Best wireless headphones to block out the noise while working from home

These are the best wireless headphones for working from home.
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Countless people around the globe are learning to adapt to the work from home life thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. For many, it isn’t an easy transition. Whether you have noisy neighbors, kids running around, or just can’t focus, tuning out the distractions is something that takes practice—or a pair of noise-cancelling headphones.

As you adjust to the home office life, these wireless headphones will be your new best friend. Each of them has noise-cancelling capabilities to help you hone in on your work. For general tips on how to succeed professionally in this trying time, check out The Burn-In’s guide to working from home.

Otherwise, read on for some of the best wireless headphones you can get today.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Although this list isn’t ranked in any order, the first entry is particularly noteworthy. Bose is known for its high-quality audio gear. This pair of headphones is no exception.

Its Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are serving as the long-anticipated successor to its popular QuietComfort 35 II (more on that later). Though nothing monumental has changed, they do feature some quality enhancements. The 700s offer incredible sound, no matter if you’re listening to classical, heavy metal, or a podcast.

They are comfortable for all-day wear and deliver up to 20 hours of battery life. Bose’s noise cancellation is unrivaled and these headphones will block out just about anything you can think of.

In addition, if you plan on making phone calls through your headphones, this is the way to go. The 700s perform admirably while taking and making calls, setting them aside from the competition.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

If you want the stellar performance of Bose’s 700 headphones but don’t want to drop $400, there’s a solution. The company’s QuietComfort 35 II model is practically the same, just a little older. Although it doesn’t have the same sleek form factor, this pair of headphones delivers premium Bose sound quality and connection.

They offer terrific noise cancelling, the same 20 hours of battery life, and are extremely comfortable. Take it from someone who owns a pair, you can wear these all day with ease. As a bonus, you can customize a pair of QC 35 II’s with a lineup of 27 vibrant colors and classy metallics.

Apple AirPods Pro

It’s practically a guarantee that you know someone with a pair of AirPods. Apple’s oddly-shaped wireless earbuds appear to set the standard for the market. They have earned a reputation not only in meme culture but also for their performance.

The AirPods Pro offer additional features, including noise cancellation and a more comfortable eartip, over the basic model. They also have better bass and an active listening mode that lets you hear your surroundings when you need to.

The only downside to the AirPods Pro is that the battery degrades over time and isn’t replaceable. That means you’ll have to replace them in about two years (if you can keep track of them for that long).

Nonetheless, they are a great option for someone who needs noise cancellation but doesn’t like over-the-ear headphones.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

If you’re not an iOS user, you probably don’t want to opt for a pair of AirPods. Fortunately, there’s a great alternative for the non-Apple fans out there.

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus offer similar top-tier performance and also come in a different shape. The buds are rounder and don’t stick out from your ear as much as AirPods. The Plus version offers 11 hours of playtime and has dual audio drivers to deliver better sound. Each bud also has an additional microphone to filter out background noise while you’re taking calls. More importantly, Galaxy Buds have a feature that lets you hear your own voice while making calls. No more screaming at your friends or your boss.

Despite their tiny package, Galaxy Buds deliver deep base and memorable audio quality. It is worth noting that Galaxy Buds don’t offer active noise cancellation (ANC) like the AirPods Pro. However, the eartips do provide a tight seal that helps block out noise from your surroundings. If you plan on playing music at anything louder than a whisper, they’ll eliminate just about any noise.

Since they don’t have ANC, the Galaxy Buds are significantly cheaper than AirPods. That’s a nice bonus if you don’t mind listening to music while you work.

Sony WH-1000XM3

For the past few years, Sony has been right up there with Bose at the top of the wireless headphones market. That’s no mistake. Its WH-1000XM3 model (which could use a better name) is its third generation of noise-cancelling headphones.

This pair offers near-perfect sound quality for listening to music and is equally equipped to handle podcasts. These headphones are more or less the same as Bose’s 700 model but offer a significant discount. They also boast USB-C charging, which is a nice touch.

It’s worth pointing out that rumors of a fourth-generation model are circulating, so this specific pair could be on sale soon. If you don’t mind waiting a few months, industry analysts think that the new model could launch around September’s IFA 2020 conference in Berlin. However, if you need a pair of noise-cancelling headphones right now, don’t hesitate to grab the XM3.

Jabra Elite 85h

If you want a pair of premium wireless headphones but don’t want to dish out hundreds of dollars for one from Sony or Bose, then Jabra’s Elite 85h is a terrific alternative.

These headphones don’t really offer anything above and beyond what the previous models do. However, they deliver high-quality sound with effective noise cancellation. They are also very comfortable to wear thanks to their lightweight design. If you get lucky, you can sometimes find a pair for less than $200.

If you’re not an audio fanatic and just need some noise cancellation to get you through the day, the Jabra Elite 85h will be more than enough.


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