It's been nearly five years since Apple released the AirPods in the fall of 2016, and since then the market for true wireless earbuds has exploded. Today, seemingly every audio and headphone manufacturer has its own pair of true wireless earbuds. And while the vast majority of true wireless earbuds are still expensive, you can get a good pair from a reputable brand for pretty cheap! Just avoid the explicit knockoffs on Amazon.
(Note: As of late 2021, Apple officially dropped the price of its entry-level AirPods from $159 to $129. So you don't have to spend that much more than a $100 to get a solid set of AirPods. And it might be worth it if you have an iPhone. Just a thought.)
There are more wireless earbuds than ever before that have active noise cancellation — but these are the best.