Best cheap AirPods deals and sales in December 2022

Cheap AirPods deals
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AirPods deals can be found everywhere this week. That's good news for Apple fans because it means that there are cheap AirPods sales for every budget. In fact, we're currently seeing cheap AirPods deals on Apple's entire headphone lineup — including the new AirPods Pro (2022).  

If you want Apple's top-of-the-line earbuds, Amazon has the new AirPods Pro (2022) on sale for $229 (opens in new tab). That's $20 off and their second-lowest price. Meanwhile, if you want the best cheap AirPods — Best Buy has the AirPods on sale for $119 (opens in new tab). These AirPods are particularly hard to find now as they're out of stock at a few retailers. 

For more Apple discounts, make sure to follow our guide to the best iPad deals and Apple Watch deals. And for deals on all Apple gear, check out our best Apple deals and Apple Store coupons coverage. 

Best cheap AirPods deals and sales

AirPods: was $159 now $119 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

AirPods: was $159 now $119 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Amazon has the Apple AirPods with standard/wired charging case on sale for $99. That's one of the best AirPods deals we've ever seen. These cheap AirPods feature Apple's H1 chip for fast wireless connectivity with Apple devices. Amazon offers the same price (opens in new tab), but stock is limited. 

AirPods 3 (2021): was $179 now $159 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

AirPods 3 (2021): was $179 now $159 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The AirPods 3 offer Spatial Audio, which creates immersive listening experiences for music-listening, movie-watching, and more. They're also IPX4 sweat and water resistant, a feature that was previously exclusive to the AirPods Pro.

Best cheap AirPods Pro deals and sales

AirPods Pro 2 (2022): was $249 now $229 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

AirPods Pro 2 (2022): was $249 now $229 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The AirPods Pro 2 pack Apple's new H2 chip to provide 2x more noice cancellation than their predecessors. They also offer Personalized Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking for a more immersive audio experience. In our AirPods Pro 2 review (opens in new tab), we said they take everything we loved about the original AirPods Pro to the next level. 

Best cheap AirPods Max deals and sales

AirPods Max: was $549 now $449 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

AirPods Max: was $549 now $449 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The AirPods Max are Apple's premium, retro-style headphones. They feature large ear cushions, a digital crown, active noise cancellation, and Spatial Audio. The latter feature uses head tracking to offer a surround sound experience. 

Best cheap AirPods sales — refurbished

Refurbished AirPods (2nd Generation): was $129 now $84 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)

Refurbished AirPods (2nd Generation): was $129 now $84 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
If you don't mind owning a refurbished pair of AirPods, Walmart has refurbished AirPods 2 on sale for $84. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for any AirPods. (Albeit, these are refurbished). However, keep in mind you can also get a new pair for $89. 

Refurb Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $134 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Refurb Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $134 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Want cheap AirPods? Amazon has the renewed AirPods Pro on sale for $134. That's the best cheap AirPods Pro sale we've seen from any retailer (for a refurbished model). They're also backed by a 90-day Amazon guarantee. The AirPods Pro offer both sweat and water resistance (IPX4 certified) along with built-in noise cancellation.

Cheap AirPods sales history

Generally speaking, AirPods sales fluctuate from $99 to $139 (for the standard AirPods), so any cheap AirPods sales within that price range are a good deal. Anything above $139, and we'd recommend waiting for the next batch of AirPods sales. (Keep in mind that the standard AirPods hit an all-time price low of $89 on Black Friday and on December 14 at Amazon. Lately, they've been hard to find in stock at any retailer). 

Meanwhile, the AirPods with Wireless Case hit an all-time price low of $129; however, after releasing the AirPods 3, Apple permanently dropped their price to $129. (We've yet to see them sell for less). The new AirPods 3 hit $149 in November, which is their best price ever. 

The new AirPods Pro (2021 with MagSafe case) hit an all-time low of $159 this past Black Friday. Costco members were also able to purchase them for $149.99, which is their best price ever. Excluding the Costco price, if you can find them for $179, that's still a great price. 

Finally, the AirPods Max traditionally cost $549, but Amazon recently had them on sale for just $429, which has been their all-time price low. 

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AirPods deals history
ModelApple Store (MSRP)Lowest price
AirPods (wired case)N/A$79
AirPods (wireless case)$129 (originally $199)$129
AirPods 3$179$139
AirPods Pro$249$159 ($149/Costco)
AirPods Pro (2022)$249$199
AirPods Max$549$429

Which cheap AirPods should you get?

The Editor's Choice second-gen AirPods (2019) are great for most Apple fans. They're the best cheap AirPods you can get and use Apple's H1 chip to rapidly connect to your Apple devices. They also feature hands-free Siri. That’s right, instead of having to tap out your Siri requests on those long, thin AirPod stems, you can simply say "Hey Siri," and launch the ubiquitous digital assistant.

The pricier AirPods Pro offer the same features as the AirPods, but add water/sweat resistance and noice cancellation to the mix. They also sport a new design that's more modern than the AirPods 2. They come with different sized ear tips to create a custom fit that's perfect for your ears.

We've worn our AirPods Pro for everything from running to high intensity interval training. We've also worn them in the rain and while sweating through a burpee workout. The buds remain sturdy in our ear and they sound great. They also feature a transparency mode that's good for runners and other pedestrians who want to keep track of their surroundings while listening to music. 

Make sure to check out our AirPods 3 vs. AirPods Pro comparison for a side-by-side look at both earbuds. And check out our AirPods Pro 2 review to see what we think of Apple's new buds. 

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.