by Joe Henry | July 25, 2018
Noise cancelling headphones are a perennial best-redeemer in incentive programs, and with good reason: From crying babies to the sleep depriving rumble of aircraft engines they are among the most important tools in a road warrior's arsenal to ease the strain of travel. 

Here is a look at three of the most popular high-end noise cancelling wireless over-the-ear headphones: The Bose Quiet Comfort 35II, the Sony WH-1000XM2, and the Bowers & Wilkins PX.

The Bose QuietComfort line has long set the standard for noise-cancelling headphones and is definitely the market leader. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II, available exclusively through Incentive Concepts has all the high-end bells and whistles one would expect from a product of this caliber, and sets itself apart because it's lightweight and utterly comfortable -- as the name suggests -- as well as having top-of-the-line noise cancelling capabilities. 

Meanwhile, Sony's latest entry into the premium wireless headphone space is the WH-1000XM2. It boasts 30 to 40 hours of battery life, depending if you use it wirelessly or wired, and has a quick charge capability that grants 70 minutes of battery life after a 10 minute charge.

Instead of buttons on the right ear cup, it has touch controls  so you swipe up to raise volume and down to lower it, for instance. This creates a sleek, streamlined look though people acclimated to buttons might want something a bit more tactile. And you can raise or lower the noise canceling capability, depending on how much ambient sound you want to hear. 

The Sony WH-1000XM2 is available in black or gold through Rymax Marketing Services

The most unique looking of the three -- made of ultra-luxe materials -- is the Bowers & Wilkins PX. While they're slightly heavier than the Sony or Bose models, this is the set you should wear if you want not just brilliant performance but head-turning design. While available in standard black, the PX also has a beautiful black-and-gold model. It's constructed from leather and metal  which is why it weighs a little more than its competitors. 

But the beauty of the PX isn't just surface -- there's a lot of engineering and technology crammed between its two ear cups. Controls are located on the right ear cup, and there's a sensor that makes the sound stop playing if you remove one cup. And it comes with an app that can activate three noise-cancelling filters: City, which lets you hear surrounding traffic, Office, so you can hear people talk, and Flight, which mutes ambient engine noise.