The 13 best noise canceling headphones and earphones (2021)


Shaking it world and sinking into a new album can feel like a train ride through the countryside… unless you’re sharing that seat with two young toddlers. Or your neighbor’s dog is constantly barking. Come to think of it, there is many sounds that can spoil a good song in the the era of working from home, and that’s why we have headphones that actively isolate and cancel noise. Below are the best noise canceling boxes and heads you can buy, selected and tested by the Gear team here at WIRED.

Can’t see something you like? Don’t forget to check out our other guides, like the Best wireless headphones, Best workout headphones, and Best wireless headset.

Update March 2021: We added the Apple AirPods Max, Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon, Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, and Jabra Elite 85t.

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