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These days, it's easy to find low-cost headphones in a broad range of styles and colors. But headphones are more than a fashion statement, and what distinguishes the models on this list of the best headphones under $100 is that they earn high marks for sound quality from our testers.

The models here not only rank among the top headphones in our ratings but also earn CR's Best Buy designation, thanks to prices that start as low as $50. There's something for everyone in this roundup, whether you care most about high-quality sound, the convenience of Bluetooth, the unmatched portability of true wireless earphones, or even active noise-cancellation.

Every year Consumer Reports buys dozens of headphones at retail—at places you might shop yourself—and puts them through a battery of tests to help you sort through the noise and find headphones that sounds as good as they look.

1MORE Triple Driver

You won't find many headphones that deliver such superb audio for the price as the in-ear 1MORE E1001 Triple Driver, which typically costs just $80.

These wired earphones have a sleek design and come with extras, including a removable shirt clip, a carrying case, and nine sets of earpieces of varying shapes and sizes to help you find a good fit. The integrated microphone, call/connect, playback, and volume controls will play nicely with your iPhone and other devices. And the isolating design also muffles ambient noise and blocks sound from bleeding out and bothering people around you.

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Price: $70

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Anker SoundCore Liberty Air

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air earphones look a lot like Apple's AirPods, but at $80 they cost about half as much, and they have a few notable advantages. Unlike the AirPods, the Ankers have an isolating design that will muffle some outside sound, and our testing shows their audio quality is significantly better, too. CR's technicians also note that they fit and stay in place well, avoiding a problem that affects many true wireless models.

According to Anker, the earphones have a 5-hour battery life and come with a charging/carrying case good for three additional charges on the go. They're also advertised as water-resistant. (Consumer Reports doesn't test water resistance or battery life in headphones.)

They have tap controls for calls and playback, and support for digital assistants, and come with the option to use the right earpiece alone for single-ear listening. They're available in black or white.

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Anker SoundCore Liberty Air

Price: $75

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Grado Prestige SR80e

The Grado Prestige SR80e is a perennial favorite among music fans looking for a bargain on top-notch sound. For just $100, the SR80e's outstanding audio quality is hard to beat.

These on-ear home/studio-style headphones are built for the audio-focused listener. Their open-back ear cups, which are meant to boost the clarity of the audio, won't block sound from bleeding in or out, and their large profile and long, sturdy cable limits their portability. All that means they’re best used in a quiet environment where you can really focus on the music—and where you won't irritate other people nearby.

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Price: $100

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Jabra Move Style Edition

The Jabra Move Style Edition, an on-ear Bluetooth model with a sleek appearance and more than decent sound, comes with convenient features like controls for calls, playback, and volume, and the option to forgo Bluetooth and use the detachable audio cable included with your purchase.

The headphones have a closed, isolating design that will keep some noise from leaking in or out during a listening session. The headphones have an advertised 14-hour battery life, more than enough to get you through a day of listening.

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Jabra Move Style Edition

Price: $90

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Optoma NuForce BE6i

The Optoma NuForce BE6i is one of the better wireless options in our ratings. They don't sound quite as good as some of the models listed above, but the audio quality is far better than average. The price makes them even more appealing; they usually cost about $80, and we've seen them sell for even less.

The BE6i Sport has inline controls for calls and music playback, and according to Optoma they're water-resistant as well. The advertised battery life is 8 hours.

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Optoma NuForce BE6i

Price: $60

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Monoprice BT-300ANC

If you haven't heard of Monoprice, you should. They've built a reputation for top-quality products at budget-friendly prices. These noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones are a prime example. For just $50, their superb noise-cancellation and above-average sound quality beat out some models that cost hundreds more and perform just as well—or worse.

The BT-300ANC features integrated controls for calls, volume, and playback, and the ear cups fold in and swivel flat for easy storage and transport. According to Monoprice, the battery will run for 8 hours between charges with both Bluetooth and noise-canceling turned on. You can keep the music going even longer by switching off Bluetooth and using the detachable audio cable, which is included.

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Monoprice BT-300ANC

Price: $40

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How to Choose Headphones

With so many types of headphones, how do you know which pair is right for you? On the "Consumer 101" TV show, Consumer Reports expert Elias Arias explains everything you need to know.