There has never been a better time to shop for noise-canceling earbuds. Once a tiny segment with a few niche and pricey products, the product category is now brimming with cool options. There is literally a pair of great noise-canceling buds for every lifestyle and budget — from affordable wired and wireless picks, all the way to a feature-packed, completely wireless offerings that are as cutting-edge as it gets.
Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Earbuds
The Sony WF-1000XM3 are the best completely wireless earbuds with built-in noise canceling. They deliver an industry-leading, highly adjustable noise-canceling experience, as well as superb audio quality. The wire-free buds are also stylish (we love their rose gold accents!) and impressively comfortable, but they are not water-resistant. You can order them in black or silver. We like that the buds can make compressed audio content to sound better. A TechRadar review editor also praised the WF-1000XM3 for combining “serious noise-canceling tech with fist-pumping musicality.” You can expect up to 6 hours of audio playback from the WF-1000XM3 with the noise-canceling feature switched on. Disabling the feature will get you up to 8 hours of wireless tunes between charges. The stylish case of the buds holds two additional full charges. We like that it uses a future proof USB-C connector for charging.
Apple AirPods Pro Noise-Canceling Earbuds
The all-new AirPods Pro add noise-canceling tech with fantastic quality to one of Apple’s most iconic products. The completely wireless earbuds are also the first AirPods to have an IPX4 rating for water resistance, meaning that you can use them while exercising. You will be impressed by the noise-canceling performance of the new AirPods Pro. The buds are equipped with beam-forming microphones, which constantly detect and block external noise. We like that there’s also a dedicated mode that lets ambient noise in, so you’re aware of your surroundings. The sound quality of the AirPods Pro is also superb. Unlike other AirPods, they have soft silicone ear tips which, in addition to making them supremely comfortable, deliver better noise-isolation. The latter has a positive impact on their audio performance. There’s even a dedicated audio test to ensure that your AirPods Pro have a perfect fit! The AirPods Pro can deliver up to 4.5 hours of wireless playback with noise-canceling or transparency mode switched on. Their wireless charging case holds several full charges.
Soundcore Life NC Wireless Noise-Canceling Earbuds
The Soundcore Life NC by Anker is our favorite noise-canceling set of earbuds with a neckband. They deliver sound and a noise-canceling experience worth more than their incredibly reasonable suggests. They also have a pleasantly understated design and excellent build quality with an IPX5 rating for water resistance. Like all Anker products, the earbuds have a sweet 18-month warranty. Equipped with 12-millimeter audio drivers, the Life NC earbuds really sound like a pricier product. Tim Gideon from PCMag notes their “powerful audio performance with boosted bass and sculpted highs.” The buds are even compatible with Hi-Res Audio content. You can tweak the sound to your exact liking via a mobile app. The Life NC can last up to 10 hours between battery charges with noise canceling switched on. Disabling the feature will increase their battery life to an even more impressive 15 hours.
Pioneer Rayz Pro Noise-Canceling Earbuds
The Pioneer Rayz Pro noise-canceling earbuds are the best wired option worth your attention today. They come bundled with a Lightning and a USB-C adapter, so you can use them with an iPhone, any Android smartphone, and laptops or tablets with a USB-C connector.Available in black or white, the buds are stylish, lightweight, and comfortable. They have a remote with intuitively placed buttons, including one you can customize via a mobile app. The Rayz Pro pair delivers top-notch sound and noise-canceling, especially considering their price point. Their mobile app will allow you to adjust the headset to your hearing and customize its controls.
TaoTronics TT-BH042 Wireless Noise-Canceling Earbuds
These wireless noise-canceling earbuds by TaoTronics are the best option for thrifty buyers. They are lightweight, comfortable, IPX5 water-resistant, and capable of delivering a solid audio and noise-canceling experience for their price tag. The earbuds are equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, so they’ll always maintain a solid connection with the latest smartphones. They can deliver up to 8 hours of wireless audio playback with noise canceling switched on. Disabling the feature will double their battery life. We like that you can snap the earbuds magnetically together when not in use. If you are looking for a wired headset on a tight budget, consider this TaoTronics offering instead. It will offer similar audio and noise-canceling experience at an even lower price point.