You’re required to use a pair of headphones when you teach online. You’re also required to use a headset for online classes as a student. So what pair should you get? The ideal pair will be one that is on the smaller side, preferably over the ear with a microphone.
You don’t want pair of oversized headsets made for gamers. You want a minimalistic pair of headphones because as a teacher you want to look professional when you’re in your online class. So what should you look for when it comes to headsets of teaching online?
Quality headphones for listening to music, watching streaming movies or playing video games tend to be big and bulky. This is fine for most instances, but not as an online teacher. You want the student to be focused on you and the lesson, instead of being distracted by your oversized headphones.
High quality headphones provide excellent audio. We don’t need excellent audio, we need good audio because we’re basically doing video calls. For this type of setup you don’t need a top of the line pair of headphones, but you also want to avoid super cheap headphones where all of a sudden the left side of your headphones break and you can only hear out of one ear.
Audio is very important for online teaching, you want to make sure you get a pair of headsets that include a microphone with noise cancelling features to make for a high quality, enjoyable online teaching experience.
Noise cancelling is very important in this regard because we can’t always control our external environment. As such, we want to minimize distracting sounds like dogs barking, people talking or cars driving by.
If you choose to use a headset that does not have an included microphone, then make sure to checkout our dedicated guide for USB microphones for online teaching.
Not too expensive
You can get a good pair of microphones that can do the job at an affordable price. We will show you what most teachers approve of as well as different options to choose from below.
When you’re teaching online, you’re going to be wearing these headphones for hours each day. Because of this, I prefer “on the ear” style headphones instead of “over the ear” headphones. The choice is up to you of course.
Best Headsets For Online Classes
So you need some headphones for online teaching or your online class. The following are the 6 best headphones and headsets for online teaching.
- MPow PC Headsets
- Logitech H390
- HC6 Noise Canceling Headphones
- Plantronics Blackwire
- Jabra Evolve Wired Headsets
- Cyber Acoustic
- Yamay Bluetooth Headsets
- Marshall Major III
- Levin Bluetooth
- Sony Noise Cancelling
- JVC Foldable Headsets
MPow PC Headsets – Best and Most Popular Headsets for Online Teaching
MPow is a brand that is relatively unknown outside the video chat headset space. These are some of the most popular headsets for everyday use by professionals for Skye calls, webinars, call centers and online teaching. A bit bigger than other brands, these provide comfortable over the ear styling an decent noise cancellation.
- Very Cheap and expendable.
- Multipurpose. Provides a bit better sound than the H390’s.
- A good “backup” pair of headphones or your main driver for class.
- Designed for video chat. Not ideal for music or gaming.
- The most durable “cheap” headsets” on the list.
Logitch H390 – Best Cheap Headset
Need a pair of headsets? Don’t want to spend a lot? Just using them for online class and that’s it? These Logitech headsets are a solid choice used by call center professional from around the world. Ideal for Skype calls, video chat and online teaching. Don’t expect stellar quality audio for music.
- Good audio and a solid, reliable microphone.
- Small form factor. This pair of headsets won’t be distracting in the online class environment.
- Comes with an attached microphone and a mute button.
- Only useful for video calls
- Can become uncomfortable when worn for long periods of time.
- Mediocre sound overall.
- Logitech products have poor build quality and tend to break after a year or so usually.
HC6 Noise Cancelling – Excellent on the ear headphones
We are quite impressed with the design, comfort and usability of this pair of noise cancelling headsets. They are an on the ear style that come with a built in microphone with a design emphasis on noise cancelling.
This is ideal if you’re teaching from your home classroom or office, but you still have a bit of potential noise in the background to deal with. They have good build quality but are on the smaller side so if you have a larger head they may be uncomfortable.
Last, they come with a backlit mute button to easily turn off the microphone. They only thing we did not like about these headphones is that they do jut out a bit from your head, unlike the MPow PC headsets which fit the shape of your head better.
- Comfy and small with an on the ear design.
- Acceptable noise cancelling for online teachers.
- Solid build quality overall with audio controls.
- For low priced headphones, don’t expect stellar audio quality for music.
Plantronics Blackwire – A mid range option
The Blackwire from Plantronics ticks all the boxes we as online educators need in a pair of headsets. Small and stylish with a movable noise cancelling microphone. They also have a wired connection for long term reliability.
These headphone main selling point from our testing is the microphones noise cancelling ability. It’s particularly effective at blocking out almost all external sound including dogs barking and cars. High pitched noises in the background do get picked up a bit.
In general, if you really need noise canceling of sounds from your teaching environment these are perfect for your online class.
- Very comfortable.
- Excellent sound for multi-purpose use.
- Useful nose cancelling.
- The microphone audio is good for chat but not any type other type of voice work.
Jabra Evolve Wired Headsets – The Professional Choice
These Jabra Evolve 40 headsets make the list due to their overall quality of sound and noise cancelling ability. Excellent audio for both voice and music as well as a very effective noise cancelling microphone is what you can expect.
These headphones are also wired which we here at Teach and GO personally prefer for online teaching as there is no risk of a wireless connection giving out. Last, these headsets are have an “on the ear” design, are not too big and bulky looking and come.
The only issue we personally experienced with using the headsets was the build quality. For the price, these are not as durable as we would expect. If you pull on the wire in the wrong way, we noticed the audio dropped one side of the headsets (but quickly came back).
- Excellent design, audio and microphone.
- Stylish and they provide a wired connection.
- Build quality may be an issue.
Cyber Acoustic – Cheap Noise Cancelling Option
These headphones come with a built in microphone and provide some of the best noise cancelling we’ve heard at this price point. What’s also quite helpful about the build in microphone is that it’s adjustable with regards to it’s position in relation to your mouth.
Last, these things are design specifically for the online classroom and teaching environment. With a durable build, built in volume control and a plug and play design, the Cyber Acoustic headphones are great choice for online teachers.
- Small and lightweight.
- Comfortable design with good audio.
- Noise cancelling microphone for clear audio.
- They are not made for listening to music or YouTube. The sound is tinny with no base.
Yamay Bluetooth Headsets – The minimalist choice
The Yamay Bluetooth headsets include a simple, noise cancelling microphone and a charging port. They have a unique design in that they offer only one headphone cushion pad to cover one ear. Allowing your other ear to be free to listen to ambient noises in your home.
Overall, we really like the quality of the headsets and the clear, noise cancelling audio they produced for students. The bluetooth connection is quite good as well and we were able to switch between connecting to our laptop devices and phones with ease.
It does however take some time getting used to the one ear design, but if you’re looking for a chat oriented headset these are ideal. Just make sure to charge them for your blocks on online class.
- Minimalistic design.
- Effective noise cancelling microphone.
- Strong bluetooth connection.
- The design of these may not appeal to you as a teacher.
Marshal Major III – Small, stylish over the ear headphones
Marshal Major is an iconic brand in the music industry. These headphones are not too big and are quite stylish. They provide excellent sound and last for 5+ hours on a full charge.
They are bluetooth enabled so you can connect to your phone or laptop with no issue. They also come with a wire to plug into your laptop for some amazing audio.
- Excellent audio. You can use them for class, music or movies.
- Cool design. Not big, bulky or nerdy looking.
- Easy to pack up.
- Connects via blue tooth or a wired connection to your laptop.
- No microphone. You’ll need to check your onboard audio or get a USB microphone.
Levin Bluetooth – The behind the ears
While more geared for athletic use like running on a treadmill, these behind the ear headsets do work quite well for online teaching. Similar to Apple Air Pods, these have a built in microphone so you can actually get decent audio instead of using your laptops on-board audio.
The only drawback is that the audio is good, but not great and is nowhere near as effective as having a pair of headphones that have a noise cancelling microphone. However, if you’re teaching in a quite environment and want something minimalistic, these Levin Bluetooth headsets are a unique options.
- Multi-purpose. Can use for online class or on the go activities.
- Good, reliable Bluetooth connection.
- Useful, behind the ear design.
- Built in microphone.
- Does not provide any type of noise cancelling.
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones – Small, stylish design, wired
These are affordable, basic headphones for general use. Stylish design, small and light weight. Easy to pack up and they are wired which makes them ideal for online teaching.
Lastly, they do a solid job of blocking out ambient noise given their price while at the same time providing superior sound and being quite comfortable for long use.
- Small, wired headphones.
- Stylish and compact.
- Good audio and they’re noise cancelling.
- No microphone. Check the quality of your onboard audio or get a USB microphone.
JVC Foldable Headsets – The super budget option
Cheap, expendable but provides surprisingly good audio? That’s what we experienced when we tired out these tiny JVC foldable headsets. They come in multiple colors, fit comfortable on your head for long periods of time and they obviously fold up.
The draw back? No microphone. You will need to use your laptops on board audio or you’ll need to purchase an affordable USB microphone. If you already have a solution for audio, then these are a good, surprising choice for online class.
- Small, foldable and expendable.
- Surprisingly good audio for the price point.
- Comes in multiple colors.
- No microphone which may be a deal breaker for some online teachers.
Conclusion and final thoughts
So there you have it. These are some of the best headsets for online class. If you’re in need of a pair of headphones for online teaching I would suggest getting a decent pair with a microphone if you already own a pair of headphones you really like. Most online teachers choose the MPow PC headsets as they are the right balance of price, size and performance.