1. Jabra Steels
The Jabra Steels is dust, water and shock-resistant and has a five-year warranty. Cons / It’s too big for people with smaller ears. Verdict / The Jabra Steel is a solid, rugged headset for working in noisy environments. When you open the lid, the battery LED inside the charging case will flash red, yellow, or green to indicate the current battery status of the earbuds. After charging, remove the earbuds from the charging case, and they will turn on and go into pairing mode automatically. Pair the earbuds with your smartphone.
2. Jabra Motion
Our review sample is the basic Jabra Motion. That means it’s a Bluetooth hands-free headset that will connect to any Bluetooth-enabled phone for voice calls. It has physical controls for receiving and ending calls, audio volume and mute. When the Motion did work, it worked well. Its audio quality was good, similar to the Plantronics Voyager 5200. It has a flip-down boom mic that also serves as the device’s on/off switch. The dual mic helps cancel out background noise, and there’s a small voice and mute button on the underside of the mic arm.
3. Plantronics Voyager
The Good Lighter and less bulky than other boom-style headsets, the Plantronics Voyager Legend has superb audio quality and a well-crafted, comfortable design. The Bad of Plantronics Voyager Legend’s big boom mic arm isn’t compact. Its ear tips don’t form a tight audio seal. Press and hold the call control button for 5 or 6 seconds until the light starts flashing red and blue (some models flash red and white). Release the button and set the headset aside. Follow the pairing instructions for your cell phone or other Bluetooth device. If prompted for a passkey, enter 0000 (four zeros).
4. VXi BlueParrott
VXi BlueParrott Reveal scored a 100 percent on the voice quality and noise reduction tests. The charge time is 3.5 hours, which is the longest in our line-up. The VXi BlueParrott Reveal is among the best Bluetooth headsets for call quality, especially in a noisy atmosphere. Just so there is no confusion, this review is about the Blueparrott Xpress Bluetooth headset, and NOT the Expressway version. The main difference between them is that the Xpress has an earpiece that goes inside your ear, while the Expressway does not.
5. Motorola Boom 2
The Motorola Boom 2 isn’t the best Bluetooth headset on the market, but its inexpensive cost, various wearing styles and simple functionality make it a great value if you’re looking for a basic Bluetooth headset. To test the maximum volume levels, we played very loud audio clips through each headset and measured the decibel reading right up against the speaker. The only device we tested with longer talk time is the Sennheiser Presence, which is more expensive than the Boom. The Motorola Bluetooth headset weighs in at nine grams. This isn’t the lightest headset we reviewed, but it is very small. It features a volume rocker and one call button directly over the speaker.
6. Sennheiser Presence
Design-wise, the Sennheiser Presence is a nice-looking device. It’s black and silver and generally unobtrusive. The silver mic slides out, which turns the headset on. The Presence uses a three-microphone system to filter noise out of your calls, including environmental sounds like wind or traffic. The mic offers very strong intelligibility. Using the Voice Memos app on an iPhone 8, we could understand every word we recorded clearly and cleanly. It isn’t the cleanest, crispest sound we’ve ever heard, but the mic does a solid job of zeroing in on your voice so that things sound close despite the lack of a long boom.
The Good the Samsung Level U wireless Bluetooth headphone offers offers a very comfortable fit along with decent sound and battery life (up to 11 hours) in a lightweight, around-the-neck design. It vibrates when a call comes in and has well-placed buttons. The Galaxy Buds pair with both Android and iOS compatible smartphones via Bluetooth connection. Easily switch tracks, take a call or turn up the volume with a touch. Simply open the Galaxy Buds case near your phone or tablet to pair effortlessly.
8. Plantronics Explorer 500
This headset is an excellent value and has a unique charging strap. The Plantronics Explorer 500 is a nice mid-tier headset with fantastic battery life and a comfortable fit. To charge these headsets, simply slide them into the charging base and be sure that the amber light (on the left side of the base) begins flashing. When the amber light becomes solid, the headset is fully charged. If your headset does not turn on (no green light), then your battery has no charge.