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A great pair of noise-canceling headphones can be life-changing, whether you’re trying to tune out the kids while working from home or just want some distraction-free music while out walking. But noise-canceling models are often expensive. The very best-performing options in our ratings can top $300.

You can find solid noise-canceling performance for less, though. The headphones below are all fantastic choices if you want good quality at an affordable price. We’ve found a few great models for around $50 to $60, though a pair with the latest features still runs over $100.

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Each of the models connects over Bluetooth and gets high marks for sound. A few even match the best headphones in our tests for noise-reducing ability.

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Anker SoundCore Life Q20

You’ll have a hard time finding a better value in noise-canceling headphones than the Anker SoundCore Life Q20. You can pick up this model for just around $60, and our tests show it beats out models that cost hundreds more.

The SoundCore Life Q20 has great audio quality and outstanding noise cancellation. It doesn’t sound quite as a good as top-rated models, and you won’t get sought-after features like adjustable levels of noise cancellation. But at this price, that’s a sacrifice worth making.

Anker does include some appealing perks, though, such as the ability to work over Bluetooth or an audio cable, and a free app that adds features including a bass boost EQ setting. According to Anker, it has a generous 40-hour battery life when Bluetooth and noise cancellation are both turned on.

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Panasonic RZ-S500W

The Panasonic RZ-S500W has above-average sound quality and even better noise-cancellation. They cost well under $200, and they feature a true wireless design, meaning there's no physical connection between the earpieces.

This time last year, comparable models cost about as much as a cross-country flight.

Panasonic delivers convenient features as well, including touch controls and an ambient sound monitoring mode that lets in noise from your environment. A free app adds additional functionality, such as EQ customization, adjustable levels of noise-cancellation, and a feature meant to help you find the headphones if you misplace them.

According to the manufacturer, the RZ-S500W has a 6.5-hour battery life, while the portable charging case will power the headphones for two additional charges on the go. They also have a quick-charge function that Panasonic says will give you 70 minutes of playback after 15 minutes of charging.

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Price: $180

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Monoprice BT-300ANC

This over-ear wireless model from Monoprice is usually available for around $50—a steal, given its superb noise-canceling performance and dependable sound quality. They don’t score as high as our top pick from Anker, listed above, but they’re almost on a par and cost a bit less. The BT-300ANC features integrated controls for calls, volume, and playback, and the ear cups fold in and swivel flat for easy storage and transport. According to Monoprice, the battery will run for 8 hours between charges with Bluetooth and noise cancellation turned on. (CR doesn’t test battery life in headphones.) You can keep the music going even longer by switching off Bluetooth and using the detachable audio cable, which is included.

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Price: $45

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Amazon Echo Buds

The Amazon Echo Buds didn’t score high enough in our tests to earn a recommendation from CR, but the price makes them worth considering if you want a true wireless model for a lower cost.

The Echo Buds get high marks for noise cancellation. While their sound isn’t outstanding, it isn’t terrible, either. This model delivers markedly better audio quality than the first-generation AirPods, though they’re not as good as the AirPods Pro.

Hands-free Alexa integration makes these earphones an appealing choice if you’ve leaned into Amazon’s digital assistant ecosystem. They also feature a monitor mode, which lets in outside sound when you don’t want to be totally cut off. According to Amazon, they’re water-resistant and have a 5-hour battery life, and their charging/carrying case is good for three more charges on the go.

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Price: $90

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC100BT

Want a portable model at a nice price? For $100, these Bluetooth earphones provide superior noise-canceling tech and reliable sound quality. They feature controls for calls, volume, and playback, and come with a detachable audio cable for use with wired devices.

Some of the electronics are housed in an external compartment. That may seem inconvenient, but it’s small enough to slide into a shirt pocket or clip to your clothes. Plus, the extra space allows for higher battery capacity than you see on most Bluetooth earphones, especially noise-canceling models. According to Audio-Technica, the ANC100BT will operate for up to 10 hours with Bluetooth and noise cancellation turned on.

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Price: $100

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JBL Everest Elite 150NC

If you shop around, you can pick up these earphones for under $100, which is a fantastic value for a noise-canceling model that performs so well. The in-ear JBL Everest Elite 150NC has great audio quality and terrific noise-reduction abilities, according to our tests.

The earphones feature an integrated, variable noise-canceling control that lets you choose between more or less ambient sound, and they have an advertised 14-hour battery life with the noise-canceling technology turned on. The My JBL Headphones app provides additional functionality, such as a 10-band graphic equalizer.

The earphones clip together magnetically for easy storage, but the collar that connects them is a bit heavy.

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Price: $200

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The Science Behind Noise-Canceling Headphones

Whether they’re for concentrating on work or blocking out undesirable sounds in other situations, noise-canceling headphones can be a huge help. On the “Consumer 101” TV show, Consumer Reports experts Elias Arias and James Dickerson explain to host Jack Rico the tech behind these handy devices.