Best True Wireless or Bluetooth Earbuds with Noise Cancellation (2021 Edition)
Filter out the sounds that you don’t want to hear.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus
Jabra Elite 85t
Apple AirPods Pro
Edifier TWS NB
Active noise cancellation or ANC technology operates by electronically producing mirrored sound waves to counter-balance or ‘cancel out’ the sound waves that aren’t part of the audio that you’re listening to. It dampens or neutralizes ambient sounds like that on an engine.
This technology was usually seen in over-ear or circumaural type of headphones. But today, it can be seen in in-ear headphones or earbuds as well.
Bose is pretty well known in the noise-cancelling segment. But other companies like Sony and Sennheiser have also joined in on the fun. Even Apple’s AirPods Pro deliver a pretty effective noise-cancelling performance. This list includes models that we think are the best true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 – 8.7
The sound quality of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless was already amazing. And the True Wireless 2 takes it one step further. This time they also come with active noise cancellation.
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 is a premium true wireless earbud, as is evident by the price tag. They give off a distinct and premium look but not on the same level as the Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus. Despite this, they have an elegant design language.
They come equipped with Bluetooth 5.1 and have an IPX4 rating, which can handle a fair amount of sweat and water exposure. You get 4 pairs of extra eartips inside the box.
The earbuds use touch controls for all actions, this may be a negative to some. There are several touch sequences to memorise which can be slightly frustrating. And if you don’t prefer the default gestures then you can always use the mobile app to change them. As the default controls might be a challenge to remember.
As we said, the audio performance of the True Wireless 2 is phenomenal, couple that with its leading active noise cancellation, and you get a pretty powerful combination. It also has a transparency mode, allowing ambient noise to pass through the earbuds, thus promoting social awareness.
The earbuds have an impressive battery life of 7 hours. The charging case holds an additional 30 hours of battery and can be charged using a USB-C cable. At this price, wireless charging functionality would’ve been more appropriate.
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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds – 8.4
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds deliver a powerful sound output and have one of the most effective noise cancellation execution.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are slightly on the larger side but, at the same time, are also remarkably comfortable. You can comfortably listen to your music through them for hours on end. As we mentioned earlier, their ANC performance is truly among the best. Capable of competing with the likes of Apple, Sennheiser, and Sony.
Additionally, they also have an IPX4 sweat-resistant rating which makes them quite durable. Perfect for workout sessions or going for a run. The inclusion of Transparency mode makes them all the more suitable for active environments and people. It also lets you have a quick chat with someone without having to remove your earbuds.
The app allows you to personalize your earbuds to a certain extent. You can tweak the touch controls, adjust the level of noise cancellation. The earbuds have a battery backup of 6 hours, while the case holds an extra 12 hours of battery life. The case supports Qi wireless charging.
The touch gestures are rather limited. The earbuds have a fantastic bass response. It is powerful and specially managed to not bleed into the midrange. The mids stay clean and precise.
Another neat feature is the Adaptive EQ feature, it keeps the bass stable and consistent even when you lower to volume. If you can afford the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, you are bound to be dazzled by them. They also make a great alternative to the Apple AirPods Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM3.
Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus – 8.3
The Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus has a novel design made with high-quality materials. The quality of the build and sound explains the premium price.
The Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus comes in several exquisite colours. These vivid case housings certainly make them stand out from the competition. Within the box, you’ll find 5 pairs of eartips and 3 pairs of earfins. We suggest that you cycle through those accessories to find the most comfortable fit.
The construction of the MW07 Plus is extremely sturdy. The charging case is made out of stainless steel as well. It comes with an IPX5 certification which offers better water and sweat resistance than IPX4. The case holds a battery backup of 30 hours while the earbuds can run for about 10 hours per charge.
The ANC feature is present in the Plus model, it effectively filters out rumbling engine noises and other annoying sounds. Unfortunately, they don’t have a mobile app for better control, and customization.
The sound signature is neutral or balanced, which is preferred by audiophiles and purists. There is a slight lift in the high-frequency (treble) range, but nothing significant. The sound is detailed and precise throughout the sound spectrum. The Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus delivers on everything, and it does so in style.
Sony WF-1000XM3 – 8.3
The WF-1000XM3 are the best noise-cancelling earbuds from Sony.
The WF-1000XM3 is the embodiment of the years of effort that Sony has put in to improve their active noise-cancelling game. And it turned out to be one of the best active noise-cancelling earbuds.
One of the primary reasons why these are great is because of its audio performance. Anyone familiar with the Sony sound profile and quality knows that they deliver exceedingly when it comes to sound. And the active noise cancellation which is greatly improved and performs effectively.
Unfortunately, since they don’t have an IP rating, they aren’t ideal for exercising or workouts. The extra eartips surely help in achieving the right fit which promotes passive noise isolation. A good seal is crucial to good sound performance. They are priced slightly lower than other earbuds on this list but look just as, if not more, stunning and attractive.
The device is controlled entirely with touch controls. From track controls to volume, and launching voice assistants too. You get 3 levels of ANC – On, Off, and Transparency mode.
The app allows further customization – you can adjust the intensity of noise reduction with a slider. And a feature called Quick Attention which pauses the audio and lets you hear the sounds in your immediate environment. This can be done by putting your finger/hand over the left earbud. It uses a USB-C cable for charging and also supports quick charging functionality.
Jabra Elite 85t – 8.0
The Jabra Elite 85t TWS earbuds produce an amazing audio output and deliver excellent active noise cancellation. While also letting you adjust the quality of your sound.
The active noise cancelling performance by Jabra’s Elite 85t is truly good. It effectively blocks out ambient noises like AC sounds, rumbling of an engine, etc. They also have the HearThrough feature which enables you to hear the sounds around you without removing the earbuds from your ear.
These earbuds deliver a consumer-friendly, bass-focused sound profile. Meaning that the lower end frequencies like the kick and the bass are emphasized. Though, if you’re don’t like this type of sound signature then the Jabra Sound+ app allows you to adjust the sound profile via the equalizer.
Active noise cancellation and sound quality aside, the Jabra Elite 85t also provides some convenient features like the IPX4 water resistance rating, Bluetooth 5.1, USB-C wired charging, wireless charging, and fast charging.
The Jabra Elite 85t are an excellent pair of TWS earbuds just like their previous models – the Elite 75t and Elite 65t. With all these improvements you’d be right to expect a high price tag. And you’d be right. After all, with active noise cancelling, the Jabra Elite 85t is quite attractive.
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Apple Airpods Pro – 7.9
The Apple AirPods Pro are the best noise-cancelling earbuds if you want better integration with the Apple ecosystem.
If you already own and use an iPhone then the Apple AirPods Pro are ideal for you. The Airpods Pro have a better-looking design compared to the plain Airpods. The design uses nozzles and ear tips to improve the in-ear fit, which, in turn, improves sound quality.
They are also fitted with the H1 chip for seamless pairing. It also gives access to the auto-connect feature which is only for iOS users.
The battery life is decent, coming at around 5 hours with active noise cancellation switched on. The case can be charged wirelessly with Qi. Plus, the IPX4 rating and Transparency mode makes them suited for the gym and other such activities. Pinching the stem of the earbuds switches the ANC on or off.
As you’d expect, you can launch Siri using voice command control. To control the volume level you’d have to use Siri. And the touch controls present on the earbuds are customizable. The built-in microphone works wonderfully, it makes the call quality pretty clear by reducing background noises. The active noise-cancelling performance of the Airpods Pro is above average.
The Sony Wf-1000XM3 still does a better job at isolating some sounds. The Airpods Pro are pretty expensive. Their design language is also something that some people may dislike. The sound signature isn’t neutral or ‘v-shaped’. Instead, it slightly boosts the midrange frequencies, which may make instrumentals sound more vibrant. Overall, due to the in-ear fit, the sound quality is also better.
Edifier TWS NB – 7.7
The Edifier TWS NB deliver clean noise cancellation and boasts a bassy sound signature.
True Wireless earbuds by themselves cost a lot. The price goes up even higher if you want them to have the active noise-cancelling feature. The Edifier TWS NB is one of those true wireless earbuds with ANC. They perform relatively well in all areas. You are provided Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX codec support which delivers better sound quality and has a more resilient transmission.
The earbuds also have an ambient mode while lets you hear the sounds around you. You get built-in controls. Passive noise isolation is quite effective on its own but the ANC takes it to another level.
The active noise cancellation performance is great though not on the same level as the models that came before it. You can easily tune in to your beats and relax while the ANC does its thing. Unfortunately, they lack on-ear volume controls. Furthermore, the size of the earbuds and case is also rather bulky.
Coming to the sound: a balanced sound signature that favours many popular music genres. The audio performance is satisfying. The Edifier TWS NB is an ideal partner for commuters and travellers. It manages to mute the world effectively giving you a focused sound experience. The microphone quality and the fit are two aspects that Edifier needs to work on.
1MORE Stylish True Wireless Earbuds – The 1MORE Stylish is a perfect example of a consumer-friendly sound signature. The sound is bassy or bass-focused which is preferred by a lot of listeners. The design looks sleek and stylish without being flashy. You get a good battery backup and stylish design, a splendid combination.
AUKEY EP-N5 – The Aukey EP-N5 is a solid pair of truly wireless earbuds. It provides great comfort and also has an enjoyable sound profile. The bass is punchy and the IPX5 water-resistance rating makes it a good fit for workout sessions.
The active noise-cancellation performance is decent. While also supporting multipoint connectivity. You can use the right earbud for mono mode. One downside of the EP-N5 is that it does not let you customize the touch controls.
Libratone Track Air – The Libratone Track Air has an eye-catching design, long battery life and delivers excellent noise cancellation performance. The downside of owning one is: only iPhone users can access the volume controls. The device uses touch controls for everything, some prefer that and some don’t.
Sony WF-SP800N – At this price segment, you’ll find several great alternatives to the Sony WF-SP800N. The Sony 360 Reality Audio is a cool feature, but you shouldn’t buy them just for this. Other TWS earbuds also support this. That said, these still are a good pair of TWS earbuds.