If you're out and about listening to headphones and someone calls, it's much more convenient to 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.
Keep in mind that there are some limitations to Bluetooth. This technology uses Bluetooth profiles, which are 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 370 Bluetooth headsets; 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 earbuds for phone calls with Bluetooth that we've tested are the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless. Unlike most truly wireless or wireless over-ear headphones, neckband headphones have an in-line mic that places the mic closer to your mouth. It results in a decent overall performance, ensuring that whoever you're talking to hears you clearly.
These headphones support multi-device pairing, which is great if you want to stay connected to your PC and smartphone at the same time. The in-line controls make it easy to quickly answer calls or play and pause audio. They also have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system that can help block out noise like office chatter. While their sound profile is slightly dark, you can customize them to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They also last 8.6 hours continuously and have a standby mode to help conserve battery life when you're not using them.
While the mic has a decent recording quality, it has some trouble separating your voice from moderate background sound. If you're calling from a busy street, your voice can be drowned out. Their silicone neckband can also snag long hair, which can be uncomfortable. If you prioritize microphone performance from your headphones, they're worth checking out.
If you prefer a truly wireless design, the best earbuds for phone calls we've tested are the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless. This design is great if you want to take calls on the go and want lightweight, portable, and discrete headphones. The trade-off is that unlike most of the other options on this list, their integrated design sits further away from your mouth due to their design.
Even though their mic isn't very close to your mouth, it can capture your voice fairly clearly. It can also separate your voice from ambient noise well, which is great if you're taking a call from a busy street. The headphones also have a fairly neutral mid-range, so speech sounds natural. If you want to use them to listen to music, they have a slightly boomy sound that you can adjust to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets.
Unfortunately, they have a bulky design that may not be very comfortable if you have small ears. Their design can also cause fatigue during long listening sessions. Their 5.1-hour continuous playback time may not last through long days on the go either. Luckily, their carrying case holds roughly two extra charges if you need it.
The best Bluetooth headset we've tested is the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. You may prefer an over-ear design if you value comfort and high noise isolation as they have noise cancelling and well-padded ear cups that completely cover your ears. They also have an integrated mic on their ear cup, ensuring that speech recorded sounds clear and natural. If you're talking in a noisy environment, the mic can separate your voice from moderate background sounds.
If you get distracted by coworkers talking near you, these over-ears have an ANC system that does an exceptional job blocking out sound like ambient chatter. They last over 20 hours continuously, and their auto-off timer can help conserve battery life should you forget to turn them off. You can also pair them with your PC and your smartphone at the same time, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ if you want to adjust their slightly warm sound profile to suit your tastes.
Unfortunately, some users have reported a drop in audio and mic quality when taking conference calls via their computers. However, this is normal. One of the limitations of Bluetooth is that you have to switch to a Bluetooth profile like HSP or HPF if you want full compatibility. These profiles have lower audio and mic quality than A2DP, which is a basic one-way profile with higher audio quality. However, if you're looking for versatile Bluetooth over-ears that you can use for taking calls, they're a solid choice.
If you want headphones with controls that are easier to use, you may prefer the Jabra Evolve2 85 Wireless. They have a worse noise isolation performance than the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless, but they have physical buttons on their ear cups, which you may prefer to touch-sensitive controls. There are also voice prompts for most actions, meaning it's easy to know when a command has been registered. You have access to more helpful functions for calls since you can flip up the mic to mute it and hold down both volume buttons to activate a busy signal, so people around you know you're on a call. The mic has a very good recording quality and does a decent job of separating your voice from ambient sound. Unfortunately, the headphones struggle to block out bass-range noise, so they aren't ideal for taking calls in noisy settings like a busy street or subway station.
If you want the headphones that are better-suited for phone calls in noisy environments, go for the Bose, but try the Jabra instead if you want an easier-to-use control scheme.
The best mono Bluetooth headset for phone calls that we've tested is the BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset. This kind of design allows you to keep one ear open so you can hear what's going on around you. It also has a boom mic that sits very close to your mouth, ensuring that speech sounds clear and natural, even in a noisy environment.
The battery lasts for about 24 hours of continuous use from a single charge, so you shouldn't need to recharge it every day. The headset rotates, meaning you can wear it on either ear, and it has low latency with mobile devices. It also offers multi-device pairing, so you can answer your phone and stay connected to your computer without repairing it. While it has a somewhat uneven treble response, the mid-range response is very neutral, so vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly.
Unfortunately, wearing it for longer periods can put pressure on the top of your ear, which can get uncomfortable after a while. Its build is plasticky and a bit flimsy-feeling, although the headset is rated IP54 for dust and water resistance. If you're looking for a wireless mono headset for calls, it's worth considering.
If you're looking for an in-ear mono headset, you may prefer the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset. While it has a shorter continuous battery life than the BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset, its in-ear design makes it more portable as well as more comfortable and stable. The boom mic has a sub-par recording quality, but your voice is still easy to understand over the phone. It also has an excellent noise handling performance, so you're still audible if you take a call from a noisy place. The headset has fantastic mid accuracy, so voices also reproduce clearly. Its app offers customization features related to phone calls, and it supports multi-device pairing, which is nice if you like to stay connected to your phone and work computer at the same time.
If you're looking for a headset with a better mic recording quality or a very long continuous battery life, go for the BlueParrott, but consider the Plantronics instead if you prefer an in-ear fit.
The best Bluetooth earbuds for phone calls at the 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, 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, 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.
Mar 25, 2022: There have been minor changes to the text for clarity and accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Jan 17, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Dec 16, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to recommendations.
Nov 16, 2021: Replaced the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless with the Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless as the 'Truly Wireless Alternative' to the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless because they may be difficult to find available.
Oct 05, 2021: We've checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
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.