The 5 Best AirPods Alternatives - Fall 2021 Reviews

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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 190 different pairs of Bluetooth earbuds and in-ears, and below, you’ll find our top picks for the best AirPods alternative. 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.


  1. Best AirPods Clone: Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless

    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    7.9
    Commute/Travel
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    7.3
    Office
    5.7
    Wireless Gaming
    5.6
    Wired Gaming
    6.9
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best AirPods clones that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life P3 Truly Wireless. These in-ears are lightweight and comfortable, with a few different sizes of ear tips included so you can find the best fit for you. They're stable enough to stay in place during workouts and are rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't test it currently.

    Their sound profile is well-balanced overall, with some extra thump and rumble that should please fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. If you prefer a different sound, you can also customize it with a graphic EQ and presets in their great companion app. Their ANC feature does an amazing job of blocking out ambient sound, and it's adjustable depending on the type of noise you want to block out. However, we don't currently test all the different settings.

    Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme lacks a volume function and isn't very intuitive. Their continuous battery life of a little under six hours isn't great, but they come with a case that holds roughly four extra charges, so it's easy to top them up when you're on the go.

    See our review

  2. Best AirPods Clone For Sports: JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless

    7.0
    Neutral Sound
    8.0
    Commute/Travel
    8.3
    Sports/Fitness
    7.3
    Office
    5.8
    Wireless Gaming
    5.7
    Wired Gaming
    6.5
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    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. That said, if you're looking for a pair of AirPods clones to use for workouts, these are a great option.

    See our review

  3. Best AirPods Clone For Neutral Sound: EarFun Air Pro True Wireless

    7.6
    Neutral Sound
    8.0
    Commute/Travel
    8.2
    Sports/Fitness
    7.4
    Office
    5.7
    Wireless Gaming
    5.5
    Wired Gaming
    7.3
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're looking for wireless in-ear headphones with a more neutral default sound profile, the best AirPods clone for neutral sound that we've tested are the EarFun Air Pro. These comfortable, well-built in-ears have a well-balanced, slightly v-shaped sound profile suitable for different musical genres and audio content.

    Their battery provides more than nine hours of continuous playback, which should be enough to last you through a typical workday without recharging, and they come with a hard plastic case that stores roughly 2.5 additional charges. The ANC feature has an impressive overall performance and does a great job isolating you from noise like rumbling bus and plane engines. These headphones also have a stable fit and an IPX5 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for that.

    Unfortunately, they don't work with a companion app and lack any sound customization features like an EQ or presets. Their touch-sensitive controls aren't the best, either, since they're a bit limited and can be tricky to use. Otherwise, these versatile headphones are a great option if you're looking for truly wireless in-ears, and neutral sound is a priority.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget AirPods Clone: Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless

    7.1
    Mixed Usage
    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    8.0
    Sports/Fitness
    6.9
    Office
    5.3
    Wireless Gaming
    5.2
    Wired Gaming
    6.6
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best AirPods clones we've tested in the budget category are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. These truly wireless in-ears have a long-stemmed design that looks similar to the AirPods, with a glossier finish. They come with four different tip-size options and have good stability once you achieve a good fit.

    They have a well-balanced sound profile that should be suitable for lots of content and genres, with a bit of extra bass that adds thump and punch without being overwhelming. While they don't have an ANC feature, they passively block out a good amount of office-type noise like background chatter or the hum of an A/C unit.

    Unfortunately, their integrated mic makes your voice sound a bit muffled. Their continuous battery life of roughly four hours may not last you through an entire day. That said, they come with a case that holds about three extra charges, and they're worth considering if you're looking for affordable AirPods alternatives.

    See our review

  5. Cheaper Alternative: Skullcandy Dime True Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you want less expensive AirPod clones, try the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless instead. These have shorter stems and a bulkier, less comfortable design than the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless, but they're much cheaper. They also have a significantly better build quality and a much better control scheme that includes a volume function. Their sound profile is very neutral and well-balanced, so it's suitable for a variety of content and genres. While the battery provides less than four hours of continuous use, their case holds about 2.5 additional charges, and the earbuds take less than an hour to charge fully. Unfortunately, they don't have ANC and passively block out much less noise than the Anker.

    If you want the headphones with a better noise isolation performance, go for the Anker, but consider the Dime instead if you're looking for a cheaper option or a better build quality.

    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, which makes them a mediocre choice for everyday use, but 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 quite expensive for their disappointing overall performance. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless are a versatile, budget-friendly pair of truly wireless headphones with a fairly well-balanced sound profile and sturdy build quality. Unfortunately, they don't have a graphic EQ or audio presets, and they last less long off of a single charge than the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. See our review
  • RHA TrueConnect Truly Wireless: The RHA TrueConnect are well-built true wireless headphones. While they've been discontinued by their manufacturer for an updated version that we haven't tested, they can still be purchased 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, but 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

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Jul 08, 2021: Verified that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

  3. May 12, 2021: Replaced the Mpow X3 with the JBL Live Pro+ TWS as the 'Best AirPods Clone For Sports' because the Mpow are out of stock. Replaced the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air with the EarFun Air Pro as the 'Best AirPods Clone For Neutral Sound' and made the Anker the best budget pick. Removed the OnePlus Buds Z as the 'Alternative For Bass Fans' because they currently aren't easy to find in stock.

  4. Mar 16, 2021: Verified that main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category. Added Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  5. Nov 12, 2020: Slight changes to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best AirPods alternatives 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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