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While wireless earbuds have more or less become synonymous with Apple's AirPods (which, depending on the model, can cost between $200 and $329), there are droves of wireless headphones on the market that give Apple a run for their money.
Whether you're looking for innovative noise-cancelling technology, integrated motion sensors to track your workout performance, or simply the best sound quality, competitor brands like Bose, JVC and LG offer fierce competition for the Apple models.
Starting at less than $40, these are some of the best Bluetooth-compatible wireless earbuds on the market right now. Don't take our word for it: read what reviewers have to say.
Enjoy cordless freedom and noise-cancelling technology for under $40 with Adreama Drift's wireless headphones. The budget-friendly earbuds are compatible with all iOS and Android devices featuring Bluetooth technology and offer three hours of media playtime and four hours of talk time on a full charge, plus another 20 in the charging case. "I exclusively wear the earbuds for conference calls, and they last for days," writes one reviewer. "No issues with sound/voice. The fit is the best, perfectly fits in the ear."
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $40
The wireless earbuds from the Mpow Store have garnered nearly 25,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. The headphones are ergonomically designed for all-day comfort and are lightly waterproof to withstand sweat and rain. "I am extremely happy with these earbuds," raves one reviewer. "I just came off a 4-hour call with them and felt no discomfort! On that note, I am very happy with the battery life. I typically use them for 2-4 hours at a time, and have not had them die on me yet. The sound is very clear with excellent bass, and the touch controls are so easy to work."
SHOP IT: $46 (originally $60)
Bose's QuietComfort earbuds feature all the noise-cancelling technologies of the brand's famous over-ear headphones. Choose your noise cancellation level depending on your environment and make clearer phone calls with a specially designed microphone that rejects the noise around you. "Love at first listen," says one reviewer. "I get to enjoy fabulous music at half the volume or less because I'm not attempting to drown out background noise. Super comfortable, great sound, highly effective, excellent for phone calls, love the touch interface for controlling my music playback and voice assistant."
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $350
JVC's wireless headphones are designed with memory foam tips to provide extra comfort and sound insulation during prolonged use. They're compatible with voice assistant technology and are available in multiple colours, including black and pink. "[I'm] very happy with this purchase," explains a shopper. "These are perfect for listening to music and taking conference calls during the day. [You] can even use just the one side. Most earbuds hurt my ears after an hour, but the memory foam tips are super comfortable!"
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $74 (originally $90)
Get mind-blowing sound quality with Boltune's powerful in-ear stereo. For a fraction of the price of other major earbud carriers, Boltune's Bluetooth earbuds feature 40 hours of playtime and, thanks to its four microphones and noise-reduction design, the ability to make crystal-clear phone calls. "[They] grabbed me by surprise," explains one of the headphones' nearly 17,000 five-star reviews. "Honestly, I didn't expect such a great sound quality from these earbuds; I bought them for gym use and was blown away by the sound quality. [...] In my opinion, [they're] amazing value for money, and I have tried multiple earphones around the same price range."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $50
Designed for athletes, the Powerbeats Pro headphones have adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks that come customizable with multiple options for extended comfort and securability. They support up to nine hours of listening time and are built to withstand sweat and water. "They last longer than advertised between charges, and their range is much further than expected," reads one review. "I have been able to use them throughout a three-floor house and even across the street with the phone inside the house without connectivity issues."
SHOP IT: The Source, $329.99
With its innovative UVnano charging case, you can get up to 15 hours of playback time and kill 99.9% of bacteria on the speaker mesh with the LG Tone Free wireless earbuds. The ergonomic headphones fit comfortably in your ears and provide users with a special noise-cancelling fit. "The UV NANO light that kills bacteria when the case is closed/charging is an absolute game changer and a feature no one else is doing!" explains a shopper. "They sound fantastic [and] when I am at the gym, all I hear is my music and can focus on my workout."
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $200
Connect easily to your Bluetooth-enabled device with Jabra Elite Active's 10-metre wireless range headphones. The earbuds come with multiple sized ear gels to ensure a custom fit and are designed with an integrated motion sensor to track your workout performance. "[They have a] great sound and [a] durable build," says a reviewer. "I like the motion sensor so I can keep track of my activities while knowing my surroundings."
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $110 (originally $140)
With an average 4.8-star review, Vankyo's wireless earbuds have earned a near-perfect global rating on Amazon. The $70 Bluetooth-compatible headphones use advanced Bluetooth 5.0 technology that supports connection distances up to 45ft. "To date, I'd say these are some of the better [headphone] pairs offered," maintains one Amazon reviewer. "They're simple!: Touch once, music stops. Touch again, music starts. Doesn't drop the volume or raise it (which is extremely annoying when you're wearing a scarf or a coat). Charges well and actually turn off when you drop them back into the box (which some others do not)."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $70