Apple AirPods Are Expensive. What Are Some Cheap Wireless Earbud Alternatives?

Written by |

Welcome to Ask Clark, a column designed to answer your financial questions, by money expert Clark Howard.

What Are Some Cheap Alternatives to Apple AirPods?

Cassandra from New Hampshire asks: “Clark’s talked about some AirPods or earphones that are wireless, and Apple’s AirPods are not cheap. What are the earbuds Clark always talks about?”

Clark’s Take on Apple AirPod Alternatives

Clark says: “The ones I use are for people who spend a lot of time walking or running and want to hear if a vehicle is approaching.”

“I used Trekz, and a lot of people think those of us who wear Trekz look like we’re something out of the Borg Collective from Star Trek, because they’re really odd-looking,” Clark says. “They bone-conduct instead of going in your ears.”

AirPods usually retail anywhere from $159 to $199 on Apple’s website.

Clark says he’s found that Trekz tend to cost “on sale, $59 and up.” As always, Clark wants you to comparison shop before you buy.

Trekz are made by Aftershokz, a U.S. company that specializes in bone-conduction headphones and earphones. Trekz are now sold on the Aftershokz website under the name Airs, a company spokesperson tells Team Clark.

Aside from the manufacturer’s website, you can find Trekz for sale at various online retailers. Here are some sites and prices we found for one model of titanium AfterShokz Trekz.

If you’re looking for more cheap earbuds or headphones, see the latest bargains on

To hear Clark’s full take on this question, listen to the segment:

Do you have a question for Clark? Use this form to ask him! And remember that you can listen to the Clark Howard Podcast at any time here.


If you have a question but don’t want to go on-air, contact Clark’s Consumer Action Center for free money help.

More Resources From

Welcome bonuses can be a great way to boost the value of a credit card. Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses for 2023 - Team Clark spent hours reviewing the market for credit card sign-up bonuses and evaluated them according to the guidelines for usage set by money expert Clark Howard. Clark believes credit cards with exorbitant annual fees are a bad idea for most…
Team Clark's cell phone expert ranks the best cell phone plans and deals. Best Cell Phone Plans in 2023: The Cheapest Plan for Every Need - Team Clark ranks the best cell phone plans and deals! See our favorites for unlimited data, families and cheap plans starting at $10/month.
Clark Deals