Top 9 Most Comfortable, Budget-Friendly Noise Cancelling Headphones 2018

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Better comfort. Better music quality. Better concentration. That’s what you SHOULD expect from a pair of comfortable noise cancelling headphones.

But not all noise cancelling headphones were created equal (which is why we have product reviews, right?)

You could easily pay up to $800 for a decent set of headphones—especially those with noise cancelling technology.

We’ve gone bargain hunting for some  of the most comfortable, high-quality noise cancelling headphones that won’t break your wallet. After all, a good pair of headphones can be one of the best travel accessories you can buy and since there are tons to choose from, we put together this list in order to make your purchase a bit easier. We hope that you will find it useful.

Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear – Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Never mind under $400—these high-acoustic-quality Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear – Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones are under $100!

The price may put some off, think that these headphones are inferior quality. Quite the contrary. The acoustics are excellent, and the Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones deliver effective noise cancelling for air noise, traffic noise and public noise.

The secret to the great sound quality is the wideset ear pieces. These deliver better clarity in your music, and excellent vocal sound quality an often rare quality in cheap wireless headphones). The Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones with Wireless Active Noise Cancelling are a good compact size. The design is modern and stylish, making it a keen favorite on this list.

As the name suggests, these headphones are fully compatible with Bluetooth devices. They’re also compatible with all Apple & Android devices—and their respective software.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series I) Wireless Headphones

Bose is a brand that’s known for its attention to detail and its efficient headphone designs. If you saw these in a store, you’d probably be drawn to them just because of how great they look.

The technology on the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series I Wireless Headphones ensures exceptional noise cancelling, while simultaneously delivering great quality sound.

When analyzing the design, it’s obvious that Bose focused mainly on the comfort of these headphones. The earpieces are incredibly comfortable, which makes for great sound delivery too. The sleek black arm blends stylishly with the outside of the earpieces, making it one of the nicest looking headphones we’ve seen.

The audio through the Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series I) Wireless Headphones is very well balanced, which is due to their Volume-optimized EQ technology. The headphones come with a battery life that lasts up to 20 hours when unplugged.

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Sony WH-1000XM2/B Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Hi-Fi Headphones

Another wireless headphone set you’ll probably love is the Sony WH-1000XM2/B Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Hi-Fi Headphones. Sony’s noise cancelling technology proves its worth and more with this amazing product.

The technology is intuitive and can actively monitor your surroundings and their sound. It adapts the noise cancelling ability accordingly, assessing the noise around you and subsequently cancelling out those noises.

You also don’t have to remove the Sony WH-1000XM2/B Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Hi-Fi Headphones as they contain a switch on the earpiece that allows you to keep wearing them while in conversation.

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CB3 HUSH Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Active Noise Cancelling Technology

Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) is the new buzzword in the sound industry—and the CB3 HUSH Wireless Bluetooth Headphone set has it! ANC takes noisy sounds and makes them sound softer. It does this by removing the high-pitched sounds out of noises, so that you can still

But these nifty headphones also allow you to adjust the ANC. You can choose to block out high, mid or low level pitches according to where you are. On a plane or a train and want to block out that low drone? These headphones work perfectly at cancelling out low pitches so that you can relax or work.

The design is plain, but effective. The earpieces cup nicely over your ears and the rest of the device is nicely padded. The sound isn’t compromised by the noise cancelling technology, as high performance drives keep the sound quality clear and distinct.

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Sony 950N1 Extra Bass Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones

“Wait until they see the color!” was the first thought that popped into my head when I reviewed the Sony 950N1 Extra Bass Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones. It’s a style you won’t have seen anywhere else but from Sony. The metallic grey finish and sectional padding give these headphones a look and feel that can only be described as ‘ahead of its time’.

Another feature worth mentioning is the extra bass setting on the headphones themselves. With a quick switch, you can add a mass of extra base to your music’s beat & rhythm waves. The noise cancelling technology is digital, making it one of the few headsets out there with this ground breaking technology.

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GD1 Bluetooth Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (with Built-in Mic)

The ANC setting on the GD1 Bluetooth Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones immediately cancels out most noises around you, allowing you to focus and hear your music.

If you already have a pair (they’re wildly popular), you probably already have an appreciation for the amazing sound delivery on these. Your music will sound better with high fidelity bass & treble; and trust me: the music is all you’ll hear.

The design is a nice modern black with white buttons and a leather-covered arm. The one critique you may give is on the earpiece pads—which aren’t as comfortable as other brands in this range.

The GD1 Bluetooth Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphone set also comes with a built-in mic, allowing you to record music or conversations.

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IdeaUSA Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

If you like fully padded headphones, you’ll love the new pair of Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones from IdeaUSA. Thick leather padding appears on the arm of these headphones, as well as the earpieces—making for comfortable listening.

40mm stereo drivers work together with aptX technology to deliver clear and distinct sound when you listen to music. These wireless headphones also boast a 25-hour battery life—which is about 20% more than most headphones of this calibre. So you get the sound of great music, and enough external silence to enjoy it thoroughly.

What we really love about the IdeaUSA Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones is the lifetime support the manufacturer offers with purchase. You also get a 30-day money back guarantee and a 1-year warrantee.

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Mpow Thor Bluetooth Headphones

Let’s begin with the style of the Mpow Thor Bluetooth Headphones. This pair of headphones will be the envy of your friends with their sleek black look and uniquely designed earpieces. But they don’t only look good—they perform well too.

The sound quality on these earphones is enhanced by the noise cancelling technology. The Mpow Thor Bluetooth Headphones were designed for stereo listening, but Bluetooth enabling also lets you use them for your mobile device or car audio.

The battery life on these headphones is a lot shorter than most, but you’ll get enough listening time (about 8 hours) for a full day’s music enjoyment. You’ll probably be hard pressed to find a more comfortable set of headphones. It’s definitely a product that’s worth about $100, but you can get them for a mere $25 if you buy them online. Now that’s awesome value for that price!

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B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H8i Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones

Some may not like the design, but if you can get past the look, you’ll soon get addicted to the high music performance of the B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H8i Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones.

They’re compact enough for easy travel, and thickly padded on the earpieces for better listening. These headphones have an automatic pausing ability that stops play when you remove the headphones from your head—resuming them again once you put them back on.

Audio quality is what makes the B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H8i Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones so desirable. Wireless ability also allows you to listen to music from up to 100 feet away, and battery life lasts an incredible 30 hours when fully charged.

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Now that you know what’s out there, get yourself a pair of noise cancelling headphones and enjoy the benefits of this awesome technology. Whether you’re a student, an office worker, a music enthusiast AND an active traveller; we’re positive you’ll appreciate these headphone options.

Also, if you have any recommendations or if you want to share something regarding noise-cancelling headphones, please feel free to drop a line in the comments.

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