The 5 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100 - Spring 2021 Reviews

Updated
Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100
581 Headphones Tested
  • Store-bought headphones; no cherry-picked units
  • Easily comparable results
  • No ads; unbiased reviews
  • Supported directly by you via insider access and when you purchase through our affiliate links
Learn more about our approach to product reviews here.

Active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones can help give you peace in otherwise normally noisy situations. If you work in a loud office or have a long commute on a loud bus or train, they can be very helpful in helping to keep you concentrated or relaxed. While ANC has typically been reserved only for high-end headphones, in the past few years, some surprisingly decent ANC headphones have come out with a much lower price tag. But simply having a good ANC feature isn't everything; you also want headphones that are comfortable, have a good battery life, and a well-balanced sound profile.

We've tested over 570 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best noise cancelling headphones under $100 to purchase. If you have a bit more of a flexible budget, see our complete recommendations for the best noise cancelling headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones under $200, the best noise cancelling earbuds, or if you want something even cheaper, the best noise cancelling headphones under $50.


  1. Best Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100: Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless

    7.0
    Mixed Usage
    6.3
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    6.9
    Sports/Fitness
    7.2
    Office
    5.5
    Wireless Gaming
    7.1
    Wired Gaming
    6.8
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best noise cancelling headphones under $100 that we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. They offer quite a bit of customization features for their price point. Their ANC also does an outstanding job of reducing ambient noise like bus engines or ambient chatter around you.

    With their companion app, you can choose between one of three ANC modes that are designed to help block out different sounds. There's also a graphic EQ and presets if you don't like their default excited sound profile. That said, out-of-the-box, they deliver intense thump, rumble, and boom that some users may enjoy. They also have a long-lasting continuous battery life of over 44 hours, which should be more than enough for long days at the office.

    Unfortunately, they leak audio at high volumes, which can disturb coworkers around you. Although we don't currently test for it, they also lack an IP rating for water resistance, so they may not be the best choice if you're looking for something to use while working out. They're somewhat prone to inconsistent audio delivery, too. However, they deliver a powerful and adjustable ANC feature alongside a versatile overall performance.

    See our review

  2. Neutral-Sounding Alternative: Mixcder E9 Wireless

    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you prefer over-ear headphones with a more neutral sound profile, check out the Mixcder E9. Their continuous battery life isn't as long, and their noise isolation performance isn't as good as the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, but their neutral, balanced default sound profile is more suitable to a wider range of music genres. They also have much more consistent audio delivery, so their sound doesn't change as much depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. Overall, these comfortable over-ears have good noise isolation performance. Their ANC feature can block out noises in the bass range, making them ideal to use during your commute. Unfortunately, they don't block out voices quite as well as the Anker, so you may hear some background voices.

    If you want something with long battery life and an outstanding ANC feature, consider the Anker. However, if you prefer a more neutral, balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, check out the Mixcder instead.

    See our review

  3. Best In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100: TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless

    7.0
    Mixed Usage
    6.2
    Neutral Sound
    8.0
    Commute/Travel
    8.0
    Sports/Fitness
    6.8
    Office
    5.0
    Wireless Gaming
    4.9
    Wired Gaming
    6.6
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 are the best in-ear noise cancelling headphones under $100 that we've tested. These decently comfortable and lightweight in-ears have an excellent noise isolation performance. Their ANC can cut down a significant amount of ambient chatter as well as the rumbly noise from bus engines.

    They have a boomy and warm sound profile that's well-suited for genres like EDM. Thanks to their in-ear fit, they also deliver audio consistently, and they're stable enough for running or working out, so you don't need to worry about them falling out of your ear. They're even rated IPX5 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. 

    Unfortunately, they lack a companion app and don't have access to any EQ features. Their under four hour continuous battery life is quite short, so they may not be the best choice for long workdays. That said, they charge pretty quickly and their carrying case holds three additional charges, which is handy when you're on-the-go.

    See our review

  4. More Comfortable Alternative: Mpow X5 Truly Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're looking for a more comfortable pair of in-ear headphones with an ANC feature, check out the Mpow X5. While they don't isolate you from as much noise as the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless, they fit less deeply into your ear, which some users may prefer. Their ANC still does a great overall job, and it can help reduce quite a bit of bus engine noise and ambient chatter around you. They also have a boomy sound profile that fans of EDM and hip-hop may enjoy, while their stable in-ear fit makes them a solid choice for physical activity. They have over seven hours of continuous playback time, and their charging case offers two additional charges.

    Try the TaoTronics if you're looking for a more powerful ANC performance. However, consider the Mpow if you prioritize a more comfortable in-ear fit and a longer-lasting continuous battery life.

    See our review

  5. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $50: Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless

    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    7.8
    Neutral Sound
    7.2
    Commute/Travel
    7.2
    Sports/Fitness
    7.1
    Office
    5.9
    Wireless Gaming
    7.5
    Wired Gaming
    6.6
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 are the best noise cancelling headphones under $50. These budget-friendly over-ears have an alright ANC feature. Although it struggles to cut down bass-range noise like bus or plane engine rumbles, it does a better job of cutting down ambient office chatter.

    They have a neutral sound profile, so they're ideal for listening to lots of different types of audio content. There are even a few EQ presets available on the BackBeat app to help you customize their sound. They don't leak a lot of noise, and their 24.5-hour continuous battery life is ideal for long days on-the-go. They can also be used passively with their TRS cable if you've drained their battery.

    Unfortunately, they have high latency on PC, iOS, and Android, so they may not be suitable for streaming video. Users with large or wide heads may also find that they have a tight fit, which can become uncomfortable over time. Some users have reported that their unit's headband has cracked or broken over time, which is disappointing. Still, if you're looking for an affordable pair of over-ears with an ANC feature and a neutral sound profile, they're a suitable choice.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless: Although they're the previous generation of the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless and don't offer as outstanding of a noise isolation performance, their ANC still does a very good job of cutting down ambient noise around you. See our review
  • TaoTronics TT-BH060 Wireless: The Tao-Tronics TT-BH060 Wireless are comfortable over-ears with decent noise isolation, but our unit had mismatched drivers and overall poor sound quality. See our review
  • Cowin E7 Pro Wireless: The Cowin E7 Pro Wireless have great battery life and decent noise isolation. However, their sound profile is unbalanced and they don't have any EQ presets to help tweak their sound. See our review
  • 1More Triple Driver: The 1More Triple Driver are wired headphones with a balanced sound profile. While they don't have ANC, they provide enough passive isolation for most commutes. See our review
  • Panasonic RP-HC800: The Panasonic RP-HC800 are wired over-ears that take AAA batteries. They have great noise isolation but they leak a lot of audio at high volumes. See our review
  • Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless: The Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless are impressively feature-packed truly wireless headphones for their price, with excellent noise isolation, a graphic EQ, and a long 32-hour overall battery life, including their case. They're typically over the price limit for this article, but you may be able to find them for under $100. See our review
  • Sony WI-SP600N Wireless: The Sony WI-SP600N Wireless are in-ear headphones with a good noise isolation performance. However, not everyone may like their neck cable design and their battery only lasts under six hours before it needs to be charged up again. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 09, 2021: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless with their next-generation model. Also replaced the Sony WI-SP600N Wireless with the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Truly Wireless and the Mpow H10 Wireless with the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless as they represent a better value to most users. Added the Mpow X5 Truly Wireless as 'More Comfortable Alternative'.

  2. Dec 09, 2020: Removed the Aukey Latitude Wireless as 'Cheaper Passively Isolating In-Ear Alternative' and removed the Anker SoundCore Space NC Wireless from Notable Mentions to reflect changing availability. Added the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless as 'Neutral-Sounding Alternative'.

  3. Sep 10, 2020: Replaced the AKG N700NC Wireless with the Mixcder E9 Wireless to reflect pricing changes. Added the Anker SoundCore Space NC Wireless and the JBL E65BTNC Wireless as Notable Mentions.

  4. Jul 14, 2020: Slight changes to text for accuracy and clarity; no change in recommendations.

  5. May 15, 2020: Changed all categories and picks for consistency and to reflect pricing and availability changes.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best noise cancelling headphones under $100 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 noise-cancelling headphones under $100. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter most.

Recommended Articles

LOG IN

JOIN RTINGS.com

Be part of the most informed community and take advantage of our advanced tools to find the best product for your needs.
Join our mailing list:
Become an insider
EARLY ACCESS

Gain early access to all tests results for new products

Early Access UI
PRICES LISTED

Prices will now be listed directly in reviews and tables

product prices UI
MORE VOTES

Have 5 votes per product category to choose which product we’ll review next

Additional votes UI
UNLIMITED ACCESS

Gain unlimited access to detailed test results in tools and results (no blurred results)

test table UI

Create Post