The 7 Best Bluetooth Headsets to Buy in 2017

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? The best for comfort? Need to connect to a television? 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.

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. 

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.

For a quality headset at an affordable price, look no further than the Havit Bluetooth 4.1 Headset. It boasts up to 13 hours of talk or play time and recharges in lightning speed. With Clear Voice Capture technology, you can rest assured that your calls will always come in with clarity even in noisy environments. The lightweight design slides comfortably into your ear using super soft gel ear tips instead of a bulky over-the-ear band.

The Havit Headset also includes a simple control panel located on the earpiece, allowing you to control volume, answer calls or play music. The headset will stay synced to your device at a distance of up to 10 meters, so you can move around freely. Additionally, this device comes with a second optional earpiece that easily converts your Bluetooth headset into comfortable and convenient headphones for listening to your favorite music.

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).

All the convenience that a high-quality Bluetooth headset offers is not worth much if the earpiece is too uncomfortable to wear. Luckily, Jabra Storm goes out of its way to ensure maximum comfort. Unlike most headsets, Jabra Storm utilizes a funnel shaped earpiece that doesn’t intrude on your inner ear canal and cause pain throughout the day.

The headset’s design also features a super lightweight wraparound earpiece that is perfectly balanced to rest comfortably on your ear even after hours of use. Its simple black curved design is nondescript and doesn’t draw attention. And with a nine-hour battery life, Jabra Storm is a headset that can last you all day. In addition to its supreme comfort, Jabra Storm also delivers solid performance with wind cancellation technology, voice command capability and HD voice for crystal clear calls.

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.


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