The background noise of everyday life can be distracting at best and annoying at worst. It’s hard to concentrate on that audiobook or music playlist when some slick three rows back is slinging stock trades at the top of his voice or shouting at his sales manager. Noise-cancelling headphones mitigate disturbances by determining a baseline for ambient low-frequency sound and producing a wave form exactly opposite of that frequency, effectively cancelling it out. That allows the user to hear only what they want, making for a better audio environment during air travel, at the office, while listening to music, or trying to sleep. If you are in the market for a little peace and quiet, here are three features to look for.

Built-In Alexa

Touch controls on this model make it simple to play or pause, fast-forward and more with a single finger. Sony

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Noise-cancelling headphones should be completely wireless and capable of communicating with your other devices over Bluetooth. A pair of plush earpads adds to the comfort level of a cord-free headset.

Comes in Seven Colors

45mm large-aperture drivers ensure this option delivers a deep, rich bass sound. Cowin

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One of the most useful features of a noise-cancelling headset is not just the ability to listen, but to talk. A headset with built-in microphone makes your calls crystal clear in any environment.

Three Levels of Quiet

This pair recognizes audio commands so you can keep your hands free for other tasks. Bose

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Headphones that incorporate voice-control technology, such as Alexa, enable hands-free use of the device. And if you get lonely in all that well-conditioned silence, there’s always a lovely voice in your head to talk to.

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30-Foot Range

This model can connect to multiple devices at a time using Bluetooth. Bose

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Charges Quickly

This set can last up to 35 hours without needing to be plugged in. Sony

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