In the last few years, mobile technology has come a very long way – adding new features and technology that we had never even dreamed of. These innovations have only made life easier in a multitude of ways. However, in the face of all of these mobile innovations, the simple act of talking on the phone has gone largely unchanged over the last decade. Luckily, there is a solution. The best Bluetooth headsets go a long way to relieving a lot of the headaches and hassles that go hand-in-hand with talking on the phone in 2018. Plus, most of the headsets on this list won’t even require you to ever even reach into your pocket.

Regardless of what you’re trying to do, no matter what task you have at hand, there will be a Bluetooth headset that will make you actually enjoy talking on the phone again – even if you’re working. Even if that classic plastic shape protruding from your face doesn’t fit your style, you can pick up some of the best Bluetooth headphones that function in a similar manner. These will be much better suited to actually listening to music in between calls as well. But regardless, the best Bluetooth headsets are still one of the easiest and most convenient ways to talk on the phone.

The best Bluetooth headsets may make phone calls easier and less of a hassle, but finding a great headset can in itself become a bit of a pain. The market is absolutely saturated with imitations and knockoffs, and even if some devices may appear similar, their features and functionality can vary wildly. But don’t worry, we here on the TechRadar editorial team have taken the liberty of showing off the best Bluetooth headsets that we’ve tested or reviewed. Each headset on this list has truly earned our seal of approval – so you know they’re worth it.

Best Bluetooth headsets

The Jabra Motion has phenomenal call quality, which is definitely the most important thing that a Bluetooth headset can be good at. The sound quality isn’t perfect but with motion and environment-sensitive noise-cancelling it performs well even in loud environments. It’s also easy to sync, set up and use. It also has a battery that will last you 7 hours of continuous calls, so even during a busy day of work, it won’t let you down. The Jabra Motion might come with a pretty high asking price, but it’s a small price to pay for all of these great features. Just make sure to try it on before you buy, as despite being adjustable for size and wearable on either ear it won’t be a perfect fit for everyone. 

Best Bluetooth headsets

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is getting on a bit but it’s still one of the very best Bluetooth headsets around. It’s designed with comfort in mind, so you can wear it for extended periods without it bothering you and it sits securely in place too, so it won’t fall off. It’s also completely hands free, as caller ID will announce the name of whoever is calling you and you can simply say “answer” to take the call. Its noise-cancelling is effective even in busy environments and multiple microphones ensure strong voice quality, for a great all-round Bluetooth headset.

Best Bluetooth headsets

Plantronics simply makes phenomenal Bluetooth headsets, which is why it should come as no surprise that this isn’t the first Plantronics headset to make it on the list of the best Bluetooth headsets, and it certainly won’t be the last. The Plantronics Voyager Edge is built to be compact and discreet, but there is a huge amount of tech built into this tiny package, including three microphones and a boom arm for stellar voice quality. Like the Voyager Legend the Edge also supports voice commands (with multiple language support) and it’s smart enough to know when you’re wearing it, so if you put it on when you get a call it will automatically come through on it. NFC makes for quick and simple pairing and it does a great job of cancelling out background noise. Its small size does mean its battery life isn’t exactly on the same level as some competitors, but at six hours of talk time it’s still very passable. 

Best Bluetooth headsets

The Plantronics Voyager Edge may be small, but the Jawbone Era is tiny, so if you really don’t want it to be obvious that you’re wearing a Bluetooth headset this is the one to go for. Not only is it small, but it also fits snugly in your ear and is in no danger of falling out. You could even wear it while jogging. Then there’s NoiseAssassin, which cleverly detects vibrations in your skin, so it can tell the difference between you talking and the background noise, enabling it to completely mute everything around you. It’s clever stuff, though it occasionally has issues staying in contact with your skin, and like the Voyager Edge the battery life isn’t the best.

  • This product is only available in the US at the time of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Plantronics Voyager Edge 

Best Bluetooth headsets

The Plantronics Marque 2 isn’t as feature packed as some headsets on our best Bluetooth headset list, but it gets the basics right and does a bit more besides. It’s small, comfortable to wear and can last for up to seven hours of calls, which is a great start. It can also be used to deliver voice prompts from GPS apps, can be connected to two devices simultaneously and features noise-cancelling technology, though it’s not quite as good at this as some rivals. It’s not overly stylish and sound quality is good but not great, but with such an affordable price tag it’s a very solid buy.

  • This product is only available in the US at the time of this writing. UK and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Plantronics Voyager Edge 

Best Bluetooth headsets

The Plantronics M55 is a truly budget headset, but you get a lot for your money. While it doesn’t have a premium build it’s perfectly comfortable to wear, it supports voice commands for truly hands-free use and the sound quality is good, especially when aided by the built in noise-cancelling tech. The M55 also has a DeepSleep mode which activates when it’s separated from a paired smartphone for 90 minutes and leaves it with up to five months of battery life, but simply bring your phone within range and it will quickly wake up again.

Best Bluetooth headsets

With a talk time of over eight hours the Jabra Wave is a Bluetooth headset which just keeps going and going, making it a great choice if you’re going to be away from a charger for an extended period. Its fairly large size means it’s not the most discreet of headsets, but it’s a worthwhile trade-off for all that battery life. It also features strong audio quality and is good at suppressing noise, especially wind. Add to that easy pairing and the ability to connect it to two devices at once and the Jabra Wave is a good option.

  •  This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Jabra Motion 

Best Bluetooth headsets

With excellent call quality and the ability to pair it with both a smartphone and a PC simultaneously the Jabra Supreme UC is an effective and versatile headset. You can switch between sources by holding the end call button for two seconds and that allows you to almost seamlessly switch between using it for a phone call or other services like Skype and Google Hangouts. The faux-leather ear pad makes it comfortable to wear, though isn’t quite as secure as in-ear headsets and it features great call quality and effective noise-cancelling, along with voice controls for just about everything, so it really is the complete package.

  •  This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Jabra Motion 

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