While earbuds and in-ears can be excellent day-to-day headphones thanks to their portable and convenient design, they generally don't have the best microphone quality, especially if they rely on a Bluetooth connection. In comparison, Bluetooth headsets designed for phone calls may have better microphones, but they often only have one earbud, making them less than ideal for listening to music at work or during your daily commute. Luckily, there are more and more earbuds on the market that balance call quality and casual versatility, which is great if you work from home or take calls on the go.
We’ve tested over 245 pairs of earbuds and in-ear headphones with microphones, and below are our recommendations for the best earphones with mic capability to buy. If you’re looking for our top picks for other earbuds and in-ear headphones, check our recommendations for the best earbuds and in-ears, the best truly wireless earbuds, and the best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls.
The best earbuds with microphone capability we've tested are the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless. Their integrated mic has an adequate recording quality for phone calls and does a good job separating your voice from moderate ambient noise, ensuring you're heard clearly, even if you're taking a call from a busy street. The earbuds support multi-device pairing and have a fairly comfortable fit. Their well-balanced sound profile is well-suited for various genres, and you can adjust it with a graphic EQ and presets in their companion app.
Unfortunately, they don't have ANC and don't isolate you from noises like the rumble of bus engines during your commute. Their continuous battery life of about five hours is short compared to our top picks, but on the plus side, they come with a portable case that holds a couple of extra charges. If you want longer continuous battery life, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless are a more recent model and last for about eight hours off a single charge. Their mic has a good recording quality, but it struggles to separate your voice from ambient sound.
The best earbuds with mic capability that we've tested in the budget category are the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless. These affordable, truly wireless earbuds have an in-line mic that makes your voice sound reasonably clear and natural. It has alright noise handling, meaning your voice isn't drowned out by moderate noise like people chatting. They're well-built and decently comfortable once you find a good fit with the selection of differently-sized ear tips. Both the buds and their portable case feel sturdy and are rated IPX8 for resistance against being submerged in water, so they shouldn't be damaged by a few accidental drops or a bit of rain.
They don't have ANC but aren't bad at passively isolating you from office-type noise like ambient chatter. They have a bass-heavy sound profile, which makes them well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. Voices also reproduce clearly and accurately. Their continuous battery life of about five hours isn't great, but their case holds four extra charges, so you can always top them up during your workday or a long trip.
The best noise cancelling earbuds with a mic that we've tested are the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. Unlike our top pick, these earbuds have an ANC feature. It can block out an impressive amount of noise, including rumbling engines and background chatter, so they can help you concentrate on a call that you take from a busy street or noisy office. The integrated mic makes your voice sound clear and does a decent job separating it from background noise. These earbuds also have a long, roughly nine-hour continuous battery life. Their case holds a couple of extra charges, meaning they can get you through a 9-5 workday and commute.
However, unlike the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless, they don't have a companion app or any sound customization features. They have a very well-balanced, slightly bass-rich sound profile suitable for a wide variety of genres and types of content. They're also comfortable and stable enough for sports, but keep in mind that they don't have onboard volume controls, which is a little inconvenient when you're on the go.
The best neckband headphones with an in-line mic that we've tested are the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless. These in-ears aren't completely wireless since they have a cable that goes around your neck, but their in-line mic sits closer to your mouth than most integrated microphones found on truly wireless earbuds. It makes your voice sound clear and understandable over the phone, and it does an okay job of separating it from background noise. Their sound is well-suited for phone calls since voices reproduce clearly and accurately.
They last for about eight hours of continuous use and have a decently comfortable fit, although the neckband can snag longer hair. They also come with a good selection of differently-sized ear tips, including foam and silicone options. Their very good active noise cancelling (ANC) feature can block out the low rumble of bus engines during your commute and ambient chatter at work. You can also connect them to your phone and computer at the same time, so you can easily take calls on either device.
The 1More Triple Driver are the best wired earbuds with a mic that we've tested. Like the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless, these buds have an in-line mic that sits closer to your mouth. Their mic has a good recording quality, ensuring that your voice sounds clear and easy to understand. It can also separate your voice from moderate noise, although it has a harder time with louder sounds like a train pulling into the station. The buds have a fairly balanced mid-range, so speech sounds detailed, although a bit muddy. Their bass-heavy sound profile is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop.
Their in-line controls are simple but easy to use, so you can quickly answer and end calls without your phone. The buds are also decently comfortable and come with nine different pairs of ear tips to help you get the best fit. They're made of metal and feel quite well-built, but unfortunately, some users have reported receiving electrical shocks from their units. While we didn't experience this, it's still important to keep this in mind as it can indicate the manufacturer's quality control.
Jun 06, 2022: Added the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless as the 'Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds With A Mic'. Made the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless the top pick instead of the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless. Moved the SteelSeries TUSQ to Notable Mentions.
Apr 07, 2022: We've removed the Bose QuietComfort 20/QC20 as they've been discontinued by the manufacturer, and we've replaced them with the 1More Triple Driver.
Feb 07, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Dec 07, 2021: Replaced the Turtle Beach Battle Buds with the SteelSeries TUSQ as the SteelSeries' mic offers better overall performance. Also replaced the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless with the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless as the Jabra are more versatile.
Oct 08, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are available.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best earphones with microphone capability to buy for most people. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of our all earphones we've tested with a mic. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.