Budget active noise canceling (ANC) headphones tend to range in price from $50 to $100. The question you'll have to ask yourself is whether you're looking for the cheapest ANC headphones or are willing to spend closer to $100 -- and there usually is a significant difference between a set of ANC cans that cost $40 to $50 and ones that cost $80 to $100, particularly when it comes to build quality.
Budget headphones tend to be a little bulkier than more premium models and can also look and feel a little, well, cheap. All our picks on this list offer a reasonably good design (at a minimum), but some are more appealing than others. Finding a design that's appealing to you is obviously important.
Fit, aka comfort
It's key that the headphones you buy fit your head well. They should offer a comfortable fit that's snug, yet not too snug. Ideally, you want headphones you can wear over the course of a day with minimal breaks. Budget headphones can offer a comfortable fit, but more premium headphones tend to feature better memory foam and more ergonomic designs.
You want headphones that hold up well over time, so look for models that we note have sturdy build quality.
Maximize performance and features for your budget
You want the best-sounding headphones with the best noise canceling, call quality and features for whatever you're able to spend.
It's critical to buy your headphones at a retailer that has a good return policy, in case you have buyer's remorse. Some people who are having trouble deciding between two models sometimes buy both, try them out for a few days, and then return one.