Best cheap AirPods deals and sales in September 2023

Cheap AirPods deals
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AirPods deals can be found at multiple retailers this week. However, as we've seen in the past, these deals tend to run out fast, so we recommend getting them while you can.  

If you want Apple's top-of-the-line earbuds, Amazon has the AirPods Pro 2 (2022) on sale for $199. Meanwhile, the base AirPods 2nd Gen are on sale for $99 at Amazon

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. 

Prime Big Deal Days and AirPods deals

Get ready for Prime Day part two. Amazon has confirmed that it will hold its Prime Big Deal Days on October 10. The 48-hour event is similar to Prime Day in that it'll offer a host of deals exclusively for Prime members. As a result, we expect to see new AirPods deals in the coming days. Make sure to follow our Prime Day deals coverage now through October 11 for the best sales. 

Best cheap AirPods deals and sales

AirPods: was $129 now $99 @ Amazon

AirPods: was $129 now $99 @ Amazon
Amazon has the Apple AirPods with standard/wired charging case on sale for $99. That's one of the best deals we've seen for Apple's entry-level buds. They feature Apple's H1 chip for fast wireless connectivity with Apple devices. Although they've been outshined by newer models, in our AirPods review we said they're a great pair of wireless earbuds that work seamlessly with iOS devices. They're $20 shy of their all-time price low.
Price check: $99 @ Best Buy

AirPods 3 (2021): was $179 now $149 @ Amazon

AirPods 3 (2021): was $179 now $149 @ Amazon
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. In our Apple AirPods 3 review, we said they offer fantastic sound with results that give the AirPods Pro a run for its money, though remember they lack ANC and Transparency Mode. 
Price check: $149 @ Best Buy

Best cheap AirPods Pro deals and sales

AirPods Pro 2 (2022): was $249 now $199 @ Amazon

AirPods Pro 2 (2022): was $249 now $199 @ Amazon
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, we said they take everything we loved about the original AirPods Pro to the next level. 
Price check: $219 @ Verizon | $229 @ B&H Photo

Best cheap AirPods Max deals and sales

AirPods Max: was $549 now $449 @ Amazon

AirPods Max: was $549 now $449 @ Amazon
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. In our AirPods Max review, we said the 'phones offer exceptional noise-cancelling, a luxurious design, and sophisticated soundstage. 
Price check: $469 @ Best Buy

Best cheap AirPods sales — refurbished

Refurb Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $169 @ Amazon

Refurb Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $169 @ Amazon
Want cheap AirPods? Amazon has the renewed AirPods Pro on sale for $169. 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 $129 (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 $79 on Black Friday). 

Meanwhile, the AirPods 3 hit $139 in November, which is their best price ever. The new AirPods Pro 2nd gen (2022) hit an all-time low of $189 this past Black Friday. They can be found for $199 regularly, even outside of major holidays. 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 2 (2022)$249$189
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 2 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. 

Louis Ramirez

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.