Don’t Like AirPods? Here Are the 7 Best AirPods Alternatives for 2021

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Both the AirPods and the AirPods Pro are great; there’s no doubt about that. The sound quality is amazing, their design is unique and minimal, and they’re so easy to use; all you have to do is open the AirPods case. That being said, they’re not for everyone.

Even if you’re a die-hard Apple user, it’s possible that you don’t like using AirPods or AirPods Pro.

Maybe you don’t like their design, or you just dislike the fact that they only come in white. It’s mildly frustrating, we know.

The bottom line is, there are many great AirPods and AirPods Pro alternatives out there.

Whether you’re looking for more colors, better battery life, or a budget-friendly set of earbuds, there’s something for everyone.

Continue reading to browse our top AirPods alternatives for 2021.

Powerbeats Pro

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If you’re looking for an AirPods alternative that still works flawlessly with Apple products, the Powerbeats Pro earbuds are a perfect choice.

What makes the Powerbeats Pro great is the relationship between Beats and Apple. This means the Powerbeats Pro earbuds have many Apple features you won’t find in any other third-party set of earbuds.

A great example is the Apple H1 Chip, a chip you’ll only find on the second-generation AirPods and the AirPods Pro. This chip helps the AirPods and the Powerbeats Pro reduce their latency, increase their speed when switching between devices, and even help with battery life.

The Powerbeats Pro Earbuds are the best option if you want to stick to the Apple Ecosystem without relying solely on AirPods.

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Aukey True Wireless Earbuds

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We’ve talked about Aukey in the past, and there’s a reason for that. Aukey True Wireless Earbuds are one of the best budget-friendly options you can get.

These earbuds sell for less than $60 (often far less, depending on the sale), and you get the premium features more expensive earbuds have, such as a wireless charging case, water resistance, and over 30 hours of total playback time. They also have built-in touch controls and a smart sensor that detects if you’re wearing them to play and pause the music automatically.

They’re a solid choice if you’re on a budget, or if you want to give them as a present. 

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Jabra Elite 75T Earbuds

Jabra Elite 75t Earbuds

Another solid option for people looking for a small and comfortable design that fits perfectly in your ear is the Jabra Elite 75T Earbuds. Don’t let these little earbuds fool you, they’re quite powerful and packed with a lot of features.

They have enough battery to last you up to five and a half hours on a single charge and up to one hour with just a single fifteen-minute charge. Plus, if you want to use them to make calls, the Jabra Elite 75T earbuds have four microphones built-in and active noise cancellation, so you don’t have to worry about any issues in a call.

The best part is that you can customize your listening experience with the help of the Jabra Sound+ app. You can personalize which voice assistant you want to use, improve your in-navigation on the go, and customize your music or calls for your surroundings.

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Google Pixel Buds

Google Pixel Buds

Google took a long time to release a new pair of wireless earbuds, but the Google Pixel Buds show that the wait might have been worth it. The first that that’s surprising about the earbuds is their design. From the egg-shaped wireless case to the round earbuds, you know you’ll stand out with them.

Of course, using these earbuds means you won’t have access to Siri, like with the AirPods, but you’ll still get amazing sound quality, all-day battery life, and a compact and seamless design that’s similar to the AirPods. Plus, if you’re jumping back and forth between Apple and Android products, they are a solid option to use on all of your devices.

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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds


If you’re looking for top-notch sound quality, amazing noise cancellation, and a pair of earbuds that’ll fit many different ear sizes, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are a great option for you.

These compact and light earbuds pack quite a punch with over 20 hours of battery life with its charging case, simple touch controls, and built-in Bluetooth 5.1, which lets you use the earbuds within 30 feet of your device, the QuietComfort Earbuds have everything you need.

The best part about these earbuds is the noise cancellation feature. They come with 11 different levels of active noise cancellation, so you won’t have to worry about being bothered by anyone or anything. But if you want to get to the real world, you can listen to your surrounding instantly, thanks to the transparency mode these earbuds have.

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds also come with three different ear tip sizes for the perfect fit. Keep in mind, though, these earbuds are a bit more expensive than the AirPods and AirPods Pro, but they just might be worth it.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Galaxy Buds

Samsung’s also making some great wireless earbuds, and the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are some of the best the company has to offer. At first glance, these earbuds stand out for one thing: They look like beans. But I promise that’s the only thing funny about them.

On the inside, these earbuds pack AKG-tunned 12mm speakers that give you an environmental sound experience and an outstanding sound quality on the go. They also offer noise cancellation and Samsung’s version of Transparency Mode to switch between your music and your surroundings in a matter of seconds.

They also have amazing battery life that will last you up to five and a half hours with a single charge, even with noise cancellation on. With noise cancellation off, these earbuds can last up to eight hours on a single charge. Pretty outstanding for a couple of beans, huh?

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Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds

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Sony may not be winning the smartphone race, but they’re leading the wireless earbuds race with the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds. And before you ask, yes, that’s what they’re called. Don’t let the weird name fool you; these earbuds are some of the best on the market right now.

The Sony buds offer industry-leading noise cancellation, and the sound quality is fantastic. Sure, the case is a little bulky, to say the least, but that’s because these earbuds last up to 24 hours of total battery life with the charging case. Not only that, but you can get up to 90 minutes of battery with just a ten-minute charge.

If you’re looking for the best overall alternative to AirPods, these earbuds are your go-to option.

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