Updated: Feb 9th, 2022
You don’t have to shell out hundreds of bucks to put quality earbuds in your arsenal. Read on to find out how five of the best wireless earbuds under $100 stacked up to rigorous testing.
I like to think I’m fairly easy on my electronics. But when it comes to reviews, there’s a certain perverse pleasure in seeing just how much abuse a piece of gear can take. Especially cheaper items, which can be pushed to the limits without sweating your wallet.
And speaking of sweat and punishment, perhaps no tool in my kit has a more thankless job than my earbuds.
Rather than suffering in silence, I expect my Bluetooth earbuds to constantly perform on command. Whether it’s phone calls and voice chats for work, a session on the bicycle, or a trip to the gym, I rely on these little marvels to keep the world out and my sanity in.
And with so many options available, I could think of no better way to honor these lifesavers than with an old-fashioned budget battle.
I reviewed & tested 2022’s most popular earbuds comparing the big brands to the smaller companies to see which ones really work best.
Our testing revealed that paying for expensive big brand headphones can often be a waste of money. To our surprise, our test winner was actually from a smaller company that managed to beat the big brands in both sound quality, ease of use, design, battery life and pricing.
BLXBuds are one of the most talked-about wireless earbuds on social media right now, which explains why it’s become so difficult to find in stock.
BLXBuds is a set of wireless earbuds that come in their own charging case. It features advanced Bluetooth 5.1 and boasts audio fidelity that rivals studio-grade monitors.
As we took the BLXBuds out of the box, we were greeted with a stylish, sturdy charging case that sports a minimalistic black body and a translucent lid. The earbuds nested within easily pops out for use, and drops back in with a satisfying “snap” for charging.
For this test, we kept the fully charged BLXBuds connected to our test phone through Bluetooth, then streamed music at medium volume until the device shut down.
We found that the BLXBuds lived up to its claims and lasted almost 6 hours – a bit over the 4.5hr runtime advertised by the manufacturer.
Reviewers from our panel tested out the BLXBuds and found that overall they fit comfortably in the ear canal, and sealed well enough to create passive noise cancellation.
It helped that the earbuds came with three differently sized ear tips, which should be able to accommodate virtually anyone’s ears for an ideal fit.
BLXBuds stayed securely in the ear canal through various light exercises that we performed during the test – such as jumping jacks. This makes them great for users that live an active lifestyle.
We imagine that the BLXBuds would be the perfect workout companion for many readers.
Given its size, we were pleasantly surprised by the impressively spacious soundstage. The earbuds sounded great playing music with satisfying highs and deep, rich lows.
They also sounded clear while streaming podcasts with no discernable jumbling of voices that come from similarly priced headsets.
When we tested calls, the speaker on the other end came through loud and clear, and was able to hear speech from our end accurately with no distortions.
Overall, our reviewers noted that the earbuds produced a sound that was comparable to studio headphones that are typically MUCH larger and more expensive.
Although these earbuds are perfect for active users with a comfortable and secure fit, they’re just as well-suited for listening to your favorite songs and stations while sitting at your desk in the office, or doing chores around the house without disturbing others around you.
You really can’t beat the BLXBuds performance for the price, so if you can find them for sale, definitely get them before the holiday rush.
We tested the BLXBuds against several popular wireless earbuds including Airpods, Google Pixel Buds, Beats Studio Buds, JBL Tune, Bose Sport, and Skullcandy Indy Evo. While they were good in their own ways, their prices are quite a bit higher than the BLXBuds.
The Bose Sport performed a bit stronger in the lows, but was actually too bass-heavy and not as balanced overall as the BLXBuds, even though its pricing tops our list at a whopping $179.99!
If you want a great pair of true wireless earbuds that doesn’t sacrifice features for an attractive price, you really can’t go wrong with BLXBuds.
They’re the best wireless earbuds we’ve tested and comes at an unbelievably low price for its impressive list of features.
If you’re looking to grab some BLXBuds to keep or give out as gifts ahead of the holiday season, the time to act is NOW. We were fortunate enough to get a few to test here at Customer Choice, but you might not be so lucky – they are sold out almost everywhere you look.
Don’t wait. If you can find them in stock, buy them now! We foresee that they will become even harder to find as the holiday season gets closer.
I buy most of the earphones myself; sometimes, a manufacturer sends them to me. I review all audio products on a level playing field, always stating their strengths and their downsides.
Consider buying a pair of earphones in this list? I’d really appreciate it if you use the links in this article. It won’t cost you extra, yet it will financially support me a bit in my ongoing quest to test great affordable audio.
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