Best Bluetooth headsets of 2023: top picks for hands-free conference calls and home working

PRICE
VERDICT
REASONS TO BUY
REASONS TO AVOID
VERDICT
REASONS TO BUY
REASONS TO AVOID
Best Bluetooth Headset
(Image credit: Shutterstock.com / metamorworks)
Editor's Note: January, 2023

 We've found that this buying guide is in need of some TLC. While two of our initial picks for great Bluetooth headsets (the Plantronics Voyager 5200 and the Jabra Stealth) are still in production, we've had to remove several entries from this guide that aren't. We'll be updating this guide very soon with our latest picks for the best Bluetooth headsets right now, but in the meantime, those remain our best recommendations. Thank you for your patience.
Luke Hughes, Graduate Junior Writer

If you're looking for the best Bluetooth headsets available today, you've come to the right place. Bluetooth headsets remain incredibly useful tools, especially if you're still working from home, or have switched to a more hybrid way of work. Many of us use our phones more than ever for everything from staying in touch with our colleagues to video calling team mates, as well as friends and family.

Bluetooth headsets can help you work more comfortably while making and receiving phone calls, so it's well worth investing in one. However, there's a huge amount of choice out there, so how can you pick the best one for your needs? The good news is that we're here to help. 

The Bluetooth headsets on this page have been chosen thanks to their top-notch audio and recording quality. They all feature noise cancellation features that allow you to be heard even when you're using them in noisy environments. 

We've compared these Bluetooth headsets across numerous factors, from their build quality and design to their battery life and fit. We've evaluated their noise cancellation quality, microphone clarity, and control button usefulness. And finally, we've analyzed their Bluetooth capabilities and strength, pricing, among other things. 

No matter if you're in a car or at your desk, one of these will allow you to enjoy the benefits of hands-free calling. When compiling this list, we picked devices that make taking calls quick, easy and safe, whether you're driving, using equipment or typing on a keyboard.


The best Bluetooth headsets of 2023 in full:

Why you can trust TechRadar Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Shot of the Plantronics Voyager 5200 headset with microphone arm extended

Plantronics Voyager 5200 headset

1. Plantronics Voyager 5200

Great Bluetooth headset for work and play

Specifications

Weight: 2kg
Battery life: 7 hours
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.1

Reasons to buy

+
Sweatproof
+
Caller ID

Reasons to avoid

-
Pricey

The Plantronics Voyager 5200 is one of the very best Bluetooth headsets around, from a brand name that's well respected when it comes to headsets. It's designed with comfort in mind, so you can wear it for extended periods without it bothering you. It also sits securely in place, so it won't fall off. 

Although the buttons on the headset are useful during calls, it's 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.

The noise-cancelling is effective even in busy environments, and multiple microphones ensure strong voice quality, and a great all-round Bluetooth headset. It's also coated in sweat proof material, giving it a ruggedness that other Bluetooth headsets lack.

The headset's companion app also features plenty of customizations for phone calls, so you can set things up the way you like them. 

Jabra Stealth Bluetooth headset on a white background

Jabra Stealth Bluetooth headset

2. Jabra Stealth

Well designed Bluetooth headset that's small and stylish

Specifications

Weight: 7.9g
Battery life: 6 hours
Wireless range: 10m
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4

Reasons to buy

+
Comfortable
+
Nice design

Reasons to avoid

-
Volume control is fiddly

The Jabra Stealth is one of the nicest designed Bluetooth headsets in our roundup, and not only does it look good, it also feels comfortable to wear, being as light as it is. The Stealth isn't quite as small and unnoticeable as its name suggests, but it's very technically impressive, so we'll let it slide.

The sound quality here is excellent, and it does a good job of limiting background noise picked up by its mic as well. This is definitely a Bluetooth headset worth investing in if you rely on voice-free calls. 

The Bluetooth headset comes with six ear cushions and two ear hooks so that you can experiment till you find the most secure and comfortable fit for your ears.

How to choose the best Bluetooth headsets for you?

When choosing the best Bluetooth headsets for yourself, think about the way you take phone calls. You'll want a headset that boasts a large battery if you're on calls for long hours daily. A larger battery will keep the device running longer, increasing the product's overall lifespan. 

Check whether a headset offers noise cancellation. If you're frequently taking calls in noisy places, then you'll want one with powerful noise isolation. It'll also need to feature a robust microphone that can separate your voice from the background and ensure the receiver hears you clearly. 

Then, check the type of fit that it offers. Some headsets will come with different ear tip sizes for a more customized fit. 

Lastly, consider features such as Bluetooth range, voice assistant integration, the control buttons, and the number of devices the headset can connect to simultaneously.

The best Bluetooth headsets: How we test

We've assessed these Bluetooth headsets by several criteria, starting with their audio quality on calls. We've also checked their battery lives, noise cancellation quality, microphone clarity, and fit. 

If the headset wasn't offering a secure or comfortable fit, we checked if it came with extra ear tips and hooks of varying sizes. We checked the tactile control buttons on the headsets and how seamless they made the call receiving process. If the buttons helped to control media, we noted that down too. 

Lastly, we looked at voice assistant integration, the Bluetooth's range, and the pricing, among other aspects. 

Collin Probst
B2B Hardware Editor, TechRadar Pro

Collin is the B2B Hardware Editor for TechRadar Pro. He has been in journalism for years with experience in both small and large markets including Gearadical, DailyBeast, FutureNet and more.


With contributions from