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Best Alexa Headphones and Earbuds

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Headphones are getting so smart, we can communicate with them and manage our daily tasks with nothing more than our voice. We have digital assistants to thank for that. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) bots like Siri and Google Assistant are considered standard features for today's headphones, but the market for Amazon Alexa-enabled headphones is steadily growing. With full control of your smart-home devices to adjust lighting, make Amazon purchases, play music and access an endless number of Alexa skills on your earbuds or headphones, it's like having an Echo speaker for your ears. 

If you're in the market for headphones that feature Amazon's intelligent voice search, we have an amazing selection, which spreads across several categories and prices. Scroll down to learn what are the best Alexa headphones out there. And stay tuned for our review of the upcoming Amazon Echo Buds which promise noise reduction, up to 5 hours of battery life and Alexa (of course!) for $129.99.

Those who want Bluetooth earbuds with digital assistant support can find elite options here and in on our best truly wireless earbuds roundup, while others seeking more feature-focused recommendations can browse through our top picks for best active noise-cancelling and wireless headphones. We've also compiled lists of the Best Bose and Best Sony headphones for brand loyalists. 

Best Alexa headphones overall

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1. Jabra Elite 85h

Best Alexa headphones overall

Size and Weight: 7.6 x 8.8 x 3.2 inches, 10.4 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 36 hours (NC On); 41 hours (NC Off) | Bluetooth Range: 33 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Best in-class battery life
Smart controls
Excellent audio reproduction
Tri-digital assistant support
Lots of sound customization
Bulky and heavy
Listening modes cause bass to distort

Jabra's latest release is the most feature-laden pair of headphones we've tested on the ANC front. The company's advanced 8-microphone system enhances digital assistant performance, giving Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant accurate speech recognition. Half of those mics are also used to automatically adjust ANC levels, letting listeners jam out to Spotify playlists uninterrupted. Speaking of sound, the Elite 85h produces sonic depth that surpasses most models in its class. On-ear detection and physical controls provide different ways to manage calls and music. And did we mention the 36 hours of continuous playback on noise-canceling mode?

Read our full Jabra Elite 85h review.

Best noise-cancelling Alexa Headphones

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2. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones700

Best noise cancelling Alexa Headphones

Size and Weight: 8 x 6.5 x 2 inches, 8.8 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours (NC on) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Slick, attractive design
Excellent noise cancelling on calls and music
Precise, balanced audio
Smart, intuitive buttons and touch controls

Our new noise-cancellation king is also one of the latest headphones to feature Alexa support right out of the box. The Bose 700 is a sonic and visual stunner that affords music lovers and travelers amazing audio. Its soundstage is cleaner and more balanced than the QC35 II. ANC is given a significant boost, as eight individual mics work together to silence ambient noise with ease, while amplifying your vocals for better call quality. The svelte design is also something to marvel at. Best of all, Alexa can be enabled via the usual voice command.

Read our full Bose 700 Noise Cancellation Headphones review.

Dynamic noise cancellation and sound

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3. Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Dynamic noise cancellation and sound

Size and Weight: 7.1 x 6.7 x 3.2 inches, 8.2 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours (NC on); 40 hours (NC off) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Industry-leading active noise cancelation
Superb audio quality
Dedicated voice assistant button
Classy and comfy design
Works in wired mode if battery dies
MicroUSB charging
Competitors have longer battery life with ANC on

The QuietComfort 35 II remained our No.1 noise-cancelling pick for months until its more premium and powerful sibling, the 700, hit the scene. Nevertheless, it’s still a top-tier selection for a multitude of reasons. ANC performance is stellar with Bose's acclaimed technology silencing everything from crying babies to rumbling engines. Sound is well-balanced with booming bass that doesn't overshadow mids and highs. The all-new Action Button is a convenient way of activating Google Assistant or Alexa, allowing the built-in mics to pick up every syllable with precision. Having up to 40 hours of playtime with ANC off is clutch as well. 

Read our full Bose QuietComfort 35 II review.

Best truly wireless earbuds for voice assistance

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4. Jabra Elite Active 65t

Best truly wireless earbuds for voice assistance

Size and Weight: 1.2. x 1.1 x 0.9 inches, 0.2 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours (NC on); 15 hours (with charging case) | Bluetooth Range: 33 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Sporty, comfortable design
Great sound customization
Quick charging; Solid call quality
Doubles as a fitness tracker
Charging case is difficult to open
Impractical controls

The Jabra Elite 65t has been revered for its intelligible features and versatility, and its sportier counterpart proves to be an exceptional upgrade. Design-wise, the Elite Active 65t offers the proper comfort and stability to appease hard-core runners. Jabra even equipped these buds with dust- and water-resistant protection to ensure maximum durability. Audio is clean and warm, making calls and music pleasant to hear. Using the free Jabra app will let you adjust EQ settings and select the default digital assistant; Alexa registers and executes commands swiftly. 

Read our full Jabra Elite Active 65t review.

Champion sound matched with killer noise cancellation

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5. Sony WH-1000xM3

Champion sound matched with killer noise cancellation

Size and Weight: 10.4 x 7.3 x 2.9 inches, 9 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 30 hours (NC on); 38 hours (NC off) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Class-leading sound
In-app audio customization
Extensive battery life
Intuitive features and touch controls
Supports all digital assistants
Aesthetics feel less premium than the previous model
Call quality isn't the best

The WH-1000xM3 is a sonic powerhouse that blends beautiful sound with outstanding noise cancellation and smart features. Music sounds serene with Sony's new QN1 chip boosting audio processing to hear most, if not all, songs in high fidelity. Sony also stuffed more mics into the ear cups, improving vocal clarity and noise neutralization across the frequency range. The recent addition of Alexa expands digital-assistant support, which performs just as well as Google Assistant. 

Read our full Sony WH-1000xM3 review.

Decent noise cancelation with Alexa voice control

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6. Sony WH-CH700N Noise-Canceling Headphones

Decent noise cancelation with Alexa voice control

Size and Weight: 10.3 x 8.7 x 2.7 inches, 8.5 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 35 hours (NC on) | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Amazing sound for the price
Superior battery life
Better-than-average noise canceling
Seamless connectivity via NFC
Operates on Bluetooth 4.1
Micro-USB charging is slow

Entry-level headphones can often be hit or miss, and in this case, Sony leaves quite the impression with its sub-luxury noise-cancellers. The WH-CH700N delivers satisfying sound, highlighted by well-balanced mids and signature thumping lows that come attached to the Sony name. Access to the Sony Headphones app opens the door to personalize audio by creating your own sound profiles or enabling one of several EQ options. Noise cancelation is reliable enough to hush nearby conversations and street traffic, but the fact that you can use the feature up to 35 hours on one full charge is pretty cool. The latest 4.2.0 firmware update also welcomes Alexa into the fold.

A cheaper noise-canceling alternative with warm sound

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7. JBL Live 650BTNC

A cheaper noise-canceling alternative with warm sound

Size and Weight: 8.07 x 3.15 x 8.78 inches, 9.14 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours (NC on); 30 hours (NC off) | Bluetooth Range: 40 feet (12 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Vibrant sound
Alexa and Google Assistant integration
Strong battery life
Dependable noise cancellation
ANC is required to get full bass
Poor call quality

JBL's newest cans pack reputable ANC performance and striking audio into a chic, sturdy frame. The Live 650BTNC's tentpole feature is Google Assistant and Alexa integration, which responds efficiently to vocal commands. Noise cancellation is strong enough to filter out door buzzers and loud chatter, but the same performance doesn't carry over to call quality. Musical mids sound amazing, and the JBL Headphones app allows users to enable different EQ settings and pick their digital assistant of choice. There is one major caveat – ANC mode is the only way to enjoy bass.

Sporty on-ear headphones with smarts

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8. 66 Audio Pro Voice

Sporty on-ear headphones with smarts

Size and Weight: 7.1 x 6.6 x 3.1 inches, 7.8 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 40 hours | Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Customizable EQ
Sturdy design
Quality sound
Lengthy battery life
No aux cable
Heavy reliance on companion app

One of the early adopters of Alexa, 66 Audio worked closely with Amazon to create these smart on-ear cans. The Pro Voice features a unique behind-the-head design that delivers great comfort and stability for active listening. Alexa works together with the brand's ActiveVoice recognition technology to achieve clear voice recognition. Unfortunately, using Alexa requires the MotionControl app to be open at all times. The app also serves as a crutch for audio, which is decent for $100, but will benefit from personalized tweaks; you can customize the EQ or select from nine different presets.

Comfortable neckbuds with tri-digital assistance

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9. Jabra Elite 65e

Comfortable neckbuds with tri-digital assistance

Size and Weight: 6.87 x 2.79 x 7.42 inches, 1.81 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 8 hours (NC on), 13 hours (NC off) | Bluetooth Range: 33 feet (10 meters) | Digital Assistant Support: Yes

Customizable sound
Lightweight design
Decent noise cancellation
Sufficient battery life
Tricky controls
Latency when watching videos

The Jabra Elite 65e stands out as a reasonable pair of earbuds worth owning. Listeners can expect bass-forward sound that's customizable through the Sound+ app. The buds won't match Bose's noise cancellation, but they do an admirable job of quieting low-frequency sounds such as background chitchat. Access to Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa are sweet bonuses, too. Where the Elite 65e falters is in video content, as there is some latency when watching Netflix and YouTube clips. The control scheme is also a hindrance, as the play button is combined with the auto-call feature and occasionally triggers accidental calls instead of pausing music.