The best Bluetooth headsets feature crisp, smooth audio and robust battery life — and, like all Bluetooth devices, they’re portable and convenient, meaning no clunky construction and no wires to get tangled in.
The merits mentioned above aren’t the only things to consider when shopping for a Bluetooth headset, however. Multi-device compatibility, weight, and style all have a part to play. To help you sort through the laundry list of options, we’ve rounded up the best Bluetooth headsets available.
Best Bluetooth headsets at a glance:
Why you should buy this: With impressive battery life, attractive design, and top audio quality, this is the Bluetooth headset to beat.
Who it’s for: Those willing to spend a little extra for the best.
Why we picked the Sennheiser Presence-UC:
When buying an audio product, you might want to consider an established name in the sound world — like Sennheiser. Sennheiser has long been a dominant force in both consumer and pro audio, and for a good reason. The Presence is a pretty sleek device, one that is undoubtedly a lot fancier than many of the other options on our list.
The design is a combination of black and silver with a MicroUSB port for charging, and an LED light on the back. It features an ear hook like most Bluetooth headsets, but unlike others, that ear hook can be removed and attached as needed. The device utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 and implements Sennheiser’s “SpeakFocus” tech designed to enhance voice clarity in all scenarios.
It also uses the company’s WindSafe tech, so it eliminates — you guessed it — wind noise. Plus, Sennheiser claims it will last between eight and 10 hours on a single charge.
Why you should buy this: The Jabra Stealth is probably the best-looking device on this list.
Who it’s for: Those who care about how they look.
Why we picked the Jabra Stealth:
The Jabra Stealth is aimed at being sleek and stylish, while still offering excellent functionality. The Stealth is perhaps most notable because of its design — it’s arguably the most elegant headset on the list, thanks to its sleek arm and discreet earpiece. In other words, this may be one of the few headsets that won’t draw immediate judgment as you walk down the street.
The Stealth offers a range of unique features. For starters, you’ll get Jabra’s “Noise Blackout” technology, which aims to ensure clear calls without any noise in the background. On top of that, the device offers Jabra’s Micropower battery, which helps give it its six-hour battery life. Sure, that’s not incredible, but for such a small device with a likely tiny power bank, it’s pretty darn great.
Why you should buy this: With dual microphones that enhance call clarity and DeepSleep mode for better battery life, this is an excellent headset for its price.
Who it’s for: Those who want quality at a low price.
Why we picked the Plantronics Marque 2:
The Plantronics Marque 2 is the ideal Bluetooth headset for those looking for something portable and, most importantly, affordable. Appearance-wise, the device has a fairly conventional design, but you get a wide variety of features, including voice control for Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana; multi-point pairing; and DeepSleep mode. Plantronics says the Marque 2 should last up to seven hours on a single charge, though we suggest being a little conservative and estimating around five to six hours. Once in DeepSleep mode — automatically activated when the headset is away from your phone for over 90 minutes — it can extend its battery readiness up to 180 days.
While the headset doesn’t have any active noise cancellation, the dual microphone setup does reduce noise and wind for succinct voice quality. The Marque 2 also lacks an IP water and dust resistance rating, so caution is necessary when using the headset in the rain. The ultralight and minimal design allow the Marque 2 to rest comfortably in your ears, and the different sized ear tips included in the box makes the fit even better.
Why you should buy this: With a rugged design that’s dust-, water-, and shock-resistant, this is the most robust headset on the list.
Who it’s for: Those who work outdoors or in noisy or wet environments.
Why we picked the Jabra Steel:
Jabra Steel has a straightforward, ruggedized design. It’s 2.5 inches long with an optional ear hook to hold it in place. It scores an IP54 rating, which means it can handle rain and dusty environments, making it ideal for anyone working outdoors. There are extra-large buttons so that you can operate it, even with gloves on, and it supports voice commands for hands-free operation through your phone’s voice assistant.
You will find pairing via NFC is an easy option, and you can connect two devices simultaneously. It also boasts aggressive noise cancellation, which is great for loud environments. The audio quality is good, and you get a reasonable six hours of talk time when fully charged.
Why you should buy this: With on-ear buttons and featuring secure, natural headphone design, this headset will help you manage your business at home.
Who it’s for: Those that want a headset for home or office use only.
Why we picked the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC:
Sometimes you’re not looking for a headset to use on the go — sometimes, you need something to use at home. This dual utility is where the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC excels. While certainly more sizable than the other headsets on this list, the device is almost certainly the most comfortable, plus it features call control buttons right on its ear. You’ll also get noise-canceling capabilities, ensuring the person on the other line can always hear what you’re saying.
Other features include a respectable 12-hour battery life along with a dynamic mute alert that tells you when your microphone is muted, plus the ability to quickly and easily customize the headset with the Plantronics Hub for mobile and desktop.
Is now a good time to buy?
Now is as good of a time as any to buy a Bluetooth headset. While it seems like most companies have slowed down a little in releasing headsets, if you’re in the market for one, there is no reason not to buy one right now.
On top of that, there are plenty of options available, even for those who don’t want to spend much on a Bluetooth headset they won’t use all that often. When choosing a headset, you will want to consider some different metrics, and one that many people forget is the design. Keep in mind, this is a device you’re going to wear on your head, so you want it to look decent on top of working well.
In reality, most people don’t need a Bluetooth headset, as wired or wireless earbuds should suffice. But then again, you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you hadn’t already decided that a Bluetooth headset was something you might need — either for your personal life or for your business.
How we choose the best Bluetooth headsets
Here at Digital Trends, we pride ourselves on being experts in tech, and that includes Bluetooth headsets. Whether it be audio specifications, how Bluetooth works, or why current design trends are in, we know what we’re discussing. For this particular list, we put in the necessary time and research to go through hundreds of different headsets and determine which headsets are best for each category.
That’s not to say they will be the best forever — they will be overtaken eventually. But for now, we’re confident that these are indeed the best Bluetooth headsets around.