Don’t let the smaller size of earbuds fool you. While headphones are larger, there are actually quite a number of earbuds with audiophile grade sound that can actually get pretty expensive when you go down the rabbit hole, but if you’re not after anything too fancy but want something small enough to fit in your pocket, then here are some of the best earbuds we’ve found that will cost you under $100.
The WF-C500 earbuds are small and lightweight and have pretty decent sound quality. They are also IPX4 rated which means that they do feature some level of water-resistance. You probably don’t want to swim with them, but if you want a pair of workout earbuds that won’t get ruined by sweat, this could be a good option.
Similar to Sony, Jabra is quite a popular choice when it comes to relatively inexpensive consumer grade audio equipment like headsets and earbuds. The Jabra Elite 3 offers noise isolation but if you want to let some external audio in, the earbuds come with Jabra’s HearThrough technology that might be useful if you’re out walking in public.
The earbuds do focus a bit more on bass so if you enjoy bass-heavy music, this could be for you. The earbuds also come with four built-in microphones that help pick up your voice so that you can use these earbuds for calls as well. Jabra has also included Alexa integration, so you want to use the digital assistant for hands-free activities you can.
Sennheiser is a well-known brand in the audio space and are renowned for their audio quality, so if you want the best possible sound you can get for earbuds that are under $100, then the Sennheiser CX True Wireless Earbuds could fit that bill just fine.
There is passive noise cancellation with the earbuds, built-in touch controls that can be customized to your preferences, and also an IPX4 rating that might be useful if you want to use it in the gym.
The earbuds also come with a 27 hour battery life which means that if you’re not a heavy user, you should be able to squeeze several days of usage out of them before they run out of juice. The earbuds come with Sennheiser’s accompanying smartphone apps that lets users make changes and customization to their experience.
Anker might be best known for their mobile accessories like power banks, cables, and chargers, but you should definitely not sleep on the company’s earbuds either. The SoundCore Life P3 for its price comes with noise cancellation features that according to Anker, can be adapted based on your surroundings.
This means that instead of a one-size-fits-all solution, the earbuds can adapt to your surroundings to determine the best levels of noise cancellation to offer. The earbuds will feature 11mm drivers and a BassUp mode if you want that extra boost in the low-ends, and with an IPX5 rating, it will be better protected against water and moisture compared to some of the earbuds listed above.
If you’re looking for a set of earbuds that will be great for working out, you need to consider more than just its IP-rating. With the JBL LIVE 300, these earbuds have been designed to offer a more secure fit when they are in your ears, so if you’re out for a run or at the gym, the secure fit will ensure they won’t fall out halfway.
They will also offer an IPX5 rating for better moisture/water protection. The earbuds will also feature support for Google’s Fast Pair which means that they will automatically connect to your phone when you take them out of the case. The earbuds do feature a more bass-rich sound profile if that’s your kind of thing, but users can further fine tune the sound using the accompanying smartphone app.