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The best AirPods deals: cheapest UK AirPods prices August 2022

We're rounding up the best AirPods deals across the entire Apple headphone range, helping you to choose the right pair and get the best price.

The cheapest AirPods price right now is on the 2nd generation AirPods with charging case, which are just £99 (opens in new tab), one of the cheapest prices we've seen this year and a deal unlikely to be beaten before Black Friday in November.

What about the rest of the range? It's the AirPods Max that now sit at the top of Apple's headphone tree. 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 right now you can make a huge £145 saving (opens in new tab) (the cheapest price we've seen). 

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. Expect the AirPods Pro 2 later this year. 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 £20 at Amazon right now (opens in new tab).

Best AirPods deals

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AirPods 2 + Case £159 £99 at Amazon (save £60) (opens in new tab)
The 2nd-gen AirPods with charging case dropped in price following the launch of the AirPods 3 and are now regularly priced under £100. A great deal.

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AirPods Pro with noise cancelling £249 £179 at Amazon (save £70) (opens in new tab)
We called the AirPods Pro "exceptionally comfortable" and praised their "strong noise-cancelling and balanced, easy-going sound". And they are available at a new low price. 

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AirPods 3 (new in 2021) £169 £149 at Amazon (save £20) (opens in new tab)
Improved sound, innovative Apple-centric features and AirPods Pro-inspired redesign. They are a great choice for iPhone users and are a new low price in July.

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AirPods Max over-ear headphones £549 £405 at Amazon (save £145) (opens in new tab)
The AirPods Max are now widely available after selling out at launch and you can even make a healthy saving on these five-star, superb-sounding cans. They are reduced by more than £100 across every single colour in the range - and by a huge £145 if you buy the pink model. 

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 (opens in new tab). 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 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 playing records and cycling (not at the same time).