Whether you like it or not, flying on a plane means that you’ll inevitably be confronted with a multitude of unpleasant sounds; from crying babies to the plane’s roaring engine.
We've rounded up the best headphones in general, the best noise-canceling headphones, and the best wireless headphones before, but this is our first time presenting the best options available to drown out the noises particular to air travel, to help you have a significantly more comfortable flight. (Pair them with the new crop of Bluetooth sleep masks, and you can truly block out the world while you travel.)
Plus, Active Noise Canceling technology is more accessible than ever nowadays, so it’s easy to find a variety of headphones with the ability to block out nearly all unwanted ambient sound. And many headphones also have the ability to go wireless, sync up with your smart devices, and so much more.
We searched throughout Amazon’s wide selection of noise-canceling headphones to help you find the best headphones for whatever your needs may be. From headphones that can be folded up neatly, to ergonomic in-ear headphones, here are seven of the best noise-canceling headphones we found on Amazon to make all of your travels more enjoyable:
1. COWIN E7 Active Noise Canceling HeadphonesThese headphones can block out nearly all ambient sound, with a price point that’s hard to beat.
The headphones have skin-soft ear cups with 90-degree swiveling capabilities, made for optimal comfort, and all day wear. (Though, COWIN does advise users to give their ears a little break after three to four hours of use.) They also come in a number of different colors with a price you can’t beat!?
These COWIN headphones also come equipped with a microphone, allowing you to make voice calls. They also have Bluetooth and NFC capabilities, and because of their built-in 600mAh battery, these headphones can be used for up to 30 hours without being charged.?
Here’s what one of the COWIN E7 Active Noise Canceling Headphones’ 13,386 reviewers had to say about their experience with their headphones:
“I would like to say that the appearance and comfort of these headphones are great and the bluetooth function is easy to use. I just spent the entire day traveling on planes and in airports and the battery life is very good. At one stop I did add a bit of charge to them but just to be safe type thing and I don't believe I would have had an issue if I didn't. They also come with a plug so that if you wanted to use them with a unit that had no bluetooth, they would also work.
Overall the noise canceling works well as long as there is a song playing. However at that point in between songs you can hear quite a bit of outside noise and on planes you still get some of the plane noise. This didn't bother me and for the price and I'm very happy. I did have a previous pair of Bose NC headphones and they cancelled almost all noise but then again they were way more expensive and #2 they died after 2 years.”
2. Boltune Noise Canceling HeadphonesThese 'phones charge quickly, cancel out sound, pair well with other devices, and have a unique look.
Boltune Noise Canceling Headphones have 45mm large-aperture drivers that enable them to deliver high definition sound and some seriously impressive bass. You can also go wireless while using these, thanks to their Bluetooth capabilities, and their built-in CVC 6. 0 microphone makes it super easy to take calls. These over-the-ear headphones are also equipped with a 680mAh battery that delivers 30 hours of uninterrupted play time before charging is required.
Boltune’s professional protein ear pads are built for optimal ear comfort, and its high-tech aluminum alloy materials make these headphones super lightweight and easy to wear for extended periods of time, which is ideal for long flights. The headband can also be adjusted to your liking and each ear pad can also swivel on a 90-degree axis. Here’s what had to say about their experience:
“I was in the market for a pair of noise canceling headphones. My boyfriend is a gamer and he can get pretty loud making it hard to watch TV. I did some research and came across these and decided to try them out. They came in a beautiful case, they were easy to pair with my TV. The sound is very good, clear and can get loud, the noise canceling works well, they hold a charge and charge quickly. They are very cushioned and super soft leather material. I really wasn't expecting much, but I was surprised by how good they sound. I'm definitely happy with this purchase.”
3. Sony Noise Canceling Headphones WH1000XM2This luxe option adapts to the world around you, allowing you to filter out background noise without doing a thing.
Sony Noise Canceling Headphones WH1000XM2 eliminate irritating background noise and utilize smart listening technology to detect activity and automatically adjust accordingly, providing you with a truly customized audio experience.
These headphones also have easy-to-use touch controls to skip tracks, adjust the volume, or take calls – enabled with built-in microphones. They also have a “quick attention” mode activated by covering your right ear cup, which will turn down your headphones’ volume momentarily, if you need to pause your audio for a brief conversation to speak with a travel mate or flight attendant. Plus, you can activate your phone’s voice assistant – Android and iPhone – with just the touch of a button.
A built-in battery also allows users to enjoy their headphones for 30 hours on a charge.
Here’s what had to say about their experience:
“After contemplating purchasing these vs. Beats Studio 3 I finally went with my gut and purchased the Sony headphones. I could not be more pleased! These are amazing headphones with awesome features, and even better sound quality (yes the bass is great too)(and yes I mean NWA, Wayne, J.Cole type great) . People kept saying I should choose Beats because 1) ”It’s Apple” and 2) The sound quality, and great bass. I must say Apple fans are loyal but they don’t know what they are missing out on. Sony is way ahead of the game on this one.
The Noise canceling feature is second to none! Great for airports, on the plane, studying or just when you want to shut out your surroundings. Also the touch features are incredibly easy to use. I love the fact you can choose to go with a wireless bluetooth connection or go with the ‘old school’ headphone to CD player method.”
4. LINNER In-Ear Noise Canceling HeadphonesThese earbuds charge quickly, pair well with devices, block out sound, can be adjusted to fit your ear canal, and are built to withstand serious physical activity.
LINNER’s Bluetooth headphones are able to absorb ambient sound by using ANC technology. Processing incoming sound waves and creating inverse waves to offset them, these earbuds can reduce background noise up to 28 decibels.?
The earbuds’ Bluetooth v4.1 have a professional sound cavity structure that provide listeners with intense bass and clear mid-tones. They can be used for 13 hours after a full two hours of charging, before needing to be charged again.?
Linner’s comfort-minded, ergonomic earbuds also come with three different silicone eartips to fit a variety of different ear canals for optimal listening comfort. Plus, they’re also sweat-proof, making them ideal for lots of physical activity.
Here’s what Daniel had to say about using these earbuds:
“First off, packaging was very nice, heavy duty and sleek in design. Perfect for gifting. Comes with carrying case, buds in different sizes and charging cable. The earphones charged very quickly- in less than an hour. The quick start instructions were easy to use and the earphones paired quickly to the Bluetooth on my device. I liked how simple they were to set up.
The buds fit snugly and comfortably in my ear. With others, while working out, they slip out of cause my ears and get sore, but this is not the case for these. I used these for exercise and they stayed secure. I also like the attachment that lays along your neck. I have a different brand and they don’t have this so they bounce around and got shorted out quickly. There’s a control with raised buttons for easy control with three buttons that controls music, Siri and phone calls. Excellent sound quality and sound blocking!”
5. Beats Studio3 Wireless HeadphonesThese headphones deliver a professional-grade audio experience, can easily be synced with Apple devices, and are comfortable enough for all day use.
These sleek headphones fit snugly over your ears and uses ANC adaptive technology to drown out background noise, while simultaneously making use of real-time audio calibration for a premium listening experience.
With a 22-hour battery life, you’ll be able to use these bad boys nearly non-stop without charge — and just a 10-minute charge provides you with three full hours of listening time, when your headphones’ rechargeable lithium ion battery is low. And if you’re an Apple user, you’ll definitely love these headphones, which are equipped with an Apple W1 chip that features premium Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to activate Siri, take calls, skip songs, and so much more.
But don’t just listen to us, take it from satisfied customer, , a longtime Beats user:
“I wanted to start off this brief review by stating that I wear headphones almost my entire day at work. I have owned several Beats headphones in the past and currently own also the Beats Solo 3, Solo 2, Beats X, and PowerBeats 3 models. When I heard that the Studio Wireless headphones will be including the W1 chip in the new Studio 3 models, I wanted to buy it right away. I use the Solo 3 headphones each night and keep them on my nightstand, but my one complaint is that as a person who wears eyeglasses, the on ear design hurts my ears when wearing glasses after an hour or so and I have to take them off. I've now had the Studio 3 Wireless headphones for a couple weeks now and I can say that I can wear them an ENTIRE workday (8 hours) with my glasses on and experience no discomfort. The sound is excellent and having the W1 is just amazing. The battery life with ANC on and the range included with the technology make these head and shoulders better than previous models.
While you can turn ANC off and get 40 hours of battery life, I leave it on because while working the noise cancellation is worth it and 22 hours of battery life is not bad at all. The headphones come with the traditional Beats audio cable with remote and a micro USB charging cable. They are super easy to pair on iOS devices and are just a joy to use. The sound is excellent and not too over EQ'ed. I listen to podcasts more than music, but I do occasionally listen to music on them and I cannot complain about the sound.”?The headphones themselves are built to suit all head shapes, with its signature ergonomic pivoting and flexible fit. Its ear cushions are also super soft and breathable thanks to their built-in venting. They also come with a protective hard shell carrying case, so you don’t have to worry about them incurring any serious damage when packing or traveling with them.
6. Conambo CQ4 Active Noise Canceling HeadphonesThis pair are for those who don’t mind straying from what’s popular in favor of quality sound and noise reduction at an amazingly low price.
Here’s what had to say about these super affordable headphones:
“I loved my first headphones so much on my first plane trip that I ordered the same set for my wife. They're small and work great to reduce background noise during air travel. Get yours today and save yourself money instead of buying much more expensive brands.”These headphones are able to cancel out up to 85% of outside noise, such as airplane cabin noise, city traffic, and office sounds. They make use of ANC technology and 40mm large-aperture drivers so that you can listen to your music with exceptional clarity, extended frequency range, and accurate bass response.
Conambo’s headphones also have an adjustable headband, made to fit children and adults alike. Plus, they can be folded up for easy packing — saving you more space than most headphones.
7. Sennheiser HD 4.50 Bluetooth Wireless HeadphonesSennheiser HD 4.50 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones are easy to transport, have great inutive controls, and have a long lasting battery life.
Near Field Communication also allows for instant pairing of your smart devices, making it easy to access your devices without a lot of fuss. And ear cup-mounted controls makes it easy and intuitive to switch up your music, take calls, or lower your headphones’ volume.
The Sennheiser’s simple and elegant, minimalistic design, is created for comfort with super soft leatherette covered ear pads that make listening to music and watching movies and television for hours easy. They can also be folded up for easy transportation and packing. And you can go wireless for up to 19 hours — up to 25 hours if your NoiseGuard is disbaled — with these headphones’ extra-long battery life.?
Here’s what satisfied customer had to say about Sennheiser’s headphones:
“As someone who’s coming from a wired pair of Sennheiser’s, I can say these are great!! At $150 there isn’t anything in their price range that’s even close to as good as these(I went to Best Buy, Walmart & target to try different pairs). I saw post of people complaining about them being too tight on the ears, as a big guy 6’2 250lbs I can say they feel as comfortable as any other pair I tried. I also included pics of them on and a water bottle top on my ear so you can see how big my ears are. They are just the right size for me. I’ve also started just wearing them on the train even when I’m not listening to music because they drown out sound perfectly. My only complaint is I wish the solid black ones were at the $150 price instead of $200 because I think they look better. Battery life has been amazing I only charge them once a week.”