Apple's AirPods are among the most popular headphones to date — and for good reason. Backed by premium Apple technology, these durable, wireless earpieces connect quickly and deliver excellent sound quality. The sleek design fits snugly in the ears, and the slim case makes it easy to carry the AirPods with you everywhere you go.
One potential downside to AirPods is they tend to run higher in price than most other types of headphones, even other highly rated wireless versions. If you’re thinking about grabbing a pair but aren't sure if they're worth the cost, here’s five things to consider before investing in your own set.
How Much Do AirPods Cost?
Apple AirPods aren’t cheap — they rarely sell at a discount unless it’s the holiday season — but you have the option to choose different models at different price points. The most expensive model is Apple AirPods Pro, which sells for around $250 normally and potentially as low as $200 at a slashed holiday price. These top tier AirPods come with premium features like noise cancellation, "transparency mode" (mixes your music and external noise for safety), and real-time EQ tuning that responds to your ear shape. They store neatly inside an Apple AirPods wireless charging case.
Are AirPods Waterproof and Durable?
Apple AirPods Pro are water-resistant, sweat-resistant and dust-resistant, but their wireless charging case is not, so you need to make sure you don’t store them anywhere near water or other liquids. The less expensive models are also sweat-resistant but not to the same degree as the Pro. None of them should be worn during swimming or heavy rainfall. To avoid excessive wear and tear on your AirPods, keep them in their case when you’re not using them and store them far away from sources of moisture.
Which Devices Are Compatible with AirPods?
Any Apple product running on iOS 10 or later is compatible with AirPods, but you aren’t locked in to only using them with Apple devices. You can also link up non-Apple products, such as Android devices. Once you connect your device to your AirPods, it offers instant and consistent connectivity. The AirPods also work across all Apple products via your iCloud username without the need for individual device setup.
How Do You Clean AirPods?
AirPods spend plenty of time nestled in your ears, so like any other headphones, they are bound to get dirty from exposure to dust, earwax and other icky substances. Because they aren’t completely waterproof, you have to avoid getting any water in the speakers, which means avoiding wet cleaning wipes and liquid-based cleaners.
How to Check the Battery Life and Other Pro Tips
There are two ways to check the battery life of your AirPods. If you open your AirPods case and hold them up to your device, the battery life should appear on the screen of your device. You can also check within your device's battery settings on iOS. Your wireless charging case will need a wireless-enabled power source to charge. The wired cases plug in using an iPhone lightning cable. Some products feature docks for wireless charging of multiple Apple devices, such as the BEACOO Multi-Device Charging Dock.