The 15 Best Rated Bluetooth Headsets: It’s The Law
If you haven’t heard already, 5 states have already enacted laws to ban cell phone use when driving your car unless you are using a hands free device such as a bluetooth headset enabled phone. The five 5 states are California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York or Washington. It will be illegal to operate a phone while driving without a hands-free headset in many more states to come so this is definitely a good time to get one and avoid the tickets.
But no need to fret, we can help you to avoid making an irrational impulse buy because we’ve scoured the reviews at Amazon, Froogle, CNET and Epinions to bring you a broad-based assessment of the best bluetooth headsets money can buy. The list is sorted from best rated to worst rated, of the best…the creme da la creme! We excluded headsets with high scores from reviewers but negative buyer comments to bring you only the *best*.
- Plantronics Voyager 510 with Multipoint Technology
Simplify your communications with this lightweight and versatile headset. You’ll enjoy all-day wearing comfort, clearer voice transmission and superior sound quality – without wires. And with the optional Deskphone Adapter, your headset transforms into a powerful communication solution for both your office and mobile phone.
[ Froogle : 4/5 - Epinions : 4.5/5 - Amazon : 4.5/5 - Average : 0.86 / Buyer Opinions : 2362 ]
- Samsung WEP200 Black
The Samsung WEP200 is a compact ear-bud headset that fits comfortably in the ear. It’s buttons are easy to press and it has good sound quality. The procudure of pairing a WEP200 with your hand phone is slightly unconventional though, and may be confusing for the first time.
[ CNET : 7.35/10 - Epinions : 4.5/5 - Amazon : 4/5 - Average : 0.7925 / Buyer Opinions : 551 ]
- Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones
The Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones feature an attractive design, user-friendly controls, and solid sound quality. However, the headphones’ ear buds have a tendency to pinch if not set correctly. It has a built-in microphone for making calls.
[ CNET : 6.85/10 - Froogle : 3.5/5 - Epinions : 4/5 - Amazon : 3/5 - Average : 0.694 / Buyer Opinions : 585 ]
- Aliph Jawbone and Jawbone 2
The Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth, and Jawbone 2 headsets have a modern, chic design, and they fit quite comfortably around the ear. Its noise-canceling technology senses vibrations in your jaw to verify that the sound is coming from you. This results in some of the best audio quality available. However this headset has stiff buttons, and does not have a volume rocker, so you have to cycle through five different volume settings instead of simply increasing and decreasing the volume.
[ CNET : 7.65/10 - Epinions : 3.5/5 - Amazon : 3.5/5 - Average : 0.7325 / Buyer Opinions : 451 ]
- Plantronics Voyager 520
The Plantronics Voyager 520 is a very comfortable and lightweight Bluetooth headset with excellent call quality. It’s also quite affordable.
[ CNET : 7.4/10 - Froogle : 4/5 - Epinions : 4/5 - Amazon : 4/5 - Average : 0.776 / Buyer Opinions : 227 ]
- Plantronics Discovery 640
The Plantronics Discovery 640 offers great audio quality, multiple charging options, a compact design and a secure fit. The ear hook, as shown is uncomfortable though, and its buttons are small and difficult to press. It is also not compatible with all mobile chargers, thus you’ll have to carry an additional charger with you.
[ CNET : 7.6/10 - Epinions : 4.5/5 - Amazon : 4/5 - Average : 0.805 / Buyer Opinions : 197 ]
- BlueAnt Z9
The BlueAnt Z9 is a smart and stylish Bluetooth headset with advanced Voice Isolation technology, with two different settings for 1. a natural sounding voice and 2. reduced background noise. There’s a small clip on the back that you can wear on your shirt. The bluetooth headset has some comfort issues with stiff volume buttons and a slightly larger earpiece.
[ CNET : 7.75/10 - Amazon : 3.5/5 - Average : 0.75 / Buyer Opinions : 203 ]
- Motorola H 98689 T820 Bluetooth Stereo Headset
Take your music wireless wherever you go. Pair the Motorola H with any bluetooth enabled phone to have music and calls seamlessly streamed directly to your ears. The headset’s Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) allow you to stream music from your PC, Stereo and even MP3 Player. Hands-free, wire-free connection up to 10 meters (30 feet) from a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone or adapter.
[ CNET : 7/10 - Epinions : 3.5/5 - Amazon : 3.5/5 - Average : 0.7 / Buyer Opinions : 213 ]
- Plantronics Explorer 330
The Plantronics Explorer 330 is a classic, affordable, and lightweight headset that fuses Bluetooth wireless technology with effortless call control for a true hands-free experience. The Explorer 330 headset is easy to use and incorporates all call features – volume, answer/end call, last-number redial, and voice-activated dialing – into one single button. Delivering up to eight hours of talk time, the Explorer 330 provides the convenience you want and the mobility you need to suit your busy, active lifestyle.
[ CNET : 7.9/10 - Froogle : 4.5/5 - Epinions : 2.5/5 - Amazon : 4/5 - Average : 0.756 / Buyer Opinions : 142 ]
- Jabra BT620s – Bluetooth Stereo Headset
The Jabra BT620s lets you handle phone calls as well as listen to music. You can pair the headphones with two different devices, and play music from a PC via USB connection. However, reviewers have found that the unit produces a soft but audible hiss when in use – depending upon how sensitive your own hearing is.
[ CNET : 6/10 - Epinions : 4/5 - Amazon : 3.5/5 - Average : 0.675 / Buyer Opinions : 115 ]
- Plantronics Explorer 340
The Plantronics Explorer 340 is a sleek, lightweight headset that fuses Bluetooth wireless technology with effortless call control for a true hands-free experience. The Explorer 340 headset is easy to use and incorporates all call features – volume, answer/end call, last-number redial, and voice-activated dialing – into one single button. Delivering up to eight hours of talk time, the Explorer 340 provides the convenience you want and the mobility you need.
[ CNET : 6.8/10 - Froogle : 4/5 - Epinions : 4/5 - Amazon : 4/5 - Average : 0.752 / Buyer Opinions : 100 ]
- Jabra BT8010 Stereo/Mono
The Jabra BT8010 can be converted into a stereo headset by connecting a second earpiece via a wire. The OLED display shows caller ID, plus you can use it to scroll through phone contacts. You also can use it as a remote control for a Bluetooth-enabled music player. However, the Jabra BT8010 is bigger than most Bluetooth headsets and has a rather large earpiece that may not fit comfortably in smaller ears.
[ CNET : 7.8/10 - Epinions : 3.5/5 - Amazon : 3.5/5 - Average : 0.74 / Buyer Opinions : 73 ]
- Plantronics Discovery 925
A high performance Bluetooth earpiece that’s also designed beautifully. With an elegantly simple VFrame design and a onyx-black, diamond-shaped earpiece, the Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth Earpiece lets you communicate hands-free with comfort and crystal clear performance.
[ CNET : 7.7/10 - Amazon : 4/5 - Average : 0.78 / Buyer Opinions : 68 ]
- Sony Ericsson Bluetooth HBH-GV435
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) makes the sound crisper and clearer, perfect for use in noisy environments such as a factory or food court. Fast automatic volume adjustment changes the volume depending on the situation, while Bluetooth 2.0 guarantees a stable link to your phone. The discreet new design fits snugly around your ear without a visible microphone boom, leaving your ear canal open so you can talk clearly to people face to face. The HBH-GV435 has up to 8 hours’ talk time and up to 300 hours’ standby time. The headset also facilitates auto pairing and redialing.
[ CNET : 7.2/10 - Froogle : 4/5 - Epinions : 4/5 - Amazon : 4/5 - Average : 0.768 / Buyer Opinions : 28 ]
- Sony Ericsson HBH-IV835
The HBH-IV835 has a lightweight design and small form factor. It also has the latest digital echo and noise cancellation technology, ensuring that your calls remain crystal clear no matter what environment you’re in. Fast automatic volume adjustment and Bluetooth 2.0 also add to the experience of your ultimate headset.
[ CNET : 8/10 - Froogle : 5/5 - Epinions : 5/5 - Average : 0.9 / Buyer Opinions : 8 ]
Which one do you like the best, and why?