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Best Overall: Soundcore Liberty 4 NC

Who it’s for: Those who prefer earbuds and want a variety of features for a reasonable price.

Why we picked this:

  • Offers features like ANC, 3D Surround Sound, and HearID Sound settings.
  • IPX4 water resistance for sweat and rain resistance.

  • 32 hours of battery life with ANC, 40 hours without.

Budget Pick: JBL Tune 510BT

Who it’s for:

Those looking for a budget-friendly option with basic features.

Why we picked this:

  • Affordable price of $49.95.
  • Provides decent sound quality, multi-device connection, and long battery life.
  • Quick Charge functionality for 2 hours of power in 5 minutes.

Best Budget Active Noise Cancellation: JBL Tune 660NC

Who it’s for: Those who want ANC without spending a lot of money.

Why we picked this:

  • ANC feature for reducing outside noise.
  • Fast Pair for easy pairing with Android devices.
  • LED lights indicate ANC and Bluetooth connectivity status.
  • 40 hours of battery life with ANC, 51 hours without.

Best Minimal Headphones: Sony WH-CH520

Who it’s for: Those who prioritize functionality over appearance and don’t need extra features.

Why we picked this:

  • Simple design with comfortable earpads and a basic head cushion band.
  • 32 hours of battery life.
  • Compatible Sony headphones app for managing devices, sound equalizer, and more.

Best for Gaming: Soundcore Space One

Who it’s for: Gamers looking for immersive sound and noise reduction.

Why we picked this:

  • Accommodating design with floating axis design, rotating ear cups, and a comfy headband.
  • Includes a carrying bag and 4 hours of power with 5 minutes of charging.
  • Three mics with AI algorithm for clear calls and crowd noise reduction.
  • 37 hours of battery life with ANC, 45 hours without.

How We Tested These Headphones

  • Tested headphones in various environments, including outdoors, in the gym, and on a busy city street.
  • Evaluated seamless connectivity, audio quality, compatible app functions, multipoint connection, battery capacity, comfort, and durability.