The best headphones and earbuds with noise canceling

Though once a premium feature found only in extremely expensive headphones, these days noise-canceling is available in Bluetooth headphones of all price ranges and form factors. With the elimination of headphone jacks from phones, wireless headphones are surging in popularity, and noise-canceling is a must-have feature for anyone who spends a lot of time in loud environments like airplanes, coffee shops, and busy streets. Best overall

Sony WH1000XM3

Staff pick

The mark of a great pair of noise-canceling headphones is not having to give up on sound quality for isolation, and Sony has achieved a great balance. $348 at Amazon

Runner-up

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

$399 at Amazon

Bose took everything it learned from the QC l… On top of offering class-eating noise cancelation, the 1000XM3s have intuitive gesture controls and a great sound signature. Plus, battery life is excellent, and there’s one-touch access to Google Assistant that works wonders on Android phones.