The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Noise pollution is a serious problem for many people. It can even lead to mental health issues. But however you feel about noise, there are times when we all find it a major source of irritation and distraction. So if noise is an issue with you and you can’t avoid hearing noise over your usual music, it may be time to invest in some better quality headphones.

The best noise cancelling headphones will make your life more peaceful and make your music or podcasts much easier to hear and enjoy.

So which are the best noise cancelling headphones on the market? Let’s take a quick look.

First up you need to think about whether you want over the ear headphones or ear buds that fit inside your ear.

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are headphones that fit outside your ears (over the ear). These are the best noise cancelling headphones produced by Bose so are the top of the range.

The great thing about these headphones is that you can adjust the level of active noise cancellation (from 0 – 10) so you can still remain aware of your surroundings – important for safety. Alternatively you can block out all external noise for a totally immersive experience.

Comfort wise the Boise Noise Cancelling headphones 700 are fantastic. They are comfortable enough to fall asleep in, so are ideal for long journeys or even when you are trying to sleep at home.

If you like ear buds, the 1 More Dual Driver ANC Pro  are a good choice. These are great for travelling and combine superior external sound cancelling with long battery life. You can choose complete noise cancelling mode or switch this off so you are more aware of your surroundings. Ear buds are easy to store and convenient to wear, although some users may find they irritate the ears.

The best noise cancelling headphones are generally quite expensive but if you are watching your budget, the Anker Soundlife Q20 are a low cost alternative. You can buy them from Walmart for less than $50 and the sound quality is good. Many cheaper headphones are high on treble, but these are fairly bass driven. These Anker above the ear headphones are pretty basic but they do work for sound cancellation and this combined with excellent battery life makes them a good budget buy.

Another budget option is the TaoTronics TT BH042. These wireless earbuds are very effective for noise cancellation and are waterproof too so are ideal for exercising as well as when you are travelling. They are only suitable for wireless mode so battery life is slightly limited at around 8 hour’s usage on maximum charge.

Although noise cancellation is probably best with on ear headphones, 1 More True Wireless ANC are great if you are a fan of wireless ear pods. They block out external noise effectively and the sound quality is good. The downside is that battery life is only around five hours if the ANC is turned off and you do need to connect to Bluetooth. This means you couldn’t use these to plug into in-flight entertainment without buying a blue tooth transmitter first.