Noise-canceling headsets have always been a hot commodity with travelers. But headsets received a surge of new life outside the travel community when Dre turned the headphone game on its head with Beats. Now the competition is fierce with devices from the founders of quality sound such as Bose and Sony. But be on the lookout for some lesser known brands that are flying off shelves as well.
This list will be in the order of highest price to lowest.
Bose QuietComfort 35 ($375)
Bose is commonly ranked as one of the top names in headphones for a reason. The quality Bose puts into their devices is unparalleled. And the price reflects that workmanship. Amazon has these headphones sitting at a hefty $375, but if you have the cash, it’s a great investment.
The QuietComfort comes with 20 hours of battery life, so you won’t need to carry around a pesky charger to make sure it doesn’t die on you mid-song. Keep in mind this device isn’t wireless. And at this price point, some consumers may take issue with that.
Sony MDR-1000X ($298)
Sony brings their A game with this headset and gives the Bose QuietComfort 35 a run for its money in durability and prestige. The headset has been highly reviewed. A rare few argue that its noise-canceling capabilities could be improved, but the real selling point for the MDR-1000X comes from its amazing fidelity.
The device comes with Bluetooth capability and one of the best Hi-res audios a headset can boast. Thankfully, for those who take issue with paying such a large sum of money for a headset that isn’t wireless, Sony has you covered.
Bose QuietComfort 20 ($250)
No surprise, Bose will make a few more appearances on this list. The QuietComfort 20 caters to those who don’t want an abnormally large headset. Instead, it comes in the form of a hardly noticeable earphone. Now, spending $250 on earphones may be a hard sell for some, but hear me out.
These wired earphones come with ten hours of battery life and are perfect for any mobile device such as an iPod, iPhone or iPad. Amazon has the device at four and a half stars with over 3,000 reviews. The sound quality is phenomenal and it’s perfect for those who wish to workout without the burden of a large headset.
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 ($200)
This will be the last headset that most would not considered as “budget-friendly.” You may not consider Plantronics a noise-canceling brand, but preconceived those notions might be deceiving. According to Popular Mechanics, this headset has been praised by numerous outlets such as CNET and PCMag for its outstanding sound quality and noise cancellation.
Phiaton BT 100 NC ($79)
Now for those who are in the market for headphones at manageable prices — the Phiaton is certainly an intriguing option. Coming in at just $79, this device is a rather inexpensive headset that doesn’t lose fidelity or its noise-cancellation properties.
If that wasn’t enough, this headset is completely wireless. The device is also water resistant, something that is essential for those who are concerned with sweating the device into an early grave from those hours of grueling workouts.
Monoprice SonicSolace ($70)
To conclude our list is the lowest priced device. Now, with the lower price naturally comes a downgrading of options. No one is saying this one can compete with the higher-end headphones. But the device is wireless and has an above average battery life of eight hours.
Honestly, if you’re looking for noise-canceling headphones, it may be in your best interest to save up for one of the above-mentioned devices. Sure, this device is cheaper than the rest on the list, but the sound quality leaves much to be desired. But whatever your budget, one of these devices is sure to fit the bill.