The OG AirPods transformed the wireless audio world and are now synonymous with modern-day fashion, with Apple shipping over 85 million buds in 2020. The best-selling earphones count the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Bella Hadid among their fans, and it’s no secret why. If you’re still untangling a jumbled mess of wired headphones, we’re here to tell you wireless earbuds are an absolute godsend.
Trust us, they may be tiny, but Apple’s AirPods come with impressive features including noise cancellation, sweat resistance, and voice control – oh, and did we mention the lightweight, sleek design too?
Proper AirPod bargains are pretty rare but, if you know where to look, you can find them at a discount. Below, we’ve rounded up the best cheap AirPods deals right now. Retailers like Amazon, Currys, and AO often slash prices so you can bag these nifty accessories at a lower cost. We’ve also weaved in some excellent refurbished offerings (which are not used or secondhand) that have been thoroughly screened for quality.
Some of the best cheap AirPods deals we’ve found include the 3rd generation AirPods (was £169, now, £159, Amazon.co.uk), the 2nd generation AirPods (was £119, now £99, Argos.co.uk) and the AirPods Pro (was £239, now £189, Amazon.co.uk). You’ll want to keep this page bookmarked though, we’ll be updating this article with all of the latest cheap AirPods deals. (They’re all still full price over at Apple, FYI.)
Essential tech like earphones always make a great gift, and now that you’re scoring these for up to 20% off, you’ll definitely want to grab a few for any upcoming birthdays (or to treat yourself). Just don’t forget a cute AirPods case to complete the look and to protect your brand new earphones from scratches, accidental drops and coffee spills, obvs.
The best AirPods deals at a glance
Apple AirPods 2
The Apple AirPods 2 have a battery life of up to 5 hours listening time from one charge and feature hands-free Siri access. It’s worth noting though, that unlike the AirPods Pro, there are no silicone ear tips or noise-cancelling tech. But, we know some find this open design more comfy and the audio quality on these OG earbuds is still top-notch, as is call quality.
Apple AirPods 3
The Apple AirPods 3 are an upgrade from their older counterparts above in terms of audio performance, design, and connectivity – and while they come with a slight price increase, we think they’re a worthy improvement. They come with “spatial audio” which will immerse you in a theatre-like sound experience while you’re binge-watching Stranger Things on Netflix. You’ll miss out on the extras if you’re an Android fan, though. Overall, we think the AirPods 3 strike the perfect balance between comfort, function and audio quality.
Apple AirPods Pro
The AirPods Pro are as high-end as earphones get. They feature active noise cancellation which shuts out any unwanted background noise but also packs in a handy transparency mode to let in outside sounds when you need to be more alert (like when you’re crossing roads, ppl). These come with three pairs of silicone tips, promising a comfortable fit for everyone. And, thanks to their 24-hour battery life with the charging case, you can comfortably wear these all day long. The Pros are both sweat and water-resistant, making them ideal for rainy days and intense workouts. With the spatial feature, you’ll feel like you’re in the cinema when watching everything from Bridgerton on Netflix to The Kardashians on Disney+.
This version of Apple’s AirPods normally costs £239 – however, Amazon is slashing 20% off and selling these for £189 - a great saving on a usually spenny model. So, if you’ve been wanting to upgrade your earbuds, it’s a great time to take full advantage.
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