In a world where voice communication plays a vital role in our daily lives, and thanks to the ever-growing need to stay connected, Bluetooth headsets are getting more and more popular every passing day. There are some advantages these headsets share over their wired counterparts. One of being that they enable you to get rid of tangled mess those wired headphones or headsets create.
While many purists might tell you that the wired headsets are always a better choice, many professionals as well as casual consumers are shifting to Bluetooth headsets for added flexibility and a hassle free experience.
The market is currently swarming with Bluetooth headsets, every manufacturer is dishing out more and more into the market without even looking at what they’re doing. This might benefit the manufacturer in one way or another but this isn’t really ideal for an average customer who is in the market to buy something useful and doesn’t want to dish out too much or get tangled between having a lot to choose from.
With that said, having a lot to choose from isn’t necessarily a bad thing but when it comes to choosing a Bluetooth headset or any headset for that matters, things get complicated. Because most consumers are looking for a one-time buy and wouldn’t want to spend extra cash again to buy a Bluetooth headset that does justice to the money they’ll spend.
Keeping that in mind, we have penned down a list of 10 best Bluetooth headsets you can buy in 2016. We made sure the list features products that are suitable for users who are budget oriented as well as users who won’t be holding back. So without any further delay, let’s take a look.
10 Best Bluetooth Headsets You should buy in 2016:
Plantronics Voyager Legend – Buy Now
The first in the list is Plantronics Voyager Legend, before we begin, do know that Plantronics has a long history of supplying quality Bluetooth headsets, it’s one of those companies who specifically focus and excel in providing only one type of hardware and Plantronics does an amazing job at this. Although the company is known for having amazing wireless headsets, they are known for providing some brilliant wired headsets that cater to several different consumers.
The Voyager Legend is one of the best offerings from Plantronics, although the price may seem a little steep to some, but once you shed out the money, all you have to experience is a smooth joyride. The wireless headset offers a comfortable fit that can last for a longer time, and one of the best noise-cancellation abilities you can find in a Bluetooth headset. Apart from the functionality, it also offers minimalistic design that doesn’t go too flashy, making it perfect for the corporate world.
The two buttons that sit on the arm are easy to press when the headset is plugged in. However, you might hit them accidentally while plugging the headset into your ears, not a deal breaker at all.
With so much to give, the Voyager Legend only suffers from one subjective issue; the weight might be a bit uncomfortable for some. But then again, the issue only occurs from a person to person and not everyone will be having issues with the weight.
Jawbone Era 2014 – Buy Now
Jawbone is another famous company that started their focus towards the wireless headsets, but have been bringing in some amazing wearable tech. The headset we are going to talk about is the much beloved Jawbone Era 2014. The original one was released back in 2011 and was adored by the consumers and the critics alike. The Jawbone Era made a return in 2014 and it’s been one of the best Bluetooth headsets since then.
Yes, the price might be a bit too high for some, but Jawbone Era gives you the advantage of sophisticated, sharp and stealthier looks and offers an amazing fit that ensures that the headset won’t have any issues with the falling out. Going to more technical sides, the upgrades over the original are subtle but Jawbone Era 2014 leaves no stones unturned when it comes to delivering amazing performance as the voice quality is one of the best we have heard during the testing without any drops or distortions. The comfort level is one of the best we have seen, especially if you plan on wearing these for a longer time.
The few small issues with Jawbone Era are the battery life, the headset lasts only 4 hours when it comes to talk time and it isn’t enough for a lot of people. Last but not the least, the device only has 2 buttons, a power button which will feel small to big hands and a button to answer and calls located on the back side. The good news is that the headset comes with a portable charging cradle that offers 6 hours of extra battery.
Bose Bluetooth Headset Series 2 – Buy Now
When it comes to top-tier audio equipment, a very few can hold a candle against Bose. The company has been in business for a long time and has established itself to be the best in what it does. Bose has been developing amazing audio equipment since 1964; Bose are specifically known for creating top of the line speakers, headphones/earphones. Their headphone lineup even include aviation grade headphones that are used by airline companies around the world.
The Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 is one of the best offerings by the company; it is specially built for people who like to have something make a lot of calls during a day and sometimes listen to music while keeping one ear free. Despite being mono the Bluetooth headset offers an incredible sound quality for its size, Series 2 headset is the best when it comes to delivering fantastic audio quality over the A2DP channel. The comfort level on this headset is truly exceptional and can it can be worn for hours without feeling any issue. The headset also comes with a slew of buttons that include a volume control as well as a multipurpose call button on the top and a simple sliding power button on the top; all the buttons are very easy to access while on the go.
Sadly, the Bose Bluetooth Headset Series 2 manages to bet beaten at a few places. Although subjective, these issues might be a deal-breaker; the headset comes with a steep price and if you think you’ll be getting a lot for the paid price, you’ll be disappointed as the headset only provides few basic features and nothing much.
Plantronics Voyager Edge – Buy Now
Next up is another Bluetooth headset from Plantronics’ Voyager series, this time, it’s the Voyager Edge. A slightly upgraded version of the Voyager Legend, the Edge uses NFC instead of your standard A2DP Bluetooth connection to manage all communications between your device and the headset. The headset comparatively looks better and sleeker than the Voyager Legend but that’s a good thing considering the drastic reduction in the overall size.
Don’t let the size of Voyager Edge fool you; this tiny beast offers a really solid battery life and does come with a wireless charging cradle. Speaking of performance, testing revealed that the headset performs really well under all conditions and has an amazing voice clarity and quality. The headset is surprisingly lightweight and offers a lot of comfort regardless of the time spent wearing it. The headset does come with buttons; there is a volume rocker as well as a key for voice commands, luckily, both buttons are easy to use and won’t cause any hindrances.
Sadly, the Voyager Edge wasn’t that impressive when it came to the range test as the headset only managed to have reception on a smaller range. Last but not the least, if you are going to use it while riding on your motorcycle then you must be warned that the wind resistance isn’t as good.
Overall, the Voyager Edge is the perfect device for professional environment and has a lot to offer to almost every type of consumer.
Jabra Supreme UC – Buy Now
If you are in the market for Bluetooth headsets, it is only fair to say that you are already familiar with the famous company Jabra. They have been making some really amazing Bluetooth headsets that cater to the needs of almost all the consumers in the market. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for something that will serve your musical needs or something sophisticated for your corporate needs. Jabra has you covered.
The Jabra Supreme UC is a must for anyone out there who’s looking to invest in a solid Bluetooth headset. One of the best things about the Supreme UC is that despite being a Bluetooth headset, it can easily double up as a VoIP headset, this is really convenient for people who don’t want to invest in 2 different options that basically will perform the same task. When folded, the headset is rather comfortable, however, once you unfold the mic boom, it can be a task to wear this for a longer period of time. The available buttons are a nice touch, there is voice control button in the middle of the mic boom, a big button to end or answer the call sits on the front face and a volume controller closer to the ear. All the buttons are nicely placed and easy to use.
Although the headset offers a good amount of audio quality, there are some issues that were revealed during the testing, during the calls, the headset failed to deliver a good amount lows, this means that if you are in a crowded are, the headset might not be able to live up to its potential.
Jawbone Icon HD + The Nerd – Buy Now
Icon HD from Jawbone is one of the best and one of the smallest wireless headsets we have encountered. Don’t let the size fool you, folks. The footprint on this baby is really small and despite the form factor, it is one of the most impressive headsets we have had the pleasure to use and easily lives up to the legendary name of Jawbone.
The Nerd comes with a complimentary USB Bluetooth dongle that you can use to connect the Icon HD to your PC, that being said, the overall quality of the Icon HD is amazing for a Bluetooth headset, it doesn’t matter if you are using these with your phone or your PC. The Icon HD is also one of the best looking Bluetooth headset in the market and is quite comfortable thanks to the compact size. The battery of this little baby is respectable enough, the talk time can reach around 5 hours and it takes only 90 minutes to charge it. There is a large button that you can use for answering calls as well answering calls.
While at one hand, the sound quality is great for the size of this headset, however, there are headsets that offer much better sound quality with the same price-tag. Overall, Jawbone Icon HD the Nerd is an amazing wireless headset that has plenty to offer with that tiny size.
BlueAnt Q2 Bluetooth Headset – Buy Now
While the name might seem new to some, BlueAnt has been in the business for quite some time, much like other companies in the list, BlueAnt’s main focus is providing top of the line Bluetooth headsets and though they have some really good wired headsets for music enthusiasts, we are going to talk about the BlueAnt Q2, one of company’s finest Bluetooth headset.
The headset is specifically for people who are looking for a stylish yet minimalistic design, don’t be fooled by its looks, the headset isn’t about the looks only as it is one of the best Bluetooth headsets when it comes to superior voice clarity. BlueAnt also did a great job designing the headset as it is one of the most comfortable ones we have had the chance to use. On top of everything, the Android and Blackberry integration. There is a rather thin multifunction button on the front, and volume keys on the right. Although the buttons are very thin, they offer enough protrusion for easy using. As for the comfort level, the headset manages to be quite comfort for longer times.
Sadly, the otherwise wonderful headset does come with its own set of issues; as compared to the other tested headsets, the Q2 failed to give an impressive noise-cancellation for the price you’ll be paying, despite the Android integration being really solid, the overall experience of the Android app isn’t as smooth as we would like it to be.
Motorola HX550 Universal Bluetooth Headset – Buy Now
Motorola is basically known for making good smartphones, but for those who don’t know, the company is also known for making some really affordable Bluetooth headsets. One of the more famous ones is the Motorola HX550. The headset offers a lot of functionality while keeping the price to performance ratio in check.
There isn’t much to say about the HX550, the product was built with “you get what you pay for” mentality in mind. The HX550 offers a great battery life, and also has one of the best ranges we have seen in a Bluetooth headset. The flip to answer the call is definitely something a lot of people would love. The overall design language of the headset isn’t too flashy and maintains the traditional Motorola logo. There’s a volume rocker that can help you adjust the volume according to your needs.
For the price paid, the headset doesn’t really have many cons to begin with. Some users reported that the flipping open to answer the call feature sometimes failed to work. Otherwise, the headset offered plenty of features in the given price range.
Plantronics Marque 2 M165 – Most Affordable Bluetooth Headset of 2016 – Buy Now
The list continues with another one from Plantronics, this time, it’s the Marque 2 M165. Considering Plantronics’ history, this is one of the cheaper offerings from the company. Luckily, a lower price doesn’t mean a lower performance here. The Marque 2 M165 is an elegant little Bluetooth headset that offers a lot for a small price you pay for it.
It is small in footprint and carries an overall stylish aesthetically pleasing design language, one of the things people really liked about this headset is how it works elegantly with voice commands. This not only makes the whole experience easier but also has a futuristic feel to it. The Marque 2 M165 also happens to be one of the most comfortable headsets we have used. The M165 is also really good when it comes to the buttons; there is a multifunction button on the front, a power button on the top edge and the volume control button as well as a mute button on the bottom edge. Luckily, all these buttons are rather easy to press.
Sadly, the Plantronics Marque 2 M165 doesn’t have a lot to write home about, the transmissions through microphone end up having a brittle feel to them and the overall signature noise-cancellation that Plantronics is known for isn’t there completely. However, these cons still don’t stop the headset to take a spot as one of the best you can buy this year.
Jabra Wave Bluetooth Headset – Buy Now
The last one on our list is Jabra Wave, the Wave from Jabra is on the stylish side of the Bluetooth headsets on the list. The headset is hailed all over the world for its amazing battery life that can span up to 8 hours talk-time, it is one of the best we have experienced in any Bluetooth headset. The Jabra Wave is also known to be really comfortable, especially if you are wearing it for a longer period of time. This was one of the issues users experienced and it’s nice to see Jabra taking notice.
Speaking of the good things about this headset, the sound quality is another good point to look at, although it doesn’t give you the enthusiast level sound, it is loud and clear enough for any scenario. So what does this wonderful piece of technology lack? The Jabra Wave doesn’t offer streaming over the A2DP, and sadly, it might be a bit too large for some as the design language is comparatively larger as compared to what we are used to see in other Bluetooth headsets. The Wave offers a rather comfortable design and can fit on your ear for an entire day without any issues. The Jabra Wave comes with all the necessary set of buttons and they are actually quite easy to use and well placed.
Overall, the Jabra Wave is an impressive Bluetooth headset that will serve your needs for a longer period of time.
Thanks to the versatile and diverse market of wireless headsets, finding the best ones wasn’t too difficult, the main aim of the list was to cover a wireless headset from every possible price-group to help the user make a choice more easily. Obviously, there are some better headsets you can buy but they will demand top-tier cash, something not every user is willing to shed.
The list was mostly dominated by the amazing Plantronics and Jabra headsets that managed to keep their spot and have had an amazing run thanks to the years of hard-work and dedication they have put in their products.
If you think we could have added some more, affordable and better headsets in the list, feel free to let us know in comments below.