Noise-cancelling headphones are one of the most popular types of cans, and for good reason. They block out ambient noise that can distract from you enjoying your favorite tunes. While they’re particularly useful for air travel and daily commutes—especially via mass transit—they’re also great at isolating you from at-home noise pollution, whether that be the whoosh of your HVAC system, the whir of your computer’s cooling fans, or your neighbor’s lawn mower.
Updated October 4, 2021 with our Bose QuietComfort 45 review. Bose continues to build some of the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market, but Sony’s WH-1000XM4 remains our top pick in this category.