Plantronics Explorer 50 Bluetooth Earpiece
Jabra Talk 55 Bluetooth Earpiece
Mpow EM1 Bluetooth Earpiece, V4.1 Wireless Headphones
Bluetooth earpieces have been around for a while now. They’ve been used by business people for years and are an important part of any busy person’s tech arsenal. And there are a lot to choose from. It can be quite daunting when you type it into Google and get faced with the choice of hundreds of different earpieces that seem to have the same features. So, which one should you go for? There’s no easy answer to this. That’s because there are a lot of really high-quality earpieces out there. Fortunately, we’ve cut through the noise and found the 7 best Bluetooth earpieces available. To choose from these you just need to ask yourself a few simple questions. How much do I want to spend? How often am I going to be using it? Will I listen to music on it? Where will I normally use it? If you have the answers to these questions prepared, you should easily find the perfect earpiece for your needs.
The Best Bluetooth Earpiece
The first earpiece on our list is our Best Choice product in this list. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best Bluetooth headset on the market, but that it has the perfect mix of quality, features, and a reasonable price that makes it the best choice for someone who isn’t 100% sure what they want. You might not have heard of Plantronics before, but they have built a strong reputation in the world of headphones, Bluetooth headsets, and gaming headsets. That means they have a specific focus on building this kind of tech and know how to get it right.
Plantronics doesn’t look very remarkable, but it has everything you need for a comfortable and reliable hands-free solution. You get an amazing 11 hours talk time, which makes it one of the best in its class for battery life. Plus, it features a deep sleep mode which means the battery can last up to 3 months. This is really useful for someone who will only use their Bluetooth headset every now and again. To connect to your device, it uses Bluetooth 3.0. This isn’t the latest in Bluetooth technology, but it will still provide a quality and reliable connection.
11 hours talk time
Deep sleep mode
Listen to MP3s and GPS directions
- Weight2.4 ounces
Here’s another great little headset from Plantronics. It’s around $5 cheaper than the first one, but still has an impressive list of features and the overall quality of the product is great. It doesn’t have quite the same amount of battery life as the Explorer 50, but still packs an impressive 7 hours of talk time and the same deep sleep mode that means the battery can last for months. All Plantronics are industry-leaders in battery life, so if you buy from this company, you know you’re it’s going to last.
The whole look of the things is smoother and sleeker than the first earpiece, but that’s really just a matter of personal taste. Both of them are subtle and won’t draw attention to the fact that you’re wearing one. It comes with three optional earbuds (small, medium, and large), which means that you can find the perfect fit for your own ear. Also, the earpiece can fit in either ear, unlike a lot of similar products on the market.
7 hours talk time
Deep sleep mode
Listen to MP3s and GPS directions
Find My Headset
- Weight0.32 ounces
This is the last and most expensive from the Plantronics range. It’s near twice the price of the other two, so you get a lot of extra features for your money. It still uses Bluetooth 3.0, but you get a really great connection. That’s because of Plantronics signature audio, which enhances the audio and makes the voice really clear. One of the biggest changes to this headset is the smart sensor technology, which makes answering calls easier than ever. The technology senses that the headset is being worn and directs calls to it. Then, when you take it out of your ear and place it down, it redirects calls to your phone or device. It also uses the same voice recognition technology so that you can answer your calls hands-free.
The noise-canceling technology is also more advanced. It has three microphones instead of the normal two, which cancels outside noise such as wind and separates your voice. This means you get the clearest possible call quality. The headset is coated in P2i nano-coating technology, so it’s waterproof and resistant to sweat, rain, or coffee spills. That means you can use it in the gym, outside, or in the office. It’s a perfect all-rounder.
7 hours talk time
Smart sensor technology
Listen to MP3s and GPS directions
Find My Headset
- Weight0.64 ounces
The Mpow EM10 is perfect if you’re looking for a budget option. It’s cheaper than any of the other headsets we’ve featured so far. That’s probably because Mpow isn’t a well-known brand, but their tech is still sold. This headset is packed full of features that will definitely make you think twice about spending more. For a start, you get Bluetooth 4.0, which offers improved connectivity and will keep your device connected up to 200 feet away. Amazingly, this headset also has more battery life than the three we’ve looked at already. With 12 hours of talk time and up to 15 hours listening to music, it’s one of the best in the business. However, it doesn’t have the same deep sleep mode, so you’re probably going to have to charge it more often anyway.
It has two noise-canceling microphones, that block outside noise and allows you to focus on your call. Plus, it has small, medium, and large earbuds, like the second Plantronics headset. So, if you are one of those people that find it hard to find the right earphones, this one might be for you. It’s super-lightweight and comes with a handy carry case. But, one of the best things about this headset is the 45-day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with the quality of the product, you can just send it back and get your money back. Plus, it has an 18-month warranty, so if something breaks, you can get another one. You can tell that it isn’t the same quality as the Plantronics headsets, but with so many features, it’s definitely worth considering. Be sure to also check out our list of the best portable bluetooth speakers for more great items like this.
12 hours talk time
45-day money-back guarantee
- Weight0.48 ounces
The Jabra Talk 2 headset is priced at around $25, so it is in direct competition with the mid-range Plantronics headsets. That means it better be impressive if it’s going to stack up. So, how does it fair? Well, for a start it has 9 hours of battery life if you are talking or listening to music. That’s about the same, but you don’t get the deep sleep function that can make the device last for up to three months. If you are one of those people that regularly charge your devices, you should be fine with this headset. It’s certainly got enough battery to last through a normal workday, gym session, or car journey. It comes with multiple different earbuds and uses an ear gel technology that molds to your ear and provides maximum comfort. Put these together and it means that this headset should fit everyone perfectly.
It has a handy little control on the side to turn it on and off. Plus, it features a small LED light that lets you know when it’s connected. Like the rest, it’s compatible with all Android and IOS devices. But the main difference with this headset is that it comes with a corresponding app. This means you can adjust the audio quality, change the language, and make it read out your calendar and text message notifications. This sort of smart technology is only just starting to find its way into the world of Bluetooth headsets, so this is the first chance to get on board and have a truly connected headset. Plus, there is a possibility that the app will be updated and provide even more features to this already impressive headset. The only problem is that this app is only currently available to Android users. Sorry, iPhone fanatics. This makes a perfect gift for music lovers.
9 hours talk time
Multiple earbuds + ear gel tech
App to customize settings
LED Bluetooth light
- Weight2.56 ounces
The second Mpow headset is our Best Value product this week. That’s because it does pretty much the same job as every other headset on this list, but it only costs $17.99. That’s a pretty amazing price for a piece of tech that can make your life this much easier. So, how does it stack up against the more expensive models? The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s a different shape and it’s slightly smaller than traditional earpieces. That means that the microphone picking up your voice is further away from your mouth, but it’s much subtler. In fact, you can barely notice that it’s in the ear. They’ve tackled the microphone problem by featuring an all-around voice pickup microphone. That means that it picks up sound from all directions and stops your voice from sounding muffled.
It only lasts for around 6 hours of talk time on one charge, so you’ll need to keep your charger handy at all times. It still should provide plenty of time to get to and from the office and for an average car journey or gym session. Plus, you get two small USB chargers, so you can keep one in the car and one at the office. The charger works like a dock, which means you don’t have to deal with any annoying wires. Like the other Mpow headset, it comes with multiple earbuds, so you can find the perfect fit for your ear. And, it comes with a handy little carry case. It’s certainly not the most powerful or tech-laden Bluetooth headset on the market, but if you aren’t a heavy user of headsets, it could be the perfect solution for you. Or, it could act as a perfect introduction into the world of Bluetooth headsets – if you’re not sure if you will use it very often, buy this one and try it out. You may also like our selection of the best swimming earphones so check it out!
6 hours talk time
Two USB charging docks
All-around voice pickup
- Weight0.16 ounces
The last Bluetooth headset in our list is the Jabra Talk 55. We’ve chosen it as our Premium Product in this list because it costs nearly $70 and has the stats to back up the price. This isn’t the headset for someone who might take one call a day. This is for busy people that rely on their headset to keep on top of things. Most of the headsets on this list boast of noise-canceling technology, but this one takes it to the next level. It has two noise-canceling microphones as well as an omnidirectional microphone that provides amazing high-definition call quality. This technology really makes a difference when you’re taking calls in a busy or noisy place. Something which busy people have to do all the time.
You get around 10 hours of call time and seven days of standby time. Amazingly, that’s not the best on this list, but it’s still plenty of battery life. It looks a lot better than the cheaper headsets as well. It’s not completely subtle, but it looks really sleek and won’t make you stand out. Aside from the amazing quality of the product, the other thing that really makes this headset amazing is the corresponding app. Like the cheaper Jabra headset, you get a smartphone app that means you can completely customize the settings. You can make it read out your text messages, calendar alerts, and emails, without ever having to touch your phone. Plus, you can use Siri or Google assistant using the microphone on your headset. So basically, you can browse the internet without ever having to touch your device. This is perfect if you do your best thinking in the car or gym. Got a question? Just ask your headset. Sure, this is the most expensive headset on this list by a long way, but if you are serious about your hands-free tech, you won’t be disappointed! Don’t forget to also check our guide to the best workout headphones for more great products like this.
10 hours talk time
App to customize settings
Use Siri & Google Assistant
- Weight4.8 ounces
Bluetooth Earpiece Buying Guide
A lot of Bluetooth earpieces have similar features and prices, so it can be difficult to decide between them. How much battery life are you going to need? Do you need noise cancellation? Will it automatically answer calls when I’m driving? These are all questions you might be asking yourself as you try and find the perfect Bluetooth earpiece. Well, luckily, we’ve created this buying guide to answer those questions and make the whole process that little bit easier.
How We Chose Our Selection of Bluetooth Earpieces
We don’t just pick the products out of thin air. We have a process that helps us determine the best products on the market, so you can be confident when you buy. We are always on the lookout for products with satisfied customers and new products from our favorite trusted brands.
Reviews – You can tell a lot about a product from the customer reviews on marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. Bad reviews can sometimes outline problems that even the manufacturer hadn’t thought of, so this is always a good place for us to start. We make sure that we take a thorough look at a product’s reviews and see how satisfied customers are. We also read expert reviews on other websites. This is another great way of finding out how a product is being received by people in the know. It also gives us a chance to see if we’ve missed anything in our own reviews.
Brand – When it comes to electronics, the brand is very important. That doesn’t mean that you should just go out and buy the newest pieces of tech from a brand like Sony or Apple. But it does mean that you can trust their technology. Well-known brands invest a lot of money in making sure their products are really high-quality.
Features To Look For In Bluetooth Earpieces
Battery Life – The life of the battery is often one of the first things you think about when you buy a new piece of tech. The last thing you want is for it to run out after an hour of use. This is especially important in Bluetooth earpieces. The idea of a Bluetooth earpiece is that you can answer calls, hands-free when you are driving or doing something else that requires your full attention. So, if the battery doesn’t last long enough, there’s really no point in having one. In the world of Bluetooth earpieces, you can expect anything from 6 hours of talk time to around 11 hours, which should provide plenty of battery life, even for those long drives.
Call Quality – If you’re taking a call on your Bluetooth earpiece, you need to be able to hear who you’re talking to. That’s why call quality is so important. The quality of the call will depend on how strong the connection is and how good the microphones and speakers are. A good Bluetooth earpiece should use Bluetooth 3.0 or Bluetooth 4.0, both of which will provide a high-quality connection to your phone.
Noise Cancellation – This sort of technology first came about in aviation, to block out the noise of an airplane or helicopter cockpit. Now though, it is available in all sorts of technology that we can buy on the high street. And this included Bluetooth headsets. Canceling the noise outside of the headset will provide a better-quality call and stop you being distracted by road noise or other annoying sounds.
Design – A Bluetooth headset is another piece of tech to add to your arsenal, so you’re probably going to care about how it looks. All of the earpieces on this list have attractive designs that will look great sat in your ear.