Getting your head down and concentrating on work can be tough when you’re constantly on the move. Noise-cancelling headphones are a great way to tune out background noise so that you can focus on a task, not to mention letting you get some rest when you’re on a flight to your next destination.
But which are the best when you don’t want to spend hundreds? In no particular order…
1. TaoTronics Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones
TaoTronics earbud headphones are perfect for digital nomads because they’re much smaller than most noise-cancelling headphones, making them easy to pop into your bag when you’re on the move.
There’s a built-in microphone for all your Skype meetings, and 15 hours of continuous audio means you won’t run out of battery halfway through. There’s a remote control so you can adjust the volume and pause or skip music tracks, and special hooks mean they’ll stay in place even when you’re out for a run. At an affordable $45.99, they’re budget-friendly, too.
2. PowerLocus Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Stereo Foldable Headphones
PowerLocus over-ear headphones are bulkier than the ear-bud style headphones, but they fold away into a convenient free carry case for easy transport. Noise-cancelling technology and high sound quality mean these headphones do a great job of playing your tunes and podcasts.
Thanks to Bluetooth capability and a removable cable, you can choose to use them wirelessly – ideal for hands-free communication. There’s a 12-month warranty, and they’re stretchable for the perfect fit. They cost $23.99, so they won’t take much out of your beer budget, and they come in a choice of colours.
3. Avantree Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
Avantree wireless headphones claim to reduce background noise by up to 80%, helping you focus on your work while you’re in a noisy cafe environment. A two-in-one Bluetooth wireless and wired design makes this a versatile choice with superior sound quality, giving you an impressive playback time of 28 hours.
They’re also ideal for making and receiving phone and Skype calls thanks to built-in controls that let you adjust the volume, answer calls, mute the microphone and more. They don’t fold away, but they do come in a handy travel case to keep them safe in your bag. They’re pricier than others on this list, at $69.99, but they come with a two-year warranty.
4. Cowin E7 Pro Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
At $94.99, these noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones may be the priciest entry on this list, but they’re arguably also the most stylish. Available in a choice of colours, they’re a striking as well as practical accessory capable of crisp sound production and high-quality phone calls, even though they’re wireless.
They’re also incredibly comfortable thanks to soft ear pads, and even better, they have a 30-hour battery life and 18-month warranty. They come with a hard case to protect them from getting damaged when they’re in your bag.