The Best Noise Cancelling Headphones for Workations

Stay focused no matter the setting.


December 5, 2022
People sitting on an airplane
At the very least, airplane noise definitely needs to be canceled out. Shutterstock

Working vacations, or “workcations,” are a great way to get away without having to take time off the job. Unfortunately, for that same reason, one also has to “work” during a workcation. But the good news—for when you’re reviewing reports or compiling stats at the beach or poolside—is that a pair of noise-canceling headphones can let you have the best of both worlds. Block out unwanted background noise or listen to music to help you concentrate on the task at hand—all the while admiring the view.

Some models now even come with microphones so you can even take calls and your boss will be none the wiser.

TREBLAB Z2 - Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear | 35H Battery Life | Active Noise Cancelling Headphones with Microphone | Wireless Headphones for Work, Travel, TV, PC, Phone Calls

Made for Your Carryon

Small and compact is usually best for our bags, but big and bold fit with our gear just as easy. TREBLAB

If comfort is as much a priority as blocking out noise, look no further than these super-comfortable headphones constructed from only the best high-end, ultra-soft materials. They also mold to the natural shape of your ear for a custom fit, which means that they stay put no matter what the activity.

Soundcore Black Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Hear Only Your Music

Not only are you trying to drown out the loud airplane and its passengers, but you also want to hear your songs and podcasts with clarity. Soundcore

Hi-res audio certification is awarded only to audio devices capable of producing exceptional sound, thanks to custom oversized 40 mm dynamic drivers. Or, when you just need to tune out the world, hybrid active noise cancellation reduces ambient noises by up to 90 percent.

Sony Black Bluetooth Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Go Big and Leave Home

Sometimes you just want to be lost in your own world. Sony

Take calls from anywhere with superior quality with precise voice pickup and speak-to-chat technology that automatically reduces volume during conversations. Touch Sensor controls also allow you to pause, play, skip tracks, control volume, and activate your voice assistant—it’s almost as good as bringing your secretary along!

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, Noise-Cancelling, with Alexa voice control - Black

Drown It All Out

When you crank up the volume, you risk ruining sound quality. That should never be the case. Bose

Clear away the noisy distractions of the world and improve your concentration with three levels of noise cancellation. Take calls with crystal sound and voice pick-up with a noise-rejecting dual-microphone system, while Alexa provides voice access to the weather or your favorite tunes.

Toshiba Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones | Wireless Over Ear Headphones | Bluetooth Headset with Microphone | 20 Hours of Talk & Music Time | 33 FT Operating Range

Going the Distance

What good is a device if it won’t even last a whole flight? Toshiba

Leave your cares at home knowing these headphones won’t quit on you in the middle of a workday, with 20 hours of continuous music playback time or talk time on a full charge. An incredible 33-foot working range lets you forget your smartphone or device in your bag and tune out the world.


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