Bluetooth headsets have improved dramatically in recent years. No longer do you have to worry about calls cutting out, the wind stopping people from hearing what you have to say or tinny sound. Today’s best Bluetooth headsets provide the same level of noise reduction, call quality and audio performance you’d expect from a full sized pair of Bluetooth cans.
However, the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is particularly apt when assessing the Bluetooth headset market. There are plenty of cheap headsets to choose from, but can mean having to put up with crackling background noise, distorted conversations and earpiece pain because of the cheaper components. Instead, I recommend at looking at the higher end, where manufacturers have pulled out all the stops to create the best Bluetooth headsets possible.
Here’s a rundown of the best Bluetooth headsets in 2019:
The flagship of their range, the Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth headset provides stellar sound quality and a range of innovative features. This includes enhanced WindSmart technology, which uses precision tuned triple microphones to provide not one but three layers of protection against interference from wind noise when making calls.
The Plantronics Voyager also features Smart Sensor technology, which switches them on automatically when you put them on. This means you just clip it to your ear and your ready to take calls without fiddling to find the on button.
This Bluetooth headset also comes with an attractive docking station for recharging when not in use, along with a USB charger for wall charging. While slightly larger than other Bluetooth headsets, the Plantronic Voyager is regarded as one of the best performing Bluetooth headsets around.
Exceptionally stylish and smart looking, the Jawbone ICON HD is part Bluetooth headset and part dedicated apps processor.
Its innovative technological features include the Noise Assassin 3.0, offering military grade noise reduction using the same technology used in the headsets of tank commanders and helicopter pilots. The Jawbone ICON HD Bluetooth headset will also automatically adjust the inbound call volume in response to the level of background noise, for clearer calls without having to keep manually adjusting the volume. Another unique feature is its MotionX technology, which enables you to ‘ShakeShake’ the headset into pairing mode or ‘TapTap’ to answer calls button free.
But perhaps the main talking point for the Jawbone ICON HD Bluetooth headset is that it integrates with the MyTALK platform. This enables you to upgrade its hardware to harness the latest Bluetooth technology and to gain the functionality of new apps, such as installing a pedometer to track distance when running or to send texts and emails with voice commands.
Smart, modern and stylish, the Jawbone ICON HD is packed with technological features that make it well deserving of its place on this list of the best Bluetooth headsets in 2019.
Sennheiser is a name renowned for producing some of the most revered headphones in the market, beloved by casual listeners and audiophiles alike. Its entry into Bluetooth headsets features the superb quality audio and noise cancellation you’d expect of the German brand.
Elegant yet robust, the steel encased Sennheiser VMX 200-11 Bluetooth headset weighs just 10g and features Sennheiser’s VoiceMax technology, which utilises two microphones to remove external noise and provide HD quality sound transmission for calls in even the noisiest environment. Perhaps where this Bluetooth headset really shines is its 10 hour battery life, dwarfing the mere 3 hours you can expect from a Jawbone headset.
Superb sound quality, hardwearing and excellent noise cancellation makes the Sennheiser VMX 200-11 Bluetooth headset a compelling choice as the best Bluetooth headset for serious business users.
Bose is the dominant player in the noise cancelling headphones market. Its QuietComfort 3s are regarded as the leading type of noise cancelling headphones around, and are a common site on the heads of frequent flyers. So it’s natural that the company founded by Dr Amar Bose in 1964 would want to adapt its technology for the Bluetooth headset market.
The Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker feature its patented Triport acoustic structure technology that reduces background noise while enhancing that of your voice. What’s more, this technology automatically adjusts the audio in response to ambient noise levels, which means you don’t have to keep adjusting the volume manually. This can, however, still be adjusted utilising a pinch button mechanism mounted on either side of the Bluetooth headset.
All the headsets featured in this overview of the best Bluetooth headsets are all mono. So while small and compact, they don’t offer a full stereo listening experience. If a stereo Bluetooth headset is what you’re after then you may want to check out the Plantronics Backbeat GO.
These can be connected wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet to provide a stereo listening experience. This makes them an ideal headset for runners and athletes that don’t want to get tangled up in wires while on the treadmill or working out. Inline controls housed in the cable enable you to take calls, skip tracks and adjust the volume without having to retrieve your smartphone from your pocket.
Comfy, lightweight and highly portable, the Plantronics BackBeat Go is regarded as one of the best wireless Bluetooth earphones you can buy.