If you know where to look, there are often some great discounts available on Apple’s ever-popular AirPods. Since Apple launched the third-gen AirPods toward the end of 2021, we’ve seen the starting price of the second-gen, entry-level model slowly dip to around $100. And now that the second-gen AirPods Pro has been on the market for a year, we’re also seeing their price fall more often, too.
With Black Friday quickly approaching, we’re starting to see a number of great deals trickle in — including those on the new AirPods Pro with USB-C. We’ll likely see even steeper discounts as we get closer to the main event, too, which is why we’ve started tracking the best early Black Friday deals. In the meantime, however, here are the best deals available on the entry-level AirPods, the AirPods Pro, the third-gen AirPods, and the AirPods Max.
The best AirPods (second-gen) deals
In 2021, Apple lowered the list price of the second-gen AirPods — now 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-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.
Apple’s most affordable pair of earbuds have dropped to as low as $79.99 before, but right now they’re only on sale for around $99 ($30 off) at Amazon and Walmart. However, given Walmart will begin selling the earbuds for $69 starting on November 8th as part of its early Black Friday sale, it might be worth waiting to pick them up. Alternatively, if you prefer the model with the wireless charging case, it’s available at Adorama for $109.99 ($40 off).
Read our AirPods (second-gen) review.
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.
Last year, Apple quietly introduced a new, slightly cheaper option for the third-gen AirPods that comes with a Lightning-only charging case, which is currently on sale at Amazon and Walmart for $149.99 ($20 off). You can also buy the wireless earbuds with a MagSafe charging case at Costco if you’re a member for $159.99 ($20 off) through November 6th. Non-members can also get a discount but will have to pay a 5 percent surcharge, which increases the price to $167.99. Alternatively, non-members can buy the earbuds for $169.95 at B&H Photo.
Read our AirPods (third-gen) review.
The best AirPods Pro deals
Apple announced the second-gen AirPods Pro during its “Far Out” event last year, a pair of earbuds that feature a similar build to the first-gen model but offer better noise cancellation. They also sport swipe-based controls, come with Apple’s new H2 chip, and feature an extra-small pair of swappable silicone ear tips for smaller ears.
During this year’s “Wonderlust” event Apple also announced an updated version of the AirPods Pro with a USB-C charging case. The buds also feature an upgraded IP54 rating for water and sweat resistance as well as support for lossless audio when used with Apple’s forthcoming Vision Pro headset.
Right now, you can buy the updated AirPods Pro for $199.99 ($50 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. The second-gen model from last year without USB-C support is also on sale for $189 ($60 off) at Walmart or for $10 more from Best Buy and Verizon.
Read our review of the AirPods Pro (second-gen) and our hands-on impression of the updated version.
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, just like the third-gen AirPods. While they used to retail for $249, we’ve seen them drop to around $159, and sometimes they even sell for as low as $129. Right now, however, they’re not on sale, which is why we suggest buying the second-gen AirPods Pro while they’re still discounted.
Read our first-gen AirPods Pro review.
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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 expansive, 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. That said, you can buy the AirPods Max for $479.99 from Amazon and Best Buy. If you live near a Micro Center, you can also buy a pair in-store for $474.99.