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The 7 Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds - Summer 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 of 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 earbuds with noise cancelling 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 Earbuds

    The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are the best noise cancelling earbuds we've tested. If you're looking for the most powerful noise cancelling available in a truly wireless format, you don't want to skip this pick. These premium buds have an excellent noise isolation performance, thanks to their adaptive ANC system. It easily blocks out sounds like the low rumble of bus engines, ambient chatter, and the whirl of standing fans. They even have an anti-wind setting that you can use to reduce this sound when outdoors. With their ANC on, their battery lasts over eight hours continuously. Their carrying case also supplies an additional three charges in a pinch.

    Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers adequate thump, punch, and boom to mixes. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets so that you can finetune their sound to suit your tastes. They have a decently comfortable fit, but the buds are still a bit bulky and sit deeply in the ear canal. They're stable enough to wear during a run or jog in the park, though.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Noise Cancelling Earbuds

    The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless are the best upper mid-range noise cancelling earbuds that we've tested. Bose is well-known for their ANC products, like the over-ears Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless, which are often touted as great office and travel headphones. That's not to say that their in-ears aren't worth checking out. Although they don't block out as much sound as their over-ear counterpart or the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3, these buds still offer great performance in this regard. It 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 also provide about seven hours of continuous use off of a single charge. They come with a case that holds a couple of extra charges, and there's also a standby mode to save power when you're not listening to audio.

    Overall, these buds have a premium, sturdy build. 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. They're also decently comfortable but have a bulkier design than most other truly wireless earbuds, which stick out of your ears. Also, unlike other Bose noise cancelling headphones, they can only connect to one device at a time, which could be disappointing if you often switch between using your phone and computer.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Noise Cancelling Earbuds

    The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro Truly Wireless are the best mid-range noise cancelling earbuds we've tested. These earbuds have an ANC system that's on-par with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless and offer a similarly great overall performance. What sets them apart is their 'HearID ANC' feature, which allows the headphones to optimize the level of noise isolation based on your in-ear pressure. With the ANC turned on, they last 5.5 hours, but if you need to recharge the buds, their carrying case supplies an additional three charges.

    These comfortable buds have a v-shaped default sound profile, which is well-suited for genres like pop and rock that benefit from extra boom and brightness. Luckily, if you prefer a different sound, you can finetune them to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. These buds support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected to your smartphone and PC simultaneously. They also support LDAC codec, which is great if you want to stream Hi-Res audio.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Noise Cancelling Earbuds

    The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are the best noise cancelling earbuds at the budget level we've tested. These buds surprisingly rival both the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless and Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro Truly Wireless when it comes to noise isolation. They can block out more bass-range noise than either of these other models, which is where bus engine rumbles are found. At the same time, they can still easily tackle noise coming from chatty coworkers and the hum of AC units. Their ANC also 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 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. They last under six hours continuously too, and 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, though.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Noise Cancelling Earbuds

    The TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless are the best cheap in-ear noise cancelling headphones we've tested. It's somewhat uncommon to find ANC earbuds at this price point. However, although they're otherwise simple in design, they have an ANC system that can block out a great amount of ambient sound. They offer similarly excellent performance to the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless when reducing the low rumbles of plane engines; however, they cut down less mid-range sound like ambient chatter. You can't turn off the ANC entirely, though. You can only switch between this mode and transparency mode, which allows you to hear your surroundings without taking out your buds. With their ANC on, they last over eight hours continuously, and their carrying case holds an additional two charges if you need it.

    These buds have a slightly v-shaped sound profile that delivers a touch of extra thump and rumble to your mixes, while sibilants like cymbals are bright. That said, vocals and lead instruments are weak, and the headphones lack sound customization features to help you adjust their sound. These buds have a stable, decently comfortable fit and are certified IPX6 for resistance against immersion in water, making them a solid choice for sports and fitness.

    See our review

  6. Best iPhone Noise Cancelling Earbuds

    The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are the best iPhone noise cancelling earbuds we've tested. If you're an iPhone user, you'll want to check out these buds if you value noise isolation and Apple-centric features not found in any other earbud on this list. 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. That's not to say that Android users are left out of the loop entirely since you can still benefit from their ANC system. While it doesn't perform as well as the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, these buds can still block a great amount of sound. It includes noise like 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. Unlike the Bose, they don't have any sound customization features to help you adjust their sound. In terms of design, they have a premium and lightweight build that's comfortable for long listening sessions. 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.

    See our review

  7. Best Passive Isolation Earbuds

    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 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. They won't block out as much bass-range noise like rumbly engines as earbuds with an ANC system like the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless, though.

    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. Their bass-rich sound profile adds a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes, which will 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. That said, they have a well-built design for their budget-friendly price and are decently comfortable.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • 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. They're more comfortable than the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless and support LDAC content, which is nice if you want to listen to Hi-Res audio. However, the Bose headphones have a more neutral default sound profile and do a better job tackling bass-range noise. See our review
  • EarFun Air Pro True Wireless: The EarFun Air Pro True Wireless are in-ears with an impressive ANC performance, lasting over nine hours continuously. They also have a standby mode to further conserve battery life when not in use. However, they don't block out nearly as much ambient noise as the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless and aren't customizable. See our review
  • JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless: The JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless offer good noise isolation and have a very balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, which you can customize using the parametric EQ and presets in their app. However, they don't isolate as well as the Anker SoundCore Liberty 3 Pro Truly Wireless, which are similarly priced in-ears. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 30, 2022: We've adjusted the structure of this article to better reflect the noise cancelling earbuds market. As a result, we've replaced the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds with the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 as the top pick, thanks to their excellent noise cancelling performance. We've also added the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro as the 'Best Mid-Range' pick and removed the Sony WI-1000XM2 since they're quite dated.

  2. Jun 17, 2022: Renamed the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless as 'Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds For Calls'. Removed the Nura NuraLoop Wireless, Sony WI-C600N Wireless, and JBL Endurance Peak II True Wireless from Notable Mentions.

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

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

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

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best in-ear noise cancelling 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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