Best Lavalier Microphones iMore 2020

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.

Our pick: Rode smartLav+ Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone

This lav mic brings broadcast-quality audio to your portable devices and features an omnidirectional condenser.

$79 at Amazon

Premium pick: Shure MVL Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone

The Shure MVL connects via the 3.5mm jack and features best-in-class in signal-to-noise ratio and durability.

$69 at Amazon

Multi-purpose: PowerDeWise Professional Grade Lavalier Microphone

This noise-canceling microphone works with cell phones, computers, and some cameras for recording music or podcasts with clear audio.

$40 at Amazon

Plain and Simple: Giant Squid Audio Lab Omnidirectional Microphone

This mic from Giant Squid doesn't have any extras, but is still records impressively clear audio and includes 6 feet of cable.

$40 at Amazon

Bottom line

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+ 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. 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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