Best Lavalier Microphones in 2022

Rode SmartLav+ microphone
Rode SmartLav+ microphone (Image credit: RØDE Microphones)

When it comes to recording audio, you never want to sacrifice on quality. Sometimes a larger microphone is just too much, and that's where a lavalier comes in. While small enough to stay nearly out of sight, lavalier mics — usually used to capture people speaking while allowing the user to be hands-free — can still capture great sound while carrying a great price tag. Even if you need a mic that works across all of your audio recording gear, we've got you covered.

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The best lavalier microphones are durable and flexible enough to be used for recording interviews, live streams, or music videos with clear audio. Our top pick is the Rode smartLav+ (opens in new tab) because of the professional, broadcast-quality of the audio. The cord is wrapped in Kevlar to prevent it from stretching or snapping. It's a testament to the overall quality of this microphone.

This mic plugs into your cellphone and video cameras with the included TRRS jack. And it works with mobile recording programs to make it easy to record on location rather than in a studio. The microphone is omnidirectional, so it picks up good sound, and the clip helps attach it to lapels or collars for hands-free recording.

If you're on a budget but still want good quality audion, we suggest the professional-grade lavalier microphone from PowerDeWise (opens in new tab). The audio quality of this noise-canceling lavalier microphone is very clear. It is compatible with several devices, including cell phones and some cameras, and it doesn't need any drivers to be installed before using it.

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