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 yet, so in this article, we'll look at regular Bluetooth headphones with good microphones as well.
We’ve tested over 280 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 best Bluetooth headset for phone calls that we've tested 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.
Unfortunately, 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. Also, their motion-sensing auto-off timer is a little on the sensitive side. Ultimately, these headphones are great for making calls, as their integrated microphone performance is among the best we’ve tested, and they look and feel very premium.
If you'd prefer a premium headset with physical controls, consider the Jabra Evolve2 85. These Bluetooth-enabled over-ears are less well-built than the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless and have a boom microphone that's less effective in isolating speech from background noise, but their control scheme is easier to use than the Bose's touch-sensitive surface. They also have a more comprehensive companion app with a graphic EQ as well as an excellent 31-hour-plus battery life. Their ANC feature helps them filter out a good amount of background noise, and their mic makes your voice sound clear and natural to those on the other end of the line. Thanks to their generously-padded ear cups and headband, they're comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time without fatigue.
Get the Bose if you want sturdier build quality and a slightly better microphone, but consider the Jabra if you prefer physical controls and want better battery life.
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 prefer mono headsets with an in-ear fit, take a look at the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset. Its microphone recording quality isn't as good as that of the BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset, but it's much smaller and more portable thanks to its in-ear design. It's also quite comfortable and has a sound profile that makes the voices of people you're talking to sound clear, full-bodied, and virtually free of distortion. Its Plantronics Hub companion app gives you a variety of call management-related configuration options, and its six-hour-plus battery life should be enough for a day of taking calls, though it isn't nearly as long as that of the BlueParrott.
Get the BlueParrott if you want superior microphone recording quality and battery life, but take a look at the Plantronics if you want something more comfortable and easier to carry around.
The Jabra Elite 65e are the best wireless earbuds for phone calls that we've tested. 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.
The best wireless Bluetooth headset for phone calls in the budget category that we've tested is the Jaybird Tarah. These well-built and lightweight headphones have a decently comfortable fit. As they use an in-line microphone, you can easily adjust the neckstrap 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.
Unfortunately, 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.
11/10/2020: 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.
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.