The 7 Best Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets to Buy in 2018

Take calls and listen to music while you're holding the throttle

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Driving a motorcycle is a freeing and exciting experience, and for many folks, it’s the ideal way to travel. Better yet, it offers an opportunity to break away from the stresses of life and enjoy a ride around town. But when you're headed out for a joyride, it's obviously important to protect your head with a helmet. And now Bluetooth technology has allowed helmets to do more than just keep your noggin safe; you can also talk to friends and family or listen to music through your smartphone.

Companies as far-ranging as FreedConn and IV2 all offer a variety of helmets that come with Bluetooth capability. And once unboxed, you need only to pair your smartphone to your helmet, so whenever you play music, place calls or engage in any other audio-focused activities while driving, the headsets will be your gateway. Furthermore, many helmets come with designs that limit wind noise, so you can talk to others while you drive without fear of your voice being drowned out on windy days.

So, if you’re ready to tool around town, pick up one of these best Bluetooth helmets first to help you stay connected and bring your tunes along for the ride.

Best Overall: FreedConn Motorcycle Bluetooth Helmet

FreedConn’s Motorcycle Bluetooth Helmet earns its place as the best overall Bluetooth-enabled motorcycle helmet on the market with the combination of its design and technical abilities.

The device comes with a built-in Bluetooth intercom system that allows you to talk to two people up to 500 meters away while you’re driving (perfect if you're headed out on the road with a couple buddies). With help from Bluetooth 3.0, the helmet can also connect to your smartphone and let you listen to music, get GPS directions from a mapping application and place calls.

To make things a bit easier to use during a ride, the helmet features a single button that lets you quickly do everything from receive calls, intercom with friends and listen to FM radio.

The helmet comes with a reinforced design that meets and exceeds government safety standards. It also comes with what FreedConn calls a “lightweight shell” that has built-in ventilation to make your ride more comfortable. And at just four pounds, it shouldn’t be too heavy on your head over extended periods.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Torc T14B

The Torch T14B is a pricey motorcycle helmet that promises advanced protection. But it also comes with some of the best Bluetooth functionality on the market.

Speaking of that Bluetooth, the Torc T14B allows for intercom conversations up to 400 meters away and can deliver up to 24 hours of talk time on a single charge. The helmet features dual stereo speakers and can connect to your iPhone or Android smartphone with ease. And in case you have both a GPS system and smartphone, you can pair the Bluetooth with both and quickly switch between the devices at will.

The helmet comes in a variety of sizes to match your head and has a fully adjustable flow-through ventilation system to keep you comfortable during long rides. There’s even an aerodynamic spoiler built into the helmet so your head doesn’t feel the wrath of all the wind. If it’s sunny out, the built-in drop-down visor can shade your eyes.

Best Budget: Hawk H7000

The Hawk H7000 might not come with all of the bells and whistles you’d find in some of the higher-end motorcycle helmets on the market, but it does offer a variety of compelling features while still keeping your costs down.

The Hawk H7000 has a polymer alloy shell that’s designed to reduce the amount of weight it applies to your neck and shoulders. The design also includes features that can disperse the energy your head could face in an impact, reducing chances of serious injury.

The helmet’s anti-scratch and anti-fog shield aim to keep your view ahead clear at all times, but if you can’t see, it also features a quick release.

On the Bluetooth side, you’ll find the ability to connect to your phone and do everything you might want, including listening to music and making calls. The helmet features two stereo speakers for high-quality sound and can deliver up to eight hours of talk time on a single charge. If you want to communicate with other riders, the helmet can beam its intercom communication 100 feet.

Best Design: HJC IS-MAX II

Design matters greatly when considering motorcycle helmets. The design can dictate comfort and decide whether the helmet will detract from the broader riding experience.

It’s against that backdrop that HJC is offering the nicely designed — but a bit expensive — IS-MAX II.

The helmet comes with an advanced polycarbonate composite shell and chin bar and has a single button to release the chin bar and face shield. Interestingly, the company used CAD technology to identify what kind of fit and comfort would be ideal for customers and incorporated that into the device. And just in case the sun becomes a problem, you can quickly turn on the integrated smoke-tinted shield.

The HJC also comes with Bluetooth 4.1 support and can work at speeds up to 75 miles per hour with ease. The helmet has a built-in FM radio function and features HD audio and advanced noise reduction, so you can cut down on background noise while on a call with family and friends. The Bluetooth works at a range of up to 30 meters and can last on a single charge for up to 15 hours before it needs to be recharged. It relies on Micro USB for its power and connectivity, so having an adapter handy would be a good idea.

Best for Modularity: ILM Bluetooth Integrated Modular

If you’re on the lookout for a modular helmet that you can wear in all the ways you feel most comfortable, the ILM Bluetooth Integrated Modular helmet might be the best place to start.

The helmet, which comes in a variety of colors, including fire red, has several modular features built in. Chief among them is the ability to decide whether you want to only flip up the visor or would prefer to expose your whole face while you drive. The helmet, which meets or exceeds both DOT and ECE safety standards, also comes with a sun shield to keep you firmly focused on the road. And just in case you get sweaty wearing the helmet, you can take out its microfiber liner and clean it.

The ILM helmet features Bluetooth 3.0 technology that can last up to eight hours on a single charge. It can also last 110 hours on standby. A single button built into the helmet lets you answer or reject incoming calls, and if you want to have conversations with other riders, the helmet’s intercom can span 1,000 feet.

Be aware, however, that when the helmet hasn’t been used for a long time, the Bluetooth system will enter what ILM calls a “deep sleep mode.” To turn it back on, you’ll need to charge it for 30 minutes and it’ll work again.

Best for Comfort: Torc T10B

Torc’s T10B is designed for style and comfort, with a lightweight frame and plenty of features packed inside.

The helmet is made of ABS shell technology with adjustable forehead and chin vents to make its fit match your head as effectively as possible. Those vents also allow for “dynamic airflow” throughout the helmet to keep you from getting overly sweaty or heated. A rear spoiler is added to push airflow through the helmet and the soft inner liner can be removed and washed so you can keep using it time and again.

Torc’s helmet comes with support for Bluetooth 2.0 technology, allowing you to send and receive calls, listen to music and hear GPS directions. It also has a two-way intercom that can work up to 100 feet between two helmets equipped with the same Blinc communication technology. It can last up to eight hours on a single charge.

Best Dual Visor: Bilt Techno 2.0 Sena

Dual visors are a boon for motorcyclists who want to safeguard their eyes but also decide when and if they need some additional help deflecting the sun.

The Bilt Techno 2.0 Sena comes with that dual-visor set-up, featuring a larger exterior visor to keep your face protected and an internal “drop-down sun shield” when you’re in bright areas. The helmet is made of an injection molded polycarbonate shell and has a chin-mounted ventilation system to keep air flowing throughout your ride.

The built-in Bluetooth function has the ability to stream your music and facilitate calls. You can also use the headset to listen in on GPS instructions while you’re riding. There’s no setup required with the built-in Bluetooth and it’ll work with any smartphone, including iPhones and Android-based handsets.