Top 5 Best Noise Reduction Headphones

1) Bose QuietComfort 252) RHA MA750i3) Plantronics Backbeat Pro4) Bose QuietComfort 20i5) Logitech UE 6000
Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones 2Buy nowRHA MA750i Noise Isolating HeadphonesBuy nowPlantronics Backbeat ProBuy nowBose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphonesBuy nowLogitech UE 6000 HeadphonesBuy now
Average User Rating (4.6 / 5) (4.4 / 5) (4.6 / 5) (4.4 / 5) (4.2 / 5)
Noise CancellingYesYesYesYesYes
Wireless RangeN/AN/AUp to 100mN/AN/A
Charging SourceN/AN/AUSB port or USB wall chargerUSB port or USB wall chargerN/A
Batteries Required (included)1 x AAAN/A1 x Non replaceable Lithum-ion (Rechargable)Built-in battery (Rechargable)2 x AAA
Charge TimeN/AN/AUp to 3 hoursUp to 2 hoursN/A
Playback TimeUp to 35 hoursN/AUp to 24 hoursUp to 16 hoursUp to 40 hours
Controls on HeadphonesMusic/Volume and Phone callsMusic/Volume and Phone callsMusic/Volume and Phone callsMusic/Volume and Phone callsMusic/Volume and Phone calls
Built-in MicYesYesYesYesYes
Most Compatible WithiPods, iPhones and iPadsiPods, iPhones and iPadsAll compatible audio devices

Detachable audio cable (included) works best with Apple devices
iPhones, iPads and selected iPods (Bose QuietComfort 20i)

Most Android, Windows and Blackbery phones (Bose QuietComfort 20)
iPods, iPhones and iPads
FoldableYes (Case included)Yes (Case included)No (Case included)Yes (Case included)Yes (Case included)
Warranty2 year3 year2 year2 year2 year
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A Guide To The Best Noise Reduction Headphones

Noise reduction headphones aims to maximise your music listening experience by combating unwanted ambient noise by using active noise control.  Although these headphones will usually be used to enjoy your music more, it can also be used without music just to relax or sleep.

If you’ve decided that you want noise reduction headphones then we hope our table can help you decide what the best noise reduction headphones are.  If you’re still researching and unsure on what type of headphones you want then you can check out our guide on the different types of headphones.


How To Choose The Best Noise Reduction Headphones

When deciding on the best noise cancelling headphones to buy, there are several factors which should be taken into account:

Type – The most common type tends to be the over-ear style, although you can get the on-ear and in-ear styles as well.

Wireless – Most noise cancelling headphones are wired although there are very few which are wireless such as the Plantronics Backbeat Pro as shown on the table above.  If you want a wider selection of wireless headphones to choose from but it won’t be noise cancelling then click here.

Battery type – The majority of noise cancelling headphones will require batteries in order for the noise cancelling function to work, the batteries can either be built-in and are charged through a USB port or AAA batteries.

If you’re going to be using the headphones for long journeys or you’re always on the move and probably won’t get a chance to charge the battery for the headphones then going for one which takes AAA batteries might be ideal.  On the other hand it’s cheaper to go for one with a built-in battery.

Built-in mic – Most of the headphones will conveniently come with a built-in mic but look out for the ones that don’t as you wouldn’t want to unplug and take your headphones off your head just to take a phone call.


Table Information

After analysing and researching each individual noise cancelling headphone, we’ve compiled that information into an easy to read table.  The ratings are based on:

Price – Does the functions of the headphone justify the price?  Of course the headphones which cost over £200 will usually have more features and be of higher quality but if there are other headphones on the market a lot cheaper with similar or slightly less features and quality then the expensive headphones won’t rank as high on our table.

Features  – What functions does the headphones offer?  We’ll be carefully analysing the headphones which offer functions to make your life more convenient.

Usability – Closely related to features, can the headphones be used for different occasions?  E.g – Is it practical to use for exercising?

Quality – What quality of materials has been used in the construction of the headphones?