The 6 Best Bluetooth Headsets to Buy in 2017

Taking calls on-the-go just got easier

One crucial accessory for any businessperson or someone who is always on-the-go is a good Bluetooth headset, so you can take calls, dial into Skype conferences and more. However, there are many makes and models available today, so it's difficult to choose the right headset for you. Do you need the best sound quality? The best for comfort? Below we've rounded up the best Bluetooth headsets on the market, and you're sure to find one that is the right fit for you.

Best Overall: Sennheiser Presence-UC

Sennheiser Presence-UC

The Presence-UC features superior sound thanks to their proprietary HD Voice Clarity Technology. This high-definition audio technology makes the call as clear as possible, not only on the wearer’s side but on both sides of the connection.

The Presence has three microphones, rather than the usual two. The triple mics help to eliminate background noise. Sennheiser goes further than most Bluetooth headset manufacturers with Sennheiser Speak Focus technology, which eliminates most background noise, and WindSafe, which acts to eliminate wind sounds from a call. On top of all this, the ActiveGard feature will detect and eliminate sounds and noises that may be dangerous to the ear due to their high decibels or pitch.

This Sennheiser headset also features a high quality detachable ear hook for extra convenience. Its battery generally lasts for eight to ten hours – the longest on our list – thanks to its support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE. If superior audio technology and sparkling sound is what attracts you to a Bluetooth headset, the Sennheiser Presence-UC is the top-quality choice. 

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Plantronics M180

Plantronics M180
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Plantronics M180 universal wireless Bluetooth headset has dual-mics that allow for noise-canceling capability, as well as a lengthy battery life that provides a deep sleep mode to extend battery readiness. Talk time should last around seven hours with a standby time of around 90 days.

The lightweight design and comfortable ear tip also allows for streaming music, GPS directions or podcasts. Additionally, you’ll find voice control for smartphone voice assistants like Siri, Google Now, and Cortana. In the event you misplace the M180, you can use Plantronics' iOS and Android app that has a lost headset locator to find it in no time.

Three sizes of flexible silicone tips (S, M, L) and an optional ear loop are all included with the packaging, but a power adapter is not; you’ll only receive a USB cord. The M180 is good for around 33 feet of separation from your device before losing signal. It's available in gray and gold.

Best Value, Best Warranty: Plantronics Voyager Legend

Plantronics Voyager Legend
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Plantronics Voyager Legend headset design, although on the bulky side, slips comfortably over the ear. Most of the controls are located behind the ear, and the unit is built in such a way that it doesn’t interfere with the wearing of glasses as some other models do. Controls include a volume rocker switch, power on/off button, and call button. 

This headset is reasonably priced and features smart-sensor technology, which can answer calls automatically when you place the headset on your ear or automatically output audio via your phone when you put the headset down. The Legend also features voice recognition. For example, just say ‘Answer’ or ‘Ignore’ when a call comes in, and the Legend will be your personal assistant.

The crystal-clear sound is aided by noise-cancelling technology. The patented triple-mic reduction of background noise and wind works up to 80 decibels. The battery lasts for up to seven hours of talk time, which is considerable; in addition, the full recharge time is a just 1.5 hours. And there’s no need to worry about the headset getting wet, as its P2i nano-coated for advanced water resistance (and even sweat-resistant).

Plantronics offers superior product support: The headset includes a one-year warranty, and the support page offers extensive resources for solving any issue.

Most Compact: Jabra Stealth Bluetooth

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The Jabra Stealth is lightweight (2.7 ounces), measures 4.3” x 2” x 7.2” and has a catchy red in-ear piece and corrugated silver casing design. This model is well-balanced and does not fall from the ear easily, staying in place for prolonged amounts of time to provide maximum comfort. The sound is surprisingly clear given the size, and the Noise Blackout dual-microphone technology allows for considerable reduction of background noise. A2DP is supported for music streaming. You can pair two devices to the headset concurrently, and there’s even support for NFC pairing.

If you’re always losing your Bluetooth headset, Jabra has you covered, with the Jabra Assist App. This mobile app allows you to find your Jabra Stealth using GPS. And unlike other models from Jabra, the Stealth has a physical mute button. While this model might not be the loudest in terms of overall sound, the battery has a reasonably long life (lasting for four to five hours).

Best for Comfort: Jawbone Era (2nd Generation)

Jawbone Era (2nd Generation)
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Jawbone tends to make high quality products, and this one features good sound as well as comfort. Jawbone Era's ear gel sits gently but tightly in the ear, and is made of soft and comfortable materials. The earbuds come in three sizes, too. Superior Noise Assassination 4.0 strongly cuts down on background noise of various kinds. This sleek and simplified headset features only two buttons: an on/off control, and a multi-function button. The Era also includes a micro-USB charger port. Battery life is only four hours, but if a super comfortable fit is most important to you, this is the headset to get.

Runner-Up, Best for Comfort: Samsung Level U Pro

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Samsung’s Level U Pro might not look like your traditional Bluetooth headset, but that’s exactly the point. The addition of flexible urethane joints and a lightweight, ergonomic design make it fit comfortably around your neck. When a call comes in, the 6.4-ounce headset vibrates alerting you to the incoming call and allows you to place the headset in your ears and answer. Sure, it’s an unusual style, but far more comfortable than the always-in-your-ear standard Bluetooth look that has existed for years.

The Level U Pro connects to any Bluetooth-compatible smartphone or tablet and pulls double duty as a musical headset as well. A set of buttons on the right side of the neckband allows for pausing and playing music, answering and ending calls, skipping tracks and lowering the volume.

The 13mm dynamic and 13mm Piezo speakers deliver high-quality and clear sound, as well as microphone noise reduction and echo cancellation. The U Pro is rated for nine hours of music playback and nine hours of talk time at moderate volume levels, which is fairly average at this price point.


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