The 10 Best Bluetooth Headsets of 2020

Taking calls on the go just got easier

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The Rundown

  • Best Overall: Sennheiser Presence at Amazon, "The headset's three microphones work in concert to filter out background noise."
  • Best for Phone Calls: Plantronics Voyager Legend at Amazon, "Its hands-free functionality can detect whether the set is in your ear or not."
  • Best for Truckers: Willful M98 at Amazon, "This headset is marketed as "a trucker's best friend" for its 17-hour battery life and single earpiece design."
  • Best Rugged: Jabra Steel at Amazon, "With its oversized buttons and rugged exterior, it looks right at home on a construction site."
  • Best for Battery Life: New Bee LC-B41 at Amazon, "Promises 24-hour battery life, and takes just three hours to get back to 100%."
  • Best for Music: AMINY UFO at Amazon, "This sub-$30 headset wins everyone over with its sound quality."
  • Best for Conference Calls: Mpow Pro BH015B at Amazon, "At a light 1.4 oz, it's perfect for professionals wearing it hours at a time."
  • Best for Loud Environments: BlueParrott B350-XT at Amazon, "Boasts 96% environmental noise suppressing and a 66-foot range."
  • Best Under $50: SHINETAO K12 at Amazon, "Uses some of the latest audio tech, including Bluetooth 5.0 and version 8.0 of Qualcomm's DSP chip."
  • Best for Gaming: Logitech G533 at Amazon, "This stereo Bluetooth headset supports long gaming sessions with comfortable padding and up to 15 hours of battery life."
Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Sennheiser Presence

What We Like

  • Triple microphones

  • Intelligent voice tech

  • Intuitive controls

What We Don't Like

  • Uncomfortable with prolonged use

If you spend a lot of time talking on the phone, a Bluetooth headset is essential, and Sennheiser has the best all-around product for the job. Its Presence Grey Business headset is pricey, but it won’t leave you wanting for much. Sennheiser put its audio expertise into practice to deliver crystal clear calls from the headset's three microphones, which work in concert to filter out background noise. To sweeten the pot, it can detect your voice and adjust the sound to a moderate level to keep your caller happy.

The Sennheiser Presence Grey Business is intuitive and easy to use. It features one-button control for calls and virtual assistant needs and a sliding mechanism makes it painless to power the headset on and off at a moment’s notice. You can walk up to 82 feet away from your device before the signal weakens and the battery, which charges to full in just over an hour, lasts 10 hours, enough for a full work shift. As for comfort, with the padded hook and four tip options you get in the box, you shouldn't struggle to find a secure fit.

Best for Phone Calls: Plantronics Voyager Legend

3.3

What We Like

  • Excellent call quality

  • Stylish profile

  • Great quality-of-life features

What We Don't Like

  • Ear hook is too big

For the busy caller whose hands are full, we present the Plantronics Voyager Legend. Like any top-tier Bluetooth headset, it has three noise-canceling microphones that Plantronics says can separate 80dB worth of background noise from your voice, and Lifewire reviewers found it effective at the task. It includes stainless steel windscreens, plus hardware and software-based audio processing wizardry for sharp call performance. Many of those components live within the device’s brick of an ear hook, but the size is forgivable if the trade-off is water resistance and high-quality performance.

The Voyager Legend is perfect for busier people because of its hands-free functionality. It can detect whether it’s in your ear and will route audio accordingly, allows you to answer calls or summon Siri or any other voice assistant via voice recognition, and can be tracked from a smartphone using a Find My Headset feature. Plantronics advertises a 7-hour battery life, and though it advertises a charging case with the headset at almost every store you’ll see it, you won’t get one in the box. Regardless, the Voyager Legend is simple to operate, sounds excellent, and looks great too.

Best for Truckers: Willful M98

What We Like

  • Long battery life

  • Noise-canceling boom mic

  • Includes charging stand

What We Don't Like

  • Build feels cheap

The Willful M98 is marketed as a trucker’s best friend, and rightfully so. This over-head unit looks like something you’d find in a call center, but there are a few reasons it’s perfect for the road. The main reason is the battery life, which maxes out at a 17-hour runtime and is ideal for the long routes truckers brave. If you're going even further, you should have no problem juicing back up between each rest stop with the quick two-hour charge time.

The lone earpiece, with dedicated buttons for volume and song control, leaves your other ear free to hear road-noise, while a boom microphone complete with integrated mute and multi-function buttons helps detect your voice over a diesel engine’s roar. It works great for office use, too. You’ll get a charging stand with your Willful M98 that holds it upright while the battery charges, plus you can connect up to two sources for quick swapping between your favorite devices.

Best Rugged: Jabra Steel

What We Like

  • Rugged body

  • Big buttons

  • Bold look

What We Don't Like

  • Subpar battery

  • Not the most comfortable

It may resemble something from Batman’s tool belt, but the Jabra Steel is the best choice if you need something that can take a beating. This Bluetooth headset looks right at home on a construction site, and it fits in equally well with a shock, water, and dust-resistant chassis. It is built from a blend of materials including polycarbonate, silicone, and rubber, which are found in most other headsets, but none can match the sturdy construction of the Steel.

Sporting yellow on black, the Jabra Steel’s body smartly integrates a set of oversized buttons that are easy to use with gloves. Pairing is simple if your phone has an NFC chip, and you'll get one-touch access to Siri and Google Assistant once everything is set up. As for sound, two microphones help filter background noise, though reviewers say it may be too quiet for use around heavy machinery. They warn the Jabra Steel are a little less versatile for fit than similar headsets, even with the extra tips and hooks in the box. The six-hour battery life, while decent, is lower than you’d like to see, but these are all reasonable compromises if you demand a tank of a Bluetooth headset.

Best for Battery Life: New Bee LC-B41

What We Like

  • Amazing battery life

  • Extremely affordable

  • Three-year warranty

What We Don't Like

  • Limited functionality

Are you someone who spends every waking moment of the day talking on the phone? If so, you’ll want to cut down on charging time, and the New Bee LC-B41 is how you do it. New Bee promises 24-hour battery life and takes just three hours to get back to 100 percent. The headset is even better if you’re not talking much, with a 60-day standby time that means light conversationalists might go weeks without a charging break. 

At under $20, you shouldn’t expect a ton from the New Bee LC-B41, but you’ll be pleased to know that its lone microphone implements Qualcomm’s clear voice capture. The technology, a mix of physical and digital audio filtering, doesn’t use active noise cancelation, but it does a decent job keying in on your voice in noisy environments. It also uses Bluetooth 5.0, which even some more expensive headsets can’t claim. As for smartphone functionality, a single button enables track pausing and call management, but nothing more. If that sounds a little unexciting, remember, it lasts an entire day and costs less than a large pizza.

Best for Music: AMINY UFO

What We Like

  • Low price

  • Great sound quality

  • Replaceable battery

What We Don't Like

  • Must buy two for extra same-ear battery

A Bluetooth headset isn’t the ideal tool for treating your ears to music, but if that’s part of your consideration, check out the AMINY UFO. This sub-$30 headset wins its users over with its sound quality. The sound coming out of the earpiece is loud and clear enhancing both music and calls. The latter benefits from noise-canceling microphone technology for a consistent experience in a variety of environments.

What we love most about the AMINY UFO is its battery. This is a modular headset as the battery sits within the detachable ear hook. The longevity is welcome, but convenience is the real benefit. Being able to swap a dead battery without having to suffer downtime is a game-changer. The UFO ships with two batteries in the box: one for each ear. That setup gives you 16 hours total to start with, and here’s a pro-tip: since the UFO is dirt cheap, you can easily get more batteries by buying another. Add IPX6 water-resistance to the pot and the AMINY UFO is a winning recipe.

Best for Conference Calls: Mpow Pro BH015B

4.2

What We Like

  • Boom mic excels in calls

  •  Comfortable to wear

  • Extremely affordable

What We Don't Like

  • Limited Bluetooth range

  • Lacks charging stand

MPOW has one of the most well-respected names in the affordable Bluetooth game, so you can expect its office-ready MPOW Pro BH015B to do the job well. This over-head piece is perfect for professionals wearing it for hours at a time. At 1.4 oz, it’s like wearing a feather on your head. The hardware doesn’t feel cheap despite being made mostly of plastic, and the metal headband’s flexibility should support a wide variety of head sizes. A padded earpiece keeps you comfortable while handling your business. A boom microphone that has integrated volume buttons, plus one for placing calls is attached for convenience. The arm houses four noise-canceling microphones for reliable, consistent audio.

The 12-hour battery life will easily support long stretches away from your desk, though some folks in bigger offices may have trouble with the MPOW Pro’s 30-foot Bluetooth range. Comfort was another area Lifewire critics thought needed improvement. Get past those blemishes, however, and you’re in for a quality headset from a company you can trust.

Best for Loud Environments: BlueParrott B350-XT

What We Like

  • Long battery

  • Great noise-canceling microphone

  • Solid build quality

What We Don't Like

  • Very costly

  • Bigger than average

BlueParrott’s B350-XT is a serious headset for serious professionals. Its over-head style is perfect for both the car and office and maybe even on airplanes thanks to its flexible boom microphone. It boasts 96 percent environmental noise suppression, giving you and your caller a chance to have productive conversations no matter what life’s soundtrack is playing in the background.

It’s hard to miss the earpiece, which has a padded ear cup sitting on the inside of a button-laden plate. It’s a big unit for sure, and some complain of discomfort because of its one-sided heaviness, but that plate contributes to top-shelf voice performance, a long 66-foot range, and a battery that lasts over 24 hours per charge. 

The B350-XT is also very simple to pair thanks to an NFC radio, and the Blue Parrott app makes managing the headset easy, as there’s an option to customize its multi-functional Parrott button. At $100, we would have appreciated more extras in the box, but this is a fantastic headset that’s worth your attention.

Best Under $50: SHINETAO K12

What We Like

  • Comfortable to wear

  • Great design

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like

  • A little big

If you have little to spend but need a quality headset, the SHINETAO K12 will be of interest to you. You’re getting a unit that uses some of the latest audio tech, including version 8.0 of Qualcomm’s DSP chip. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 for a stable connection at up to 35 feet. The K12’s angular design gives you a secure fit while keeping the dual noise-canceling microphone close to your mouth with its boom arm. The silicone ear hook is firmly planted in the “large” category, but many swear by its comfortability. 

You’ll get 12 hours of battery for playback and talk, and over 200 hours on standby. Easy to use, the K12 includes five buttons, including a power button, a mute and voice assistant activator, a volume and playback rocker, and a multi-function button for quick calls and playback management. If all that isn’t enough, SHINETAO includes a carrying case and three sizes of ear tips in the box for an incredible value.

Best for Gaming: Logitech G533

What We Like

  • Simulated 7.1 surround sound

  • Very comfortable

  • Awesome design

What We Don't Like

  • Some functionality limited to Windows

Looking for a gaming headset? Logitech is one of the oldest players in the game for a reason, and that’s because it consistently serves up quality PC peripherals. Lately, the company has excelled in audio, and we’ve gotten great gaming-centric products from its Logitech G brand such as the G533 Wireless. This stereo Bluetooth headset supports long gaming sessions with comfortable padding and up to 15 hours of battery life.

The big Logitech Pro-G drivers inside are plenty loud and support DTS Headphone:X. This audio technology gives you accurate positional audio as it simulates surround sound, so you’ll have no problems hearing someone trying to sneak up on you in Call of Duty. On the flip side, no one likes a bad microphone, so its flip-to-mute boom mic with noise-canceling properties is very welcome.

You’ll find controls for managing volume and mute on the left ear cup. Another feature exclusive for Windows users, the Logitech G software allows you to customize equalizer profiles and other sound settings on a per-game basis. You can often find the Logitech G533 for half off its original sticker price, and buying it is almost mandatory at that rate.

Our Process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular bluetooth headsets on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 10 different bluetooth headsets overall, screened options from 10 different brands and manufacturers, read 40 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

What to Look for in a Bluetooth Headset

Call quality - Call quality is one of the most important features of a Bluetooth headset because it’s likely the main reason you have one in the first place. In addition to high-quality speakers, look for a headset with multiple microphones — most have one or two, but a fancy headset will score you up to four.

Noise-canceling - To help deliver the best call quality, spring for a headset with advanced noise-canceling technology. In some sets, an additional microphone is even included to pick up background noise and block it out.

Design - Clear call quality is great, but if your Bluetooth headset is uncomfortable, you will spend more time fiddling with it than focusing on your call. There are a wide variety of designs available, ranging from a single over-ear piece to an around-the-neck style. Don’t overthink it — pick the one that feels most natural to you.

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