The 8 Best VoIP Headsets to Buy in 2018

Hands-free calling made simple

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Getting a good VoIP headset has gotten a lot easier over the years. Thanks to the rise of smartphones, nearly every pair of headphones comes equipped with its own microphone. This is convenient as there are times — like when you're making a call at work while simultaneously firing off an email — when you may want to go hands-free. With price, build quality, sound quality, extra features, connectivity, versatility, and comfort in mind, we've picked out a selection of the best headsets on the market now. From small earbuds to large over-ear cups, and cheap budget headsets to expensive premium products, these are the best VoIP headsets available now.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless

Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless

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Though it comes at a high price, the Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless headset offers superb quality and amazing versatility. You aren’t likely to find another headset that will be as well suited for everything from VoIP calls and video game chats to music and movies. All the more impressive is how compatible it is for use both at home and while you’re on the go.

The Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless headset includes a wireless 2.4Ghz base station for lossless audio and an impressive indoor range that puts most other Bluetooth headsets to shame. But, the story doesn’t stop there, because the headset also supports Bluetooth and 3.5mm wired connections, so you can plug it directly into a mobile device, the headphone port on a video game controller, or link via Bluetooth to your phone for wireless calls on the go.

The built-in microphone offers clear audio for the people you call, and you’ll be able to position the flexible microphone arm where you need it and tuck it away when you don’t need it. The Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless headset is built comfortable, durable, and with a minimalist aesthetic, so you can wear it for just about anything.

Best Budget: JLab Audio Rewind

The JLab Audio Rewind headset may not be the best in many ways, but it offers an amazing value that few VoIP headsets can compete with. The headset is simple, but actually has a durable metal headband where other VoIP headsets at this price would likely have used plastic. It also has a slick retro design that keeps them from looking as cheap as they are.

Their low price tag is a strong selling point because the audio quality isn’t particularly good. While you can listen to music on the Rewind headset, it’s better for podcasts and calls. Plus, a built-in microphone and support for Google Assistant and Siri will help you handle those calls.

Despite the size and price of the JLab Audio Rewind wireless headphones, you actually get a solid 12-hour battery life and a good Bluetooth 4.2 connection. You’ll find few Bluetooth headsets offering this level of polish at a price as low, and that makes them an excellent pick if you want affordable and portable headphones for VoIP calls and wireless communication.

Best Audio Quality: Sennheiser HD4.50 BTNC

Sennheiser’s HD 4.50 BTNC headset is versatile and portable, making it perfectly suited for any VoIP needs. It has a lightweight construction and folds up neatly so you can pack it away without taking up too much space. And, thanks to its long battery life, you can take it on the go without worrying about having to frequently charge it.

What helps make this an exceptional VoIP headset is its active noise-canceling technology which can help you hear better, while the built-in microphone picks up your voice clearly. The wireless audio quality can also outperform other VoIP headsets thanks to support for the AptX Bluetooth codec, which you can enable so long as your mobile device also uses the codec.

An extra perk of the Sennheiser HD4.50 BTNC headset is that if you somehow end up running out of battery, you have the option of using the included headphone cable with a 3.5mm jack. So, if your Bluetooth connection drops out for some reason or your battery life plummets, you can quickly continue your VoIP call without having to find a different pair of headphones.

Best for iPhones: Apple AirPods

When it comes to the iPhone, Apple has made it hard to pick anything other than AirPods for VoIP calls. While you could pair plenty of other Bluetooth-enabled headsets with an iPhone, the AirPods offer a fairly seamless solution that’s both elegant and incredibly portable.

Apple’s AirPods offer a five-hour battery in the earpieces themselves with an extra 24 hours of battery life available in the charging case. If they’ve run low on battery, 15 minutes is enough time to recharge them for three more hours of listening time. And, with support for the AAC codec, the audio quality is good.

Each AirPod has a beamforming microphone, and they work in tandem to help filter out noises that aren’t your voice. So, when you’re in a VoIP call on your iPhone or iPad, the person you’re calling should be able to easily hear you above any background noise. And, if you want, you’ll be able to quickly and easily activate Siri with a simple tap of the AirPods. You can also use them with a Mac computer if you have a full suite of Apple products.

Best for Androids: Bose SoundSport Free

If you’re using an Android device and want a small solution for VoIP calls and music while you’re on the go or at the gym, then the Bose SoundSport Free headset is a great choice. If you plan to take VoIP calls on the go (or even in the rain), the Bose SoundSport Free wireless headset will help you block out external noise with a snug fit in your ears. And, you should have an easy time finding that snug fit, as Bose packs multiple sizes of its StayHear+ Sport tips in the box. You also get a charging case which adds an extra 10 hours worth of battery life on top of the five hours offered by the earbuds.

These wireless earbuds also give you quick access to your phone’s personal assistant, whether it’s Google Assistant or Siri. While the microphone quality may not be on par with some of the other VoIP headsets we've mentioned, you’ll be able to quickly take a call with just the right earbud if you want ​to forget about the hassle of wires and bulkier headsets.

Best Noise-Canceling: Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II)

The Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) wireless headphones make many of our lists, including best noise-canceling headphones and best Bose headphones. And, with what they offer, they make for an excellent pair of noise-canceling headphones for VoIP calls. With this headset, you’ll get the great sound Bose is known for with custom EQ options on top, and you won’t have to hear loud background noises while you’re taking calls thanks to active noise canceling.

These headphones are lightweight, comfortable, and portable thanks to their folding design. A 20-hour battery in wireless mode will help you keep listening or calling on the go even if you can’t get to a power outlet throughout the day. You also get the option of connecting the headphones with a 3.5mm headphone cable, in case you forget to charge the headset or are having issues with the Bluetooth connection.

Bose offers a noise-rejecting dual-microphone system with these headphones, so you can be assured that you’ll hear the person you’re calling and they’ll hear you. Plus, with support for Amazon Alexa, the Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) wireless headphones give you plenty of hands-free control.

Best for Gaming: Logitech G-Pro

If you’re big into gaming and want a comfortable, lightweight, solidly built, quality headset for your in-game or VoIP communications with teammates and other players, then the Logitech G Pro gaming headset is a killer pick. It foregoes all the extra flair that many gaming accessories offer and focuses all of its efforts on the fundamentals.

The audio quality of the Logitech G Pro headset is great thanks to quality headphone drivers. And, your contacts will have an easy time hearing you, because the metal microphone is incredibly easy to move into the perfect position to pick up your voice. An included pop filter just makes your voice sound that much nicer on the other end.

The build quality of this headset is also top-notch, with a blend of soft-touch material and sturdy plastics, metal in the frame, and soft foam ear pads. You also get the choice between leatherette and micro-suede material for the ear pads. The microphone is detachable for easier portability. Logitech includes different cables and adapters, so you can use this headset with gaming consoles, computers, or mobile devices that have 3.5mm jacks.

Most Versatile: Steelseries Arctis 3 Bluetooth

The Steelseries Arctis 3 Bluetooth headset is constructed with sturdy plastics that are impressively flexible and has a ski goggle suspension system that spreads the headset’s weight evenly across the crown of your head for comfort. For its price, the Steelseries Arctis 3 Bluetooth headset offers incredible versatility. The quality drivers and flexible microphone make it a capable VoIP headset for gaming and non-gaming communications alike. Meanwhile, the option to use Bluetooth, a wired connection or both connections simultaneously gives you the ability to handle your audio and communications how you see fit. This is particularly handy for console gaming, as you can use Bluetooth audio from your phone running your favorite VoIP app, while a wired connection delivers high-quality, lag-free game audio from your console.

Thanks to Steelseries’ simple design, these feel like headphones that don’t need to stay at home for gaming, as they won’t look out of place in public settings. And, because they offer a long, 28-hour battery, you’ll have an easy time taking them on the go for VoIP calls.