Apple's AirPods are far from the only option when it comes to truly wireless headphones - our expert audio lab has now tested more than one hundred pairs. Below, we list five of the most high-profile cheaper alternatives, starting at just £49.
The latest might be hugely popular, but they won't suit all tastes. Not everyone likes stems dangling from their ears, not all AirPods features are supported on Android devices, and they're not as customisable as many rivals.
Plus, at £159 Apple's AirPods aren't exactly cheap.
If you're looking for more affordable alternatives, you've come to the right place. Below, our experts have selected some of the most high-profile pairs: the ones that, despite being cheaper, really put pressure on the AirPods in areas such as sound quality or features.
But which are worth buying? Click through to our full reviews to discover how each performs.
Despite being less than a third of the cost of Apple's AirPods, Huawei's Freebuds 4i offer active noise-cancelling technology to block unwanted sounds such as traffic noise - something you usually only see on top-price models (for AirPods, you'd need to choose the pricey £179 to get active noise cancelling).
They also look stylish and, according to Huawei, the earpieces offer up to 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge from the case.
These low-cost Sony headphones caused a stir when they launched last year.
As well as being more compact than Apple's AirPods (with no dangling stems), they're fully compatible with Android and Apple devices, with companion apps that let you customise sound settings. They also work with both Google Assistant and Apple's Siri voice assistants.
Launching back in 2019, this pair may be an oldie by truly wireless headphone standards, but they're still readily available.
Thanks to NFC technology, you can connect them to many smartphones simply by touching the devices together. Best of all, now that their successor (the ) is out, the price of this set has plummeted to under £100.
As you'd expect, these headphones work with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, allowing you to issue voice commands without having to reach for your phone. They're also compatible with Google Assistant and Apple's Siri voice assistant.
This second-generation version is smaller than the original. They're also splash-proof and come with built-in active noise-cancelling.
With its second-generation Galaxy Buds, Samsung has really turned up the heat on the Apple AirPods.
They're the most expensive headphones in this list, but still £20 cheaper than the latest AirPods. They come with active noise-cancelling to block out nearby noise, along with three ambient sound settings for times when you need to let in a little of the sound around you (useful when listening for cars when you're out and about).
Alternatively, take a peek at some of the very latest models tested at our professional audio lab: