The best Powerbeats Pro alternatives

The Beats Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds have long been admired by athletic types and beyond for their comfort, power, and performance. They’re perfect for long runs, last longer than most other buds in this price tier, and the sound is unbeatable. But not everyone has $250 to drop on premium name-brand audio — although, as of this writing, they’re on sale for $200.

Fear not, friends. One of the benefits of getting to try the latest wireless earbuds from competitive major brands is that we know a good deal when we see one. The Jabra Elite 7 Pro is one of our favorite recent earbud reviews, and they will meet or exceed the aging Powerbeats Pro for less money. With that in mind, here’s our roundup of fantastic alternatives to the Powerbeats Pro that will keep your heart beating to the music and your next credit card bill from causing cardiac arrest.

Jabra Elite 7 Pro

The best overall Powerbeats Pro alternative

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JBL Reflect Flow Pro

The best waterproof Powerbeats Pro alternative

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Jabra Elite 75t

The best Powerbeats Pro alternative for all-day comfort

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JLab JBuds Air Sport

The best durable Powerbeats Pro alternative

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1More PistonBuds Pro

The best budget Powerbeats Pro alternative

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Amazon Echo Buds 2

The best hands-free Powerbeats Pro alternative

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Jabra Elite 7 Pro

The best overall Powerbeats Pro alternative

Pros

  • Super comfortable
  • Great sound quality
  • Excellent call quality
  • Very good ANC and transparency
  • Good battery life
  • Wireless charging
  • Tons of customization options
  • Excellent water/dust protection

Why you should buy them: They’ve got most of the features we love about the Powerbeats Pro and more for roughly the same price or less.

Who they’re for: Workout and fitness junkies who want all the best features without compromise.

Why we picked the Jabra Elite 7 Pro:

The Jabra Elite 7 Pro prove that you can have it all and still afford to pay your rent. There wasn’t much wrong with the Elite line before, but this latest model is one of the most perfect pairs of wireless earbuds that we’ve seen, with secure comfort, audio quality, noise cancellation, a long-lasting battery, and water/dust resistance all in one package.

The wireless design offers a svelte charging case with built-in wireless support, while the earbuds themselves are an excellent fit for comfort even if you plan on being active. On-board controls are also easier to use, allowing you to quickly switch to a call, pause music, and move between active noise cancellation and transparency modes. They’re super customizable, too, if you want to remap what the button presses do.

This type of versatility is great to see in any earbuds, but the Elite 7 Pro backs it up with truly impressive sound. It combines powerful bass and clarity without the need to make too many EQ adjustments (although that’s still an option with the Sound+ app and more).

Overall, it’s been a long time since we’ve come across a pair of sports-friendly earbuds like the Elite 7 Pro, and if you’re looking for a set that will make you forget entirely about the Powerbeats Pro, this is your best bet.

Jabra Elite 7 Pro

The best overall Powerbeats Pro alternative

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JBL Reflect Flow Pro

The best waterproof Powerbeats Pro alternative

Pros

  • Solid, secure fit
  • Excellent noise-canceling
  • Choice of hands-free voice A.I.s
  • Completely waterproof
  • Wireless charging

Cons

  • Limited control options
  • No quick-charge option

Why you should buy them: They offer the highest level of water resistance in a set of true wireless earbuds.

Who they’re for: Those who want real protection from water, a secure fit, and great battery life.

Why we picked the JBL Reflect Flow Pro:

Although technically speaking, no product is genuinely waterproof — here are the reasons why — JBL nonetheless refers to its Reflect Flow Pro true wireless earbuds as waterproof, and we think it’s a reasonable claim. All of the earbuds on this list can stand up to your rainiest and/or sweatiest encounters, but the Reflect Flow Pro’s IPX7 rating is the highest we’ve yet to see in any true wireless products. These buds should be able to handle almost any water scenario short of snorkeling.

That’s a big deal, especially for folks who want a set of true wireless earbuds they can use while swimming (we also love the fit on this Pro model). JBL doesn’t specifically call out swimming as an activity in its marketing language, but that IPX7 means protection in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, so we think most swimming sessions won’t hurt the Reflect Flow Pros.

Even if you’re not swimming, the Reflect Flow Pros are super comfortable and secure thanks to the use of high-quality silicone eartips and wingtips. Unlike some earbuds that come with thin, barely-there eartips, these are dense and durable. Sound has also been improved compared to the original Flows, and a new EQ tool allows you to tweak settings, too.

They can be relied on to last a long time, with 10 hours per charge in the earbuds and 20 hours in the charging case, which we wish more true wireless buds would offer — to note, that’s better than both the Beats Fit Pro and the Beats Powerbeats Pro. Of course, it comes at the cost of size — the Reflect Flow Pros protrude from your ears more than other designs, something to keep in mind if you intend on wearing them under cycling, skiing, or motorcycle helmets.

The Pros have also updated the Flow’s design to be more user-friendly and add voice assistant compatibility and an ANC mode (not as useful while swimming, but handy in other situations). All this, and at a price significantly lower than Powerbeats models.

JBL Reflect Flow Pro

The best waterproof Powerbeats Pro alternative

Jabra Elite 75t

The best Powerbeats Pro alternative for all-day comfort

Pros

  • Secure and comfortable fit
  • Great sound quality
  • Waterproof
  • Good call quality
  • Very good noise cancellation

Cons

  • No wireless charging
  • Average battery life

Why you should buy them: They’ve got a great mix of battery life, sound quality, comfort, and durability.

Who they’re for: Those who want one set of true wireless earbuds that can tackle travel, the office, and the gym.

Why we picked the Jabra Elite 75t:

Jabra’s Elite series of true wireless earbuds have always been among our favorites for overall performance, and that’s still true of the Elite 75t. With these buds, you’ll get top-notch sound quality that even manages to deliver bigger, bolder bass than the Powerbeats Pro — something we never thought we’d say about any Beats product — and superb comfort and fit.

The Elite 75t are smaller than their predecessors, the Elite 65t, and we think even those with hard-to-fit ears will find that they go in and stay in. Once they’re securely seated in your ear, you barely notice them.

That secure fit provides an amazing amount of noise isolation. It’s not quite as silky-silent as buds with active noise cancellation, but when you trigger the Elite 75t’s passthrough mode, you become instantly aware of how much sound they block.

Battery life at just above seven hours is good but not stellar by today’s standards, but considering the tiny size of the Elite 75t, perhaps they deserve more credit — after all, they’re still way better than the AirPods Pro, which top out at five hours.

You get IP55 protection with the Elite 75t, so they’re slightly more water-resistant than the IP4X Powerbe

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