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The 7 Best Earbuds & Bluetooth Headsets For Phone Calls - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jul 03, 2024 at 09:11 am
Best Bluetooth Headsets For Calls

These days, almost every pair of headphones has a built-in microphone and call controls, so it's easier than ever to talk on the phone hands-free wherever you are. However, not all headphone mics are made equal. Recording quality and noise handling differ greatly between different manufacturers and models. The best headsets for calls make your voice sound clear, detailed, and natural while also keeping it separated from ambient background noise.

We've tested over 475 Bluetooth headsets, and these are our top picks for the best Bluetooth wireless headsets for phone calls. 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're mainly focusing on regular Bluetooth headphones with good microphones instead. Also, check our recommendations for the best earbuds with a mic and the best Bluetooth headphones we've tested.


  1. Best Bluetooth Headset For Phone Calls

    The best Bluetooth headset for phone calls we've tested is the Bose QuietComfort Headphones Wireless. Their integrated mic performs well, with very good noise handling performance, so your voice sounds clear and natural, even if you're calling from a noisier environment. Thanks to their ANC system, these headphones also do an exceptional job blocking background noise, like chatty coworkers, which is handy if you work in a noisy office. If you need to take calls throughout the day, their battery lasts over 25 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 sound profile. 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. Their flip-out boom mic reproduces the fullness in your voice a bit better, and thanks to their dedicated control scheme for Teams and UC software, they're also well-suited for call centers and remote work. However, they're more expensive and don't reduce ambient noise, as well as the Bose. They also frequently go in and out of stock on Amazon, though they're often available directly from the manufacturer or smaller retailers.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the Bose. 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 Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless are a more affordable alternative to our top pick. They're hybrid headphones designed for both casual and gaming use, which sets them apart from other headphones on this list. Don't let their gamer-centric features deter you: their integrated mic offers decent overall performance, and they're not decked out with flashing RGB lights, so they pass the office-appropriate test. While their ANC system doesn't block out as much overall ambient noise as the Bose QuietComfort Headphones Wireless, their integrated microphone recording quality is a little better, struggling a bit to separate your voice from noisy environments like busy offices. That said, their battery lasts longer than the Bose, with over 34 hours of continuous playback time to last you 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 to your liking using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. In addition to their Bluetooth connectivity, they also come with a wireless USB dongle that lets you stay connected to your PC and smartphone simultaneously. While they have a comfortable fit, there are better options for all-day wear, like the Jabra Elite 85h Wireless, which have a lighter, more comfortable fit and are better padded than the Razer. They have a similar overall mic performance to the Razer, but their ANC system doesn't block out as much external noise.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the Barracuda Pro. 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

    At the mid-range price point, the Sony ULT WEAR Wireless are the best wireless headphones for making calls we've tested. Their integrated mic has decent recording quality, but your voice lacks a touch of airiness and can sound a little closed off. Fortunately, the mic does a great job of separating your voice from ambient sound, so your voice isn't drowned out if you make a call from a busy street. Their ANC feature also does an impressive job of blocking out noise, particularly sounds like rumbling engines, so you can hear calls even in loud environments.

    Out of the box, their inconsistent treble range can render sibilants either piercing or dull, depending on their pitch, though you can always customize their response via the graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. While they don't support USB audio like the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless, they still support multi-device pairing, so you can answer your phone and attend an online meeting on your computer without re-pairing.

    If you want to save a little money, consider the Anker Soundcore Space Q45 Wireless. Though their microphone recording quality isn't as good as the Sony, their noise isolation performance is similarly amazing, and they're usually cheaper. Still, the cheaper price comes at a cost, and the Anker's battery life of 27 hours is much shorter than the Sony's 44 hours.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the ULT WEAR. 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 Calls

    The JBL Tune 760NC Wireless are the best budget Bluetooth headsets for calls we've tested. These headphones don't have the same excellent noise isolation performance as the Sony ULT WEAR Wireless, so they aren't as useful in noisy areas. However, their integrated mic has a slightly better recording quality, so your voice sounds natural, clear, and understandable over the phone. While the mic struggles to separate your voice from loud noises like the sound of a passing train, taking calls in a moderately noisy place like an office is no problem. They're not quite as comfortable or well-built as the Sony but they are still decently well-built and comfortable enough for long durations.

    Unlike the previous picks, they don't have a companion app or sound customization features. Fortunately, they reproduce voices clearly and accurately out of the box, so their sound is already suitable for phone calls. The headphones have a long, roughly 40-hour continuous battery life, so you don't need to worry about charging them daily. They also support multi-device pairing, so you can stay connected with your phone and computer simultaneously, which is great if you field calls on both.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the Tune 760NC 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

  5. Best Cheap Bluetooth Headset For Phone Calls

    The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Wireless are the best headphones for calls in the cheap range we've tested. These headphones are a good low-cost alternative to the JBL Tune 760NC Wireless since they have a similarly comfortable fit and a good overall mic performance. Their mic makes your voice sound clear and understandable, but it doesn't separate your voice from ambient sound as effectively as the JBL. As such, these headphones aren't as well-suited for making calls in a busy office.

    Their ANC feature blocks out much more noise than the JBL. While it isn't the best at reducing bass-range noise, like rumbling engines, it still does a good job reducing higher-pitched sounds like background conversations. 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 also have a long continuous battery life of around 32 hours, so you don't need to recharge them daily. Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device pairing and lack an auto-off timer to save power when not in use.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the 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

  6. 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 can 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 put pressure on the top of your ear, though, making it uncomfortable during long drives.

    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. 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

  7. 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 on the market, these are connected with a neckband, allowing you to wear them around your neck when not in use. It makes them less compact and portable than most earbuds, but it allows their in-line mic to sit closer to your mouth than TWS earbuds' integrated mics can. As a result, 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 passing train.

    The neckband is flexible and feels light. While the earbuds themselves aren't the most comfortable, there are several differently-sized ear tips, including some memory foam options. They 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, which is great for long days at the office.

    You can check out our recording to hear what speech sounds like through the Sony. 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 and best earbuds for phone calls articles for more recommendations!

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Audeze Maxwell Wireless: The Audeze Maxwell Wireless are designed with gaming in mind, but their dedicated boom mic does a noteworthy job of capturing speech, and their battery lasts an impressive 77 hours. While it's expected that a boom mic will typically outperform an integrated mic, you can remove the boom when you leave the office for a more covert look. However, these are much bulkier than the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless and lack an ANC to filter out your environment. See our review
  • Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones Wireless: The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones Wireless are very similar to the Bose QuietComfort Headphones Wireless. Their microphone has a slightly better recording quality, so your voice sounds natural. However, they don't have an inline microphone, and their integrated mic is much less useful in noisy environments. They also cost more. 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
  • Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless: The Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless are ANC headphones with 27 hours of continuous playback time and multi-device pairing. They do a very slightly better job separating your voice from moderate background noise. However, they aren't as comfortable as the Bose QuietComfort Headphones Wireless, and their mic's recording quality is worse. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 03, 2024: The Bose QuietComfort Headphones Wireless replaced the Bose 700 Headphones Wireless as our main pick, as the Bose 700 have been discontinued and are hard to find in stock online. The Sony ULT WEAR Wireless replaced the Anker Q45 as our mid-range pick because of their superior microphone recording quality. We also edited some text for clarity and consistency.

  2. Apr 26, 2024: The picks haven't changed, but we've added the Audeze Maxwell Wireless and Bose QuietComfort Headphones Wireless to the Notable Mentions and made minor text edits.

  3. Mar 01, 2024: While our product picks haven't changed, we've made some edits to the text for clarity and consistency.

  4. Jan 10, 2024: We've added the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  5. Nov 13, 2023: We've made minor updates to the products and checked that the products are in stock.

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.