The cheapest AirPods sales and deals in December 2022

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There are always loads of AirPods deals and sales to be had, with some massive savings on Apple's audio line. There have been discounts of up to $120 over the last few months, with even the most expensive options receiving decent price drops and even the lowest prices.

AirPods are some of Apple's most popular devices, with it being almost impossible to go without spotting a pair hanging out of people's ears when you're on a bus or a train. There's a pair of AirPods for everyone, from the budget-friendly AirPods 2, all the way to the expensive and monstrous AirPods Max. These models frequently see discounts at a number of retailers around the web - and we're here to gather them all together.

We've scoured retailers for the very best prices on AirPods and put them all here so that you can compare prices and find the AirPods deals for you. So without further ado - these are the best AirPods deals and sales, and where to find them.

Today's cheapest AirPods sales at a glance

Only one of the AirPods family has a discount worth looking at currently - the AirPods Pro. The rest of the range either aren't discounted enough to warrant a closer look, or aren't discounted at all.

Best AirPods Sales

AirPods Pro 2 | $259 (opens in new tab)

AirPods Pro 2 | $259 $199 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

The new Airpods Pro 2 come with a whole host of upgrades over the previous model, including better noise canceling, improved transparency modes and a new case with a lanyard strap. They're also not actually out yet - but Amazon has popped a little $10 discount on them to make them a little cheaper.

AirPods 2 | $159 (opens in new tab)

AirPods 2 | $159 $119 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The AirPods 2 have been on the market for a little while, but their position as 'lowest-priced AirPods' still makes them a popular option with many. They're small, easy to pair and they sound pretty good too. They lack support for some of Apple's newer features like Spatial Audio or noise-canceling, but they're still a great option for people who want a little bit of Apple in their ears on the train. Sales are common, sometimes dropping under $100.

AirPods 3 | $179 (opens in new tab)

AirPods 3 | $179 $159 at Amazon (opens in new tab) 

Apple's newest AirPods has a new pod design, new case design, and some cool extra features. There's spatial audio that makes music and movies sound like they truly surround you through virtual Dolby Atmos, a little extra battery, and they're sweat and water-resistant so you can go jogging all you want without worrying if you'll break them. They've also eliminated the long stems of the previous model, turning the stubs that are left into pressure-sensitive spots that make controlling them much easier.

$549 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

AirPods Max | $549 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
It's worth mentioning up front that at full price on Apple's website, the AirPods Max are $549. Depending on how you feel about heavy metal (the material and weight, not the music), they might just be worth that. With each earcup milled out of aluminum, the AirPods Max are a sight (and sound) to feel and behold. They're heavy - 13.6 oz to be exact. But the odd-looking headband helps out, making them more comfortable than you might expect. Of course, they sound stunning, and while you might not call them 'audiophile grade', for pretty much everyone else they're a phenomenal auditory experience. Battery life is good, but not stellar, and the carrying case is diabolical - which makes their full price a little much when it's put in perspective. Watch for the pricing of the different colors with these, however - sometimes, one color will be cheaper than the others. They're very expensive - but for those who can afford them, they are a tempting option.

AirPods price history

AirPods prices are known to fluctuate a lot, and keeping track of the previous price or even what kind of price to wait for can be tricky. Here are the best prices of the past AirPods have been, but be aware they may not go that low again.

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ModelMSRPCurrent PriceLowest Price
AirPods 2$129$119$99
AirPods 3$179$169$159
AirPods Pro 2$249$199$199
AirPods Max$549$549$429

AirPods cases and accessories sales

There isn't really such a thing as 'cheap' AirPods. Even once you've bought a pair of discounted AirPods, you'll have likely spent at least $100. As with any high-value purchase, it's worth getting a case to protect your new expensive gadget. AirPods are no different, with a wide range of products available that can protect your latest purchase. Here are some great deals we've found on AirPods cases and accessories.

Spigen Rugged Armour for AirPods Pro | $14 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Spigen Rugged Armour for AirPods Pro | $14 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Do your AirPods Pro need an extra layer of protection when you toss the little case into your handbag or backpack? Yeah, us too. Slip one of these cool Spigen cases on and you won't have to worry about a scratched-up charging case ever again. To find more case options for your AirPods Pro, there's a list we've made here of the best cases for AirPods Pro (opens in new tab).

$14 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

CaseSack Consolidation travel case for AirPods 2 | $14 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Some of us don't want to stick a case to the outside of the AirPods charging case, and instead want a little packet to take a cable and charging brick along for longer journeys. The CaseSack is just the ticket - compact, hard-wearing, small enough to fit in a bag, but big enough to fit extras in as well. If you're looking for other cases for your AirPods 2, we have a best AirPods cases (opens in new tab) list you can peruse.

Elago AW5 for AirPods 3 | $14 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Elago AW5 for AirPods 3 | $14 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Sometimes, you want something a little more fun than a white pill to slip in your pocket. That's where the likes of the Elago AW5 come in - it looks like a GameBoy! Except not really a GameBoy, because it's not officially licensed by Nintendo. Whatever, it's fun! For more of the best cases for AirPods 3 (opens in new tab), check out our list.

Voma Leather Case for AirPods Max | $14 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Voma Leather Case for AirPods Max | $14 at Amazon
(opens in new tab)In case you didn't know already, the case that comes in the box of the $550 AirPods Max SUCKS. It's a useless flap of microfibre lined something that does little else than put the AirPods in a low power mode. If you want a better case, you can grab Voma's leather case - a hard-wearing little number that makes the AirPods 100% more tossable into a bag. You can take a look at some other options on our best AirPods Max cases (opens in new tab) list.

What are the best AirPods for me?

In order to answer one question you're going to have to answer a few other questions - but don't worry, we know a fair bit about AirPods and what they're good at so you won't need to go far for the answers!

I don't want to spend too much on my new AirPods

Then you're going to want a pair of the Airpods 2. They're by far the cheapest model on offer, and give you the AirPod experience for the lowest financial outlay. Are they the best AirPods? No, but you shouldn't expect the best AirPods for the lowest price. They're small, fairly comfortable, and connected easily to your phone - for under one hundred dollars, you couldn't really ask for much more. Read our AirPods 2 review for more information.

AirPods 2 with charging case

AirPods 2 with charging case (Image credit: iMore)

I really hate silicon earpieces

Go for the AirPods 3 - they sound as good as the more expensive (and silicon earbud equipped) AirPods Pro, but lack the noise-canceling that brings up the price. For $149 you're getting premium sound, a compact little case, and Spatial Audio, a kind of virtual surround sound that works surprisingly well. They are more expensive than the AirPods 2, but you really get your extra $50 worth. We raved all about them in our AirPods 3 review.

Airpods 3 In Case Hero

Airpods 3 In Case Hero (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

I take a lot of public transport

The noise-canceling built into the AirPods Pro2 will see you right. For the extra dollar over the AirPods 3 you get Apple's top-of-the-range in-ear AirPods, and if you need to block out noise, then they're well worth the extra. While the sound profile is pretty much the same as that of the AirPods 3, you'll be able to hear more of it as the noise-canceling centers the music, eliminating unwanted extra noise. They are very new, and haven't seen many discounts yet, but we'll be sure to let you know when they get a monster price drop. Find out what we thought about them in more detail in our AirPods Pro 2 review.

Airpods Pro Review 09

Airpods Pro Review 09 (Image credit: iMore)

Money doesn't matter to me, and I like aluminum

Splash some cash on the $550 AirPods Max. We don't need to say much here, if you're already looking to spend that much on a pair of headphones, you've probably already been coveting them. You'll be happy to know they are very good - and while maybe not $550 good, they are certainly often worth the discounted prices that Amazon has them for. in our AirPods Max review you'll find more information about the aluminum monsters.

Airpods Max Setup

Airpods Max Setup (Image credit: Rene Ritchie)

How do I find the best AirPods deals?

The best place to look for the best AirPods sales and deals is Amazon - they frequently have the lowest prices. There may be similar deals in other retailers like B&H Photo (opens in new tab) or Walmart (opens in new tab), but they often can't beat the prices you'll find on Amazon.

You won't find too many deals on Apple's own website - they barely reduce any of their prices, unless you're a student. What they do offer is an engraving service, where you can put a message on the AirPods charging case. If you're looking to give a pair of AirPods as a gift, it can be a really cute little gesture. Whether it's worth paying the extra over some of the deals available is a completely different question - we'd say no, but your mileage may vary.

Remember as well to shift your preferences - sometimes, you may have to go with a different color to get the AirPods that you want for the best price. While you may want the Sky Blue AirPods Max, the Space Gray may be a good few dollars cheaper. Worth bearing in mind that this only applies to the AirPods Max - the other Airpods are available in white, white, or white.

Tammy Rogers
Buying Guides and Deals Writer

As the Buying Guides and Deals writer for iMore, Tammy puts over a decade of experience in finding the best prices of Apple products to work, helping you save money on the equipment that you want. An audiophile at heart, she loves all things audio and visual, but you’ll also find her drooling over the latest Macs and MacBooks. With a Masters in screenwriting, Tammy likes to spend her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays or driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.