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 last year, we’ve seen the starting price of the second-gen, entry-level model drop from $159 to $129. And now that you can buy the second-gen AirPods Pro, we’ll likely start seeing discounts on the last-gen Pro and other models, including the over-ear AirPods Max.
If you can’t wait until then, though, fret not: we’re already beginning to see some good discounts ahead of the holiday season and with the arrival of the second-gen AirPods Pro. Below, we’ve curated the best deals currently available on each model, including the entry-level AirPods, the AirPods Pro, the third-gen AirPods, and the AirPods Max.
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 still offer great wireless performance and reliable battery life, making them a great pick if you can live without a wireless charging case.
In the past, we’ve seen Apple’s most affordable pair of earbuds plunge to as low as $89. Right now, however, you can purchase them for around $119 at Amazon, Target, and Walmart. You can also buy the model with the wireless charging case for $129.99 ($70 off) at B&H Photo.
The best AirPods (third-gen) deals
With support for the company’s MagSafe technology and an asking price of $179, Apple’s third-gen AirPods are often considered the middle child in Apple’s current AirPods lineup. The 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 render them a nice improvement over the last-gen model.
Earlier in September, Apple quietly introduced a new option for the third-gen AirPods that comes with a Lightning-only charging case, one that retails for $10 less than the option with a MagSafe charging case. However, given Apple’s MagSafe-compatible option is on sale for less than the MSRP of the version with the Lightning Charging Case, we suggest opting for the former option instead. Right now, you can buy them at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and B&H Photo for around $169 ($10 off), which is a far cry from their all-time low of $139.
Similar in appearance to their sleeker sibling, the AirPods Pro, the latest entry-level AirPods boast a new charging case and shorter stems. They’re also water resistant, unlike the 2019 model, and sport better battery life.
The best AirPods Pro deals
In case you missed it, Apple announced the second-gen AirPods Pro during its “Far Out” event earlier in September, which the company claims should cancel “up to twice as much noise” as their predecessor. They also offer swipe-based controls, come with Apple’s new H2 chip, and feature an extra-small pair of swappable silicone ear tips for smaller ears. They’re set to arrive in stores on September 23rd, but they’re already on sale when you preorder them on Amazon for $239.99 instead of $249. Read our hands-on impressions of the second-gen AirPods Pro.
Apple’s latest AirPods Pro take after the last-gen model but include swipe controls and a new H2 chip that allows for improved noise cancellation. They also come with a water-resistant charging case that offers support for Apple’s robust Find My network.
If the second-generation AirPods Pro are too expensive for you, though, we often see discounts on the first-gen AirPods Pro too. Despite their being older, we still think these are the best wireless earbuds an iPhone owner can buy. They have better sound quality than the non-premium models above, offer active noise cancellation, and come with a MagSafe-ready charging case. The earbuds also come with swappable silicone tips — albeit three, not four — and support Apple’s spatial audio feature, which adds an immersive surround sound effect to select content.
Last year, Apple launched a new configuration of the AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case that supports Apple’s MagSafe technology, just like the third-gen AirPods. The noise-canceling, MagSafe-ready earbuds typically retail for $249, but they’re currently available at Amazon, Target, and Walmart for around $179.99, which is about $20 more than their best-ever price.
The last-gen AirPods Pro improve upon the regular AirPods with better sound quality, excellent active noise cancellation, and immersive spatial audio.
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The best AirPods Max deals
The AirPods Max aren’t the iconic in-ears that have 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 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 Woot and other retailers have discounted the AirPods Max to as low as $409 in the past, prices have since increased across the board. Nonetheless, the noise-canceling headphones are currently on sale at Amazon (in select colors), Walmart, and Sam’s Club (for members only until September 25th) for $429. If you live close to a Micro Center, you can also pick them up in all colorways for $424.99.