The 5 Best Bluetooth Headsets

by Jeffrey Pu on 6 March 2014 0 comments

Bluetooth headsets sometimes get a bad rap for their sci-fi aesthetic and the way they can confuse the people around you into thinking you're talking to them. But for those who live on-the-go and on their phones, it can be an essential accessory. To help you sift through the features that are actually important and the ones that aren't, we've brought you the list of our top five picks for Bluetooth headsets.

What Is a Bluetooth Headset?

A Bluetooth headset is a wireless headphone and microphone set that uses the Bluetooth wireless standard to broadcast audio from a mobile phone or other Bluetooth-capable electronic device. There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a new Bluetooth headset, including the most important two: sound quality and comfort. Other things to consider are the accessibility of controls and ease-of-use.

Best 5 Bluetooth Headsets

Aliph Jawbone Icon HD

Highly reviewed by professional sources, the Aliph Jawbone Icon HD provides excellent sound quality with rich and clear audio, full bass, and very high volume. Noise cancellation on the Jawbone Icon is also high quality, making audio quality crystal clear even when outdoors. Users appreciate the dedicated on/off switch and the ability to alter the headset's functionality through different apps from its MyTalk website, allowing for a great deal of customization.

Currently $66.29 on Amazon.

Plantronics M55

Greatly admired by many as one of the best budget Bluetooth headsets available, the Plantronics M55 boasts good call quality, noise cancellation, and a stylish form factor. In tests, the headset easily lasted eight hours despite operating at top volume, and battery-saving functions in the headset will allow you to extend the battery life even further. The multi-purpose "Call" button and voice command capability also make this headset easy to use.

Currently $37.37 on Amazon.

Aliph Jawbone Era

The Aliph Jawbone Era Bluetooth headset is the perfect headset for those looking for a high quality Bluetooth device. Aside from superb sound quality, the Jawbone Era features an automatic volume adjuster that works surprisingly well, changing volume when you move between indoor and outdoor spaces. The Jawbone Era also features the latest version of military-grade noise cancellation technology that was originally designed for use in tanks, so you can be sure that sound quality is perfectly clear.

Currently $109.99 on Amazon.

BlueAnt Q2 Smart Bluetooth Headset

The BlueAnt Q2 Smart Bluetooth Headset is a high-quality headset that is designed to integrate well with smartphone technology, but can also be used with older phones. Aside from excellent sound quality and noise isolation, it also includes advanced text-to-speech and voice control features to maximize the things you can do with just your voice. Streaming capabilities allow you to listen to music or receive turn-by-turn navigational directions through your headset.

Currently $50.95 on Amazon.

Plantronics Voyager Legend

Another member of the Plantronics family to make this list, the Voyager Legend is the latest offering in this line of quality headsets. This newest addition features a more comfortable form and larger buttons for easier use. The sound quality is excellent overall with voices sounding clear and loud. Noise cancellation is generally good; however, its wind resistance is not as good as other models. Nonetheless, its overall comfort, quality, and the inclusion of other features such as A2DP streaming still make the Voyager Legend a top contender.

Currently $71.18 on Amazon.

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