The Best AirPod Alternatives (Under $75) For Sale on Amazon in 2018
Apple introduced AirPods, wireless Bluetooth earbuds, in Sept. 2016 alongside the iPhone 7. It was a big deal because the iPhone 7 didn't have a headphone jack. Now, lots of smartphones have ditched the headphone jack for Bluetooth connectivity (which is shortwave radio, basically).
AirPods are truly wireless earbuds: They don't have any cables or cords. That may sound obvious, but there are lots of cheaper "wireless" earbuds that are connected to themselves but not tethered to the phone. AirPods are expensive, but they might be worth it for iPhone users who are already deep in Apple's ecosystem.
For Android phone owners, there are truly wireless earbuds that are less expensive than AirPods, but there are tradeoffs (like battery life). Cheaper Bluetooth earbuds will give you 2-4 hours of listening time on a single charge compared to AirPods' 5 hours of listening time. No wireless earbuds are truly waterproof (including AirPods), but you'll want sweatproof headphones if you plan to run or exercise in them. Look for official designations like "IPX5 Water Resistant" or "IPX7 Waterproof " before buying.
Here are the best-reviewed AirPod alternatives selling on Amazon for $75 or less:
Soundcore Truly-Wireless Earbuds, Liberty Lite by Anker, Wireless Headphones with Graphene-Enhanced Drivers, Bluetooth 5.0 - Black
Avg. Price: $67 | Bargain Price: $50
These Anker Soundcore wireless earbuds are comfortable and don't slip out according to many happy customers. Many people describe the sound quality as decent or good, but not great. A common complaint is that the charging case is bulky and difficult to tote around.
Bluetooth Earbuds Wireless Headphones Bluetooth Headset Wireless Earphones IPX7 Waterproof 72H Playtime Bluetooth 5.0 Stereo Hi-Fi Sound with 2200mAH Charging Case
Pasonomi's wireless earbuds have a IPX7 waterproof designation, which is the highest level of sweat/water resistance that you'll find on this style of headphone. These earbuds are good for running and playing music, but not great at taking phone calls according to several customers.
Avg. Price: $50 | Bargain Price: $47
TOZO T8 True Wireless Stereo Headphones TWS Bluetooth in-Ear Earbuds with Charging Case Built-in Mic Headset. Premium Sound with Bass for Running Sport - Super Easy Pair
Tozo's wireless earbuds are good for the money according to many customers who praised the quality, fit and connectivity. Disappointing battery life is a common complaint, but on the plus side, several customers had a good experience requesting a replacement pair.
Avg. Price: $34 | Bargain Price: $30
Bluetooth 5.0 Deep Bass True Wireless Headphones, Tranya Sports Wireless Earbuds, Sweat Proof Earphones Built-in Microphone Running, Gift Box
Avg. Price: $45 | Bargain Price: $35
Tranya's sport wireless earbuds are good for running and music, but several people described these earbuds as slippery when sweaty. Static hiss and poor call quality are two criticisms that appear in critical reviews.
Bluephonic True Wireless Earbuds - Latest Bluetooth 5.0 Mini in Ear Headphones 3D Stereo Sound, 18H Play Time, SweatProof Sports Earphones Headset, Built in Microphone & Dual Speakers for Phone Calls
Avg. Price: $52 | Bargain Price: $42
These Bluephonic wireless earbuds are comfortable and have surprisingly good sound, according to multiple people. Critical reviewers had trouble with Bluetooth connectivity and phone call quality.