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 many yet, so in this article, we'll look at regular Bluetooth headphones with good microphones as well.
We’ve reviewed over 280 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 Wireless. These Bluetooth over-ears look futuristic, especially alongside the rest of Bose’s relatively conservative-looking lineup, and feel very well-built. Their intuitive control scheme uses a mix of physical and touch-sensitive commands. The battery life of just under 21 hours should get you through a couple of long days at the office without issue.
Recording quality is good, especially for a pair of headphones that use an integrated mic. Your voice will sound loud, full-bodied, and clear, all without the need for a dedicated and bulky boom microphone. Background noise handling is where this headset truly shines, though, as its powerful noise gate processor does an excellent job of isolating your voice from the clatter and chatter of a busy office or any other loud environment.
On the downside, their sound profile also isn’t quite as well-balanced as the rest of the company’s lineup and can’t be adjusted in the Bose Music app, which is a disappointment at this price point. In addition, their motion-sensing auto-off timer is a little on the sensitive side. Ultimately, however, these headphones are great for making calls, as their integrated microphone performance is among the best we’ve tested so far, and they look and feel very premium.
If you want a pair of over-ears for phone calls that have easier to use controls, get the Jabra Elite 85h Wireless. 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 mono Bluetooth headset for phone calls that we've tested so far is the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset. This Bluetooth mono headset is well-built, with a silicone and plastic construction that feels like it could take a few accidental drops without any major damage. Its control scheme is also pretty easy to get used to, with physical buttons for all essential functions within easy reach. Multi-device pairing is an added bonus, especially if you constantly switch between making calls through your phone and computer.
Its boom microphone does an excellent job of isolating your voice from background chatter and ambient noise, which is really helpful if you work in a loud environment. Thanks to its specially-calibrated sound profile, people that you’re speaking to will sound clear, full, and distortion-free. The dedicated Plantronics Hub app doesn’t allow you to fine-tune that listening experience, but it does provide handy configuration options for handling phone calls, such as automatically answering or rejecting a call based on if you’re wearing the headset.
Unfortunately, its microphone recording quality is disappointing, as your voice will sound muffled and a little dark. On the flip side, its 6.4-hour battery life should be enough to get you through a day at work if you're only using it to take calls, especially in conjunction with the device's standby mode. Ultimately, this is a good choice if you’re looking for a mono headset for dedicated office use.
The Jabra Elite 65e Wireless are the best wireless earbuds for phone calls that we've tested to date. These comfortable and well-built in-ears use a durable neckband design to house their in-line microphone. They also have a robust control scheme with physical buttons like mic mute, which is pretty handy if you're on a conference call with several people.
Their mic has a decent recording quality that captures full-bodied and natural-sounding speech. It's also able to separate your voice from ambient noise in moderately loud environments. These headphones have an ANC feature that's able to cut down a good amount of noise too, so you can focus on your conversation and not on the sound around you. While they have a slightly more excited v-shape sound profile that's well-suited for pop, their companion app offers a graphic EQ so you can tweak it to better fit your own tastes. You can even pair these headphones with up to two devices at a time, making it easy to switch between your computer and phone.
However, even though their 8.5-hour battery life is still okay, some users may find it a bit disappointing as it may only get you through one 9-5 shift. You won't be able to use these headphones with an audio cable either, so you need to charge them up a bit before you can use them again. That said, they're versatile and feature-packed earbuds that are a suitable fit for phone calls at the office or at home.
If you like the ultra-portability of truly wireless headphones, get the Jabra Evolve 65t Truly Wireless. 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 Jaybird Tarah Wireless. These well-built and lightweight headphones have a decently comfortable fit. As they use an in-line microphone, you can easily adjust the neckstrap in order to bring the mic closer to your mouth if you're talking in noisier places.
Right out-of-the-box, have a balanced sound profile. However, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a parametric EQ plus presets. Their mic's recording quality is decent overall, but voices can sound a little thin and lack detail. Speech still sounds fairly natural, and you shouldn't have too much of a problem being understood. However, the mic performs best in quieter environments as it struggles to separate voice from ambient noise. They can help cut down office chatter around you if you're trying to focus on your call, thanks to their decent passive noise isolation. They're also able to pair with up to two devices at a time, which is great if you need to move between your phone and computer to take calls.
On the downside, some may find their total battery life a little disappointing as they only have six hours of continuous playback. They also use a proprietary charging cradle, which can be a pain if you forget it somewhere as you won't be able to borrow a more common micro-USB or USB-C cable in a pinch. Still, if you're looking for a more affordable pair of Bluetooth headphones for taking phone calls, they deliver an alright overall performance for their price-point.
09/11/2020: Moved the Jaybird Tarah Wireless from 'Notable Mentions' to 'Best Budget Bluetooth Headset for Calls' to replace the Samsung U Flex Wireless.
07/14/2020: Added Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset as 'Best Mono Bluetooth Headset for Phone Calls'.
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.