The Best 'Cheap' Alexa Headphones of 2019

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is now available in Bluetooth headphones.

Unfortunately, there aren't many "Alexa headphones" on the market yet and the ones that are available have:

  • A big price tag;

  • Suspicious reviews;

  • Negative reviews; or

  • All of the above.

I only found one pair of Amazon-certified Alexa headphones that are (legitimately) rated at 4-stars or better: The Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II).

These headphones are not cheap, but, they do go on sale. I expect that more options (hopefully some good, cheap ones) will be on the market by the 2019 holiday season. Stay tuned for updates along the way.

In the meantime, here is a quick overview of Bose's Alexa headphones:

A Note About Sony’s WH1000XM3 Headphones

Sony’s WH1000XM3 wireless, noise-cancelling headphones support both Alexa and Google Assistant. These headphones have excellent reviews (that appear to be legitimate) and I included them in my list of well-reviewed Google Assistant headphones. That said, I’m uncomfortable including the WH1000XM3 in this article because there aren’t enough reviews that mention the headphones’ Alexa integration.

Typical Price: $349 | Good Deal: $300

These noise-cancelling headphones are lightweight, comfortable and sound great, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers hate that the Alexa app must be running on their smartphones in order to use the voice assistant on their headphones. A few customers had trouble getting Alexa to stay paired; others had difficulty with voice commands.

Buyer Beware

Alexa headphones disappoint or frustrate customers for many reasons:

  1. Poor instructions;

  2. Voice recognition issues;

  3. Difficulty making phone calls; and

  4. Troublesome firmware updates.

Don't expect to buy Alexa headphones without facing some issues or challenges: It’s new technology. The best Alexa headphones may be none at all.


John DeFeo