The best noise-cancelling headphones for every budget

Turn on, tune in, zone out

Getting away from the world for a bit of ‘you time’ is easier said than done. Babies, colleagues, that idiot on the bus talking too loudly on his phone - they’re all just waiting to mess up your peace and quiet when you need it most.

That’s where a pair of noise-cancelling headphones come in. They use active noise cancellation technology (ANC) to quieten the hubbub of your surroundings and leave you at one with your thoughts… and your music of course.

A commuter’s companion, then, and a traveller’s must-have – but with so many to choose from, where do you start? Well right here, of course. We’ve tested nine of the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market, at varying prices, to help you choose your quiet-time compadre.

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Best noise-cancelling headphones under £250

Lindy BNX 60 | Philips SHB8850NC | Denon AH-GC20 | AKG N60 NC Wireless

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Best noise-cancelling headphones over £250 - part 1

Sony MDR-1000X | Bose QuietComfort 35 | Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless

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Best noise-cancelling headphones over £250 - part 2

Sennheiser PXC 550 | B&O H8 | Parrot Zik 3

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