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 reviewed any yet, so in this article, we'll look at regular Bluetooth headphones that have a good enough mic to use for phone calls.
We’ve reviewed nearly 200 Bluetooth headsets so far, and below you’ll find our top picks for the best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls. Also check our recommendations for the overall best wireless Bluetooth headphones, the best earbuds with a mic, and the best wireless gaming headsets we've tested so far.
The best Bluetooth headset for phone calls that we've tested so far is the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless. These very comfortable wireless over-ears are designed for productivity, with a lot of work put into their microphone performance. It shows, as these headphones have the best quality microphone that we've ever tested on a pair of Bluetooth headphones. They also look and feel very premium and well-made, and their touch-sensitive buttons give you access to a ton of controls. Their battery lasts nearly 21 hours, which is great, and Bose advertises 3.5 hours of playback on a 15-minute charge.
While your voice will still sound relatively thin when on calls, it has more depth and fullness than most Bluetooth microphones, so you'll be clear and easy to understand. The noise handling of the microphone is also remarkable for an integrated microphone, and the person on the other end of the line should be able to hear you clearly, even in fairly noisy environments. These headphones also feature an outstanding ANC feature which does a great job of effectively blocking out background noises.
Unfortunately, their sound profile isn't quite as accurate and well-balanced as other Bose headphones, though they should still be versatile enough for a wide range of genres and content. They also have a motion-sensitive auto-off timer that automatically turns the headphones off after 10 minutes of no motion; this can't be disabled, which could be an issue for some people.
If you want a pair of over-ears for phone calls that have easier to use controls, get the Jabra Elite 85h. Their microphone doesn't perform as well as the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless, but their physical controls are easier-to-use, and they have a much longer battery life. They take just under three hours to charge, but they last 34 hours, which is excellent. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is very well-balanced, and, unlike the Bose, their companion app gives access to a graphic EQ. While their integrated microphone isn't as good as the one on the Bose, it still performs fairly well for Bluetooth headphones, and your voice should be clear and understandable. Unfortunately, your voice will get lost in noisy environments.
If you want the best microphone possible on a pair of Bluetooth over-ears, get the Bose, but if you prefer physical controls and a longer battery, but still want a decent microphone, go for the Jabra.
The best Bluetooth headset for phone calls with an earbud design that we've tested so far is the Jabra Elite 65e. These wireless in-ears are quite comfortable and their neckband design means you can easily raise the microphone closer to your mouth if you're in a noisy environment. They feel durable and stable in the ear and support multi-device pairing, so you can easily switch between your phone and work PC.
Their integrated microphone is quite decent for Bluetooth headphones, and your voice will sound decently full-bodied and understandable. The noise handling of the microphone is also decent, and even in moderately loud environments, your voice shouldn't get completely lost in the background noise. The sound profile of the headphones is somewhat bass-heavy, but their companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ so you can adjust their sound to match your preferences.
Unfortunately, their battery life is a bit short at only 8.5 hours, so you'll likely have to charge them up at the end of every full work day. On the bright side, they pack a great ANC feature that will help block out chatty coworkers in the office, and they have a great control scheme that's decently easy to use.
If you like the ultra-portability of truly wireless headphones, get the Jabra Evolve 65t. They aren't as comfortable as the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless, and their microphone performance isn't quite as good, but their truly wireless design makes them much more portable. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly well-balanced, and their companion app gives you access to a graphic EQ. If you use your headphones for calls while connected to a PC, they come with a UC-certified USB dongle for PC to help with their mic performance and they're even available in a model that's optimized for plug-and-play use with Microsoft Skype for Business. Unfortunately, like with most truly wireless headphones, their microphone performance is only okay, and your voice will likely sound thin and difficult to hear in even moderately loud environments.
If you want more comfortable Bluetooth in-ears with a better microphone, get the Elite 65e, but if you prefer the extreme portability of truly wireless headphones, go for the Evolve 65t.
The best wireless Bluetooth headset for phone calls in the budget category that we've tested so far is the Samsung U Flex Wireless. These neckband style in-ears are decently comfortable and feature easy-to-use controls on the neckband itself. The integrated microphone is also built into the neckband, making it easy to move the mic closer to your mouth in noisy environments.
The recording quality of the microphone is quite decent, and while your voice will be slightly muffled, it will be fairly detailed and easy to understand. Its noise handling is only decent, but again, thanks to their neckband design, you can lift the mic closer to your mouth in loud situations. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is decently well-balanced and should be suitable for a fairly wide range of genres.
Unfortunately, while they have a dedicated companion app that is full of features including a graphic EQ, presets, room effects, and more, these features are only available when used with a Samsung device. While the app is available for other Android devices, it's nearly useless and provides almost no additional features.
04/02/2020: 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.