There are thousands of budget true wireless earbuds out there but, how do you know which are worth money and which are a waste of money. The answer to that question is to keep reading this article because I’ve listed the five best wireless earbuds, which range from just $40 to $60.
Here’s a list of the 5 Best Wireless Earbuds Under 100 Dollars.
*Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to purchase through my links, at no extra cost to you.
1. Soundpeats Truengine 3 SE
The Soundpeats Truengine 3 SE offering the best sound quality of the bunch. They are IPX waterproof and the only buds in this article to support the APTX codec, which will mean a more stable connection and lower audiovisual latency when watching Youtube Netflix or if you’re into mobile gaming.
The Truengine 3 fit securely perfect for light workouts, but without wingtips, they’re certainly not quite. Touch controls, however, are excellent as expected, and they also have volume controls.
Battery life is good, with 6.5 hours of playtime in a single sitting and 30 hours of playback overall with the charging case factored in.
But what about sound quality? Truengine 3 SE are undeniably the best out of all five buds with yet another bass-boosted sound signature. The soundstage is also without a doubt the best of the bunch two with great separation of instrumentation.
So if it’s the sound quality above all else for you and you do have a little extra cash, then do yourself a favor and pick these up ASAP.
2. Aukey EP-N5
The Aukey EP-N5 is the best option for travelers and commuters because they have active noise cancellations. ANC in true wireless earbuds has normally been reserved for the $200 price point and upwards until now.
The Aukey EP-N5 are essentially budget Airpod pro clones at a fifth of the price with a design that’s suspiciously similar and the most aesthetically pleasing of the bunch.
Their IPX5 rating makes them sweat proof which is better than the IPX4 rating of the Airpod pros, and they’re more secure than all of the other Airpod shaped earbuds making the NFs perfect for light or semi-intensive workouts.
We’ve also got touch controls, which you can use to play or pause playback as well as activate or deactivate ANC. However, you can’t control volume using touch control, so I guess that’s another thing they have in common with Airpod pros.
Battery capacity is great, netting you 7 hours playback in a single sitting and 35 hours overall but, these numbers will decrease to 4.5 hours in a single sitting and 28 hours with ANC switched on, which still isn’t that bad at all. They do an exceptional job of canceling out all those low-frequency noises like plane or train engine noise.
In terms of sound quality, the N5s are the only buds in this article to bring a more balanced sound signature to the table. Allowing them to maintain exceptionally clear mids and vocals delicate high notes with punchy bass that doesn’t overshadow all else, so if you’re not into bass-boosted sound signatures, these will be more of your cup of tea.
If you are looking for an AirPods pro-like experience at a fifth of the price and having ANC is essential for commuting or travel, then it is safe to say that you will not get any better than this.
3. TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94, winning the award for being the most compact out of all the options in this article, was also being the best sounding buds with active noise cancellation.
As usual with Taotronics buds, we’re getting excellent battery life with 32 hours playback overall and 8 hours playback in a single sitting, and of course, these figures will decrease with ANC switched on.
We’ve got touch controls, and you can use them to toggle volume ANC and transparency mode. Fit is great, considering the buds are slightly larger than average though not truly as secure as other options featured in this article that sport wingtips but, they’re still more than safe enough for your regular workout.
So if you’re looking for great ANC and sound quality in a pocket-friendly frame, stop searching because you won’t find better than the sound Liberty 94.
4. TaoTronics SoundLiberty 88
The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 88s was they may not look too much like AirPods on first impressions, but they win the award for 2nd best sound quality, best base, and they’re tied for best water resistance rating out of all the options in this article. Battery life is 5 hours playback in a single sitting and 25 hours overall with the charging case factored in too.
We’ve got real mono mode so, you can use either the left or right earbud independently, and you can control volume using the touch controls by tapping and holding on either bud.
We’ve even got auto pause and play, meaning playback pauses and resumes when you remove each earbud from your ear, a unique feature to find under 100 dollars.
So if you’re looking for excellent sound quality, you won’t find it better than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 88.
5. Xiaomi Mi 2 Basic Wireless Earbuds
The Xiaomi earphones 2 Basic winning the award out of the 5 for best overall build quality. They have an auto pause and play as the TaoTronics 88s do and aptX for reduced audiovisual lag too, however battery life falls short of real AirPods at 5 hours playback and just 20 hours extra from the charging case.
There are no volume controls on these via the touch controls, and the case is a little bulky same size as the TaoTronics 88s though unfortunately, the buds are the biggest out of all the options in this article.
These buds aren’t quite the best anymore when it comes to sound quality, and they’re still far superior to real AirPods offering great clarity or mids vocals and punchy bass.
But if you’re looking for buds that have unparalleled build quality at this price point, you won’t find much better than the Xiaomi buds.
Cross Comparison Table
|Soundpeats Truengine 3 SE||Aukey EP-N5||TaoTronics SL 94||TaoTronics SL 88||Xiaomi 2 Basic|
|Battery Life||6.5 Hours / 30 Hours||7 Hours / 35 Hours (ANC OFF)||8 Hours / 32 Hours||5 Hours / 25 Hours||5 Hours / 20 Hours|
|Audio-Visual Lag?||Very Minor||Minor||Very Minor||No||No (APTX)|
See Also: 5 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers