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The best Alexa headphones and earbuds in 2021

Best Alexa headphones
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The best Alexa headphones take Amazon’s digital assistant out of housebound speakers and let you take it whether you go. It still works the same way: you ask Alexa questions or give commands  though the headphones’ mics, and Alexa can vocalize an answer or perform actions via your paired phone.

And, while most of the best Alexa speakers are made by Amazon itself, you’ve got a much broader choice of Alexa-compatible headphones and earbuds. Even audio specialists like Bose and Jabra are on board. So, if you want your next set of cans to be smarter, more versatile and ultimately more useful, reads on to find out the best Alexa headphones we’ve tested.

What are the best Alexa headphones and earbuds?

Our current pick for the best Alexa headphones is the Jabra Elite 85h, which offers great audio, tons of customization options, and, most importantly, support for all major voice assistants including Alexa.

If it's smaller earbuds you're after, Amazon's own Echo Buds are a great choice. As an Amazon product, they offer seamless Alexa integration, and sound pretty impressive for Amazon's first attempt at wireless buds.

You should also consider the Bose 700, which are exceptional over-ear headphones even before you get to their voice assistant support. If you want access to Alexa on top of excellent noise-cancelling, these are the way to go.

Read on for all of our picks for the best Alexa headphones and earbuds. 

The best Alexa headphones right now

Best Alexa headphones: Jabra Elite 85h

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1. Jabra Elite 85h

The best Alexa headphones overall

Specifications
Size and Weight: 7.6 x 8.8 x 3.2 inches, 10.4 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 36 hours (ANC On); 41 hours (ANC Off)
Bluetooth Range: 33 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Best in-class battery life+Smart controls+Excellent audio reproduction+Tri-digital assistant support+Lots of sound customization
Reasons to avoid
-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?

See our full Jabra Elite 85h review.

Best Alexa headphones: Amazon Echo Buds

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2. Amazon Echo Buds

The best Alexa earbuds

Specifications
Size and Weight: 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 inches, 0.3 ounces (per bud)
Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours
Bluetooth Range: 33 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Solid audio quality+Good noise cancellation+Great Alexa integration
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly uncomfortable-Needs more smart gestures-Use micro USB instead of USB Type-C

If you can't beat 'em join 'em. Amazon is the latest to enter the truly wireless earbuds arena with the Echo Buds. Relatively cheap at $90, the Echo Buds offer solid audio quality for the money, as well as up to 5 hours of battery life. Amazon even teamed with Bose to give listeners some quality  active noise reduction (ANR). But most importantly, the earbuds allows listeners to get all the benefits of Alexa, including the skills, games and podcast reading, in a small and commuter-friendly package.

See our full Amazon Echo Buds review

Best Alexa headphones: Bose 700

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3. Bose 700

The best Alexa headphones with noise cancelling

Specifications
Size and Weight: 8 x 6.5 x 2 inches, 8.8 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours (NC on)
Bluetooth Range: 30 feet (9 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Slick, attractive design+Excellent noise cancelling on calls and music+Precise, balanced audio+Smart, intuitive buttons and touch controls
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Our noise-cancellation king also happens to feature Alexa support right out of the box. The Bose 700 is a sonic and visual stunner that affords music lovers and travellers amazing audio, and its soundstage is cleaner and more balanced than the QuietComfort 35 II below. 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.

See our full Bose 700 Noise Cancellation Headphones review.

Best Alexa headphones: Sony WH-1000XM4

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4. Sony WH-1000XM4

The best Alexa headphones for feature fanatics

Specifications
Size and Weight: 10 x 3 x 7.3 inches, 9 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 30 hours (ANC on), 38 hours (ANC off)
Bluetooth Range: 40 feet (12 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Excellent audio quality+Remarkable noise cancellation+Smart controls+Strong battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Call quality still needs work

The Sony WH-1000XM4 improves on near-perfection, adding handy new features to what's already one of the best sets of noise-cancelling headphones you can buy. These cans have even better audio and noise-cancellation than their excellent predecessor, and sweeten the pot with some truly handy smart features fitting of the best Alexa headphones.

The new Speak-to-Chat feature will automatically pause your music when you start talking to someone, as well as take advantage of adaptive playback that adjusts the sound to your surroundings. Of course, the Sony WH-1000XM4 supports Alexa in addition to other top voice assistants, complete with Precise Voice Pickup technology for clearly hearing your voice commands.

See our full Sony WH-1000XM4 review.

Best Alexa headphones: Bose QuietComfort 35 II

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5. Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Dynamic noise cancellation and sound

Specifications
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 (9 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Industry-leading active noise cancelation+Superb audio quality+Dedicated voice assistant button+Classy and comfy design+Works in wired mode if battery dies
Reasons to avoid
-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. 

See our full Bose QuietComfort 35 II review.

Best Alexa headphones: Jabra Elite Active 65t

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6. Jabra Elite Active 65t

Great wireless earbuds with voice assistance

Specifications
Size and Weight: 1.2 x 1.1 x 0.9 inches, 0.2 ounces (per bud)
Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours (NC on); 15 hours (with charging case)
Bluetooth Range: 33 feet (10 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Sporty, comfortable design+Great sound customization+Quick charging; Solid call quality+Doubles as a fitness tracker
Reasons to avoid
-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. 

See our full Jabra Elite Active 65t review.

Best Alexa headphones: JBL Live 650BTNC

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7. JBL Live 650BTNC

A cheaper noise-canceling alternative with warm sound

Specifications
Size and Weight: 8. x 3.2 x 8.8 inches, 9.1 ounces
Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours (NC on); 30 hours (NC off)
Bluetooth Range: 40 feet (12 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Vibrant sound+Alexa and Google Assistant integration+Strong battery life+Dependable noise cancellation
Reasons to avoid
-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.

Best Alexa headphones: Sony WH-CH700N

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8. Sony WH-CH700N Noise-Canceling Headphones

Decent noise cancelation with Alexa voice control

Specifications
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 (9 meters)
Digital Assistant Support: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Amazing sound for the price+Superior battery life+Better-than-average noise canceling+Seamless connectivity via NFC
Reasons to avoid
-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.