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

The best Bluetooth headsets are for those who are on the phone constantly. Whether it's for work, you're on the road, or you're working around the house, if you have a constant stream of phone calls coming in, you'll want to answer those calls easily. Bluetooth headsets should be comfortable, have a long-lasting battery, and have excellent sound quality.

Best Overall

Plantronics Voyager 4220 Bluetooth Wireless Headset


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What We Like

  • Alexa built in

  • Noise cancellation

  • Connects with or without a wire

What We Don't Like

  • Pricey

Plantronics Voyager 4220 UC Review

Our top pick comes from Plantronics, one of the biggest names in workplace headsets. The Plantronics Voyager 4200 is comfortable to wear for long periods. Our reviewer, Erika, notes, "The microphone has active noise cancelation, utilizing a second mic to add opposing sounds to help cancel out background noises." The dual mics help filter out excess noise for exceptional call clarity

The headset uses 32mm drivers with a good frequency range of 20Hz to 20KHz, which is suitable for listening to music and taking calls. You can use this as a Bluetooth headset and connect to it wirelessly or wire it using the USB cable. The latter reduces latency, which can be vital if you're using the headset to watch videos.

The headset also has built-in Alexa, which is great for hearing the news or playing music between calls. The Voyager 4200 falls on the more expensive side of the spectrum, but considering the excellent sound quality and comfort, it's worth it for those who spend a lot of time on the phone.

Type: On Ear | Connection Type: Bluetooth/Wired | Battery Life/Talk Time: 13 hours

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Best for Gaming

Logitech G533


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What We Like

  • Surround sound

  • Customizable

What We Don't Like

  • Stiff ear pads

  • Requires USB-A

Logitech G533 Review

One of the most popular use cases for headsets is for gaming. Connecting with your friends for a team-up or a hangout in-game is very popular, and one of the best headsets you can use for that is the Logitech G533. But it only works on PC or Playstation because it uses a proprietary wireless transmitter that plugs into a USB-A port and transmits 7.1 surround sound. The headset sounds fantastic, though, as our reviewer, Erika, noted. "The headphones have more than enough bass, with a frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz, and the sensitivity rating of 107 dB means they can get pretty loud without using much power."

The earpads are a little stiff, making them uncomfortable over long gaming sessions. But they are customizable using the G Hub software. According to Erika, "you can set equalizer settings, adjust the surround sound, adjust the microphone, and more. You can make these adjustments per game or change them for the headset overall."

Type: Over-Ear | Connection Type: USB wireless transmitter | Battery Life/Talk Time: 15 hours

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What We Don't Like

  • Battery doesn't last for podcasts/music

Jabra Talk 45 Review

One of the most popular Bluetooth headsets is the single earpiece. You've probably seen the average businessman walking around with an earpiece in. They can do that because they're incredibly comfortable, and the Jabra Talk 45 fits the bill nicely. Our reviewer Rebecca frequently forgot she was wearing it during her weeks of testing it for calls, music, and podcasts.

While testing, Rebecca noticed a significant difference between calls (including zoom calls) and music or podcasts. Rebecca writes, "If I wanted to talk on the phone, the battery life remained fairly consistent. Flipping to Spotify and Google Music, however, destroyed battery life." The Jabra Talk 45 went from hours of battery life on calls to less than 40 minutes for a podcast.

You'll be fine using this earpiece for calls and not for music or podcasts. This is a mono earpiece anyway, so music definitely would not sound good on it, to begin with. This earpiece is perfect for people on the phone all day and not listening to music in between.

Type: In Ear | Connection Type: Bluetooth | Battery Life/Talk Time: 6 hours

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Best Clear Voice

Sennheiser Presence


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What We Like

  • Great sound

  • Very light

  • Supports your phone's voice assistant support

What We Don't Like

  • Pricey

  • Not intuitive

Sennheiser Presence-UC Review

If your priority for a Bluetooth earpiece is crystal-clear audio, the Sennheiser Presence is a great choice. Sennheiser has a long history in sound production and audio quality, and the Presence is no exception. Our reviewer Andy writes, "Conversations are pleasant, especially on the receiving end. People I talked to while using it said it sounded like I was talking on speakerphone. Single earpieces like the Presence-UC aren't meant for listening to music, but as long as you don't mind listening through only one ear, this earpiece is no slouch. The Presence-UC performed well throughout a range of frequencies."

There is a bit of a learning curve in terms of using the earpiece. Once you figure out how to use the earpiece, it's comfortable and intuitive and includes support for your phone's voice assistant; it takes a while to get there. The Presence is also expensive, but reviewers find it worth it because of the all-day comfort and battery life. The Presence deserves consideration if you spend most of your day on the phone.

Type: In-Ear | Connection Type: Bluetooth | Battery Life/Talk Time: 10 hours

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Best for Truckers

Willful M98


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What We Like

  • Charger/stand combo

  • Comfortable

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like

  • Not good for music

Willful M98 Review

Those who spend a lot of time on the road will love to have the Willful M98 riding shotgun. Our reviewer tested the headset for over a week and often forgot she was wearing it. That's impressive, considering this is an over-the-head headset. It has a single ear cup that can be set to either side and a headband that goes over your head to the other side, giving you a secure fit. The boom microphone extends up to 5.5 inches and rotates 180 degrees. The stand for the headset is also a charger, so any time you store it, it'll be ready for its next use.

Because this is a single earpiece, the headset is already not great for music. Still, our reviewer noted that the narrow range of frequencies, ideal for the human voice, is not suited for the full range of frequencies you'd want for music. Of course, this headset is even better if your tastes are geared more toward podcasts. For under $50, it's a great pickup, especially if you're on the road for long hauls and want someone to keep you company along the way.

Type: On-Ear | Connection Type: Bluetooth | Battery Life/Talk Time: 17 hours

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Best for Phone Calls

Plantronics Voyager Legend


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What We Like

  • Great call quality

  • Smart controls

  • Great battery life

What We Don't Like

  • Bulky design won't fit everyone

Plantronics Voyager Legend Review

Some headsets use a hook around the earlobe to keep the headset in place. The Plantronics Voyager Legend leans into that design by incorporating a bigger battery into an integrated hook design. If you're not a fan of ear hooks, it's not removable, so you'll want to look elsewhere. The ear hook also incorporates controls as well. Our reviewer Jason says it's a lot to get used to and a lot of extra weight on the ear. That's not necessarily bad, but combined with the unusual fit of the earpiece, it's enough to give us pause.

Speaking of the controls, the ear hook includes a power/Bluetooth pairing switch and a volume rocker. But when it comes to calling quality, Jason writes, "There's a three-mic array that aims to pick up sound and cancel noise from various angles. There's an internal DSP that suppresses noise coming through the mic to ensure a good level of crispness when you're speaking, and paired with a 20-band equalizer that adapts to the environment, the voice quality is impressive." Overall, if you can get past the ear hook design, this is a solid buy with exceptional call quality, but it comes with a huge caveat.

Type: In-Ear | Connection Type: Bluetooth | Battery Life/Talk Time: 7 hours

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Best Under $50

Jabra Talk 25


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What We Like

  • Low price

  • Comfortable

  • Good battery life

What We Don't Like

  • Loose fit

Jabra Talk 25 Review

If you're on a budget and want something simple, the Jabra Talk 25 is a good choice. This is a single earpiece like others on the list, but what sets it apart is the low price and the long battery life. It's smaller than most of them and, therefore, lighter, which is excellent, but it's also prone to looser fit. Our reviewer Rebecca tested the earpiece for over six hours every day and had it fall off twice, which, as Rebecca puts it, is twice too many. That won't necessarily be the case for everyone, but it's something to remember.

Still, despite the fit issues, you'll get 8 hours of talk time from the battery, which is boosted by the "power nap" feature, which shuts down the headset after a certain amount of time to prolong the battery. More headsets should have that. As for sound quality, Rebecca writes, "Sound quality was solid, lacking any serious instances of garbling or distortion. People receiving my phone calls could hear my voice in natural tones without background noise. The audio can be altered to suit your needs with the manual volume adjustment buttons on the top of the device."

Type: In-Ear | Connection Type: Bluetooth | Battery Life/Talk Time: 8 hours

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Best for Battery Life

New Bee LC-B41 Bluetooth Earpiece


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What We Like

  • Inexpensive

  • Nice design

  • Multiple accessories

What We Don't Like

  • Music playback is not great

New Bee LC-41 Review

The New Bee LC-B41 is our resident battery champion, boasting 24 hours on a single charge which will get you through several workdays. The New Bee comes with a detachable ear hook, along with quite a few other accessories, to get the right fit. Our reviewer, Erika, writes, "In addition to a portable carrying case, you get two extra ear hooks and three extra ergonomic ear cushions (small, medium, and large sizes). You can wear the New Bee with or without an ear hook; if you opt for the New Bee in black, it comes with both clear or black hook colors."

Listening to music on this headset is not the greatest. It's mono, but besides that, this headset focuses its sound on the midrange, where the human voice lives. You won't get the range of frequencies of sound you'll want for music. You can get away with podcasts on this headset, though. But overall, this is a headset designed for voice calls and has excellent battery life.

Type: In Ear | Connection Type: Bluetooth | Battery Life/Talk Time: 24 hours

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Best for Loud Environments

BlueParrot B550-XT


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What We Like

  • Mic noise cancellation

  • Solid battery life

  • Assistant access

What We Don't Like

  • Bulky

  • Pricey

BlueParrot B550-XT Review

We like the BlueParrot B550-XT for those who work in noisy environments. It has a noise-cancellation microphone on the boom that can filter out 96% of background noise. It's great for busy areas, call centers, and when you're out in an environment where you can't control the noise. It has a durable build with buttons on the ear cup for power/Bluetooth, volume, and a customizable button that can perform several functions, like launching your phone's voice assistant.

You get 24 hours of battery life, which is way above average. The headset comes with a hefty price tag, though. It also comes with a build that isn't stylish anywhere outside of an office environment. In short, it looks like it belongs in a call center. But if you're in a noisy environment, this will prevent your caller from being distracted by your surroundings.

Type: Over Ear | Connection Type: Bluetooth | Battery Life/Talk Time: 24 hours

"The BlueParrot B550-XT headset has excellent noise cancelation and a few neat features, but its rigid feel and basic companion app detract from the overall experience." — Erika Rawes, Product Tester

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What to Look For in a Bluetooth Headset

If you’re driving, shopping, exercising, working, or even hanging out around the house, a Bluetooth headset lets you answer the phone and control some of your phone’s features and functions hands-free. 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.

When picking out a Bluetooth headset, there are several factors to consider. In addition to choosing a headset that looks and feels good while wearing it, you also want to ensure it fits your needs. Factors like battery life, compatibility, pairing, sound quality, noise cancellation, water resistance, and cost all come into play.

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 connecting to earbuds that go into the ears, and others are foldable for easier storage. Many runners and gym-goers prefer the neckband style.

If you want a smaller, less noticeable Bluetooth headset, use an earpiece or in-ear style headset. These headsets are tiny—often around two to three inches in size—and 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.

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Battery Life

Battery life is perhaps the most critical factor to consider when choosing a Bluetooth headset, especially when you’re using your headset on the go. You need to pay attention to four main battery life numbers: mAH (which stands for milliampere-hours), charge time, talk time, and standby time.

When you look at mAh for a battery, it’s 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 one to five hours to get a full charge. Talk time means 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 the charger without being used and still maintain a single battery charge. Sometimes, you’ll also see a metric for music time, representing 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 the 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 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 about ten days of standby time.

Charging Stands, Charging Cases, And Backup Batteries

Some headsets have 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.

Some headband-style headsets may include a charging station or stand to 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, 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 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 connecting to an electrical outlet.

While not as common, a few 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 the devices you need. Take note of the Bluetooth version. Most headsets will be either Bluetooth version 4.1, 4,2, or 5.0. The product’s description will also sometimes indicate which devices it works with. However, most headsets will work with modern phones and Bluetooth-compatible laptops/PCs.

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, 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 from the device to which the headset is connected and still experience clear audio. If the range is up to 10 meters, you can go up to 10 meters away from your phone or laptop before you start to experience connection issues. Remember this is an “up to” number, and obstructions like walls, floors, and appliances may impact the range. If you plan on traveling to a different room than your device when using your headset, look for a headset with a more extended 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-canceling 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 noise-canceling technology in the microphone.

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.

If noise cancellation is an essential 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 often used indoors by a business professional at a desk. However, water resistance is becoming a standard feature for neckband and earpiece-style Bluetooth headsets.

If the product is water resistant, it can usually tolerate rain, sweat, spills, and splashes. The product will list water resistance in the description if it has this feature. It should also indicate a water resistance rating (IPX5 or IPX8), 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 more than three meters in depth. Some devices will be rated with a pair of numbers, in which case the first number is particle protection, shielding it from dust and dirt, and the second is 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 plan on using your headset outdoors or during periods of heavy activity, this may be important for you.

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Headband-style headsets may not have too many accessories outside a charging cable. Still, in-ear-style headsets often have accessories like extra ear cushions, ear hooks, charging cables, and carrying cases. Neckband-style headsets also typically have 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 may fall out while 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Which motorcycle Bluetooth headset is best?

    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.

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