The Best Noise-Cancelling Earbuds [June 2019]
Noise-cancelling earbuds don’t tend to enjoy a very favorable reputation among true audiophiles. Although doubtlessly more convenient than traditional over-ear headphones when it comes to access and portability, earbuds are often thought to lack the low-end definition and upper-range clarity that most series listeners require.
This need not be the case, however. Noise-cancelling earbuds have come a long way since their admittedly subpar inception, and it’s now possible to grab a pair of wireless buds that rivals some of the leading over-ear headphones on the market when it comes to sonic quality and comfort.
And you don’t have to break the bank in order to land a pair of truly great sounding earbuds either. Each pair of earbuds on this list offers supreme sound quality and comfort along with noise-cancelling technology that will allow you to listen to your favorite tunes distraction-free in virtually any environment—all for a reasonable price.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a new pair of go-to headphones or you simply want to pick up a pair that you can toss in your backpack and take to the gym, you’re bound to find your ideal pair of earbuds on our new list of the best noise-cancelling earbuds on the market. Enjoy.
The key to finding the perfect pair of noise-cancelling earbuds is to track down a pair that doesn’t sacrifice sonics or comfort for noise-cancelling convenience. Far too many earbuds offer impressive noise-cancellation technology that helps drown out the sound of screaming babies on airplanes at the expense of sonic clarity—rendering them practically useless for serious listeners who need to hear the details of their music.
These TaoTronics earbuds pass this crucial test by applying powerful and effective noise-cancelling technology to impressive drivers that deliver truly great sound in a comfortable design.
These buds reduce environmental noise and distractions by up to 25dB for an immersive auditory experience that lasts up to fifteen hours on a single charge, and there are a series of settings that can be used to fine-tune your listening experience depending on where you are—including airplanes or subway stations in which you need to hear important announcements.
These headphones also come equipped with an integrated MEMS noise-cancelling microphone that you can use to make or take calls on the go, and the clarity of transmissions is impressive even in high-wind environments.
You’ll be able to quickly and easily adjust the noise-cancelling settings using a simple slider, and there are controls for enabling monitor mode, adjusting volume, changing audio tracks, taking calls, and much more.
These buds are also ideal for extended listening sessions thanks to a supremely comfortable design that doesn’t lead to ear fatigue, and your order comes with an airline adapter and a travel pouch—making these buds ideal for frequent travelers.
Of course not all noise-cancelling earbuds are as affordable as the TaoTronics buds at our number-one spot. More serious listeners with the cash to throw around may be interested in these Bose QuietComfort 20 earbuds, which offer all of the sonic quality that one would expect from a brand that’s earned a reputation for building some of the world’s most respected and renowned audio systems.
Ideal for iPad and iPhone connectivity but equally well-suited for any player with a standard output, these buds dramatically reduce outside noise through active noise-cancellation technology that doesn’t interfere with the overall quality of your music.
The low-end is rich but clearly defined, and the high-end is incredibly detailed without being shrill. We were also impressed with the overall midrange quality of these earbuds, especially because most competing buds tend to skimp when it comes to this region of the frequency spectrum.
There’s an inline microphone that can be used to make or take calls with a one-touch button, and you’ll be able to seamlessly switch between calls and music thanks to intuitive and well-engineered fade ins and outs.
These buds are also incredibly comfortable thanks to their award-winning StayHear+ tips that provoke a soft and secure fit, and you’ll be able to listen to your tunes for up to sixteen hours on a single charge.
Bringing things back down to a more reasonable price point, we have these immensely popular and well-reviewed MINDBEAST headphones, which pack a surprising amount of punch and functionality into an incredibly compact and affordable package.
These buds deliver a tight bass alongside clear highs and a solid midrange, all within a well-engineered design that boasts impressive noise-isolation in a variety of high-noise environments.
Your order comes with three pairs of small, medium, and large-sized replacement earbuds to ensure that you get the perfect fit regardless of your ear size, and these buds are fully sweat-proof—making them ideal for exercise fanatics who want to drown out distractions at the gym without having to worry about wrecking their headphones during a demanding workout session.
You’ll be able to connect these phones to an endless number of players thanks to universal compatibility, and they come with a specialized leather zipper case that’s both waterproof and dirt-proof.
These noise-cancelling Bluetooth earbuds sound as great as they look, thanks to powerful audio drivers that don’t skimp on the more extreme ends of the frequency spectrum.
You get CVC 6.0 noise-cancellation technology that effectively and dramatically reduces ambient noise in a variety of environments, and upgraded bass diaphragm technology ensures that the low-end frequencies are never muddy.
Unlike many wireless earbuds that offer convenience at the expense of signal clarity, these buds are equipped with a Bluetooth V5.0 chipset that provides a stable connection and signal transmission at all times, and you’ll be able to choose from three differences sizes of ear tips in order to obtain the perfect fit.
These buds are also ideal for extended listening sessions, thanks to their comfortable design and the fact that they come with a charging storage case that sports a 500 mAh battery that can be used to charge both buds four times over from the ground up.
You have the option to using both buds simultaneously in order to experience 3D sound, or you can opt to use a single bud as both a listening device and a Bluetooth headset for making and taking calls.
Anyone who has done their fair share of research regarding Bluetooth headphones will undoubtedly be familiar with this classic design. Senso has earned a reputation for crafting surprisingly powerful audio gear at increasingly affordable price points, and these classic buds are a testament to their engineering prowess.
Offering rich and dynamic bass along with balanced minds and crisp highs, these tiny-yet-mighty buds have been recently upgraded in order to offer superior sonics in an incredibly compact and lightweight package.
There’s a microphone that can be used to make and take calls, and an upgraded battery life means that you’ll be able to listen to your tunes for up to eight hours on a single charge.
These phones are easy to use and feature intuitive controls that allow you to start listening straight out of the box, and you’ll never have to worry about inferior or dropped connections thanks to Bluetooth 4.1 wireless technology.
These buds are also supremely durable—meaning you won’t have to worry about damaging them when you toss them haphazardly in your bag—and adjustable earpieces allow you to get the perfect fit regardless of your ear size.
Rounding out our list is another set of MINDBEAST headphones that deliver top-notch sonics and noise-cancelling technology in a compact and comfortable package.
Although not as bass-heavy as the other MINDBEAST buds at our number-three spot, these earbuds deliver accurate audio at all points of the frequency spectrum and feature a simple on/off magnetic system that makes it easy to preserve battery life when they’re not being used.
You’ll be able to quickly and easily pair these buds with all of your Bluetooth-enabled devices, and an eight-hour battery life means that you won’t need to worry about your tunes cutting out during extended listening sessions.
Given the low price point and compact size of these earbuds we were also impressed with their noise-cancelling capabilities, which allows them to drown out even loud and high-pitched sounds in crowded environments like airports and subway stations.