Black Friday 2020 AirPods deals: The AirPods Pro drop to $169 next week, a new all-time low

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Walmart’s Black Friday sale ad.


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Looking to buy AirPod headphones this year, for yourself or as a holiday gift? Good news: All three flavors of Apple’s signature true wireless headphones have been hovering at or near their low prices, and there are some better deals on the way. The headliner is the AirPods Pro dropping to $169 at Walmart starting Nov. 25. That beats the lowest price we’ve seen by $21, and beats the Apple Store price by a whopping $80. Standard AirPods, meanwhile, were down to an all-time low of $99 at Amazon, Costco and Walmart, but they have returned to $129. That’s still $30 less than the full price at the Apple Store.

AirPods pricing 2020

Model Apple Store price Best price right now Best price (all-time)
AirPods Pro $249 $200 $190 ($169 soon)
AirPods $159 $129 $99
AirPods with wireless charging case $199 $160 $140


Our advice? Seek out the AirPods Pro at $190 or less, and the standard AirPods at $100 or less. If they’re not at those prices now, wait for those deals to return.

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The AirPods Pro briefly dropped as low as $190 during Prime Day sales at Woot, but that instantly sold out. The price has settled between $195 and $200 at Amazon and other retailers since, but with Walmart advertising them at $169 starting Nov. 25, the new price war is on.

Read our AirPods Pro review.

Walmart came in strong to the early Black Friday sale game by marking down the AirPods to $99 — the lowest price ever. That was matched by Amazon and (with membership) at Costco and Sam’s Club. The deal has expired for now, but we’d expect it to return later in the season.

Read our AirPods review.

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Personally, I would either get the cheaper AirPods or the AirPods Pro. But if you’re really a zealot for wireless charging, know that you can get the standard AirPods with a wireless charging case for $160, which is a $39 savings versus the Apple Store price.

This article is frequently updated to reflect current pricing. 

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