With so many Apple AirPods look-alikes out there, it can be tempting to go for a cheap knockoff. However, the old adage is often correct in that if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. You're not guaranteed the same level of performance you would get with the real deal, and often have little to no recourse if something goes wrong. For these reasons, you're better off sticking with similarly-designed options from more reputable brands. Our recommendations might not look identical to the AirPods, but they all deliver solid overall performance at more affordable price points.
We’ve reviewed over 100 different pairs of Bluetooth earbuds so far, and below you’ll find our top picks for the best AirPods clones. Check also 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 so far.
The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 are the best AirPods clone we’ve tested to date. These truly wireless in-ear headphones feel surprisingly premium and well-built for their price point and are lightweight and decently comfortable. They're available in either black or white, and both colors have a small splash of red as an accent color, giving them a more premium look. Their charging case is fairly compact and supports Qi-enabled wireless charging, so you can keep it topped up just by tossing it onto a wireless charging pad.
Their 6.5-hour battery is quite good for a pair of truly wireless headphones, and about an hour longer than the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. Their case also holds an additional three charges, which is good for a compact charging case, and gives you a total of nearly 26 hours of battery. Unfortunately, their controls are touch-sensitive, which can be a bit difficult to use, especially in the winter when you're wearing gloves or a winter hat.
Their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly excited and should be suitable for a fairly wide range of genres, though fans of a neutral sound may find them a bit too punchy. Luckily, these headphones have a very good dedicated companion app, that gives you access to a full graphic EQ as well as 20 presets, so you can fine-tune their sound to match your own tastes. Overall, these headphones are among the best truly wireless earbuds we've tested to date, and provide an excellent price-to-performance ratio.
If you're looking for an AirPods clone that's even more affordable, then get the Anker SoundCore Life P2. They only come in black, so you won’t be able to copy the iconic AirPods look as closely as you can with the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless, but they’re still a solid choice if you’re looking for a decent AirPods alternative. They share a similar excited sound profile as the other Anker, but aren’t compatible with Anker’s companion app so you can’t customize their sound. While their 5.8-hour single charge battery life is a bit shorter than the Liberty Air 2, their case holds an additional five charges, which is great.
If you have a couple of extra bucks to spare and want something a bit more premium, then you’ll want to go for the Liberty Air 2. However, if you’re on a budget and still want something decent, then go for the Life P2.
The best designed AirPods clone we’ve tested so far is the RHA TrueConnect. They’re a fair bit more expensive than our other picks but have a much more premium design. They’re available in an off-white design with a smooth, matte finish and come with a very sleek charging case.
While many truly wireless earbuds we test have touch-sensitive controls that can be a bit finicky, these use physical buttons which makes them easier-to-use. They also come with a bunch of earbud tips, in both silicone and foam options, to help you find a perfect fit. Once you get a good seal, you’ll find they can isolate an impressive amount of noise, even in the bass range without an active noise cancelling feature.
These earbuds don’t have too much bass but unfortunately, they’re lacking quite a bit of treble, which makes them sound a bit dark. This shouldn’t be an issue if you listen mostly to a lot of bass-heavy EDM, but can make brighter tracks sound veiled and lacking in detail. That said, if their sound profile works for you and you’re looking for an AirPods alternative with a very nice design, these are a good choice.
The best AirPods clone for sound quality we’ve tested so far is the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. Although they’re the previous generation of the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless, they're thankfully still available, which is great because they have their own unique strengths. They’re a bit more affordable and have an even more balanced, neutral sound quality.
These wireless earbuds are very well-suited for a wide variety of music genres thanks to their remarkably accurate audio reproduction. They have enough thump and rumble to be suitable for more bass-heavy genres like dubstep or hip-hop while still sounding balanced enough on vocals and instruments to be a good choice for fans of folk, jazz, or even classical music.
On the downside, while their touch-sensitive controls are easy enough to use, you can’t control the volume, which is disappointing. Although they’re available in white, their glossy finish also makes them look a bit cheap. That said, they still provide excellent value for the price, especially if you don’t care much for customization options and just prefer something that sounds more neutral without any fuss.
If you’re all about bass but still want something that doesn’t drown out vocals and instruments, then get the JLab Audio JBuds Air Executive, one of the best AirPods alternatives. The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless have a more neutral, versatile sound profile. However, the JLab deliver a more bass-rich sound that’s still bright on vocals, thanks to their excited, V-shaped sound profile, which some prefer for EDM, pop, or even some rock music. They even have a couple of built-in EQ presets you cycle through directly on the earbuds, although we didn’t test them. Their charging case has a cable built-in, which can be a pain if it gets damaged, but it is convenient.
Go for the Anker if you listen to a very wide variety of music genres and want something that sounds more accurate, but if you want something that packs an extra punch, go for the JLab Audio.
03/16/2020: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best AirPods alternatives we've tested so far. 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.