Apple AirPod 3 Review: Should You Just Upgrade to the Pro?


Apple’s third-generation AirPods have been out since October, but fans still can’t agree on whether they’re a better purchase than the high-end AirPods Pro. Reviewers have weighed in with a few opinions, so today we’re answering the question: should you get the AirPods 3 or upgrade to the AirPods Pro?

AirPods 3

The third-generation AirPods retail for $180 and sport a robust series of features. They’re lightweight, they offer IPX 4 waterproofing, and they’re perfect for working out.

Also, they have exceptional sound for their size, remarkably better than the second-generation version of the AirPods. However, the sound isn’t as impressive as the AirPods Pro, which have active noise cancellation and silicone ear tips. 

The AirPods 3 have a more open design than their predecessors, though, which allows some sound to leak in. This is a notable step backward from the earlier designs. If you prefer a more soundproof experience, you should opt for the AirPods Pro or even the second-generation AirPods.

The third-generation AirPods, however, do have better battery life than their predecessors. They offer up to six hours of playback on a single charge, compared to just four hours with the second-generation AirPods. This makes them ideal for athletes who want to take them on long runs or bike trips!

AirPods Pro 

The AirPods Pro feature some upgrades you won’t find in the newer third-generation non-pro AirPods. They feature the aforementioned noise cancellation and silicone ear tips, and retail for $250. However, since they’re older than the new third-generation model, they’re often found on sale for as little as $180. 

If you’re able to find the AirPods Pro on sale for that low, the same price as the third-gen model, you should go for them instead. There’s little reason to pay the same price for an inferior product.

Bottom Line

The third-generation AirPods would be a fantastic option for people who want a pair of wireless earphones and don’t mind the $180 price tag. The IPX 4 waterproofing is a great addition to the lineup’s design, as is their flatter internal design that allows them to fit more snugly in most ears.

However, until they come down in price, they’re often a worse deal than their superior siblings, the AirPods Pro. So, at the end of the day, the answer to “which is better” becomes “which is currently on sale.” If you can find the third-generation headphones for less than $180, they might be a good choice for your workout routine or daily commute!