The 7 Best Noise Canceling Earbuds and Headphones of 2020

Panasonic HD805N Noise Canceling Over the Ear Headphones

The right noise-canceling headphones and earbuds can make a huge difference in how well you can focus or enjoy your music. It’s one thing to listen to studying music while in a crowded café; it’s another to do so when you have noise-canceling headphones blocking out distracting sound and letting you focus.

However, finding the right noise-canceling headphones or earbuds is tricky, particularly since everyone claims that theirs are the best. While we had a lot of contenders to go through, we found that the Panasonic Noise Canceling Over the Ear Headphones offers the perfect balance of quality, features, noise-canceling efficacy, and budget. We’d highly recommend them for just about everybody.

Take a look at our other top picks to see what else we found in our search for the best noise-canceling headphones and earbuds of 2020.

The 7 Best Wireless Earbuds of 2020

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Finding the best wireless earbuds around can be tricky given that every earbud manufacturer claims that their new pair is the “best”. But we feel that the TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds are ultimately some of the best buds you can find on the market regardless of your exact needs. They’re fairly affordable compared to other buds on the market, feature good sound quality and connectivity, and have excellent playtime that’s only exceeded by far more expensive earbuds. If you want to balance the overall budget and earbud quality, these are the picks for you.

But maybe you need wireless earbuds for a different need. In that case, keep reading our guide and check out what we chose for the best earbuds across several categories, including working out, iPhone connectivity, and more.

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Review

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

As a brand that has specialized in sound technologies for over 70 years, it comes as no surprise that Sennheiser is still one of the leading brands in audio technology to this day. And, as one of Sennheiser’s top-selling products, the Sennheiser headphones have remained superior amongst competitors in not only sound quality but also noise-cancellation. This product has recently been made more comfortable for longer wear in the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro’s newer version.

1MORE Stylish True Wireless Earbuds Review

1MORE Stylish True Wireless Earbuds

1MORE has been constantly innovating and coming up with audio products with revolutionary design and quality at very competitive price points. 1MORE Stylish True Wireless earbuds come equipped with Qualcomm aptX technology and are compatible with AAC technology, a hi-res transmission technology optimized for better sounding Bluetooth audio. They also feature Environmental Noise Cancelation (ENC) technology to reduce ambient noise, which allows you to communicate effectively by cutting out background noise.

They come with a charging case and three additional pairs of o-hooks and ear tips, effectively giving you four pairs of o-hooks and ear tips to choose from so that you can get a comfortable and secure seal. The earbuds can last up to 6.5 hours on a single charge. And each earbud works independently, which means that if you are listening with a partner, one of you can switch to a call and back to playback seamlessly without interrupting the other.

JLab Epic Air Sport Review

JLab Epic Air Sport

JLab Audio brings something genuinely new to the world of personal audio with the JLab Epic Air Sport earbuds. The clear and exclusive focus on personal audio allows the company to bring something to the market that few can match. The company’s award-winning history and reputation is for long battery life and versatility in personal audio. This product does not disappoint.

Though they’re designed for the gym, you might find yourself using your JLab Epic Air Sport for other things.

What stands out here is the long battery life and the ability to use this product to do a wide range of things. But JLab Audio also adds many new features to this solid foundation, including superior noise cancellation, sound settings, and a low price that beats the competition.

Put together as a total package, what JLab Audio offers here is going to be incredibly tough to beat. This is a compelling product.

Jabra Elite 85h Review

Jabra Elite 85h

Jabra is known by many for its high-end quality headphones, and with the release of the Jabra Elite 85h, it showed that—once again—it’s worthy of the excellent reputation it’s garnered.

Jabra has attempted to put out a product similar to the higher end headphones that Sony, Sennheiser, and Bose produce. It can be said with certainty that it doesn’t fall short of this goal, producing a headset that has beautiful sound quality, exceptional battery life, and aesthetically pleasing design that’s loved by many wireless headphone users.

Amazon Echo Buds Review

Amazon Echo Buds

Amazon first entered the consumer electronics space with their Kindle devices and have been steadily expanding their product line with the introduction of Fire TV and TV sticks, Echo smart speakers, and a smaller version of Echo called the Echo dot. They have now gone one step further and put the Echo in a pair of wireless earbuds, which was the next logical step. The Amazon Echo Buds combine the convenience of wireless earbuds with the power of the Alexa digital assistant, to enable a truly wireless headphone experience at a very competitive price point.

The device offers Active Noise Reduction technology by Bose to reduce ambient noise and let you focus on the content you are listening to. It comes with a charging case and three different pairs of wingtips and ear tips so that you are assured of a perfect fit. It gives up to five hours of music playback on a single charge. And, you will always have Alexa around in case you need assistance.

Beats Solo3 Wireless Review

Beats Solo3 Wireless

The Beats Solo3 Wireless is a customizable headset in the iconic Beats by Dre line by Apple. The product is a significant update on the Solo headphones, able to play for 40 hours between charges while providing the award-winning sounds of Beats headphones. It also features Fast Fuel Technology that can provide three hours of battery life from just a five-minute charge.

Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones are for the person who is always on the go. The setup is instant after powering on one’s iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac. The chip connects via Bluetooth, and the headphones have good signal range and strength. This makes syncing to one’s devices and listening to music on the go easy.

Beats Solo Pro Review

Beats Solo Pro

Solo Pro Headphones by Beats by Dre from Apple are top of the line noise-canceling headphones. They allow the user to dive deeper and experience fully immersive sound with the noise-canceling power to isolate the user in his or her own world. For users serious about quality and immersion, it is tough to find any pair of headphones that go the length Beats by Dre do to deliver a top-notch immersive experience when enjoying music, a podcast, or a movie.

Noise-canceling blocks external noise and gives the user a real-time audio calibration that sounds natural and perfect. It creates the illusion of one’s own space and allows the user to feel alone with just the music in their ears. A Transparency Mode filters in more environmental and ambient noises to help one stay aware of life outside of the glorious headphone sound. When noise canceling and transparency modes are turned off, it increases the battery life to up to 40 hours.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700

If noise cancellation is your top priority, you’ve no doubt owned a pair of Bose QuietComfort headphones that have dominated the market since 2014. Bose isn’t going to rest on its laurels, though, and now introduces the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 that promise groundbreaking audio technology.

Having tested them out, we consider Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 to be the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market and they make a good case for being the best headphones full stop.