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Best Noise Canceling Earbuds & Ear Plugs for Airplanes
Nothing is better than a pair of noise-canceling earbuds on those long travel days. A good pair allows you to zone out and focus on something other than the challenges traveling can bring, such as loud people, crying babies and conversations you don’t want to hear.
They may be small, but their impact on your travel mood is great. Here are the best noise-canceling earbuds for your travels.
Best Overall: Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds
When it comes to the best on the market, the Sony WF-1000 XM4 Earbuds are pretty hard to beat. Not only is the noise cancellation feature one of the best on the market with its integrated processor V1 technology, but you can also connect to two devices simultaneously.
We know this is supposed to be noise cancellation, but we would be remiss if we left out that the Sony WF-1000XM4 is an excellent option if you listen to various music genres.
You can get a clean and clear bass or go bass-heavy. The sounds, either way, are rich.
Best Noise-Canceling: Bose Quiet Comfort II
The Bose Quiet Comfort II is a favorite among techies, and some say they put Apple’s AirPods to shame. That’s because Bose didn’t design them with a one-fits-all approach. With these headphones, you can customize the noise cancellation as your see fit to enjoy deep and immersive sounds.
Three pairs of custom stability bands will be included in the box so that you can find the best fit for your ears.
Best Budget: Edifier NeoBuds Pro
If sound precision is an important feature, consider the Edifier NeoBuds Pro. These are more than headphones; it’s an experience that won’t break the bank.
These come equipped with an advanced active noise-canceling system that uses a six-mic array to cancel incoming noise. Another cool feature is you can communicate better if someone calls – unlike many of the options out there. The technology isolates your voice while filtering out the background noise for smooth and effective communication with the person on the other line.
Best for iPhone Users: Apple AirPods Pro Second Generation
When Apple launched the second generation of its AirPods Pro, the noise cancellation component was one of the standout features. AirPods Pro features noise cancellation and adaptive transparency and is sweat and water-resistant. This design element keeps them in your ear when you’re booking it to the next gate.
When it comes to how they fit and comfort, that’s where Apple leads. Apple AirPods fit snugly and tight to your ear and come with additional earbud tips.
Best Over the Ear: Sony WH-1000XM5/B Wireless
If you’re not interested in earbuds and instead prefer having something over your ears, there is an option for you.
Sony has a pair of headphones that allow you to call people, are noise-canceling and don’t involve any cords.
What makes these unique, aside from the fact you don’t have to worry about losing them so quickly, is the noise cancellation feature is designed with two processors control 8 microphones for unprecedented noise cancellation. The noise canceling on these headphones is automatically optimized based on your wearing conditions and environment.
Unlike the buds, you can listen to your music or podcasts for up to 30 hours on a full charge, versus the six to eight hours offered on other earbuds.
Best Earplugs: Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone
If you want noise cancellation of ambient sounds that don’t involve music, Mack’s soft moldable silicone putty molds are perfect for you.
Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone earplugs are multi-use and can be used for sleeping, noise cancellation, flying discomfort, swimming, at loud concerts and more.