If you missed the above deal, Target is carrying Apple AirPods Pro headphones for $199.99. However, if you have a RedCard, you can get an additional 5% off.
While these are all pretty good prices, we have seen better deals in the past. Amazon actually had AirPods Pro for $169 in November 2020, which matched the all-time-low price on Black Friday 2020. However, deals like this tend to sell out extremely fast, so make sure to set a Deal Alert if you want the best possible price.
For reference, the original AirPods and the updated version cost between $159 and $199 when they first came out, the latter of the two just months before the Pro edition.
What’s New With the AirPods Pro?
While the price jump is quite steep, Apple did effectively rebuild the original AirPods from the ground up. The AirPods Pro have a different profile and fit, in addition to a variety of fresh features.
Where to Buy AirPods Pro
AirPods are the standard when it comes to wireless earbuds, and it’s not hard to find them online or at your local retailer. Amazon consistently carries AirPods Pro, and there is frequently some kind of sale or discount to take advantage of. You can also find AirPods Pro from retailers like Walmart, Costco, Best Buy and Target.
Newegg is a great place to find deals on refurbished and older models. Google Shopping also usually has discount AirPods Pro, but since this platform pulls from storefronts across the web, you need to be careful of knockoffs. If the price looks too good to be true and you don’t know the retailer, make sure you do your research before pulling the trigger on Google Shopping.
How Do the AirPods Pro Compare to Other Premium Earbuds?
Since the original AirPods debuted, a number of challengers have entered the in-ear total-wireless arena. The new AirPods have some exciting new features, but only time will tell how they hold up to the competitors.
Beats By Dre Powerbeats Pro
Powerbeats Pro cost the same as the AirPods Pro, but often go on sale for just under $200. They have nine hours of listening time, twice as long as the AirPods Pro. These wireless earbuds even use the same Apple H1 Chip as the second generation of AirPods, so you can expect similar Bluetooth connectivity and iPhone compatibility. They are also sweat and water resistant and have secure-fit earhooks.
Amazon Echo Buds
At $129.99, Amazon’s Echo Buds are one of the most cost-efficient premium options on the market, though unfortunately, they’re frequently out of stock. Like AirPods Pro, they come with three sizes of ear tips, a sweat-resistance rating and around five hours of listening time per charge.
Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
With a body similar to the Echo Buds, but more expensive at $229.99, the Sony WF-1000XM3 offers noise-canceling capabilities and Adaptive Sound Control with a customizable equalizer. Plus, they can often be found on sale for less than $200. They also have an advertised 24-hour battery life so you can listen all day.
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Are the AirPods Pro Worth Upgrading To?
If you are an Apple loyalist, looking for headphones to work out with or simply enjoy the aesthetic value of AirPods, they’re most likely worth it. However, if you already have a pair of AirPods, this might be a harder sell. Both of the most recent AirPods models advertise a five-hour battery life, as opposed to the AirPods Pro’s four and a half hours. This makes sense, as ANC tech requires additional power, but if you’re not too excited by active noise cancellation or the sweat-resistant build, there’s really no reason for you to spend another $250.
If you don’t have any particular allegiance to Apple, it looks like the competition offers most of the same features at a similar or lower price point. Make sure to consider all available options before you choose the one that’s right for you.
You also have to consider the cost of replacing these tiny and incredibly lightweight earbuds, which are not conveniently tethered to your device like EarPods. If you are out of warranty or don’t have Apple Care+ coverage, it will cost $89 per earbud to replace a set that has been damaged or lost. Over-ear headphones might be a better option for accident-prone users and daydreamers looking for cheap, sustainable noise cancellation.
Other AirPods Deals
An iPhone 11 is cheaper than an iPhone 12, right? If you aren’t looking to drop $250 on a pair of (easily losable) wireless earbuds, we have seen a few deals on the original Apple AirPods. Keep an eye out for deals on older models as Gen 3 AirPods creep closer and closer. While everyone else is scrambling for pre-orders, you’ll be sitting pretty with an extra $100 or two.
- Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Costco) – Recent Sale Price: $114.99 | Reg Price: $159.99
- Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (Walmart) – Recent Sale Price: $159.98 | Reg Price: $169.00
- Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (Sam’s Club) – Recent Sale Price: $159.98 | Reg Price: $159.98
Alternatively, set a Deal Alert for the set of AirPods (or another wireless Bluetooth headphone of your choosing) that you’re most interested in, and we’ll let you know as soon as a good discount goes live.
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