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Best cheap AirPods sales and deals in August 2020

Cheap AirPods
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Cheap AirPods sales can be found everywhere these days. That's good news for Apple fans because it means there are AirPods sales for every budget. In fact, right now we're seeing the best cheap AirPods sales of 2020.

Currently, Verizon has the AirPods Pro on sale for $219.99. That's $30 off and the second-best price we've seen for Apple's premium earbuds. Meanwhile, Amazon has the AirPods with Charging Case on sale for $134.95. That's $24 off and the best cheap AirPods sale you can get right now. 

Generally speaking, AirPods sales fluctuate from $129 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 price drop. Retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo are generally the best stores for cheap AirPods sales. Otherwise, here are the best AirPods 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 sales

AirPods w/ Charging Case: was $159 now $134 @ Amazon
Staples has the Apple AirPods with standard charging case on sale for $139. That's $24 off and their second-lowest price ever. 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 $169 @ Amazon
For a limited time, you can get the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for just $169. That's one of the best cheap AirPods sales 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 sales

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $219 @ Verizon
Amazon has the AirPods Pro on sale for $234. That's $30 off and their second-lowest price ever. The AirPods Pro offer both sweat and water resistance (IPX4 certified) along with built-in noise cancellation. View Deal

Best cheap AirPods sales — refurbished

Refurb Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $200 @ Amazon
Want cheap AirPods? Amazon has the renewed AirPods Pro on sale for $200. That's $49 off and the cheapest AirPods Pro price we've seen from any retailer. 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

AirPods w/ Wireless Case: was $199 now $159 @ Best Buy
For a limited time, Best Buy has the Geek Squad certified refurbished AirPods with Wireless Charging Case on sale for $159. That's among the cheapest AirPods deals 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 new 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 $125 (back in October via eBay). They also hit $129 at Walmart during Black Friday weekend — a price we've seen quite a few times so far in 2020. 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 $234. Verizon often has them on sale for $219 and for a brief weekend, Staples had them on sale for just $199. To date, that's been the best AirPods Pro sale we've seen. 

Which 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.