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The 5 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100 - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated May 30, 2024 at 11:42 am
Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100

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

We've tested over 790 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best ANC headphones under $100 to purchase. If you have a more flexible budget, see our picks for the best noise cancelling headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones under $200, and the best noise cancelling earbuds.

  1. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100

    'The best noise cancelling headphones under $100 we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. Although they've been on the market for a while now, they're still the crème de la crème of noise cancelling in this price range. Their outstanding ANC system significantly filters out the din of city traffic and higher-pitched noises like dish clatter. You get three ANC modes designed to reduce different kinds of sound, like traffic or voices, and they outperform newer models from this manufacturer, like the Anker Soundcore Space One Wireless, although they aren't as well-built. Unfortunately, some users have reported that their units' headbands cracked or broke over time, so they may not be the most durable headphones.

    Out of the box, these comfortable cans have an excited sound profile with intense thump and boom, which is great for genres like rock and pop. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize their sound to suit your tastes using their app's graphic EQ and presets. These headphones also support multi-device pairing, so you can stay connected to two devices simultaneously. They also last over 44 hours continuously with their ANC on and come with a good hard carrying case to protect the headphones. However, they leak audio at high volumes, so if you like to crank up the volume to your favorite tunes, you may annoy others around you.

    If you want ANC headphones with less leakage, the Razer Opus Wireless 2021 seal in more of your audio. Their competent noise cancelling is 'On or Off' only and reduces more mid-range noises like traffic but slightly fewer low rumbles than the Anker's adjustable ANC. If you watch a lot of videos or play mobile games, their app includes a Game Mode to improve audio/video lag. Their battery life is longer, and their finish is better, but they don't have multi-device pairing, take longer to charge, and have a slightly more limited app.

    See our review

  2. Best Office Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100

    If you want headphones with more office-centric features, look at the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. These headphones feature three ANC modes and attenuate low-frequency noise like the deep hum of HVAC systems, as well as other sounds like colleagues talking and keyboard clacking. While they're a newer version of the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, their ANC isn't quite as adept at reducing low and high-pitched noise, although their performance is still impressive at this price point. Plus, their improved mic performance distinguishes them from their predecessor for office use. Whether you have to make calls from the office or attend online meetings from home, their integrated mic does a good job recording your voice clearly. The mic successfully separates your voice from background noise, though traffic can drown your voice out if you need to take a call on the go.

    With their ANC on, they last over 44 hours continuously, so you can probably get through the workweek without a recharge unless you're cranking the volume. Out of the box, they also have a very bass-heavy sound profile that delivers intense thump, rumble, and boom, but if you prefer a different sound, their companion app provides a graphic EQ and presets. Unfortunately, their design is still prone to breakage, so they may not be the most long-lasting headphones.

    See our review

  3. Best Low Latency Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100

    If you like to play mobile apps or stream video on the go, check out the Razer Opus X Wireless. While many Bluetooth headphones can introduce audio lag into your gaming or streaming, these over-ears have a 'Gaming Mode' that helps ensure that your audio and visuals stay in sync, whether you're using your phone or other Bluetooth-compatible devices like the Nintendo Switch. However, while the headphones' latency syncs audio and video with less lag than our other picks, their ANC doesn't match the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless' performance, so that's a consideration when deciding on your needs. Unlike the Q30, their ANC struggles with reducing low-pitched noise like rumbling engines, but it's great at blocking out ambient chatter.

    They have a reasonably neutral sound profile that adds extra boom and warmth to audio, so you'll hear sound effects like footsteps. Voices and instruments sound clear, accurate, and detailed. If you prefer a different sound, you'll see a few EQ presets in the Razer Audio app. The headphones are sturdy and comfortable and come in bright colors like green and pink, which is unusual for over-ears. They last for roughly 68 hours of continuous use with ANC on, which is fantastic, but you don't have the option of using them wired when the battery dies.

    See our review

  4. Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds Under $100

    You'll find more in-ears and earbuds with ANC at this price point than over-ears. This kind of design has a few benefits: namely, a smaller, more portable design, though the trade-off is a shorter continuous battery life. If you're looking for earbuds, check out the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless, which have an adaptive ANC system that automatically adjusts the level of noise isolation to fit your environment. They block out an outstanding amount of sound, like rumbly plane engines and people talking near you. You can also switch to manual ANC controls and set the level of noise isolation to your preferences. With their ANC on, they last over eight hours continuously, but if you need to recharge them, their carrying case supplies an extra four charges.

    Beyond noise isolation, these comfortable and well-built buds have a warm sound profile that makes vocals and instruments sound cozy. Although they lack low bass, you can fine-tune their sound via the graphic EQ and presets in their companion app. In addition, they support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected to your smartphone and PC simultaneously. Unfortunately, their integrated mic has poor recording quality, so your voice sounds distant and piercing.

    If you want a better mic and don't mind paying more, the Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Truly Wireless have a more natural-sounding mic. Their sound profile boasts a bit more low-end by default, but they only have EQ presets. While they block more high-pitched sounds like brake squeals, their ANC doesn't cancel as many low-pitched noises as the Anker buds. They're comfortable and stable, but some functions are limited to Android and Samsung devices, and their battery life is shorter.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Noise Cancelling Earbuds

    Budget-friendly earbuds usually have fewer extra features than pricier options, but it's still possible to find earbuds with a strong noise cancelling performance. Enter the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless: the best noise cancelling buds at the budget level that we've tested. They don't have a companion app, sound customization features, or multi-device pairing, but their ANC system gets the job done. It blocks out bass-range noise like rumbling engines very well, and although the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless handle higher-pitched sounds like voices more effectively, these buds are still good at reducing background noise at the office. They can be hard to find in stock, but luckily, they're usually available directly from the manufacturer.

    Their V-shaped sound profile adds thump and rumble in the bass range and brightness to instruments and lead vocals, making them well-suited for genres like EDM, rock, and pop. However, they also sound a bit harsh. The buds last around eight hours of continuous use with ANC on, so while you'll recharge them more often than most over-ears, they can get you through a workday. Their portable case also stores a couple of extra charges for top-ups on the go. The earbuds are decently comfortable for most people, but they have a bulky design and a deep in-ear fit, which can bother some people.

    If you want a more stable fit that's not as deep-fitting, the Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless include removable stabilizers to better dial in your fit. Their sound is considerably more bass-heavy and excited, although you can adjust the EQ in their app. Their battery also lasts longer than the TOZO, but they don't cancel as much deep rumbling sounds, like engines, as the TOZO buds.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless: The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless are the previous generation of the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. These are some of the most affordable ANC headphones we've tried. However, they don't have the same level of customization features, and their ANC doesn't block out nearly as much ambient noise. See our review
  • JBL Tune 760NC Wireless: The JBL Tune 760NC Wireless have a fair noise cancelling performance. They aren't as great at blocking out background noise as the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, but they're worth considering if you care about call quality. Their mic has a decent overall performance. However, their price tends to bounce above the $100 mark, and they don't have companion app support. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 30, 2024: The Razer Opus Wireless 2021, Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Truly Wireless, and Anker Soundcore Life A2 NC Truly Wireless have all been added as alternatives in the article, and the Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless have been removed because they're unavailable.

  2. Apr 03, 2024: We've made minor updates to the text and checked that the products are in stock. However, our recommendations haven't changed.

  3. Feb 02, 2024: We've ensured all products are in stock and made minor text changes with no pick changes.

  4. Dec 05, 2023: We've checked that our picks are up-to-date and accurate. We haven't changed our recommendations, though.

  5. Oct 11, 2023: We've added a comparison between the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless and the Anker Soundcore Space One Wireless; the Space One are newer over-ears from this manufacturer, but their ANC doesn't perform quite as well as that of the Q30.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best ANC 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.