From big and flashy over-the-ear headphones all the way to understated in-ear offerings, there is a noise-canceling headset for everyone.
You might associate noise-canceling headphones with frequent travelers who use them on airplanes, but they are far from the only ones who can benefit from a pair. Whether you choose regular over-the-ear headphones or in-ear buds, they can be ideal for drowning out the sounds of a busy coffee shop or even a noisy air conditioner at home.
A good pair will also serve as a great set of headphones even when your music isn’t competing with background noise. Here are some of the best from the high-end to budget-minded, whether you’re looking for earbuds or larger headphones.
Bose QuietComfort 20
Bose’s headphones may not be everyone’s top pick when it comes to the best sound overall, but they’re as close to a consensus choice as you’ll find when it comes to noise canceling. The company’s QuietComfort 20 wired earbuds continue to hold their own five years after being introduced, and remain a favorite of PCMag, and others. If you prefer a wireless pair, you can step up to the Bose QuietComfort 30 for an extra $50, which will give you ten hours of use on a charge.