If you're out and about listening to headphones and someone calls, it's much more convenient to simply 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.
We’ve tested over 355 Bluetooth headsets, and below, you’ll find our top picks for the best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls. Also, check our recommendations for the overall best Bluetooth headsets for truckers, the best earbuds with a mic, and the best wireless gaming headsets we've tested.
The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless is the best Bluetooth headset that we've tested. These comfortable over-ears have a futuristic look that makes them stand out from the rest of Bose's more conventional-looking lineup. They're very well-built and have decent controls that use a mix of physical and touch-sensitive controls.
Their battery life of just under 21 hours should get you through a few days at the office without needing to recharge. They don't have a boom mic, but the integrated mic has a good recording quality, so your voice sounds full-bodied and clear over the phone. It also has an excellent noise handling performance, so they're well-suited for making calls from a noisy environment.
Unfortunately, while they're very lightweight and well-padded, the earcups are a bit shallow, which some listeners may find uncomfortable when wearing them for long periods of time. Otherwise, these headphones stand out for their mic performance, and they're a great choice if you're looking for a Bluetooth headset to use for phone calls.
If you want a headset with easier-to-use physical controls, you may prefer the Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless. These Bluetooth-enabled over-ear headphones aren't as well-built as the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless, but their controls are easier to use and include a mic mute/unmute function. They have longer continuous battery life and more sound customization options available in their companion app. The boom mic has a very good recording quality, so your voice sounds clear and natural over the phone, and their well-padded ear cups and headband give them a comfortable fit. They also have an ANC feature that blocks out a good amount of background noise, although it struggles with bass-range sounds like rumbling bus and plane engines.
Go for the Bose if you want the headset with sturdier build quality, but consider the Jabra instead if you prefer physical to touch-sensitive controls or prioritize better battery performance.
The best mono Bluetooth headset for phone calls that we've tested is the BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset. This on-ear wireless headset offers multi-device pairing, allowing you to take calls from your phone while remaining connected to your computer, as well as relatively low audio latency on mobile devices.
Its 24-hour-plus battery life should easily last you a couple of days at the office. Its boom mic makes your voice sound clear, natural, and mostly free of background noise, which is helpful if you work in a noisy environment. It also rotates, allowing you to wear the headset on either ear. Aside from its uneven treble response, its sound profile is sufficiently well-balanced to make incoming voices sound full-bodied and present.
Unfortunately, some may find its on-ear fit to be a little too tight, particularly for people with large ears. Its mostly plastic construction also feels a little cheap and flimsy despite its IP54 rating for dust and water resistance, though it should be noted we don't currently test for that. Otherwise, this is a good option if you're looking for a feature-packed wireless mono headset.
If you're looking for an in-ear mono headset, consider the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset. This headset has a much shorter continuous battery life than the BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset, and the boom mic has a worse recording quality, but the Plantronics' earbud design makes it much smaller and more portable. The ear-hook part of the headset doesn't put much pressure on your ear and shouldn't move around or fall out of your ear when you're taking calls on the go. The mic does an excellent job of separating your voice from background noise, so whoever you're talking to should be able to hear you clearly when you're calling from a noisy environment. Their sound profile isn't as well-balanced overall as the Plantronics', but the mid-range is very neutral, so voices sound clear and detailed.
If you want the headset with better recording quality and longer continuous battery life, go for the BlueParrott, but consider the Plantronics instead if you want a more comfortable, portable option.
The Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless are the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds for phone calls. These neckband earphones have an in-line mic that does an alright job of isolating your voice from background noise and makes recorded speech sound clear and understandable. Their ANC system also helps block out a good amount of ambient noise, so you can stay focused on what's being said on a call, even in louder environments.
These earbuds support multi-device pairing, so you can remain connected to your computer and phone at the same time. They feel well-built and have a flexible silicone neckband that allows them to be easily stored in their included hard carrying case. Their sound profile is reasonably well-balanced overall, but if you want to customize their audio reproduction, the Sony | Headphones Connect companion app features a couple of EQ presets as well as a graphic EQ.
Unfortunately, while these in-ears have a standby mode to help conserve the charge when not in use, their eight-hour-plus continuous battery life is inferior to that of the older Sony WI-1000X Wireless, which also did a better job of blocking out ambient noise but offered worse mic performance overall. These in-ears are a good option if you're looking for feature-packed in-ears with a sturdy neckband design.
If you prefer the more portable design of a pair of truly wireless in-ears, consider the Jabra Evolve 65t. These business-oriented in-ears have a less comfortable fit than the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless and don't last as long on a single charge, but they're easier to carry around and come with a charging case that supplies enough power for almost 18 hours of total playback time, depending on your usage patterns. Like the Sony, they also support multi-device pairing, so you can stream music from your phone while remaining connected to your computer, and their companion app has a multitude of mic adjustment features. Despite lacking an ANC system, they also do a great job of passively blocking out ambient noise, so you can stay focused on what's being said on a call. Unfortunately, using their controls forces them deeper into your ears, which can be uncomfortable.
Get the Sony if you want more comfortable headphones, but take a look at the Jabra if portability is a bigger concern.
The best Bluetooth headset for calls at a budget-friendly price point that we've tested are the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless. These relatively affordable in-ears have an integrated mic that makes your voice sound fairly natural and clear, if a little thin, but it can struggle to separate your voice from loud ambient noise. Thankfully, they have an ANC system that blocks out an impressive amount of background noise, helping you stay focused on what's being said on a call.
These in-ears feel quite well-built, with a dense plastic construction that's rated IPX6 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. They do a good job of staying in place in your ears, which is good if you like to take calls while you're on the move, and they're decently comfortable to wear for extended periods. These in-ears also supply more than eight hours of playback time on a single charge and come with a case that can provide roughly two additional charges, depending on your usage habits, which should be more than enough for a couple of days of use.
Unfortunately, they don't have a standby mode or an auto-off timer to help conserve the charge when not in use. They also lack any sound customization features, like built-in EQ presets or a companion app with a graphic EQ. Otherwise, they're a reasonably good option if you're looking for budget-friendly truly wireless headphones to take phone calls.
Jul 07, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
May 10, 2021: Replaced Jabra Elite 65e Wireless with Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless as 'Best Wireless Earbuds For Phone Calls' due to current availability. Replaced 'Alternative With Better Noise Handling' pick with 'Truly Wireless Alternative' pick. Replaced Jaybird Tarah Wireless with TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless as 'Best Budget Bluetooth Headset For Calls' due to current pricing and availability. Added EarFun Air Pro Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Mar 16, 2021: We've added the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless as the 'Alternative With Better Noise Handling' as the Bose offers versatile performance and is more portable than the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless.
Nov 10, 2020: Replaced Jabra Elite 85h Wireless with Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless as 'Easier-To-Use Alternative'. Replaced Plantronics Voyager 5200 headset with BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset as main 'Best Mono Bluetooth Headset For Phone Calls'. Removed 'Truly Wireless Alternative' category.
Sep 11, 2020: Moved the Jaybird Tarah Wireless from 'Notable Mentions' to 'Best Budget Bluetooth Headset for Calls' to replace the Samsung U Flex Wireless.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth headsets 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.