3 Best headphones for airplane 2020

3 Best headphones for airplane 2020

There is no bigger nightmare than to be stuck in a packed airplane without any means of blocking out background noise for a flight of a few hours. Whether you’ve got a neighbour who won’t stop talking or babies that are crying a river, you need headphones for airplane to zone out with good noise cancellation and a nice seal so that you don’t lose your mind for however long the flight is.

Everyone is a different sort of a flyer, some get anxious, some get excited and some right away drift off to sleep without a problem, but if you need extra help or some sort of quiet which those awful papery headphones provided by airlines can’t fix, than we’re here to tell you some awesome headphones for airplane that’ll let you rest in peace.

Anyway it’s boarding time, so let’s get on with our top picks:

1.      COWIN E7 Active

We’re going to start off the list for the best headphones for airplane with an affordable option in the form of the COWIN E7 closed back headphones that may look bulky but are pretty affordable if you’re looking for a long time traveller partner. One of the main reasons why we’re recommending them is because of their long battery life that lasts for up to 30 hours – which honestly is what you need in between connecting flights and long transits.

However, we will mention that the build of these headphones could be better as the earcups feel cheap with the plastic material used, although the headband is comfortable and stays put. Along with the glossy finish it does look like a nice black headphones but it will leave fingerprints on the surface.

Honestly, we can’t bargain much with the price tag so we’ll let that one slide because even if they’re not high end they do sound amazing and have active noise cancellation that block out all external noises. Plus the sound quality is good with a rich bass although sometimes the audio can sound muffled or tamed.

They’re pretty light weight and have controls on both earcups to control settings, and although the Bluetooth connectivity is an older version it still works pretty well. The COWIN E7 headphones is a good option if you’re on a budget.

COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones


  • Effective active noise cancellation
  • Long battery life of 30 hours.
  • Adjustable headband
  • Wide wireless range
  • Minimum sound leakage
  • Affordable headphones for airplane


  • Cheap build quality
  • Bulky design
  • Sound quality can be muffled or tamed at times

2.      Sony WH-1000XM3

Yes, yes we know you’re tired of seeing Sony recommended again and again on our blog but we can’t help it if Sony makes headphones that aren’t just good sounding but also have amazing noise cancellation. The WH-1000XM3 is an upgraded version of its predecessor with High-resolution audio and four times better sound than the older ones. The battery life is also pretty awesome with up to 30 hours of battery life.

There is no fault with these headphones other than the price which will surely make you think twice – but it is worth if you are really passionate about sound and sound isolation thousands of feet above the ground. These are the perfect headphones for airplane as you can fold them up as well and carry them around.

Also the WH-1000xM3 automatically adjust the noise cancellation settings according to the atmospheric pressure in the place you are, which makes them a cure for the ears when you’re up in the air. The Sony app allows you to control all volume settings without having to fiddle with your headphones and the build is of hard plastic.

Each of the earcups has a microphone that collects data to adjust the noise cancelling settings. And although you won’t be attending any calls during a flight but the microphone works just as good as well.

Sony WH-1000XM3


  •    Amazing battery life
  •   Well balanced sound profile with a deep bass and clear sounding notes
  •    Comfortable on the ears for longer listening sessions
  •    USB C charging port
  •    Foldable to take them on the go.


  •    Expensive headphones for airplane

3.      Paww WaveSound 3

We know the Sony headphones are an investment and not everyone is looking to drop that sort of money on a pair of noise cancelling headphones which is why the WaveSound 3 noise cancelling headphones under $100 have made it to our list. These headphones for airplane are what you need if you’re always on the hunt for a bargain. Finding a truly functional active noise cancelling headphone is a struggle and that too for a good price may seem like too good to be true.

But the Paww WaveSound 3 is not only effective but a good looking pair as well. They are on the heftier side of headphones but that is because of the metal parts they’ve included in the design. The earcups are rotatable and the headband is adjustable. There are 5 buttons on the right earcup to play, pause, call, turn off and on, and connect your headphones with Bluetooth, whereas you can skip tracks with the buttons on the left earcups.

These headphones for airplane will last you for 16 hours without ANC turned on and only 12 hours with ANC turned off which isn’t great for noise cancelling headphones. Despite the headphones being well built, the buttons can get in the way of the function. Similarly, the sound quality for these headphones is neutral without a punchy bass however the high and mid range frequencies are pretty clear and well rounded.

Paww WaveSound 3

Overall for the price mark these will last you a long time.


  •  Strong build with metal parts
  •  Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
  •  Good sound range with high and midrange frequencies
  •  Effective noise cancellation
  •  Affordable price tag


  •  Not a long battery life
  •  Too many buttons can be confusing.

And that is it for all the noise cancelling headphones for airplane that will make your flight go without a hitch and let you catch up on some sleep. We know how hard it can be cramped with many humans in a tiny aircraft for a few hours and no one wants to be listening to peaceful snoring humans, the airplane ventilation or crying babies.

Hope these options will help you find the best headphones for airplane whether you’re on a budget or not and if you’re looking for earbuds that aren’t bulky but have noise cancellation then check out our list of the best noise cancelling earbuds you can get today(link the best noise cancelling earbuds in 2020 post).


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