The best noise canceling headphones deals

You can currently buy the AirPods Max for around $449 instead of $549. | Photo by Becca Farsace/MovieBeat

With more people working from home than ever before, owning a good pair of noise canceling headphones has become more appealing than ever. However, they can be expensive and difficult to purchase due to the range of models available, many of which cater to different lifestyles and priorities. Some are better suited to long-haul flights, for example, 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’ll find sales on all sorts of over-ear and on-ear headphones, all of which are designed to shut out outside noise but have 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 that can help you figure out which one is right for you.

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

Apple 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 perfectly with other Apple devices and they sound superb, especially when combined with Apple’s Spatial Audio feature, which allows for a more immersive experience when listening to or watching compatible content. They also boast the best transparency mode of any earbud on our list, and they offer incredible build quality thanks to a luxurious design that opts for aluminum, steel and fabric over plastic.

With an MSRP of $549, the AirPods Max can be quite pricey, but many retailers have been slashing them recently.

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

Bose QuietComfort 45 deals

The Bose QuietComfort 45, our pick for most comfortable noise-canceling headphones, are a pair that frequent travelers will surely appreciate. They’re lightweight and foldable, so you can easily carry them around with you, and ear strain is unlikely, thanks to their oval ear cups. Battery life is now 24 hours too, meaning you don’t have to 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, such as when you’re about to cross the street, while a firmware update introduced earlier this year lets you customize the bass, mids, 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 looking for, the QC45 delivers it in spades.

Sennheiser’s Momentum Wireless 3 headphones offer a retro-inspired design and great sound.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 Deals

If you’re not an Apple user looking for a fantastic-sounding pair of noise-canceling headphones, Sennheiser’s Momentum Wireless 3 are your best bet. We’ve found that they deliver detailed, bass-rich sound, a sleek, retro-inspired design, and are extremely comfortable to wear, even when wearing glasses. While their noise cancellation can’t compete with the other models on our list, they make up for it with handy software features like ambient passthrough and a customizable EQ. Plus, unlike many other headphones, they integrate with the tracking device, Tile.

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Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2 are great for multitasking.

Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 deals

Multitaskers will appreciate Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2, as they offer excellent multipoint Bluetooth support, allowing you to pair them with multiple devices and easily switch between them. The earphones also offer intuitive dial controls for volume and noise cancellation, as well as improved sound quality and battery life over their predecessor. While Microsoft’s noise-canceling technology isn’t as effective as Bose and Sony’s, the Surface Headphones 2 still silence outside noise enough for you to concentrate.

During Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2 dropped to around $162, almost half of its typical asking price of $249.99.

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The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II headphones are as comfortable and lightweight as newer models.

Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II Deals

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

While their original price was $349, QC35 IIs are often on sale for much less.

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The Beats Studio 3 are almost half the price, so they’re a good alternative if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly pair of headphones.

Beats Studio 3 Wireless Deals

While we can’t recommend them to anyone outside of the Apple ecosystem, the Beats Studio 3 Wireless might be a decent alternative if you want a pair of Apple’s over-ear headphones but find the AirPods Max to be too expensive. Beats Studio 3 are comfortable to wear, fold inward for easy storage, and feature Apple’s next-generation W1 wireless chip, which still lets you quickly connect and switch between Apple devices . Note, however, that unlike those built with Apple’s new H1 chip, the headphones don’t support hands-free Siri. They also charge through a Micro USB port instead of a Lightning or USB-C port.

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