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 reviewed any yet, so in this article, we'll look at regular Bluetooth headphones that have a good enough mic to use for phone calls.
We’ve reviewed nearly 200 Bluetooth headsets so far, and below you’ll find our top picks for the best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls. Also check our recommendations for the overall best wireless Bluetooth headphones, the best earbuds with a mic, and the best wireless gaming headsets we've tested so far.
The best Bluetooth headset for phone calls that we've tested to date is the Bose 700 Headphones. These wireless headphones have a very premium design and feel very durable thanks to their mix of stainless steel and dense plastic. They're very comfortable and feature touch-sensitive controls that give you a ton of functionality. Their battery lasts nearly 21 hours, which is great, and they have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life even more.
The recording quality of the microphone is surprisingly good and while your voice will still sound relatively thin, it will have a lot more depth and fullness than most Bluetooth headphones. These headphones have a powerful noise gate processor, which helps cut out background noise when on phone calls, so the person on the other end of the line should have no problems hearing you even in very loud environments.
Unfortunately, their sound profile is less balanced than most Bose headphones, and while they're still well-suited for a very wide range of genres and content, some people may notice them lacking in a bit of detail and brightness. The motion-sensitive auto-off timer of these headphones may be frustrating to some, and the Bose app also doesn't feature any EQ settings, which is a shame. Overall, these headphones have a very premium look and feel, and feature one of the best microphones we've ever tested on a pair of Bluetooth headphones.
If you want a pair of over-ears for phone calls that have easier to use controls, get the Jabra Elite 85h. Their microphone doesn't perform as well as the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless, but their physical controls are easier-to-use, and they have much longer battery life. They take just under three hours to charge, but they last 34 hours, which is excellent. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is very well-balanced, and, unlike the Bose, their companion app gives access to a graphic EQ. While their integrated microphone isn't as good as the one on the Bose, it still performs fairly well for Bluetooth headphones, and your voice should be clear and understandable. Unfortunately, your voice will get lost in noisy environments.
If you want the best microphone possible on a pair of Bluetooth over-ears, get the Bose, but if you prefer physical controls and a longer battery, but still want a decent microphone, go for the Jabra.
The best Bluetooth headset for phone calls with an earbud design that we've tested so far is the Jabra Elite 65e. These wireless in-ears have a neckband design, which means that your music is always at arms' reach, and you can easily take an earbud out to talk to someone. They're quite comfortable thanks to their earbud design that doesn't enter the ear canal as deep as most in-ears, and they look and feel very well-built.
The microphone's recording quality is decent and performs better than most Bluetooth headphones we've tested so far. Your voice will sound relatively full-bodied and natural on phone calls, though it'll lack a bit of detail. The noise handling of the mic is decent, and the in-line microphone can easily be lifted closer to your mouth when in very loud environments. Their default sound profile is fairly well-balanced, though some may find them a bit bass-heavy. Luckily, their companion app has a graphic EQ, so you can easily change the way they sound to match your personal taste.
Unfortunately, their 8.5 hour-battery life is fairly short and will likely only last you one full work day. On the bright side, they have a great ANC feature that will help keep you concentrated in the office, and they support multi-device pairing, so you can easily switch between your phone and work PC. They also have physical buttons on each side of the neckband that give you a ton of functionality and are decently easy to use.
If you like the ultra-portability of truly wireless headphones, get the Jabra Evolve 65t. They aren't as comfortable as the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless, and their microphone performance isn't quite as good, but their truly wireless design makes them much more portable. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly well-balanced, and their companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ. If you use your headphones for calls while connected to a PC, they come with a UC-certified USB dongle for PC to help with their mic performance and they're even available in a model that's optimized for plug-and-play use with Microsoft Skype for Business. Unfortunately, like with most truly wireless headphones, their microphone performance is only okay, and your voice will likely sound thin and difficult to hear in even moderately loud environments.
If you want more comfortable Bluetooth in-ears with a better microphone, get the Elite 65e, but if you prefer the extreme portability of truly wireless headphones, go for the Evolve 65t.
The best wireless Bluetooth headset for phone calls in the budget category that we've tested so far is the Samsung U Flex. These neckband-style in-ears are decently comfortable and feature easy-to-use controls on the neckband itself. The integrated microphone is also built into the neckband, making it easy to move the mic closer to your mouth in noisy environments.
The recording quality of the microphone is quite decent, and while your voice will be slightly muffled, it will be fairly detailed and easy to understand. Its noise handling is only decent, but again, thanks to their neckband design, you can lift the mic closer to your mouth in loud situations. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is decently well-balanced and should be suitable for a fairly wide range of genres.
Unfortunately, while they have a dedicated companion app that is full of features including a graphic EQ, presets, room effects, and more, these features are only available when used with a Samsung device. While the app is available for other Android devices, it's nearly useless and provides almost no additional features.
05/14/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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.