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Apple AirPods Cyber Monday 2021 deals: what we expect

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If you're holding out for a huge Cyber Monday Airpods deal this year, you're in the right place. Cyber Monday 2021 is a little way off yet - November 29 - but it's never too early to start researching how to bag a bargain on a pair of Apple AirPods or the noise-canceling AirPods Pro in the holiday sales.

Now that even the best Apple Airpods models are a few years old you're almost guaranteed to find some cracking Cyber Monday deals this year, though you'll need to know where to look and have decided which model is best for you.

Read on to find answers to all your questions about how to find the very best Apple Airpods Cyber Monday deals this year. We've also provided a rundown of last year's most interesting discounts, so you can see if this year's offers will be worth the wait.

Cyber Monday Apple Airpods deals: FAQs

When will the best Cyber Monday Airpods deals start in 2021?

Cyber Monday will fall on November 29 this year, coming just a few days after Black Friday on November 26. The biggest and best discounts usually come out on the day itself, but expect to see some early Cyber Monday deals on Airpods starting as soon as Black Friday ends.

Last year we saw prices start to drop from as early as mid October, with some Cyber Monday deals sticking around into December too, so it's possible we'll see something similar this year. The discounts stuck around for as long as they did because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Restrictions in parts of the world meant more people than ever shopped online (with more than a 50% increase in 2020 compared to 2019) thanks to the closure of many brick-and-mortar stores. This meant digital deals were the best they ever have been.

The rise in online sales and further restrictions also meant that there were logistical challenges that affected shipping and delivery. These delays were part of the reason deals hung around (so everyone could take advantage of the discounts on offer).

Whether we see this year's Apple Airpod deals starting as early as last year, we don't know, but our money's on retailers looking to space their best offers out once again. As always, we recommend having your eyes peeled from late October just to be safe. 

Where will the best Airpods Cyber Monday deals be?

Of course, you'll find the best Airpods Cyber Monday deals here as soon as they drop. However, if you want to snag some deals on your own you'll need to know where to look. We've listed the retailers we most recommend shopping at for Airpod deals over Cyber Monday - they're worth browsing in the run-up, to get a feel for current, pre-deal pricing on any earbuds you're interested in.

Top US retailers
Amazon
: often the cheapest Apple Airpods in the US
Best Buy:  great Apple Airpods deals
Walmart:  Apple Airpods available with free pickup and delivery

Top UK retailers
Amazon
: find great deals on Apple Airpods
Currys: get free delivery on Apple Airpods
John Lewis: extended warranty on high-end headphones

Which AirPods should I buy on Cyber Monday?

There are three different AirPods models to choose from: the Apple AirPods (2019) with a regular charging case or a wireless charging case, and the AirPods Pro.

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 Cyber Monday deal – as a general rule, the wireless charging case tends to be more expensive. 

Finally, you have the AirPods Pro, which comes with active noise cancellation to block external sound, a new Spatial Audio feature that brings Dolby Atmos immersive sound, and a slicker design than the regular 2019 AirPods. The AirPods Pro come with a wireless charging case as standard and are the most expensive AirPods on the market. 

Today's best Apple Airpods deals

If you're desperate for some Apple Airpods and feel like you can't wait for Cyber Monday, don't worry. We've scoured the internet and found the best Airpods deals available in your region right now.

Last year's Cyber Monday AirPods deals

We don't know what this year's Cyber Monday Apple Airpods deals will look like but we can take a look back at last year to get an idea of what we can expect. Here are the best deals we found in the US and UK.

Last year's best Cyber Monday Airpods deals (US)

Apple AirPods Pro: $249.99 $189.99 at Woot
You can get the best-selling Apple AirPods Pro on sale for just $189.99 – the cheapest price we had seen in the run up to Cyber Monday before Walmart blew it out of the water. You should make sure you're happy with Woot's returns policy, which is far more restricted than Amazon's. Otherwise, Staples has the AirPods Pro on sale for $199.
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Apple AirPods 2019 with wireless charging case: $199 $139.98 at Walmart
This price initially dropped to $108 – the best deal we've seen by far – but has since risen to $139.98. Still, with $60 off, this is still a great deal from Walmart. View Deal

Apple AirPods 2019 with wireless charging case: $199 $139.98 at Amazon
Prefer to buy from Amazon or are finding the deal above is sold out? You can get the AirPods 2019 with a wireless charging case for the same price from the internet's biggest retailer that is also offering a $60 discount.
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Apple AirPods 2019 with charging case: $159 $128.98 at Amazon
You'll find the cheapest AirPods on the market with a $30 discount right now at Amazon. It's been as low as $99 in the past few weeks, but it doesn't look like that price will be available again now that Cyber Monday is over. View Deal

Last year's best Cyber Monday Airpods deals (UK)

Apple AirPods Pro: £249 £195 at Laptops Direct
This Laptops Direct deal offers the lowest price we've seen for the AirPods Pro in the UK, cutting the price by a whopping £55. For your money you're getting noise cancellation, a nifty transparency mode, and a wireless charging case capable of topping up your AirPods to 24-hours of battery life, alongside great sound and Apple connectivity.View Deal

Apple AirPods 2019 with wireless charging case: £199 £157 at John Lewis
Grab the wireless charging buds for over £40 off in Cyber Monday AirPods deals. It's a much easier way of keeping on top of your AirPods' battery levels, and if you've already got Qi charging pads around the house you're sorted.
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Apple AirPods 2019 with charging case: £159 £124.49 at John Lewis
If you don't need wireless charging, you can save yourself some cash and pick up the standard 2019 AirPods. While this is undoubtably a good deal, it's worth noting that we've been seeing this price since November last year. View Deal

Wireless Charging Case only: £79 £69 at BT
Maybe you already nabbed a pair of AirPods and you're wishing they had wireless charging capabilities? Well, this is how you upgrade them - buy a new charging case that gives you that skill. Plus you won't have to worry your 'Pods will become useless if you lose that other one.