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From $45 – Good Noise Cancelling Headphones that Won’t Break the Bank

Written by Charlie

Looking for a great gift or maybe a pair of noise cancelling headphones that aren’t expensive? Here are two great options for you!

Noise cancelling headphones are fantastic for many situations – and not just for travel! I use mine for work from home and others use them even in their offices. But, maybe you are just looking for something on the less expensive side? Here they are!

Noise Cancelling Headphones that Won’t Break the Bank

Link: Soundcore Anker Life Q20 – $45 | Soundcore Anker Life Q35 – $79 (these are affiliate links – thanks for the support!)

These two models are both from Anker. Yes, you probably know Anker from the charging solutions but they are much more than that! They also make things like my favorite portable video projector and they make earbuds and headphones!

I actually reviewed one of these models a couple of years ago – see that review here of the Soundcore Anker Life Q20. In a nutshell, I think they are very nice headphones – especially for the price – but I would not personally wear them for more than a couple of hours due to the build and feel quality. Obviously, at sub-$50 price point, there are some sacrifices being made and one of those is in the more premium build quality that you may expect with a Bose, Sony, or Apple set of headphones.

But, Anker also makes a more premium version – the Soundcore Anker Q35. These come with better battery life, greater comfort, and more features for not a whole lot more right now in price.

So, take your pick! The Soundcore Anker Life Q20 on sale for $45 or the Soundcore Anker Q35 on sale for $79 (down from $129). I would personally recommend going for the Q35 at $79 to get that higher model but even the $45 would be great for flights!

Plus, either one of these could make a great gift as well!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • How do the Q35 compare to Bose QC35 interms of noise cancelling? Can you turn them onjust for noise cancellation and not actually listen to music?

    • I have not used the Q35 but my guess would be, based on trying the Q20, that they would be about 75% as effective for noise cancelling on an airplane as the Bose QC35. Yes, you can turn them on just for the noise cancellation as well and the Q35 have several noise cancellation modes, something the Q20 does not have.

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