Best AirPods Deals: AirPods Pro 2 Return to $200, Almost $100 Off AirPods Max and More

Nabbing an AirPods deal is going to provide the average Apple user with an unbeatable audio experience. They sound great and are designed to seamlessly integrate with your iPhone, iPad, MacBook and other Apple devices, and also allow to use of other advanced features like Spatial Audio and hands-free Siri. While you won’t see any AirPods deals directly from Apple, that doesn’t mean you have to pay full price if you’re hoping to get your hands on a pair. 

Here are the best AirPods deals available right now along with the best prices to date for comparison. We saw some great discounts during Black Friday and some of the deals on AirPods are sticking around ahead of the holidays. We’ll continue to update this page as deals come and go, so be sure to check back often for the best AirPods prices available. 

Apple AirPods pricing 2022

Model Apple Store price Best price right now Best all-time price
AirPods 2 $129 $115 $79
AirPods 3 $169 $160 $140
AirPods Pro (1st Gen) $249 $179 $159
AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) $249 $200 $198
AirPods Max $549 $450 $389

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The second-gen AirPods Pro are Apple’s most advanced pair of earbuds to date, equipped with its brand-new H2 processor and boasting seriously improved noise-canceling capabilities. The 2022 AirPods Pro maintain the $249 retail price of the now previous-gen AirPods Pro from 2019. With these earbuds having been released in September, AirPods Pro 2 deals were pretty rare until holiday sales really picked up. They are back to $200 at Verizon right now which is the cheapest deal around and just $2 more than their all-time low. You don’t have to be an existing Verizon customer to get in on the deal either.

Read our AirPods Pro 2 review.


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Apple’s original AirPods Pro have been discontinued, so they’re gradually getting a little harder to find. You can no longer buy them from Apple directly, but you can grab a pair for $179 at Walmart, which saves you $70 compared to the original list price and the current price of the new second-gen AirPods Pro. While a clear step down from the new AirPod Pro 2, when you can find them at a steep discount, they may be worth buying.

Read our AirPods Pro review.


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Unlike the AirPods Pro, these third-generation AirPods have an open-air design, so they don’t have active noise cancellation, but they still offer some serious improvements over the AirPods 2. The adaptive EQ attunes music to your ear shape, and the battery life has been bumped up to 30 hours total. They also have an IPX4 water resistance rating. With the Lightning Charging case, the 3rd-gen AirPod Pros costs $169. For an extra $10, you can get the MagSafe Charging case that can be used with wireless chargers. Slight discounts have been available off and on at various retailers, including this $9 saving.

Read our AirPods 3 review.


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While the AirPods 2 are the least advanced model on the market these days, they still boast some impressive specs and are a great choice for those on a tighter budget. They’re equipped with the same H1 chip as the AirPods 3, so they feature the same fast connectivity, and they support hands-free Siri access. They are available from $115 currently which is $14 less than Apple sells them for these days.

Read our AirPods 2 review.


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Apple’s first full-size headphones are chock-full of high-end features like noise cancellation, spatial audio and easy integration with Apple devices. Yes, paying about the same as you would for a PS5 may sound excessive, but here’s the thing: They’re actually kinda worth it, so long as you don’t feel burned by their lack of support for full lossless audio. You can save almost $100 on the AirPods Max in select colors right now at Amazon and Best Buy.

Read our AirPods Max review.


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Technically, the Beats Fit Pro aren’t AirPods, but they’re built on the same tech platform as the AirPods Pro. Unlike Beats’ earlier and less expensive Studio Buds, the Beats Fit Pro include Apple’s H1 chip and have most of the features of the AirPods Pro, including active noise canceling, spatial audio and Adaptive EQ. I’d venture to call them the sports AirPods you’ve always wanted. And for some people, they might just be better than the AirPods Pro. They are $40 off right now at various retailers, dropping them back down to their all-time low price.

Read our Beats Fit Pro review.


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No, they’re not AirPods, but the Beats Studio Buds offer active noise canceling and make a great affordable alternative to the pricier AirPods Pro. They look a lot like the rumored stemless AirPods that people were talking about but that never materialized — as AirPods, anyway. Geared toward both iOS and Android users, they’re missing a few key features on the Apple side of things (there’s no H1 or W1 chip), but they’re small, lightweight earbuds that are comfortable to wear and offer good sound. They fit most ears securely, including mine — I run with them without a problem — but others may find a better fit with the Beats Fit Pro and their integrated wing tips. Right now, you can save up to $60 on select color variants at both Amazon, Best Buy and Target, which matches the best prices we’ve seen.

Read our Beats Studio Buds review.


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Which AirPods are right for you?

Apple’s wireless audio lineup now includes five models of AirPods, and choosing the right set will depend on the features you care about and the price you are willing to pay. The second-gen AirPods from 2019 are the least expensive option, while the current, third-gen AirPods boast better sound quality with spatial audio. Meanwhile, the AirPods Pro 2, which have active noise cancellation and transparency modes, are Apple’s most advanced earbuds to date and the first to feature Apple’s new H2 chip. The plush AirPods Max, by far the priciest of the bunch, are Apple’s over-ear headphones and come packed with high-end features though no H2 chip. 

Along with Apple-branded AirPods, there are a couple of Beats-branded earbuds worth considering that also incorporate Apple-made tech for a similarly smooth experience. These include the Beats Fit Pro, which use Apple’s H1 chip for fast, reliable connections and a sporty design for jamming out to tunes at the gym, or while running or otherwise exercising and being active. The Beats Studio Buds lack the H1 chip and the AirPod stem, but they are lightweight, comfortable and affordable. 

Except for the baseline AirPods 2, all the AirPods listed above (plus the two aforementioned Beats models) are compatible with Apple’s spatial audio features. However, none of them will deliver the maximum quality of Apple’s lossless audio format, which is too rich for the current Bluetooth wireless standard to handle. 

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