Best noise-cancelling headphones


...because you, like the rest of us, want to block out the drone of daily life and listen to music without any distractions. So here are the best noise-cancelling headphones around, no matter if you want an over-, on-, or in-ear design, no matter if you don't want to spend a fortune.

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Under £100

Lindy BNX-60

Great-value wireless noise-cancelling on-ears that sound splendid for the money. 


Bluetooth | Noise-cancelling | 15hr battery life

Reasons to Buy
Great value
Detailed, solid sound
Noise-cancelling and wireless functionality
USB charging
Reasons to Avoid
Treble a little muffled in standard mode

Under £200


These AKGs fold up neatly, making them ideal for sticking in your pocket. They also deliver decent noise-cancellation with a punchy and balanced sound - and you can pick up a pair with quite a hefty discount.


Rechargeable | 30hr battery life | Micro USB charging

Reasons to Buy
Clear, punchy sound
Musical; balanced
Effective noise-cancellation
Very portable
Smart design
Reasons to Avoid

Under £300

Sony WH-1000XM2

Massive battery life, great sound and luxurious comfort - an all-around quality package.


Up to 38hr battery life | Bluetooth and noise-cancelling | Atmospheric pressure optimiser

Reasons to Buy
Excellent timing
Loads of detail
Refined, smooth highs
Punchy, confident lows
Impressive noise-cancelling
Reasons to Avoid
Touchpad controls take a little bit of getting used to

Under £400

Bowers & Wilkins PX

Bowers & Wilkins' first noise-cancelling headphones are the real deal, and pair excellent sound quality with top-notch noise-cancelling. 


Bluetooth/noise-cancelling | 22hr battery life | Proximity sensors built-in | USB-C connector

Reasons to Buy
Transparent, detailed sound
Excellent dynamics
Impeccable sense of timing
Clever, intuitive features
Impressive noise-cancelling
Good battery life
Fine build
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing significant


Sony WF-1000X

Sony's entry into the truly wireless in-ear category delivers solid noise-cancelling skills, with a balanced, detailed sound. A great option for those who crave serious portability.


In-ear design | Bluetooth and noise-cancelling | Charging carry case

Reasons to Buy
Balanced, detailed sound
Good with timing and dynamics
Truly wireless
Decent noise-cancelling
Carry case doubles as a charger
Reasons to Avoid
Our sample had a slight connection issue with the right earpiece