Best Bluetooth Headsets For Phone Calls of 2020 | Reviews

Making calls with a pair of wired earbuds is not that convenient, since the cable can create noise as it bounces from your movements and you may have to solve the mess from tangled cable. Well even you have to hold the inline control where the mic locates facing your mouth when taking calls.

Bluetooth headsets have more fun and look cool and professional.

  • Most Bluetooth headsets (single earpieces) offer mono-sound and their sound is designed for making calls rather than for listening to music. Because they don’t support SBC for stereo sound.
  • Processors used for Bluetooth headsets are not the same as for Bluetooth earbuds with stereo sound.
  • Till date headsets with boom mic offer the best call quality
  • Low-power Bluetooth 5.0 chipset will soon power the Bluetooth headset for better call and longer-lasting battery.
  • Some Bluetooth headsets support multipoint that mean you can receive calls on your phone and laptop (Skype and other messaging apps)

Finding a decent Bluetooth headset is not tough, but I am quite sure finding the best sets for those of you who on the tight budget will be time-consuming.

And if you notice some great Bluetooth headsets have not been upgraded to Bluetooth 5.0 which supports True Wireless. The latest Bluetooth 5.0 version offers more solid Bluetooth connection and consumes less battery. With Bluetooth 5.0, you can pair two headsets independently with you phone, while currently Bluetooth 4.2 doesn’t support (Plantronics Voyager Edge or Plantronics Voyager Legend UC B235-M)

In the past a Bluetooth headset would be a single earpiece that fit on L or R your ears. But today earbuds and other related types of headphones are able to match the call performance of Bluetooth headsets. So depending on your use you can pick a pair of Bluetooth earbuds instead of Bluetooth headset or vice versa.

If you are a truck driver – check out my post – Bluetooth headsets for truckers. These headsets are designed specially for driving conditions.

Based on our research we’ve rounded up best Bluetooth headsets, considering talk time, Bluetooth tech version, comfort, Bluetooth range and call quality as well as design.

The newest budget Bluetooth headset I would recommend is the Mpow X6 Bluetooth 5.0. It offers stereo sound and if you buy a pair, the R and L are synced to each other. So they are not just for calls but for listening to music as well. Because of the design if we consider Mpow X6 as a pair of TWS earbuds it will top the competition for calls.

Plantronics Voyager 5200 

This headset have been on the market for a long time, yet I haven’t seen it upgraded to newer versions.

As Bluetooth’s undergone steady development, and it achieved major milestones. And Bluetooth chip-set makers figure out how to produce chip-set that consumes lesser power with more mics can be built-in for cVc noise cancelling.

TOORUN M26 Bluetooth Headset

Cheap Bluetooth headsets don’t compromise the call quality.

TOORUN M26 |Talk time: 7 hours for calls | Multiple paring devices: Yes | Bluetooth connection range: 10 feet | Earhooks: Yes |

The M25 sounded good you can make a quality call while driving. It is also simple to pair with your phones and fit comfortably and securely to ensure you don’t have to fix it’s position while having it on.

The microphone pick the voice easily and you hear the caller’s voice clearly. The headset is charged via micro-USB and the battery life is rated at 7 hours for calls and 5 hours for listening to music.  The Bluetooth connection and range are fairly solid so that you can leave your phone on table in your living room and do stuffs in the kitchen.

An alternative for less

Plantronics M55, A Solid Bluetooth Cell Phone Headset

affordable bluetooth Headset M55

Plantronics M55 is lightweight and compact. A DeepSleep feature works great to save the battery when not in use.It has a stylish design, and offers good call quality for use in-door. Basic voice prompts, vocal commands and multipoint tech that allows it to connects 2 Bluetooth devices at once are also supported. The downside is that it only has one-size earpiece, but a looped stablizer compensates that for more secure fit.

Samsung HM3300 Bluetooth Cell Phone Headset

Inexpensive Samsung bluetooth headset

Ultilized NFC,  Samsung HM3300–A well-designed Bluetooth headset makes it easy to pair with any device.The earbud tips come with 3 different sizes, but the ear hook is not flexible and doesn’t confour well to the ear.

Call quality is consistant and clear even used while driving in the windy environment. It is a nice attempt to stream music from this low-priced headset.

Though its look isn’t quite appealing but for quality and durablity, you may want to give it a try!

Sony Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH20

If you are looking for a versatile Bluetooth headset for both music and call quality, the SBH20 is a great headset for the money.

If your phones supports NFC (Near Field Communication), it’s really a simple step–tap to connect with this headset. The noise cancelling feature doesn’t work well so voices suffer from wind and background noise and it takes a bit of effort to press the buttons.

Mpow® FreeGo

Mpow® FreeGo Budget wireless headset

Unlike any other Bluetooth headset recommended in this post, the Mpow® FreeGo lets you wear around the ear–impressive design and everyone will notice you are wearing it.  It offers the crisp  voice call and comfortable fit from silicon eartips that provide a pretty good noise isolation.

FOCUSPOWER F10

Focuspower F10 is a lightweight, small headset. It has an impressive battery life, which is up to 6 hours. The charging is simple and straight by magnetic inductive charging system.

The Bluetooth headset sounds good for both music and calls. Sometimes you you may prefer to use it for listening to music than wired earbuds.

The only thing you may dislike about this products may be the fact that they look indentical to other products from other brands. I suppose they are outsourced from the same factory in China. But given how they manage to best the sound and battery of other competitors, the F10 would be a nice choice.

While TWS market is heating up with latest features and designs, the Bluetooth headsets remain calm with no revamp about style and tech. It still uses the old Bluetooth version 4.0 with A2DP profile. 

The Jabra Stealth is about to change with its stylish look and feel. But that’s enough of because of nothing news for tech. 

The headset fits securely in the ear with wing tip and the long body allow its mic close to user mouth. The call is great and the mic blocks the noise.

Even today you cars may support Bluetooth or using Bluetooth adaptor to pair with your phones Jabra Stealth also work great while driving. 

The Competition

Plantronics Explorer 50 Bluetooth Headset: Though the design seems to be obsolete this headset can rock for 11 hours.  They are lightweight and very comfortable, my ears are never struggled with this stuff if I wear it all day. The mic isn’t noise cancelling, so if I make calls in noisy area chances are the caller will hear the background noise. The Bluetooth range is great too like other expensive model, it can stay tune within 30 feet. The Mute feature is a plus.
The Explorer 50 would be great if they look more modern and stylish, feel quite cheap because of entire plastic build.

Why Do You Need A Bluetooth Headset

Bluetooth headset or Bluetooth earpiece can be paired wirelessly to any device supported Bluetooth technology, from your cell phones to your laptop. They’re commonly used for calling, such that business men and women, drivers, staffs working at customer support centers would need them or by anyone who simply likes to cut the wire.

Don’t let your hands tie up, talk and do something else without holding your phone. If you frequently contact with your friends or family members via phone calls, but you’re also busy with cooking or cleaning stuffs in your room, Bluetooth headset is the way to go, you can do whatever you want while talking with them.

Using a headset gives you better voice call experience in term of clarity and noise reduction. Some stereo Bluetooth headsets also focus on the experience of listening music. These budget headsets are particularly engineered for one or both purposes.

Those affordable Bluetooth headsets don’t support some smart features like complicatedvoice command promt, companion apps to control some features and more.

Types of Bluetooth Headsets

Today, you see a lot of Bluetooth Headsets added up with a bunch of sophisticated features, however running through some specific features you’ll find they are categorized the following:

A Single Earpiece Headset or Mono Bluetooth Headset, Bluetooth earpiece is worn on the one side and features a microphone positioned to make users easily to talk on the go. It’s very convenient wherever you make the phone call and it can let you hear the world around.

  • Mini Bluetooth headsets – single earpiece that will be worn discreetly into your ears
  • Headsets with boom mic – You can adjust the mic to the right position to capture your voice clearly

A Stereo Bluetooth Headset, like Bluetooth earbuds can be used for both talking calls and listening to your favorite tracks from online streaming music like Spotify, podcasts or video game console. A pair of ear pieces provide the stereo sound for better music listening experience.

More About Bluetooth Headset

According to CNET Bluetooth headsets Guide, Bluetooth headsets come in plenty of shapes, size, features and prices. Your pick of a Bluetooth headset depends on what is it for?

The best Bluetooth headsets on the market is Plantronics Voyager Legend UC B235-M, which is used for Professional Business and aimed to computer and phone users, and so is Bose Series 2, another great mono headset, but it is more suitable for phones.

If you often listen to music and also need a quality call, stereo headsets are even designed for music,  the stereo headsets LG HBS-900–LG TONE INFINIM–around-neck design, with retractable earbuds would be the best choice.

What else a Bluetooth Headset can do? it can stream music, podcasts, or other audio contents from your phones. Smart headsets support sophisticated features, including HRM, noise cancelling tech, voice command prompts – Google Assistant or Siri and voice recognation.

It is illegal to drive with headphones in some states such as Georgia, other states have local laws that require drivers to wear headset if they communicate on phones while driving.

In terms of features, the next gen of CVC tech (the noise reduction capacity of mic which filters out the noise) will be released and we even have a better call performance, together with the processor which supports true wireless experience, we are expected to used Bluetooth headsets for listening to music too.

The ANC will be soon integrated into headsets. So if you make call in a noisy area, the noise will be cancel out and you will hear the caller’s voice more clearly.

My thoughts

Best Bluetooth headsets such as Plantronics Voyager 5200, or Plantronics Voyager 3200 have not been upgraded to Bluetooth 5.0 yet, 

Actually these Bluetooth headsets lack in stereo sound and smart features 

Their battery life is short too, if compared with some Bluetooth earbuds that can last up to 15 hours.

Copycats are cheaper, longer lasting battery. 

Upgraded CVC to latest version, they filter out the background noise better if you make calls in a noisy environment.

I would rather buy a Bluetooth earbuds that work great for calls, than a functional Bluetooth headsets.

It is pretty simple, if you are a music lover why bother switching back and forth between earbuds and Bluetooth headset. 

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Updated on 05/10/2018/revised: 95 times/hours of research: 50 hours

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