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Best cheap AirPods deals and sales in August 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, including the AirPods Pro.

Currently, Amazon has the AirPods Pro on sale for $189. That's $52 off and the lowest price you'll find for Apple's premium buds right now. Meanwhile, if you want the best cheap AirPods — Amazon has the AirPods on sale for $119. That's one of the best AirPods deals to date and their second-cheapest price to date. Even Apple's premium AirPods Max are currently at their lowest price ever. 

Back to school and AirPods deals

We're smack in the middle of back to school season and retailers are offering more AirPods deals than ever. After all, AirPods are some of the most sought after earbuds on the market. Amazon is offering the best deals of the moment, but if Amazon sells out, you can usually find the same price at Walmart. Make sure to follow or back to school sales guide for the best AirPods sales of the season. 

Best cheap AirPods deals and sales

AirPods: was $159 now $119 @ Amazon
Amazon has the Apple AirPods with standard charging case on sale for $119. That's one of the best AirPods deals you'll find this week. These cheap AirPods feature Apple's 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 at Amazon. 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 $66 @ Amazon
The Apple Wireless Charging Case gives your AirPods wireless charging capabilities allowing you to charge them on a Qi-compatible mat. View Deal

Best cheap AirPods Pro deals and sales

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $197 @ Amazon
Walmart has the AirPods Pro on sale for $197. That's $52 off and the lowest price right now. The AirPods Pro offer both sweat and water resistance (IPX4 certified) along with built-in noise cancellation. This one of the best AirPods deals we've seen all year. Walmart offers the same priceView Deal

Best cheap AirPods Max deals and sales

AirPods Max: was $549 now $529 @ 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. Amazon has the AirPods Max on sale for $529, although they were as cheap as $454 last month. View Deal

Best cheap AirPods sales — refurbished

Refurb Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $171 @ Amazon
Want cheap AirPods? Amazon has the renewed AirPods Pro on sale for $171. 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 $139. 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 at authorized resellers. 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. (The latter can be charged wirelessly). 

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. Finally, the AirPods Max are $549 direct from Apple. 

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 $99 on Cyber Monday). 

Meanwhile, the AirPods with Wireless Case hit an all-time price low of $139 in early August, whereas the AirPods Pro can usually be found on sale for $199. During Black Friday/Cyber Monday, the AirPods Pro dropped to $169, which is their lowest price ever. On a typical day, you can find the AirPods Pro for $199 to $209, which are solid AirPods deals we'd recommend.  

The newer AirPods Max traditionally cost $549, but lately Amazon has had them on sale for as low as $489, which has been their all-time price low. 

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 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. Plus discover how to make AirPods louder.

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. That means price checking against multiple retailers and searching 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.