The introduction of AirPods in 2017 set the tech world on fire, as it ultimately became the introduction of wireless headphones to the mainstream world. Since then, companies have been looking for ways to compete, and many of them have generated some compelling alternatives to AirPods. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best alternatives for users of all kinds below.
Beats PowerBeats Pro
It simply doesn’t get much better than this in terms of a pair of complete wireless headphones. You can get 9 hours of constant music from the Powerbeats Pro, which is almost unheard of from wireless headphones, and the Apple H1 chip is ideal for Apple users looking for an AirPods alternative. You can get them for 209 on Amazon, and more deals may come with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up.
Sony badly needed an update from their first installment of wireless headphones and didn’t disappoint with these. Their adaptive noise cancellation technology is truly fascinating and makes these stand out among their competition, particularly AirPods, which have faced criticism for not cancelling enough noise. Mixed in with their comfortable feel and great battery life, these stand out in the industry. At 210, this price is comparable to Powerbeats Pro, and both are tremendous options in considering alternatives to AirPods.
Master & Dynamic MW07
Speaking of style, take a look at these! The shiny design will catch the eye of anyone, perhaps even more so than AirPods would. The bass-heavy audio is pleasant to listen to, and most importantly, they’re very comfortable. These aren’t exactly cheap either—270 is the least expensive option online—but it simply does not get much better than this.
BeoPlay E8 2.0
Style is the name of the game when it comes to wireless headphones, and the E8’s capitalize on this like few others do, making it an attractive alternative to AirPods. Additionally, their sound is tremendous, they come with the convenience of wireless charging, and this update welcomes a USB-C port. These are pricey with deals starting at 242, but you’ll be getting what you pay for with some of the best in the business.
Samsung Galaxy Buds
This is a great option for those who may not be willing to pay 150 or more for AirPods or other pairs of wire free headphones. They’re comfortable to wear, they come with very good sound, and they have an impressive battery life of 6 hours worth of playback. At 113, these are a bargain, and they serve as a great alternative to AirPods (especially for those with Samsung phones).
Bose SoundSport Free
This model is another unique option among wireless headphones which stand out among other AirPods rivals. The battery life lasts 5 hours on its own, and the charging case can add twice as much if used fully. The sound is elite in comparison to its competitors, and their unique design ensures that they don’t fall out. They also have a ‘find my earbuds’ feature, a nifty touch that ensures you always know where they are. You can find these online for 149.