet so while they’re not wireless, you can go almost anywhere with a 3.6-foot-long cord.

As far as sound, they sound pretty good. They don’t have the most powerful base in the world and they don’t necessarily do an amazing job at noise-canceling but hey, for the price, what do you expect really?

These are decent headphones and may even be the best headphones under $20.

What We Loved

  • Good color options
  • Well-rounded sound (bass, mids, and highs)

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not great at noise cancelation

Potronic Extra Bass

Potronic gives us another extremely beautiful pair of headphones. These are simply designed and very aesthetically pleasing if we do say so ourselves.

They come in three different colors including rose gold, gold, and black. If you want our opinion, go for the gold.

If you struggle to find earbuds that are small enough for your ears, these are designed specifically for smaller ears.

They’re also great if earbuds usually hurt your ears but you don’t want to purchase bulky over-the-ear headphones. These are tiny and will pop right in.

They’re also perfect for working out! These will stay in your ears no problem even during the most vigorous of workouts.

They also include a couple of other great features that we didn’t expect. It comes with a circular carrying case to help keep them in good shape over their lifetime. The ends of the headphones are also magnetized!

What’s the point?

It keeps the headphones together at the end and actually helps to prevent tangling. Smart thinking.

The bass is also pretty banging for such a small pair of headphones. We really don’t have much to complain about with these.

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Saying that the bass can sometimes overpower the rest of the sound, muddling up some of the highs and mids.

If the bass is your first priority with earbuds, then move this pair to the top of your list.

What We Loved

  • Great design
  • Small enough to be comfortable in any ear
  • Comes with carrying case

What We Didn’t Like

  • Bass can overpower the rest of the sound

FOCUSPOWER F10

The next headphones we have are, for lack of better words, super cool. Seriously. Just look at them! These are true wireless headphones that don’t plug into your phone or connect to each other.

These are super small, super comfortable headphones. They’re lightweight so you’ll barely even know that they’re in your ears.

Generally, the number one concern for people with wireless earbuds is play time. Often, you’ll only get up to three or four hours.

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Not the case with FOCUSPOWER F10. These bad boys give you up to six hours of play time! That’s almost unheard of with wireless headphones.

They also allow multi-point connection. What does that mean exactly?

You can actually connect two different devices to these headphones!

One of the few complaints that we have is that you really need to make sure you place these firmly in your ear. Such is the nature with wireless earbuds, but these will fall out if you don’t take the time to place them properly.

It’s really hard to find decent wireless earbuds at a reasonable price that actually sound good.

Especially with iPhones not having a headphone jack anymore, wireless headphones are going to start becoming more and more popular.

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They even come with a carrying case and feature wireless charging! Futuristic.

If you’ve been looking to make the jump to wireless earbuds but haven’t been able to settle on a pair, then you should pull the trigger on the F10 headphones from FOCUSPOWER. They definitely do not disappoint.

What We Loved

  • No wires whatsoever
  • Super lightweight
  • Comes with carrying case
  • Wireless charging

What We Didn’t Like

  • Can be a bit tricky to get to stay in your ear

Middox Tech Excellent series 358

Wireless headphones aren’t for everybody, we understand that. They are amazing but not without their faults. Back to wired headphones.

These headphones are well under $100 and come in two different colors – black or white. Not the best colors in the world but at least you get some choice.

The sound is very well-rounded, and you get the best of everything. The bass isn’t too overwhelming and the highs/mids sound crystal clear.

They come with a microphone and even a clip to keep it attached to you. A lot of people take the clip off, but it actually does come in handy when you’re working out and don’t want your headphones bouncing all over the place.

Like a lot of the other earbuds on our list, these ones from Middox feature noise isolation technology. It’s not the best noise isolation we’ve seen, but at least they try.

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Another thing that we love is that they come with a hard carrying case! It may not be the biggest deal in the world but keeping your headphones in a case can really do a lot to help extend the life of your earbuds.

Where these earbuds excel is in providing a clear sound.

They may not be the prettiest or the fanciest headphones in the world, but they give you a high-quality sound an extremely low price.

What We Loved

  • Well-rounded sound
  • Includes microphone and also a clip
  • Also includes hard carrying case

What We Didn’t Like

  • Noise isolation could be a bit better

Actionpie In-ear Headphones

Up next is a pretty cool looking pair of headphones from Actionpie. They only come in gray but honestly, gray is probably the best color they could’ve come in anyway. They’re super sleek and designed really nicely.

They feature soft silicone earbuds and sit really nicely in your ear. They’re probably some of the more comfortable earbuds out there.

Actionpie has also managed to give you a fairly well-rounded sound. The bass is powerful without drowning out the clarity of the mids and highs.

They’re super lightweight, even with the cord, so they’re perfect for long-term use and also for working out. They won’t drag you down as you’re running on that treadmill.

They give you three different sizes of ear tips as well. This is a fairly important factor for us. Having the right size ear tips really can make all the difference with whether or not your earbuds are comfortable.

Actionpie also includes a carrying case which we always count as a nice bonus.

One small thing that might cause you some trouble is the cord. Some people who use this report it not being super strong, especially towards the end.

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You may just want to take extra caution when wrapping these up or tossing them in your bag. Although they include a carrying case so if you use that, there shouldn’t be much of an issue.

What We Loved

  • Earbuds themselves are super soft and comfortable
  • Very well-rounded sound
  • Three different sizes of ear tips included

What We Didn’t Like

  • The cord isn’t that strong and you have to be careful with it

Otium Bluetooth Headphones

Alright, another pair of Bluetooth headphones coming at ya! It wasn’t too long ago that is was virtually impossible to find a pair of Bluetooth headphones at a reasonable price. Now, there are plenty available for under $100.

These ones are particularly good for working out and are actually sweatproof!

There’s no cord to get in the way and since they’re sweatproof, they won’t slide around in your ear or fall out very easily.

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Another thing we love is the battery life.

How long does it last exactly? You’ll be surprised.

These headphones can go for up to eight hours on a single charge! That’s right, you read that correctly. Eight hours.

That’s almost unheard of when it comes to wireless headphones!

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They sound great, they look great, and they have an amazing battery life. Plus, if you have a newer iPhone, you won’t have to worry about using a converter.

We do have one small complaint, however. Even the best headphones aren’t without their flaws.

When the battery gets low, the Bluetooth connectivity gets a little spotty. In general, it will still stay connected. You might not get the best range and every once in a while, you might experience them disconnecting.

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Overall though, these are really high-quality earbuds at an amazing price. They definitely have a shot at the best earbuds under $100.

What We Loved

  • Bluetooth so don’t have to plug in
  • Great battery life – eight hours
  • Sweatproof, great for working out

What We Didn’t Like

  • Bluetooth connectivity gest spotty when the battery is low

ROVKING Wired Metal Earbuds

ROVKING is the next brand on our list and they have some beautiful earbuds. These have a nice brushed metal finish and come in some beautiful colors.

You can get these either in rose gold, gray, gold, or silver and all of them are beautiful. They’re solidly built but also super lightweight.

You really want your earbuds to be as lightweight as possible. Why? Because when they’re in your ears, if they’re super heavy, they’ll weigh you down and just won’t feel great.

These wired earbuds from ROVKING come with a cute little circular carrying case as well to keep them in good shape and from getting tangled. They also come with three different sizes of tips to ensure that you’ll be able to find one that fits your ear exactly.

Those who don’t like earbuds may just have never found a pair that fits them. It makes all the difference in the world if you have a pair that actually fit. Because of that, we recommend that you take the time and try all three sizes to make sure you find the size that’s best for your ears.

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These have a fairly deep bass and well-rounded mids but lacks a little bit of the highs.

These are a solidly constructed pair of headphones that will give you a decent sound for what you’re paying. If you’re looking for something that not only sounds great but looks great, go ahead and pick yourself up a pair of the ROVKING Wired Metal Earbuds.

What We Loved

  • Comes with circular carrying case
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Good construction

What We Didn’t Like

  • Lacks some of the crystal clear highs

AMUOC Earbuds

If you don’t care quite as much as having such a booming bass and prefer a sound that’s a little bit more well-rounded, you should consider purchasing these earbuds from AMUOC. Not only do they sound great, but they also have a lightweight ergonomic design that’s super comfortable to your ears.

With these earbuds, you’re going to get a dynamic bass as well as a hi-fi treble that both come together for a crisp, powerful sound.

Another cool part is that these are tangle-proof! Well, not 100% tangle-proof but as tangle-proof as a pair of wired headphones can be.

The cords are actually very thin and made of rubber which prevents them from getting too tangled up in your pocket.

We do have a couple of tiny complaints with the construction, however.

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These headphones do sound great, but they feel cheaply made. The volume button is plastic and doesn’t feel that sturdy. The headphones themselves, while they look nice, also feel a little bit cheap.

However, they sound really nice which is why we wanted to include them. You may just want to take caution when throwing them in your bag.

They’re a bit delicate so we recommend being gentle with them. They, unfortunately, don’t come with any sort of carrying case so you’re going to be on your own with this one.

What We Loved

  • Good, well-rounded sound
  • Tangle-proof cord

What We Didn’t Like

  • Headphones themselves feel cheaply made

Doosl Noise Isolating Earbud

If you’re okay with spending a little bit more money and really want a pair of noise isolating headphones, then we may have the headphones for you.

These still aren’t super expensive and at the time of this article are still less than $30 USD, but they are pricier when compared to a lot of other headphones on this list.

A lot of earbuds at this price point don’t do a great job at isolating noise but these earbuds from Doosl are a major exception.

They feature oxygen-free audio copper wire which has a lossless audio signal transmission. AKA all of the sound that should get to your ears, gets to your ears.

These are fairly small earbuds as well, so they really get into your ears and keep a lot of the outside world out.

We love the design of these as well. They’re black and very streamlined and simply designed. No extra frills or shiny parts on these earbuds.

These are fairly delicate but fortunately do come with a little carrying bag as well, so make sure to use it to keep your earbuds from harm!

Unfortunately, these earbuds do not have a microphone attached to them, so they may not be the best earbuds for phone calls.

Aside from not having a microphone, these are definitely some of the best earbuds on our list.

They offer one of the more well-rounded sounds while giving you a decent noise isolating experience that you usually can’t find at this price point.

All in all, a solid pair of earbuds from Doosl.

What We Loved

  • Good job at noise isolation
  • Lossless audio signal transmission
  • Fairly small so fit comfortably in your ear
  • Sleek design

What We Didn’t Like

  • Don’t have a microphone
  • A bit pricier than a lot of other earbuds on the list

JVC HAF160R

Kids need headphones too. And that is exactly what we were thinking with this pair from JVC. Or maybe you’re just looking for a super cheap pair to keep in your backpack.

Whatever the reason, we have possibly the cheapest headphones in the world.

Okay, maybe not technically. But these are super cheap, sound pretty decent for the price, and are from a reliable brand.

First, the benefits. They come in a bunch of different fun colors, so you can find something you love.

They also have gummy tips and are super comfortable if not anything else.

They fit snugly in your ear, so they won’t easily fall out. For that reason, they’re also great for working out.

Lastly, the price! You seriously cannot beat the price. Go ahead and check them out on Amazon for yourself, you won’t be able to believe that you can actually get decent functioning headphones that will last you 2+ years at this price.

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But of course, there will always be some downsides.

These don’t have a microphone so if you use your headphones to talk on the phone a lot, you won’t be able to do so with these.

The bass also isn’t fantastic on this. They’re nice because they allow you to hear more of the treble as well as the highs and mids, but they’re seriously lacking in the bass department.

Overall, if you don’t want to spend a ton of money or want an extra pair of headphones for traveling, etc. – these are perfect for that.

What We Loved

  • Extremely low price
  • Gummy tips, comfortable in your ear

What We Didn’t Like

  • Bass isn’t that great

ROVKING Running Headphones

These are the last headphones to grace our list and they are again from ROVKING! This time, they’re a pair of headphones meant specifically for running/exercising.

These are made sweat-resistant, so they won’t get slippery and fall out of your ears.

They also feature a smaller housing, so they’ll fit more snugly in your ears.

If you have smaller ears or are usually hurt by earbuds going into your ears, consider giving these a try.

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ROVKING does a pretty good job at noise isolation and these are no exception.

Unfortunately, they do have a bit of a tinny bass sound but at the price, you can’t expect perfection.

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Where these really excel is in physical exercise. If you want something that’s going to be lightweight and won’t slip and slide all around your ear, then these are the headphones for you.

They have a decent sound, good quality build, they look nice (four color options), and will last you a decent amount of time.

What We Loved

  • Great for working out, will stay in place
  • Decent noise isolation

What We Didn’t Like

  • Bass sounds a bit tinny

Buyer’s Guide

We did it! We made it to the end of the list of the best earbuds under $100.

Phew! We went through a lot of earbuds. But we are confident that there is a pair of earbuds for just about anybody on this list.

Of course, it’s going to come down to exactly what you need your earbuds for.

To help you focus on what you actually need, we’ve included a little mini buyer’s guide to help you decide what’s important and what’s not.

Before making your final purchase, check it out and then read on to find out which earbuds are the best earbuds under $100 for 2018!

Noise Isolation

How much do you care about noise isolating? Not all earbuds have this feature, and some do it much better than others.

If this is important to you, then make sure you do a bit of reading as to which earbuds do this the best.

A lot will claim to have noise isolation but not do a great job

Microphone

Do they have a microphone? You would think all earbuds do but they don’t! If you’re not the phone type, then don’t worry about this.

If you find yourself taking a lot of calls through your headphones, however, then double check that the earbuds do indeed come with a microphone.

Bass

Bass is super important to a lot of people. It can also be hard to find with earbuds as opposed to over-the-ear headphones.

With that being said, there are still a lot of earbuds that can provide you with decent bass if you look for it!

Conclusion

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The time has finally come to announce which earbuds have taken the title of best earbuds under $100!

This one was hard. We had a lot of really high-quality options which made it difficult to choose.

So which earbuds take the grand prize?

We have to go with the Otium Bluetooth Headphones (#8 on the list)!

We wanted to choose a pair of Bluetooth headphones for those who may not have a headphone jack on their phone.

Plus, these earbuds are just great! They last for eight hours, they’re sweat proof, they’re comfortable, they have a one-year warranty, and they even come with a carrying case!

They have a well-rounded sound and really ticked a lot of the boxes we were looking for.

We’re in love with these earbuds and are confident you will be too.

Thanks for checking out our article and hopefully we’ve proven to you that you don’t need to spend your entire life’s savings to get a decent pair of headphones.

Until next time!

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