11 affordable wireless earbud alternatives to AirPods — starting at just $20

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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 report by Counterpoint Research via Bloomberg outlined that Apple sold approximately 82 million AirPods in 2020 alone. This marked an increase of 61 million units compared to 2019.

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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, the latest Apple AirPods retail for $179 (non-sale price) on Amazon, and the AirPods Pro retail for $269.99 (when not on sale).

That being said, check out the 11 best affordable wireless earbuds that range in price from $20 to $149. To make your shopping easier, the top features of each are listed below.

1. Otium Wireless Hi-Fi Stereo Earbuds, $19.99 (Orig. $32.99)

Top Features:

  • 30 hours of playtime

  • Low power consumption

  • Long-lasting battery

  • USB Type-C Quick Charge

  • Comes in four colors

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2. Tozo T12 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds With Premium Fidelty Sound Quality, $39.98 (Orig. $59.99)

Top Features:

  • Touch-control

  • Smart LED Digital Display

  • Waterproof

  • Easy pairing

  • Charge on the go

  • Comes in five colors

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3. Comiso True Wireless Earbuds With Deep Bass, $42.99

Top Features:

  • Ergonomic comfort sports design

  • Upgraded ultra-long playback

  • Rich bass sound

  • 48-hour ultra-long playtime

  • Waterproof

  • Comes in three colors

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4. JBL Tune True Wireless In-Ear Headphones, $52.46 (Orig. $120)

Top Features:

  • Two-hour charging time from empty

  • Hands-free stereo calls

  • Signature JBL pure bass sound

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5. Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds, $69.95

Top Features:

  • Customized fit for all-day comfort

  • Apple headphone chip

  • Up to 12 hours of listening time

  • Auto-play and pause

  • On-device controls

  • Extended wireless range

  • Comes in four colors

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6. UrbanEars Alby Wireless Earbuds With Customizable Fit, $69.99

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

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7. Jabra Elite Wireless Earbuds With Charging Case, $75 (Orig. $79.99)

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

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8. Urbanears Boo Wireless Headphones, $79.99

Top Features:

  • Sustainable design (made of up to 97% recycled materials)

  • Passive noise cancellation and balanced sound

  • Up to 30 hours of wireless playtime

  • Optimized charging

  • Splash resistant

  • Touch controls

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9. Amazon Wireless Echo Buds With Premium Sound And Active Noise Cancelation, $119.99

Top Features:

  • Dynamic audio and active noise cancelation

  • Alexa-compatible (also works with other assistants)

  • Customizable fit

  • Sweat-resistant

  • Wireless charging compatible

  • Comes in two colors

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10. Marshall Minor III True Wireless Earbuds, $129.99

Top Features:

  • Signature vintage Marshall design and color

  • 25 hours of wireless playtime

  • Touch-sensitive surface

  • Auto-play and pause

  • Water-resistant

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11. Jaybird Vista, $149.99

Top Features:

  • Sweat and waterproof

  • Single earbud mode

  • Sport fit

  • Fast charge

  • Premium sound with custom EQ

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