The best noise-cancelling earbuds take a premium feature more commonly associated with bulkier headphones and…that’s it. This is the active noise cancellation (ANC) you know about love from many of the best over-ear headphones, but empowering much more portable and discrete wireless earbuds.
ANC earbuds works just like their over-ear counterparts. Onboard microphones pick up ambient sound while the speakers play certain sounds that, as far as your ears can tell, cancel out those pesky distractions. This trickery makes the best noise-cancelling earbuds a valuable tool for working or commuting, so keep reading to find out our picks and discover which one could be the perfect pair for you.
The wireless Sony WF-1000XM3s are awesome all-rounders and offer arguably the best in-ear noise-cancelling we’ve experienced to date.
Fit is excellent, as is battery life and the all-important sound quality. They come with more tip sizes than most rivals, feature intuitive touch controls and sound wonderfully musical. Despite their tiny proportions, there’s a good sense of scale. Instruments sound natural and authentic, with plenty of detail and composure to the performance.
Battery life is six hours, while the carry case has enough power for an extra three charges, giving a total of 24 hours. Plus there’s a fast-charge function: 10 minutes of charging breathes 90 minutes of life into these buds.
2.Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
Bose’s first-ever pair of noise-cancelling earbuds are a huge success. The Bose feel lightweight enough for the average commute or exercise session (the QuietComfort are both sweat and weather-resistant) and they’re great to live with. Battery life is a claimed six hours from a single charge, with the charging case supplying an extra two charges, making 18 hours in total – a decent reserve, but by no means class-leading. You can customise some features and controls, and adjust the excellent noise-cancellation, in Bose’s handy companion app.
The sense of enthusiasm and excitement conveyed by the Bose buds is highly infectious. There’s power, poise and a fantastic sense of dynamism. Bass notes sound full-bodied, go deep and the QuietComfort Earbuds squeeze out lots of detail.
All in all, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are sensational all-rounders, capable of impressive musicality, and topped off with some of the best noise-cancelling we’ve heard in a pair of earbuds.
3.Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 Earbuds
The active noise cancelation feature, and ear tip that creates a better seal makes the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 a solid choice for your noisy office. If you are not playing music, the earbuds will block noise at about 5-feet away. The same thing happens when you are listening to music.
The ANC comes with a battery that powers it and offers about 60 hours of listening. Unlike other earbuds with the ANC feature, the active noise cancelation of this product works well without a battery. Additionally, each of the earbuds has miniature microphones that pick up ambient noise, and send it to the QuietPoint circuitry installed in the device. This offers sound waves that are 1800 out of phase. Also, if you are looking for wired earbuds you can use on a plane without buying extra accessories, this is it. Note that, you can also use the wireless earbuds on a plane.
4.Pioneer Rayz Pro Noise-Canceling Earbuds
The Pioneer Rayz Pro earbuds are the best wired option, offering good sound and noise cancellation for around $100. They come with a Lightning and a USB-C adapter, so you can use them with an iPhone, any Android smartphone, and laptops or tablets with a USB-C connector.
Available in black or white, the buds are lightweight and comfortable. They have a convenient remote, whose buttons are customizable via a mobile app.
5.Master & Dynamic MW08 Wireless Earbuds
The Master & Dynamic MW08 earbuds stand out with ceramic housings that are luxurious and durable in equal measure. The buds also offer phenomenal sound and adjustable noise cancellation. Overall, for their looks, craftsmanship, and audio performance, they are worth the money.
The battery life of the MW08 is the best you’ll get from true wireless earbuds. Available in black, white, blue, and brown, the earphones come bundled with a stainless steel charging case.
6.Beats Solo Pro
With the Solo Pro, Beats essentially took the top sound quality of the Solo3 Wireless and added active noise cancelation. Just a tap of a button can turn off the ANC or switch to a transparency mode to let ambient noise in. Like other Beats headphones, these deliver a bass-forward sound that many music lovers may prefer over having best-in-class noise cancelation with a Bose or Sony. The Solo Pro offer decent battery life of 22 hours, or up to 40 with ANC turned off. You may also want to consider the Beats for the sleek design and variety of bright color options, which stand out from the crowd of black and silver.
7.Earfun Air Pro
On their own merits, the Earfun Air Pro buds are accomplished, but against the competition at this price point they shine. Amid a sea of similarly priced efforts on Amazon, they stand out thanks to their superior design and excellent audio chops, and show a high level of competence in almost all other areas.
As it stands, these noise-cancelling wireless earbuds are an excellent choice for most, offering a blend of useful features and strong performance that should make them popular with commuters in particular.
8.Edifier TWS NB2
Edifier’s TWS NB2s are the first pair of budget-friendly active noise cancelling earbuds with no major downsides.
The $75 earbuds (Amazon is offering a $10 coupon right now, bringing them down to $65) offer a whopping seven hours of music playback per charge with active noise cancellation turned on. That figure jumps to around nine hours when noise cancelling is turned off. In our testing, the earbuds live up to this lofty battery claim.
The NB2s sound pretty good overall, with solid bass performance and treble that never gets overpowering. There’s a little less clarity when compared to audiophile earbuds, but nothing comes close in this price range.
Edifier made sure the TWS NB2 had all the latest smart features, like a touch-sensitive surface on each bud, which lets you play and pause your music with just a tap. The earbuds can also detect when you take them out of your ears, and will momentarily pause your music. These little touches add up.
Taken as a whole, Edifier’s TWS NB2s are a great-sounding, long lasting pair of active noise cancelling headphones.
9.1MORE’s Dual Driver ANC Pro Headphones
These earbuds support Bluetooth 5.0, and get 15 hours of playtime per charge when active noise-cancelling is turned off. You can get up to 20 hours of playtime with ANC turned off. 1MORE built four noise-cancelling microphones into these earbuds, and included a Wind Noise Resistance Mode to block that particular sound.
You can switch between two levels of noise cancellation: 1MORE says the first level is better for commuting and flying, while the second level is suited for home use. You can switch between each mode whenever you want by pressing a button, so find the one that suits your needs best.
They don’t have many extras, but these earbuds have earned an IPX5 durability rating, which means they’re water resistant enough to survive exposure to rain or sweat.
10.Phiaton BT 220 NC Wireless Bluetooth Earphones
The Phiaton BT 220 NC Wireless Bluetooth Earphones pack everything you want into a package small enough to fit in a pocket: Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, multiple earbud sizes, active noise cancelling technology and up to 10 hours of play time with noise-cancelling engaged. They’re fantastically comfortable and high-performing headphones that also have a power/call button and noise-cancelling on/off button, along with multi-function inline controls for play, pause, stop, etc. Bundled together, those features make these some of the best travel earbuds on the market, but the reason they’re really on this list is because they have a multi-point connection setup that allows you to connect two devices at the same time.
WHAT TO CONSIDER
There are several important factors to keep in mind when shopping for noise-canceling earbuds: audio performance, comfort, build quality, battery life, and available charging methods. The finest products will offer a good balance between all the aforementioned qualities, and we can say that most of our picks do.
- Audio Performance: Typically, the audio and noise cancellation quality of a product are directly related to its pricing. These features require a combination of high-quality hardware and sophisticated audio processing, so the more you pay, the better the product will be. The best wireless earbuds in this space carry price tags above $200.
- Comfort and Build Quality: We recommend noise-canceling earbuds that have an official rating for water resistance, a seamlessly comfy fit, and easy-to-access controls. The best options will even allow you to customize the sound and noise cancelation to your preference via a mobile app. If you plan to use your earbuds to commute, or while at the office or the gym, look for a pair with ambient mode so you can better hear your surroundings. For true wireless earbuds, a built-in wear sensor that will stop the playback when you remove one of them is also helpful.
- Battery Life: Keep in mind that noise cancellation in wireless earbuds takes a toll on their battery life, and that disabling it will increase the time you spend between charges. most true wireless earphones will struggle to make it through, say, an entire workday without the need to recharge. If you are looking to spend long stretches of time in uninterrupted silence (e.g. a busy workday or a long flight), consider a wired or a wireless neckband headset.
- Charging Methods: When it comes to charging options, look for storage cases that have not only a convenient USB-C or Lightning connector, but also compatibility with wireless chargers.