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The 6 Best Earbuds & Bluetooth Headsets For Phone Calls - Winter 2023 Reviews

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Best Bluetooth Headsets For Calls

If you're out and about listening to headphones and someone calls, it's much more convenient to speak into your headphones than take them off and use your phone. Since almost every pair of headphones now have a microphone and controls built-in, it's easier than ever to take a phone call wherever you are. While earpiece-style Bluetooth headsets are still quite common with people who use the phone a lot, we haven't tested many, so in this article, we'll look at regular Bluetooth headphones with good microphones as well.

Keep in mind that there are some limitations to Bluetooth. This technology uses Bluetooth profiles, which are specifications for how data communicates between devices. To use your wireless headphones with full audio and mic compatibility, the headphones switch from Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), which is a basic one-way profile, to Headset Profile (HSP) or Hands-Free Profile (HFP). However, HSP and HFP have lower sound and mic quality when compared to A2DP. Unfortunately, there's no real way around this if you want to use Bluetooth headphones.

We’ve tested over 405 Bluetooth headsets; below, you’ll find our top picks for the best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls. Also, check our recommendations for the best earbuds with a mic, and the best wireless gaming headsets we've tested.


  1. Best Bluetooth Headset For Phone Calls

    The best Bluetooth headset we've tested is the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. These over-ears have an integrated mic on their ear cup, ensuring that your voice sounds clear and natural. If you're talking in a noisy environment, the mic can separate your voice from moderate background sounds. Thanks to their ANC system, they do an exceptional job blocking sound like ambient chatter, which is handy if you work in a noisy office. If you need to take calls throughout the day, their battery lasts over 20 hours continuously, and their auto-off timer can help conserve battery life if you forget to turn them off.

    You can pair them with your PC and your smartphone simultaneously, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ if you want to adjust their slightly warm sound profile to suit your tastes. That said, if you're looking for headphones optimized for Microsoft Teams or Unified Communication (UC) software, it's worth checking out the Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless. They're well-suited for call centers and remote work thanks to their dedicated controls for each software. However, they're expensive, and they've been back-ordered from the manufacturer for quite a while now. However, you can still find them from smaller retailers in either variant.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Bluetooth Headset For Phone Calls

    The best upper mid-range Bluetooth headphones for phone calls are the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless. They're hybrid headphones designed for casual and gaming use, which sets them apart from other headphones on this list. However, don't let their gamer-centric features deter you: their integrated mic offers decent overall performance, so people hear you clearly. They also have an ANC system. While they don't block out as much overall sound as the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless and feel a little less premium, they can still cut down a great amount of background noise. They also last longer than the Bose and have over 34 hours of continuous playback time to last through long days at the office.

    These over-ears have a fairly versatile sound profile. Although voices can sound a bit harsh, you can finetune their sound using their companion software to finetune their sound to your liking. They come with a wireless USB dongle so you can stay connected to your PC and smartphone simultaneously. While they have a comfortable fit, you can still get more comfortable. If you care about comfort, consider the Jabra Elite 85h Wireless instead. The Jabra headphones have a lighter, more comfortable fit and are well-padded, which helps reduce fatigue over time. They also have a similar overall mic performance to the Razer, but their ANC system doesn't block out as much sound.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Bluetooth Headset For Phone Calls

    If you're looking for a less expensive option, the Anker Soundcore Space QC45 Wireless are the best wireless headphones for making calls that we've tested. Its integrated mic has a worse recording quality than the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless and makes your voice sound thinner and less natural. However, its ANC feature does a better job of blocking ambient sound, which is a plus if you need to make calls from noisy places. The mic also has better noise handling, so your voice won't be drowned out if you take a call from a busy street.

    Their sound profile can make elements like voices in your audio sound harsh. However, you can customize it to your liking with a graphic EQ and presets in the headset's companion app. It has a comfortable fit for long days of work, and the controls on the earcups let you easily answer calls and mute the microphone. They aren't intended for gaming and don't support USB audio like the Razer, but they have multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected with your phone and computer at the same time.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Bluetooth Headset For Phone Calls

    The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless are the best headphones for calls in the budget range we've tested. These headphones lack some features you get with the newer Anker Soundcore Life QC45 Wireless, like an EQ for sound customization. They aren't as well-built. Still, their much cheaper price makes them a great budget-friendly option. Their integrated mic captures your voice clearly, although it makes it sound a bit thin. The mic does an okay job of separating your voice from ambient sound, even in noisy environments. It doesn't do it as well as the QC45's, so your voice might be hard to hear if you make a call from somewhere like a busy subway station.

    Their ANC system has a good overall performance, especially when blocking out sounds like ambient chatter at the office. However, it struggles to reduce bass-range noise like car and bus engines. Their battery lasts around 32 hours of continuous use, and you can use them wired with the included audio cable. They have a bass-heavy sound profile that emphasizes the thump and rumble in genres like EDM. While they don't have features to customize it, elements like voices sound clear and present, so it's suitable for phone calls. Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device pairing.

    See our review

  5. Best Bluetooth Headset For Driving

    Using stereo headphones while driving can be dangerous. If you need to take calls while driving, you may want to consider a mono headset as it only covers one ear, so you hear what's happening around you. Enter the BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset, the best headset for this use we've tested. It has a boom mic that sits close to your mouth, ensuring your voice sounds clear and natural. It also supports multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected to your personal and work phones simultaneously. It also lasts over 24 hours continuously, but if you aren't on a call, it goes into standby mode to conserve battery life. Its plasticky design can put pressure on the top of your ear, making it uncomfortable over time.

    If build quality is a priority or you prefer an in-ear fit, consider the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset instead. This headset has a sturdy plastic frame and three different tip sizes to help you get the best fit. It also has a flexible ear hook design that doesn't put too much pressure on your ear. However, the BlueParrott headset's mic offers a significantly better recording quality, and its continuous battery life is longer.

    See our review

  6. Best Wireless Earbuds For Phone Calls

    If you prefer an in-ear fit, the best earbuds for phone calls with a wireless design we've tested are the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless. If you don't mind the neckband design, it's helpful for phone calls because it brings the mic closer to your mouth than it would be with most earbuds. The in-line mic has decent noise handling, separating your voice from background sound in a moderately noisy place like an office. However, your voice can be drowned out by loud noise, so they're better suited for making calls in a quiet room. The neckband is flexible and feels light. The earbuds themselves aren't the most comfortable but come with several differently-sized ear tips so you can find the best fit.

    Their ANC feature does a good job of blocking noise like background conversations or traffic outside your window. With the ANC on, their continuous battery life is around 8.6 hours, so you need to recharge them more often than similarly priced over-ears like the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless. Their sound profile is well-suited for vocal-centric content, including phone calls, and the earbuds' companion app includes an EQ for sound customization.

    If you're looking for the best earbuds for phone calls, check out our best earbuds with a mic article for more recommendations!

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless: The Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless are high-end headphones with a powerful noise isolation performance, which can make all the difference in a noisy office. Their overall performance is quite similar to that of the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless, but their mic doesn't perform quite as well. See our review
  • Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless: The Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless are ANC headphones with 27 hours of continuous playback time and multi-device pairing. That said, they aren't as comfortable as the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless, and their mic's recording quality is worse. See our review
  • Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless: The Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless are well-built on-ear headphones. While their mic has a better performance than the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless, they lack ANC and aren't as comfortable. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 12, 2023: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless with the Anker Soundcore Space QC45 Wireless.

  2. Oct 06, 2022: We've overhauled this article to better align it with user expectations. We've added the following: Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless, Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless. We've also removed the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless and cleared the Notable Mentions of picks that are out of date.

  3. May 24, 2022: Article overhaul to better match picks with user expectations. Renamed BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset pick to 'Best Bluetooth Headset For Driving'. Removed the Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018, Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless, Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless, Hyper Cloud Mix Wireless, and Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless from Notable Mentions. Added the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset and Jabra Evolve2 85 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Mar 25, 2022: There have been minor changes to the text for clarity and accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  5. Jan 17, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth headphones for calls and the best Bluetooth earbuds for phone calls for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper headset wins over pricier a one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (nothing that's too hard to find or out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our Bluetooth headphones, ranked by how they perform for phone calls. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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