The best noise cancelling earbuds

Man in coffee shop holding his phone and using noise cancelling earbuds
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The best noise cancelling earbuds make it easier to hear your music even in noisy conditions. They're comfortable to wear over long periods. Plus you get the convenience of them being totally wireless. 

Also known as ANC (active noise cancelling) earbuds, they've traditionally tended to bulkier than other earbuds. But that's changed a lot recently and now some weigh as little as a couple of grams. Battery life has leapt up at the same time – many can now handle a whole workday of listening unbroken. We've tried out a range of noise cancelling earbuds and really put them to the test, harnessing our skill and experience at reviewing audio gear to make sure we've only included the very best models on our list below. 

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.