Shaking off the world and sinking into a new album can feel like a train ride through the countryside … unless you’re sharing the room with two young toddlers. Or your neighbor’s dog is constantly barking. Come to think of it, there are a lot of sounds that can ruin a good song in the work-from-home era, and that’s why we have headphones that isolate and actively cancel out noise. Below are the best noise-canceling cans and buds you can buy, handpicked by the Gear team here at WIRED.
Not seeing something you like? Be sure to check out our other guides, like the Best Wirefree Earbuds, Best Workout Earbuds, and Best Wireless Headphones.
Updated September 2020: We’ve added the Sony WH-1000XM4 and the Sennheiser/EPOS Adapt 660.