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The 5 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200 - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200

Noise cancelling headphones are a must-have if you like peace and quiet during long commutes or need help focusing in a busy office. ANC used to be exclusive to premium-priced headphones, but lots of cheaper models have come out recently. Some may lack certain higher-end features, but it's still possible to find good products at an affordable price point.

We’ve tested over 710 headphones and these are the best with active noise cancelling for under $200. Need more picks? Check out the best noise cancelling headphones, the best headphones under $200, and the best noise cancelling headphones under $100.

  1. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200

    The best noise cancelling headphones under $200 we've tested are the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless. These over-ears are a newer version of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless and feature an adaptive ANC system that adjusts to your environment. When set to 'Transport' mode, it does an outstanding job of isolating you from ambient sound, including the low rumble of bus engines and background chit-chat. You can also choose to manually adjust the strength level of the ANC rather than use the adaptive setting.

    The headphones are sturdy and have a comfortable fit for long flights and days at the office. Their battery lasts for just under 28 hours of continuous use, so you don't need to recharge every day, and they're equipped with an auto-off timer to help save power. Out of the box, they have a v-shaped sound profile that adds intense rumble and punch to your audio. Vocals and instruments are clear but sound a bit forward and harsh. Fortunately, you can adjust their sound with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app.

    See our review

  2. Best Sounding Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200

    If you're looking for good sound from noise cancelling headphones, check out the JBL Live 660NC Wireless. These over-ears have a bass-rich sound profile that doesn't overwhelm vocals and instruments. They're well-balanced enough out of the box for a variety of audio content, but their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. Their ANC system is weaker than the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless, especially when cutting down the low rumble of plane engines. However, they can still tackle office sounds like chatty coworkers and AC units well.

    You can connect these headphones with up to two devices at a time. They also have a low latency 'Video Mode' so you can stream video on mobile devices without experiencing significant lipsync issues. They have a well-built design too, but while they're lightweight and well-padded, the cups can cause fatigue over time due to how they clamp onto your head.

    See our review

  3. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones For Phone Calls Under $200

    The Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless are great for calls as they block out a good amount of noise across the whole sound range. From the bassy rumble of bus engines to the high-pitched hum of an AC unit, their ANC performs great. They also have three ANC settings designed for different kinds of noisy environments. They don't have as good ANC performance as their predecessor, the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, but they have a better-integrated mic and solid in-call noise handling. If you're taking a call from a noisy environment, it won't result in the clearest of phone calls, but these over-ears still do a decent overall job of separating your voice from the background noise.

    They have a bass-heavy sound profile, with a bigger boost in the low-bass than the more neutral-sounding JBL Live 660NC Wireless. It's great if you want to listen to thumpy music between calls, like hip-hop and EDM. However, their sound profile changes if you turn the ANC off, resulting in thin and hollow-sounding audio. Fortunately, you can adjust their sound to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. The design is comfortable overall, with good build quality and a 44-hour battery life, making these a good choice for the office, especially if your job involves making many calls.

    See our review

  4. Best On-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200

    The AKG N60NC Wireless are the best noise cancelling on-ear headphones under $200 that we've tested. You may prefer on-ears if you're looking for something more portable and breathable than over-ears like the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. Their fit isn't as stable, so they can move around or fall off when you're on the move, and the ear cups put pressure directly onto your ears, which can become uncomfortable over time. On the upside, their ANC system does a great job of blocking background noise. They're best suited for tackling sounds like ambient chatter and the whirl of computer fans, but you can expect modest isolation when it comes to rumbly engines.

    These decently well-built on-ears have an excited sound with extra warmth and boom, making them a solid choice for genres like EDM and hip-hop. With their ANC on, they last over 13 hours continuously, which is more than enough for long days at the office. You can pair them with two devices at a time, which is handy if you want to stay connected with your PC and smartphone simultaneously.

    See our review

  5. Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds Under $200

    If you want the peace of ANC without carrying bulky headphones, the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless are the best noise cancelling earbuds we've tested for under $200. The ANC does a great job blocking the low rumble of engines and office distractions like background chatter. Despite a deep in-ear design, it's hard to get a good seal, and they can pop out of your ears while chewing or talking. This affected our ability to accurately test the bass response of their V-shaped sound profile. If you can get a good seal and fit, they deliver bright sibilants and thumpy, rumbly bass that's well-suited for genres like pop and rock. Google has also added a graphic EQ and presets with firmware update 3.14, so you can customize the audio to your liking.

    They're not the best choice for high-intensity exercising due to their tendency to pop out, but they're still suited for use at the gym or on the go. They're certified IPX4 for resistance against water splashes and have a continuous battery life of 7.6 hours with an extra 1.8 charges in the carrying case, making these a good option for all-day wear.

    If you're looking for more earbuds with ANC, check out our picks for the best noise cancelling earbuds!

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Notable Mentions

  • Sony WH-XB910N Wireless: The Sony WH-XB910N Wireless are a more comfortable alternative to the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless. They have a bass-heavy sound profile with intense rumble and punch, which you might like, especially for genres like EDM. However, their ANC system doesn't block out as much noise and isn't adjustable. See our review
  • Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless: The Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless are a cheaper alternative to the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless. Their ANC doesn't block out as much noise overall, but it still has a great performance, and they have a similarly sturdy build and comfortable fit. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 13, 2023: We've removed the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless and Razer Opus Wireless 2021 from Notable Mentions and replaced the Jabra Elite 85h Wireless with the JBL Live 660NC Wireless as the Jabra have jumped up in price.

  2. Feb 01, 2023: Removed the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless because they are no longer available and replaced them with the Jabra Elite 85h Wireless. Replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless with the newer Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless.

  3. Nov 22, 2022: Replaced the Sony WH-XB910N Wireless with the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Wireless and the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless with the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless due to changes in MSRP. Categories and Notable Mentions changed for relevance and consistency.

  4. Jun 27, 2022: Removed the AKG N700NC M2 Wireless because their price has risen above $200 and replaced them with the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless. Added the Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless as the 'Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200 For Working Out' and the Sony WH-XB910N Wireless as the 'Most Comfortable Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200'.

  5. Apr 13, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best ANC headphones under $200 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 noise cancelling headphones reviews for under $200. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones and the level at which you play your music will naturally drown the ambient noise of lower amplitudes.