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The 5 Best AirPods Alternatives - Fall 2022 Reviews

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Best AirPods Alternatives

With Apple AirPods' design becoming so iconic in the past few years, many cheap knockoffs have become available. Unfortunately, while some of these may look identical to the AirPods, they generally don't perform nearly as well, and in many cases, you may have little to no recourse if something goes wrong with them. For this reason, you may be better off sticking to headphones from a reputable brand that mimics the AirPods' design language but aren't straight knockoffs. Our recommendations may not look identical to the AirPods, but they have the familiar 'stem' and deliver solid overall performance at much lower price points.

We’ve tested over 215 different pairs of Bluetooth earbuds and in-ears, and below, you’ll find our top picks for the best alternatives to AirPods. Check our recommendations for the overall best wireless earbuds for iPhone, the best true wireless earbuds, and the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds under $100 we've tested.


  1. Best AirPods Pro Alternative

    If you're looking for something that can rival Apple's Pro model, the best AirPods alternative we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life P3 Truly Wireless. These earbuds have a lightweight, comfortable design and should stay in place if you use them for workouts. They have a bass-heavy sound profile that brings extra thump and rumble to your audio, making them well-suited for genres like EDM or hip-hop. Their app also includes a graphic EQ and presets that you can use to customize it if you prefer a different sound.

    They also have an ANC feature that you can set to target different types of noise. Using 'Transport' mode, it does an excellent job of blocking out ambient sound, including rumbling engines and ambient chatter, so they can help cut out noise during your commute or at work. Unfortunately, not unlike the AirPods, they have a limited control scheme without a volume function. They also only last for about six hours of continuous use, although they come with a case that holds about four extra charges.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget AirPods Alternative

    The best budget-friendly alternative to AirPods that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless. There's a newer version of these headphones, the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless, but they offer better value. They only come in black but offer a good build quality and a stem design similar to the AirPods. They're decently comfortable and have an impressive passive noise isolation performance, so even though they don't have ANC, they can help reduce noise like ambient chatter at work.

    Their bass-heavy sound profile delivers extra thump and punch to mixes, making them well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. However, they don't have a companion app and lack sound customization features, unlike their successor, the P3. Their latency with PCs is also high, so you may notice audio syncing issues if you use them for something like a video call on your computer. They have low latency with iOS and Android devices, so you can use them to watch videos on your phone. While their 5.8-hour continuous battery life is on the short side, they come with a case that stores about five additional charges.

    See our review

  3. Best Cheap AirPods Alternative

    The best cheap AirPods alternatives we've tested are the Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless. These inexpensive earbuds have a stem design like Apple earbuds and offer a well-balanced, slightly bass-rich sound profile suitable for different genres. They have a good build quality and a stable, decently comfortable fit. While they have a simple design overall, they offer a few useful extra features, including a 'Standby' mode to help save battery life and built-in 'Tile' support, so you can use the Tile app to find your earbuds if you misplace them.

    They don't have ANC and aren't suitable for blocking out bass-range noise like rumbling engines, but they do a good job of passively isolating you from ambient sound like background chatter. They also have fairly low latency with iOS and Android devices, so you shouldn't notice audio syncing issues while watching a video on your phone. Unfortunately, they last for less than four hours off a single charge. Fortunately, they come with a case that holds about 2.5 extra charges.

    See our review

  4. Best Sports-Oriented AirPods Alternative

    The JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless are the best AirPods clone for sports we've tested. These lightweight in-ear headphones come with many different tip-size options and are very comfortable and stable once you find a good fit with the included ear tips. They feel sturdy enough to withstand some accidental drops and have an IPX4 rating for dust and water resistance.

    Out-of-the-box, their sound profile has a bit of extra thump, rumble, and boom, which should suit fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. If you prefer a different sound, you can use the companion app's parametric EQ and presets to customize it. Their ANC system does a good job of blocking out ambient noise, so they should help isolate you from distractions when working out at the gym.

    See our review

  5. Best Sounding AirPods Alternative

    If you're looking for headphones with a neutral yet versatile sound, the best AirPods Pro clone that we've tested in this regard are the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless. These earbuds have a neutral, versatile sound profile with a touch of extra thump, body, and boom in the bass range that doesn't overwhelm instruments and vocals. Their stem design is also similar to the AirPods. However, while they have a very well-balanced sound, they don't have a companion app and don't come with any sound customization features.

    They have an ANC feature that does a decent job blocking out ambient noise like rumbling bus and plane engines and background conversation. They're well-built, decently comfortable, stable, and have many different silicone tip size options. While they have a fairly short continuous battery life of about 5.8 hours, they come with a case that holds four extra charges. The case also supports Qi wireless charging.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless have a similar design to the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. They aren't as comfortable and lack an ANC feature, so they don't isolate you from as much noise. Still, they're a solid alternative if you want a longer continuous battery life or a more bass-heavy default sound profile. See our review
  • OnePlus Buds Pro Truly Wireless: The OnePlus Buds Pro Truly Wireless have a similar appearance to AirPods and a well-balanced sound profile. They support multi-device pairing but have shorter continuous battery life and a less effective ANC feature than the Anker Soundcore Life P3 Truly Wireless. See our review
  • EarFun Air Pro True Wireless: The EarFun Air Pro True Wireless have a longer continuous battery life than the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless and a similarly neutral sound profile. Their design isn't as similar to AirPods. See our review
  • Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless: The Wyze Βuds Pro Truly Wireless have an AirPods-like stem design and a very neutral sound profile but lack a bit of low bass compared to the EarFun Air Pro 2. Their continuous battery life is also a bit shorter, but they have a more stable fit. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 18, 2022: Replaced the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless with the Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless as the 'Best Cheap AirPods Alternative'.

  2. Apr 26, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

  3. Feb 28, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  4. Dec 23, 2021: Replaced the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless as the Liberty Air aren't currently available.

  5. Nov 02, 2021: Replaced the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless with the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless as 'Best AirPods Clone For Neutral Sound' because of their stem design. Also, added the OnePlus Buds Pro Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best alternatives to AirPods that we've tested. We factor in the price (a cheaper option wins over pricier a one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (nothing that's too hard to find or out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our truly wireless earbuds. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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