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The 5 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200 - Fall 2022 Reviews

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Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200

Noise cancelling headphones are a must-have for people that take public transit and want to reduce the noise from outside. Unfortunately, they can be expensive at times. However, breaking the bank isn't always necessary to ensure great overall performance. While some may lack certain higher-end features, it's still possible to find good products that will suit your needs at an affordable price point.

We’ve tested over 675 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best headphones under $200 with active noise cancelling. If you’re looking for our top picks in general or different price brackets, check out our recommendations for 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 Life Q30 Wireless. These headphones are an earlier version of the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless, but they offer a better noise isolation performance than their successors at a lower price. You can set their ANC system to different modes depending on the situation. Using the 'Transport' mode, intended for commuting and traveling, they block out a fantastic amount of noise, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines. They're also sturdily built and have a comfortable fit for long trips.

    Out of the box, they have a v-shaped sound profile that packs extra rumble and punch into your audio, while instruments and lead vocals are bright and sparkly. This bass-heavy sound is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop, but it may be overwhelming for some listeners. If you prefer a different sound, their app features a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. These headphones also have a long 44-hour continuous battery life, so they easily last through a workday and commute, and they support multi-device pairing, which is a little unusual for headphones at this price.

    See our review

  2. Most Comfortable Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200

    The most comfortable noise cancelling headphones under $200 that we've tested are the Sony WH-XB910N Wireless. These headphones have an impressively comfortable fit and a lightweight design, which can make a difference if you often use your headphones for long flights or wear them all day at work. They don't clamp onto your head as tightly as other headphones, and the ear cups have a good range of motion, which can help accommodate bigger heads. The padding on the ear cups and headband feels nice, which helps make them more comfortable than the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless, which have a thinly-padded headband.

    Their ANC feature has a good performance overall, although it's just okay at blocking out bass-range noise like rumbling engines, so they're better suited for reducing office-type distractions like background chatter. Out of the box, they have a very bass-heavy sound profile that delivers intense thump, punch, and boom to your audio. You may like this sound for genres like EDM and hip-hop, but it can also be overwhelming, and instruments and lead vocals sound cluttered and muddy. Fortunately, their companion app features a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization. These headphones are well-built and last for nearly 40 hours off a single charge.

    See our review

  3. Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds Under $200

    The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are the best noise cancelling earbuds under $200 we've tested. These premium earbuds have an ANC feature that does a great job blocking noise, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines. Their sound profile lacks low-bass, so they aren't ideal for bass-rich genres like EDM, but it's very well-balanced otherwise, so it's suitable for a variety of types of content and genres. They have a slim, comfortable design that doesn't put a lot of pressure on your ears, so they shouldn't cause fatigue during long trips. Their five-hour continuous battery life is on the short side, but they come with a case that holds five extra charges.

    They also have features for Apple users, including virtual surround sound with compatible iOS devices and an H1 chip for easier pairing with Apple devices. If you're an Android user, you may want to look at the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless. These earbuds offer a similarly impressive ANC performance and come with a few EQ presets for sound customization, unlike the Apple, although you can only use it if you're on Android. They also offer a low latency 'Game Mode' when you're using a compatible Samsung phone.

    See our review

  4. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $200 For Running And Working Out

    The best ANC headphones for sports under $200 that we've tested are the Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless. These sturdy earbuds have an ANC feature that does a great job of blocking out ambient sound, especially mid-range noise like background chatter at the gym. They're also stable, comfortable, and rated IP57 for dust and water resistance, so you can toss them in your gym bag or take them on a rainy run outside without worry. They also have a great, customizable control scheme, so you can easily turn up the volume or change the track when you're working out.

    The ANC doesn't perform as well as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless' when blocking out bass-range noise, which might bother you if you want to cut out the sound of traffic or workout machines. That said, the Jabra headphones have a longer continuous battery life of about eight hours. They also have a slightly bass-rich sound profile, which you may prefer, and the headphones companion app features a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization.

    See our review

  5. 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. These headphones are decently well-built and comfortable, with their on-ear design trapping less heat against your ears than most over-ear headphones. Their ANC feature blocks an impressive amount of noise, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines and office-type noise like ambient chatter or a humming computer fan. They also support multi-device pairing, so you can easily switch between using your phone and computer.

    Their bass-rich sound profile adds extra thump, punch, and boom to your audio and is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. Their battery lasts about 13 hours of continuous use, so they can easily last you through a 9-5 workday without recharging them. They also support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected to your phone and computer at the same time. Their on-ear design isn't very stable, so they could slip off your head when you're running for the bus. It shouldn't be much of an issue if you're sitting at your desk, though.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless are budget-friendly earbuds with excellent ANC performance. They aren't as well-built as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and lack a virtual surround sound feature, but they have an in-app EQ and presets for sound customization. See our review
  • JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless: The JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS are versatile, truly wireless in-ears that offer a longer continuous battery life and more sound customization options than the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. However, their noise isolation performance isn't as good. See our review
  • Nura NuraLoop Wireless: The Nura NuraLoop Wireless are earbuds with a fantastic ANC performance and a long battery life, but they aren't comfortable for most people. See our review
  • Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless: The Wyze Noise-Cancelling Headphones Wireless are cheaper than the AKG N700NC M2 Wireless and have a great noise isolation performance, but they don't block out as much noise in the mid-range. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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'.

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

  3. Feb 15, 2022: Replaced the Beats Solo Pro with the AKG N60NC because the Βeats are now more expensive than $200. Also removed the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds because their price has increased. Made the Apple AirPods Pro the 'Best Noise Cancelling In-Ears Under $200' and added the Anker SoundCore Life P3 as a 'More Customizable Alternative'.

  4. Dec 14, 2021: Replaced the Razer Opus Wireless with the AKG N700NC M2 Wireless as we haven't tested the new Razer Opus variant yet. Also swapped the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless as the Bose's latest firmware update offers ANC presets as well as a graphic EQ.

  5. Oct 15, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories 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.

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