The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones to Tune Out Your Surroundings

From big and flashy headphones, all the way to understated in-ear offerings, there's a noise-canceling headset for everyone.

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Even though most headphones and earbuds deliver reasonably good noise isolation, headsets with active noise canceling have built-in microphones that help them almost completely block outside racket. Because of that, they typically carry a higher price tag than similar headphones that don't feature the tech.

This roundup contains wired and wireless noise-canceling headphones of all sizes and price points. Find a pair that fits your lifestyle best, and enjoy your favorite tunes with less ambient noise.

1 Bose QuietComfort 35 Series 2 Noise-Canceling Headphones

$349 BUY NOW

The second generation of the Bose QuietComfort 35 will help you tune out your surroundings better than any other option on this list. With lightweight design and exceptional comfort, the headset is also the best option for using over extended periods of time, including long flights and extended work sessions.

The foldable headphones also offer long battery life (up to 20 hours) and a finely tuned sound signature. You can order them in silver or black.

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2 Sony WI-1000X Wireless Noise-Canceling Earbuds

$298 BUY NOW

The Sony WI-1000X wireless noise-canceling earbuds combine understated looks, comfy fit, and superb sound quality. Other key features of the headset include Hi-Res Audio support, a customizable audio experience via a dedicated app, and up to 10 hours of battery life with noise canceling switched on. You can order the Sony WI-1000X in black or gold.

3 Sony WH-1000XM2 Noise-Canceling Headphones

$348 BUY NOW

Best for Audio Quality and Battery Life

Sony's high-end WH-1000XM2 headphones are one of the best noise-canceling offerings out there. Available in black or gold, the headset features pleasantly restrained design, superb audio quality with Hi-Res audio support, and customizable settings (via an app).

With the WH-1000XM2 headphones, you have the option to turn off the noise cancelation and hear your surroundings with the push of a button. Their battery life is rated at a rather excellent 30 hours on a single charge.

Compared to the Bose QC 35, the Sony WH-1000XM2 headphones offer superior audio quality and better battery life. On the other hand, Bose has an edge in terms of comfort and noise canceling.

4 Pioneer Rayz Plus Lightning Noise-Canceling Earbuds

from $129 BUY NOW

Best Option with an Apple Lightning Connector

The Pioneer Rayz Plus Lightning earbuds have adaptive noise canceling and a Lightning input that allows you to charge your iPhone while you're using them. A dedicated app will let you calibrate the headset to your hearing and customize its controls.

Lightweight and stylish, the Rayz Plus also deliver great audio quality. There are two cool colors to choose from — bronze and graphite.

5 Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless Headphones
Bowers & Wilkins

$400 BUY NOW

Best for Fantastic Design and Class-Leading Audio Quality

The Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless headphones have gorgeous design and craftsmanship, as well as simply fantastic audio quality. The PX headphones will automatically pause content when you take them off. They can last up to a robust 20 hours between charges, and they utilize USB-C for charging. There are two colors to pick from — gray and blue with soft gold accents.

6 Sony MDR-ZX110NC Noise-Canceling Headphones


Best Budget Buy

Sony's MDR-ZX110NC wired on-ear headphones will help you tune out your surroundings on the cheap. Their audio quality is a bit bass-heavy, but we don't find this to be a deal-breaker at this price point.

The headset's noise canceling requires one AAA battery, which can last up to 80 hours, so you don't have to worry about replacement for days.

7 Libratone Q Adapt Wireless

$149 BUY NOW

Best Option with USB-C Connector

The Libratone Q Adapt noise-canceling earbuds are the best option with a USB-C connector. Launched alongside the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, they offer great design, impressive build quality, and a well-tuned audio signature.

Users can adjust the noise-canceling level of the headset via a dedicated button on the remote control. Libratone offers the Q Adapt earbuds in black or white. Note that despite their price tag, the earphones don't come bundled with a carrying case.

8 Bose QuietControl 30 Noise-Isolating Headphones

$299 BUY NOW

Best for Adjustable Noise Canceling

The Bose QuietControl 30 wireless earbuds have adjustable noise cancelation via a button or a smartphone app. As expected from a Bose product, the QuietControl 30 has a pleasant sound signature that'll appeal to a broad range of audio tastes.

The earbuds can deliver up to 10 hours of wireless tunes between charges. We only wish that their neckband had a more comfortable fit — some might find it a bit awkward to wear.

9 AKG N60NCBT Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

$300 BUY NOW

Best On-Ear Options

The AKG N60NCBT on-ear wireless headphones have compact design, excellent noise canceling, and up to 15 hours of battery life. Their sound quality is exceptional, courtesy of finely tuned 40-millimeter audio drivers.

The headphones fold neatly for easy storage, so they're perfect for traveling. AKG bundles the headset with a soft carrying case.

10 Phiaton BT 150 NC Wireless Earbuds

$103 BUY NOW

Best for Affordable Price and Neckband Design

The Phiaton BT 150 NC wireless earbuds offer a neckband design and active noise canceling at an attractive price point. The headset also offers a great audio experience via a duo of 12-millimeter audio drivers.

Other highlights of the wireless earbuds include a sweat-resistant build and the ability to simultaneously connect to more than one device. Phiaton promises a tad over 6 hours of battery life with noise canceling on, and almost 11 hours with the feature turned off.