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The 5 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100 - Spring 2019
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Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100
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Sometimes you just want a budget headset that blocks enough noise for your daily commutes. However, finding good noise cancelling headphones under $100 can be a bit difficult at times.

We've tested 343 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best noise cancelling headphones under $100 to purchase in 2019. 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 wireless headphones under $100, and the best wireless noise cancelling earbuds.

  1. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100: Mpow H10 Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.0
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.2
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    6.8
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.2
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    6.3
    TV
    Score components:
    6.0
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best noise cancelling headphones under $100 we’ve tested so far are the Mpow H10. They’re comfortable, wireless over-ear headphones that provide great value for their price. They sound alright, have decent active noise cancelling (ANC), and a great battery.

    These headphones sound fairly good overall, with excellent bass and good treble. They have an impressive battery for their price point. They have a 23-hour battery life, a standby mode to help save power, can be used passively without ANC with their included audio when the battery finally runs out, and even provide audio while charging.

    Although these headphones sound decent in general, their mid-range is a bit recessed, which can make vocals and lead instruments sound a bit distant. They might not be the best for more vocal-centric music, but will likely be good for EDM, hip-hop, or pop music. Their ANC performance is reasonable for the price but doesn’t compare to that of more premium models. All things considered, though, the Mpow H10 are decent headphones and are likely to satisfy most people looking for noise cancelling over-ears under $100.

    See our review

  2. Better-Isolating Alternative: Anker SoundCore Space NC Wireless

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

    If noise isolation is your top priority, get the Anker SoundCore Space NC. They don’t sound as good as the Mpow H10, but they have very good noise isolation, especially for headphones under $100. They’re surprisingly well-built for the price, have a comfortable fit, and come with a great hard carrying case. Their battery lasts for 21 hours, long enough to last an international flight, and they can be used passively as well.

    Unfortunately, the Anker SoundCore Space NC sound a bit dark. They have very deep bass that fans of bass-heavy music will appreciate but lack detail and won’t be ideal for brighter genres like classical or jazz. However, if their sound profile is right for you, they’re worth considering.

    See our review

  3. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100 For Instruments And Vocals: Anker SoundCore Life 2 Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.9
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.3
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    6.8
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    6.8
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    6.1
    TV
    Score components:
    5.8
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you listen to a lot of rock, pop, classical, or jazz music and want noise cancelling headphones that do a decent job at reproducing vocals and instruments, get the Anker SoundCore Life 2. They’re comfortable wireless over-ear headphones that provide pretty good value for their price.

    These headphones have good audio reproduction and do a decent job with music of most genres. Although their bass is significantly overemphasized in the lower frequencies, they sound less boomy than the other recommendations on this list. Their mid-range is slightly recessed, which can make vocals and lead instruments sound a bit thin, but their treble response is great and they sound fairly well-balanced overall. They have a great 28-hour battery life so you won’t have to charge them every day. They can be used wired without ANC when their battery is dead, too.

    Unfortunately, the Anker SoundCore Life 2 have mediocre noise isolation, especially for ANC headphones. Thankfully they have low leakage, so you can raise your volume to block out more ambient noise without disturbing those around you with your music.

    See our review

  4. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100 For The Price: Mpow H5 Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.7
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.3
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    6.5
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    6.8
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    6.7
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    6.0
    TV
    Score components:
    5.8
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you're looking for the best-performing headphones under $100 for the price, get the Mpow H5. They're affordable wireless noise cancelling over-ears with easy to use controls, an above average battery life, and a simple yet sleek design. They’re fairly well-built for the price point and have a more premium look than expected.

    These are feature-packed headphones, especially for their price. They have a decent 12-hour battery life, support multi-device pairing, and even come with a great hard carrying case. They sound alright and have a simple control scheme for you to skip through your favorite tracks and manage calls.

    Unfortunately, they sound a bit boomy and cluttered. Their noise cancellation feature is also mediocre at best, so if isolation is your only concern, then they might not be the best choice. In this case, consider the Panasonic RP-HC800 for better isolation, but they’re wired and more expensive. Overall, the Mpow H5 are one of the best wireless noise cancelling headphones under $100 and they deliver a feature-packed and well-rounded experience. If you're looking for the best decent noise cancelling headphones at the lowest price, the Mpow H5 are hard to beat.

    See our review

  5. Better-Built Alternative: Bluedio T4 Turbine Wireless

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

    If you want budget noise cancelling headphones with a more premium look and feel, then consider the Bluedio T4. They are not the most comfortable headphones we’ve tested so far, but for the price, they deliver a solid experience overall. They have a sturdy metal build that feels a lot more premium than their price would suggest and their ANC performance is passable. Fans of bass-heavy music will appreciate the way they sound and they have a 19-hour battery life.

    On the downside, they have also have the worst latency performance we've measured so far. If you try and watch videos or play games with these headphones, you’ll notice a significant delay between what you’ll see and what you’ll hear. That said, if you want a well-built noise cancelling headset under $100 and like a bit of bass, the Bluedio T4 are a decent choice.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70: Versatile wireless noise cancelling on-ears. Mediocre at best build and poor quality control which means their performance varies a lot from unit to unit. See our review
  • AUKEY Latitude Wireless: An old headset that uses AA batteries. Decent sound, good comfort, but mediocre at best isolation and wired. See our review
  • 1More Triple Driver: Wireless in-ears that are not noise cancelling, but they provide good passive isolation for most noisy environments. See our review
  • Panasonic RP-HC800: A good-sounding wired headset with enough passive isolation for most commutes. They do not have active noise cancellation. See our review
  • Panasonic RP-HC800: Wired over-ears that take AAA batteries. Have great noise isolation but a bass-heavy sound that leaks a lot from the headphones. See our review

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 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.

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