5 of the best alternatives to Apple’s AirPods

In need of wireless earphones for your iPhone 7? Here are the best alternatives to the AirPods.


After a 6-week delay, Apple has finally launched their wireless earbuds, the AirPods, which is available for pre-order at the hefty price of $159. Don’t worry, if you lose one of them, Apple is happy to get you a replacement for $69.

$159 is quite the price to pay just so you can listen to your iTunes playlist, but, if you’re deadset in jumping on the wireless bandwagon, we suggest taking a look at some of the best alternatives to the AirPods, that’s currently available on the market.

Best overall: Jaybird X3

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Right off the bat, we’re going with the best overall wireless earphones you can get right now with the Jaybird X3. Priced at $129 (though you can probably find it cheaper online), the X3 is a great alternative to the AirPods that delivers on all fronts.

The sleek and slim profile of the Jaybird X3 makes it a comfortable pair of earphones to wear over long periods of time and with 8 hours of battery, you’ll have enough juice to last you through any activity. Plus, it’s sweat-resistant, which means it can easily handle a session at the gym or a quick run.

Best for Sports: Bose Soundsport Wireless

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However, if you’re looking for wireless earphones that can handle a really heavy workout or an intense running session, then the sweat and water resistant Bose Soundsport Wireless is your best choice.

While slightly pricier at $149, the Soundsport features Bose’s StayHear+ tips that ensures a secure fit in your ear, which can be useful for when you’re running. The battery life is also a decent 6-7 hours and can last you through a normal day’s usage.

Best in Sound: Sony SBH80

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For audiophiles, however, sound is important when it comes to choosing the right earphones and the best sounding wireless earphones you can get is the Sony SBH80.

Using Apt-X technology, the SBH80 delivers sound quality that’s comparable to wired earphones of the same price range, which in itself is quite a feat, as most bluetooth earphones are often known for lacking clarity and and impact. At $80, the SBH80 is an absolute steal if you’re looking for a great sounding wireless earbuds.

Best in Price: AYL Qy8

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Want a more budget-friendly bluetooth earphones? Look no further than the AYL Qy8. At only $30 on Amazon, this wireless earphones gives you the best bang for your buck while still being a budget model from a relatively unknown brand.

Despite its budget-friendly pricing, the AYL Qy8 is packed with all the features that you would expect on a premium bluetooth earphones, such as 7 hours worth of battery life, Apt-X supported technology and even the ability to answer/receive calls.  

Best for Absolute Wireless: Bragi’s The Headphone

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While all the previously mentioned earphones are great choices, they don’t offer a fully “wireless” experience. Bragi’s The Headphone offers the same “wireless” experience as the AirPods, and more, while priced at $149 a pair.  

Not only does it do the “wireless” part of a wireless earphones quite well, Bragi’s The Headphone are also fantastic sounding to boot. Add to that a decent 6-hour battery life and a comfortable sweat-resistant earbuds, The Headphone makes for a perfect alternative to the AirPods for your iPhone 7.

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