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The best Prime Day AirPods deals 2021: Big savings still available

Prime Day AirPods deals
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Prime Day is technically over, but some of the best Prime Day deals are still up for grabs. These include a surprising number of discounts on the Apple AirPods range, with the basic AirPods, the AirPods Pro and the AirPods Max all still on sale for less.

We don’t know how long these offers will last for, so unless you’ve decided to wait for the AirPods Pro 2 or the AirPods 3, we’d recommend checking them out sooner rather than later. It even looks like you can still take advantage of Best Buy’s special AirPods deals, which include a free 6 months of Apple Music with every purchase.

In any case, the AirPods range includes some of the best headphones and best wireless earbuds on the market, so these deals are worth a look — while they last.

Prime Day AirPods Pro deals

AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249, now $229 @ Best Buy
With 6 months of free Apple Music as a bonus, this is even better value than Amazon's AirPods Pro deal below. Whichever retailer you choose, the AirPods Pro are an excellent set of true wireless buds with effective active noise cancellation and full spatial audio support for music and video.

AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $229 @ Amazon
The AirPods Pro offer noise cancellation, a Transparency mode and both sweat and water resistance (IPX4 certified). You can also get a personalized fit with the included ear tips, and the wireless charging case is included. This price isn't as low as the $189 it was selling for during Prime Day proper, but a saving is a saving.

Prime Day AirPods deals

AirPods w/ Charging Case:

AirPods w/ Charging Case: was $159 now $119 @ Amazon
Out of stock:
If you want a set of AirPods for the cheapest price possible, these are your best bet. You don't get some advanced features, like ANC or spatial audio for video, but these are still some of the best wireless earbuds around. 


AirPods w/ Charging Case

AirPods w/ Charging Case: was $159 now $129 @ Best Buy
If you don't mind paying another $10, Best Buy will sell you a pair of AirPods right now. It's currently doing a better job of keeping the Apple earbuds in stock, so this may be your best chance of getting them on sale now this Prime Day. This deal also comes with 6 free months of Apple Music.

AirPods w/ Charging case

AirPods w/ Charging Case: was $159 now $129 @Target
Target is matching Best Buy's sales price on the the AirPods with a charging case, and stock appears to be plentiful for now. You may also be able to arrange same-day pickup at your local Target if you need the earbuds right now.

AirPods w/ Wireless Case:

AirPods w/ Wireless Case: was $199 now $159 @ Amazon
You can upgrade the standard AirPods with a Qi-compatible wireless charging case. If you're a heavy listener who needs to recharge often, this could make life a bit easier.

At the time of writing Amazon appears to be out of stock with more coming soon, though you can alternatively check out Best Buy's offer at the same $159 price. This, once again, comes with 6 free months of Apple Music.

Apple Wireless Charging Case

Apple Wireless Charging Case: was $79 now $66 @ Amazon
Already own the standard AirPods charging case, but want to switch to the wireless charging version? The standalone case is also available at Amazon, and even though Prime Day is over it's still on sale at a lowered $66.

Prime Day AirPods Max deals

AirPods Max

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. All models are currently discounted to $522, except for the Sky Blue version which for some reason costs $529 instead.

Prime Day Beats headphones deals

Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds

Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds: was $49 now $39
If you're after a pair of affordable yet colorful wireless earbuds, then the Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds are worth a look. The earbuds feature Apple's W1 chip to power easy connectivity and come with 12 hours of battery life. 

Beats Solo3

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones: was $199 now $123 @ Amazon
If you like more bass-centric tunes, than this deal, which gets you $77 off the Beats Solo 3 headphones, may be music to your ears. They feature Apple's W1 chip, up to 40 hours of battery life, and 5-minute fast charging, which gives you 3 hours of playback. They're available in a variety of colors, but the Rose Gold version gets the biggest discount.

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds: was $199 now $169 @ Amazon
If you want some wireless earbuds but don't fancy AirPods, these PowerBeats Pro are an excellent alternative. Offering a secure fit thanks to the ear hooks and nine hours of listening time they're ideal for long gym sessions, plus they're resistant to both water and sweat. 

Beats Studio3

Beats Studio3 (Defiant Black-Red): was $349 now $199 @ Amazon
Beats' wireless noise-cancelling headphones are marked down by $150 for Prime Day, so you can get some quiet listening in for much less. These cans have Apple's responsive W1 chip, plus 22 hours of playback with ANC. Matte Black and Blue are in limited supply, as of Tuesday evening, but you'll find the $199 price in other colors.

Beats Studio3 Camo Collection

Beats Studio3 Camo Collection: was $349, now $189 @ Best Buy
If you want a bit more style from your cans, then check out the Camo Collection Beats Studio3, which have a Forest Green camouflage pattern with a beige interior.

Prime Day AirPods deals — which model to buy?

The second-gen AirPods are a great allrounder for the average Apple fan. They combine affordability with function thanks to Apple's H1 chip allowing them to quickly connect to your Apple devices. With hands-free Siri support, you can use your device without even needing to pick it up and take calls while keeping both hands free for other tasks. 

On the other hand, the more expensive AirPods Pro offer a suitably impressive upgrade for the additional fee. You get water/sweat resistance, a must if you're going to be using them in the gym, plus active noise cancellation (ANC). The design is also a tad more modern, and much more comfortable in your ears thanks to the swappable ear tips that allow for a custom fit. If you can afford to splurge, these are the AirPods to go for. 

The AirPods Max are the most premium audio option Apple offers. The classy design is available in five different colors, and is also foldable for more convenient carrying. It also offers highly effective ANC, stunning audio, and a surprisingly effective control method in the form of the Digital Crown. Even on sale these are an expensive pair of 'phones, but the price of admission is worth it if you seek the very best.

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Rory is a staff writer at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics including tech news, deals, gaming, streaming and more. When he’s not writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found watching a borderline unhealthy amount of movies and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.