If you know where to look, there are always great discounts available on Apple’s ever-popular AirPods. Since Apple launched the third-generation AirPods until the end of 2021, we’ve seen the starting price of the second-generation, entry-level model slowly drop to around $100. And now that you can buy the second-gen AirPods Pro at most retailers, we’ve seen better discounts on the last-gen Pro and other models.
Below, we’ve curated the best deals available right now on each model, including the entry-level AirPods, the AirPods Pro, the third-generation AirPods, and the AirPods Max.
The best entry-level AirPods (second generation) deal
In 2021, Apple lowered the list price of the second-generation AirPods — currently the entry-level model — from $159 to $129. It now only sells the model with a wired charging case, however, which charges via a standard Lightning cable. Despite their age, we found that the easy-to-use, second-generation AirPods still offer great wireless performance and reliable battery life, making them a great choice if you can live without them. a wireless charging case.
While we’ve seen Apple’s cheapest pair of earbuds drop down to $79.99, they’re currently only on sale at Amazon, Walmart, and Verizon for $99. Alternatively, if you want the model with the wireless charging case, it’s available at Adorama for $139.99 ($20 off).
These AirPods are Apple’s second generation of true wireless earbuds and the cheapest model in the AirPods line.
The best deals on AirPods (third-gen).
With support for the company’s MagSafe technology and an asking price of $179, Apple’s third-generation AirPods are often considered the middle child of Apple’s current AirPods lineup. Shorter stems make for a more subtle design, too, while improved sound and features like sweat and water resistance, support for spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, and improved battery life gives them a good improvement over the last gen model.
Last September, Apple quietly introduced a new option for third-generation AirPods with a Lightning charging case, one that retails for $10 less than the option with MagSafe charging case. However, given the subtle price difference, we recommend you buy the MagSafe-compatible model, available at Costco until March 11 — or while supplies last — for $139.99 ($40 off). Although that price is only available for Costco members, non-members can still purchase it with a 5 percent surcharge for $146.99.
Similar in appearance to their prettier sibling, the AirPods Pro, the latest entry-level AirPods boast a new charging case and shorter stems. They are also not water resistant, unlike the 2019 model, and sport better battery life.
The best deals on AirPods Pro
In case you missed it, Apple announced the second-generation AirPods Pro during the “Far Out” event in September, a pair of earbuds with the same construction as the first-generation model but offering better noise cancellation. They also sport swipe-based controls, along with Apple’s new H2 chip, and have a smaller pair of swappable silicone ear tips for smaller ears. They normally retail for $249, but now they’ve matched their lows of $199.99 on Verizon. Read our review.
Apple’s latest AirPods Pro are taken after the last-gen model but include swipe controls and a new H2 chip that allows for improved noise cancellation. They also carry a water-resistant charging case that offers support for Apple’s robust Find My network.
The first generation AirPods Pro are also available for purchase, and sometimes cheaper than the second generation model. They have better sound quality than the non-premium models listed above, as well as active noise cancellation. They also come with swappable silicone tips – even three, not four – and support Apple’s spatial audio feature, which adds an immersive surround sound effect to select content.
At the end of 2021, Apple launched a new configuration of the first-gen AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case that supports Apple’s MagSafe technology, like the third-gen AirPods. They used to sell for $249, although they are now available for $194.99 on Amazon and B&H Photo. That’s a far cry from their recent low of $129.99 and their regular retail price of around $159, so we suggest buying the second-generation AirPods Pro on Verizon or waiting for the first-generation model to drop even further at the price.
The last-gen AirPods Pro improve on regular AirPods with better sound quality, excellent active noise cancellation, and immersive spatial audio.
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The best deals on AirPods Max
AirPods Max are not the iconic in-ears that have become synonymous with the AirPods name. It is large and luxurious, composed of aluminum, steel, and mesh fabric that remains comfortable during long listening sessions. They also sport excellent noise cancellation, Apple’s spatial audio feature, and spacious, balanced sound, though they lag behind some of their peers when it comes to bass response. They’re not the best noise-cancelling headphones for most people—blame the $550 sticker price—but it’s hard to find a pair of Bluetooth headphones that sound better and are more intuitive. control.
Apple’s AirPods Max are a great example of build quality, amazing sound, and maintaining the best in noise cancellation.
Although Woot and other retailers discounted the AirPods Max up to $409 in the past, prices have since gone up across the board. Now, for example, the Max has just received a deep discount at Best Buy and Amazon, where you can get it on sale for $479.99.