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Best Overall: Ivanky AUX Cable at Amazon
"A basic AUX cable that's inexpensive, durable, and will transmit your audible clearly and reliably."
Best USB-C: Vention 13 at Amazon
"Claims Google Pixel, Motorola Moto Z, and Samsung Galaxy devices are supported."
Best Lightning: iDars 18 at Amazon
"Can work through the Lightning connector of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod."
Best Extra-Long: KabelDirekt 12 at Amazon
"The 20- and 25-foot cables are both affordable for their length."
Best Retractable: CableMatters 8 at Amazon
"When not in use, the cables can quickly roll back up into the housing, shrinking down to just two inches."
Best Coiled: CableCreation 5 at Amazon
"An excellent option if you want a cable with an adjustable length that's a little more heavy-duty than most retractable cords."
Best Flat: UGreen 7 at Amazon
"Made of TPE giving it flexibility, while the flat design also helps avoid tangles."
Best Heavy-Duty: EMK 9 at Amazon
"The casings at each end are made of an aluminum alloy, offering better strength than cheap plastic."
Best Looking: SMALLElectric 8 at Amazon
"A four-pack of four-foot braided nylon cables in a variety of colors."
Best Extension: AmazonBasics 7 at Amazon
"Adds that extra length you need to reach from point A to point B."
If you're looking for a basic AUX cable that's inexpensive, durable, and will transmit your audible clearly and reliably, then this option from Ivanky is your best bet. Available as a single eight-foot cable or as a pack of two four-foot cables, these cords are a fantastic value and will work just as you expect them to. They can withstand up to 15,000 bends (an especially important feature if you're planning to use it in your car or on your headphones where it'll get some heavy use) and are compatible with all devices with a 3.5mm jack. The connectors are plated in 24K gold and have a pure copper casing, both of which improve the audio connection and reduce signal loss.
These cables are available in both black and red. The black has a TPE-covered cord and the red has a braided nylon cord, so you can choose the look that best matches your device or your style.
Before you buy, find out the differences between USB and AUX cables.
It’s not just iPhones that have dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack — plenty of Android phones are also losing the port. Fortunately, this Vention USB-C AUX cable can make up for that. It's a coiled cable that can stretch up to five feet, with one 3.5mm jack and one USB-C jack and can support Google Pixel, Motorola Moto Z, and Samsung Galaxy devices. Not all USB-C connections are the same though, so you’ll want to confirm that your device is compatible — if not, you may be better off using your phone’s recommended USB-C to AUX adapter paired with a normal AUX cable.
If you have one of the new iPhones and miss being able to use a headphone jack to listen to your music on external speakers, iDARS has an MFi-certified option that can work through the Lightning connector of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. The Lightning connector end is designed to be thin, so it should easily connect to your Apple device even if you have a case on your phone or tablet. This is a great fit for the car because it's coiled and short enough to stay out of your way. On the other hand, it can stretch up to five long, so your backseat DJ can queue up their road trip playlist without having to unplug.
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If you want to be able to plug in your smartphone or computer from just about anywhere in the room, KabelDirekt has an extra long AUX cable that should do the trick. The 20- and 25-foot cables are both affordable for their length. Better still, they have 24k gold-plated male connectors on each end. The jacks also have metal casings to improve durability. Plastic and rubber casings can wear out quickly, especially with the bending that jacks can go through. The casing ends also have rubber reinforcement so the cable ends don’t bend too far from a little pressure.
As handy as AUX cables are, they’re really just long cables dying to get tangled up. That’s especially true if you’re using them in the car or want to pack one in your bag to bring with you. That’s where a nice retractable cable can come in handy. CableMatters has an affordable two-pack that offers up 2.5-foot cables built into a ratcheting housing, so you can get the length you need. When not in use, the cables can quickly roll back up into the housing, shrinking down to just two inches.
This cord from CableCreation is a foot long but can stretch up to six feet. It's an excellent option if you want a cable with an adjustable length that's a little more heavy-duty than most retractable cords. This is a stretchable, coiled cable that can stretch from one foot up to six feet in length. It has a plain black TPU coating and the jacks themselves are gold plated. The casing around the jacks is also thin enough that this cable will likely still be able to plug into your phone or tablet without you needing to remove the case.
If you need to route your AUX cables around some hard angles, like over the edge of a desk or through an entertainment center, you may benefit from a flat cable — the low profile is easier to squeeze through tight spaces and also tends to be sturdier than typical cylindrical cables. This one from UGREEN comes in three sizes: 1.5 feet, three feet, six feet, and ten feet so you can choose the right length for your needs. The cable itself is made of TPE for maximum flexibility and the flat design helps prevent tangles. Another nice feature: one of the 3.5mm connectors is angled at 90 degrees, which makes it easier to connect with certain devices.
If you’re searching for an AUX cable because you’ve had yet another cord break on you, it may be worth looking into something with a bit sturdier design. EMK has just the thing with this AUX cable. The copper wire cord is wrapped in braided nylon, giving the cable itself decent durability and making it unlikely to get seriously tangled up. The casings at each end are made of an aluminum alloy, offering better strength than a cheap plastic, and one of the 3.5mm jacks has a heavy-duty right-angle joint. The jacks are plated with 24K gold. The cords are available in two-, four-, and eight-foot lengths.
If you want an AUX cable with a bit more flair than the standard black or white cord, SMALLElectric has a colorful and affordable selection. It offers a four-pack of four-foot braided nylon cables in a variety of colors: red, orange, blue, and a silver-and-gold combo. In addition to the sturdy braiding, the cable casings are made of aluminum, which gives them some extra durability, and some rubber reinforcement to help against bending damage. And, of course, the jacks are plated in gold.
If you already have an AUX cord but it's coming up a little short, you don't have to buy a whole new cable. This 3.55mm male-to-female stereo cable from AmazonBasics acts as an extension for your existing cord, adding that extra length you need to reach from point A to point B. It's available in six-, 12-, and 25-foot lengths. While the cable itself is pretty basic-looking, the jacks are plated with gold and the casings are metal, so you can count on sturdy connectors with good signal quality. A step-down design for the jacks help ensure the plug fits even with a case on your phone.
If you’re planning to use your AUX cable with an older amplifier, soundbox, or another device that uses RCA connectors, JSAUX has an affordable option that has a 3.5mm jack on one end and split stereo RCA jacks on the other end. This is a nylon-braided cable for extra durability, and each of the three casings on the AUX cable is made from metal with pure copper wire cores. As with all of our picks, the connectors are plated with gold, so you won’t have to worry about corrosion ruining your signal.
If you don’t need to extend your audio connection so much as double it, this splitter from UGreen is a great choice. This splitter takes the stereo signal from your output device and duplicates it, so both receiving devices will get the full stereo sound. This makes it ideal for situations where you want to share your audio, like watching a movie with a friend on a plane. The cable is coated in a soft TPE material for good flexibility and the casings at each end are made from aluminum for durability and a more premium feel. The jacks have 24K gold plating ensuring long-lasting signal quality.