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The 6 Best Earbuds & Bluetooth Headsets For Phone Calls - Spring 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 to take them off and use your phone. Since almost every pair of headphones now have a built-in microphone and call controls, it's easier than ever to take a phone call wherever you are. While earpiece-style Bluetooth headsets are still quite standard 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: 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 420 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 for phone calls we've tested is the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. These over-ears have an integrated mic on their ear cup, ensuring your voice sounds clear and natural. The mic can separate your voice from moderate background sounds if you're talking in a noisy environment. 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 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. Thanks to their dedicated controls for each software, they're well-suited for call centers and remote work. 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.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the Bose 700. Or, if you want to hear how it handles background noise, you can listen to our recordings taken in quiet and loud environments.

    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 reduce 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 fine-tune their sound using their companion software to finetune their sound to your liking. They come with a wireless USB dongle to stay connected to your PC and smartphone simultaneously. While they have a comfortable fit, you can still get more comfortable. Consider the Jabra Elite 85h Wireless if you care about comfort. 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.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless. Or, if you want to hear how it handles background noise, you can listen to our recordings taken in quiet and loud environments.

    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 Q45 Wireless are the best wireless headphones for making calls that we've tested. Their integrated mic doesn't perform as well as the Razer Barracuda Pro, so recorded speech sounds thinner and less natural. However, it does a better job of separating your voice from ambient sound, making you less likely to be drowned out by loud noise like traffic on a busy street. Their ANC feature also blocks out more noise, particularly bass-range noise like rumbling engines, so you can hear calls even in loud environments.

    They have a V-shaped sound profile that isn't ideal for vocal-centric audio since elements like voices can sound harsh and lacking in detail. You can customize it with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. The headphones are comfortable for most people and have onboard controls for answering calls and muting or unmuting the mic. While they don't support USB audio like the Razer, they support multi-device pairing, so you can answer your phone and attend an online meeting on your computer without re-pairing.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the Anker Soundcore Space Q45. Or, if you want to hear how it handles background noise, you can listen to our recordings taken in quiet and loud environments.

    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 are a good alternative to the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless if you want to save money since they have a similarly comfortable fit and a good overall mic performance. Their mic makes your voice sound brighter than the Q45, which can help make you easier to understand. It doesn't separate your voice from ambient sound as effectively, so these headphones aren't as well-suited for making calls from loud places, but moderate background noise at the office isn't an issue.

    Their ANC feature isn't the best at reducing bass-range noise like rumbling engines but does a good job blocking out higher-pitched sounds like background conversations. Like the Q45, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers intense thump and rumble. Still, their very well-balanced mid-range ensures that voices are clear and present. They have a long continuous battery life of around 32 hours, so you don't need to recharge them daily. Unfortunately, they don't have an auto-off timer to save power when not in use and don't support multi-device pairing.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the Anker Soundcore Life Q20. Or, if you want to hear how it handles background noise, you can listen to our recordings taken in quiet and loud environments.

    See our review

  5. Best Bluetooth Headset For Driving

    Using stereo headphones while driving can be dangerous. If you need to take calls while on the road, 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. Its boom mic sits close to your mouth, ensuring your voice sounds clear and natural. It also supports multi-device pairing, meaning you can simultaneously connect to your personal and work phones. 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 pressure 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.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the BlueParrott B450-XT. Or, if you want to hear how it handles background noise, you can listen to our recordings taken in quiet and loud environments.

    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. Unlike truly wireless earbuds, these earbuds are connected with a neckband, which allows you to wear them around your neck when you aren't using them. It makes them less compact and portable than most earbuds, but if you don't mind that, it's helpful for phone calls because it allows their in-line mic to sit closer to your mouth than integrated mics in the earbuds would. The mic makes your voice sound clear and bright and does a good job of separating it from moderate background noise. However, your voice can still be drowned out by loud noise like a train going by.

    The neckband is flexible and feels light. While the earbuds aren't the most comfortable, there are several differently-sized ear tips, including some memory foam options. These earbuds also have an ANC feature that does a good job of blocking out a wide range of noise. Their well-balanced sound profile reproduces voices clearly and accurately, and you can customize it with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. Like most earbuds, they have a shorter continuous battery life than the over-ear options on this list but still provide almost nine hours of continuous use.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the Sony WI-1000XM2. Or, if you want to hear how it handles background noise, you can listen to our recordings taken in quiet and loud environments. If you'd prefer truly wireless earbuds with no neckband, 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 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. 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 performs better than the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless, they lack ANC and aren't as comfortable. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 19, 2023: We validated the picks and made minor text changes to the article.

  2. Mar 13, 2023: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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 a pricier 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.