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 120 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.
The best AirPods alternative that we've tested are the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2. These truly wireless in-ears are sturdily built, with dense plastic construction and an IPX5 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for that. They supply over six hours of continuous playback time and have a case with roughly three additional charges, though they don't have any power-saving features like an auto-off timer to help conserve power when not in use.
Out-of-the-box, these in-ears have a bass-heavy sound profile that should add extra boominess to some mixes, though vocals and lead instruments should still sound full-bodied, present, and clear. If that's not to your liking, their companion app features an eight-band graphic EQ, as well as 20 different EQ presets. They also do a very good job of passively blocking out background chatter and high-pitched ambient noise, like the hum of an AC unit.
Unfortunately, they struggle to filter out low-end background noise, like the rumble of bus or plane engines. Their control scheme can also be a little unintuitive due to the lack of feedback. Still, their sturdy construction and sound customization features help make them some of the best wireless Bluetooth headphones under $100 that we've tested.
If you're looking for an AirPods alternative but want to spend less, you may prefer the Boltune BT-BH024 Truly Wireless. These truly wireless in-ears don't have a companion app, so unlike the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless, you can't customize their sound profile. That said, they're much cheaper and have a longer continuous battery life of roughly nine hours. They're a great choice for workouts since they have a stable fit and an IPX7 rating for water resistance, although we don't test for that currently. Their bass-heavy sound profile may please fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop, but it's not as well-balanced as the Anker's, and the underemphasized treble response makes some sounds seem a bit veiled or dark.
If you want AirPods clones that offer a customizable listening experience, go for the Anker, but try the Boltune instead if you want a cheaper option or if you're looking for headphones with better battery performance.
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.
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.
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.
Jul 08, 2021: Verified that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.
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.
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.
Nov 12, 2020: Slight changes to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
Sep 15, 2020: Replaced Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless with Mpow X3 Truly Wireless, moved Anker SoundCore Life P2 to 'Notable Mentions'. Minor changes to recommendation category names to better reflect current testing standards.
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.