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Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones

We live in an obnoxiously loud world that makes it difficult to enjoy music the way it's meant to be heard: with sonic precision and free of distractions. That's where active-noise-cancelling headphones come in.

These sound silencers make it possible to hear our favorite songs, movies and podcasts in peace and quiet. They can block out the ambient chaos that surrounds us on daily commutes while improving our focus at the office. 

Since there are a lot of noise cancellers on the market, we vetted several of the top brands to find the best in the market. The following are the best noise cancelling headphones on the market. 

If you're looking for a laptop to pair with your new noise-reduction cans, check out our Best Laptops of 2019 page. There's also our Best Tablets of 2019 roundup for media lovers who want something more portable and versatile for travel.

Here are the top noise-cancelling headphones of 2019

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

1. Bose Noise Cancelling 700

The best overall noise-cancelling headphones

Size and Weight: 8 x 6.5 x 2 inches, 8.8 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours (NC on);40 hours (NC off) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Slick, attractive design
Excellent noise cancellation on calls and music
Precise, balanced audio
Smart, intuitive buttons and touch controls
Expensive Read our full

New design? Check. Reasonably long battery life? Check. Great audio performance? Check. The Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 offer all of this and so much more, including easy-to-use touch controls and a slick companion app. But the noise cancellation is where the Bose 700 really stands out. With 10 adjustable levels, these are by far the best active noise canceling (ANC) headphones Bose has made to date. But the noise cancellation doesn't work only when you're listening to music or podcasts; the eight integrated mics also ensure that the sound quality when you're taking and receiving calls is just as good as when you're using only your smartphone.

See our full Bose Noise Cancellation Headphones 700 review. 

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2. Apple AirPods Pro

The ultimate AirPods

Size and Weight: 2.4 x 1.7 x 0.9 inches, 8.8 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 4.5 hours (NC on) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Extremely comfortable
Seamless pairing
Clear, balanced sound
Decent noise cancellation
IPX4 sweat resistance
Not the best sound for the price
Battery life could be better

The AirPods Pros are better than the AirPods in almost every way. The new sweat-proof design looks better and fits more securely in your ear, sound quality has been slightly improved, and the highlight feature — active noise cancellation — effectively reduces ambient sounds (just don't expect a miracle). Add everything we loved about the original AirPods — seamless pairing, a strong Bluetooth connection and supreme comfort — and we have no reservations naming the AirPods Pros the best wireless earbuds available today. 

See our full AirPods Pro review

Beats Solo Pro

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3. Beats Solo Pro Headphones

More balanced audio, now with noise cancelling

Size and Weight: 7 inches (height), 9.4 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 22 hours (NC on), 40 hours (NC off) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Very good audio quality
Effective noise cancellation
Super-simple pairing
Iconic Beats design
Fun color options
No 3.5mm headphone jack
Tight clamping force
Charges via Lightning port

Beats headphones aren't just about looking cool anymore. The Solo Pros are proof of that. This sleek pair of on-ear headphones pumps out refined, balanced sound and features effective noise cancellation and a nifty transparency mode. Apple brings its H1 chip to the Solo Pros, which enables seamless pairing and a fun audio-sharing feature for when you want to listen with friends. 

See our full Beats Solo Pro review

Jabra Elite 85h

4. Jabra Elite 85h

Lots of features and long battery life

Size and Weight: 7.6 x 8.8 x 3.2 inches, 10.4 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 36 hours (NC On);41 hours (NC Off) | Bluetooth Range: 33 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Best-in-class battery life
Intelligible ANC and controls
Remarkable sound reproduction
Personalized sound via mobile app
Tri-digital assistant support
Bulky and heavy design
Distorted bass in listening modes Read our full

You want to talk versatility? The Jabra Elite 85 has a standout feature for every possible use. Let's start with 35 hours of noise-cancelling performance and wireless listening. Jabra programmed the headphones with physical and touch controls, along with on-ear detection gesture and voice command access to the big three: Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. Smart Active Noise Cancellation adapts to environments to reduce high amounts of ambient noise. The Jabra Sound+ app optimizes sound using a customizable EQ and special calling options. Lastly, the ear cups have a nano-coating to protect the internals from water damage.

See our full Jabra Elite 85h review.

Sony WH-1000XM3

5. Sony WH-1000XM3

Excellent sound paired with great noise cancelling

Size and Weight: 10.4 x 7.3 x 2.9 inches, 9 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 30 hours (NC on);38 hours (NC off) | Bluetooth Range: 30ft. (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Class-leading sonics
Surprisingly good noise cancellation
Responsive touch controls
Extensive battery life
Sleek and slender design
Cheaper feel
Mediocre call quality Read our full

Audiophiles who like dynamic noise cancellation and sound quality need these cans on their heads. Sony rebuilt its Mark 3 headphones from the ground up, incorporating the all-new HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, which enhances audio processing and ANC performance. What you get is natural, well-balanced sound with the company's signature bass profile leading the auditory charge. The noise cancellation is just as impressive, muffling most high-frequency noises without compromising the overall sound. Steady battery life with quick-charging and adjustable EQ and ANC settings round out the WH-1000xM3's superior hallmarks. 

See our full Sony WH-1000XM3 review.

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

6. Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Good performance for an affordable price

Size and Weight: 10.2 x 7.1 x 3.9 inches, 8.4 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 19 hours (NC on);25 hours (NC off) | Bluetooth Range: 30ft. (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Neutral sound
Easy-to-use controls
Significantly less costly than other models
Decent battery life
Noise cancellation affects audio
No travel case Read our full

A mid-range pair of headphones with superior sonics and solid noise cancellation might seem unrealistic to some, but the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC is an exception to the rule. There's much to admire here besides its affordability, including a relaxed fit, simple controls, and clean, tight sound. Sennheiser's NoiseGard technology doesn't match Bose's or Sony's ANC power, but it can silence outdoor rackets and up to 70% of airplane rumble. And what's not to love about the luxe design, which is highlighted by a matte-black finish with accented chrome? 

 See our full Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC review

Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds

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7. Sony WF-1000XM3 Earbuds

Powerful noise cancellation in a small, sleek package

Size and Weight: 7.8 x 5 x 2.4 inches, 1.6 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 16 hours (NC on) | Bluetooth Range: None | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Stellar audio performance
Great noise cancellation
Tons of personalization via companion app
Excellent battery life across the board
Luxe, sharp-looking design
Touch controls could use some work
Poor call quality
Loose-fitting tips

The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds are a true wireless triumph that successfully combines stellar sonics with impressive noise cancellation. A plethora of features and solid battery life also elevate its status among the elite. Deep, rich bass and tonal balance give the WF-1000xM3 an edge over the competition. But as amazing as it sounds, noise cancellation remains the buds' true X factor

See our full Sony WF-1000XM3 review

Microsoft Surface Headphones

8. Microsoft Surface Headphones

Microsoft's first ANC headphones are a surprising success

Size and Weight: 8 x 7.68 x 1.89 inches, 10.2 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 15 hours (NC On) | Bluetooth Range: 35 ft. (10.6 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Eye-catching design
Intuitive controls
Spacious sound
Windows-friendly features
Short battery life
Cortana app required for most features Read our full

Microsoft's first venture into the high-end-headphones space is a successful one that combines numerous smart features and quality sound into a distinctive over-ear design. The Surface Headphones were engineered for optimal listening with adjustable noise-cancelling levels and ingenious dial volume controls. Open sound with powerful bass is to be expected. Microsoft even equipped its cans with eight mics to better neutralize sound, which it does well, especially in drafty conditions. Connectivity is another strong point; you can pair the headphones with up to 10 devices. 

See our full Microsoft Surface Headphones review

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

9. Bose QuietComfort 35 II

The former king of ANC

Size and Weight: 7.1 x 6.7 x 3.2 inches, 8.2 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours (NC on), 40 hours (NC off) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Top-tier noise cancellation
Crisp, full audio
Alexa and Google Assistant support
Strong connectivity
ANC works in wired mode
Subpar digital assistant integration
Unchanged design Read our full

The QC35 II remains a go-to for listeners who want to eliminate the mundane drones around them at an elite level. Bose uses a set of microphones and proprietary algorithms to clear the QC35 II's soundscape of unwanted noises across different frequencies. Buzzing vehicle engines and baby cries don't stand a chance. The QC35 II's profile accentuates bass but also keeps mids and highs sounding crisp no matter the song. Best of all, the ANC feature works in both wireless and wired modes. 

See our full Bose QuietComfort 35 II review.