After being on the market for two years, Apple's $159 AirPods remain the most coveted wireless earbuds on the market. And for good reason amongst mobile users. They fit comfortably in the ear, sound great, and pair instantly with any Apple device.
AirPods sales are hard to find and we likely won't see any discounts until we get nearer to the release date of the AirPods 2. Alternatively, you might want to check out the Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds on Amazon for $166. These Editor's Choice earbuds are the best AirPods alternatives we've reviewed.
If you're working with a smaller budget, you can score the Anker Soundcore Liberty Lite buds for $59.99 from Amazon. That's $10 off their modest $70 list price.
If you want to treat yourself to a pair of AirPods, but the price has you on the fence, then you've come to the right place. We'll be rounding up the best deals on AirPods we find right here.
Apple currently has the AirPods in stock for full price at $159, if you prefer to go straight to the source. Don't expect any discounts directly from Apple, either — during the company's lackluster Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping event, Apple only offered free gift cards with select purchases, and AirPods weren't part of the promotion.
Best Buy is the only retailer offering an AirPods discount, albeit in the form of a bundle. The retailer has the Apple AirPods bundled with 3 free months of Apple Music — a $30 value — for $159.99. This streaming service gives you access to 50 million songs and works on both iOS and Android devices.
You can score a pair at Staples in stores only for $159. Keep in mind that stock availability is dependent on your zip code.
For Black Friday 2018, Walmart was the only retailer to offer a discount of $5 on the Apple AirPods. They're now back in stock for more than their $159 retail price.
Where to Look
We've previously seen decent AirPods deals — upwards of $20 off — at retailers such as Newegg and eBay, so you'll want to check those places often for possible discounts. We've also seen AirPods discounts of up to $10 off from Staples, and Metro by T-Mobile recently offered a free pair with an iPhone plan. If you're a Costco member, you might want to keep an eye on their AirPods page.
Are AirPods Worth It?
Apple's AirPods earned a 4 out of 5 in our review thanks to their comfortable, lightweight design, strong audio quality and impressive 5-hour battery. They pair seamlessly to your iPhone, iPad or Mac, and also work with Android and Windows 10 devices. The AirPods do have a few drawbacks, including limited on-ear controls and the fact that they can only be charged with Apple's own charging case, but overall, these are some of the best truly wireless earbuds you can buy right now.
However, the AirPods have strong competition in the Jabra Elite 65t, which is our favorite Airpods alternative thanks to its even cozier fit, more durable (and subtle) design, and superb audio quality. They even support Alexa for voice commands. You can currently snag a pair of Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds from Amazon for $166.
Should You Wait for AirPods 2?
While there's been no official announcement yet, Apple is expected to launch an updated AirPods 2 sometime in 2019. Rumors surrounding Apple's next-generation earbuds hint toward a drastic redesign with new features. There are whispers of Bluetooth 5.0 support, hands-free Siri capabilities, biometric sensors, water-resistance, wireless charging, and Live Listen. While these changes wouldn't exactly make the classic AirPods obsolete, they're worth keeping in mind if you're willing to wait for a potentially better version of Apple's buds.