Are you looking for the best headphones for kids in 2020? Is it noise-canceling headphones or are you after some of the best earbuds for children?

Whatever you choose, you probably want it to be safe, reliable, comfortable, and durable but also one that looks good and sounds great.

Speaking about safety, most manufacturers claim to limit kids headphones volume output to 85 decibels, which is considered safe by World Health Organization, fail to do so. We found that many kids headphones we’ve tested have exceeded the safe level when measured with pink noise.

Our review of the top 10 of the best headphones for kids with noise levels in line with world health organization recommendations.

The good news is that we’ve done the hard work for you navigating through the most popular kids headphone options on the market. We’ve narrowed it down to ten of the absolute best kids headphones you can find today and regardless of your budget, we have made sure that you get top value for your dollar, required functionality and sturdy build quality. Let’s have a better look into it.

ImageAge / Battery Life / Volume Limit / TypeTop 10 Headphones For Kids

Most Features & Waterproof – Onanoff BuddyPhones Wave

Most Features & Waterproof – Onanoff BuddyPhones Wave

The most advanced kids headphones we’ve tested. They feature multiple levels of volume reduction, long battery life, extremely sturdy waterproof build and music sharing with up to four kids.

3+20 hrs75,85,94dbWireless

Top Value For Older Kids – JLab JBuddies Studio

Top Value For Older Kids – JLab JBuddies Studio

Simple and durable corded headphones for older kids with an emphasis on comfort. With lightweight and foldable construction, they make a great travel companion for school trips and outdoors.

6 – 1913 hrs85dbCable

Premium Audio Quality – Puro Sound Labs BT2200

Premium Audio Quality – Puro Sound Labs BT2200

A high functioning and performing headphone experience that sits well above others in audio quality and stylish looks. They let your kids look and feel like a grown-up.

3+18 hrs85dbWireless

Longest Battery Life – Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet

Longest Battery Life – Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet

One of the best kids noise-cancelling headphones overall. They have well-rounded lows, thick mids, and crisp highs. The active noise cancellation system is effective, and headphones are light and comfortable.

2 – 522 hrs85dbWireless

Most Portable – JBL JR300BT

Most Portable – JBL JR300BT

Comfort, quality, portability and color choices – all in one package. Headphones feature a volume limiting option, password protection and foldable design making it perfect for road trips and school use.

4+12 hrs85dbWireless

Top Wired Headphones – LilGadgets Connect+

Top Wired Headphones – LilGadgets Connect+

An extremely affordable pair of wired LilGadgets Connect+ headphones that are durable, sound great and come with a 1-year warranty.

2 – 8N/A93dbCable

Most Color Options & Themes – LilGadgets Untangled Pro

Most Color Options & Themes – LilGadgets Untangled Pro

An excellent pair of Bluetooth headphones with an elevated volume limitation. The comfort and durability also make it a great choice.

4+12 hrs93dbWireless

Headband Headphones – CozyPhones Kids

Headband Headphones – CozyPhones Kids

A great product for younger children looking for a comfortable fitting headphone at an affordable price. With plenty of thematic options – these fabric headband headphones are a great general fit for child of three years and up and some of the best headphones for sleeping.

3+N/A90dbCable

Cheap Kids Headphones – Noot Products K11

Cheap Kids Headphones – Noot Products K11

Foldable kids headphones with decent sound quality and noise isolation.  Durable construction and rigid wires should ensure long time use. An almost perfect choice for cheap but good-quality headphones.

3+N/AN/ACable

DIY Headphones for Teenagers – Bose BOSEbuild Headphones

DIY Headphones for Teenagers – Bose BOSEbuild

One of the best Bluetooth headphones for kids on the market today. The most advanced headphones in our review, that carry a reasonable price tag. With Smart Volume Limiting feature and an ability to build them yourself.

8 – 1815 hrs12+Wireless

1. Best Waterproof – Onanoff BuddyPhones Wave

Designed for kids ages three and up, these waterproof, Bluetooth-capable headphones have hours of battery life and offer multiple parental control settings.

Although pricier than many of their competitors they do offer a wide range of features not found in other kids’ headphones on the market.

The flexible foldable polypropylene structure ensures rigid design that is hard to break, even when twisted or pulled by the most determined kids.

BuddyPhones feature hypoallergenic construction in their aim for safe kids gear for the little ones

As their name suggests, BuddyPhones feature a built-in cable system that allows your child to share with up to four friends (or parents).

Another feature that separates the BuddyPhones Wave from other headphones for kids is the four settings allowing you to limit sound levels or adjust the sound control. Study mode, for example, adds crispness to vocal track making it ideal audiobooks and foreign language tutorials.

While the product is durable and practical (twenty-four-hour battery life) it does leave a bit to be desired in terms of audio quality. The bass can feel quite thin at times. And the audio will distort at higher volumes.

Celebrated for their durability, these wireless waterproof headphones are a good option for use at the pool or beach. In addition, they come with a number of great animal designs for both girls and boys.

8/10

  • Sound 70% 70%
  • Features 100% 100%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Value 70% 70%
POSITIVE
Water proof/Spill proof
Wireless 30ft connectivity range
Durable Reinforced Headband
Parental Controls
Can share music with 4 other kids
NEGATIVE
Just ok audio quality
A little pricey 

2. Best Value For Older Kids – JLab JBuddies Studio

Designed for growing kids aged six years and older, these adjustable folding kids headphones are designed for extra comfort over the longer listening sessions.

The over-the-ear faux leather cushions and a padded headband ensure a great and comfortable fit .

As for the feature set – it is relatively standard and would cover your basic listening needs, but if you want headphones with perks, there are better options on our list.

At the same time, their relatively low cost and two-year warranty is backed by customer service that’s easy to deal with and makes these kids headphones a good option if you want something dependable without all the bells and whistles.

The Jlab JBuddies Studio kids headphones are compact and foldable making them ideal for traveling. Like most good headphones for kids, they feature an inline mic integrated into the tangle free, braided-nylon cord and decent audio quality.

The wireless model boasts over 12 hours of battery life.

The audio quality is surprisingly good (inline mic excepted) for headphones at this price. There is no notable distortion in the bass department. The high frequencies are crisp, and the headphones do not muddy the tracks with excessive mid-range frequencies.

7.6/10

  • Sound 70% 70%
  • Features 60% 60%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Value 100% 100%
POSITIVE
Comfortable faux leather ear cushions
Price Effective
Lifetime Warranty
Balanced/distortion free sound 
NEGATIVE
Inline mic is lacking

3. Best Sound – Puro Sound Labs BT2200

Puro Sound Labs BT2200 headphones are designed for kids of two years and older.

With a wireless range of up to thirty feet, a snug fit, and a stylish design, the BT2200 are high-performance, comfortable child-safe headphones, albeit at a price significantly higher than many of its competitors.

Though they offer an 85db limiter and come in smaller dimensions than adult headphones, the minimalist sleek design of the BT2200 will have your kid feeling like a grown-up when they put these on.

The ear pads are well cushioned and comfortable and blockout ambient noise. 

Puro BT2200 limit your noise exposure and is a premium house brand for headphones for children

However, if you want to block out even more external noise, check out kids noise cancelling headphones Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet with active noise cancelling.

Unlike most children’s headphones, which limit the volume to 85db, the Puro BT2200s still has excellent bass resonance. The DSP (Digital Sound Processing) technology which acts as a volume limiter will lead to inevitable dipping in the volume when triggered. However, unlike non-DSP limiters, there is never any distortion when the volume is peaked.

These wireless Bluetooth headphones offer a long battery life of up to eighteen hours which puts them well above most of the competition.

The main advantage of the BT2200 is the superior audio experience it delivers and its sleek grown-up design. The disadvantages worth noting are its relatively high price and the poor quality of its inline mic (not uncommon in wireless kids’ headphones). Puro Sound Labs also provides a thirty-day money-back guarantee, which is not typical for the market.

8/10

  • Sound 90% 90%
  • Features 70% 70%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Value 60% 60%
POSITIVE
puro bt2200 have low noise exposureSleek Design
18-hours battery Life
Digital Sound Processing
Over Ear Comfort
30-day money back guarantee
NEGATIVE
Priced above average
Inline Mic lacks a control option

4. Best Battery Life – Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet

The difference between Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet and Puro Sound Labs BT2200 is the PuroQuiet’s active external noise cancelling system.

Kids headphones that offer passive noise reduction do so with the materials used and their ergonomic design. The headphones act as a sort of earmuff, blocking out background noises.

Active noise reduction systems also limit ambient sounds through design and the materials used, but they take it a step further.

They emit their own audio waves that mimic those on the outside, thus, canceling them out.

Thanks to this active noise cancellation system, these headphones are ideal for your child if he or she is using them on public transport or on airplanes. They still provide an excellent experience with well-rounded bass, crisp highs, and limit the volume levels to 85db. But they also give an ‘isolation’ effect to the listening experience. This system can be turned off and the headphones will still provide passive noise reduction.

Using the active noise cancelling feature uses up battery. The battery takes about three hours to charge and generally lasts around sixteen hours.

Well-cushioned earpads along with both passive and active noise reduction create a comfortable, safe, and enjoyable listening experience. The DSP (Digital Sound Processing) technology limits the volume to 85db without creating any distortion. However, the little downside is that when the DSP is triggered your child may notice a slight dip in the sound.

7.8/10

  • Sound 80% 80%
  • Features 80% 80%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Value 60% 60%
POSITIVE
Great Sound
Comfort Cushioned Earpads
Active Noise Cancellation
22 Hour Battery Life (without ANC)
NEGATIVE
Volume loss with DSP
Priced above average

5. Best Kids Headphones for School – JBL JR300BT

JBL JR300BT are safe, lightweight and extremely popular wireless kids headphones with easy child-friendly controls.

In fact, they are one of the best selling kids headphones in the affordable price range.

Frogskin PU leather padded ear cushions and a padded headband assure your child’s comfort during long listening sessions.

Like most other kids headphones, the built-in 85db volume limiter guarantees a safe experience.

While JBL’s celebrated headphone speaker technology provides perhaps the best audio quality among similarly priced kids headphones on the market. 

These headphones won PCMag’s Editor’s Excellent Award for best kids’ headphones.

Rich basses and crisp highs characterize the well-balanced sound of the JBL JR300BT. However, the overall sound quality is noticeably diminished when listening at lower levels. And you may get slight distortion in bass-heavy tracks when listening at exessiely high volume.

The earcups are designed to be on-ear cups, though for a smaller child they may fit like over-the-ear models. The headband can be adjusted for a comfortable snug fit.

The power button, located on one of the earcups, is designed to control all the play features your child may want, from pause to playback and even call management. It detects the difference between a tap and a hold or multiple taps. An adult may find this control difficult to use. But the JBL JR300BT was not designed for adults.

As is the case for most kids’ headphones, the mic leaves something to be desired in terms of its audio clarity. But it’s good enough for telephone calls and/or recording audio memos.

The maximum volume is limited to 85db and can be further adjusted if required. In addition, you can password protect the settings, if required.

Headphones come in a variety of fun bright colors and include stickers for your child to personalize the headphones.

They offer an average battery life for kids’ headphones of around twelve hours. But they do have a wireless range superior to most children’s headphones, coming close to fifty feet.

8.3/10

  • Sound 90% 90%
  • Features 70% 70%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Value 90% 90%
POSITIVE
Comfortable on-ear cups
Stylish color choices
Great audio quality
Superior wireless connectivity range
NEGATIVE
12-hour battery life

6. Best Kids Wired Headphones – LilGadgets Connect+

Designed for kids ages three and up, the LilGadgets Connect+ represents the lower end, price-wise, of good headphones for kids.

One noteworthy difference between the Connect+ and similar kids headphones on the market is that these headphones limit the volume output at 93db unlike at 85db like most other headphones in our review.

They are durable, compact, and foldable. Plus, the caps have a headphone jack with removable cable, which is a great feature to ensure the cable is not going to get ripped out if you choose to go with wired headphones. 

LilGadgets has noise levels and volume output is elevated compared to other headphones

How many times have you or your child ruined a good pair of headphones by bending the audio jack connected to your mobile device during transport?  Thanks to the detachable feature of the Connect+ audio cable, that is no longer an issue.

LilGadgets also back all of their products with a one-year warranty, 100% satisfaction guarantee when purchased from LilGadgets or a licensed retailer.

These headphones are ideal for traveling, especially if you have more than one child. Multiple headphones can be connected via a cable with one of the headphones plugged into the audio source. This means all your children can be in the back seat watching the same video, and they will each have their own set of headphones to listen to the same audio source. The downside, however, is that the cord limits the headphone use.

The audio quality is remarkable, especially given their low cost.

7.8/10

  • Sound 80% 80%
  • Features 60% 60%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Value 90% 90%
POSITIVE
Very Affordable Price
Multiple sets can be connected
Removable Audio Cable

1-year Warranty

NEGATIVE
Some may find the max volume to be excessive

7. Best Design & Color Options – LilGadgets Untangled Pro

Designed for kids aged four and up, the LilGadgets Untangled Pro is essentially the wireless version of the LilGadgets Connect+.

These Bluetooth headphones feature a wireless range of a respectable thirty feet and a battery life of up to twelve hours.

If your child is listening to his or her music at high volume levels, you can expect the battery life to be significantly shorter. And, similarly to its wired brother LilGadgets Connect+, the volume limitation is set to 93db rather than a generally accepted 85db.

LilGadgets Untangle Pro - a house brand in kids market and niche

They feature the same SharePort system, which allows multiple headphones to be connected to the same audio source. However, if you are buying these headphones for this feature, say for long car rides, it might make more sense to get the Connect+ model.

The SharePort requires a cable connection, so essentially you are paying an extra $30 for a wireless feature you won’t be using when multiple headsets are connected. Well, you’ll be eliminating one wire at least, but the two headphones will still be tethered to one another.

The LilGadgets Untangled Pro audio quality is very respectable and the headphones are comfortable and durable. However, they still suffer from the higher volume limit.

Some would argue that the passive reduction means your child can get a ‘louder’ sound at lower volumes. But that’s true for all kids’ wireless headphones on this list, regardless of their volume limiters.

8.3/10

  • Sound 90% 90%
  • Features 70% 70%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Value 90% 90%
POSITIVE
Wireless Bluetooth
Audio Quality
30-feet Connectivity
Connects Multiple Sets
NEGATIVE
Some may find volume limit too high

8. Best Headband Headphones – CozyPhones Kids

CozyPhones offer an alternative to over-the-ear headphones or earbuds.

These are more like headbands or caps with speakers nestled into their fabric.

CozyPhones Kids headphones are ideal for toddlers or younger children who might find kids ear cups or even kids earbuds uncomfortable.

They come in a variety of cute and fun designs. Once you’ve fit them for your child, they are quite comfortable, even over longer listening time.

And, like most headphones reviewed in this article, these headband headphones are volume limited to 85db for your child’s safe listening experience.

cozyphones kids headphones are a great gear for the little ones

The electrical parts are removable, so the soft, lightweight fleece material can be machine washed. They come in a variety of colors with plenty of fun animal-themed models.

As their name suggests, they are extraordinarily comfortable. They can be pulled down over the eyes to serve as a sleep mask. This makes them ideal for airplane use or long car rides.

Unfortunately, to date, there is no wireless model, and they only come with a 3.5mm headphone plug. If you want to use them with an iPhone, for example, you will need to buy a separate adapter.

The audio quality is decent with no noticeable distortion at higher volume levels. Instead, the focus is on comfort and fit, and on providing little ones with a fun-to-wear headpiece.

CozyPhones offer a fun, ultra-comfortable kids headphone option for your child at an affordable price. And they should last you a long time. The fleece material is well made, and the wire is wrapped in a more robust chord, rather than the less reliable plastic often used in other kids’ headphones. 

I wish CozyPhones kids headphones existed when I was little!

7.8/10

  • Sound 70% 70%
  • Features 60% 60%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Value 90% 90%
POSITIVE
Super Comfortable
Priced Affordably
kids kidz gear can be safely washedCan be washed for lasting good looks
Durable for all ages
NEGATIVE
No Wireless Option

9. Best Budget – Noot Products K11

If your kids need a good but cheap pair of headphones for school or your kids’ entertainment, Noots Products K11 foldable kids stereo headphones are perfect for the job for children aged 3 and up.

The headphones come in 5 eye-catching colors. They are also your ideal travel partner as they fold easily and can fit into compact spaces.

You can save money in the long run with these durable headphones as they can withstand a certain degree of roughhousing. The tangle-free wires, in particular, are lifesavers since they won’t get frayed and spliced easily when your kids tug on them.

Surprisingly, but it also has a decent sound quality that can fulfill your kids’ everyday needs. The noise isolation ear cups not only keep your kids from maxing out the volume, but they can also elevate the sound quality while keeping your kids comfortable and happy. That being said, it might not suit kids that are not yet knowledgeable with handling volume and listening times as they do not feature a volume limiter like most other headphones in our review.

The earphone jack is a bit fragile, so you might want to unplug the headphones yourself to avoid unnecessary accidents. On the downside, budget-cautious shoppers may find the headband to be too big for small children heads, despite being adjustable.

7.8/10

  • Sound 70% 70%
  • Features 60% 60%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Value 100% 100%
POSITIVE
Sturdy and tangle-free wires
Foldable design for easy transport
Comfortable ear cups
Sound isolation
NEGATIVE
No Volume Limiter
Headband may be too big for small children

10. Best DYI Headphones for Teenagers – Bose BOSEbuild Headphones

Bose BOSEbuild headphones are suitable for kids ages eight and up, this is a relatively simple kit your child can assemble himself or herself.

What better way to have your child appreciate the product than to have him or her put it together themselves.

The kit is comprised of ten pieces your child snaps together to form a fully functioning wireless Bluetooth headphones.

It is a pretty good educational tool with an iOS app that explains the physics of sound and how your brain processes sound.

There are even lessons about listening volume and the risks of exceeding volume limits.

These headphones deliver a unique experience as an educational tool. Your child will have an amazing feeling of accomplishment for having built the headphones themselves. As a listening device, it’s of above-average quality: well-rounded mids and crisp highs. The over-the-ear cups provide passive ambient noise reduction. The design resembles that of adult headphones, which, depending on your child’s preferences and age, may or may not be a good thing.

The battery life is between eight and fifteen hours, depending on listening volume and if you use the LED display. One major drawback is that your child will need an iPhone to be guided through the assembly process and to benefit from the tutorials associated with the product. No Android version is available at the time of this writing.

Like with anything from Bose, this experience does not come cheap, but it does offer some features you will not find anywhere else. For example, the pitch shift microphone allows you to change the pitch of audio signals, which beyond the educational aspect is quite fun.

In addition to limiting the volume to 85db, it also comes with Smart Volume Limiting feature. It gradually reduces volume over time, so your child is protected in two ways: avoiding sounds in excess of 85db, and limiting long-term exposure of high volumes under that threshold.

It’s fun and educational and offers a safe and good listening experience. I only wish the app was supported by platforms other than Apple.

8.5/10

  • Sound 100% 100%
  • Features 80% 80%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Value 60% 60%
POSITIVE
Interactive in building them
Educational via iOS app
Pitch shift microphone
Smart Volume Limiting
NEGATIVE
No Android app

Conclusion

The good news is that more and more companies are designing headphones for little ones, with safety and enjoyment in mind. We’ve tried to consider the best kids’ wireless headphones and the best wired headphones for the smallest of us as well. But there are so many things to consider working out the top headphones for kid-size ears.

The main challenge, like with most other kids gear, is that there are so many products on the market. It is recommended to make sure that some online research is done and user reviews are checked prior to the purchase. Some articles may even go as deep as conducting and sharing consumer and audio lab testing.

Each pair of kids headphones claiming their own pros and cons, it can be difficult choosing from such an embarrassment of riches. We hope this article has been helpful in choosing the best pair of headphones for your child, below you will find a couple more things to consider.

At the same time if you are looking for ways to give your baby a great sleep, consider checking out latest video baby monitor review.

How Do We Choose The Best Headphones For Kids?

Here is what we have considered in each set of headphones for kids in our review:

Safety Features

While each product referenced in this article comes with a volume limiting feature, the Bose BOSEbuild Headphones and the Onanoff BuddyPhones Wave offer you a few more options in that respect. The Sony MDR 222KD along with the LilGadgets Connect+ and LilGadgets Untangled Pro exceed the maximum volume according to the industry standard of 85db and instead allow a higher max volume level at 93db.

Other Features

Despite little ones being the predominant audience, headphone companies have managed to pack kids gear with an array of options. Some include an ability to take phone calls, extended Bluetooth connectivity range, additional bass response, custom volume settings allowing to tailor the listening levels, volume limitation and much more.

Comfort

It would be hard to beat the snug cap-like design of the CozyPhones Kids, but they are intended for younger kids. For tweens and teens, I’d lean toward the JLab JBuddies, though the advantage is not considerable.

Durability

It would be difficult for a child to break the Onanoff BuddyPhones Wave. And they’re waterproof. All the products in this article rank high in terms of durability, with the exception of the Sony MDR 222KD (at their low cost, they’re almost disposable headphones, anyway).

Design and Look

That’s purely subjective. But if your child wants more adult-looking headphones, that would be the Puro Sound Labs BT2200 or the Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet models.

Value or Quality to price ratio

It would be hard to beat the JBL JR300BT on that front. Though, ultimately you will have to decide what criteria are most important to you, and make your choice accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are volume-limiting headphones?

Experts agree that headphones or earbuds for little ones should come with an 85db volume-limiting capabilities. A few limit the maximum volume at 93db, and those exceptions are noted. Some of the best children’s headphones provide ambient noise reduction. Ambient noise reduction (or noise cancelling) effectively eliminates the competition, and your child can focus solely on what they are listening to, thus no need for excessive volume. Some headphones provide wireless or Bluetooth capabilities to enjoy your music player without the cord.

It’s up to you to decide which characteristics are most important to you and your children. And to make the best selection possible, a bit of research is necessary. We have done most of that for you.

What is a safe listening level for children?

The industry standard is to limit volume at 85db. However, long-term exposure to sounds at 85db could, potentially, cause hearing damage and hearing loss. (Long-term is generally understood to mean over eight hours a day.

However, some experts would argue that ears need a break after ninety minutes.) It is unlikely that listening to sounds under 75db, even for extended periods, could cause any damage or hearing loss.

Of the products reviewed in this article, only the BOSEbuild Headphones and the Onanoff BuddyPhones Wave come with features that allow you to curb your child’s long-term exposure to sounds at 85db. Volume control and time exposure remain key factors in preventing hearing loss.

Are wireless headphones safe?

The move toward Bluetooth technology has caused some to ask questions about its safety. It’s true that Bluetooth technology does emit radiation, specifically RFR (radiofrequency radiation).

This is the same type of radiation emitted by your cell phone, computer, or microwave oven. Bluetooth technology emits significantly less RFR than these devices. But it still emits radiation.

The technology is too recent for us to have a firm grasp on any potential risks from long-term exposure. Wired headphones remain a great option should this be of real concern for you.

Are earbuds more harmful than over-the-ear or on-the-ear models?

Damage to your ear or even hearing loss comes from exposure to sounds that exceed a volume of 85db or from exposure to sound levels of around 85 dB for extended periods of time (over eight hours) regardless of the placement of the listening device. At the same time, the closer the driver to the ear canal is, the more volume potential is has.

What’s important is the fit and you want to make sure you get it right. You or your child can increase the maximum volume to block out background noise, yet you need to be careful with it. So headphones with canceling features, whether passive or active, will enable you to listen to audio at lower volumes.

If the earbud fits well, it could cancel external noise since its snug fit prevents most of the ambient noise from reaching the eardrum. However, generally speaking, over-the-ear ear cups offer better ambient noise reduction since the ear is completely covered effectively blocking out external sounds. Of course, this is also dependent on the quality of materials used, in addition to the fit.

What is the difference between active and passive reduction?

Passive noise reduction is achieved when the listening device, by its fit and by the materials used effectively prevents external sounds from reaching your eardrums. Over-the-ear models are generally the most effective at this. But some of the best earbuds for kids with snug-fit can also effectively block out background noise and external sounds.

Active noise reduction is when the listening device emits audio waves identical to those of ambient noise, but 180 degrees out of phase with the intrusive audio wave. The two audio waves will essentially cancel each other out.

You don’t need to choose between active or passive, since headphones with active cancellation features will also effectively cover the ears providing passive reduction, too.
Active noise cancellation headphones are most effective in environments where the ambient noise is relatively constant: airplanes, car rides, or noisy coffee shops.