Best cheap noise-cancelling headphones in 2024

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The best cheap noise-cancelling headphones show that active noise cancelation (ANC) can be yours for a reasonable price. Premium capability made affordable? What’s not to like about that?

Although it’s worth remembering that not all ANC implementations are the same, and that most may not be up to to the standard of the tested modles included in our guide to the best noise-cancelling headphones. However, it certainly is possible to find low-cost headphones or earbuds that effectively reduce the noise of your surroundings, leaving you to enjoy your music without distractions. 

Each of our best picks balance effective ANC and great sound for less. Read on to find out our picks of the best cheap noise-cancelling headphones, based on our testing.

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Best overall cheap ANC headphones

The Cleer Enduro ANC placed on a deskTop Pick

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The best cheap noise-canceling over-ear headphones overall

Specifications

Type: Over-ear headphones
Size & weight: 7 x 6.6 x 3 inches, 10.6 ounces
Battery life (rated): 60 hours (ANC on)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 with SBC, AAC, aptX Adaptive

Reasons to buy

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Class-leading battery life
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Bass-rich sound
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Effective ANC

Reasons to avoid

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ANC mics pick up wind noise
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Comfort wanes over time

The Cleer Enduro ANC offers an almost irresistible combination of affordability, audio richness, active noise cancelation and battery life. During our testing we got more than 50 hours of battery life when listening at mid-volume with ANC enabled, which is strong and the most affordable model to get anywhere close to the 60-hour offered by the Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless flagship.

Unlike a lot of low-cost headphones, even cheap ANC headphones, the Enduro ANC also comes with a respectable range of features. NFC pairing comes in handy, for instance, and there's a bundled 3.5mm cable for Hi-Res Audio support. And, unlike the identically-priced Urbanista Miami (below), the Enduro ANC can fold up for easier carrying.

Read our full Cleer Enduro ANC review.

Best value

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Best balance of performance and features at the price

Specifications

Type: Over-ear headphones
Size & weight: 6.9 x 3.2 x 7.55 inches; 8.4 ounces
Battery life (rated): 50 hours (ANC on); 70 hours (ANC off)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 with SBC, AAC

Reasons to buy

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Strong battery life
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Robust sound
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Superb call quality
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Effective ANC

Reasons to avoid

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Struggle with high frequency noises
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No aux cable or LDAC support
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Wonky app experience

The 1More SonoFlow SE balance features and performance like no other pair of cheap noise-canceling headphones we've encountered. They may have a no-frills design and build quality may not be the strongest, but for the money you get upscale features, including effective active noise cancelation, customizable EQ, and multipoint technology to pair to two devices simultaneously.

Sound quality is decent and despite the lack of aptX or LDAC support, our reviewer found that they manged to showcase higher quality music streams. The SonoFlow SE's standard noise cancelation managed to block out 85% of incidental sounds in all environments during our tests, and the headphones also had good call quality handling. Best of all though, is the 50-hour battery life with ANC enabled. Turning off ANC extends battery life to 70 hours, and is significantly higher than many flagship models.

Read our full 1More SonoFlow SE review.

Best for features

Review listing image for Anker Soundcore Space One in blue

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Great buy with top features, effective ANC and great sound

Specifications

Type: Over-ear headphones
Size & weight: 6.38 x 3.62 x 7.32 inches; 9.1 ounces
Battery life (rated): 40 hours (ANC on); 55 hours (ANC off)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC, AAC, LDAC

Reasons to buy

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Vibrant, customizable sound
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Effective ANC
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Stylish design
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Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Weak call quality
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Very cumbersome
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Outdated control scheme

The Soundcore Space One boast a variety of premium features, including adaptive active noise cancellation, Bluetooth 5.3 with LDAC codec support, customizable sound, multipoint technology, and some of the strongest quick charging out there. Lengthy playtimes, personalized listening modes, and safe volume settings add to the lengthy list of features. 

Our reviewer found that the Space One had deep bass, but felt that Anker had tweaked the sound profile to balance mids and highs, and that listening with ANC on upticks the low end. Complementing the Space One’s dynamic sound quality is adaptive ANC that can be personalized and used in different ways. There is Adaptive Noise Cancelling for adjusting performance to your surrounding noise levels or Customize Noise Cancelling for setting noise neutralization to 1 of 5 levels. These are a great budget option available in jet black, latte cream and sky blue colorways and a great buy at the $99 price. 

Read the full Anker Soundcore Space One review.

Best cheap noise-cancelling headphones for style

The Urbanista Miami laid out for displayed

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Cheap noise-canceling headphones that last longer

Specifications

Type: Over-ear headphones
Size and weight: 8.1 x 6.6 x 3.5 inches, 10.9 ounces
Battery life (rated): 40 hours (ANC on); 50 hours (ANC off)
Bluetooth range: 33 feet (10 meters)
Codec support: SBC, AAC
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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High audio quality
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Outstanding battery life
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ANC and transparency modes

Reasons to avoid

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Tight fit
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Poor resistance to wind noise

The Urbanista Miami is perhaps the most stylish pair of cheap noise-canceling headphones you can buy, but it’s more than just a pretty face. The sound quality is great, with strong bass that never overwhelms the rest of the mix, and the ANC works well enough to cut out most background noise. There’s a transparency mode too, which you don’t always get on affordable ANC cans.

The real star, though, is battery life. Urbanista promises 40 hours of ANC playback, and the Miami easily achieved that in our own testing. That’s more than double the lifespan of the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC and almost matches that of the Cleer Enduro ANC, so definitely consider picking these up if you’re a regular traveller.

Read our full Urbanista Miami review.

Best cheap noise-cancelling headphones for bass

The JBL Live 660NC resting on a car hood

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Strong noise cancelation and playtimes with JBL sound

Specifications

Type: Over-ear headphones
Size and weight: Not stated, 9.3 ounces
Battery life (rated): 40 hours (ANC on), 50 hours (ANC off)
Bluetooth range: 45 feet (13 meters)
Codec support: SBC, AAC
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Bass-forward sound
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Longer battery life than many premium ANC models
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Effective noise cancelation

Reasons to avoid

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Poor comfort for long term wear

Don’t sleep on JBL’s mid-range noise-canceling headphones. The Live 660NC can block out 80% of ambient noise and minimize the presence of high-frequency sounds to keep you focused on what’s currently playing. Bass dominates the soundscape on these cans, though JBL did a better job of balancing frequencies to provide extra room for mids and highs to shine, depending on the songs. Special modes like Smart Audio let you optimize performance based on connectivity or sound, while Video Mode drastically improves lip synchronization when watching videos. Battery life is also top tier with a full charge giving you up to 40 hours of ANC playback.

Be mindful of how long you plan on wearing these headphones because the clamp force is tight and applies unwanted pressure atop the skull and your ears.

Read our full JBL Live 660NC review.

Best cheap noise-cancelling headphones for streaming

The Anker Soundcore Life Q35 displayed over an aqua blue backdrop

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Affordable noise-cancellers with hi-res audio

Specifications

Type: Over-ear headphones
Size and weight: 7.7 x 7.1 x 3 inches, 9.6 ounces
Battery life (rated): 40 hours (ANC on), 60 hours (ANC off)
Bluetooth range: 50 feet (15 meters)
Codec support: SBC, AAC, LDAC
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Personalized sound with LDAC support
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Excellent connectivity
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Super-long playtimes
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Decent noise neutralization

Reasons to avoid

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Some smart controls don’t work properly
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Bass overpowers vocals

Despite earning a lower score than its predecessor, Anker’s latest noise-cancelling headphones are the better value. The Life Q35 is a great option that comes with acceptable noise cancelation and lossless streaming via LDAC codec support. Sound is punchy with the low end dominating most tracks, but it’s the instrumental separation on orchestral recordings that showcase the headphones’ sonic capabilities. Using the Soundcore app expands sound customization by allowing users to choose from over 22 presets that were engineered by some of the industry’s most popular audio engineers. Battery life is the Life Q35’s greatest strength, generating up to 40 hours of playtime, which can extend to 60 hours when ANC is off. 

Bass does become overly aggressive when listening to modern tracks and the smart controls could have been better programmed, but these headphones still offer plenty of value for the price. 

Read our full Anker Soundcore Life Q35 review.

Best cheap noise-cancelling in-ear headphones

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Entry-level ANC earbuds that surpass expectations at the price

Specifications

Type : In-ear headphones
Size & weight: 0.6 x 0.7 x 0.8 inches (per bud); 0.15 ounces (per bud)
Battery life (rated): Up to 7.5 hours; 30 hours (charging case)
Bluetooth range: 60 feet
Code support: SBC, AAC

Reasons to buy

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Great ANC for the price
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Energetic sound
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Sleek, compact design
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Responsive touch controls

Reasons to avoid

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Bass-heavy on some tracks
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Weak call quality

The PistonBuds Pro are a win for budget-conscious consumers who desire outstanding ANC and sound in a stylish, affordable package. Are they going to replace your AirPods Pro? No, but they are easily one of the best AirPods alternatives that can be had for a third of the price. 

Okay, battery life isn’t anything to write home about, nor is call quality. But these shortcomings are forgivable when factoring in the audio and noise cancelation. At $69, the Piston Buds Pro are very satisfying. 

Read our full 1More PistonBuds Pro review.

Sennheiser CX Plus in charging case in handTop Pick

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Solid ANC with Sennheiser sound

Specifications

Type: In-ear headphones
Size and weight: 2.3 x 1.3 x 1.6 inches (charging case); 0.21 ounces (per bud); 1.23 ounces (charging case)
Battery life (rated): 8 hours (ANC on); 9 hours (ANC off); 24 hours (charging case)
Bluetooth range: 60 feet (18 meters)
Codec support: SBC, AAC, aptX Adaptive
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Excellent sound and call quality
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Adequate ANC
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Great controls
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Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX Adaptive support

Reasons to avoid

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Uncomfortable design
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No wireless charging or multipoint technology

Sennheiser’s third attempt at a true wireless mid-ranger is their most successful. The CX Plus improves on the original by adding ANC and Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX Adaptive codec support for high-quality wireless streaming. Not only do these buds do a better job with noise neutralization than their premium sibling, the Momentum True Wireless 2, but also deliver similar audio performance; fantastic clarity and well-balanced frequency range are guaranteed. Connectivity is some of the strongest in the category, extending range to 60 feet for more free-roaming listening. The intelligible controls deserve praise as well.

A redesign and a few more features could have placed the CX Plus in the same company as the some of the best noise-canceling earbuds like the AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4. Shortcomings aside, these are still a must have for anyone seeking ANC on a budget, and can regularly be found discounted at online retailers.

Read our full Sennheiser CX Plus review.

Edifier W240TN packaging box placed on top of a closed laptop

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Great-sounding value earbuds with ANC

Specifications

Type: In-ear headphones
Size & weight: 0.9 x 0.6 x 0.9 inches (per bud); 2.3 x 1.08 x 1.6 inches (charging case); 1.8 ounces (earbuds + charging case)
Battery life (rated): Up to 8.5 hours; 25.5 hours (charging case with ANC off)
Bluetooth range: 100 feet
Codec support: SBC
Digital assistant: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Detailed, dynamic soundstage
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Effective ANC 
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Attractive, durable design
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Reliable battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Limited touch control customization
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Weak call quality
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No wireless charging 

The Edifier W240TN are a fine-looking and sounding pair of wireless earbuds. They're pretty well featured, although not everything works quite as well as we'd like. For an ANC model at the price, though, performance is strong and you get detailed sonics thanks to the dual dynamic drivers that deliver a wide and compelling sound, and effective noise cancelation.

We weren't sold on call quality or wind resistance when on the move, but these sorts of compromises are to be expected for wireless earbuds this affordable. Battery life is very respectable as is connectivity, and the overall comfort and craftsmanship make them well worth their asking price.

Read the full Edifier W240TN review.

Beast Studio Buds Plus in their charging case held in reviewer's hand in an outdoor setting

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The best budget noise-canceling earbuds from Apple

Specifications

Type: In-ear headphones
Size and weight: 0.9 x 0.8 x 0.6 inches, 0.2 ounces
Battery life (rated): 9 hours (ANC off); 6 hours (with ANC and/or transparency enabled); up to 36 hours total (with charging case and ANC off)
Bluetooth range: 30 feet (9 meters)
Codec support: SBC, AAC
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Iconic style and compact design
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Effective noise cancelation
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Improved battery life over the original
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Good comfort levels

Reasons to avoid

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No wireless charging case
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Lacks on-ear detection
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Awkward to get in and out of charging case

The popular Beats Studio Buds have been updated with the Studio Buds+. They cost  $20 more, but the new versions have plenty going for them. They retain the iconic design of the original with one of the neatest designs around, but add improved ANC performance, stronger transparency mode, and hands-free Siri support. While the increase in battery life looks like a winner, it's pretty standard compared to today's rivals, making this next-gen version feel a little outclassed by price rivals that have stronger feature sets and more engaging sound. 

Although Apple-owned Beats still hasn't manged to integrate some of the neat audio personalisation features associated with its AirPods, even with a new custom chip on board, ANC performance works well at silencing the outside world. It was juts as effective at silencing fellow exercisers at the gym as it was a blocking out the sound of my neighbour's power tools. 

As with the previous Studio Buds, Android users are are catered for thanks to the platform-agnostic chip that enables features such as fast pairing on non-iOS devices.

Read our full Beats Studio Buds+ review.

The JLab Epic Air Sport ANC held in hand

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The best cheap noise-canceling earbuds for fitness

Specifications

Type: In-ear earbuds
Size and weight: 2.4 x 1.7 x 0.9 inches, 0.3 ounces
Battery life (rated): 11 hours (with ANC on), 15 hours (with ANC off), 70 hours (with charging case)
Bluetooth range: 30 feet (9 meters)
Codec support: SBC, AAC
Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Very cheap
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Adjustable sound
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Sporty, stable design
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Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Unreliable touch controls

For such a low price, the JLab Epic Air Sport ANC does almost everything you need from a pair of running headphones. The loop design is tricky to put on but holds each earbud firmly in place, while IP66 water resistance makes it essentially sweatproof