Top 10 Best Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) Headphones – April 2018

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While most smartphones do have a pretty decent speaker, and come with a pair of headphones – a trend that is starting to make a return lately – it's still great to have a great pair of headphones with you. We have rounded up the best active noise cancelling headphones available right now. These range from as low as $40 all the way up to nearly $350. So there's definitely something here for everyone. Active Noise Cancelling headphones are a great choice for those that do a lot of traveling, and also those that just want to tune out the noise around them.

One of the better options here, for those that don't care about spending a bit extra, are the Sony WH1000XM2 headphones. These sport around 25 hours of battery life with active noise cancellation turned on and also have ambient noise, so you can actually hear what's going on around you – but only slightly. They also come with a nice carrying case. Now a direct competitor to the WH1000XM2 is the Bose QC35, which is around the same price. These also sport ANC and ambient sound, and have battery life around 30 hours. The Bose models do sport slightly better sound quality, if you prefer deeper bass than clearer mids and highs.

There are some other choices here, for those that want something a bit cheaper. Bluedio has a couple of great options here that are going to give you a great experience with active noise cancellation as well. And they are both below $100, with one being below $50. So if you are in need of a great pair of headphones with active noise cancellation, Bluedio has you covered. Out of all the options listed below, you really can't go wrong with any of them. Some are definitely more feature-rich and have longer battery life than others, but all of them are great choices.

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Bowers & Wilkins PX Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones - Amazon
Bowers & Wilkins PX Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones - Amazon

Bowers & Wilkins has a really great pair of wireless headphones here that have ANC included. These are the PX, which are both great looking headphones but also sound fantastic. These are wireless, so the battery life is pretty decent, coming in at around 22 hours on a single charge.

iDeaUSA Wireless Over Ear Headphones - Amazon
iDeaUSA Wireless Over Ear Headphones - Amazon

This pair from iDeaUSA is definitely cheaper than Bowers & Wilkins, but it still has active noise cancellation. The major difference here is going to be sound quality and build materials. It does have a nice carbon fiber look on the outside of the ear cups though. Battery life here is also pretty good at 25 hours. iDeaUSA uses 40mm drivers inside this one, to keep the sound top-notch.

COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones - Amazon
COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones - Amazon

The COWIN E7 have been a very popular pair of ANC headphones over the past six months, largely due to how great they are and its price. These sport great battery life, around 30 hours of playtime with ANC turned on – close to 40 with it turned off. These also sport 40mm drivers, for some great audio quality.

Sony WH1000XM2 Wireless Headphones - Amazon
Sony WH1000XM2 Wireless Headphones - Amazon

Sony’s WH1000XM2 headphones are some of the best active noise cancelling headphones on the market. They are also around $350 normally, so they should be. These are available in two colors: black and tan. These also sport ambient noise, as well as some fantastic audio quality. Sony touts that these can last around 25 hours on a single charge, and around 30 with ANC turned off.

Bluedio T4 (Turbine) Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones - Amazon
Bluedio T4 (Turbine) Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones - Amazon

The Bluedio T4 are a great pair of wireless headphones as well, and they are also a bit cheaper. While they may not be a big name brand like Sony or Bose, they do provide a great experience. These also offer up active noise cancellation as you’d expect, and some great battery life – over 20 hours of continuous playback.

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series I) Wireless Headphones - Amazon
Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series I) Wireless Headphones - Amazon

Bose has a great pair here with the QuietComfort 35, or QC35. This is the first generation, which doesn’t have Google Assistant, but it’s still a great pair to pick up. These also sport some monster battery life, around 20-30 hours on a charge, depending on how you use them. They also come in black or white.

Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones - Amazon
Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones - Amazon

Here’s a much cheaper pair of ANC headphones from Sony, in fact these are under $50! The MDRZX110NC are a great pair of headphones that are also very lightweight. However, that means that the battery life isn’t as great as the WH1000XM2’s unfortunately.

JBL Everest Elite 100 NXTGen Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones - Amazon
JBL Everest Elite 100 NXTGen Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones - Amazon

A slightly different form factor here, the JBL Everest Elite 100 NXTGen are in-ear headphones, these are wireless, and are neckband style. So they are also great for taking to the gym, as you might expect. The battery life here is around 10 hours, which isn’t too surprising, given the smaller form factor here – there’s less room for battery.

Bluedio F2 ANC Over Ear Wireless Headphones - Amazon
Bluedio F2 ANC Over Ear Wireless Headphones - Amazon

This is another option from Bluedio, in the F2’s. These are also active noise cancellation and are over ear wireless headphones. These are priced just above the $50 mark, but are still worth picking up. These do also sport a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can use them wireless or wired, if you wish.