Best Travel Headphones To Buy In 2020

Good headphones have become a necessity in the modern world. Most of the work and meetings are set up on the phone. It can become rather tiresome to have to hold your phone to your ear for calls all day long. Hence, the need for a good headphone to relieve yourself of this problem makes itself apparent. Especially for people who have to travel a lot, either in the way of their profession or as a hobby. For people who travel a lot, a good headphone is a necessity. During travel, music is a very good way to pass the time and even enjoy the trip. Attending calls is also much easier via a headphone.

When it comes to the best traveling headphones, you need headphones that have a good noise cancellation system. Commuting or traveling by air, outside noise interference can cause a lot of unwanted disturbance. This is where headphones with a good noise cancellation system come in. Given below are some of the best traveling headphones for each person. Whether you are looking to buy something premium for good music or a budget headphone, you will even find a headphone specifically for good call quality in our list of the best traveling headphones.

1. Sony WH 1000XM3

The Unrivalled King

  • Fantastic noise cancellation
  • Quick charging
  • Great sound quality
  • A very long battery life
  • Expensive

13,750 Reviews

Headphone Type: Closed | Weight: 255g | Cable Length: 1.2 m | Frequency Response: 4 Hz – 40,000 Hz | Battery: 30 hours | Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes | Bluetooth Range: 30 ft

A product of Sony has managed to grab the number 1 spot in this list of the best traveling headphones. Sony is an extremely popular company. In the electronic and entertainment world, whether it be televisions, audio equipment, or headphones, Sony is one of the biggest names. You will be hard-pressed to search for any electronic equipment and not run into many top-level products that carry the Sony brand name. Such is the case when you look for the best traveling headphones. The Sony WH-1000XM3 is a top of the line, premium headphone, specifically made to be the best traveling headphone.

This is a closed headphone, meaning you will not get any unwanted outside noise. This is actually one of the big plus points of the WH-1000XM3. The outside noise cancellation of these headphones is incredible. You can be traveling via airplane or commuting and not find any disturbance in sound. The sound quality of the Sony WH-1000XM3 is excellent. You can hear and enjoy all the ups and downs of your favorite songs in all their glory. The brilliant noise cancellation provided by Sony’s latest technology also plays a part in improving the sound quality of the headphones.

The earpads are foam padded and pressure relieving. The pressure is evenly distributed across the ear pads to diminish any discomfort that might arise from using the headphones for long periods. The 30-hour battery life of these headphones can be enjoyed to the fullest without any discomfort that is often felt from wearing headphones. There is a ton of personalizing and adjustment features that you can make use of and best fit the headphones to your specific needs. There is also the automatic adjustment of the noise cancellation level of the headphones to minimize any outside sounds and give you the best experience possible.

Make or attend calls, change the song, or adjust the volume by just a few taps or swipes. Adjust the direction of the sound that you feel most comfortable at and use the Sense Engine to turn on or off the music by just a single touch. The quick charge feature allows you to get 5 hours’ worth of battery time in 10 minutes of charging. The only thing you require for this is the AC adapter. The only issue that you might have from these headphones is the price. It can be expensive for some people and is definitely on the expensive side when looking to buy headphones. Even with that price, however, it is still worth buying this with the number of features and easy it gives.

2. Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II

Pioneers of Great Sound Quality

  • Built-in Google Assistant and Alexa
  • Good noise cancellation
  • Quick recharge
  • Personalization
  • Sound performance could have been slightly better for the price

28,160 Reviews

Headphone Type: Closed | Weight: 235 g | Cable Length: 47.2 inches or 1.2 m | Frequency Response: Not specified | Battery: 20 hours | Bluetooth: Yes | Bluetooth Range: Not Specified

Bose is a very well-known company when it comes to sound equipment. Bose is perhaps the most popular sound equipment company of this time and for good reason. Bose has been making top-notch sound equipment for a long time now. The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II is the closest competition to the Sony WH-1000XM3 at this time. The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II is a really good looking piece of equipment. It comes in many different colors as well. You can add a nice personal touch with these colors by just paying a bit more. Choose a design and color combination of your liking.

The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II has built-in Google Assistant and Alexa as well. There is no need to press a button to activate the smart assistant thanks to this feature. Choose whichever or even both if you feel like it. Just speak up and change the song or playlist or set an alarm or reminder. This makes some frequently used features easier and more convenient than having to manually change your songs or set reminders on your mobile phones. These are closed type headphones. This means that they have outside noise cancellation to give you better music and listening experience. The noise cancellation of the Quiet Comfort 35 II is very nice as well. You can enjoy your songs or listen to phone calls without any outside noise interference.

The 20-hour battery life is not the highest in the market but it is more than adequate for most users. In case you end up running out of battery life, you can just recharge for up to 2.5 hours’ worth of battery life in 15 minutes of charging. The sound quality of the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II is good. It is not the best that you can find in this price range though. For the price you are paying for these headphones you would expect some better sound quality.

These headphones are really top of the drawer despite some lacking sound quality. The Google assistant and Alexa features that are available in these headphones save a lot of trouble. This feature makes them really user friendly and convenient. The headphones are really comfortable as well. They do not weight a lot and are readily portable. There are different levels of noise cancellation available in these headphones.  All in all, the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II will be a good buy for almost all people. Though it cannot quite match Sony in some aspects, it offers some other features that make up for it.

3. Jabra Elite 85H

Great to Use for Calls

  • Very long battery life and fast charging
  • Smart sound feature
  • Great sound and call quality
  • No controls are very out of the box
  • Bulky

691 Reviews

Headphone Type: Over Ear | Weight: 296 g | Cable Length: 1.2 m | Frequency Response: | Battery: 36 hours | Bluetooth: Yes | Bluetooth Range: 33 ft.

Jabra is not one of the big names when it comes to electronics or sound-related equipment. They are certainly not like Sony or Bose, in whose products you oftentimes have blind faith. However, the Jabra Elite 85H is certainly a trustworthy product. People often shy away from using lesser-known companies’ products and opt for bigger companies. With the Jabra, Elite 85H feel free to break the trend and use a product from a relatively unknown company. The Elite 85H looks heavy-set and bulky. The earpads are padded to make the headphones comfortable and ease giving to the user. The Jabra Elite 85H is available in multiple different colors as well.

The first thing that you often notice with wireless products is their battery life. This headphone is impeccable in that regard. It has a battery life of approximately 36 hours with noise cancellation and all its other features activated and being used. You can stretch it to about 40 hours if you do not use noise cancellation. If you somehow actually manage to run out of battery time without finding the time to charge it in between you do not need to worry. After just 15 minutes of charging time gives you approximately 5 hours’ worth of battery life with the Jabra Elite 85H.

The Smart Sound feature is a pretty neat addition to the headphone. Get the Jabra app and pair the Elite 85H with the app to enable the Smart Sound feature. With this feature, the headphones automatically choose the best level of noise cancellation with respect to your surrounding noise. You can set up and toggle between music profiles and even track battery time. The sound quality is good. It is not the best but it is certainly not something to be frowned upon. A unique feature of the Jabra Elite 85H is the amazing call quality. These headphones just might have the best call quality in any traveling headphones.

There are no touch or swipe controls available in the Elite 85H. You have to use the buttons to change the songs or settings or use the smart assistant button for Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri, whichever is your preference. These headphones are quite bulky. They weigh about 300 grams. This is close to 50 grams heavier than either the Bose or Sony headphones mentioned above. Overall the Jabra Elite 85H is a very nice set of headphones. Though they do not get to the level of either Bose or Sony, they cost lesser than them to make up for it. For people who have to spend a lot of time on calls during the day, these headphones have to be the best option available due to their outstanding call sound quality.

4. Apple AirPods Pro

Popular and Easy to Use

  • Very lightweight
  • Extremely portable
  • Available in three different sizes
  • Can easily be misplaced
  • Only for Apple products

51,296 Reviews

Headphone Type: Not Specified| Weight: 5.4 g(AirPods) | Cable Length: No cable | Frequency Response: Not Specified| Battery: More than 24 hours | Bluetooth: Yes | Bluetooth Range: Not Specified

Apple is a company that has taken over the technological world in recent times. A vast amount of people use iPhones as their primary mobile devices now. Not to mention a lot of people use MACOS instead of Windows as well now. When everyone uses Apple devices, a new and innovative design of headphones specifically made for Apple devices is destined to be popular and widely used. Although the design of the AirPods could have been made better and perhaps more durable, that has not had any effect on their popularity.

These headphones are extremely lightweight. They weigh about 5 grams. You can literally wear them for hours on end and not feel anything due to their negligible weight. There is also the fact that you can take along their charging case with you. The charging case weighs about 45 grams. You can take the charging case along with you in case you run out of battery life. Both the low weight and the carry along charging case make the Apple AirPods very portable.

The tip of the AirPods is available in three different sizes, small, medium, and big. This is a very unique feature as headphones do not usually come in various sizes. Apple has obviously done this to ensure the best possible experience for its users. Try on each size and choose what fits you the best. These AirPods come with a wide variety of features that users of Apple devices can avail. This is both a plus point and a negative. For Apple users, these headphones are a must. While for people who do not use Apple devices then these are useless.

As their weight suggests, these AirPods are extremely small in size. This makes them prone to be easily lost or misplaced. While they do come with the case for safekeeping, their petite size still makes them easily misplaced. Even if you misplace one of them, having a headphone in one ear is pointless. Their price range is not expensive. They are affordable and reasonably priced. Simply, a must get for users of Apple products.

5. COWIN E7 Active

Best Budget Pick

  • Very affordable
  • High Bluetooth range
  • Good battery life
  • Not the best sound
  • Less than optimum sound leakage

44,155 Reviews

Headphone Type: Closed | Weight: 385 g | Cable Length: Wireless | Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz| Battery: 30 hours| Bluetooth: Yes | Bluetooth Range: 189 ft.

Cowin is also a not so popular brand. As compared to some of the others we have discussed in this list it is safe to say Cowin is relatively unknown. Cowin has made other products that gained some attention in the headphone category but The Cowin E7 Active is perhaps their most well-known product. The primary reason for this model being popular is its extremely low price. When compared to other good quality traveling headphones, this is way below half the price of other headphones.

The Cowin E7 Active comes at a relatively cheaper price tag. This is an insanely low price for a good quality noise cancellation Bluetooth headphone. They are wireless. There is no wired audio option. The Bluetooth is quite good though. These headphones have the highest Bluetooth range that we have seen in headphones. An almost 200 ft. The Bluetooth range makes sure you will not be disconnected even at a rather long distance away from the paired device. The sound quality passed through the Bluetooth connection is decent.

The overall sound quality is not the worst but it is quite far from the best. It could definitely be much better but then you look at the price. With a short investment, you are getting a ton of features. Not optimum sound quality is not something you can complain about when buying such a modestly placed item. The sound leakage is also less than adequate. You can hear quite a bit of the sound leaking through. Sound leakage can often ruin one’s experience when it comes to music. Even for calls, sound leakage results in a loss of privacy.

Overall, what you are getting for the price is still a big plus. You get about 30 hours’ worth of battery life and not a long charging time either. Not to mention a very high Bluetooth connectivity range. The sound quality may not be too good and the sound leakage is also more than one would like. Still, this is a budget pick. The low price makes up for its shortcomings.

Hassam Nasir


As a Senior Editor, I run, operate and implement a substantial amount of work at Appuals.com. I supervise a team of enthusiastic Geeks and also create content strategies. Whenever I am not at my work desk you'll find me tinkering around PC hardware and retro gadgets.
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