These noise-canceling headphones are just as good as AirPods — except they’re only $50

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Finding quality headphones in 2021 is easy — almost every pair these days offers crisp sound with Bluetooth capabilities and long battery life. But finding quality headphones that are also affordable can be a challenge.

If you don’t want to spring for overpriced Apple AirPods Pro, but are looking for noise-canceling headphones to get you through the work day, check out AUKEY’s noise-canceling earbuds. My boyfriend recently bough a pair and, surprisingly, they work just as well as my AirPods Pro.

The kicker? This pair of earbuds is only $50.

Shop: AUKEY True Wireless Earbuds Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth 5, $49.99 with the extra savings coupon (Orig. $59.99)


Not only does the sound quality rival AirPods, but the noise cancellation might just be better than Apple’s. Each earbud includes two microphones, which ultimately improves voice pickup and noise suppression.

At only $50, these headphones are a great Apple alternative, especially if you worry about losing or damaging them during sweat-filled workouts. With built-in IPX5 water resistance, sweat damage isn’t an issue.

One of my favorite features is that these AUKEY headphones show you its battery level on the outside of the case, versus you checking your phone to see how much juice remains.

Just under Apple’s promised eight hours, these headphones offer seven hours of listening or talk time. Plus, once they run out of battery, they only take 120 minutes to fully charge.

But don’t just take it from me — more than 7,000 Amazon shoppers have tested these earbuds. Reviewers say that these are the “best budget” option when it comes to wireless earbuds, and they’re even better than more expensive brands like Sony.

“As far as the quality of sound, these are as good as my Sony wired earbuds that were like $80. I was actually really impressed by that,” one shopper said. “The sound is nicely balanced. It has good bass without being overwhelming, and the treble isn’t crunchy. Im not audiophile, but I can listen to music for hours, and it sounds great.”

While most customers think the price is a huge pro for these headphones, others can’t stop talking about their seamless pairing.

“One of my favorite things is just how smartly designed they are,” another shopper said. “I love that they automatically turn on when removed from the case and pair instantly to each other and to the phone. They are paired to my phone by the time I finish putting them in my ear, which means I can start listening right away!”

And if you’re looking to spend even less on wireless headphones, AUKEY offers several other models — some that have more than 20,000 reviews.

Below, you can also shop AUKEY’s $30 option that are similar to the first generation AirPods, or a $40 pair that some have compared to Bose’s buds.

Shop: AUKEY True Wireless Earbuds with Touch Control, $29.99 (Orig. $49.99)

Shop: AUKEY True Wireless Water-Resistant Earbuds, $39.99 (Orig. $49.99)


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