Forget Apple AirPods! Get more bang for your buck with these true wireless earbud alternatives

Rudie Obias

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Not an Apple fan? Not a problem. (Photo: Amazon)
Not an Apple fan? Not a problem. (Photo: Amazon)

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Apple AirPods are the most popular product that the Cupertino, California-company sells at the moment. People can’t get enough of the AirPods’ ease-of-use and functionality, while the freedom of going wireless is just a treat for anyone who doesn’t like getting tangled up in wires all the time.

However, the Apple AirPods are on sale for $129 (originally $159) for the standard model, while the premium all-wireless pair can jump up in price to $169 on sale (was $199).

And don’t get us started on the Apple AirPods Pro. These beauties go for a whopping $249! Don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of wireless earbuds? Don’t worry — you have options.

We put together a list of awesome, budget-friendly, true wireless earbuds for any smartphone. Whether you’re an iPhone user or an Android devotee, these earbuds can give you a seamless wireless experience with solid audio that cost just a fraction of the Apple buds. If you want the freedom of wireless, but don’t want to shell out nearly $200 for it, there’s something on this list you’re certainly going to love.

Samsung Galaxy Buds

These are the best alternatives to the Apple AirPods. (Photo: Amazon)
These are the best alternatives to the Apple AirPods. (Photo: Amazon)

The main rival to Apple is Samsung, so it’s no surprise that the South Korean tech company made its own version of the Apple AirPods with the Samsung Galaxy Buds. While they’re the priciest pick on this list, they’re not as expensive as the true wireless earbuds from Apple—even if they’re on sale. With a premium build and audio quality, the Galaxy Buds are the best choice for non-Apple AirPod users.

Shop it: Samsung Galaxy Buds, $111 (was $128), amazon.com

SoundPEATS True Wireless Earbuds

On a budget? These wireless earbuds are a good pick. (Photo: Amazon)
On a budget? These wireless earbuds are a good pick. (Photo: Amazon)

These true wireless earbuds from SoundPEATS offer the best bang for your buck with audio quality and comfort. With three to four hours of battery life and pairing features, these earbuds are highly rated with Amazon customers with a 4.3-star customer rating. These are also the least expensive earbuds on this list, so if you’re on a tight budget and want the freedom of true wireless technology, then the SoundPEATS are for you.

Shop it: SoundPEATS True Wireless Earbuds, $31 with on-page coupon (was $33), amazon.com

Geekee True Wireless Earbuds

Geekee delivers good sound at a discount. (Photo: Amazon)
Geekee delivers good sound at a discount. (Photo: Amazon)

The Geekee True Wireless Earbuds feature surprisingly balanced audio, and for the low price of $40 (was $50), you’re going to get an immersive audio experience with a design that fits comfortably in your ears.

Shop it: Geekee True Wireless Earbuds, $40 (was $50), amazon.com

JLab Audio JBuds Air True Wireless Signature

Not bad for less than $50. (Photo: Amazon)
Not bad for less than $50. (Photo: Amazon)

These earbuds from JLab are small and compact with an IP55 sweat-resistant design, so they’re great for going out for a run or working out. They’re comfortable in your ear, but if they’re too big or too small for you, JLab includes various ear tips to customize your comfort level. For under $50, these true wireless earbuds are the best bang-for-your-buck pair out there.

Shop it: JLab Audio JBuds Air True Wireless Signature, $49, amazon.com

TOZO T6 True Wireless Earbuds

True wireless and hassle-free! (Photo: Amazon)
True wireless and hassle-free! (Photo: Amazon)

The TOZO T6 True Wireless Earbuds are very well-made moderate earbuds with amazing audio for less than $60. They’re also one of the few noise-isolating earbuds on this list. The TOZO T6 True Wireless Earbuds also feature up to 20 hours of music playback with an IPX8 waterproof rating, which makes them perfect for workouts.

Shop it: TOZO T6 True Wireless Earbuds, $48 was on-page coupon (was $60), amazon.com

Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds

Anker makes a good pair of Apple AirPod alternatives. (Photo: Amazon)
Anker makes a good pair of Apple AirPod alternatives. (Photo: Amazon)

While Anker is known for portable rechargeable batteries for smartphones and laptops, Soundcore is the company’s audio brand. The Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds are high quality in-ear headphones with precise audio and deep bass at a fraction of the cost of Apple AirPods. These earbuds offer 3.5 hours of playback on a single charge with an additional 9 hours with its charging case.

Shop it: Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo Wireless Earbuds, $35 with on-page coupon (was $60), amazon.com

Monoprice MP True Wireless Earphones

Get true wireless experience at a fraction of the cost of Apple AirPods. (Photo: Amazon)
Get true wireless experience at a fraction of the cost of Apple AirPods. (Photo: Amazon)

The Monoprice MP True Wireless Earphones have an auto-sync feature that allows these earbuds to pair automatically with your device as soon as you take them out of their charging case. You just have to sync them once and you’re good to go! Monoprice also offers quality stereo audio with 4-and-a-half hours of playback. These buds also feature a 30-foot range from your device to the earbuds.

Shop it: Monoprice MP True Wireless Earphones, $40, amazon.com

JLab Audio JBuds Air Executive

JLab's coming to the party! (Photo: Amazon)
JLab's coming to the party! (Photo: Amazon)

With up to six hours of battery life on a single charge and an additional 24 hours of juice with its charging case, the JLab Audio JBuds Air Executive features an impressive battery life. These earbuds also feature customizable audio for music and phone calls.

Shop it: JLab Audio JBuds Air Executive, $69, amazon.com

Creative Outlier Air True Wireless

These true wireless earbuds are highly rated on Amazon. (Photo: Amazon)
These true wireless earbuds are highly rated on Amazon. (Photo: Amazon)

Creative Audio merged style and performance with the Creative Outlier Air True Wireless earbuds. They feature a stellar audio profile with the clarity, bass, and rich tones you’d come to expect from more expensive earbuds, but at a low and very affordable price point. With up to 10 hours of playback and an additional 24 hours with its charging case, these true wireless earbuds have the longest battery life on this list. These are well worth the price.

Shop it: Creative Outlier Air True Wireless, $80, amazon.com

TaoTronics True Wireless Earbuds

These are sweat-proof, so they're great for workouts. (Photo: Amazon)
These are sweat-proof, so they're great for workouts. (Photo: Amazon)

TaoTronics is a budget tech manufacturer that makes surprisingly well-made and high quality products at a low price point. The company’s true wireless earbuds feature dynamic and crystal clear audio with noise isolation features when placed in the ear. Now that’s something Apple AirPods can’t do!

Shop it: TaoTronics True Wireless Earbuds, $34 with on-page coupon (was $40), amazon.com

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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