UK Markets open in 5 hrs 32 mins
  • NIKKEI 225

    -42.14 (-0.18%)

    0.00 (0.00%)

    -0.11 (-0.27%)

    -4.70 (-0.25%)
  • DOW

    -410.89 (-1.44%)

    +505.29 (+5.92%)
  • CMC Crypto 200

    +4.95 (+2.12%)
  • Nasdaq

    -192.67 (-1.65%)
  • ^FTAS

    -13.90 (-0.42%)

11 affordable wireless earbud alternatives to AirPods, starting at just $16 — Marshall, JBL, Jaybird and more

Moriba Cummings
·4-min read

Our team is dedicated to finding and telling you more about the products and deals we love. If you love them too and decide to purchase through the links below, we may receive a commission. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Gone are the days of wired headphones and earbuds, especially when premium-quality wireless technology no longer costs an arm and a leg to snag.

Wireless and wearable tech is more affordable than ever, as seen in the smartwatch market. And Apple has been continuously dominating the earbuds arena for some time now — dating all the way back to 2016. In fact, a recent report by Counterpoint Research via Bloomberg outlined that Apple could potentially sell 82 million AirPods in 2020 alone. This marks an increase of 61 million units compared to 2019.

However, despite the massive surge in sales, the study explained that Apple is reportedly losing market share compared to other wireless earbuds brands. Putting that fact into perspective, in 2019 Apple AirPods (the standard AirPods models as well as the latest AirPods Pro) reportedly accounted for about half of all true wireless earphones. The study goes on to explain that this year, Apple AirPods sales are expected to decrease to around 35 percent due to rival brands gaining popularity.

One major factor that likely caused this decline of interest in Apple’s models is the influx of more affordable options that perform just as well. Currently, Apple AirPods retail for $159 on Amazon, and the AirPods Pro retail for $249.

That being said, check out the eight best affordable wireless earbuds that range in price from $16.13 to $179. To make your shopping easier, top features of each are listed below.

1. Letscom Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds With Charging Case, $16.13 (Orig. $19.99)

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Top Features:

  • 20 hours of playtime

  • Low power consumption

  • Long-lasting battery

2. Letsfit Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds With Touch Control And Charging Case, $18.65 (Orig. $24.95)

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Top Features:

  • Touch-control

  • Waterproof

  • USB-C

  • All-day battery life

3. Letscom Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Earbuds, $49.99

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Top Features:

  • Active noise-cancellation

  • Dual built-in mics for better call quality

  • All-day battery life

  • Waterproof coating

  • Touch-control deep bass

4. Tribit Active Noise-Cancelling FlyBuds, $59.99

Credit: Tribit
Credit: Tribit

Top Features:

  • Environmental noise-cancelling

  • Dynamic drivers for deep bass

  • Charge 10 minutes for 1.5 hours of playtime

  • Sweat and water-resistant

5. JBL Tune True Wireless In-Ear Headphones, $62.99 (Orig. $99.95)

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Top Features:

  • Two-hour charging time from empty

  • Hands-free stereo calls

  • Signature JBL pure bass sound

6. UrbanEars Alby Wireless Earbuds With Customizable Fit, $69

Credit: UrbanEars
Credit: UrbanEars

Top Features:

  • Earbuds attach to charging case magnetically for extra security

  • Includes silicone in-ear tips for a customizable fit

  • Available in four colors

  • Voice and touch controls

  • Water-resistant design

7. Marshall Minor II Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds, $79.99 (Orig. $129)

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Also available at Marshall for $79.99

Top Features:

  • 12 hours of wireless playtime

  • Custom-tuned drivers

  • Magnetic pause function (automatically pause when earbuds are attached)

  • Ergonomic ear-fit system to ensure earbuds stay in place all day

  • Multi-directional knob (play, pause, shuffle, adjust volume, answer calls, etc.)

  • Short cord for easy neck resting

8. Jabra Elite Wireless Earbuds With Charging Case, $82.46 (Orig. $119.99)

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Top Features:

  • Four-microphone call technology

  • Up to 15 hours of use on a single charge

  • Fast-charge compatible

  • Two-year warranty against dust and water

  • Voice assistant compatible

9. Amazon Wireless Echo Buds With Immersive Sound, $129.99

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Top Features:

  • Immersive sound with Bose active noise reduction technology to limit background noise

  • Alexa-compatible

  • Customizable fit

  • Sweat-resistant

10. Jaybird Vista, $149.99 (Orig. $179.99)

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Also available at Jaybird for $149.99

Top Features:

  • Sweat and waterproof

  • Single earbud mode

  • Sport fit

  • Fast charge

  • Premium sound with custom EQ

11. AiPower Wireless Wearbuds With Wrist Charger, $179

Credit: AiPower
Credit: AiPower

Top Features:

  • Innovative design: earbuds are stored and charged inside a fitness band

  • High-fidelity sound

  • Premium fitness tracking (heart rate, calories burned, steps, pedometer, distance)

  • Waterproof

  • Available in four colors

If you enjoyed this story on the best affordable wireless earbuds, read about how Apple AirPods are on super sale right now.

More from In The Know:

Meet the man on a mission to make 10,000 new friends

Shoppers say this 2-in-1 robot vacuum is ‘miles ahead’ of the Roomba — and it’s on sale

The iPhone 12 is finally here: 6 must-have accessories to buy for your new device

Over 50,000 Amazon shoppers love this Lodge cast iron skillet — and it’s on sale for $15

The post 11 affordable wireless earbud alternatives to AirPods — starting at just $16 appeared first on In The Know.