Christmas is 2 weeks away and there's likely someone on your shopping list who wants a pair of AirPods. Apple's $159 AirPods are one of the most sought after set of earphones, and for good reason — these Bluetooth wireless earbuds feel and sound great, plus they pair instantly with any of your Apple devices.
While significant Apple AirPods price drops are hard to come by, we'll be rounding up the best AirPods deals for Christmas 2018 we see right here.
Get them while they're still in stock. It's a modest $5 discount, but Walmart has the AirPods on sale for $154. They're also available for free in-store pickup at select Walmart location, depending on your zip code. This deal is no longer available, however, keep an eye on the link in case Walmart brings it back for the holidays.
Best Buy is selling the AirPods for $159.99, however, they come with 3 free months of Apple Music — a $30 value. This streaming service gives you access to 50 million songs and works on both iOS and Android devices.
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.
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.
Are AirPods Worth It?
We gave the Apple AirPods 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. While the Elite 65t normally retails for $169, you can currently snag them for $119.99 from Amazon and Best Buy.
Should You Wait for AirPods 2?
While there's been no official announcement, Apple is expected to launch an updated AirPods 2 sometime in 2019. Apple's next-generation earbuds could sport such rumored features as improved Bluetooth 5.0 support, hands-free Siri capabilities, biometric sensors, water-resistance, and wireless charging. 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.