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Best cheap AirPods deals and sales in January 2021

Cheap AirPods deals
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Cheap AirPods deals can be found everywhere this month. That's good news for Apple fans because it means there are AirPods sales for every budget. In fact, we're now seeing some of the best cheap AirPods sales on Apple's entire headphone lineup.

Currently, Amazon has the AirPods Pro on sale for $209. That's $40 off and the lowest price you'll find for Apple's premium buds right now. Keep in mind that they were priced at $199 for most of December, but Amazon's current sale is the cheapest price at the moment.

Generally speaking, AirPods sales fluctuate from $99 to $139 (for the standard AirPods), so any cheap AirPods sales within that price range are a safe bet. Anything above $139, and we'd recommend waiting for the next batch of AirPods sales.

Retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, B&H Photo, and Staples are the best stores for cheap AirPods sales. Verizon and AT&T occasionally have AirPods sales on Apple's premium buds. Otherwise, here are the best AirPods deals and sales in one spot below. (Also, make sure to check out our coverage of the best Apple deals for the latest discounts on other Apple gear). 

Best cheap AirPods deals and sales

AirPods: was $159 now $128 @ Amazon
Amazon has the Apple AirPods with standard charging case on sale for $128.98. That's one of the best AirPods deals you'll find. These cheap AirPods feature Apple's latest H1 chip for fast wireless connectivity with Apple devices. View Deal

AirPods w/ Wireless Case: was $199 now $159 @ Amazon
For a limited time, you can get the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for just $159. That's one of the best cheap AirPods deals we've seen for these buds. They come with a Qi-compatible case that allows for wire-free charging. View Deal

Apple Wireless Charging Case: was $79 now $69 @ Amazon
The Apple Wireless Charging Case gives your AirPods wireless charging capabilities allowing you to charge them on a Qi-compatible mat. The case is now $10 off.View Deal

Best cheap AirPods Pro deals and sales

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $209 @ Amazon
Amazon has the AirPods Pro on sale for $209. That's $40 off and the lowest price right now. The AirPods Pro offer both sweat and water resistance (IPX4 certified) along with built-in noise cancellation. Verizon offers them for $219. (Verizon's AirPods deal ends January 22). View Deal

Best cheap AirPods Max deals and sales

AirPods Max: for $549 @ Amazon
Hurry! Amazon has stock of the AirPods Max. You can purchase  them now for February 26 delivery. View Deal

AirPods Max: for $549 @ Apple
The newly announced 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. They were briefly on sale for $499 at TigerDirect, but the deal has expired. In the meantime, you can order them at Apple for March delivery. View Deal

Best cheap AirPods sales — refurbished

Refurb Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $179 @ Amazon
Want cheap AirPods? Amazon has the renewed AirPods Pro on sale for $179. 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.View Deal

Refurb AirPods w/ Wireless Case: was $199 now $139 @ Best Buy
For a limited time, Best Buy has the Geek Squad certified refurbished AirPods with Wireless Charging Case on sale for $129. That's among the cheapest AirPods sales we've seen for these buds. View Deal

Cheap AirPods sales at the Apple Store

Unfortunately, the Apple Store doesn't offer refurb AirPods deals, so if you're looking for cheap AirPods, you're better off looking elsewhere. Instead, the Apple Store offers the AirPods at their full price. That translates to $159 for the AirPods with Charging Case and $199 for the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case. 

Meanwhile, the AirPods Pro will set you back $249. Their price is higher because they feature active noise cancellation, water/sweat resistance, and a transparency mode that lets you filter in ambient noise. In a nutshell, they're the AirPods we've always wanted. 

Cheap AirPods sales history

As far as AirPods sales are concerned, the standard AirPods hit an all-time price low of $99 on Cyber Monday. You can normally find them on sale from $124 to $129. Meanwhile, the AirPods with Wireless Case hit an all-time price low of $139 in early August. 

The newer AirPods Pro can usually be found on sale for $199. During Black Friday/Cyber Monday, they dropped to $169, which is not only their lowest price ever, but about as good as cheap AirPods deals get. We predict we'll see this price again, but it won't be as often as it was the last few months. 

Which cheap AirPods should you get?

The Editor's Choice second-gen AirPods (2019) are great for most Apple fans. They're your most affordable option and use Apple's new H1 chip to rapidly connect to your Apple devices. They're also smarter than their predecessors (which you can no longer find online). The AirPods 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 2 vs. AirPods Pro comparison for a side-by-side look at both earbuds. And follow our AirPods 3 guide for the latest news and leaks on Apple's next-gen AirPods.