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Find the best pair of noise-cancelling headphones for you: balancing style, value and functionality.

The world is a wonderful place, but it’s chock full of things making noise. These unwanted sounds can be very distracting when all you want to do is listen to your best Spotify playlist or play your favourite video game. Thankfully, there’s a solution: grab yourself a good set of noise cancelling headphones and enjoy the sweet relief from pesky background buzz.

I’ve assembled a list of my favourite noise-cancelling headphones for you to consider.

Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Budget Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Budget Headphones

If you’re gaming on a budget, the Plantronics RIG 400HS is a fantastic noise-cancelling solution. It features a noise-cancelling microphone, allowing you to communicate with your squad without background noises interfering. Communication is crucial in online multiplayer games, so this can often mean the difference between winning or losing.

Beyond the microphone, the headset’s foam ear cups also help block background noise from interfering with the in-game audio. The ear cups are comfortable, too, striking a nice balance between noise-cancellation and comfort. For online gamers, the RIG 400HS is a hard to pass by, especially with its great price.

Sony has been making quality audio products for decades, and its expertise comes through loud and clear with one of the best budget-friendly noise-cancelling headphones. These headphones use intelligent noise cancellation to block up to 95% of the ambient noise around you, giving you a rich, clear audio experience.

The headphones only use a single AAA battery, which provides up to 80 hours of continuous, noise-free audio playback. For maximum comfort, the ear cushions are designed to relieve pressure, making them a great option if you wear glasses. Additionally, the 1.2-metre cord means you’ll have ample length to connect to your devices.

Mid-Range Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Mid-Range Headphones

The HamiltonBuhl Noise-Cancelling Headphones are an affordable mid-range over-the-ear option. It comes with 5 feet of braided nylon cable, giving you plenty of cord to reach your phone or device.

The HamiltonBuhl Noise-cancelling Headphones uses active noise cancellation to help reduce low frequency outside noises. In tandem with the passive noise cancellation of its leatherette ear cushions, these noise-cancelling headphones offer great value on the lower end of a mid-range budget.

These Spracht earbuds deliver active noise cancelling options with a gorgeous gold look. It uses a single AAA battery to power up to 20 hours of noise-cancellation playback and has an optional passive mode without any noise cancellation to help it run longer when needed.

When you do need the noise cancellation, these earbuds use a smart triple microphone design, with two of the microphones actively listening to ambient outside noise to help the earbuds cancel them out. The third microphone is used for taking calls; a task made much easier when 90% of the unwanted ambient noise being cancelled out. At the touch of a button, the active noise cancelling can be temporarily disabled in moments where you need to hear what’s going on. With so many quality ways to listen, these earbuds offer a premium experience without the premium pricetag.

Premium Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Premium Headphones

Featuring a sleek, minimalist matte black design and Soft-Tech full-ear cushions, the premium Wicked Audio headset delivers elegant looks and more. Its impressive active noise cancelling technology promises a 97.5% reduction in ambient noise so that you can truly focus on what you’re listening to at any time.

With an astounding 13.5-hour battery life (8 with active noise cancelling), this Bluetooth headset protects you from outside noise throughout the entire working day. It also comes with a 4-foot auxiliary cord just in case you forget to charge, too! If you’re looking for top tier full-ear noise-cancelling headphones, look no further.

The Pioneer Rayz Lightning Powered Smart Noise-cancelling Earphones are a great option for iPhone, iPad, and iPod users since they use the Apple Lightning port as a power source. If your Apple device has power, so do these earphones!

There are nine different ear tip options in this premium package, helping ensure that ears of all sizes will be able to fit the tips securely. These active noise-cancelling earphones also come in both black and white to match different aesthetics, too.

What makes the Pioneer Rayz stand out from the crowd is its patented HearThru Mode, which gives the option of toning down its automatic noise-cancelling and letting in some outside noise. This is great for situations where you need to be aware of your surroundings, but you don’t want too much outside ambient noise leaking in.

How do noise-cancelling headphones work?

These headphones use a soundproof material to eliminate most exterior noises, letting you enjoy clear audio without raising the volume. Advanced noise-cancelling headphones can even detect background noise—like an air conditioner or fan—and digitally block out those sound waves.

Noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds?

Your first step to finding the right noise-cancelling headphones is to decide whether you prefer headphones or earbuds. By definition, headphones rest on your ears or over your ears with a big frame that creates a noise-cancelling seal. Earbuds are much smaller and easier to carry, comfortably resting in your ear without creating a seal over your entire ear. There’s a wide selection available for both styles, so I’ve compiled a list of recommendations ranging from budget buys to premium noise-cancelling experiences.

How to find the perfect noise-cancelling headphones for you?

Walmart Canada has a wide range of both noise-cancelling headphones and noise-cancelling earbuds. The best option for you depends on budget, and what features you want: Do you want ear tip size options? Would you like to let in some outside noise on occasion? Do you need a microphone for answering calls? Whichever way you answered, this list features some of the best noise-cancelling headphones.

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John is a Toronto-based journalist from Bracebridge, Ontario. With several years of experience in the gaming industry spent delivering news with honesty and integrity, his appetite for all things technology has only grown. Outside of the gaming world, he’s got a huge passion for photography, sports, and mid-day naps. You can check him out on his Twitter channel, @Makelevi.