Whether you’re podcasting, making movies, or vlogging, the best lavalier microphones take your sound quality to the next level. There are a lot of options out there which can be a little overwhelming. To help you find the right one for you, we researched some of the top-rated, best-selling items out there to put together this review. Before we get started with our top picks, let’s take a look at some of the main things you should know before you shop.
Type: We found both wired and wireless types. Wired mics plug right into your device or camera and are basically plug and play. Wireless mics use a transmitter and receiver and are a little less restrictive when it comes to movement.
Omnidirectional: Omnidirectional mics record from all sides of the microphone and are a little better if you’re recording outdoors because they’re not as sensitive to wind and other noises as unidirectional mics. Basically, they’re better for recording on the go.
Noise Canceling: Noise canceling mics are particularly important if you record on the go and aren’t always in a quiet studio. Sometimes it can be as simple as adding a foam muff over the mic to provide a little bit of coverage.
Pieces Included: Accessories depend on which mic you choose, but you’ll find options with extra long cables, foam covers, multiple clips, batteries, various adaptors, and one even includes an extra mic so you can record with a buddy.
3.5mm Jack Compatible: Most devices have a simple 3.5mm jack that these mics can be plugged into. Some cameras, PCs, and laptops will require an adaptor. As far as iPhones, you’ll need the lightning to 3.5mm adapter that came with it.
Warranty: Warranties vary on these mics. Most of these are covered for 1 year but not all so make sure you check the information carefully. It is always important to know what’s covered and what isn’t. Especially with electronics.
Now that you know more about what to look for, let’s move into our reviews. Whether you’re looking for the best mic for GoPro or something to use while podcasting, you’ll find it here. Start at the beginning with our top and budget picks, that’s the best way to see the range that’s out there. Stick around if you can, though, all of these options are pretty great. Alright, are you ready to get started? Let’s get to it.