AirPods deals recap from Black Friday 2023

AirPods deals from Black Friday 2023: save on these Apple discounts before it’s too late!
Black Friday is now officially over, and if you were after a new pair of Apple AirPods, we hope you got what you were looking for. There were some deals on Apple's audio accessories but when it comes to Apple products, the Cupertino giant doesn't typically bring those discount percentages up too much. While you may have saved a few dollars, substantial discounts were rare for Apple products like AirPods.

Let's quickly recap what happened during last Black Friday. The AirPods Max were stealing the show with a sweet $100 discount, they were up for grabs at $449.99. The AirPods Pro (2nd generation) was doing its dance with a $59 drop, a cool 24% off its original price tag. 

AirPods Max Black Friday deals recap

Not to sound excessively jolly, but Apple's over-ear headphones are outstanding, with excellent noise reduction, impressive pass-through, crystal-clear sound, and a wonderfully wide soundstage. And yes, they were the face of the new Spatial Audio, so naturally, they support it.

They have a retail price of $550 and saw up to a $100 discount or 18% during last year's Black Friday. We expect similar discounts during the next event, so don't fret if you missed that train.

Best AirPods Pro Black Friday deals

Last Black Friday, we spotted discounts of up to $50 on the latest 2nd-generation AirPods Pro, and even bigger savings on earlier models as retailers aimed to clear stock. Despite Apple introducing the H2-powered AirPods Pro with a USB-C port, the expected hefty discounts on the previous 2nd generation with a Lightning charging port didn't happen. Nevertheless, there were some pretty decent deals out there.

Best AirPods Black Friday deals

The basic 2nd-gen AirPods don't come with any fancy features, but they still offer decent sound quality, reliability, and easy pairing with your Apple devices. So, if you're in search of simple earbuds for backup or just casual music listening, they remain a solid choice. The 2nd-gen AirPods had amazing up to 38% discounts, while the next generation was down by 17%.

Which AirPods should you buy?

For the best all-around experience, you want the AirPods Pro 1st or AirPods Pro 2nd gen or the just released USB-C AirPods Pro 2, which might be the best new Apple product. Of course, the latter would probably not see significant, if even any, discount during this year’s Black Friday days, so if the price is a factor to consider, you might want to stick to the other two Pro models.
Obviously, the newer model has upgraded noise-cancelation and sound, but we assure you that the first-generation AirPods Pro are still very, very good.

If you hate the in-ear feel but still want compact earbuds, the AirPods 3rd gen are a good choice. They still support the special Spatial Audio that's available on Apple's services like Music and TV+, and they sound pretty good.

If you want to go all out with over-ears, your only option are the AirPods Max. The good news is that they are excellent in terms of sound and noise-cancelation. Their soundstaging is wide and detailed, and their presence is crisp. You probably won't be wearing these outdoors a lot due to their bulky design, but the seamless way they connect to all of your Apple devices make them a dream to use at home.

Which stores will have the best AirPods deals on Black Friday?

The biggest stores have the most leverage, so it's wise to start there — Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy. Slightly smaller chains like B&H Photo Video, Newegg, and others might match or get close to the discounts of the big players.

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All in all, most reputable stores drop prices heavily during Black Friday. Still, if you are not keen on fishing for deals and constantly looking for the best price, just follow us here — we are always listing the best offers during the shopping events!

Is Black Friday the best time to buy AirPods?

It is definitely one of the best days in the year to do so, as you have the highest chance to catch the lowest prices. There are a couple more sales events throughout the year — like Amazon Prime Day, which prompts the big retailers to also drop their prices to match Amazon. If you miss Black Friday, you will have another chance the following week — as major stores hold Cyber Monday (in recent years, it has evolved to a full-on Cyber Week, but Mondays usually have the best deals).

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