In this article, we’re going to help you select the right wireless microphone for your event. We’ll cover handheld, lapel, Countryman style, and athletic headset microphones.

Quick Answer: Handheld wireless microphones are by far the most popular choice for their superior versatility and sound quality. The best hands-free option will depend on your use case.

Wireless Microphones

Every wireless microphone works the same way; there is a transmitter and a receiver. The receiver works the same regardless of the microphone. Handheld microphones have a built-in transmitter, while the other mics we’ll look at hook into a wireless bodypack you wear on your belt.

Wireless Handheld Microphone

Handheld wireless microphones work great for events where the speaker is frequently changing; the microphone needs to be passed around or used by several people in quick succession.


  • The most versatile option
  • Requires the least time to set up
  • Best quality due to size of the capsule
  • Less prone to feedback


  • Requires speaker to hold the microphone or remain static to use a stand

Wireless Lapel Microphone

Also know as a lavalier or clip-on microphone, this is generally the second most popular wireless microphone choice.


  • Versatile
    Can be clipped to a variety of clothing in various positions for hands-free use.
  • Relatively quick to setup


  • Further away from the sound source (presenter’s mouth)
  • Can pick up unwanted sounds
    The presenter’s clothing, hair, or jewelry can make noises that the mic will pick up.

Countryman Style Wireless Microphone

This type of wireless microphone consists of an over-ear support with a boom arm that reaches along one side of the presenter’s jaw. You don’t speak into it; this type of mic is designed to pick up sound from the jawline.


  • Sounds better than the lapel mic
  • Hands-free operation
  • Discreet design


  • Takes longer to setup
  • Can be awkward for presenters with long hair
  • Single ear versions prone to movement requiring taping
  • Delicate construction

Wireless Athletic Headset Microphone

These are more aggressively constructed headsets designed for the rigors of sports instruction and physical events. 


  • Strong and durable
    Will withstand the movements of sports instruction, shouting, sweat, and general handling much better than some of the other options.
  • Hands-free operation


  • More visible

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How To Select A Wireless Microphone For Your Event Topics

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:32 Wireless handheld microphone
  • 1:25 Wireless lapel microphone
  • 2:24 Countryman microphone
  • 3:56 Athletic headset microphone
  • 4:34 Final thoughts