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Cyber Monday AirPods deals: what to expect in 2021

Cyber Monday AirPods deals
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Cyber Monday AirPods deals might look a little different this year, now that Apple has officially announced the third generation earbuds and given its AirPods Pros a MagSafe refresh. We're gathering all our predictions for exactly what this means for Cyber Monday AirPods deals right here, as well finding out whether you should wait for the biggest discounts of the year before taking the plunge on a new set of buds. 

If you miss out on the major sales of the weekend before, Cyber Monday AirPods deals can still offer up some excellent price drops on Apple's luxury headphones. It's worth noting, however, that blockbuster discounts on the new AirPods 3s may well be reserved for Black Friday AirPods deals, and stock could start running low pretty quickly. However, we're still seeing the previous generation on the shelves alongside the new model, so there's hope for more offers still. 

We’re also still looking forward to some record low prices on the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. The more premium options aren’t set for a refresh this year, and so we should see prices falling even further in 2021’s holiday sales. 

Where to find the best Cyber Monday AirPods deals

We'll be tracking all the best Cyber Monday AirPods deals right here when the time comes, but if you're going it alone we'd recommend checking out these retailers in November. 

US:
Amazon:
often has the best prices during sales events
B&H Photo:
best for stock of older releases
Newegg:
limited time discounts can offer brand new record lows
Verizon:
often the first to offer record low prices but fewer sales
Walmart:
price matches with Amazon

UK:
Amazon:
regularly offers the lowest prices around
Argos:
fewer sales but same day delivery available
Currys:
best for free subscriptions in bundles
Laptops Direct:
often beats record low prices but with £5 shipping
Very:
price matches Amazon

When will Cyber Monday AirPods deals begin?

Cyber Monday officially kicks off on Monday November 29 this year, but we do generally see retailers bringing their discounts over from the Friday. If we are to see any discounts on the new AirPods 3, they will likely be limited to Friday’s offers. However, savings on the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max should stick around to Cyber Monday.  

That said, the AirPods 3 are now up for pre-order (scheduled for launch on October 25). That means the previous generation model is going to be seeing some excellent discounts well ahead of Cyber Monday AirPods deals, and will likely run out of stock before November hits. If you're after the absolute lowest price possible for a set of Apple true wireless earbuds, we'd recommend jumping in now. 

Cyber Monday AirPods deals: what we expect to see

AirPods deals

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It's difficult to tell whether the second generation AirPods will still be around in time for Cyber Monday AirPods deals. The new AirPods 3s come perilously close to the MSRP of the 2019 model, but so far we are seeing the two sets sitting side by side on the shelves. That's good news for those after some record low prices on the older true wireless earbuds this November, as we'll likely see those costs plummet.

If the second generation does stick around a little longer than we're expecting it to, we could see some stunning offers dropping prices well below $99.99 record lows. We would recommend keeping a close eye on this one, though, because stock may start to thin out. 

Cyber Monday AirPods 3 deals: what to expect

Cyber Monday AirPods deals

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The AirPods 3 are here, a new set of true wireless earbuds with a shorter design and plenty of tech upgrades under the hood. With the buds launching so close to Cyber Monday AirPods deals, it's easy to wonder whether there will be any savings at all. However, looking at previous Apple releases in the holiday season, there's likely something to look forward to. 

Last year, Apple released both the M1 MacBook and iPad Air 4 before the November sales took place, and both of these devices still took some early price cuts across the weekend. That means we are expecting to see a $10 discount on the new AirPods, but there's a caveat. 

You'll likely need to be in the mix well ahead of Cyber Monday AirPods deals to secure a pair of buds this year. We will likely see these early $10 discounts during particularly competitive flash sales on the Friday itself, and stock may well run out before Cyber Monday has a chance to offer its own discounts. 

Cyber Monday AirPods Pro deals: what to expect

Apple AirPods Pro

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We were a little more comfortable predicting this year's Cyber Monday AirPods deals on the Pro model before Apple launched the new MagSafe version. Since then we've already been rewarded with a $30 discount on the new release (now down to $219.99), but the standard wireless charging model is looking a little threatened. 

The previous model doesn't quite fit into Apple's lineup now, with a previous $169 - $189 sales price that interfered with the AirPods 3s, and a $249 MSRP to match the new model. We would recommend keeping a close eye on plummeting discounts on this model over the next couple of weeks, then. 

If you're after the latest and greatest, though, we're expecting the MagSafe version to hold onto its $219 sales price for a little while leading up to Cyber Monday AirPods deals. From there we could see extra discounts, but this is already a particularly early price cut.

Cyber Monday AirPods Max deals: what to expect

AirPods Max

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The AirPods Max represent Apple’s most premium headphones. Originally launching in December at $549, we’ve seen the luxury cups readily available at $499 throughout the year and, more recently, hitting $430 price lows. Usually you'll find these cups on sale for $489, which means we'll be looking for a price between $400 and $450 in November. 

Apple may want to keep this price for Black Friday, though. That means stock allocated for Cyber Monday AirPods deals might have run out by the time the weekend (or the Friday itself) is over. We would still expect to see a price lower than the usual $489 - $499 in this instance, but perhaps not at the rock bottom position that we might see on the Friday.

Will the AirPods 3 be on sale for Cyber Monday?

The new AirPods 3 likely won't be around for Cyber Monday AirPods deals this year. We're expecting to see these buds take their first discounts over the Friday before, and if competition is as fierce as expected, stock may not recover in time for more offers after the weekend. However, nothing is guaranteed and if we do see availability after the big day itself, it's worth scouting for discounts. Apple devices are taking earlier and earlier price cuts these days, which means new releases aren't as untouchable as they once were. 

How to find the best Cyber Monday AirPods deals

1. Don't wait for Monday

It's important to note that Cyber Monday AirPods deals might not officially kick off on Monday November 29 as expected. We usually see discounts continuing straight through from the Friday, which means you'll have the whole weekend to find more discounts. Our first tip for finding the best Cyber Monday AirPods deals, then, is don't wait for Monday if you miss out on the main Black Friday sale.

2. If you're after AirPods Max, keep an eye out for future discounts

We do see a handful of extra price drops on certain items during Cyber Monday. However, AirPods are some of the biggest offers during this sales period. The only area where we may see additional discounts is on the AirPods Max. With multiple different colorways, we could see some versions cheaper than others, with extra price drops coming late in the sale. If you're after AirPods Max, it's worth jumping on any record low prices you see, but keeping your items boxed up until the full period is over. 

3. Price check

Once you've found the perfect Cyber Monday AirPods deal for you, it's worth making sure that you really getting the best price possible. Check your discount against other retailers to make sure nobody is offering a lower price, but also take a look at the additional extras that some stores may be offering. When a retailer can't beat its competition on price it will often throw in additional subscriptions or accessories for free, which can make it a much better deal overall. 

Today's best deals

If you can't wait until November, and if the AirPods 3 release then we wouldn't recommend doing so, you'll find all the latest AirPods deals just below.

Last year's best Cyber Monday AirPods deals

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Apple AirPods with Charging Case (2nd Generation) |
$159 $109.99 at Amazon US | £159 £124.37 at Amazon UK
You could save loads on these effortlessly cool, portable AirPod headphones last Cyber Monday. This was the cheapest price we had seen the standard charging AirPods go for in the US and UK at the time.

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Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case |
$199 $139.98 at Amazon US | £199 £157.00 at Amazon UK
Recharge your portable AirPod headphones with ease thanks to the wireless charging case – pop it on top of a wireless charging station and you're away, no cables required.

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro | $249 $199.00 at Staples | £249 £198.00 at Amazon UK
AirPods Pros are comfier and have better sound (and noise cancellation) than their baby brother. You don't normally get $50/£50 savings on them either, so you had to fill your boots and ears while you could.


We're rounding up plenty more predictions, including our expectations for this year's Black Friday iPad deals. Or, take a look at what we think might be the best Cyber Monday gaming headset deals available this year.