The best Apple AirPod Max alternatives to shop right now

Hot girl walk approved.
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The verdict’s in: AirPods (read: wireless earphones) are no longer cool. Yes – the news hurts us as much as next person.

WATCH: Explaining TikTok’s New Trend: ‘The Hot Girl Walk’

What are we going to do with the tiny AirPods that everyone was crazy about a year ago? Well, we have TikTok to thank for that – with the ‘Hot Girl Walk’ (more on this later) being a rising phenomenon online we can’t help but notice that everyone on TikTok have ditched the buds and instead are wearing chic over-ear headphones.

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Coined by TikTok user named Mia (@exactlylikeothergirls), the ‘Hot Girl Walk’ came about a year ago when we are deep in isolation thanks to the pandemic.

So, when we excitedly snap a pic (high angle only, please) of us going on a ‘Hot Girl Walk’ to the girls’ group chat, what we mean is: we’re going on a 4km outdoor walk listening to an inspirational podcast or an uplifting Spotify playlist. But the key takeaway is – while you’re on your walk you must, we repeat *must*, think about how hot you are. We’re serious, we don’t make the rules.

Over-ear headphones are a must for not only your daily walk, but also vital for any long-haul flights or commutes. And, whilst the Apple AirPod Max headphones are undeniably gorgeous, they are an expensive piece of ‘techcessory’ we aren’t ready to invest in just yet.

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So, to help you find your next it-girl accessory for walks, flights, commutes and more, we’ve rounded up the best Apple AirPod Max alternatives that will leave you feeling… well, hot.

The best Apple AirPod Max alternatives to shop in Australia 2022


Skullcandy Hesh ANC wireless headphones, $211, Amazon

Built for long-haul flights with 22-hours worth of playtime and three hours of playtime with just 10 minutes of charging. With noise-cancelling capabilities which are *essential* for commutes, you’ll want to take these with you on your next getaway.



Srhythm NC35 noise-cancelling headphones in mint green, $99.99, Amazon

If mint green is more to your liking, then these noise-cancelling headphones from Amazon will be right up your alley. With ANC technology and 50+ hours of play time, you’ll be getting your daily steps in without a hiccup.



NuraPhone headphones, $549, Nura

Feel your music come alive with a pair of NuraPhone headphones. With personalised sound technology meaning these headphones are tuned perfectly to your hearing – and no one else’s. Now that’s hot.  



Bose SoundLink Around-Ear wireless headphones, $164.95 (usually $329.95), Amazon

Looking for a deep and immersive sound experience? The Bose SoundLink headphones has incredible sound quality at any volume – you’ll never miss a beat.



Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling headphones in black, $382, Amazon

If you’re in the market for a high-quality pair of headphones, then you can’t go past the SONY WH-1000XM4. Available in a sleek black or an on-trend matte silver, it’s most definitely it-girl approved.



Kreafunk Awear wireless headphones, $180, Hardtofind

Designed with comfort and style in mind, these headphones from Hardtofind feature a classic round profile with a soft-touch leather cover – ready for you to take to the gym, on the plane, or even just at home.



Friendie Air Pro 4 ANC headphones, $159 (usually $299), The Iconic

In a gorgeous rose gold hue, the Friendie Air Pro 4 ANC headphones will add a touch of luxury to your morning commute.


Lead photo: @hannahmeloche / @selina.yangg

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