We live in an amazing world of convenience. With every new year, technology advances another step forward in its quest to make our lives a little easier. One example of such progress is the Bluetooth headset. No longer are they simply for business professionals. Their uses now go beyond calling and offer up a solid alternative if you want to operate your phone hands-free. You can send messages, and with the right stereo headset, listen to high-quality music wherever you are.
You can still purchase the Mono headset which only makes calls, but if you want something a little more new and fresh, keep reading to see our top picks. As you go down this list, understand that high-end Bluetooth headsets have fairly new tech inside and as such are not very cheap with prices starting around $60 and heading upward.
Motorola Moto Hint
Motorola is one of the few companies that can put cool features in their devices that are more than cheap gimmicks. Thankfully, the Moto Hint is no exception. This device is nothing more than an earbud with all of the best features around. Boasting loud speakers with CrystalTalk Noise Canceling tech, you’ll be able to listen to music or call your friends with no outside interference. The most impressive part about the Moto Hint is that it has an AI system that allows you to directly ask questions or get information as needed. Then when you’re ready to make a call, simply touch your finger to it. Included with the Moto Hint is a charging case that gives an extra 8 hours of charge for those long road trips. Overall, this is a device that belongs in the future, but for $89.00, you can bring it to the present.
Sennheiser Bluetooth Headset
Sennheiser knows that when operating a Bluetooth headset, sound clarity is key, and they’ve pulled out all the stops. While this is the most expensive headset on the list, the quality more than makes up for the $138.56 price tag. Fitted with the famous HD Sennheiser sound tech, you’ll be sure to hear all your calls and music with the utmost clarity. Even the people on the other line get some enhanced clarity as well. The Sennheiser is fitted with 3 digital microphones for optimal sound detection. Couple that with Wind Safe and Active Guard tech, and you’ll never have to worry about wind feedback or acoustic shock. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Jabra Stealth Headset
Despite the other premium entries on this list, you can still get a solid headset for a lot less money. This is where the Jabra Stealth comes in. This headset sports a compact and sleek design due to the microPOWER tech that lies inside. It is also fitted with Noise Blocking and HD Voice quality, as well as a music streaming capability. Furthermore, this headset can even pair with two devices at the same time, though I’m not entirely sure what the use behind that would be. Easily the greatest thing about the Jabra is its tracking functionality that can tell you where to find your phone if ever you lose or misplace it. That’s something everyone needs these days. All these features can be yours for $63.11 on Amazon, and that’s a steal in my opinion.
Plantronics Explorer 500
Plantronics’ goal with the Explorer 500 is not only to provide an excellent headset experience but to also rid the need of headphones of any sort. On top of the typical call and text functionality, the Explorer comes fitted with GSMA certified HD Voice, noise canceling, and wind protection technology. You’ll have no problem listening to your mom on your way to Thanksgiving dinner or listening to Onerepublic’s new album on the go. Furthermore, the Explorer 500 is also capable of handling voice commands with Siri, Google Now, and Cortana altogether, so this would also make a great gift for that iPhone or Android user in your family. If all of this sounds enticing to you, the Explorer can be purchased for $50.00 on Amazon or $59.99 on the Plantronics website.
Plantronics Voyager 5200
If Plantronics can create a quality device that sells for only $60, imagine what they could create at twice the selling point. The glorious result of this is the Plantronics Voyager 5200. While it does cost around $120, the amazing design and features justify that price of entry. Foundationally, the Voyager 5200 supports a lot of the same features that the Explorer 500 does, such as smartphone AI, HD Voice, noise canceling, and wind protection. However, those features are much more improved this time around. Instead of your average wind protection, the Voyager sports six layers of Windsmart tech to almost completely negate the effects of outside noise. On top of that, the Voyager is equipped with Smart Sensors that detect whether or not it’s in your ear, and directs the audio accordingly. Couple all of that with a companion app that will help you locate the device if you lose it; and the Voyager becomes on the best choices for a Bluetooth headset.
Jawbone believes in compactness and making sure that the comfort of the wearer comes first. The ERA is proof of this. Being their smallest Bluetooth headset yet, Jawbone has designed it with the contour of the human ear in mind. With headsets of this caliber, it has all of the features you would expect on board: HD audio, smartphone AI, and a neat companion app. When it comes to noise cancellation, though, Jawbone takes a different approach. The ERA is fitted with NoiseAssassin 4.0, a military-grade noise canceling technology. Once you begin speaking, the headset picks up on it and blocks out all other noises by focusing on yours. It’s an interesting way to create clarity, but it works incredibly well. The ERA is currently available on Amazon for $69.50.
Those were our picks for the best Bluetooth headsets, but we want to hear from you guys as well! What is your favorite Bluetooth headset? Do you currently use one? Let us know down in the comments!