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The 6 Best Budget Noise Cancelling Headphones - Black Friday 2022 Reviews

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Best Budget Noise Cancelling Headphones

Active noise cancelling (ANC) used to be a feature reserved for only the most expensive headphones. However, nowadays, you can get surprisingly decent noise cancellation at almost every price point. While being able to block out background noise is important, things like sound, battery, and comfort are also still a consideration. We've broken down the best budget ANC headphones by different price budgets, so you can find the best choice regardless of how much you want to spend.

We've tested over 680 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best value noise cancelling headphones to buy. If you have the budget, you may be more interested in checking our full lists of the best noise cancelling headphones and the best noise cancelling headphones under $200.


  1. Best Budget Noise Cancelling Headphones

    The best budget noise cancelling headphones we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless. These over-ears may be somewhat simple in design, but they have a good ANC system. While it has some trouble blocking out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, it does a better job isolating you from ambient chatter and the high-pitched hum of AC units, making them a solid choice for office use. With their ANC on, they deliver over 32 hours of continuous playback time, which should last through long days on the go.

    These comfortable over-ears have a very excited sound profile that delivers extra thump and boom to mixes. At the same time, vocals and lead instruments are bright and sparkly, making them a solid choice for genres like rock and pop. While they lack more robust sound customization features, they have a bass effect control in case you want more rumble. The headphones' build feels a bit hollow and plasticky, so they may not be the most durable over time.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Noise Cancelling Earbuds

    The TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless are the best budget noise cancelling earbuds we've tested. These lightweight in-ears offer a better overall noise isolation performance than the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless, easily blocking out rumbly bus engines, which are among the hardest sounds to reduce. While they don't do as well in the mid-range, they still offer great performance in this regard. You can't turn off the ANC, as you can only cycle between ANC on and transparency mode.

    They have a slightly excited sound profile that delivers extra thump and rumble to mixes, although they lack a companion app and customization features to tweak their sound to your liking. The buds are well-built, rated IPX6 for resistance against water immersion, and are decently comfortable. They also come with six pairs of ear tips to help you get the best fit. Their continuous battery life of over eight hours should last through long days on the go, and their carrying case supplies roughly two additional charges if you need them.

    See our review

  3. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100

    The Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless are the best noise cancelling headphones under $100 we've tested. These well-built headphones are the next generation of the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless and offer more features than their predecessor. Their outstanding ANC system has three different ANC modes designed for blocking out different kinds of ambient noise. Using 'Transport' mode, which is designed for commuting, the ANC can cut down a significant amount of noise like the low rumble of bus and plane engines and passenger chit-chat. With ANC on, they last over 44 hours continuously, and you can connect them with up to two devices at once.

    Their excited, v-shaped sound profile delivers intense thump, rumble, and boom while vocals and lead instruments sound bright and sparkly. However, some users have reported that they sound hollow and thin when the ANC is off. Luckily, you can customize their sound using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. If you're looking for ANC headphones with a more neutral out-of-the-box sound, try the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless. They have a much more neutral and flat sound that's versatile enough for most audio content. However, their battery life is shorter, and like the Anker, users have reported that their units broke with continuous use.

    See our review

  4. Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds Under $100

    The best noise cancelling earbuds under $100 that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life P3 Truly Wireless. It's clear that Anker dominates the budget ANC market, so it's no surprise that the best earbuds at this price point are from them. Like their over-ear counterpart, the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, their ANC has three modes you can use to target different kinds of noise. With the 'Transport' mode, their ANC isolates you from a wide array of noise. It's particularly effective at blocking out bass-range noise like rumbling bus engines during your commute, but if you want to reduce even more noise, it's better to go with the over-ears.

    Their bass-heavy default sound profile adds extra thump, rumble, and boom to your audio, making them well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. You can access a graphic EQ and presets in their companion app to customize their sound. They have a comfortable, stable fit and are rated IPX5 for water resistance, so you can use them during a workout or run. They have roughly 5.7 hours of continuous playback time, but their carrying case offers an additional four charges if you need it.

    See our review

  5. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $150

    The best noise cancelling headphones under $150 that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. They're the next version of the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless (if you're counting along, that means there are three generations of this lineup on our list). Their ANC system doesn't perform as well as their predecessor, but their isolation performance should still be more than enough for commutes or long days at the office. They also have three ANC modes, which can be handy if you want to block out specific kinds of ambient noise, and their 44-hour continuous battery life should easily get you through long days on the move.

    You'll love their bassy sound if you like extra thump, punch, and boom in your music. Although their sound profile becomes thin and hollow if you turn their ANC off, you can adjust them to suit your preferences using their companion app's robust customization features. They support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected with up to two devices at a time, and they're comfortable enough for long listening sessions.

    See our review

  6. Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds Under $150

    Are you getting tired of Anker yet? It's no surprise they continue to shine into the lower mid-range ANC market as their competitors don't offer nearly the same level of noise isolation. The best noise cancelling headphones under $150 for earbuds that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. Unlike other Anker headphones on this list, they have personalized noise cancelling via their companion app based on your in-ear pressure and environment. Using it, they have a great noise isolation performance that tackles commuter to office sounds well. That said, the manufacturer's advertised eight-hour continuous playback time falls short of our measured 5.5 hours, which is a lot shorter than the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. Their case holds three extra charges.

    They have a sturdy design and a comfortable, very stable fit, so they shouldn't fall out of your ears during intense workouts. Their excited sound profile adds extra thump, rumble, and punch to your audio, while instruments and lead vocals are detailed and bright. It can also be customized with a graphic EQ and presets in their companion app. The earbuds support multi-device pairing and the LDAC codec for Hi-Res audio, although you can only use it when you're connected with a single device.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless are truly wireless in-ears with a three-level ANC feature and over 10 hours of continuous playback time. They're more comfortable than the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless and have sound customization features, but they don't block out as much ambient noise. See our review
  • Mixcder E9 Wireless: The Mixcder E9 Wireless have a good noise isolation performance and a fairly neutral mid-range. However, their battery life doesn't last as long as the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. See our review
  • Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless: The Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless have a comfortable fit, can pair with up to two devices at once, and have a more neutral overall sound profile. However, their ANC doesn't perform nearly as well as the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, especially with bass-range noise like bus engine rumbles. See our review
  • EarFun Air Pro True Wireless: The EarFun Air Pro True Wireless have great noise isolation performance and offer over nine hours of continuous battery life. However, unlike the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless, they lack sound customization features. See our review
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless: The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are in-ear headphones with a great noise isolation performance. However, they don't support multi-device pairing and, unlike the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless, lack more robust sound customization features like a graphic EQ. Their battery performance falls under five hours too. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless are in-ears with an excellent noise isolation performance. However, they only have a 3.5-hour continuous battery life, significantly shorter than the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. They also have a deep in-ear fit, which not everyone may find comfortable. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 23, 2022: We've overhauled this article to better align it with user expectations. We've added the following picks: the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless and the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. We've also cleaned up the Notable Mentions of any products that are out of date.

  2. May 13, 2022: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  3. Mar 16, 2022: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro Truly Wireless as the Liberty 3 Pro have a better battery performance. Also moved the Anker Soundcore Liberty 33 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  4. Jan 13, 2022: Removed the PlantronicsBackBeat Go 810 Wireless as they've been discontinued and are no longer available at this price point. Also replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless with the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless as the TOZO offer a better noise isolation performance.

  5. Nov 16, 2021: Removed the Microsoft Surface Wireless Headphones as the 'Best Budget Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $150' since they're now more expensive. Replaced them with the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless and added the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless as the 'Alternative With Βetter Βattery Life'.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cheap noise cancelling headphones as well as best noise cancelling headphones at different price points to buy for most people. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for headphones with an ANC feature, sorted by their noise isolation performance. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter.

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