AirPods alternative headphones that cost far less than you'd expect

Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored
Updated Tue September 3, 2019

Story highlights

  • Looking for an affordable alternative to Apple's AirPods?
  • These seven wireless earbuds alternatives are some of the best Bluetooth headphones to shop.

Don't get us wrong, we absolutely love our AirPods. They're compact, have a stellar battery life, can charge while you're on the move, offer great audio and microphone quality, have seamless Bluetooth integration with whatever device you're using, and have smart sensors that can turn your music on or off depending on your use. Because of all of these top-notch qualities, they're one of the most high-tech wireless Bluetooth headphone options you can shop right now.

The problem? The price point. Currently, AirPods cost just a hair over $159. And many of us, while we want some of the best everyday Bluetooth headphones money can buy, don't just have that kind of spare cash lying around for a premium pair.

For those who fall into that bucket, know that there are a number of fairly comparable alternatives to Apple's AirPods that won't break the bank. Some (which you can shop below) are even under $40. When we compiled these truly wireless options, the biggest aspects we looked for were price, how similar the functionality was between these buds and their more premium counterparts, and overall customer satisfaction ratings. The result? These six headphones that pack a punch, but on a serious budget.

Soundcore Truly Wireless Earbuds ($59.99;

Delivering up to eight hours of battery life, this compact true wireless earbuds pack a punch on a small design.

Soundcore Liberty Air ($79.99;

These earbuds look like Airpods, but are nearly $100 cheaper.

Jlab Jbuds Air ($49.99;

These sweat-resistant earbuds have over 14 hours of playtime, making it a solid choice for runners.

Urbanista Stockholm ($99.99;

We love how on trend these rose gold earbuds are, along with the fact that they feature the same type of touch and voice control that Airpods have.

Enacfire E20 Wireless Earbuds ($54.99;

Encafire's earbuds feature booming audio-quality, Bluetooth 5.0 technology, a powerful built-in microphone, as well as a three month money-back guarantee.

FocusPower F10 Mini Bluetooth Earbuds ($25.99;

Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices, these earbuds can seamless synch up with your favorite gadgets.

Note: The prices above reflect the retailers' listed prices at the time of publication.