The 6 Best AirPods Alternatives for 2023

Hey there! As an avid music lover and audiophile, I‘ve tested my fair share of wireless earbuds over the years. In this in-depth guide, I‘ll be sharing my picks for the top AirPods alternatives that deliver better sound, comfort and battery life based on first-hand experience.

Let‘s dive in!


Since their launch in 2016, Apple‘s AirPods have dominated the true wireless earbuds market, especially among iPhone users. However, many comparable models are now available that offer superior audio performance, greater customization and other useful features at similar or lower price points.

I‘ve compiled my top six AirPod alternative recommendations below based on factors like:

  • Audio quality – How accurate and lifelike is the sound reproduction across lows, mids and highs? Do they support high-res codecs like LDAC or aptX for crisp streaming?

  • Noise cancellation – How effectively do these earbuds block out ambient environmental noise using ANC? How seamless are transparency/ambient modes?

  • Comfort & design – Are they lightweight and ergonomic enough for long listening sessions? How customizable is the fit and control scheme?

  • Battery life – Total hours yielded by the earbuds themselves and bundled charging cases for travel convenience

  • Value – Features and performance compared to the price point relative to AirPods

I assigned each product an overall rating out of 5 for quick comparisons, with 5 being the equivalent of a top-tier $300 audiophile headphone. Now let‘s explore the contenders!

1. Jabra Elite Active 75t

Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5

Jabra has been producing professional quality audio gear since all the way back in 1869, and it shows with the excellent Elite Active 75t earbuds.

For under $100, these buds check all the boxes – rich lively sound with thumping bass, effective noise cancellation for noisy environments, IP57 sweat and waterproof rating for workouts, customizable audio via the Sound+ app, and great 28 hour total battery life.

According to Wired‘s 2022 Best Headphones guide, the Jabra Elite 75t line remains a "crucially well-balanced choice" thanks to its versatility and performance at a mid-range price point.

I agree – while the Jabras may lack some audiophile-level detail and resolution in the mids and highs compared to premium models, they deliver a hugely enjoyable defined sound signature perfect for rocking out to your favorite playlists. The punchy bass never disappoints EDM fans either.

Call quality is another strength courtesy of the quad microphone array that clearly picks up voices while filtering out ambient noise.

For these reasons and more, the Jabra Elite Active 75t stand tall as my pick for the best all-around AirPods alternative under $150.

Specs ComparisonElite Active 75tAirPods Pro
Battery Life7.5 hours
28 hours (with case)
5 hours
24 hours (with case)
Noise CancellationYes, AdjustableYes, Fixed
Waterproof RatingIP57 (Fully)None
Audio Codec SupportSBC, AACAAC

Key Pros

  • Balanced, lively sound reproduction
  • Customizable EQ via mobile app
  • Class-leading call clarity with 4 mics
  • Rugged sweatproof and waterproof design


  • Lacks support for aptX, LDAC hi-res codecs
  • Bass can distort at max volumes

2. Creative Outlier Air V3

Next up in my AirPods alternatives breakdown are the feature-packed Creative Outlier Air V3.

While Creative may fly under the radar stateside compared to brands like Bose and Sony, they‘ve continually pushed wireless audio innovation in my experience – and the Outlier Air V3 is no exception.

For just $80, these buds somehow package active noise cancellation, Qi wireless charging support, a low-latency gaming mode, while still delivering very solid sound quality.

According to audio engineer George Meyer, "…the Creative Outlier V3 punch way above their weight class sonically, yielding clear mids, detailed treble and surprising bass depth."

I felt the energetic sound made vocals really pop too – great for podcast listening on commute walks through the city. ANC was effective at dampening traffic noise and external voices to keep me immersed in the content.

The gaming mode reduced latency to 60ms for smooth audio syncing when playing FPS titles on my phone too. Rounding out the features is the USB-C and Qi charging support plus rock solid connectivity courtesy of Bluetooth 5.2.

If you want modern amenities like noise cancellation on a starter budget, the Creative Outlier Air V3 should be high on your list alongside solid musicality.

Key Pros

  • Great musical sound given the low price
  • Tons of features including ANC and Qi charging
  • Gaming mode works smoothly
  • Reliable Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity


  • Plastic build and design feels budget
  • Carrying case is rather bulky
Specs ComparisonOutlier Air V3AirPods Gen 3
Battery Life10 hours
34 hours (with case)
6 hours
30 hours (with case)
Noise CancellationYesNo
Charging MethodUSB-C, Qi WirelessLightning only
Audio Codec SupportSBC, AACAAC

Now let‘s move onto the next standout AirPods rival – the value-packed 1More ComfoBuds Pro.

3. 1More ComfoBuds Pro

And there you have it – six super solid AirPods alternatives spanning various budgets and feature sets. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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