With more people working from home than they used to, owning a good pair of noise-canceling headphones has become more appealing than ever. However, they can be expensive and difficult to shop for due to the range of available models, many of which cater to different lifestyles and priorities. Some are better suited for long-haul flights, for instance, while others are ideal for multitasking and marathon listening sessions.
That’s why we’ve curated this list of the best deals on noise-canceling headphones. Here, you’ll find sales on all kinds of on-ear and over-ear headphones, all of which are designed to eliminate outside noise but come with their own strengths and weaknesses. And if you want to do even more research before making a buying decision, we’ve put together a guide to the best noise-canceling headphones, which can help you determine which is right for you.
Highlights across the range
Bose QuietComfort 45 deals
Bose QuietComfort 45s, our pick for the most comfortable noise-canceling headphones, are a pair frequent travelers will surely appreciate. They’re lightweight and foldable, so you can easily carry them around with you, and ear fatigue is unlikely, thanks to their oval ear cups. Battery life now sits at 24 hours as well, meaning you needn’t worry about constantly having to charge them. The new transparency mode, meanwhile, comes in handy when you need to be more aware of your surroundings, like when you’re about to cross the street, while a recently-introduced firmware update allows you to customize the bass, mid-range, and other aspects of the EQ. The USB-C-equipped headphones don’t offer the same bassy response as Sony’s 1000XM4s, but if comfort is what you’re after, the QC45 offer it in spades.
While we’ve seen the QC45 drop to as low as $279, right now there are no discounts that steep available. However, you can save 15 percent on a pair when you buy two of the QuietComfort 45s, QuietComfort Earbuds, or Sport Earbuds, in any combination, from Bose. Keep in mind that the discount will apply to the cheaper of the two models, and you must buy both at the same time to take advantage of the deal. Read our review.
Apple’s AirPods Max deals
If you’re looking for the best sound quality you can get in a pair of noise-canceling headphones, we recommend the AirPods Max. The headphones pair seamlessly with other Apple devices and they sound superb, especially combined with Apple’s spatial audio feature, which allows for a more immersive experience when listening to or watching compatible content. They also tout the best transparency mode of all the headphones on our list, and they boast incredible build quality thanks to a luxe design that opts for aluminum, steel, and fabric over plastic.
At $549, the AirPods Max are usually pretty expensive, but many retailers have been discounting them as of late. Right now, for instance, you can buy them on Amazon for $479 or in select colors at B&H Photo for the same price. That’s not as low as their all-time low of $429, but still a sizeable discount. You can also pick them up at Micro Center for $469.99, though they’re only available in-store in select locations. Read our review.
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 deals
If you’re a non-Apple user looking for a pair of noise-canceling headphones that sound fantastic, Sennheiser’s Momentum Wireless 3 is your best option. We found that they boast detailed, bass-rich sound, a stylish, retro-inspired design, and are extremely comfortable to wear — even when you’re donning glasses. Although their noise cancellation might not rival other models on our list, they make up for it with convenient software features like ambient passthrough and a customizable EQ. Plus, unlike many other headphones, they integrate with the location tracking device, Tile.
The Momentum Wireless 3 typically retail for $399.99, but we’ve seen them drop to as low as $241 in select instances. Right now, you can buy them at Best Buy in either black or white for $249.98, which is just $9 shy of their best price to date. Read our review.
Shure Aonic 50 deals
Shure’s Aonic 50 are amongst the best noise-canceling headphones available at a lower price point, offering first-class sound quality, adequate noise cancellation, and support for advanced Bluetooth codecs like apt-X HD and LDAC. They’re also comfortable to wear, boast detailed, bass-rich sound, and offer features like ambient passthrough and a customizable EQ. Normally $299.99, Shure’s Aonic 50 are on sale right now for $249.98 at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop, which is just $10 more than their best-ever price.
Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 deals
Multitaskers will appreciate Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2 given they offer terrific multipoint Bluetooth support, which allows you to pair them with multiple devices and switch back and forth between them with ease. The headphones also offer intuitive dial controls for both volume and noise cancellation, as well as improved sound quality and battery life over their predecessor. While Microsoft’s noise-canceling tech isn’t quite as effective as Bose’s and Sony’s, the Surface Headphones 2 still adequately silence outside noises so you can focus.
During Black Friday, Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2 dropped to around $162, which is almost half their typical retail price of $249.99. We’re not currently seeing any deals that steep as of right now, however, BuyDig is selling them in gray for $198. If you prefer a different colorway, Amazon is also selling them in black for $229.99. Read our review.
Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II deals
If the newer QuietComfort 45 are out of your budget, their noise-canceling predecessor remain a great, affordable alternative — at least when they can be found. Like newer Bose models, the discontinued QuietComfort 35 II are both comfortable and lightweight. They also come with a number of praiseworthy features, including good sound quality and the ability to seamlessly switch between two paired devices.
While their original sticker price was $349, the QC35 II are frequently on sale for far less. Target and GameStop, for example, are currently selling them for $299, a cool $50 off the list price but a far cry from their all-time low of around $180.
If you’re looking for noise-canceling headphones that are under $200, Sony’s WH-CH710N might be worth a look. The budget-friendly headphones come with an “Artificial Intelligence Noise Cancellation” feature, which, according to Sony, will automatically select the proper noise cancellation mode based on the sound levels in your environment. The Bluetooth headphones also feature an ambient mode for when you want to hear what’s going on around you and offer up to 35 hours of continuous playback on a single charge.
Sony’s WH-CH710N typically retail for $199.99, but at the moment you can buy them for around $148 at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Sony. Adorama is also selling a bundle that includes an Energizer UE20003PQ power bank and a microfiber cleaning cloth for $178, which is an additional $12 off the bundle’s typical sale price.
Beats Studio 3 deals
While we couldn’t recommend these to anybody outside of the Apple ecosystem, the Beats Studio 3 Wireless could be a decent alternative if you want a pair of over-ear headphones from Apple but find the AirPods Max to be too expensive. The Beats Studio 3 are comfortable to wear, fold inward for easy stowing, and feature Apple’s last-gen 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 lack hands-free Siri support. They also charge via a Micro USB port instead of a Lightning port or USB-C.
The Beats Studio 3 are certainly showing their age at this point — the headphones launched in 2017, after all — but they are currently on sale on Amazon for $199.99 in select colorways. Read our review.
Beats Solo Pro deals
When we first reviewed the Beats Solo Pro in 2019, we found Apple’s well-designed headphones offered effective noise cancellation, good durability, lengthy battery life, and a balanced sound profile. They were discontinued last year, however, and as a result, Apple and most major retailers no longer sell them. Still, if you’re keen on them, they’re currently available in blue at Verizon for $199.99, which is about $100 off their original asking price.
Source: The Verge