The 9 Best Bluetooth Headsets of 2021

Taking calls on the go just got easier

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The Rundown
"The Voyager 4220 UC Bluetooth headset is perfectly designed for both calls and music streaming while traveling."
Best for Gaming:
Logitech G533 at Amazon
"The Logitech G533 uses light speed wireless to deliver high-fidelity sound with up to a 15-meter range."
"Uses some of the latest audio tech, including Bluetooth 5.0 and version 8.0 of Qualcomm's DSP chip."
Best Clear Voice:
Sennheiser Presence at Amazon
"The Presence Grey Business headset is pricey, but it won’t leave you wanting for much."
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 for Phone Calls:
Plantronics Voyager Legend at Amazon
"Its hands-free functionality can detect whether the set is in your ear or not."
Best Under $50:
Jabra Talk 25 at Amazon
"The Jabra Talk 25 is a fantastic headset for anyone on a budget."
"Promises 24-hour battery life, and takes just three hours to get back to 100 percent."
Best for Loud Environments:
BlueParrot B550-XT at Amazon
"If you work in consistently loud environments, the BlueParrot B550-XT headset is a great option for taking calls."

A Bluetooth headset connects to your phone, tablet, or computer wirelessly, so you can take calls and use other features on your device hands-free. If you spend the majority of your day on the phone or in meetings, a Bluetooth headset can provide a great deal of convenience, as you don’t have to remain tethered to your device.

Call quality is obviously a priority with wireless headsets, but you'll also want to keep in mind other features like noise cancellation, battery life, and water resistance. We’ve reviewed dozens of Bluetooth headsets and rounded up our picks for the best options in different categories. Read on to check out our picks for the best Bluetooth headsets for 2021.

Best Overall: Plantronics Voyager 4220 Bluetooth Wireless Headset

4
  • Design
    5/5
  • Comfort
    4/5
  • Sound Quality
    4/5
  • Call Quality
    4/5
  • Battery Life
    3/5
What We Like
  • Alexa built-in

  • Excellent noise cancellation

  • Flexible connectivity options

What We Don't Like
  • Not great outdoors

The Voyager 4220 UC Bluetooth headset works well for calls and music streaming while traveling. With a battery that gives you up to 12 hours of talk time and 15 hours of listening time on a full charge, you won’t have to worry too much about running out of power in the middle of a call. The dual-ear headband-style headset has an excellent build quality, and it’s durable enough to last for many years. 

Amazon Alexa voice commands are integrated into this headset to give you hands-free control, and the companion app has a bunch of useful features too (including a “find my headset feature”). The microphone can be rotated out of the way when not in use for easier music listening and storage. A dynamic mute alert lets you know if you're trying to talk while muted, and a red LED indicator light lets others know when you're on a call. It also comes with a handy carrying bag and features folding earcups for easier travel. One final perk of this particular headset noticed by our tester was the robust active noise cancellation in both the headphones and the mic.

"The person on the other end of my calls could hear me loud and clear and I never had to repeat myself." Erika Rawes, Product Tester

Plantronics Voyager 4220 UC

Lifewire / Erika Rawes 

Best for Gaming: Logitech G533

4
  • Design
    4/5
  • Comfort
    2/5
  • Sound Quality
    5/5
  • Call Quality
    5/5
  • Battery Life
    4/5
What We Like
  • Excellent surround sound

  • Durable build quality

  • Customizable

What We Don't Like
  • Stiff ear pads

The Logitech G533 uses lightspeed wireless to deliver high-fidelity sound with up to a 15-meter range. The sound quality will impress your fellow gamers, with Pro-G audio drivers that deliver clean sound with booming bass, as well as a noise-canceling mic that auto-mutes when you fold it up. 

You can customize and adjust the headset’s sound and features via software, allowing you to alter noise reduction, adjust surround sound, and clean up the quality to improve your experience. DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound delivers an immersive experience, bringing your game to life. Plus, the 15-hour battery life is enough to let you play uninterrupted all day.

Although many users report the G Hub software takes some getting used to, it’s worth spending the time to learn, as it gives users a wide range of options to customize and tweak their sound experience. Overall, the G533 is great value for the money, considering how much this headset has to offer.

One of the biggest takeaways in our testing was the tasteful and understated design that our tester found to be a unique selling point, especially among gaming headsets.

"The Logitech G533 offers a good battery life, several customization options, and stellar sound quality, but its bulky design and stiff ear pads affect the comfort during long gaming sessions." Erika Rawes, Product Tester

Logitech G533

Lifewire / Erika Rawes

Best Tech: Jabra Talk 45

4
  • Design
    5/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Sound Quality
    5/5
  • Call Quality
    5/5
  • Battery Life
    4/5
What We Like
  • Long battery life

  • Rechargeable

  • Comfortable

What We Don't Like
  • Weak battery

The Jabra Talk 45 is a comfortable, general use headset with a separate button to connect to your smartphone, making it simple to ask Siri or Google Assistant for directions, check the weather or listen to tunes while you’re driving or otherwise occupied. Besides allowing you to use either ear, our tester also noted how comfortable the headset was, at times even forgetting they were wearing it.

The Talk 45 includes two microphones equipped with HD Voice, which automatically adjust the volume, taking into account the background noise in your surroundings. This does mean there’s not an additional volume control, but the HD Voice should do a good job of automatically adjusting this for you. It also has built-in noise cancellation, as well as wireless streaming for listening to music or podcasts straight from your phone. You can also make additional adjustments through Jabra’s app.

Jabra promises six hours of call time per battery charge, which might be a bit short for frequent users, but overall it’s a solid choice from a trusted brand.

"What’s really nice about the Talk 45 is that you can swap which ear you would prefer it to be on." Rebecca Isaacs, Product Tester

Jabra Talk 45

Lifewire / Rebecca Isaacs

Best Clear Voice: Sennheiser Presence

3.5
  • Design
    4/5
  • Comfort
    4/5
  • Sound Quality
    4/5
  • Battery Life
    5/5
  • Range
    4/5
What We Like
  • Good sound quality

  • Light and compact

  • User friendly

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Sennheiser’s Presence 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 promote the best possible call quality.

Intuitive and easy to use, it features one-button control for your calls' virtual assistant needs. 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. The battery, which charges to full in just over an hour, lasts for around 10 hours, enough for a full work shift. In terms of comfort, you get a padded hook and four tip options in the box, so you shouldn't struggle to find a secure fit.

While our tester did note that this particular headset will struggle to compete with the audio quality offered by other Bluetooth headphones, but its slick aesthetic was second to none, despite the otherwise steep price tag.

"Its black and silver exterior is eminently preferable to the broken Q-tip-stuck-in-the-ear appearance of Apple Earpods."Andy Zahn, Product Tester

Sennheiser Presence-UC

Lifewire / Andy Zahn 

Best for Truckers: Willful M98

3.4
  • Design
    5/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Sound Quality
    3/5
  • Call Quality
    4/5
  • Battery Life
    3/5
What We Like
  • Charging base also serves as a stand

  • Comfortable to wear

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Not great for music

The over-the-head Willful M98 looks like something you’d find in a call center, and you can use it as an office headset, but there are a few reasons it’s also 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. There’s even an included charging stand, so you can charge the set between uses.

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. Plus, you can connect up to two sources for quick swapping between your favorite devices.

In testing, the audio quality was definitely sufficient for calls, but our tester noted that it won't really be enough to satisfy audiophiles.

"The microphone extends in both directions, so you can have the speaker and mic on either the left or right side." Erika Rawes, Product Tester

Willful M98

Lifewire / Erika Rawes 

Best for Phone Calls: Plantronics Voyager Legend

3.3
  • Design
    5/5
  • Comfort
    3/5
  • Sound Quality
    4/5
  • Call Quality
    4/5
  • Battery Life
    5/5
What We Like
  • Excellent call quality

  • Intuitive controls

  • Solid battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky design

A high-quality Bluetooth headset, the Plantronics Voyager Legend has three noise-canceling microphones that 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 these components live within the device’s bulky ear hook, but the size is forgivable given the trade-off is water resistance and high-quality performance.

The Voyager Legend is perfect for busier people because of its hands-free functionality. Our tests proved it can detect whether or not it’s in your ear and will route audio accordingly. You can answer calls or summon Siri (or other voice assistants) via voice recognition, and you can track the headset’s whereabouts from your smartphone using the Find My Headset feature. Plantronics advertises a 7-hour battery life, and though it also advertises a charging case with the headset in most cases, you won’t get one in the box. Regardless, the Voyager Legend is simple to operate, sounds excellent, and looks great too.

"The sound quality on these was serviceable, providing a great level of detail without any substantial amount of low end."Jason Schneider, Product Tester

Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset

Lifewire / Jason Schneider

Best Under $50: Jabra Talk 25

3
  • Design
    4/5
  • Comfort
    5/5
  • Sound Quality
    5/5
  • Call Quality
    5/5
  • Battery Life
    5/5
What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Comfortable and sleek design

  • Long battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Loose fit

Despite the low price, the Jabra Talk 25 delivers higher-end features, offering high definition sound provided by its omnidirectional microphone and an 11mm speaker. It works with most Bluetooth-enabled devices, allowing you to easily listen to podcasts, get directions, or make calls while driving or on-the-go. The headset itself is comfortable and easy to wear, remaining securely on your ear while you run or bike.

The Talk 25 has a useful ‘Power Nap’ feature, allowing the user to extend its battery life — it turns itself off when not in use after a certain amount of time, allowing you to go longer between charges. It’s worth noting the device needs to be charged via the included charging cradle, so try to always have it with you. The Talk 25 has an eight-hour battery life, but users report it’s not always quite this long. Still, it’s a great value headset that will work reliably.

"The design is nice because it isn’t blatantly visible or obvious in your ear. Overall, it looks quite professional and suitable for a work environment." Rebecca Isaacs, Product Tester

Jabra Talk 25

Lifewire / Rebecca Isaacs

Best for Battery Life: New Bee LC-B41 Bluetooth Earpiece

4
  • Design
    4/5
  • Comfort
    4/5
  • Sound Quality
    3/5
  • Call Quality
    3/5
  • Battery Life
    5/5
What We Like
  • Extremely affordable

  • Excellent design

  • Comes with multiple accessories

What We Don't Like
  • Mediocre music playback

The New Bee LC-41 is an outstanding value, with an amazing battery life and a ton of included accessories. If you’re someone who spends every waking moment of the day talking on the phone, the New Bee has a 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. 

Priced at less than $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 cancellation, but it does a decent job keying in on your voice in noisy environments. As for smartphone functionality, a single button enables track pausing and call management, but you won’t find too many bells and whistles on this headset. If that sounds a little unexciting, remember, it lasts an entire day, comes with loads of accessories (ear tips, hooks, carrying case, and more), and most importantly, it’s around the same price as a large pizza.

“The New Bee LC-B41 offers a lot of functionality and accessories for a very small price tag.” Erika Rawes, Product Tester

New Bee LC-41

Lifewire / Erika Rawes 

Best for Loud Environments: BlueParrot B550-XT

3.3
  • Design
    3/5
  • Comfort
    2/5
  • Sound Quality
    3/5
  • Call Quality
    4/5
  • Battery Life
    5/5
What We Like
  • Noise cancelling mic

  • Long battery

  • Voice controls

What We Don't Like
  • Not stereo

You can connect this headset to two devices, including iOS and Android smartphones or Windows and Mac computers. With a range of 300 feet, you won't have to worry about being disconnected if you need to move around your office or work site. This headset features one-touch voice commands with Google Assistant or Siri to handle incoming calls as well as GPS directions and other digital assistant functions.

If you work in consistently loud environments, the BlueParrot B550-XT headset is a great option for taking calls. This headset features an adjustable microphone that can cancel out up to 96 percent of background noise so callers always hear you. The battery gives you up to 24 hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby time so it's always ready to work when you are. 

"New Bee features HD voice and CVC (clear voice capture) 6.0 noise cancellation." — Erika Rawes, Product Tester

BlueParrot B550-XT

Lifewire / Erika Rawes

Final Verdict

For those who need a good Bluetooth headset on the go, we recommend the Plantronics Voyager B4220, as it's designed for taking calls while traveling, but also supports stereo audio and music streaming. If battery life is important to you, New Bee’s LC-41 is a good option at an affordable price, but still packs a lot of functionality into a tiny chassis.

About Our Trusted Experts

Erika Rawes has been writing for Lifewire since 2019. She's previously been published in Digital Trends, USA Today, Cheatshet.com, and others where she covers gadgets and consumer technology.

Jason Schneider is the resident audiophile for Lifewire, offering his audio expertise on everything from guitar amps to speaker systems. He has been writing for tech and media companies for almost a decade.

Rebecca Isaacs has been writing for Lifewire since 2019. She's covered a variety of products including Bluetooth headsets, e-readers, accessories, and mobile devices.

Andy Zahn has been writing for Lifewire since 2019. He specializes in consumer technology and gadgets, particularly laptops, desktops, and mobile devices.

FAQs

Who makes the best Bluetooth headset?
Jabra is a trusted name in headsets, but they tend to be a bit pricier than some of the budget brands, many of which make great headsets as well. For professional users, we're partial to Mpow's affordable Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset. We also like Willful’s M98. These are both comfortable over-ear Bluetooth headsets with built-in microphones that offer crisp call quality at an affordable price. For general users, New Bee’s LC-41 provides an excellent battery life. 

 

What is the best Bluetooth headset for music?
Most Bluetooth headsets aren't really geared for music since they are designed for calls, and many have mono audio rather than stereo. You want to take a look at our list of the best wireless headphones for your best options there. That said, if you still want a headset that can do double duty, the Plantronics Voyager B4220 will serve you well for calls, music streaming, and traveling. 

Which motorcycle Bluetooth headset is best?
Motorcycle Bluetooth headsets are a handy way of being able to take calls and listen to music while driving a motorcycle. Our list of the best Bluetooth motorcycle helmets can provide good guidance for your best options. You'll want a helmet with a Bluetooth intercom system that lets you talk to more than one person at a time, which is handy if you're biking with friends. Comfort and safety are also important, along with hands-free control.

What to Look For in a  Bluetooth Headset

If you’re driving, shopping, exercising, working, or even just hanging out around the house, a Bluetooth headset allows you to answer the phone and control some of your phone’s features and functions without having to constantly have it in hand. A Bluetooth headset also helps those working at a desk, as you don’t have to be tethered to your laptop by that dreadful cord when you’re sitting in a meeting.

When picking out a Bluetooth headset, there are several factors to consider. In addition to choosing a headset that looks and feels good while you’re wearing it, you also want to make sure it fits your needs. Factors like battery life, compatibility, pairing, sound quality, noise cancellation, water resistance, and cost all come into play. We put together an in-depth guide, including just about everything you need to know to choose the right Bluetooth headset for you.

Bluetooth Headphones Vs. Bluetooth Headsets

If you’re primarily interested in music playback, you’ll want a good pair of the best wireless headphones. Headphones don’t necessarily provide a microphone for speech, while a headset always has a microphone. Headphones are optimized for sound quality, so you can get the best possible listening experience.

A headset is optimized for conversation, so you can talk on your phone (or another Bluetooth device) hands-free. Headsets often have other controls, like a button to answer calls, so you can use your phone’s voice assistant. Features like noise cancellation help promote the best environment for conversing back and forth, and a headset’s engineering focuses on the listener and the speaker.

Styles: Headband, Neckband, Or Earpiece

Headband style headsets are often larger and heavier than the other Bluetooth headset styles. They’ll typically have an ear cuff that goes on the ear with a speaker for listening, and a microphone that protrudes out for speaking. The headband portion goes around the top of the head and then rests against the opposite side. The headband style is often the preferred style for business professionals who work at a desk.

If a headband style isn’t comfortable for you, but still you want the stability of a band, you may want to go with a neckband style, which wraps around the back of the neck. Some neckbands have short wires that connect to earbuds that go into the ears, and other neckbands are foldable for easier storage. Many runners and gym-goers prefer the neckband style.

If you want a smaller, less noticeable Bluetooth headset, go with an earpiece or in-ear style headset. These types of headsets are very small—often around two to three inches in size—and they may wrap around one ear. Instead of having an ear cuff that rests on the outside of the ear, they usually have an ear cushion you gently place in your ear canal. This type of headset is more versatile, and the style is ideal for gym-goers, business professionals, and regular day-to-day users.

Plantronics Voyager 5200
 Lifewire / Jason Schneider

Battery Life

Battery life is perhaps the most important factor to consider when choosing a Bluetooth headset, especially when you’re using your headset on-the-go. There are four main battery life numbers you need to pay attention to: mAH (which stands for milliampere hours), charge time, talk time, and standby time. 

When you look at mAh for a battery, it’s basically just a formula that calculates battery storage capacity. It’s the product of the time a battery lasts times the discharge current. So, a 1,000mAh battery in a headset that draws 50 milliamps of power would last for 20 hours (1,000 divided by 50 milliamps equals 20 hours). 

Charge time represents how long the headset takes to reach a full charge. Most Bluetooth headsets should take between one and five hours to reach a full charge. Talk time represents how long you can use the Bluetooth headset in calls and meetings before a single battery charge runs out, and standby time represents how long the headset can sit off of the charger without being used and still maintain a single battery charge. Sometimes, you’ll also see a metric for music time, which represents how long you can listen to music on a single charge. 

Talk time and standby time will vary widely by the manufacturer, the type and style of headset, and the features it offers. The price of the unit doesn’t necessarily have an impact on its battery life. For instance, the New Bee earpiece Bluetooth headset sells for less than $20, but it provides 24 hours of talk time and about 60 days of standby time. However, the Jabra Steel retails for around $100, but it has six hours of talk time and around 10 days of standby time.

Charging Stands, Charging Cases, And Backup Batteries

Some headsets offer charging accessories that can help manage battery life. If you’re worried about running out of battery, you may want to look at a headset that comes with a charging stand, a charging case, or a backup battery. 

Some headband style headsets may include a charging station or stand where you can rest your headset when it’s not in use. You may also be able to purchase a compatible charging stand after the fact. For instance, Plantronics offers its Plantronics Spare charging stand, which is compatible with its Voyager Focus UC headset. If you’re using your headset primarily at a desk, charging stands can be particularly helpful because they allow you to keep the device charging when you get off of a call. 

You may also see charging cases. The case can extend the battery life by adding additional on-the-go charges. You may get ten hours of talk time on a single charge, but the charging case lets you charge the device three more times without having to connect to an electrical outlet.

While not as common, a handful of headsets (like the Aminy UFO) come with two batteries. This allows you to charge one battery while you use the other.

Compatibility And Connectivity

Before choosing a Bluetooth headset, you’ll want to make sure it’ll connect seamlessly to all of the devices you need it to. Take note of the Bluetooth version. Most headsets will be either Bluetooth version 4.1, 4,2, or 5.0. In the product’s description, it’ll also sometimes indicate which devices it works with. However, most headsets will work with most modern phones and Bluetooth compatible laptops/PCs, as modern Bluetooth versions are backwards compatible. 

If you plan on using your headset on multiple devices, you’ll want to make sure the headset can connect to more than one device. The product should indicate that it connects to more than one device, or it may say it has a multi-pairing feature that allows you to use it with more than one device at a time. For instance, the Jabra Steel can connect to up to eight devices, and it can connect to two devices simultaneously with its multi-use feature.

Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset
 Lifewire / Jason Schneider

Bluetooth Range

How far is the Bluetooth range? This number indicates how far you can travel away from the device to which the headset is connected, and still experience clear audio. If the range is up to 10 meters, this means you can go up to 10 meters away from your phone or laptop before you start to experience connection issues. Keep in mind this is an “up to” number, and obstructions like walls, floors, and appliances may impact the range. If you’re planning on traveling to a different room than your device when you’re using your headset, look for a headset with a longer range.

Sound Quality 

With headphones, you’ll often see metrics that measure sound quality like sensitivity (which measures sound efficiency), frequency response (which measures the speakers’ ability to produce low and high tones), and impedance (which measures resistance). You’re less likely to see these metrics with headsets because the focus is less on music playback and more on battery life, call quality, features, and overall performance.

Noise-Canceling

There are two main types of noise-canceling in the context of Bluetooth headsets: Noise-cancelling in the headphone (speaker) and noise-canceling in the microphone. The first type of noise-canceling—in the speaker—helps block out background noise in the vicinity of the person wearing the headset, so they can better hear music or speech without disturbances from background noise. The second type—noise-cancelling in the microphone—blocks out noise for the person on the other end of the call, so they can hear your speech over background sounds like planes flying by, people talking in the background, or a television.

Most Bluetooth headsets, even budget headsets, will have some type of noise-canceling technology in the microphone. This is an important feature for those who are using a headset for business, or for those who are using a headset out in public areas.

Active Vs. Passive Noise-Canceling

If a headset has active noise cancellation, this means the headset uses sound waves to help counteract, or cancel out, background noises. 

Passive noise cancellation means the headset uses hardware (extra padding, tighter seals, etc.) to reduce background noises.

If noise cancellation is an important feature for you, and you need your conversations to be as clear and noise-free as possible, look carefully at the product’s noise-canceling technology. Look at how it cancels out noise, and not just whether or not it has noise-canceling.

Water Resistance 

Water resistance is less common on headband style headsets, as the headband style is more often used indoors by a business professional at a desk. However, for neckband and earpiece style Bluetooth headsets, water resistance is becoming more of a common feature. 

If the product is water resistant, this means it can usually tolerate rain, sweat, spills, and splashes. The product will indicate water resistance in the description of if it has this feature. It should also indicate a water resistance rating (something like IPX5 or IPX8). This indicates the degree of water resistance a device features—an IPX5 rated headset can withstand water jets from any direction, for instance, while one with an IPX8 rating is protected from being immersed in water of more than three meters in depth. Some devices will be rated with a pair of numbers, in which case the first number indicates particle protection, shielding it from dust and dirt, and the second indicating water resistance. In both cases, IP stands for Ingress Protection.

Some headsets may also be shockproof, which means the headset won’t easily break if you drop the device. If you’re planning on using your headset outdoors or during periods of heavy activity, this may be important for you.

Plantronics Voyager 5200
 Lifewire / Jason Schneider

Brands And Manufacturers

With some devices, like phones and laptops, the brand is significant. Going with a trusted brand typically leads to a better experience. With Bluetooth headsets, this isn’t necessarily the case, and you can find quality headsets from big-name brands like Jabra, Plantronics, and Sennheiser, as well as from brands you’ve never heard of. We’ve tested a number of headsets here at Lifewire, and we’ve included information on a few brands below.

Jabra

Jabra is known for making headsets for workers across every type of profession, as well as headsets for the everyday user. Products like the Jabra Steel headset are durable and designed for an outdoorsy professional, while headsets like the Jabra Evolve 65 UC are meant for the professional who primarily sits at a desk. Jabra also makes units like the Jabra Style, which are ideal for the everyday user or worker on the go. Most Jabra headsets are high quality, but the battery lives on Jabra sets often aren’t as good as you’d see in other headsets, even those that cost less.

Plantronics

Plantronics is a leader in business headsets, and the brand creates a lot of headband-style units. Plantronics units are pricey but you can usually expect high quality. Most modern Plantronics headsets also offer excellent noise cancellation and more advanced features. The Voyager 5200, for instance, has Alexa built-in, it has four-microphone noise cancellation, and it has technology that detects wind direction so your voice comes through clearly outdoors.

New Bee

A lesser-known brand, New Bee, has a highly rated headset that costs less than the price of two large pizzas, yet it has 60 days of standby battery and comes with all the accessories you could ever want. A budget headset like this won’t offer the same performance and features as a flagship headset from a brand like Plantronics, but it will serve its purpose well for those who don’t want to spend a ton of cash.

Accessories

Headband-style headsets may not come with too many accessories outside of a charging cable, but in-ear style headsets often come with a variety of accessories like extra ear cushions, ear hooks, charging cables, and carrying cases. Neckband style headsets also typically come with accessories like a charging cable, carrying case, and extra ear gels. Look for accessories that promote comfort and flexibility. 

Different sizes of ear cushions can be important because there’s nothing worse than having a headset that doesn’t fit properly. If your headset is too big for your ear, it won’t feel comfortable, and it may even fall out while you're running errands or working out. An ear hook can provide additional support, and help the headset stay in place. It helps to have both a left and right ear hook, so you can choose which side feels better for you.

Conclusion

When you’re shopping for a Bluetooth headset, you’ll find hundreds of different types and styles from a number of different brands. It can be tough to sort through all the fluff and find a quality product that fits your needs, but if you choose a headset with a long battery life, good noise cancellation, water resistance, and the right features and accessories, you should find a headset that’s right for you.

If the headset is for working at a home at a desk, you’ll probably be happy with a comfortable headband unit with a reliable connection, good noise cancellation, and a long enough range to travel into the kitchen for a snack. If you’re looking for a headset you can use at the gym, focus more on factors like stability and making sure the headset will comfortably remain in place during heavy activity. Gym enthusiasts may want a headset with some range, so they can leave their phone in a locker or bag. For outdoor users, durability and battery life may be important factors—water resistance ratings, shock proofing, and battery life. 

Finding the right Bluetooth headset is less about cost and brand and more about features and reputation. We have some great options listed above.

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