Noise-canceling headphones being worn on an airplane, shot from behind the subject.

A great pair of noise-canceling headphones can be life-changing for people whose misfortune frequently lands them next to a crying baby on an airplane, or for those who want to listen to music without distraction. But noise-canceling headphones can be expensive. The very best models in our ratings can top $300.

That doesn't mean you can't find decent headphone performance for less, though. The noise-canceling headphones featured here aren't exactly inexpensive (though one pair does cost less than $50), but they are solid choices if you want quality at an affordable price.

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Each of these models connects over Bluetooth, they all get high marks for sound, and a few even match the best headphones in our tests for sound-reducing ability.

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Monoprice BT-300ANC

This over-ear wireless model from Monoprice is available for just under $50, a steal given its superb noise-canceling performance and above-average sound quality. 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 8 hours between charges with both Bluetooth and noise-canceling turned on, and 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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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC100BT

Want a portable model at a nice price? This is the cheapest option to earn a recommendation from CR's testers. 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 be seem inconvenient, but the compartment is 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 many competitors in this category. According to Audio-Technica, the ANC100BT will operate for up to 10 hours with both Bluetooth and noise-canceling turned on.

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Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

The Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC delivers fantastic noise-canceling capability and can be used via a wired or Bluetooth connection. You can usually find it for $150 or less. It provides high-quality sound, though it doesn’t quite match the best headphones in our ratings. The HD 4.50 BTNC has integrated volume, playback, and call controls that work with paired Bluetooth devices. With Bluetooth and noise-cancellation turned on, the headphones are supposed to have a 19-hour battery life, according to the manufacturer.

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Sony WF-SP700N

The Sony WF-SP700N has a true wireless design, meaning the earpieces aren’t connected by a cable. The model delivers dependable noise-canceling and audio quality, and the price tends to hover around $150, though we've seen it sell for much less.

The earphones feature controls to turn noise-canceling on and off, and to activate a mode that amplifies ambient sound from your environment for situations such as a train ride, where you might want to hear announcements. The controls also let you access Google Assistant, accept calls, skip tracks, and play or pause music playback, though there’s no integrated option for volume adjustment.

The advertised 3-hour battery life is short but not unusual for true wireless models, and this one has a quick-charging function as well as a carrying/charging case with a built-in battery that can recharge the earphones twice before you need an outlet. Sony also markets this model as water-resistant, though CR hasn't tested this feature.

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JBL Everest Elite 150NC

If you shop around, you can pick up these earphones for as little as $200, which is a solid 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 testers.

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, our testers say.

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Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported that the Sony WF-SP700N has volume controls but lacks an integrated option for skipping tracks. The opposite is true; the earphones have track-skipping controls but no volume controls.