best noise cancelling headphones under $100

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under $100

If you are looking for the best noise cancelling headphones under $100 then great news. I’ve actually got five noise cancelling headphones to show you today ranging from 50 to a 100 dollars.

Can you really get ANC that rivals high end equivalence like Sony, Bose and Sennheiser? Is the sound quality even worth bothering with?

Just promise me that you’ll read this guide on budget noise cancelling headphones to the end as I might have just saved the best until last. So let’s get started.

There’s two things you should know about best noise cancelling headphones under $100 before we even dive anywhere near this.

First of all, they all have ANC switch, which if left on, will drain the battery of your headphones, even when they’re powered off. You must remember to switch it off after use.

Secondly, whilst the $100 ANC headphones tend to excel at canceling low frequency noises like rumbling engine noise on a train or a plane, they do struggle to eliminate higher frequencies like people’s voices and sirens, for example, and unless you are willing to drop an extra 200 bucks, 250 bucks, you won’t find much improvement on that sticking point.

Otherwise, it’s actually pretty scary how close these affordable noise cancelling headphones come to headphones that are more than triple their price. I’m going to kick things off with my first pair of ANC headphones in $100.

Mixcder E9 ANC Headphones

best noise cancelling headphones under $100

Mixcder E9 ANC Headphones cost just $70. Yet for that modest price point, they somehow still managed to blend in with a $300 Sony and Bose ANC headphones. They can also match their 30 hour battery life too. Mixcder E9 ANC Headphones fold up just like high end headphones too. In terms of comfort, the Mixcder E9 ANC Headphones are fairly middle of the road. Definitely comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, but not the most comfortable in this list.

The sound quality of Mixcder E9 ANC Headphones is actually really damn good. If you’re asking, they offer a well-balanced sound profile that is far from what you’d expect at this price point. The bass is strong without totally dominating the sound scape.

I know some of you guys will like that sound profile and vocals shine through above all else. I have to say these do not sound like a pair of budget noise cancelling headphones. With ANC off, the mids and highs are noticeably quieter. However, giving the E9 ANC more of a base boosted profile, which I don’t mind, but you should probably know about, there’s an extremely minor audio visual lag when watching YouTube, Netflix, or gaming. But honestly it is nothing drastic at all.

The ANC is strong offering great reduction of low frequencies with the flick of a switch. But of course it does struggle when it comes to reducing voices slightly more than the next two options in this guide. All in all, the Mixcder E9 ANC Headphones probably offer the best balance of price, sound quality, noise cancellation, and are one of the most lightweight and compact.

I’ve got to admit, I’ve set the bar pretty high by putting the Mixcder E9 ANC Headphones first. Let’s see if I can beat these with my next option.

MPOW H12 ANC Headphones

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MPOW H12 ANC Headphones come in at $60. That’s $10 left the E9. MPOW H12 ANC Headphones are follow up to the enormously popular H5 from last year.

But this time with hybrid ANC, an improved form of noise cancellation that blocks out noise using internal and external microphones. MPOW H12 ANC Headphones promise 30 hours of battery life and fold up like the 9S but unlike the E9. The bottom controls actually feel much higher quality and much more responsive, but can the H12 really beat the E9 when they cost less money?

Well, in truth, they struggle to top the E9 in a lot of ways. They don’t ship with a case. You instead get a draw string bag, which is okay. They definitely win the award for being most plasticy, and they have their thinnest ear and headband padding out of all the options in this article.

Well, surprisingly enough, they have the best ANC on best noise cancelling headphones under $100 list. No joke, not only did they reduce low frequency noises better than other options, but they even managed to take the edge off a voices slightly too, making them sound just quite high in treble.

It takes all the bass out of voices. It’s not huge, but it’s something when you flick the ANC off, the bass is slightly toned down too. So again, that’s something to bear in mind if you’re not gonna have ANC on all the time, and maybe you’re trying to preserve battery again. There’s very little audio visual latency when watching YouTube or Netflix, which I was really impressed by, but despite its mind of flaws, I had to include it in this list just purely because they have the best ANC.

At this price point, that’s absolutely unreal. So if you’re looking for headphones that prioritize AMC first and foremost, taking the sting out of low frequency noises and voices just to touch you won’t find any better than MPOW H12 ANC Headphones.

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TaoTronics SoundSurge 46 ANC Headphones

best noise cancelling headphones under $100

TaoTronics SoundSurge 46 ANC Headphones are my personal favorites and the headphones I’ve actually been using for the last month or so. TaoTronics SoundSurge 46 ANC Headphones retail for around 70 to $80.

They even ship with a really nice hard shell case too now, just because they’re my headphones of choice. That doesn’t mean that they’re without their faults. Trust me, I know now after using them for a month, but for me, they tick the boxes in all those important categories, the first category being comfort.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the ear padding on TaoTronics SoundSurge 46 ANC Headphones are absolutely huge and not surprisingly hugely comfortable. The only problem is that it does make them look ridiculously bulky when you’ve got them on, especially when compared to the slimmer profile of the E9.

Despite only having a micro USB port, TaoTronics SoundSurge 46 ANC Headphones charge extremely fast, letting you a complete full charge, which means roughly 30 hours of playback in just 45 minutes.  

That’s unreal compared to the H12’s, which actually require three hours of charging for a full charge. There’s also next to no audio, visual latency and bot controls.

My personal favorite wouldn’t have terrible sound quality. Would it? And not surprisingly the sound quality of TaoTronics SoundSurge 46 ANC Headphones is just ear blowingly good. Kind of like mind blowing, but few ears like their true wireless counterparts, they offer a sound profile with punchy bass that is very hard to find anywhere else.

Seriously, if you crank up the volume to max, you can actually feel the bass vibrating on your head. Which is something I actually really enjoy at this price point.

This type of sound quality is just absolutely ridiculous. The hybrid ANC is great too. Of course, though, not quite as mind blowing as the H12, but the TaoTronics do handle voices slightly better than the E9 which does go some way to justifying their higher price point.

This is one of the few headphones where sound quality isn’t greatly affected by ANC being on or off, which is actually really handy for when you are preserving battery in situations where you don’t even really need it to be on.

Plus the TaoTronics superior performance at high volumes mean that you can just turn up the volume to clean up any voices or annoying noises that the ANC don’t fold up. They are bulky. In my opinion, the E9 look better, but I don’t have to look at myself when I have them on. So in my mind, if they don’t look as good, that’s other people’s problems who are looking at me, right?

I’ve got these on and I’m listening to that sound quality, I couldn’t care less how bulky they are or not. The TaoTronics are gonna be a tough act to follow.

iTeknik ANC Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones

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My fourth pair of best noise cancelling headphones under $100 are not only the cheapest on this list at $48. But they have an instant claim to fame of their own.

I know it’s not just because they ship with the most compact case though, that does help introducing the eye techniques, the only budget ANC headphones to have 5.0 in this guide. I purposefully made it my mission to find a pair that had Bluetooth 5.0 because it’s so incredibly rare. It basically means a faster connection speed.

For example, it takes iTeknik ANC Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones just over a second to pair with your phone when you turn them on. Whereas all the other options in this guide take around five seconds. Bluetooth 5.0 also means the least audio visual lag, increased range, actually up to four times the range and a more stable connection. So, sounds good. Right?

Apart from that iTeknik headphones are nicely padded. iTeknik headphones actually looked like they were modeled on the both QuietComfort 35. Like TaoTronics you’ll get 30 hours of playback from less than an hour’s charge. They are a little plasticy, but that’s definitely fine for what you’re getting at this price point.

But unlike the TaoTronics, their sound profile is more balanced with no particular emphasis on bass or mid, but with really nice clear highs, which best noise cancelling headphones under $100 often struggle with.

I’m sure you’ve noticed, overall the sound quality is a great alternative. If the bass of the TaoTronics doesn’t sound like your cup of tea.

Since there’s no hybrid AMC, the iTeknik ANC Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones are more on the level of the E9 struggling with voices much more than the TaoTronics and the H12 and probably more than the E9, to be fair. Of course, those low frequency noises are still drastically reduced. So whilst the iTeknik ANC Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones might just fall short, where ANC is concerned.

For the cheapest option in this guide, they are still incredibly competitive and offer insane value for money. So I’m just gonna say this now, if you can live with slightly average ANC and you’re on a tight budget, just buy iTeknik ANC Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones, you won’t regret it one bit. But what if you are willing to pay double the amount that the iTeknik ANC Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones cost?

Well, you’d be looking at my fifth and final pair of best noise cancelling headphones under $100.

Anker Soundcore Space NC ANC Headphones

best noise cancelling headphones under $100

The Anker Soundcore Space NC ANC Headphones are priced at $99. I told you I’d save the best until last. So here they are. Anker Soundcore Space NC ANC Headphones ship with the best quality hard showcase, hands down, they fold up. They’ve got hybrid active noise cancellation, and unlike everything else in this guide, Anker Soundcore Space NC ANC Headphones have touch controls.

Using taps or swipes, you can easily control playback, just like you can on high end ANC headphones. Just like with most Anker products, the build quality is awesome and probably the highest quality out of all five in this budget ANC headphones $100, they’re insanely comfortable and extremely padded.

While still being a little bulky, they’re not quite as bulky as the TaoTronics. The little bottom controls do feel a little bit cheap and there is a little audio visual lag too. But as usual, it’s nothing too drastic.

Unfortunately, the Anker Soundcore Space NC ANC Headphones only offer up to 20 hours of battery life, the lowest on this list, despite also being the most expensive.

When it comes to sound quality and ANC performance, the Anker Soundcore Space NC ANC Headphones have got a lot of work to do. Fortunately the sound quality is absolutely awesome with a sound profile that is extremely similar to the TaoTronics bass with great clarity on mids and highs.

And in all honesty, it’s impossible to choose which one is better because they are both so incredibly similar. Let’s just call it a tie until I can finally make my mind up. The bad news about Anker Soundcore Space NC ANC Headphones is that the ANC is very middle of the road. This really disappointed me as I was hoping that the Anker Soundcore Space NC ANC Headphones could basically be less bulky TaoTronics with touch controls and game changer.

About ANC, don’t get me wrong, Anker Soundcore Space NC ANC Headphones deal with those low frequencies really well. But voices just go right through these and I’d expect much better from hybrid ANC at this price point. Especially since Anker headphones have the lowest battery life too. If you’ve got the cash, you won’t be disappointed, but it’s hard to justify the price when you consider the other options.

Conclusion

I’ve already mentioned, these five are best noise cancelling headphones under $100 out there right now. But in my mind, there’s one clear winner. The TaoTronics Sound Surge 46. They don’t fold up. They’re a bit bulky, but if you can overlook that they are definitely worth the extra 20 bucks over the ANC H12 and E9 and they’ll save you 20 bucks on the Anker Space headphones.

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