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The 5 Best AirPods Alternatives - Spring 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: Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless

    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 come with different ear tip size options and are rated IPX5 for water resistance.

    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. You can also set the ANC feature to different modes to suit the situation. Set to 'Transport' mode, it does an excellent job blocking out ambient sound.

    Unfortunately, their control scheme lacks a volume function, so you need your phone to turn up the music, and the different tapping controls aren't very intuitive at first. They also have a fairly short continuous battery life of fewer than six hours. They come with a case that holds about four extra charges, meaning you can top up the battery as needed.

    See our review

  2. Best Sports-Oriented AirPods Alternative: JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless

    The JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless are the best AirPods clone for sports that we've tested. These lightweight in-ear headphones come with many different tip-size options, which help get the most stable, comfortable fit possible. 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 you're working out at the gym.

    Unfortunately, their integrated mic makes your voice sound a bit muffled and dark. They have high latency on PC, iOS, and Android devices, so they may not be ideal for streaming videos. If you're looking for a pair of AirPods clones for workouts, these are a great option.

    See our review

  3. Best Sounding AirPods Alternative: EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless

    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.

    They have an ANC feature that does a decent job blocking out ambient noise like rumbling bus and plane engines and background conversation. They have good build quality, a decently comfortable, stable fit, and come with 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.

    Unfortunately, they lack a companion app and don't have sound customization features. They also have high latency, so you may notice some audio syncing issues if you use them to watch a movie or take a video call. Otherwise, if you like the design of AirPods and prioritize neutral sound, they're a good option.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget AirPods Alternative: Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless

    The best budget-friendly alternative to AirPods that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless. These in-ear headphones are the previous generation of 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.

    Their bass-heavy sound profile delivers extra thump and punch to mixes, making them well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. They're also decently comfortable and have an impressive passive noise isolation performance, so they can help reduce noise like ambient chatter at work, even though they don't have ANC. While their 5.8-hour continuous battery life is on the short side, they come with a case that stores about five additional charges.

    Unfortunately, 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.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap AirPods Alternative: Skullcandy Dime True Wireless

    If you're looking for a cheap pair of AirPods alternatives, try the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. These inexpensive earbuds have a good build quality and a fairly comfortable, stable stem design. They offer solid overall performance for the price, and while they aren't available in white, they come in a few different colors to suit your style.

    Their bass-heavy sound profile adds extra rumble, punch, and boom to mixes, which makes them well-suited for bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. The rest of the range is well-balanced, though, so they're suitable for different genres and types of content. Also, while they lack ANC, they do a good job of passively isolating you from ambient noise like background chatter at the office.

    Unfortunately, they have a short continuous battery life of about four hours, so they can't last through a 9-5 workday or a longer trip. You can top them up in the case, which holds about 2.5 extra charges. The companion app is also very basic and doesn't include any sound customization features, but you can use it to see information like the buds' battery level and firmware version.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless: The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are unremarkable truly wireless earbuds. They have a similar design to the AirPods and are available in several colors, but they tend to sound a bit dark and don't quite stand out in any other way. See our review
  • Razer Hammerhead True Wireless 2019: The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless have an unconventional earbud design and boomy sound profile, making them a mediocre choice for everyday use. That said, their low-latency "Gaming Mode" means they can be alright for gaming on your smartphone. See our review
  • JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless: The JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless have an earbud design that doesn't enter too deeply into the ear canal. They're expensive for their disappointing overall performance. See our review
  • RHA TrueConnect Truly Wireless: The RHA TrueConnect are well-built true wireless headphones. While they've been discontinued by their manufacturer, you can still purchase them new. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless perform quite similarly to the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless but have an ANC system that allows them to block out a lot more bass-range ambient noise. Unfortunately, this comes at the cost of a very short continuous battery life of under four hours. See our review
  • 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 have shorter continuous battery life, and their ANC feature has much worse performance. 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
  • JBL TUNE 230NC TWS True Wireless: The JBL TUNE 230NC TWS True Wireless have an ear stem design, come in a white color scheme, and have a customizable sound profile, thanks to their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. However, their ANC's noise isolation performance is mediocre. See our review

Recent Updates

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Sep 03, 2021: Replaced the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless as the pick for 'Best AirPods Clones' because of their more comfortable fit and ANC feature. Removed the Boltune BT-BH024 Truly Wireless as the 'Cheaper Alternative' because they aren't currently available, and added the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless as the 'Cheaper Alternative' to the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless.

All Reviews

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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