The best Bluetooth headsets feature crisp, smooth audio and robust battery life — and, like all Bluetooth devices, they’re portable, meaning no clunky construction and no wires to get tangled in.
However, the merits mentioned above aren’t the only things to consider when shopping for a Bluetooth headset. Multi-device compatibility, weight, and style all have a part to play, and that’s what our best overall pick, the, offers. To help you sort through the laundry list of options, we’ve rounded up the best Bluetooth headsets available in 2020.
Best Bluetooth headsets at a glance:
The best overall Bluetooth headset: Sennheiser Presence-UC
Why you should buy this: With impressive battery life, attractive design, and top audio quality, this is the Bluetooth headset to beat.
Who it’s for: Those willing to spend a little extra for the best.
Why we picked the Sennheiser Presence-UC:
When buying an audio product, consider an established name in the sound world — like Sennheiser. Sennheiser has long been a dominant force in both consumer and pro audio, and for a good reason. The Presence is a pretty sleek device, undoubtedly a lot fancier than many other options on our list.
The design combines black and silver with a Micro USB port for charging and an LED light on the back. It features an ear hook like most Bluetooth headsets, but unlike others, that ear hook is removable and can attach as needed. The device uses Bluetooth 4.0 and implements Sennheiser’s SpeakFocus tech, designed to enhance voice clarity in all scenarios.
Thealso uses the company’s WindSafe tech, so it eliminates — you guessed it — wind noise. Plus, Sennheiser claims it will last between eight and 10 hours on a single charge.
The best for the fashion-conscious: Jabra Stealth
Why you should buy this: The Jabra Stealth is probably the best-looking device on this list.
Who it’s for: Those who care about how they look.
Why we picked the Jabra Stealth:
The Jabra Stealth aims at being sleek and stylish while still offering excellent functionality. The Stealth is perhaps most notable because of its design — it’s arguably the most elegant headset on the list, thanks to its sleek arm and discreet earpiece. This may be one of the few headsets that won’t draw immediate judgment as you walk down the street.
Theoffers a range of unique features. For starters, you’ll get Jabra’s Noise Blackout technology, which aims to ensure clear calls with no noise in the background. The device offers Jabra’s Micropower battery, which helps give it its six-hour battery life. Sure, that’s not incredible, but for such a small device with a likely tiny power bank, it’s pretty darn great.
The best budget Bluetooth headset: Plantronics Marque 2
Why you should buy this: With dual microphones that enhance call clarity and DeepSleep mode for better battery life, this is an excellent headset for its price.
Who it’s for: Those who want quality at a low price.
Why we picked the Plantronics Marque 2:
The Plantronics Marque 2 is the ideal Bluetooth headset for those looking for something portable and affordable. Appearance-wise, the device has a fairly conventional design, but you get a wide variety of features, including voice control for Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana; multipoint pairing; and DeepSleep mode. Plantronics says the Marque 2 should last up to seven hours on a single charge, though we suggest being a little conservative and estimating around five to six hours. Once in DeepSleep mode — automatically activated when the headset is away from your phone for over 90 minutes — it can extend its battery readiness up to 180 days.
While the headset doesn’t have any active noise cancellation, the dual microphone setup reduces noise and wind for succinct voice quality. Thealso lacks IP water- and dust-resistance ratings, so caution is necessary when using the headset in the rain. The ultralight and minimal design allow the Marque 2 to rest comfortably in your ears, and the different-sized ear tips included in the box make the fit even better.
The best for the great outdoors: Jabra Steel
Why you should buy this: With a rugged design that’s dust-, water-, and shock-resistant, this is the most robust headset on the list.
Who it’s for: Those who work outdoors or in noisy or wet environments.
Why we picked Jabra Steel:
Jabra Steel has a straightforward, rugged design. It’s 2.5 inches long with an optional ear hook to hold it in place. It scores an IP54 rating, which means it can handle rain and dusty environments, making it ideal for anyone working outdoors. There are extra-large buttons so you can operate it easily, even with gloves on, and it supports voice commands for hands-free operation through your phone’s voice assistant.
You’ll find that pairing via NFC is an easy option, and you can connect two devices simultaneously. Thealso boasts aggressive noise cancellation, which is great for loud environments. The audio quality is pleasant, and you get a reasonable six hours of talk time when fully charged.
The best for home use: Plantronics Voyager Focus UC
Why you should buy this: With on-ear buttons and featuring a secure, natural headphone design, this headset will help you manage your business at home.
Who it’s for: Those who want a headset for home or office use only.
Why we picked the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC:
Sometimes you’re not looking for a headset to use on the go — sometimes, you need something to use at home. This dual utility is where the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC excels. While more sizable than the other headsets on this list, the device is the most comfortable by far, and it features call control buttons right on its ear. You’ll also get noise-canceling capabilities, ensuring the person on the other line can always hear what you’re saying.
Other features of theinclude a respectable 12-hour battery life along with a dynamic mute alert that tells you when your microphone is on or off, plus the ability to quickly and easily customize the headset with the Plantronics Hub for mobile and desktop.
Is now a good time to buy?
Now is as good of a time as any to buy a Bluetooth headset. While it seems like most companies have slowed down a little in releasing headsets, if you’re in the market for one, there is no reason not to buy one right now.
Even for those on a tight budget for a Bluetooth headset that they won’t use often, there are still so many choices out there. When deciding what headset is right for you, you’ll want to consider some different metrics, and one that many people forget is the design. Keep in mind that this is a device you’re going to wear on your head, so in addition to functionality, you don’t want it to look obnoxious.
Most people manage to go about their lives without a Bluetooth headset; wired or wireless earbuds work well for most applications, the bulk of the time. On the other hand, you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you had not already made the choice that a Bluetooth headset was something you feel the need to incorporate into your life — either for personal reasons or for your business.
How we choose the best Bluetooth headsets
Here at Digital Trends, we love staying up on the latest technology, and Bluetooth headsets are no exception. Whether it be audio specifications, Bluetooth works, or the newest design trends, we know Bluetooth. We spent hours going over hundreds of headsets to provide you with our choices for the best headset in each category.
We can’t guarantee that these headsets will still be top quality five years from now or even next year — Bluetooth sound and audio technology are continually climbing the ladder. Based on current technology, we feel these are the best headsets on the market today.