We’ve reached out to the frequent fliers in our contacts about which headphones they’re using for their business trips. And they’ve come back with 11 options that will give you plenty of space to choose from.
Whether you’re into in-ear options or over the ear headphones, these have excellent features such as active noise cancelling, which blocks out any sort of drone from the train or plane. A true stress reliever from which you can never go back!
#1 Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
The best headphones for business travel is the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0. I use these headphones on every business trip I take – an even personal trips -. The momentum has wireless capabilities with Bluetooth and NFC as well as that all-important noise-cancelling function for those long train a plan journeys. Need to take a call? No problem. The Momentum 2.0 has an integrated speaker in the headphone to allow you to get crisp audio when taking important business calls as well as calls from the family when you are away on business.
Overall the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 has everything needed to be the most versatile choice for professionals who travel, as well as those who aren’t willing to compromise when it comes to audio quality.
#2 AfterShokz Aeropex Open-Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones
The Aeropex advanced model preserves AfterShokz’s revolutionary open-ear design while featuring completely re-engineered bone conduction technology, delivering better quality sound in a lighter, waterproof device.
#3 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones
Anker SoundCore Space NC is sturdy yet light, folds neatly, and comes with its own hardshell case for extra protection. The noise-cancelation is best with low-frequency sound, since the memory foam ear-cups. Conveniently control music with the on-ear touch pad. Fold flat for safe storage and transport in the hard-shell travel case.
#4 Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700
The Bose Noise Cancelling headphones are a god send when traveling. They block out anything from the roar of the plane engines to the inevitable screaming baby. I even wear them at the office when I need to focus on work without distractions.
#5 WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
No matter where you are, you can control the sounds around you with the 1000XM3 from Sony. Super helpful features include “quick attention mode”. Simply cover the right side to instantly lower the volume so you can converse immediately. It automatically adjusts the ambient sound to whatever you are doing to give you the best sound quality. Calls are clear and precise. We love these things and never travel without them. Oh, and battery charge life is incredible!
#6 Flow II Noise Cancelling Headphones
20 hours of playback time (That will get you all the way through the 19-hour flight from Singapore to Newark, NJ – the world’s longest nonstop commercial flight)
- Swivel, folding design and plush cushioning for ultimate comfort and easy storage
- Built in microphone for Bluetooth functionality for work or personal calls
- Built-in Google Assistant Voice Interface
- Powerful noise cancelling technology to tune out that crying baby!
#7 PSB Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones (M4U 8)
PSB wireless noise-canceling headphones(M4U 8) is a perfect, easily packed/stored, travel product that gives travelers loads of benefits and enjoyment. Key is the Active Noise Cancelling Mode that allows the user to eliminate the noise from the outside world and instead fill their ears (and mind) with soothing sounds.
PSB M4U 8’s also feature:
- Transparency Mode – allows you to momentarily hear outside sounds such as a flight attendant or answering your phone
- Easy folding for travel and storage (comes with semi-hard travel case)
- Active RoomFeel – offers the most accurate and rich sound
- Up to 15 hours of run time in Active or Passive mode
- Rechargeable battery power
- Wireless and Bluetooth HD connection with aptX and NFC (allows for automatic connection)
#8 Monoprice Hi-Fi Lightweight On Ear Headphones
While the price tag of these headphones might deter you, they’re worth WAY more than the price would suggest. In fact, I have a pair of these headphones as well as a similar style pair of Bose headphones that cost well over $200 and these sound better. I’ve put the Bose headphones in my desk and haven’t used them again.
#9 Sony – WH-XB900N Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones
I would recommend the Sony XB (Extra Bass) Wireless Noise Cancelling Stereo Headphones WH-XB900N as the best headset to purchase for business travelers. Since I travel approximately 2-3 weeks out of every month, I have found them to be comfortable for long flights. In fact, most headphones can be uncomfortable after wearing them for a long time, but the over-ear Sony XB Wireless headphones have an ergonomic style that makes them fit comfortably on your ear, even for many hours at a time. The active noise canceling is one of my favorite features, as well as the ability to control the device. Plus, Sony leads the industry in terms of battery capacity at 30 hours of usage or 300 hours on standby.
#10 JBL Reflect Mini 2.0, in-Ear Wireless Sport Headphone
As a travel writer, my work takes me around the globe—and whether it be in the airport, on the beach, climbing a mountain, or on the metro heading to work, a good pair of headphones is essential. I am a devoted audiophile and have tried out a ton of different brands and styles of headphones, earbuds, etc. and none compare to JBL Reflect Mini 2.0. At $79 dollars, these durable, comfortable, noise-isolating headphones offer the sound quality and features of a much higher-end model. JBL has delivered a workhorse of a product here. The Reflect Mini have crisp, balanced sound, full (but not bursting) bass, and a charge that lasts for 10 hours. I especially love these headphones as they are Bluetooth wireless, but are connected via a wire (no worrying about losing a single $144 airpod).
#11 Apple AirPods with Charging Case
I am not an apple fan boy by any means but Apple’s AirPods are simply the best wireless headphones you can buy. That is, if they fit in your ears. Some people can’t use AirPods due to the shape of the ears. I am someone that has tried every headphone on the planet and AirPods just work the best when it comes to any kind of travel, especially travel where you need a lot of gadgets. They take up almost no room, stay in-ear comfortably, provide solid sound quality, you can use the same charger as your phone if you have an iPhone, and you can use one at a time.
I still love my noise-cancelling Bose headphones but they take up more space and are a much bigger hassle to charge. The great thing about AirPods is that I can charge one ear bud at a time. Beyond that, they just simply work and have no pain points besides the off chance that you might drop an ear bud.
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