The 8 Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

If you're always on the go, few things in your arsenal are more essential than a solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones. From screaming babies to drunk commuters, nothing is a match for these bad boys.

Sony 1000XM2 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones in black photo

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Sony 1000XM2 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

These headphones by Sony are the perfect pick for those looking for an upgrade from their average Wal-Mart earbuds. Though the noise-cancellation can be described as eerily incredible, it's the extra tech features that truly set these headphones apart from the rest. For example, if you'd like to let some outside noise in (perfect for eavesdropping), all you have to do is hold your hand over the right ear cup, which muffles your music just enough to catch that conversation. The other added perks include up to 40 hours of battery life and an improved sound quality. ($349.99; bestbuy.com)

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Linner NC50 Active Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones in black photo

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Linner NC50 Active Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones

If you're not into the headphones look, then these Linner noise-cancelling earbuds are the perfect option. Coming in at a mere $70, these earbuds are also great for those on a budget. They block a whopping 97 percent of outside noise, and are sweat-proof, making them the perfect gym accessory. ($79.99; amazon.com)

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Bowers & Wilkins PX

The Bowers and Wilkins PX headphones are the obvious choice for the music aficionado. If what you're really craving in a pair of headphones is the sound quality, these can't be beat. While they certainly don't run cheap, you at least get the ability to alter the noise cancellation setting to either office, city, or flight (oh, and a sleek monochromatic design). ($399; bowers-wilkins.com)

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Two Pairs of Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II in silver and black photo

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II

If you're looking for the pinnacle of noise-cancelling headphones, then you've reached it with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones. In the latest model of this popular line, listeners have the option of using Google Assistant, made easy with just the click of a button. The battery life is also impressive, as the headphones come with the possibility to function in wired mode, a lifesaver for those with long commutes. Aside from these add-ons, Bose knocked it out of the park with the sound quality and noise-cancellation features in this model. ($349.95; bose.com)

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B&O Play Beoplay H9i noise-cancelling headphones photo

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B&O Play Beoplay H9i

If you'd rather opt for style over substance, then these B&O Play H9 headphones are your best bet. While yes, you will have to suffer a bit more for fashion (these will set you back about $500), the retro Swedish design and impressive tech features will be hard to say no to. ($499; beoplay.com)

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AKG N60NC Wireless noise-cancelling headphones in black photo

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AKG N60NC Wireless

These headphones are a smaller alternative to the Bose and Sony headphones we mentioned earlier. They pack the same dynamic punch with active noise-canceling technology, and can quickly fold into a jacket pocket for on-the-go traveling. ($299.95; akg.com)

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Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise-Canceling Headphones in black photo

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Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise-Canceling Headphones

These headphones are perfect for a longer commute. The Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones come with all of the previously mentioned listening perks—but what makes them stand apart is their superior battery life. Unlike other wireless headphones, this pair won't turn off when your battery dies. Instead, the music plays on in a different mode. Though this mode may not have the same sound quality, it's a lifesaver when your battery dies in the middle of a long flight. ($225.99; amazon.com)

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Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

This worthy Bose competitor brings all of the bass at only a fraction of the cost. This Sennheiser model sounds great and offers excellent noise-canceling technology. The only downside of this headset is that it doesn't exactly provide the same cushy support of the Bose model. Nonetheless, these are an excellent option for those on a budget. ($179.95; en-us.sennheiser.com)

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