10 Best Headsets for Online Classes

By Editorial Staff •  Updated: 02/03/24 •  Teach Online

You’re required to use a pair of headphones when you teach online. You must also use a headset for online classes as a student. So what are the best headsets for online classes? The ideal pair will be one that is on the smaller side, preferably “over the ear” style with an attached 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 in your online class. So what should you look for when it comes to headsets of teaching online?

Non Bulky

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 for an online teacher. You want the student to be focused on you and the lesson instead of being distracted by your oversized headphones.

Good Audio

High-quality headphones provide good, adequate audio for an online class. We don’t need excellent audio but good audio because we’re 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 suddenly, the left side of your headphones breaks, and you can only hear out of one ear.

Included Microphone or use a USB mic

Audio is essential for online teaching; you want to ensure you get a pair of headsets that include a microphone with noise-canceling features to make for a high-quality, enjoyable online teaching experience.

If you don’t like the design of a headset with an included mic then, make sure you get a USB microphone for online teaching. The onboard audio of your laptop is mediocre at best and for a low price you can get a quality microphone.

Is noise canceling important?

Noise canceling is very important for us teachers 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.

So all the pairs our teachers have used all have noise canceling microphones. If a pair does not include a microphone that means we suggest using a quality USB mic.

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 from below. If you are willing to spend a bit more, the build quality of more expensive headphones is much better and will last much longer.

Comfortable

You will be wearing these headphones for hours each day when you’re teaching online. 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.

  1. Jaba Nectar
  2. Jabra Evolve
  3. Logitech H390
  4. Plantronics Blackwire
  5. Jabra Evolve Wired Headsets
  6. Cyber Acoustic
  7. Dechoyecho Bluetooth Headset
  8. Marshall Major III
  9. Sony Noise Cancelling
  10. AirPod Max

Jaba Nectar – Excellent price and performance

Any online teacher knows the brand Mpow. They were cheap, but well built headphones with excellent audio for the price, and on top of that they also included noise canceling microphone.

One issue, Mpow engaged in a fake review scheme and has been removed from numerous online retailers. However, we found an excellent replacement in Jaba Nectar.

Jaba Nectar

Excellent budget headset with the right mix of sound and a microphone.

We stumbled across these Jaba Nectar headphones and they are pretty much the same build and quality and price point as our previous top choice, Mpow.

So if you’re strictly looking for a great wired headset with a noise canceling microphone and great audio then the Jaba Nectar series are perfect for you. These headphones are designed with the online teacher in mind.

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Jabra Evolve – Good professional headset

These Jabra Evolve 40 headsets make a list due to their overall quality of sound and noise canceling ability. Excellent audio for both voice and music, as well as a very effective noise-canceling microphone, is what you can expect.

Jabra Evolve

Professionally made headset with microphone. Stylish and provides good audio.

These headphones are also wired, which we here at Teach and prefer for online teaching as there is no risk of a wireless connection giving out. Last, these headsets have an “on the ear” design, are not too big and bulky looking, and come.

The only issue we experienced with using the headsets was the build quality. For the price, these are less durable than we would expect. If you pull on the wire incorrectly, we noticed the audio dropped on one side of the headsets (but quickly came back).

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Logitech H390 – Cheap, budget friendly headsets

Need a pair of headsets? Only want to spend a little? Just using them for an online class, and that’s it?

Logitech H390

A good, cheap headset that’s perfect for video calls.

These Logitech headsets are a solid choice used by call center professionals worldwide. Ideal for Skype calls video chat, and online teaching. Don’t expect stellar quality audio for music.

What makes these headsets useful for teachers is the attached microphone and mute button. The microphone is not noise cancelling, but it does a decent enough job of blocking ambient noise given the price point.

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Plantronics Blackwire – Small and stylish

The Blackwire from Plantronics ticks all the boxes we, as online educators, need in a pair of headsets. Small and stylish with a portable noise-cancelling microphone. They also have a wired connection for long-term reliability.

Plantronics Blackwire

A solid mid-range headset option. Small, stylish and noise-cancelling.

These headphones’ main selling point from our testing is the microphone’s noise-canceling ability. It’s particularly effective at blocking out almost all external sounds, including dogs barking and cars. High-pitched noises in the background do get picked up a bit.

In general, if you need noise canceling of sounds from your teaching environment, these are perfect for your online class.

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Cyber Acoustic – Budget noise-cancelling headphones

These headphones have a built-in microphone and provide some of the best noise canceling we’ve heard at this price point. What’s also quite helpful about the built microphone is its adjustable position in relation to your mouth.

Cyber Acoustic

A budget friendly headset with good noise-cancelling.

Last, these headphones are designed specifically for the online classroom and teaching environment. The Cyber Acoustic headphones are a great choice for online teachers with a durable build, built-in volume control, and a plug-and-play design.

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Dechoyecho Bluetooth – A good alternative, minimalistic option

The Dechoyecho Bluetooth headset includes a simple, noise-cancelling microphone and a charging port similar to Apple Air Pods. They have a unique design in that they offer only one headphone that fits over the ear, allowing your other ear to listen to ambient noises in your home.

Dechoyecho Bluetooth

The small, minimalist choice for online teaching.

Overall, we like the quality of the headsets and the clear, noise-canceling audio they produced for students. The Bluetooth connection is also quite good, and we can switch between connecting to our laptop devices and phones easily.

It takes some time to get used to the “one ear” design, but if you’re looking for a chat-oriented headset, these are ideal. Could you make sure to charge them for your blinks on online classes?

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Marshal Major IV – Stylish and functional

Marshal Major is an iconic brand in the music industry. These headphones are a little small and are very stylish overall. They provide excellent sound and last for 5+ hours on a full charge.

Marshal Major IV

Sleek minimal design, excellent audio. Can connect via Bluetooth or a wired connection that has a microphone.

The Major III offers both a wired connection, which we suggest using when teaching online as you don’t want your headsets running out of battery. They also have Bluetooth enabled, so you can connect to your phone or laptop without issue.

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Sony WH-1000XMS – High-end headphones

These are by far the most effective noise-canceling headphones we’ve used. They look sleek and modern and are pretty stylish. However, they are low on the list because the noise canceling is so good you can’t hear yourself talk.

Sony WH-1000XMS

The best noise cancelling headphones on the market.

You’ll also need a USB microphone for quality audio unless your laptop has an excellent onboard noise-canceling microphone. These headphones last about 30 hours when fully charged and offer a unique fast charging feature where you plug them in for 5 minutes, and they are suitable for 3 hours.

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Sony ZX – Wired, affordable headphones

If you need a pair of cheap headphones for online work or to listen during a Zoom class and don’t need a microphone because you already use a proper external USB mic, then you’ll love the Sony ZX.

Sony ZX

Cheap, wired (no Bluetooth) on the ear headsets. A budget friendly choice for teachers.

They are lightweight and cheap and produce quality sound far superior to what you would expect given the price point. These headphones are wired, on-ear headsets that have comfy padding. They are simple, but if you’re looking for the mostcost-effectivee, budget product, look no further.

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AirPod Max – Excellent audio and a good microphone

Last on our list is the AirPod Max headphones. These are fabulous headphones and probably the best headphones for consumer use. However, for someone looking to teach an online class, they’re a bit excessive in terms of price, and they do lack a quality microphone, so you’ll need a USB mic.

AirPod Max

The best consumer headphones we’ve used. Excellent audio quality with a decent noise-cancelling microphone built in.

However, one great feature of these headphones is the “transparency” mode, where you have noise canceling for ambient sound but can still hear yourself talk. You need to experience this feature personally to get it.

So if you’re looking for headphones that are noise canceling, provide outstanding audio, and are well-built, then you’ll love the AirPod Max headphones. Just to let you know, the built-in microphone is muffled and doesn’t seem to be treble. It’s about as good as what you can expect from the built-in microphone on your laptop.

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Conclusion and final thoughts

So there you have it. These are some of the best headsets for online class. Like we stated earlier, if you get a headset with no mic then definitely checkout our guide on the best USB mics for teachers.

Otherwise most will find the Jaba Nectar headsets to be perfect if all you need are a cheap pair of headsets for online teaching.

Editorial Staff

I'm David Unwin and I head the editorial staff here at Teach and GO. I've taught as an ESL teacher in Thailand for 5+ years at all levels of education, from elementary to University. I was also one of the first 1000 VIPKID teachers. I and my team now share my extensive experience as a teacher here at Teach and GO. Learn more.

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