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The 6 Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Sometimes we all need a bit of peace. If you use your headphones every day for commuting or while in the office, you may want something that will do a good job blocking out background noises. In the past, you needed large over-ears to get good active noise cancelling (ANC), but you can now get impressive noise cancelling even in small and portable in-ears or earbuds. With some in-ear headphones, you can still achieve great isolation without an ANC feature due to them physically blocking your ear canals.

We've tested over 270 earbuds and in-ears, and below are our recommendations for the best noise cancelling earbuds to buy. See our recommendations for the best earbuds and in-ears, the best Bluetooth earbuds, or the best noise cancelling headphones overall.


  1. Best Noise Cancelling True Wireless Earbuds: Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless

    The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless are the best noise cancelling earbuds with a truly wireless design that we've tested. These earbuds offer a premium, sturdy build and an impressive noise isolation performance. Their ANC can effectively block out sounds like rumbling bus and plane engines during your commute, and you can choose from several ANC presets meant for different situations.

    With ANC on, they provide about seven hours of continuous use off of a single charge. They come with a case that holds a couple of extra charges, so you can top them up when you need to, and there's also a standby mode to save power when you're not listening to audio. Their well-balanced default sound profile is suitable for a variety of genres and types of content, and it can also be customized with a graphic EQ and presets in the headphones' companion app.

    Unfortunately, they have a somewhat bulky design and stick out of your ears. Also, unlike other noise cancelling headphones from Bose, like the Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless, they can only connect to one device at once, which could be disappointing if you often switch between using your phone and computer. These well-built headphones offer great noise isolation and solid customization features.

    See our review

  2. Best Neckband Noise Cancelling Earbuds: Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless

    The best neckband noise cancelling earbuds we've tested are the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless. Their flexible neckband is designed to keep your headphones close by without having to put them in your pockets when not in use. They have an ANC system that can block out a very good amount of ambient noise around you.

    Out of the box, these well-built and decently comfortable earbuds have a warm and dark sound profile well-suited for vocal-centric genres like podcasts. However, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can tweak them to suit your tastes. Their continuous battery life of over eight hours is fairly solid, and they have a standby mode that can help you save battery life when you're not actively using them.

    Unfortunately, their ANC has some trouble filtering out the right noise in the treble range, and they do a better job of blocking out the high-pitched hum of AC units when ANC is off. Their silicone neckband can also pull on long hair, which can cause some discomfort. However, these headphones are among the best neckband headphones that we've tested and offer a very good noise isolation performance suitable for most uses.

    See our review

  3. Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds Under $100: Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless

    The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the best in-ear noise cancelling headphones under $100 that we've tested. While they don't feel as well-built or premium as the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, these buds still offer an excellent noise isolation performance, only at a lower price point. Their ANC has three adjustable levels to help block out different sounds. With 'Transport' mode, they can block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which is perfect for commuting.

    Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that's well-suited for thumpy genres like EDM and hip-hop. You can also customize them to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. Their comfortable and lightweight fit makes them a solid choice for long listening sessions. While their continuous battery life of under six hours falls short compared to the Bose, their carrying case holds four extra charges if you need them.

    They lack a power-saving feature to help conserve battery life if you forget to turn them off. They also have high latency on PCs as well as Android and iOS devices, which may be disappointing if you like to stream video during your commute or trip. However, if you're looking for noise cancelling earbuds at a more reasonable price, their versatile and customizable performance is worth considering.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Noise Cancelling Earbuds: TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless

    The TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless are the best in-ear noise cancelling headphones in the budget category that we've tested. These earbuds are straightforward in terms of extra features, but they're relatively inexpensive and offer a great noise isolation performance. Their onboard controls let you cycle between ANC on and 'Transparency Mode', which lets you hear your surroundings.

    They have a slightly excited, v-shaped sound profile that delivers extra thump and rumble in the bass range, making them well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. They last for roughly eight hours of continuous use off a single charge, so they can last you through a 9-5 workday without recharging. They're suitable for sports use, thanks to their stable fit and IPX6 rating for water resistance.

    Unfortunately, their sound makes sibilants like cymbals seem piercing and harsh. They also don't work with a companion app or come with any sound customization features, and you can't turn off the ANC feature without turning on 'Transparency'. Their impressive noise isolation and solid all-around performance make them worth considering if you want affordable ANC earbuds.

    See our review

  5. Best iPhone Noise Cancelling Earbuds: Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

    The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are the best iPhone noise cancelling earbuds that we've tested. Unlike other picks on this list, these buds offer a couple of features exclusive to Apple devices. They have an H1 chip, which allows you to seamlessly pair your headphones to other devices in your Apple ecosystem. They're also compatible with 'Spatial Audio', a head tracking feature that can help create a more immersive audio experience.

    They have a great noise isolation performance, thanks to their ANC system. They can block out the low rumble of bus engines as well as office chit-chat, making them a solid choice for commutes or long days at the office. Although they lack a bit of low-bass, they have a neutral overall sound profile that's well-suited for most audio content. They also have a comfortable and lightweight design with a premium build. Their continuous battery life of over five hours may not last through long days on the go, but their carrying case holds roughly five additional charges if you need it.

    They don't have any sound customization features to help you adjust their sound. If you need to make a lot of calls, their integrated mic also has a disappointing recording quality, and your voice sounds muffled and distorted. The mic struggles to separate your voice from background noise too. However, if you're looking for Apple-centric noise cancelling earbuds, these headphones offer a powerful and versatile noise isolation performance.

    See our review

  6. Best Passive Isolation Earbuds: Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless

    If you're sensitive to the feeling of cabin pressure created by ANC, then the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are the best passively isolating earbuds we've tested. These buds rely on the seal they create inside your ear to block out background noise. As a result, they have a good overall noise isolation performance and are best suited to cutting down office-like sounds like ambient chatter and the hum of computer fans.

    What makes these headphones stand out from the crowd is their exceptionally long total battery life of almost 100 hours. They last over seven hours continuously, but their carrying case supplies an additional 12.5 additional charges. They also have a well-built design that's decently comfortable. Their bass-rich sound profile adds a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes, which should please fans of EDM and hip-hop.

    Unfortunately, they don't have a companion app or customization features, so you can't fine-tune them to your liking. Their integrated mic also offers a mediocre overall performance, making it difficult for others to hear your voice clearly. On the upside, these buds are worth considering if you want solid noise isolation without ANC.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • EarFun Air Pro True Wireless: The EarFun Air Pro True Wireless are in-ears with an impressive ANC performance. However, they don't feel as well-built as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless: The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless have an active noise cancelling system that can block out a great amount of ambient noise around you. However, the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless have a more neutral default sound profile and an H1 chip, allowing you to seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. See our review
  • JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless: The JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS offer good noise isolation and a very balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, which you can customize using the parametric EQ and presets in their companion app. However, they don't isolate as well as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Nura NuraLoop Wireless: The Nura NuraLoop are Bluetooth noise cancelling in-ears that can analyze your ears to create a personalized custom EQ; however, they aren't very comfortable. See our review
  • Sony WI-C600N Wireless: The Sony WI-C600N Wireless are decent mid-range noise cancelling in-ears with fairly accurate audio reproduction and alright noise cancelling, but poor battery performance. See our review
  • Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless: The Jabra Elite Active 65t are decent headphones that do a great job passively isolating sound; however, they may be uncomfortable to some. See our review
  • JBL Endurance Peak II True Wireless: The JBL Endurance Peak II are sports-oriented in-ears with a great passive noise isolation performance. However, they don't block out as much sound as ANC earbuds like the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, especially in the bass range. They can also be uncomfortable to wear for long periods. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 19, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  2. Apr 20, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  3. Mar 23, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  4. Feb 14, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best picks in their categories and that the products are in stock.

  5. Jan 13, 2022: Removed the Bose QuietComfort 20/QC20 as the 'Best Wired Noise Cancelling Earbuds' because they've been discontinued and are now harder to find in stock. Added the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless as the 'Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds Under $100'.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best noise cancelling in-ear headphones and earbuds for most people to buy. 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 noise cancelling earbuds and in-ears. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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