As we've all spent more time at home than ever before, our neighbours are no longer strangers. Since lockdown started at the end of March, there's been an increase in noise complaints across the nation and as such, we've seen the sales of noise-cancelling headphones soar by 71%!
If you're currently struggling to get some peace and quiet, here are our top ten noise-cancelling headphones to block out your noisy neighbours:
- Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones
- COWIN E7 Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
- Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones
- Bose Headphones 700 Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
- Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
- JBL CLUB 950NC Noise-Cancelling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
- Sony WF-SP700N Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones
- Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones
- Avantree Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones
- JBL Everest Elite 150NC Wireless Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
Following the surge in demand, we decided to survey 2,875 members of the British public on the worst noises they've had to put up with from their neighbours, and how this rise in noise pollution has impacted them.
The results show that the top ten worst noises heard from neighbours during lockdown are:
- Bad music choices
- Children playing
- Loud lovemaking
- Children crying
- Garden machinery/tools
- Dogs barking
- Constant talking
Other answers reveal that 9% of respondents have been disturbed by 'TikToks', 7% by 'singing' and 'snoring' and 3% by 'gaming'.
Alongside the list of worst noises, we asked how noisy neighbours have impacted people's everyday lives. Nearly a fifth (18%) of people surveyed stated they have considered moving to escape their neighbours, and one in five (19%) have even had altercations about noise with them.
Cas Paton, founder and CEO of OnBuy said,
"Since the lockdown has started, most Brits have spent more time at home than ever before, and for many that's meant being exposed to their neighbours more. The nice weather has meant people are spending time in their garden as well, so it's no surprise that noise complaints have increased.
"Based on that, we thought it would be interesting to see what noises annoy people the most. Some of the noises are thankfully not ones I've heard from my neighbours personally, but I'm confident we can all relate to a few on the list. Hopefully people will try to be more thoughtful as a result of the findings, and if not, maybe noise-cancelling headphones will do the trick!"