The best cheap noise canceling headphones deals for September 2022


With more people working from home than before, owning good noise canceling headphones is more appealing than ever. However, they can be expensive and difficult to buy due to the range of models available, many of which are suitable for different lifestyles and priorities. For example, some are better suited for long-haul flights, while others are ideal for multitasking and marathon listening sessions.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best deals on noise canceling headphones. Here you will find all kinds of on-ear and over-ear headphones for sale, all of which are designed to eliminate outside noise, but have their own strengths and weaknesses. And if you’d like to do even more research before making a purchase decision, we’ve put together a guide to the best noise-cancelling headphones to help you decide which one is right for you.

The AirPods Max is a good choice for those who are deeply rooted in the Apple ecosystem.
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Apple’s AirPods Max Deals

If you’re looking for the best sound quality you can get in noise canceling headphones, we recommend the AirPods Max. The headphones work seamlessly with other Apple devices and they sound great, especially when combined with Apple’s spatial audio feature, which makes for a more immersive experience when listening to or watching compatible content. They also cite the best transparency mode of all the headphones on our list, and they have incredible build quality thanks to a deluxe design that opts for aluminum, steel, and fabric over plastic.

At a suggested retail price of $549, the AirPods Max can be quite expensive, but many retailers have discounted them lately.


Apple’s AirPods Max have exemplary build quality, sound phenomenal and keep up with the best noise cancellation.

Bose QuietComfort 45s are our pick for the most comfortable noise canceling headphones.

Bose QuietComfort 45s are our pick for the most comfortable noise canceling headphones.
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Bose QuietComfort 45 offers

Bose QuietComfort 45s, our pick for the most comfortable noise-cancelling headphones, are a pair that frequent travelers will love. They’re lightweight and foldable, so you can easily carry them with you, and ear fatigue is unlikely, thanks to their oval ear cups. The battery life is now also 24 hours, which means you don’t have to worry about constantly charging them. The new transparency mode, meanwhile, comes in handy when you need to be more aware of your surroundings, such as when you’re about to cross the street, while a firmware update introduced earlier this year allows you to see the bass, mid-range, and other aspects of the EQ. The USB-C equipped headphones don’t offer the same bass response as Sony’s 1000XM4s, but if comfort is what you’re after, the QC45 offers that in abundance.


Bose’s QuietComfort 45 headphones update the company’s popular ultra-comfortable design with USB-C, improved noise cancellation, and longer battery life.

The Momentum Wireless 3 headphones from Sennheiser offer a retro-inspired design and great sound.

The Momentum Wireless 3 headphones from Sennheiser offer a retro-inspired design and great sound.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 offers

If you’re a non-Apple user looking for noise-cancelling headphones that sound fantastic, Sennheiser’s Momentum Wireless 3 is your best option. We found that they offer a detailed, bass-rich sound, have a stylish, retro-inspired design and are extremely comfortable to wear, even with glasses on. While their noise cancellation may not rival other models on our list, they make up for it with useful software features like ambient passthrough and an adjustable EQ. Plus, unlike many other headphones, they integrate with the location tracking device, Tile.


Sennheiser’s premium noise-cancelling headphones offer luscious comfort, rich sound with plenty of bass, and a timeless design.


Marshall’s noise-cancelling headphones stand out for their unique appearance and easy-to-use joystick for controlling your music. They are also champions of battery life with up to 45 hours of playback.

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Microsoft's Surface Headphones 2 are great for multitasking.

Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2 are great for multitasking.
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Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 deals

Multitaskers will appreciate Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2, as they offer great multipoint Bluetooth support, allowing you to pair them with multiple devices and switch back and forth with ease. The headphones also offer intuitive rotary controls for both volume and noise cancellation, as well as improved sound quality and battery life over their predecessor. While Microsoft’s noise-cancelling technology isn’t as effective as Bose and Sony’s, the Surface Headphones 2 still muffle outside noise enough so you can focus.

During Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2 dropped to about $162, which is nearly half their regular asking price of $249.99.


Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2 have the same intuitive rotary controls as the originals for volume and noise cancellation, but the sequel offers better sound quality and battery life at a lower price.

Bose QC35

Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II headphones are just as comfortable and light as the newer models.

Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II offers

If the newer QuietComfort 45 is out of your budget, their noise-cancelling predecessor remains a great, affordable alternative – at least if they can be found. Like newer Bose models, the discontinued QuietComfort 35 II headphones are both comfortable and lightweight. They also come with some commendable features, including good sound quality and the ability to switch seamlessly between two paired devices.

Although their original sticker price was $349, the QC35 II can often be bought for much less.

Bose Quiet Comfort 35


These lightweight, over-ear wireless headphones have one of the best active noise canceling effects to attenuate distractions.

The Beats Studio 3 are almost half the price and therefore a good alternative if you're looking for more budget-friendly headphones.

The Beats Studio 3 are almost half the price and therefore a good alternative if you’re looking for more budget-friendly headphones.
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Beats Studio 3 Wireless Deals

While we wouldn’t recommend these to anyone outside of the Apple ecosystem, the Beats Studio 3 Wireless could be a good alternative if you want Apple over-ear headphones but find the AirPods Max too expensive. The Beats Studio 3 is comfortable to wear, folds inward for easy storage and features Apple’s latest generation W1 wireless chip, which still allows you to quickly connect and switch between Apple devices. . Note, however, that unlike those built with Apple’s newer H1 chip, the headphones don’t have hands-free Siri support. They also charge via a Micro USB port instead of a Lightning port or USB-C.


The Beats Studio 3 features Apple’s W1 wireless chip, allowing them to quickly connect and switch between all the Apple devices you own. The wireless over-ear headphones connect via Bluetooth and also support 3.5mm for a wired connection.


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