The 9 Best High-Fidelity Bluetooth Headsets of 2022 (2023)

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Final Verdict

For people who want to have a great Bluetooth headset for taking calls on the go, the Plantronics Voyager 4220 Bluetooth Wireless is a great choice. It has stereo sound and is great for calls and music besides. Otherwise, if you're just looking for a discrete headset that takes calls and still has great battery life, it's hard to do better than the New Bee LC-41. It's an attractive headset with a very attractive price.

About Our Trusted Experts

Erika Rawes has been writing for Lifewire since 2019. She is an expert in consumer technology, and has reviewed several of the Bluetooth headsets on our list.

Jason Schneider is the resident audiophile for Lifewire, offering his audio expertise on everything from Bluetooth headsets 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, including Bluetooth headsets.

Adam Doud has been writing in the technology space for almost a decade. When he's not hosting the Benefit of the Doud podcast, he's playing with the latest phones, tablets, and laptops. When not working, he's a cyclist, geocacher, and spends as much time outside as he can.


  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

"Look for a Bluetooth headset that features a good amount of playback controls and voice commands. Overall, you want to avoid Bluetooth headsets that don't offer onboard controls that are convenient." — Jeremy Bongiorno, Founder of Studio Frequencies

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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 to look for 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.

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.

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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.

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Wireless Range

How far is the wireless 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 speaker's 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.


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.

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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.

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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 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, a subbrand of Poly 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.


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.


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.

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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.


The 9 Best High-Fidelity Bluetooth Headsets of 2022? ›

  • Best Overall: Plantronics Voyager 4220 Headset at Amazon. ...
  • Best for Gaming: Logitech G533 at Amazon. ...
  • Best Tech: Jabra Talk 45 at Amazon. ...
  • Best Clear Voice: Sennheiser Presence at Amazon. ...
  • Best for Truckers: Willful M98 at Walmart. ...
  • Best for Phone Calls: Plantronics Voyager Legend at Amazon. ...
  • Best Under $50: ...
  • Best for Battery Life:
Aug 3, 2021

What is the difference between the Plantronics 5200 and 5200 UC? ›

While the 5200 is the consumer model, the 5200 UC is the commercial one, aimed at a specific subset of the road warrior market.

Which is the best Bluetooth headset with mic? ›

  • OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z Bass Edition. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z Bass Edition is equipped with a 9.2mm dynamic driver and super bass tone for a good sound experience. ...
  • Sony WI-XB400 earphone. ...
  • Bose SoundSport. ...
  • Realme Buds Wireless. ...
  • Noise Tune Active. ...
  • Boult Audio ProBass X1-WL headphone.
Jun 16, 2022

What is the loudest Bluetooth headset? ›

Here are the 7 loudest wireless earbuds you can buy today:
  • JBL Under Armour Flash (Our Pick)
  • Tempo 30 Extra Bass Earbuds (Best Value)
  • Bose Quietcomfort earbuds (Premium Option)
  • Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless.
  • Anker Soundcore Liberty 3.
  • Liberate Air Earbuds.
  • Skull Candy Sesh Evo Earbuds.
Aug 1, 2022

Which headset is best for Android? ›

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ProductRelease YearApp Support Android
Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 22020Yes
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless2021Yes
Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless2019Yes
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless2020Yes
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Jul 15, 2022

Is Bluetooth 5.0 the best? ›

Short answer: no, not directly. If you're considering a pair of Bluetooth 5.0 headphones in the hope that they have better audio quality, we'll have to disappoint: Bluetooth 5.0 does not offer any improvement to the audio quality itself.

Which is better Blue Parrot or Plantronics? ›

The BlueParrott B450-XT Headset is a better headset for phone calls than the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset. The BlueParrott has a more balanced sound profile and its boom microphone has a better recording quality. It also has a longer continuous battery life and you can use it while it's charging.

Is Plantronics Voyager 5200 worth it? ›

The best at cancelling out all background noise

The Voyager 5200 is the best headset we tested when it comes to reducing background noise. But compared with our top pick, it captures voices less warmly, has half the battery life, and costs a bit more.

What does UC mean Plantronics? ›

Unified Communications - otherwise known as UC - can be defined as the merging of different methods of communication ranging from those used at home, in the office, and on the go, into one device or program.

Can Plantronics Voyager 5200 connect to two phones? ›

NOTE: Your headset can pair up to 8 devices but only maintain 2 connections simultaneously; this includes the Bluetooth USB adapter. NFC pairing is an option to pair your phone if there is one or no devices connected already. NFC pairing will not work if there are two devices connected already.

What headphones have the best microphone? ›

The best headphones with a mic for voice and video calls you can buy right now
  1. Bose 700. The absolute best headphones for voice and video calls. ...
  2. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. ...
  3. Sony WH-1000XM5. ...
  4. Apple AirPods Max. ...
  5. Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. ...
  6. Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro. ...
  7. Jabra Elite 65t. ...
  8. Jabra Elite 4 Active.
Aug 17, 2022

Which is the best headset with mic? ›

8 Best Headphones With Mic
NameForm FactorConnectivity
Bose QuietComfort® 35 II Gaming Headset​ Best OverallOver-earWired & Wireless
Jabra Evolve 75 UC Strong Runner-UpOn-earWireless
Logitech H390 Best BudgetOn-earWired
Plantronics Savi 8220 Headset Best for Office TrainingsOver-earWireless
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Jul 4, 2022

What is the latest Bluetooth version? ›

Bluetooth 5.0 is the latest umbrella iteration of Bluetooth, the wireless, close-range technology found in smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, wireless headphones and speakers, laptops, desktop computers and more.

Which company has best sound quality? ›

Here is a list of the top 10 speaker brands and the best sound system brands in the world that are bound to catch your eye.
  • BOSE: is one of the top speaker brands in the world, best known for its incredible audio systems and speakers. ...
  • SONY: ...
  • KLIPSCH: ...
  • JBL: ...
  • PIONEER: ...
  • KEF:

Are beats or JBL better? ›

The JBL are more comfortable, well-built, and sound a bit better. However, the Beats have a much better battery since they're not truly wireless, charge very quickly, pair more quickly with Apple devices, and isolate more noise.

What is the highest dB for headphones? ›

Headphones and earbuds can emit a maximum sound from 85 to 110 decibels, levels that could lead to hearing loss, Foy said. Foy recommends following the "60/60 rule." If your device has a volume range of 1 to 10, the highest listening level should be no more than 6 — 60 percent of the volume range.

Are beats louder than Sony? ›

Our Verdict

The Sony feel slightly more premium and sound a bit more neutral, but with a small excess in thump and rumble. Additionally, you can customize their sound to your liking easily inside the Sony app, which Beats is lacking. The ANC of the Sony is also noticeably better and will block out more ambient noise.

Which JBL headphones are loudest? ›

The JBL Tune 700BT is one of the loudest Bluetooth headphones from JBL that delivers JBL signature sound with deep bass. These headphones are designed to deliver really loud sound with deep bass, and offer a lightweight over-ear design for comfort and full sound immersion.

How do I choose a Bluetooth headset? ›

what to look for - and look out for - in selecting a Bluetooth headset
  1. Uses a USB port (and cable) charging, nothing proprietary in the headset-side plug. ...
  2. Securable ear loop option. ...
  3. Sounding good (enough) to the other party. ...
  4. A minimum of parts and accessories. ...
  5. Well-placed, usable controls. ...
  6. Comfort. ...
  7. Findability.
Jul 23, 2010

Is Bluetooth 5.0 the best? ›

Short answer: no, not directly. If you're considering a pair of Bluetooth 5.0 headphones in the hope that they have better audio quality, we'll have to disappoint: Bluetooth 5.0 does not offer any improvement to the audio quality itself.

Which is the best headset for mobile phone? ›

The 4 Best Earbuds & Bluetooth Headsets For Phone Calls - Summer 2022 Reviews
  • Best Bluetooth Headset For Phone Calls. Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. ...
  • Best Budget Bluetooth Headset For Calls. TOZO T6 Truly Wireless. ...
  • Best Bluetooth Earbuds For Calls. Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless. ...
  • Best Bluetooth Headset For Driving.

Which is better earphones or Bluetooth? ›

Better sound quality

To provide great sound quality, wired headphones use analog signals. This can handle more data than digital signals like Bluetooth. This means that your audio won't have to go through so much processing to reach you. Thus, they can skip audio compression and deliver it in its full resolution.


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