The Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT offers consistently high sound quality for both wireless and wired use, making them great for serious music fans.
As long as you're OK with a noise-isolating design, the Anker Liberty Air are an excellent alternative to the AirPods that cost half the price.
Sennheiser's HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless gets you most of what you want in a premium wireless noise-canceling headphone but costs significantly less.
While they don't perform quite as well the WF-1000XM3 and lack a little bit of premium touch for their price, the WF-SP800N are very good active noise-canceling true wireless sports earbuds.
The Jabra Elite 85h is a good alternative Bose and Sony noise-canceling models for slightly less money, particularly if you value call quality.
The new AirPods are an incremental upgrade to an already excellent, fully wireless headphone, but sound quality, design and fit are basically the same.
While their sound quality isn't without issues, the TaoTronics TWS TT-BH053 are among the better sub-$50 true wireless earphones.
The slightly more rugged and expensive Jabra Elite Active 75t is a subtle upgrade over the excellent Elite 75t that will appeal to sports enthusiasts looking for added durability.
The Soundcore Life P2 earbuds are among the best true wireless earbuds that cost less than $50.
While they don't look different than other no-name true wireless buds on Amazon, the EarFun Free headphones are a step up from other sub-$50 models.
While its noise-canceling feature and comfort level aren't quite on par with competing models from Bose and Sony, its sound measures up well and it's worth considering if you don't want to spend $300 or more on a noise-canceling headphone.
The Echo Buds are likable earbuds with always-on Alexa and solid Bose-powered noise reduction -- just consider waiting until they're on sale before buying them.
The SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphone II mixes a strong blend of comfort and performance in attractively designed wireless headphone.
While the audio AR features are still in the works, the Bose Frames managed to produce decent enough audio to make them a compelling wearable audio device that can take the place of headphones.
The Sony WH-XB900N Extra Bass is a solid noise-canceling headphone, but it doesn't quite hit the same heights as its industry-leading step-up sibling.
The AfterShokz Trekz Air is a very likable sports headphone, particularly for people who want a secure fitting headphone that doesn't cover or prod their ears.
Beats has taken a good wireless noise-canceling headphone and significantly increased its performance.
Beats has taken the same headphone that so many people know and love and improved its battery life dramatically, but the price is still too high.