Best airpod alternatives: The 5 Best AirPods Alternatives – Summer 2023: Reviews

The 5 Best AirPods Alternatives – Summer 2023: Reviews

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Best Alternative

    1. Best Upper Mid-Range

      1. Best Mid-Range

        1. Best Budget

          1. Best Sounding

            1. Notable Mentions
            2. Recent Updates
            3. All Reviews
            4. Discussions

            Updated Jul 11, 2023 at 12:39 pm

            By Theresa Ketterling

            With the Apple AirPods’ design becoming so iconic in the past few years, many companies have started to imitate their look and shape. However, most third-party knockoffs are among some of the worst in-ears you can buy, so you’re better off sticking to headphones from reputable brands that mimic the AirPods’ design language but still perform well. While our recommendations don’t look identical to the AirPods, they still have the familiar ‘stem’ and deliver solid overall performance. Some even rival Apple’s premium buds, although you may pay a higher cost for them.

            We’ve tested over 240 pairs of Bluetooth earbuds and in-ears, and these are our top picks for the best alternatives to Apple’s AirPods. Check 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 Alternative

              Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless

              Searching

              Finding Store

              Searching

              Finding Store

              Neutral Sound

              7.3

              Commute/Travel

              8.5

              Sports/Fitness

              8.4

              Office

              7. 5

              Wireless Gaming

              5.7

              Wired Gaming

              5.6

              Phone Calls

              6.3

              Type

              Earbuds

              Enclosure

              Closed-Back

              Wireless

              Truly Wireless

              Transducer

              Dynamic

              Noise Cancelling

              Yes

              Mic

              Yes

              See all our test results

              The best alternative to AirPods we’ve tested are the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless. These in-ears rival the premium Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, with better active noise cancellation (ANC) to block out more background noise across the entire range. They have a more bass-heavy sound than what we measured. The shape of our test rig’s ear canal affects their bass delivery, and subjectively, they have extra boom, which isn’t captured in our graphs. This added bass is good if you like genres like hip-hop or EDM but also muddies vocals and instruments. On the upside, their companion app features three ANC settings and a graphic EQ with presets for optimal personalization.

              While their stem is thicker, it’s a bit of an advantage as the control surface is also larger, making inputs easier. These headphones also have similar comfort, so you can wear them for long listening sessions without feeling much fatigue. They’re also slightly more stable, meaning they’re less likely to fall off during a workout. While the AirPods’ battery lasts less than the Bose’s 6.7-hour playback time, the AirPods have a charge more in their case, meaning they have a slightly higher total battery life.

              See our review

            2. Best Upper Mid-Range AirPods Alternative

              JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless

              Searching

              Finding Store

              Searching

              Finding Store

              Neutral Sound

              7. 0

              Commute/Travel

              8.0

              Sports/Fitness

              8.3

              Office

              7.3

              Wireless Gaming

              5.8

              Wired Gaming

              5.7

              Phone Calls

              6.5

              Type

              In-ear

              Enclosure

              Closed-Back

              Wireless

              Truly Wireless

              Transducer

              Dynamic

              Noise Cancelling

              Yes

              Mic

              Yes

              See all our test results

              The best AirPods Pro alternative we’ve tested in the upper mid-range price point are the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless. These lightweight in-ear headphones have the same ‘stem and bud’ design as the AirPods and are very comfortable and stable once you find a good fit with the included ear tips. They have an IPX4 rating for dust and water resistance and feel sturdy enough to withstand accidental drops, making them a good pick for gymgoers and hikers.

              Out-of-the-box, their sound profile has a more bass-heavy sound profile than the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, with extra thump, rumble, and boom that will 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. While the JBL’s ANC system does a good job of blocking out ambient noise, the AirPods perform better for this and can cut out more noise overall.

              See our review

            3. Best Mid-Range AirPods Alternative

              Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless

              Searching

              Finding Store

              Searching

              Finding Store

              Neutral Sound

              7. 1

              Commute/Travel

              8.0

              Sports/Fitness

              8.2

              Office

              7.4

              Wireless Gaming

              5.8

              Wired Gaming

              5.7

              Phone Calls

              6.9

              Type

              In-ear

              Enclosure

              Closed-Back

              Wireless

              Truly Wireless

              Transducer

              Dynamic

              Noise Cancelling

              Yes

              Mic

              Yes

              See all our test results

              In the mid-range price point, the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the best AirPods Pro clone we’ve tested. They’re just as comfortable as the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, have a similar control scheme, and have nearly identical continuous and total battery life. They also have a more bass-heavy sound profile which will please fans of EDM and hip-hop, and their app comes with a graphic EQ and presets to fine-tune your audio.

              Apple doesn’t offer EQ or sound customization with their AirPods, making these a more versatile choice. However, while these lower-cost in-ears have great internals, the reduced price point is mainly felt in real-life experience. They feel more plasticky and less premium. The case’s lid is also extremely flimsy and feels like it could break if dropped while open.

              While both in-ears have excellent ANC, the AirPods block out more of the rumble from bus and plane engines, making them more suitable for commuting. Naturally, they also have better compatibility with the Apple ecosystem, allowing for faster pairing and access to software like Apple Music’s Spatial Audio. With this in mind, the Anker are a great pick if you want the same performance as the AirPods but don’t care about premium features.

              See our review

            4. Best Budget AirPods Alternative

              Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless

              Searching

              Finding Store

              Searching

              Finding Store

              Neutral Sound

              7.5

              Commute/Travel

              7.5

              Sports/Fitness

              8.0

              Office

              6.9

              Wireless Gaming

              5.4

              Wired Gaming

              5. 3

              Phone Calls

              6.5

              Type

              In-ear

              Enclosure

              Closed-Back

              Wireless

              Truly Wireless

              Transducer

              Dynamic

              Noise Cancelling

              No

              Mic

              Yes

              See all our test results

              Even though Apple doesn’t offer any wireless buds at this price point, you can still get some of the same features and design from a pair of budget headphones. The Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless don’t have features like ANC or sound customization, but they have a similar stem design and a solid build quality. They have a well-balanced, versatile sound profile that adds a bit of warmth and boom in your audio without overwhelming instruments and vocals. Without ANC, they aren’t a good choice for reducing rumbling engines during your commute, but they do a very good job of passively isolating you from higher-pitched sounds like background conversations at the office.

              They aren’t as comfortable as AirPods but are stable enough to stay in place during workouts and come with an IPX4 rating for resistance against minor water exposure. Unfortunately, battery performance is a weak point for these earbuds. They only last for just over three hours of continuous use, and the case only holds about 2.5 additional charges. On the plus side, they have a standby mode to help conserve power and charge fully in about half an hour.

              See our review

            5. Best Sounding AirPods Alternative

              Nothing Ear (2) Truly Wireless

              Searching

              Finding Store

              Searching

              Finding Store

              Neutral Sound

              7.5

              Commute/Travel

              7.7

              Sports/Fitness

              8. 2

              Office

              7.3

              Wireless Gaming

              5.9

              Wired Gaming

              5.8

              Phone Calls

              7.2

              Type

              In-ear

              Enclosure

              Closed-Back

              Wireless

              Truly Wireless

              Transducer

              Dynamic

              Noise Cancelling

              Yes

              Mic

              Yes

              See all our test results

              AirPods are well-regarded for well-balanced and detailed sound. The Nothing Ear (2) Truly Wireless are a good alternative if you want something similarly neutral. These earbuds have a stem design similar to AirPods’ and even come in white if you also like the look of Apple earbuds. More importantly, they have a well-balanced sound profile, so your audio has the right amount of rumble and body, while instruments and voices are clear and bright-sounding. Unlike AirPods, they offer an in-app EQ and presets for sound customization. There’s also a feature meant to customize the sound based on the shape of your ears.

              These earbuds have an ANC feature, but it doesn’t match the AirPods’ noise isolation performance. However, it’s good at blocking sounds like background chit-chat or an A/C unit and isolates you from some lower-pitched noise like rumbling engines. The buds have a comfortable fit and a premium feel. They’re rated IP55 for dust and water resistance and are stable enough to stay in place for workouts. Their continuous battery life of 5.6 hours isn’t great, but they come with a case with about four additional charges.

              See our review

            Notable Mentions

            • Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless:
              The Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless are budget-friendly in-ears. They’re more comfortable for most people than the Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless but have a very bass-heavy sound profile that isn’t for everyone. The Skullcandy have a better control scheme and noise isolation performance.
              See our review
            • OnePlus Buds Pro Truly Wireless:
              The OnePlus Buds Pro Truly Wireless have a similar appearance to AirPods and a well-balanced sound profile. They support multi-device pairing but have shorter continuous battery life and a less effective ANC feature than the Anker Soundcore Life P3 Truly Wireless.
              See our review
            • Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless:
              The Wyze Βuds Pro Truly Wireless have an AirPods-like stem design and a neutral sound profile. They aren’t as expensive as the Nothing Ear (2) Truly Wireless but aren’t as well-built, comfortable, or customizable.
              See our review

            Recent Updates

            1. Jul 11, 2023:
              Removed some products that are out of stock. Replaced the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless with the Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless, and the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless 2021 with the Nothing Ear (2) Truly Wireless.

            2. May 15, 2023:
              Removed the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless from the Notable Mentions since they’re discontinued.

            3. Feb 16, 2023:
              Moved the Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless to Notable Mentions and replaced the Anker SoundCore Life P2 Truly Wireless with the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless.

            4. Dec 21, 2022:
              We’ve replaced our top pick with the Bose Quietcomfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless and overhauled the list’s structure to be in-line with current methodologies by replacing activity-focused picks with price-focused picks.

            5. Jul 18, 2022:
              Replaced the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless with the Skullcandy Dime 2 True Wireless as the ‘Best Cheap AirPods Alternative’.

            All Reviews

            Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best AirPods clones that 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.

            The best AirPods alternatives 2023

            When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Here’s how it works.

            Best AirPods alternatives: quick menu

            (Image credit: Sony)

            1. The list in brief
            2. Best overall
            3. Best battery
            4. Best cheap
            5. Best value
            6. Best noise-cancelling
            7. Best for running
            8. How to choose
            9. How we test

            With great battery life, the option of a wireless charging case and the way they seamlessly work with all of your other Apple devices, you can see why Apple AirPods are so popular.

            But if you’re not an Apple user and fancy an AirPods alternative, then what are the best pairs on the market? If you’re looking for a sporty pair, or a cheaper one, or one that delivers outstanding sound quality and active noise-cancelling, our team of expert reviewers has tested every product here so you can be confident that all these recommendations come with the What Hi-Fi? seal of approval.

            • See all the best Prime Day deals right now

            As you’ll see on the list below, they’re as competitive on battery life and features as they are on sound quality, so you should easily be able to find a pair from the models we’ve tested that stacks up well.

            All these pairs come with a charging case for topping up battery life, while physical buttons and touch surface controls also make an appearance. What’s more, some of the best wireless earbuds listed below also just happen to be some of the best noise-cancelling earbuds around.

            The quick list

            Best overall

            1. Sony WF-1000XM4

            The best AirPods alternatives overall

            Sony’s WF-1000XM4 aren’t just the best AirPods alternatives, they’re better than Apple’s earbuds in general. Sound quality is stunning, battery life is brilliant, and the noise-cancelling is only bettered by Bose.

            Read more below

            Best battery

            2. Sony WF-C500

            The best AirPods alternatives for battery life

            The WF-C500 might be Sony’s most affordable earbuds but they also offer impressive stamina, lasting a full 10 hours before they need to be returned to the case to be charged. They’re super-comfortable, too. 

            Read more below

            Best cheap

            3. Earfun Air

            The best cheap AirPods alternatives

            You get a lot for very little money with the Earfun Air, including punchy sound, waterproofing and wireless charging. More cash will get you better performance, but if you’re on a tight budget, look no further than these champs.

            Read more below

            Best value

            4. Sony WF-C700N

            The best AirPods alternatives for value

            For under £100 it’s hugely impressive what Sony has managed to cram inside the WF-C700N, especially considering how compact they are. Brilliant sound and adaptive noise-cancelling make them excellent value for money.

            Read more below

            Best noise-cancelling

            5. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II

            The best AirPods alternatives for noise-cancelling

            Bose is well-known for making the best noise-cancelling cans, and that expertise has very much transferred to its earbuds. They’re pricey, but if you don’t want anything to distract you from your music these can’t be beaten.

            Read more below

            Best for running

            6. JBL Reflect Flow Pro

            The best AirPods alternatives for running

            With fitness buds, design and ergonomics are arguably more important than outright sound quality, but JBL’s Reflect Flow Pro are serious all-rounders, with a solid but comfortable fit and an engaging audio performance.

            Read more below

            The best AirPods alternatives overall

            These Sony’s are comparable to the AirPods Pro 2 and they’re a fantastic alternative. (Image credit: What Hi-Fi?)

            1.

            Sony WF-1000XM4

            Arguably the best AirPods alternatives on the market right now.

            Specifications

            Noise-cancelling: Yes

            Bluetooth: AAC, LDAC, SBC

            Battery life: 8 hours (24 hours with charging case)

            Wireless charging: No

            Waterproof: Water resistant

            Finishes: Black, White

            Today’s Best Deals

            Reasons to buy

            +

            Clear, detailed bass performance

            +

            Wonderful sense of musicality

            +

            Comfortable

            +

            Class-leading battery life

            Reasons to avoid

            Missing Sony’s Multipoint feature

            Lacking ear tip choices

            No aptX HD

            The Sony WF-1000XM4 are a sensational pair of AirPods Pro 2 alternatives.

            There are dynamics and detail in spades and they produce a balanced sound, with taut, precise bass notes and refined, sophisticated vocals. You can’t help but be carried away by their sense of musicality.

            Those who prioritise battery life in their AirPods alternatives should find the eight hours promised by the Sonys more than sufficient. The wireless charging case also extends this by a further 16 hours.

            The Sonys sit securely in place, feature touch-sensitive controls and come with ear tips that provide excellent noise isolation. Combine this with brilliant noise cancelling courtesy of Sony’s Integrated Processor V1 and the WF-1000XM4 are difficult to fault.

            IPX4 water resistance is included, as are clever features such as Quick Attention and Speak-To-Chat which both allow you to have a conversation without removing the earbuds. If you buy one pair of AirPods Pro 2 alternatives this year, make it the WF-1000XM4, although bear in mind it looks like the Sony WF-1000XM5 will be arriving at some point later this year.

            Read our full Sony WF-1000XM4 review

            The best AirPods alternatives for battery life

            Brilliant budget earbuds and a great alternative to the standard AirPods. (Image credit: Sony)

            2. Sony WF-C500

            Sony’s no-frills AirPods alternatives are a great budget buy.

            Specifications

            Noise-cancelling: No

            Bluetooth: AAC, SBC

            Battery life: 10hrs (+10hrs from charging case)

            Wireless charging: No

            Waterproof: Water resistant

            Finishes: Black, White, Green, Orange

            Today’s Best Deals

            Reasons to buy

            +

            Compact and comfortable design

            +

            Spirited, well-balanced sound

            +

            Fine control app

            Reasons to avoid

            Slightly small-scale sound

            Numerous serious rivals

            Think of Sony’s WF-C500 wireless earbuds as a no-frills version of the WF-1000XM4 found further up this page. They deliver a lot of what makes those wireless earbuds a success without cutting too many corners. And it’s this that also places them among the best cheap AirPods alternatives.

            They’re good for running and sports, thanks to their IPX4 rating, while you also get ‘fast pair’ connectivity with Android devices and ‘swift pair’ with Windows 10 PCs.

            The sound is nicely balanced, there’s loads of mid-range detail on show and it’s presented in a cohesive and musical package.

            Battery life is 10 hours from the buds themselves, which is impressive from a single charge and should be more than enough for most, with the case providing another 10 hours on top. If you’re after a great sub-£100 pair of earbuds that can take on the AirPods at their own game, the Sony’s WF-C500 should be on your shortlist.

            Read our full Sony WF-C500 review 

            The best cheap AirPods alternatives

            This pair of cheap AirPods alternatives offers a lot for very little outlay.  (Image credit: EarFun)

            3. Earfun Air

            Excellent AirPods alternatives at a fraction of the price.

            Specifications

            Noise-cancelling: No

            Bluetooth: AAC, SBC

            Battery life: 7hrs (+28hrs from charging case)

            Wireless charging: Yes

            Waterproof: Yes

            Finishes: Black, White, Red

            Today’s Best Deals

            Reasons to buy

            +

            Punchy, expansive sound

            +

            Great feature set

            +

            Classy build and finish

            Reasons to avoid

            Treble needs more refinement

            Earfun isn’t one of the first brands that spring to mind when researching AirPods alternatives, but the Earfun Airs could change that. These buds are ridiculously cheap and they sound wonderfully cheerful too.

            Noise isolation is excellent (if you want noise-cancelling you’ll need the Pro version) and these attractive earbuds feel comfy too. They’re IPX7 certified (i.e. waterproof), support virtual assistants and include Qi wireless charging if you own a suitable charger.

            Battery life is seven hours from the buds and a further 28 hours from the charging case. Amazingly it all feels fairly premium too. The Bluetooth 5.0 connection is solid and stable and for the money, calls sound clear, and the earbuds offer an energetic and spacious sound.

            If you’re after something fun-sounding and a cheap pair of AirPods alternatives, the Earfun Airs are just the ticket.

            Read our full review: Earfun Air review

            The best AirPods alternatives for value

            Sony’s lightweight and comfy earbuds are a great alternative to the AirPods 3. (Image credit: Future)

            4. Sony WF-C700N

            These superb Sonys are great alternatives to the standard AirPods 2 and 3.

            Specifications

            Noise-cancelling: Yes

            Bluetooth: AAC, SBC

            Battery life: 7.5hrs (+7.5hrs from charging case)

            Wireless charging: No

            Waterproof: Water resistant

            Finishes: White, Black, Sage Green, Lavender

            Today’s Best Deals

            Reasons to buy

            +

            Very comfortable fit

            +

            Refined presentation for the money

            +

            Detailed, dynamic and musical sound

            Reasons to avoid

            No Multipoint Bluetooth (yet)

            Charging case doesn’t add a lot to battery life

            No aptX or LDAC support

            Sony’s newest wireless earbuds come in cheaper than the WF-1000XM4 that top this list but still manage to offer great sound quality, ANC and impressive levels of comfort for the money.

            And they’re a brilliant option that more than justify their price tag. The buds are impressively small, and their lightweight design and excellent fit make them worth investigating if the standard AirPods don’t sit well in your ears. Battery life is competitive at seven and a half hours.

            They lack aptX HD and LDAC but do feature noise-cancelling tech, which is an advantage as the AirPods 2 and 3 lack this feature. Adaptive Sound Control automatically switches listening modes depending on your location, and Sony’s DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) upscales low-res digital audio files to higher quality.

            The sound quality is superbly balanced too, with deep, detailed bass, expressive mids and engaging highs. They’re a very musical listen for the money.

            Downsides? The lack of support for aptX HD and LDAC is disappointing although Apple’s AirPods don’t support either of these codecs. Multipoint – which lets you switch seamlessly between devices – is supported but won’t arrive until later this summer. And, the charging case only provides one extra charge which seems a little mean. But the superb sound and great feature set make these easy to recommend over the standard AirPods.

            Read our full Sony WF-C700N review

            The best AirPods alternatives for noise-cancelling

            The Bose’s brilliant ANC and sound quality make them proper rivals for the AirPods Pro 2. (Image credit: Bose)

            5. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II

            Bose’s flagship wireless earbuds are superb AirPods Pro 2 alternatives.

            Specifications

            Noise-cancelling: Yes

            Bluetooth: AAC, SBC

            Battery life: 6hrs (+18hrs from charging case)

            Wireless charging: No

            Waterproof: Yes

            Finishes: Triple Black, Soapstone, Midnight Blue, Eclipse Gray

            Today’s Best Deals

            Reasons to buy

            +

            Exceptional noise-cancelling

            +

            Fantastic sense of refinement

            +

            Beautifully balanced sound

            +

            Excellent detail levels

            Reasons to avoid

            Battery life can be bettered

            Call quality is nothing special

            No Bluetooth multipoint

            No wireless charging

            Like the Sonys at number one in this list, the QC Earbuds II are a rival for the AirPods Pro 2. They provide a comfortable fit and lots of features. Bluetooth 5.3 is a big bonus, and the Bose app allows you to alter the amount of noise-cancelling on offer via a number of customisable presets.

            Speaking of noise-cancelling, the Bose are at the top of their game and even beat the AirPods Pro 2. They can automatically adjust the amount of ANC on offer so your music isn’t drowned out by particularly loud noises and the effect is deeply impressive. As for sound, it’s balanced and neutral and overflowing with fine detail which again, during our testing, just gave them the edge over the AirPods Pro 2.

            It’s a shame there’s no support for high-quality wireless audio codecs such as LDAC or aptX HD, nor is there wireless charging or Bluetooth Multipoint. But we don’t think this is the end of the world when you consider that these classy buds set new benchmarks in ANC and sound quality at the money.

            Read our full Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II review 

            The best AirPods alternatives for running

            JBL’s earbuds are a rugged alternative to the AirPods Pro. (Image credit: JBL)

            6. JBL Reflect Flow Pro

            A great option if you want a more sporty pair of AirPods alternatives.

            Specifications

            Noise-cancelling: Yes

            Bluetooth: AAC, SBC

            Battery life: 8hrs (+20hrs from charging case)

            Waterproof: Yes

            Wireless charging: Yes

            Finishes: Black, Pink, Blue

            Today’s Best Deals

            Reasons to buy

            +

            Comfortable, lightweight, secure fit

            +

            Likeably lively, detailed sound

            +

            Decent battery life

            Reasons to avoid

            Noise-cancelling is only OK

            No aptX support

            Yes, you can get wireless earbuds not geared towards sport that, for a similar price, deliver more detail and dynamic subtlety (look further up this list for inspiration). But, unlike these JBLs, they won’t have the finely-honed ergonomics or rugged design that’s required to be hailed as ideal fitness buddies. And the only AirPods that come close in this regard are the AirPods Pro 2.

            Within the context of wireless earbuds for exercise, the Reflect Flow Pro deliver across the board. They’re waterproof, lightweight, comfortable and come with multiple ear tip fin options. They boast touch controls and even offer an AirPods-esque ‘Find My Buds’ feature. Battery life is a very decent 10 hours (or eight with ANC on) while the wireless charging case stores an extra 20 hours. They also produce a lively, detailed sound which makes them a good option when compared to standard AirPods.

            Read our full review: JBL Reflect Flow Pro

            How to choose the best AirPods alternatives for you

            Firstly, you need to decide which AirPods you want an alternative for. Is it the affordable, entry-level AirPods (2019) or the more recent AirPods 3? Or, perhaps you want a pair of AirPods Pro 2 alternatives that bring active noise-cancelling to the party?

            Are you someone who’s already immersed in the Apple ecosystem but who doesn’t want to be tied down when it comes to your headphones choice? Or, perhaps you’re an Android user, who simply likes the idea of having AirPods-rivalling features in their pair of wireless in-ears.

            Obviously, you’ll need to settle on a budget when considering AirPods alternatives. The good news here is that there are some great cheap options at the budget end of the market and there are also more premium alternatives should your budget be able to accommodate.

            You’ll also want to compare battery life to make sure the earbuds you’re considering can cope with the length of your commute as well as longer listening sessions.

            You can now get plenty of bang for your buck where the best cheap wireless earbuds are concerned, and given Apple products all tend to demand a slight price premium, there are some great bargains to be had.

            On this page, we’ve restricted our AirPods alternatives to the in-ear variety but we do also have a page dedicated to the very best AirPods Max alternatives should you want an over-ear option.

            How we test AirPods alternatives

            We test AirPods alternatives just like we test any pair of wireless earbuds. Before we put them in place we’ll also experiment with any tips and check out how comfortable they are to wear.

            We’ll also start with a full charge and see how accurate battery life claims are and just how it’s drained during day-to-day use.

            Although we have dedicated testing facilities in London, Reading and Bath, the bulk of our wireless earbuds testing happens outside those facilities, whether that’s on the street or in our busy office.

            It’s only when nailing down the finer details of audio quality, we head for quieter environments where we compare the AirPods alternatives we’re testing to price-comparable models. This gives us the chance to come to solid conclusions and peg each pair on sound quality. 

            For ANC testing we venture outside to put those noise-cancelling algorithms through their paces and we also test the call quality of the earbuds at this stage too.

            All our review verdicts are agreed upon by the team rather than an individual reviewer to eliminate any personal preference and to make sure we’re being as thorough as possible, too. There’s no input from PR companies or our sales team when it comes to the verdict, with What Hi-Fi? proud of having delivered honest, unbiased reviews for decades.

            Round up of today’s best deals

            Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds

            See all prices

            Expired

            EarFun Air

            £49.99

            £27.99

            View

            See all prices

            Expired

            Sony WF-C700N

            £96.19

            View

            See all prices

            Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2

            See all prices

            JBL Reflect Flow PRO

            £159.99

            £129.99

            View

            See all prices

            powered by

            The latest hi-fi, home cinema and tech news, reviews, buying advice and deals, direct to your inbox.

            Contact me with news and offers from other Future brandsReceive email from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors

            Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he’s also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he’s also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.

            Alternate airfield or LiveJournal alternative: muph — LiveJournal

            Alternate airfield or LiveJournal alternative: muph — LiveJournal

            ?

            In connection with the frightening trends in LiveJournal, I began to prepare myself an “alternate airfield”. On the advice of in_windows , the Drive2 resource became it. As you can see in the screenshot, in a month of slow posting, the number of readers of my blog there reached 1000 people. No brainer that in LiveJournal such growth rates do not shine for anyone. Especially with a travel theme. Even after the release of the post in the general top, a maximum of a dozen people are added to LiveJournal. In addition, the commentary activity is many times higher on the drive, which is also very important for me.

            While I am transferring the best posts from LiveJournal, but on a recent trip to Kazan and Togliatti (not to be confused with Neforum), I already deliberately kept travel notes about the quality of roads, gas stations, public catering, and so on. There, such content comes in better than just a story about the sights. Although posts with photos from past travels also have excellent statistics of views, likes and comments. A post about the Charyn Canyon, for example, has already gained 30,000 views, while its original on LiveJournal has only about two. Despite the fact that almost 3,500 people have subscribed to my blog in LiveJournal.

            What is the reason for this success, you ask?

            It’s simple. In the policy of the site itself. On the drive there is no place for politota, jaundice and other scandals_intrigues_investigations. People go there either for useful information about their cars, or just to have a good time. And the site editors themselves monitor high-quality posts, display them on the main page, and also include them in the mailing list. And absolutely free. Although, it should be noted that commercial promotion tools on the drive are also provided, but I have never used them and have not even delved into this kitchen yet. Readers are happy to subscribe. By the way, if anything, my profile is here, come in, I will be glad!

            ———————
            Subscribe to blog updates
            Join now! On social networks, I publish announcements of fresh posts, and on Instagram – the most beautiful photos!

            The use of my photographs in any media, print materials or websites other than personal blogs and social media pages is PROHIBITED. Only after agreement with me. I remind other copy-pasteers that when reprinting photos and text, an active indexed link to the source is required!

            Tags: LJ, Opens in a new window, Screenshot, Subjectivism

            Subscribe

            • Appeared – not dusty, yeah. I posted a two-minute video about the most beautiful, in my opinion, place in the Voronezh region for your judgment. Of course, we are talking about…

            • I came to see one of the most ancient auls of Dagestan and met its last inhabitant

              I traveled a lot in the republics of the North Caucasus and, perhaps, I was most impressed by the nature and people of mountainous Dagestan. But about beauty…

            • The dark side of Tbilisi

              The other day I received another comment on one of the posts on Yandex.Zen about Georgia with accusations that my article was ordered. Author…

            Photo

            Hint0060

          2. 91 comments
          3. Previous

            ← Ctrl

            ← Alt

            • 1
            • 2

            Next

            Ctrl →

            Alt →

            • 91 comments

            Previous

            ← Ctrl

            ← Alt

            • 1
            • 2

            Next

            Ctrl →

            Alt →

            • The most beautiful place in the Voronezh region (Video)

              Appeared – not dusty, yeah. I posted a two-minute video about the most beautiful, in my opinion, place in the Voronezh region for your judgment. Of course, we are talking about…

            • I came to see one of the most ancient auls of Dagestan and met its last inhabitant

              I traveled a lot around the republics of the North Caucasus and, perhaps, I was most impressed by the nature and people of mountainous Dagestan. But about beauty…

            • The dark side of Tbilisi

              The other day I received another comment on one of the posts on Yandex.Zen about Georgia with accusations that my article was ordered. Author…

            Author’s blog on Gazeta.Ru: Heroes until better times

            What do you know about Tiksi? This is a village in Yakutia. Beyond the Arctic Circle. It’s already winter there. On Thursday evening, according to meteorologists, it will be -4°C, overcast, light snow. Warm, by the way. October is usually -10°C. Tiksi has a sea port, which, however, is open less than three months a year. There is no hockey or football team (I found out in the Sports section). But there is a polar geocosmophysical observatory, a nature reserve and a museum of fine arts and culture of the Arctic.

            Do you know anything about Tiksi? Not scary. I didn’t know anything about him until now either. I have never been there and probably never will. I really don’t even know how it is with the Internet (from which I got information about this village). I don’t know if any of those five thousand people who live in Tiksi will read this text.

            But when I saw the news that the airport was closed in Tiksi, for some reason I wanted to understand how they would be there, in the Far North, without aviation.

            The story is probably ordinary. In the 1930s, winterers were taken by water to Tiksi Bay, who founded a meteorological station, and then a whole detachment of the Leno-Khatanga expedition was delivered on the steamer Comrade Stalin, which laid the port and the village. Over time, an airfield was built there, used as a jump airfield for long-range aviation. That is, from time to time strategic Tu-95MS aircraft landed there.

            Later, in our time, the airfield was transferred to a joint base: it still belongs to the Ministry of Defense, but can be used by civil aviation. The airfield was even given the status of “federal significance”. In April, Yakutia Airlines launched direct flights from Tiksi to Moscow. “In 5.5 hours, the Boeing 737-700 will take passengers from the administrative center of the Bulunsky ulus to the capital of Russia,” the company announced, specifying that the new route is included in the list of the federal program of subsidized transportation from the Far East to the European part of Russia.

            “The Arctic climate has created a unique ecosystem that includes a wide variety of flora and fauna,” Yakutia advertised. “The harsh beauty and originality of the wild nature of Northern Yakutia are of tourist interest, which will contribute to the development of passenger traffic in the opposite direction from Moscow to Tiksi. ” It’s a pity I can’t find out now how high the flow of Muscovites who wanted to visit Tiksi turned out to be.

            If suddenly I got you so interested in Tiksi that you rushed to book tickets, don’t rush. Useless. “Today (October 3) a flight from Yakutsk to Tiksi was supposed to take place. It’s cancelled. Passengers are temporarily accommodated in one of the hotels in Yakutsk, they are provided with hot meals, ”the Polar Airlines said. Tiksi is closed for the reception and departure of all aircraft, except for helicopters. It is not known when it will reopen. In “Yakutia” they say that December 31. One of the employees of the Tiksi airport itself believes: not earlier than the summer of 2013 …

            The military just left Tiksi. The long-range aviation base was closed, and, as often happened in the vastness of Russia and the CIS, life stopped along with the departure of the military.

            In the abandoned village of Tiksi-3, owned by the Ministry of Defense, there are still 400 residents. Anatoly Serdyukov at the end of September, answering the President of Yakutia, Yegor Borisov, reported that everything was ready for winter: “Fuel has been delivered, boiler houses have been restored, all heating mains have been completely isolated.” In a word, they will survive. Maybe that’s why on October 1, the military, in fact, isolated Tiksi himself. They took and cut off all the navigational equipment at the airfield.

            On the one hand, it is logical, since this is their equipment. But on the other….

            The Ministry of Defense and the Federal Air Transport Agency have been dealing with the fate of the property of the Tiksi airport for some time. Surely, this bureaucratic procedure is very difficult. But is it really impossible to agree without going to extremes? Yes, in summer the village can be reached by water; in winter – on seasonal roads (although here I am reading an anonymous commentator in one of the Internet blogs: “Cars do not drive, there is no connection, at times the power is turned off . ..”). But winter in Tiksi is still nine months a year. And the airfield – some kind of connection with the outside world. There are 1.5 thousand kilometers between Yakutsk and Tiksi. Zimnik for cars will be open only in December. And the nearest airfield in the village of Ust-Kuyga is more than 300 km in a straight line (if by helicopter) or 600 km off-road.

            Recently, sitting in a warm Moscow office, I often write about the decisions that officials make, sitting in the same warm Moscow offices, regarding the development of regional and local aviation. Not even about development, but about revival. Then the prime minister instructs the ministries to figure out what to fly on (the consolidated order from airlines is being collected for the second time since the beginning of the year, by the way). That government is thinking about how to save local and regional airfields with what money. But it turns out that while officials are rushing about with their decisions in the offices of ministries and the White House, five thousand residents of Tiksi become polar explorers, preserved in permafrost until better times.