Bose QuietComfort 20
Best overall noise canceling earbuds
Nothing today touches the fantastic quality of Bose’s noise cancelation. They’re expensive, but if noise canceling and auditory peace is what you value most they’re worth it.
- The sound quality isn't the absolute best, but it's good enough considering the noise canceling quality
- Make sure to get the right model for your device (Apple vs. Android/Samsung)
- 16 hour battery life
Best value: adequate noise canceling for 1/6 the price
While its noise canceling isn’t as good as Bose, it’s adequately close (estimated at about 60% to 70% as good) and only 1/6 the cost.
- To improve the noise cancelling and comfort of these, replace the included ear tips with SpinFit ear tips
- 15 hour battery life
Bose QuietControl 30
If wireless ability is important to you
If you need both noise canceling and wireless ability, these are the best. Compared to the QC20, the noise cancelation of these is extremely close and the sound quality is slightly better.
Downsides are the neckband design looks weird when worn and once it's out of battery it's done vs. wired options you can continue to use.
- 10 hour battery life