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 350 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 that we've tested is the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. The integrated mic has a good recording quality, ensuring that your voice sounds natural and understandable to whoever is on the other end of the line. It can also separate speech from ambient noise, so you're heard clearly, even if you're talking from a noisy street.
These over-ears have a very comfortable and lightweight fit, so you shouldn't feel too much fatigue if you're wearing them during long calls. They're also well-built and have over 20 hours of continuous battery life. Their sound profile is slightly bass-heavy and delivers a touch of extra boom to your mixes. Voices still sound clear, detailed, and accurate, but if you prefer a different sound, you can adjust their sound using the companion app's graphic EQ. These headphones have active noise cancelling (ANC) and can block out an excellent amount of background noise like office chatter.
Unfortunately, some users may find the ear cups shallow, which could be uncomfortable. Their touch controls can also be a bit tricky to use since the touch-sensitive surface is small. That said, these headphones are very well-suited for phone calls, thanks to their integrated mic's performance and excellent ANC.
If you prefer headphones with physical buttons instead of touch-sensitive controls, check out the Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless. While they don't feel as well-built or premium as the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless, they have easier-to-use controls and a dedicated mic mute button. Jabra also produces a Microsoft Teams-certified variant of these headphones, which has a multi-function button that offers more functionality with this software. These headphones have a very comfortable fit, so you shouldn't feel too much fatigue during long calls, and they deliver over 31 hours of continuous battery life. Their boom microphone can also capture your voice clearly, even in moderately noisy environments like a busy office. You can also adjust the mic's sidetone or customize their balanced sound profile to your liking in their companion app.
Try the Bose if you're looking for even better-built over-ears. However, if you like to use physical buttons or want a better battery performance from your headphones, consider the Jabra instead.
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 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. Otherwise, this is a good option if you're looking for a feature-packed wireless mono headset.
If you prefer the fit and feel of an in-ear mono headset, try the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset. While its continuous battery life is much shorter than the BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset, the Plantronics' in-ear fit is more comfortable, stable, and portable. This headset has a very flat and neutral mid-range, so voices are reproduced clearly and accurately. While the boom mic has a sub-par recording quality, speech is still easy to understand. The mic can also separate your voice from background noise so that you're heard clearly in loud environments. The Plantronics also has a companion app that offers customization features related to phone calls, and you can pair it with up to two devices at a time, which is nice if you want to stay connected to both your computer and phone at once.
If you want a headset that offers a better recording quality as well as a longer continuous battery life, go for the BlueParrott. However, if you prefer a more comfortable and portable in-ear fit, take a look at the Plantronics instead.
The Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless are the best earbuds for phone calls with Bluetooth. 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 said on a call, even in louder environments.
These earbuds support multi-device pairing, meaning you can remain connected to your computer and phone at once. They feel well-built and have a flexible silicone neckband that lets you easily store them 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 they have a standby mode to help conserve the charge when not in use, their eight-hour-plus continuous battery life is inferior to the older Sony WI-1000X Wireless, which does a better job of blocking out ambient noise but offers worse mic performance overall. However, these earbuds have a more portable design than traditional call headsets without sacrificing too much on performance, making them the best Bluetooth earbuds for phone calls that we've tested.
If you're looking for more portable and lightweight earbuds, consider the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. Unlike the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless, they lack a companion app and an EQ to tweak their sound to your liking. However, the EarFun have a truly wireless design, which makes them easier to take with you on the go. These comfortable and well-built headphones have an integrated mic, which does a decent job recording your voice, even in moderately noisy environments. They also have active noise cancelling (ANC), and they do a great job of blocking out ambient noise around you. They have a long-lasting continuous battery life of over nine hours, and their carrying case holds roughly 2.5 additional charges if you need it.
Check out the Sony if you're looking for earbuds with better recording quality and a more customizable sound. However, if you're looking for smaller, more lightweight earbuds, try the EarFun instead.
The best budget Bluetooth earbuds for phone calls at a budget level that we've tested are the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless. These small and lightweight in-ears have a mic with an alright recording quality, so your voice sounds clear and easy to understand, although it's a bit thin and lacking detail. They also have a decently comfortable and breathable fit, which is good for long phone calls.
While these headphones have a bass-heavy sound profile, their mid-range is fairly neutral, so speech sounds clear and accurate. They can passively block out a good amount of ambient noise like ambient chatter, which is handy if you're taking calls in a loud office or call center. They have a good build quality that feels solid too, and they're even certified IPX8 for protection against submersion in deep water.
That said, your voice may get drowned out by moderate noise, so if you're on an important call, you may want to take it from a quieter environment. Their battery also delivers just over five hours of continuous playback time, which may not be enough to last through your workday without pausing to recharge them. On the upside, the carrying case supplies about four extra charges, which is handy in a pinch.
Oct 05, 2021: We've checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Aug 06, 2021: Replaced the TOZO NC7 Truly Wireless with the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless and the Jabra Evolve 65t Truly Wireless with the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless as both headphones offer better performances for 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.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth headphones for 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.