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8 wireless earbud alternatives that aren’t AirPods

Your wallet will thank you for this list.

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Whatever your reason is for not wanting to get Apple’s AirPods, you should at least know that they aren’t your only option. Loads of companies have jumped on the wireless earbuds trend. Many knock-off products are available, as with anything, there are a lot of products that are just as good or better than AirPods.

Apple’s AirPods have one major downfall. Less battery life than competitors and a higher price at around $200. They have no equalizer and no controls, but they work great for Apple users for quick connections on iOS and MacOS devices. Still, they aren’t the only option.

This list was made to put together the best of the best so you don’t have to work with just a single choice. Here are eight wireless earbud alternatives that aren’t AirPods

Jabra Elite Active 65t

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As far as better than AirPods go, Jabra’s earbuds rank at the top. Made for sports fanatics and active lifestyles, these earbuds are durable and never just fall out. They’re great for music, calls or anything in between. The Bluetooth range is about 10 meters and the battery life sticks around for 15 hours with the charging case. Though incredible, they aren’t cheap. Jabra Elite Active 65t earbuds run for about $190.

Samsung Galaxy Buds

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Sleek, comfortable and stylish is usually how Samsung likes to roll. Their Galaxy Buds manage to hit all the same marks, hoisting a great audio quality and wonderful companion app. Plus, they’re the first earbuds to charge wirelessly so long as you have a Samsung S10 phone. There’s even an ambient sound mode for those who just need some white noise in the background. They also have a 10 meter Bluetooth range and 15 hours of battery life, but the price stands around $130.

BlueAnt Pump Air

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More earbuds for the active at heart come in the form of BlueAnt’s Pump Air. Though they also make some of the best headphones on the market, those are nothing compared to the bass thumping power of their wireless earbuds. These can go for 12 hours in the charging case and work with Bluetooth 4.2. BlueAnt Pump Air earbuds cost about $170.

Master & Dynamic MW07

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One of the best features of Master & Dynamic’s earbuds is how beautiful they look. The look isn’t the only positive they have, though. The earbuds are also comfortable, have great audio performance and can charge with a USB. However, the major drawback is the price, though rare but not the only one getting so expensive on this list. These MW07 earbuds cost about $300.

Sennheiser Momentum

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For more light, comfortable and sleek earbuds, look no further than Sennheiser’s contribution to these products. Excellent sound quality along with 10 meters of Bluetooth range and 12-hour battery life are pretty great qualities to have. However, the price is also steep, becoming the second pair of earbuds on the list to hit the $300 mark.

Plantronics Backbeat Fit 3100

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These are the most ideal earbuds for working out, especially while running in the outdoors. The Plantronics’ earbuds are waterproof, damage proof and can be tweaked through the app. The same as many others, they have a 10 meter Bluetooth range and 15-hour battery life. Though the charging case is heavy, these work for any active lifestyle and only run for about $150.

Mobvoi TicPods Free

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Not exactly sleek, these earbuds don’t look as modern as some of the competition. However, Mobovi’s TicPods make up for the design with amazing sound, easy interfaces, water resistance and bright color options to choose from. The Bluetooth range is still 10 meters, but these come with 18 hours of a battery life with the charging case. The Mobvoi TicPods Free cost about $130.

Sol Republic Amps Air 2.0

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Not as good as the others on this list but still impressive enough to add, the Sol Republic earbuds come in with powerful sound, a sturdy charging case, and attractive design. They have a Bluetooth range of 15 meters, which is impressive. What’s not so impressive is that they’ll only hold a charge with the case for about 45 minutes, 3 hours otherwise. Not the best battery life, but these can still be picked up for $130.


The Best Earbuds for You

So, the Jabra Elite Active 65t may be the best ones on this list, even better than the AirPods, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best for your unique lifestyle. If you’ve never even tried wireless earbuds before, you might benefit more from getting a cheap yet quality pair, more like the Samsung Galaxy Buds.

Whatever you decide to buy, there are a lot of earbuds out there to suit different lifestyles, and you’re not restricted to just Apple AirPods. Still, wireless earbuds can be a good change for anyone so get out there and have a better listening experience.

Any earbuds on this pique your interest? Is there anything we missed? Have any thoughts on this list? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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