Best Earbuds With Microphone Under $20 Android Central 2020

A headset — earphones or earbuds (or even a single earbud) with a microphone and controls — is a different beast than a set of earbuds or headphones without a mic. For starters, not every set will work with Android when you need to answer calls and adjust the volume. Plus, when products are cheap, there are thousands of choices to wade through — some not all that great. So we chose the best ones.

Foam fit: KLIM Fusion Earbuds

Staff pick

They handle calls just fine, fit better than average, and aren't terrible to wear. Best of all, they sound awesome. The Fusion Earbuds also include memory foam ear-tips so that you'll get the best fit possible, without having to worry about ear fatigue. Plus, KLIM offers a 5-year warranty if anything goes awry with your amazing earbuds.

$20 at Amazon

For the gym: LETSCOM U8I Bluetooth Earbuds

These Bluetooth sports headphones check the right boxes if you need a set under $20 with a microphone. Boasting eight-hour battery life and an IPX7 water-resistance rating, these headphones are perfect for someone frugal, needs to be wire-free, and likes a good workout.

$20 at Amazon

Type C: HTC USonic Adaptic Audio Earphones

Seeing a pair of USB-C earbuds with a mic and a price under $20 is a surprise, but seeing a couple as nifty and versatile as the HTC Usonic is even more of a surprise. These headphones offer a high-resolution DAC to convert standard audio to lossless in a lightweight package. Plus, the audio coming in will be optimized for your ears and outside noise levels.

$16 at Amazon

Great fit: JLab Audio Metal

JLab's Audio Metal earbuds have a universal mic and music controls, are sweat-resistant and include seven different pairs of gel comfort cushions to fit almost everyone. Combined with their ergonomic profile, these are some of the best-fitting earbuds you'll find under 20 bucks. They're also tough with a Kevlar cable and flex attachment joints.

$20 at Amazon

Awesome for calls: 1MORE Piston Special Edition Headphones

The 1MORE Piston Earphones are a fantastic choice thanks to the 45-degree angled design, which allows the earbuds to sit better in your ear canal. The in-line mic makes it easy to chat on the phone without much background noise and includes playback controls if you're listening to some tunes. Plus, the cable is made with Kevlar fiber to improve durability and reduce the chances of getting tangled.

$15 at Amazon

Most comfortable: Panasonic ErgoFit

Want cheap earbuds that you can wear all day? The Panasonic ErgoFit earbuds are great! The sound is decent for music or phone calls, and they aren't the prettiest things to look at. Luckily, whatever the tips are made of is awesome because they fit inside your ear without bugging you along the way.

$10 at Amazon

Unique fit: Skullcandy Ink'd Plus

Although these don't sport a 45-degree angle, the Skullcandy Ink'd Plus promise a noise-isolating fit in part due to the earbud tips themselves. These come in seven different colors to choose from, and you get two extra sets of earbud tips to find your best fit. Skullcandy also offers a two-year warranty if something goes awry.

$11 at Amazon

Tangle-free cable: Samsung Type-C Earphones

Samsung's Type-C are included with certain Samsung smartphones, but now you can get them alone. The headphones come with four different interchangeable ear tips so that you get the best sound out of these AKG-tuned headphones. Additionally, the in-line microphone has three buttons, allows you to control phone calls, and you won't have to worry about dongles with the USB-C connector.

$18 at Amazon

Durable and reliable: Edifier P265 In-Ear Headphones

Edifier prides itself on providing a great audio experience on a budget, and that is further proven by the Edifier P265 headphones. They offer Hi-Fi sound without breaking the bank, along with an inline microphone and music controller, and a one-year warranty in case you need to replace them.

$18 at Amazon

No wires here: Skullcandy Jib Plus Wireless

Skullcandy's Jib Plus Wireless earbuds remove the need for any additional wires, along with six hours of battery life and a splash-resistant coating. The headphones also have gel tips that fit into your ear to help keep the earbuds in place and come in three different colors.

$16 at Amazon

Tangle-free lifestyle: Betron B750s High Definition Headphones

The Betron B750s headphones are lightweight, sound amazing, and offer passive noise cancellation. This is in part because of the six different earbud tips that you are provided with in the box so you can find the perfect fit. And the flat, rubber cable makes it, so your headphones won't come out of your pocket a jumbled mess that takes forever to unravel.

$13 at Amazon

Wooden aesthetic: Symphonized NRG In-Ear Wood Headphones

Instead of dealing with the same ole' plastic earbuds, why not get something that looks a bit more awesome? The Symphonized NRG In-Ear headphones are made from real wood, which aims to provide a crisp acoustic sound, coupled with deep bass. The inline controls not only allow you to skip or pause your music, but there's also a microphone built-in so you can just take your calls when they come in.

$19 at Amazon

Great headphones on a budget

You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a set of earbuds that work just the way you want them to work. We've got a selection here that covers all the basics, and you'll be sure to find something you like. I like the KLIM Fusion Earbuds because I dig the sound that comes out of the tiny little things. And you can always know you're getting an excellent seal with the foam ear tips.

For those looking for a superb wireless earbud experience, you can't go wrong with the LETSCOM U8I Bluetooth Earbuds. Not only do these headphones offer up to eight hours of music playback while also sporting a water-resistance rating of IPX7. This makes the U8I Headphones the perfect choice for those looking to get rid of the wires and hit the gym.

Are you looking for something in a higher price range? Are you looking for something specifically wireless? Headphones and earbuds come in all shapes and sizes, so check out our round-up of the best wireless headphones with microphones.

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