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Apple AirPods Black Friday deals 2022: what to expect

Black Friday AirPods deals 2021
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This year’s Black Friday AirPods deals have officially finished. Black Friday 2022 (opens in new tab) doesn't start until November 25, but there are still plenty of discounts to be found now. We’ve got today’s lowest prices here, and we’re expecting more offers in the Boxing Day sales (opens in new tab) (or after Christmas sales (opens in new tab) if you’re in the US). Stay tuned for our pro predictions for the best Black Friday AirPods deals in 2022 - they'll be coming in the new year. In the meantime, here's a recap of what happened this year...

AirPods deals are still going – even if Black Friday itself is now over, letting you bag a real bargain on Apple's lineup of earbuds and headphones.

Apple AirPods deals are always a hot seller, and we're bringing you all the best offers in the US and the UK today, as well as a look at the top discounts from last year so you know what to expect.

While Black Friday didn't officially kick off until the stroke of midnight on November 26 this year, several retailers launched early sales, which included fantastic Black Friday AirPods deals. 

Can't wait till Black Friday 2022? You'll find today's best AirPods deals available in the US and the UK below.

Today's best AirPods deals

Missed last year's Black Friday sales? Here's a selection of the best AirPods deals we've found today in your region.

Last year's best AirPods Black Friday deals

Last year, Walmart kicked off its Black Friday sale with an incredible deal on the AirPods Pro, which brought them down to their lowest ever price. Costing $249 at launch, the retailer slashed the price of Apple's noise-cancelling earbuds to just $159.99 - and you could get the AirPods Pro at their lowest price in the UK, too.

We also saw the new AirPods 3 drop to their lowest price in the US, while prices for the Apple AirPods Max - the brand's first over-ear headphones - dropped to an all-time-low in the US (opens in new tab), and near their lowest price in the UK (opens in new tab).

AirPods with wired charging case: $159 $119 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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If you're looking for the cheapest Black Friday AirPods deal, Amazon has the AirPods with wired charging case on sale for just $119. They previously dropped to $109, and we have seen them go for $89 in the past, so it might be worth holding off in case those low prices return.

AirPods with wired charging case: $159 $119 at Amazon
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If you're looking for the cheapest Black Friday AirPods deal, Amazon has the AirPods with wired charging case on sale for just $119. They previously dropped to $109, and we have seen them go for $89 in the past, so it might be worth holding off in case those low prices return.

New Apple AirPods (3rd Generation): $179 $169 at Amazon
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Right now, you can get $10 off the all-new AirPods 3, which previously dropped to $154.99 at Walmart. That price could return so it might be worth holding off on buying for now. The new wireless earbuds come with Spatial Audio support, a new contoured fit, and a 30-hour battery life.

All-new Apple AirPods Pro: $249 $159 at Walmart
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The Apple AirPods Pro are always a Black Friday best-seller, and Walmart just dropped the latest model to a record-low price of $159, having previously had them on sale for $189.99. The all-new AirPods Pro includes a MagSafe Charging Case alongside the new 2021 edition of the classic AirPods. This deal is likely to sell out quickly, so we recommend snapping up this record-low price before it's too late. If you do miss out, this deal is also available at Amazon.

Apple AirPods Max: $549 $429 at Crutchfield
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If you're looking to snag a Black Friday deal on the luxurious AirPods Max, you can currently find the headphones on sale for $429 at Crutchfield - a return to their record-low price. The over-ear headphones feature active noise cancellation to block out unwanted noise and provide up to 20 hours of battery life. This deal is also available at Amazon.

Apple AirPods (2019): £119 £99 at Amazon
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Today's best Black Friday AirPods deal in the UK is the AirPods with the standard charging case that are on sale at their cheapest price of £99. A £20 discount may not sound hugely exciting but it's brilliant compared to the original RRP of £159. The wireless earbuds provide up to 24 hours of battery life and can be conveniently charged using a Qi-compatible mat or a Lightning connector. This price has also been matched by Argos (opens in new tab).

Apple AirPods Pro: £239 £185 at Amazon
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– The most popular Black Friday AirPods deal is the AirPods Pro which are on sale for a record-low price of £185. They come with significant improvements over the previous model – such as Active Noise Cancellation and a better design. A worthwhile upgrade, then. Meanwhile, the MagSafe wireless charging case is included in the price to give you more than 24 hours of total battery life. You can also get the AirPods Pro at this price at Very.

New Apple AirPods (3rd Generation): £169 £159 at Amazon
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Right now, you can get £10 off the all-new AirPods 3 - the first time we've seen a discount in the UK. The new wireless earbuds come with Spatial Audio support, a new contoured fit, and a 30-hour battery life.

Apple AirPods Max: £549 £426.50 at Amazon
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The Apple AirPods Max are simply one of the best pairs of over-ear headphones you can buy, and the high price is a bit easier to stomach with this Black Friday discount. Featuring excellent sound quality and great noise cancellation, the Apple AirPods Max are currently on sale for £426 - which is just a few pounds more than the record-low price.

Black Friday AirPods deals: FAQ

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When did Black Friday AirPods deals start last year?

 Black Friday officially kicked off at midnight on November 26 this year, but deals had been rolling in since the beginning of this month. Last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, retailers released offers early than ever, which means we saw record-low Black Friday AirPods deals during the week leading up to Black Friday proper. 

Where are the best places to find Black Friday AirPods deals?

This guide will bring you all the best Black Friday AirPods deals, giving you the lowest prices from all the top retailers.

In the US, third-party sites like Amazon and Walmart are currently offering the best discounts with record-low prices on Apple's lineup of earbuds. If you're in the UK, sites including Amazon and Very are bringing the best AirPods deals for Black Friday.

While the Apple store doesn't offer direct Apple Black Friday deals, the tech giant is known to offer gift cards and freebies when you purchase select devices.

How can I get the best Black Friday AirPods deals?

You won't find discounts on AirPods from Apple directly. That means you'll have to rely on third-party retailers to find the best Black Friday AirPods deals. Luckily for you, retailers like Amazon and Walmart have already offered record-low prices during their Black Friday sales this year. 

Wherever you buy your new AirPods, you'll need to act fast. They usually sell out very quickly, and we've seen prices going up and down over the last few hours.

Which AirPods are best for me?

There are five different AirPods models to choose from this Black Friday: the Apple AirPods (2019) with a regular charging case or a wireless charging case, the newly released AirPods 3, the AirPods Pro, and the over-ear AirPods Max

The 2019 AirPods are an upgrade to the original true wireless earbuds, coming with an H1 chip that allows for faster pairing times, more reliable wireless connectivity, and hands-free access to the Siri voice assistant.

You can either get these earbuds with a regular charging case or for a little more money, a wireless charging case that you can simply place of a Qi-certified charging mat to boost the battery. Be sure to double-check which version you're getting when you spot a great Black Friday deal – as a general rule, the wireless charging case tends to be more expensive. 

The AirPods 3 are an upgraded version of the 2019 AirPods, representing a big step up from their predecessors in terms of audio performance, connectivity, and design - and while they come with a price increase, we think they’re a worthy upgrade if you have the older AirPods. Like the AirPods Pro, they come with Spatial Audio support, but there's no active noise cancellation.

The popular AirPods Pro were released in October of 2019 and come with active noise cancellation to block external sound, the Spatial Audio feature that brings Dolby Atmos immersive sound, and a slicker design than the regular 2019 AirPods. 

The AirPods Max were released in December of last year and are the most expensive AirPods on the market. The headphones feature an over-ear design, and like the AirPods Pro, come with active noise cancellation, powerful H1 Chips, and an enhanced audio experience. The AirPods Max also feature a unique design with a breathable knit mesh headband and a stainless steel frame with memory foam earcups for ultimate comfort.

Mackenzie Frazier is the deals editor in the US for TechRadar at Future plc. She's been sharing deal advice for Future for the past three years and loves to find products that the consumer wants at the best possible price. She's had eight years of experience working in the e-commerce space and loves being a mom to her baby boy.