If you know where to look, there are often some great discounts available on Apple’s popular — yet oftentimes expensive — AirPods. Since Apple launched the third-gen AirPods in October and unveiled its new lineup, we’ve seen the starting price of the second-gen, entry-level model drop from $159 to $129. What’s more, we’ve seen many retailers starting to heavily discount the second-gen AirPods as well as the more expensive AirPods Pro and Max, which offer noise cancellation and better sound quality than the standard model. We’ve even seen some significant discounts on the third-gen model, despite how recently they launched.
Here, we’ll run through the best deals available on each model, including the entry-level AirPods, the AirPods Pro, the third-gen AirPods, and the AirPods Max.
Highlights across the range
|Model||List Price||Sale Price||Retailers|
|Model||List Price||Sale Price||Retailers|
|AirPods (second-gen) with wired charging case||$129||$99||Amazon||Walmart||Target|
|AirPods (second-gen) with wireless charging case||$199||$140||B&H Photo|
|AirPods Pro (2021 model)||$249||$174||Amazon||Walmart||Target|
The best entry-level AirPods (second-gen) deals
Last year, Apple lowered the list price of the second-gen AirPods — now the entry-level model — from $159 to $129. It only sells the model with a wired charging case now, however, which charges via a standard Lightning cable. Despite their age, we found that the easy-to-use, second-gen AirPods offer great wireless performance and reliable battery life, making them a great pick if you can live without a wireless charging case.
At the moment, the best deal on Apple’s most affordable pair of earbuds is available at Amazon, Walmart, and Target, where you can pick them up for $99, roughly $10 shy of their best price to date. You can also buy the model with the wireless charging case for $139.95 at B&H Photo, a $60 discount, or at Adorama and Best Buy for $10 more.
Apple’s newest pair of true wireless earbuds support the company’s MagSafe technology. The short stems make for a more subtle design, while improved sound and features like sweat and water resistance, support for spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, and improved battery life render them a nice improvement over the last-gen model.
Deals were once hard to come by on the third-gen model, but we finally started seeing some worthwhile deals starting around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Right now, for instance, Apple’s third-gen AirPods are available at Amazon and Walmart for around $149.99, just $10 shy of their all-time low of $139.99.
We think Apple’s premium true wireless earbuds, the AirPods Pro, are the best wireless earbuds an iPhone owner can buy, regardless of the price. They have better sound quality than the models above, offer active noise cancellation, and come with a MagSafe-ready charging case. The earbuds also support Apple’s spatial audio feature, which adds an immersive surround sound effect to select content, and come with swappable silicone tips.
In October, Apple launched a new version of the AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case that supports Apple’s MagSafe technology, just like the third-gen AirPods. These retail for $249, but right now the best deal is available at Amazon, Target, and Walmart, where you can buy them for around $174. That’s not as low as the $159 price we saw this model drop to during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but it’s still $75 off what you’d pay if you were to purchase the earbuds directly from Apple.
The AirPods Max aren’t the iconic in-ear style that has become synonymous with the AirPods name. They’re large and luxurious, comprised of aluminum, steel, and mesh fabric that remains comfortable during extended listening sessions. They also sport excellent noise cancellation, Apple’s spatial audio feature, and a wide, balanced sound, even if they lag behind some of their peers when it comes to bass response. They’re not the best noise-canceling headphones for most people — blame the $550 sticker price — but it’s hard to find a pair of Bluetooth headphones that sound better and feature more intuitive controls.
Although the AirPods Max were discounted to $429 on Amazon during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, prices have since increased. Still, the silver and gray Max are currently on sale at Amazon for $450, a discount you’ll see at checkout, and one of their better prices to date. You can also pick them up at Micro Center in almost all colorways for around the same price, though they’re only available for in-store pickup in select locations. Otherwise, Amazon is also selling other colorways for $479, while B&H Photo is also offering the same discount on most styles.