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 290 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.
The 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 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 best wireless Bluetooth earbuds for phone calls that we've tested are the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless. These comfortable, well-built headphones have a neckband design with in-line controls that make it easy to answer and end your phone calls. Also, their ANC feature offers impressive noise isolation, so you aren't distracted by background noises during your calls.
They come with an in-line microphone that have a decent recording quality, so your voice should be full-bodied and understandable to whoever's on the other end of the line. The mic also does a decent job separating your voice from background noises, so you can make calls even if you're in a noisy setting. Using the Jabra Sound+ app, you can control the ANC feature and also the microphone settings, which is nice.
Unfortunately, they have a bass-heavy, slightly dark sound profile out-of-the-box, so you may need to use the graphic EQ in their companion app to adjust their sound profile if you prefer a more neutral sound. Also, their neckband design isn't as portable as truly wireless earbuds, and it may not be for everyone. That said, if you're looking for a versatile pair of earbuds for making phone calls, they're a solid choice.
The best wireless Bluetooth headset for phone calls in the budget category that we've tested are the Jaybird Tarah. These well-built, stable in-ears support multi-device pairing, which makes it easy to switch from listening to music on your laptop to answering a call on your phone. They don't have an ANC feature, but they still do a decent job blocking out background noises so you can focus on your call.
These in-ears have an in-line microphone with decent recording quality, so your voice sounds natural to whoever's on the other end of the line. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, so you can crank up the volume without really bothering those around you. Also, thanks to their neutral sound profile, they're well-suited for listening to lots of different types of audio content, and they even have a parametric EQ and presets so you can customize their sound.
Unfortunately, the microphone struggles to separate your voice from background noises, so they aren't the best choice for taking phone calls in noisy settings like a busy train station. Also, their in-ear design may not be comfortable for everyone. Fortunately, they come with several different sizes of ear gels to help you find the best possible fit.
Nov 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.
Sep 11, 2020: Moved the Jaybird Tarah Wireless from 'Notable Mentions' to 'Best Budget Bluetooth Headset for Calls' to replace the Samsung U Flex Wireless.
Jul 14, 2020: Added Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset as 'Best Mono Bluetooth Headset for Phone Calls'.
May 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.