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The best Alexa headphones and earbuds in 2021

Best Alexa headphones
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The best Alexa headphones free Amazon’s digital assistant from housebound smart speakers, putting the same voice command functionality into devices you can take anywhere. And while most of the best Alexa speakers are made by Amazon itself, you’ve got a much wider range to choose from with headphones. Even sonic specialists like Bose and Jabra have their own headphones and earbuds with native Alexa support.

Using Alexa with headphones should be comfortably familiar if you’ve ever used any digital assistant on a speaker. All you need to do is speak your commands or queries, and the integrated mics will pick them up, enabling Alexa to start playing certain songs or search the web. So, if you’d prefer your audio hardware with some extra smarts, keeping reading our list of the best Alexa headphones.

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

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

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?

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

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

Solid audio quality
Good noise cancellation
Great Alexa integration
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

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

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

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

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

Excellent audio quality
Remarkable noise cancellation
Smart controls
Strong battery life
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

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

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. 

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

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

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. 

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

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

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.

Best Alexa headphones: Sony WH-CH700N

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8. 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 (9 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.