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Best AirPods deals: cheapest UK AirPods prices

If you're in the market for a pair of Apple wireless earbuds, you'll be pleased to know you can make savings on AirPods in the run-up to Christmas. 

The cheapest AirPods price? You can bag the 2nd gen AirPods with charging case for only £99

It's the AirPods Max that now sit at the top of Apple's headphone range. A pair of over-ear, noise-cancelling, wireless headphones, that come with a hefty price tag – and they sold out in record time. Thankfully, there is now some stock available, and you can make a tidy £110 saving.

When it comes to true wireless earbuds, the flagship buds are the AirPods Pro, which feature active noise-cancelling and customised silicone tips for a snug fit. Meanwhile the cheaper AirPods 2 offer a leap in quality, especially for music, over the 1st-gen AirPods, and come with or without a wireless charging case.

If you're an iPhone user, the AirPods might just be the best wireless earbuds for you. They bring Siri to life in your ears, as well as offering excellent hands-free calls from your iPhone. Apple has just launched the new AirPods 3, too. They feature short stems and support for Spatial Audio - and you can save £10 at Amazon right now.

Best AirPods deals

AirPods 2 + Case £159

AirPods 2 + Case £159 £99 at Amazon (save £60)
The 2nd-gen AirPods with charging case dropped in price following the launch of the new AirPods 3. This latest AirPods deal is the cheapest we've seen them.

AirPods 2 + Wireless Case £199

AirPods 2 + Wireless Case £199 £139 at John Lewis (save £60)
Prefer to have the wireless charging case? You can still make a saving with a massive £60 off the RRP via John Lewis, which is a very decent deal indeed. They are out of stock at many retailers right now, including Amazon.

AirPods Pro with noise cancelling £249

AirPods Pro with noise cancelling £249 £185 at Amazon (save £14)
We called the AirPods Pro "exceptionally comfortable" and praised their "strong noise-cancelling and balanced, easy-going sound". And they are available for a new low price in time for Christmas.

AirPods 3 (new in 2021) £169

AirPods 3 (new in 2021) £169 £159 at Amazon (save £10)
Improved sound, innovative Apple-centric features and AirPods Pro-inspired redesign. They remain a great choice for iPhone users. And you can bag a deal this Christmas.

AirPods Max over-ear headphones £549

AirPods Max over-ear headphones £549 £439 at Amazon (save £110)
The AirPods Max are now available after selling out quickly at launch. Right now you can make a £110 saving on the silver pair, and smaller savings on other colours. There was a bigger deal at Black Friday but this is still a great offer. 

Apple AirPods 2nd-generation

Apple might have launched the AirPods 3, but the AirPods 2 remain a great pair of hassle-free true wireless earbuds. They offer a great combination of performance, reliability and convenience. Walk into an Apple Store and you'll see two options: the AirPods with a Charging Case priced, and the model with the Wireless Charging Case. 

Should you buy the Wireless Charging Case? It really depends on your budget. You can buy the Wireless Charging Case separately, but you'll get a better deal if you buy one bundled with a pair of AirPods 2. Just place your AirPods in the case and lay it on a Qi-certified wireless charging pad (sold separately). An LED indicator on the front of the case lets you know that your AirPods are charging. (If you're away from your charging pad, you can still use the Lightning port to charge the case.)

Sadly, Apple cancelled the launch of its 'AirPower' charging pad so you'll need to buy one from a third party brand, such as Belkin or Morphie. You can always check out Apple's pick of the Qi-certified wireless charging pads. It's also worth nothing that the Wireless Charging Pad works with both the 1st-generation and Apple AirPods 2.

Don't want to pay the recommended retail price? We've got the cheapest prices below, so get ready to scrimp and save.

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple's high-end 'buds are very impressive indeed. Their noise-cancelling tech features a 'Transparency' mode that actively allows sound in from the outside world, while the supplied silicone tips (you get three sizes) should ensure a better fit. Battery life is a claimed five hours for the earphones, with another 19 hours added by the charging case. They might be chunkier and costlier than the standard Apple AirPods (2019), but the Pros could be the only pair of in-ear headphones you ever need. There's talk of Apple launching the AirPods Pro 2 next year, but nothing's confirmed as yet.

Apple AirPods 3

Apple's latest AirPods advance closer to the Pro model, with a smart redesign and full support for Spatial Audio thanks to their head-tracking capabilities. Battery life is stronger than their AirPods 2 (30 hours vs 24 hours) while sound is balanced, clear and detailed.

The AirPods 3 might lack active noise-cancelling (you'll need to splash out on the AirPods Pro) but they're a great all-round package with plenty to offer Apple device owners.

AirPods Max

Earlier this year Apple has finally delivered its first over-ear, noise-cancelling, wireless headphones: the AirPods Max. They're big, heavy, expensive... and very good indeed.  The good news is that we're not seeing decent deals and discounts on the AirPods Max, so keep an eye on the prices below...

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.