Alexa headphones are trending big time. And, if you’ve not heard about them yet, you’re in the right place. These days, you can find a plethora of headphones on the market that come with built-in Amazon Alexa voice search. Yes, you read that right. Using the built-in voice search, you can find your favorite songs, listen to weather updates, and do a lot more. However, with so many brands and models competing on the market, it can be a daunting task to find the best Alexa headphones. This is where our expertise can turn into your advantage.
To help you make a smart and quick purchase, we shortlisted 20 Alexa headphones and tested them through and through to find the top 6 Alexa headphones for one and all. We ensured we covered all the brands – Echo Buds, Bose, Jabra, and so on. Trust us, it was not an easy task, and we invested almost five weeks in completing the activity. Nevertheless, we have the list ready. Here it goes:
- Best Overall Alexa Headphones – Echo Buds With Built-In Amazon Alexa
- Premium-End Alexa Headphones – Bose QuietComfort 35 II
- Best Sports Alexa Headphones – 66 Audio PRO Voice Bluetooth Headphones
- Most Versatile Alexa Headphones – Jabra Elite Active 65t
- Best Budget Alexa Headphones – JBL Live 650BTNC
- Alexa Headphones With Best Battery Life – Jabra Elite 85H
In this guide, we’ll discuss important factors you should consider while buying Alexa headphones, review the top 6 Alexa headphones, list their pros and cons, and answer some frequently asked questions about Alexa headphones.
Factors to Consider While Buying Alexa Headphones
Apart from the sound quality, here’s a list of factors you must consider while buying Alexa headphones. We ensured we did not miss out on any while shortlisting the 20 Alexa headphones for trial and testing.
1. Built-in Voice Assistants
Even though we are primarily talking about Alexa headphones in this guide, there are many headphones on the market and on our list too that also support other voice assistants, such as Google Assistant and Siri. As it is rightly said, the more the merrier. Therefore, you can look for headphones that comprise or support multiple voice assistants and are not limited to the Amazon Alexa.
“Comfort” is one of the most critical factors you should consider while looking for the best Alexa headphones. If you are looking for on-the-ear or over-the-ear headphones and plan to use them for 5-6 hours daily, ensure you buy headphones that come with sweat-resistant ear pads. Also, ensure the headband fits properly and does not clamp too tightly on your head. Memory foam ear padding is always the best choice. On the other hand, if you are more inclined toward earbuds, ensure the eartips fit properly inside your ear and are comfortable. Earbuds can cause ear infection and pain if they do not fit properly.
3. Active Noise Cancelation (ANC)
ANC is not a “must have” but “good to have” feature if you are investing in Alexa headphones. Most Alexa headphones and earbuds on the market these days come with ANC; however, the ANC works well in some and extremely well in the others, such as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Jabra Elite 85H headphones. Nevertheless, it’s completely your choice. Some headphones users feel suffocated with headphones that provide 100% noise cancelation.
4. Battery Life
The battery life of the Alexa headphones is also something you must look at when finding the best Alexa headphones on the market. If you are someone who doesn’t use their headphones for more than 2-3 hours daily, the battery life shouldn’t be something that should bother you; however, if you are an avid headphone user, ensure you select Alexa headphones that have a great battery life. Even if they are slightly expensive, we highly recommend you purchase them if you don’t want the hassle of charging the headphones time and again.
6 Best Alexa Headphones You’ll Love
Let’s look at the detailed reviews of the 6 most recommended Alexa headphones:
1. Echo Buds With Built-In Amazon Alexa
Best Overall Alexa Headphones
- Provide a great fit; highly suitable for running and walking
- Look simple and elegant
- You don’t need to operate any buttons; simply call out for “Alexa” and get started
- Great sound quality and decent bass; overall balanced tones
- You can use the earbuds independently
- Exceptional call quality; thanks to the 3 microphones in each earbud
- Built-in quick charge feature allows you to increase the battery by 50% in hardly 15-20 minutes
- Portable and lightweight
- You can also use Siri if you have Apple Music or Spotify
- Micro USB instead of USB-C for charging the earbuds
- Alexa did not work in a noisy environment, especially when walking on a busy road
- No volume controls on the earbuds
The Echo Buds With Built-In Amazon Alexa are a hit among Alexa fans who love wireless headphones. The audio quality provided by the headphones is simply exceptional, and we encountered no issue at all while setting up the wireless connectivity. After all, the headphones come with the latest Bluetooth version.
Once we were completely satisfied with the audio quality, we tested the built-in Alexa functionality and used it to find our favorite songs, get directions to the nearest pharmacy, set alarms, and so on.
Another exciting thing about the earbuds is that if they run out of charging, you can instantly charge them using the additional charge in their charging case. Talk about the comfort provided by the earbuds and we would rate them 9 out of 10. The earbuds come with a pack of three eartips to ensure they fit well in ears of all sizes. What’s even better? The earbuds are sweat resistant.
You can even use the Echo Buds for making calls, especially attending work-related calls during the COVID-19 scenario. After all, each earbud comprises 3 microphones for call clarity and quality. Lastly and most importantly, the earbuds come with the noise-canceling technology and eliminate all the outside chatter. Therefore, the Echo Buds are the overall best Alexa headphones on the market.
2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Premium-End Alexa Headphones
- You can also connect the headphones using NFC
- Great sound quality; provides sound optimization based on the track you are playing
- Provides 100% noise isolation
- Controls are intuitive to find and use
- Soft ear cups; headband does not clamp too tightly
- Streamlined and sleek design
- Sound can get distorted at very high volumes
- A little expensive
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones are not just the most luxurious Alexa headphones on the market but also one of the best noise-canceling headphones on the market. It can be a perfect buy for those who are looking for high-end Alexa headphones. The headphones come with 3 noise-cancelation levels. Based on your requirements, you can select the level you want.
Firstly, Alexa fans can easily access the voice assistant at the push of a button without using the phone. However, before you can use the voice assistant, you need to download the Bose Connect app first, ensure you pair your device, choose Alexa as your personal assistant and download the Amazon Alexa app.
Secondly, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones are extremely comfortable and durable. Even though the headphones are slightly expensive, they are worth investing on. Lastly, the headphones not just provide impeccable audio quality but also call quality. Thanks to the dual microphone arrangement, you can make and take calls without any hassles.
Read the Full Bose QuietComfort 35 II Review
3. 66 Audio PRO Voice Bluetooth Headphones
Best Sports Alexa Headphones
- Good audio quality; decent bass
- Comfortable and lightweight
- Sweat proof
- Excellent call quality
- Stylish design
- Exceptional battery life
- Can feel a little tight around the ears
The 66 Audio PRO Voice Bluetooth Headphones with Alexa Voice Recognition can be a great pick for working out, running, walking and other sports. These headphones are also wireless and comprise a unique, behind-the-ear design. The soft cushion, durable plastic construction and easily foldable design make them a hit among headphones lovers.
The headphones come with built-in Amazon Alexa and ActiveVoice recognition technology using which you can access a wide range of songs, streaming apps, updates and a lot more. However, you’ll have to keep the MotionControl app connected at all times to use Alexa.
Lastly, we were amazed at the wireless range of the headphones. The headphones worked beautifully up to 80 feet from the device.
4. Jabra Elite Active 65t
Most Versatile Alexa Headphones
- Provide a comfortable and snug fit
- Great audio quality for listening to music and calls
- Decent bass; not overpowering at all
- Easy to set up and use
- Great microphone quality
- Durable and sturdy
- Excellent connectivity between the earbuds and audio device
- Compact charging case
- Not comfortable to use for long durations
- Earbuds are sensitive to interference
Even though the Echo Earbuds are the best overall Alexa headphones, the Jabra Elite Active 65t is not far behind. They are truly wireless earbuds for those with an active lifestyle. Are you wondering why we’ve nominated them as the most versatile Alexa headphones? Well, we were absolutely delighted to see how well the earbuds worked with different devices. You can use the earbuds with almost all brands – Apple, Samsung, Motorola and so on. You can personalize your sound using the Jabra Sound+ app.
Secondly, the earbuds are highly suitable for gym enthusiasts and runners as they fit perfectly inside the ear. What’s even better? The buds are dust and water-resistant to ensure the utmost durability. Whether you are working out, running or walking, you can use the voice command functionality to activate the Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google voice assistant.
Thirdly, the earbuds can be used for both listening to songs and making/taking calls. We did not experience any audio quality issues with the earbuds. The earbuds are available in 5 color options – Copper Black, Copper Blue, Copper Red, Gold Beige and Titanium Black.
5. JBL Live 650BTNC
Best Budget Alexa Headphones
- Great sound quality
- Comfortable and durable; fantastic build quality
- Value for money; easily affordable
- Noise cancelation works perfectly
- Can be used as wired or wireless headphones
- Comprises 2 built-in voice assistants
- Good battery life
- Noise cancelation is not as effective as Bose QuietComfort 35 II
- Need ANC to operate at full bass
The JBL Live 650BTNC headphones comprise not just one but 2 built-in voice assistants – Google and Alexa. And, the headphones are one of the most affordable Alexa headphones on the market.
Like the Bose QuietComfort II headphones, the JBL Live 650BTNC headphones also come with noise cancelation. However, the noise cancelation is not as good as Bose. We tested the headphones in traffic and parties, and the noise canceling ability was enough to block outside noise while listening to music. The same was not the case during calls.
Secondly, the sound quality of the headphones is great. The mids sound fantastic and the highs are pretty well balanced. Also, we did not face any issues while setting up the Bluetooth connection.
Lastly, the headphones are comfortable to wear and one of the most striking features of the design is the padded headband. In fact, they are one of the most comfortable headphones on the market. Therefore, if you are on a shoestring budget, the JBL Live 650BTNC headphones can be a great choice. Simply download the JBL Headphones app and you can conveniently switch between the 2 voice assistants.
6. Jabra Elite 85H
Alexa Headphones With Best Battery Life
- Extremely comfortable
- Highly effective ANC
- Crisp, clear, punchy and bright sound
- Bluetooth 5 allows you to connect the headphones to 2 devices at once
- Excellent battery life
- Can be switched on/off by simply swiveling the ear cups
- Volume controls are easier to use than many other similar headphones
- Do not get hot and sweaty during summers
- Look stylish and chic
- Short charging cable
If you are looking for Alexa headphones with compelling features, active noise cancelation (ANC) and incredible battery life, we suggest you purchase the Jabra Elite 85H headphones. We tested the headphones not once but three times to ensure we’re not getting overenthusiastic about the battery life. And, we are pleased to tell you that the headphones did not disappoint us even once.
Firstly, the headphones are wireless and come with SmartSound technology, i.e., the ANC feature gets automatically activated as soon as the headphones detect external sound. Isn’t that amazing?
Secondly, the battery life of the headphones deserve a special mention. The Jabra Elite 85H headphones can operate for 36 hours straight on a single charge with ANC activated. Not only this but you can also fast charge the headphones to ensure they operate for 5 hours without any hiccups, in hardly 15 minutes.
Thirdly, the headphones can be an excellent choice for calls, especially for those who are working remotely due to the pandemic scenario. Jabra Elite 85H headphones come with 8 microphones, out of which 6 are used to ensure a hassle-free call experience and block external sound.
Even though the headphones are slightly expensive, we highly recommend you purchase them if you are looking for Alexa headphones with great build quality, comfort, ANC and battery life.
So, what do you think about our top 6 choices for the best Alexa headphones on the market? Have you been able to pick one for yourself from our list?
If you ask us to choose the best of the best, we would go with Jabra Elite 85H. Confused? Don’t be; even though the Echo Earbuds are listed as the best overall Alexa headphones, we really liked the Jabra Elite 85H for their battery life, comfort, ANC and sound quality. However, we have ranked the Echo Earbuds on the top as they are the best choice in terms of comfort, price, and, most importantly built-in Amazon Alexa control. The functioning of the Alexa voice assistant was absolutely smooth in case of the Echo Earbuds; we experienced absolutely no hiccups at all.
We hope you found our guide on the best Alexa headphones in 2021 useful. Have more suggestions or questions? Post them below and we’ll get back to you in a jiffy.