The 9 Best Bluetooth Headsets to Buy in 2018

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 or the most comfortable? 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.

With most Bluetooth headsets, you’ll get two or three microphones, but the 5200 ups the ante with four microphones to offer unparalleled call quality. Its noise cancelation paired with Plantronics’ proprietary WindSmart technology mute distracting background sounds. And it also has smart-sensor technology and voice recognition that automatically answers (or ignores) calls. It pairs to multiple devices via NFC or Bluetooth and you can dictate text messages, though it won’t read incoming texts to you.

It features the familiar over-the-ear design of previous Voyager models, but the 5200 has a slightly shorter ear hook, so prepare for it to fit a bit differently than the Legend, if that’s what you’re used to. (Note that like headphones, Bluetooth headsets are one technology you’ll likely want to try on before buying as the devices fit every individual differently.) Plantronics claims up to seven hours of talk time, though when put to the test, the 5200 delivers closer to six — which is still a respectable spec.

If you have an existing Voyager model, it’s probably not worth the price to upgrade, but if you’re new to the market and looking for a Bluetooth headset with remarkably clear call quality, the 5200 is a winner.

This Mpow Bluetooth headset does one thing and it does it right: calling. While it doesn’t support listening to music, it enables crystal-clear calling even in noisy environments. Its 4X noise-canceling microphone blocks out background noise and it’s also adjustable, so it will pick up your voice accurately. It pairs easily with up to two Bluetooth devices at once and callers can roam up to 30 feet before the connection starts to fizzle. The battery guarantees 12 hours of talk time or 200 hours of standby, plus it charges up via MicroUSB in just two hours.

The design is fairly old-school, but comfortable nevertheless, and a great option for those who don’t want an in-ear design.

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. 

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.

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).

The Platronics Voyager Focus looks noticeably different than the other headsets on this list. In fact, it looks more like traditional headphones. But this pair is built with comfort in mind. Ideal for office use and extended wearing, the Voyager Focus has soft, padded over-ear earpieces that won’t drive you mad to get them to sit comfortably. It also has a thin boom mic that extends out, and can be swiveled away when not in use. If you need to drown out noisy office chatter, you can activate the noise-canceling feature, which works a bit better than others on this list considering the over-ear form factor.

When you're not using the headset, you can place the headset on its standing charge dock or juice it up via USB. It works seamlessly across Bluetooth-enabled devices and smart sensors answer calls automatically when you put on the headset. Likewise, you can mute by taking off the headset. On the downside, this is a Bluetooth-only set and some may miss the wired option, but it will certainly provide unrivaled comfort.

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.

LG TONE Free Black
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LG took a crack at the “true wireless” earbud concept with the LG Tone Free headphones, and for the most part, they’ve done a really nice job. The LG Tone line features a few different versions of the “around your neck” headphone bar that contains buds meant for running, but only the Tone Free set actually removes the wire altogether. The two buds are worn independently of the band, and you pop them right back into the band for both safe storage and as a dock for charging them. These headphones support all four Bluetooth connectivity formats: Advanced Audio Distribution, Audio/Video Remote, Handsfree, and Headset. So, not only can you make and receive calls seamlessly on these buds, but you can get really powerful music playback, too. That playback is powered by LG’s impressive Advanced Armature Speakers, which offer mind-blowing sound quality for buds that only weigh 0.2 ounces each. LG has rounded out the package with text read-back features and the ability to auto-reconnect just in case your Bluetooth drops. But features aside, the design alone on these is probably enough to sell you on making them your main Bluetooth accessory. More »

Motorola Boom2+ BT Headset
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The Boom2+ is one of Motorola’s premium modern options, and the construction and features show. The silicon earpiece is nice and soft so you’ll be able to leave it in your ear for extended periods of time, and at only .02 pounds, the weight won’t bog you down either. That flexibility is important, too, because the USB-rechargeable lithium-ion battery can give you up to seven hours of talk time on a single charge, so you’ll definitely be using it a lot.

The Bluetooth connectivity supports up to 300 feet of range, so even if you leave your phone across the room and wander on a call, you won’t drop the connection. Finally, Motorola has pulled out an extra trick to give you additional call clarity by including multiple microphones – one to pick up your voice itself, and the other to register background noise and snuff it out using built-in noise-canceling tech. More »

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