Best cheap AirPods deals and sales in May 2022

AirPods deals can be found everywhere this week. That’s good news for Apple fans because it means that there are cheap AirPods sales for every budget. In fact, we’re currently seeing some of the best cheap AirPods deals on Apple’s entire headphone lineup. Even the AirPods 3 are seeing price cuts, albeit somewhat minor.  

If you want Apple’s top-of-the-line earbuds, Amazon has the AirPods Pro on sale for $197 (opens in new tab). That’s $52 off and the lowest price you’ll find for Apple’s premium buds right now. (However, keep in mind they have been cheaper). Meanwhile, if you want the best cheap AirPods — Amazon has the AirPods on sale for $118 (opens in new tab). That’s only $41 off their regular retail price, but it’s the best current price we’ve seen for them. (We expect that price to drop again in the coming days). 

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 coverage. 

Memorial Day and AirPods deals

Good news if you’re looking for AirPods deals. The first Apple Memorial Day sales of the season are here. We expect the AirPods Pro to possibly hit $159 at stores like Amazon, Staples, or Best Buy. Meanwhile, the base AirPods are more likely to stay at their current sale price of $99. Make sure to follow our Memorial Day sales coverage for the best deals of the season. 

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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 $89 on Black Friday and on December 14 at Amazon. Lately, they’ve been hard to find in stock at any retailer). 

Meanwhile, the AirPods with Wireless Case hit an all-time price low of $129; however, after releasing the AirPods 3, Apple permanently dropped their price to $129. (We’ve yet to see them sell for less). The new AirPods 3 hit $149 in November, which is their best price ever. 

The new AirPods Pro (2021 with MagSafe case) hit an all-time low of $159 this past Black Friday. Costco members were also able to purchase them for $149.99, which is their best price ever. Excluding the Costco price, if you can find them for $179, that’s still a great price. 

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. 

AirPods deals history
Model Apple Store (MSRP) Lowest price
AirPods (wired case) N/A $89
AirPods (wireless case) $129 (originally $199) $129
AirPods 3 $179 $149
AirPods Pro $249 $159 ($149/Costco)
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 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 Pro 2 guide for the latest news and leaks on Apple’s next-gen buds. Plus discover how to make AirPods louder.

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