Best Cheap Bluetooth Headset of 2017

Stock earbuds (also work as headsets) included with your phones don’t sound good and isolate sound well when you make or receive calls. You may not hear the caller’s voice clearly, and the earbud’s mic is not good at capturing your voices too. Another drawback is the cable, which bounces and rubs to your clothes, causing annoying noises, and they get tangled and knotted. All these nuisances may to make you think get a decent Bluetooth headset, giving you total freedom when you have to make a lot of calls everyday or do multiple tasks. Hand-free calling also means you can do something else while talking with your friend your parents. High-end and sophisticated models like Plantronics Voyager Edge, one of the best Bluetooth headsets on the market with noise cancelling technology costs more than $100. But some models with prices as low as 30$ are also worth-buying for their convenience and their stellar sound quality for the money. Considering battery life (talk time), comfort, fitting, built quality, and call quality, here are top 4 budget Bluetooth headsets you could buy right now.

Best Affordable Bluetooth Headsets

Plantronics M55 Refine And Flashy Design

Plantronics M55 Cheap Wireless Bluetooth Headset

The Plantronics M55 is a comfortable and lightweight Bluetooth headset. It is small, simplistic, but flashy design, it is easy to fit and carries on advanced features like voice prompts and multipoint tech.

However, it is for use in door rather than outdoor, due to the ambient noises or wind-blowing may significantly interfere the mic. Used indoor, it offers good voice call quality certainly.

The battery of M55 wireless headset is strong enough, and it also has DeepSleep function, which will automatically turn the headset off when not in use for a while to strengthen the battery.

Once size don’t fit all, it features just one-size earpiece, which may fit snugly or loosely in your ears, as long as they fit well you get the best noise isolation. A looped stablizer is soft and adjustable, providing extra secure fit to ensure the headset won’t fall out.

QCY Q12 mini earphone business headset

Bluetooth headsets tends to be more compact and smaller but don’t necessarily sacrifice the sound quality. The latest release, QCY Q12 is incredibly lightweight and you don’t feel wearing them at all unlike other Bluetooth headset. You can wear Q12 all time during the day.

The Mutiple function button is on the top, it easy to control, for example, if you need to take calls.

Samsung Level U

Samsung level U wireless neckband headphones gain the momentum.

Samsung level U is a stereo headset

If you look for an in ear headphones that have headset functionality, the around the neck style Level U is a good choice.

Mpow® FreeGo Over Ear Bluetooth Headset

Hook over your ears, the Mpow® FreeGo offer clear and detail sound for any calls you make. Eartips are comfortable and blocks outside noise well. The remote controls position on the right place, so you can effortlessly locate and press when you want to adjust the volume or receive calls.

Pros:

  • Impressive and slick design
  • Good noise isolation, comfortable
  • Strong battery

Cons: 

  • Over the ear wearing may not fit right to your ears.

Sony SBH20, A Decent Stereo Bluetooth Headset 

Sony Stereo Bluetooth headsets for music and calls on the go

While your earbuds may be used for music, the mono Bluetooth headset simply don’t. Fortunately, there is a set that can either work as in ear headphones or a headset. Then I can’t fail to recommend the budge Stereo Bluetooth headset, the SBH20. Supported by NFC it is easy to connect by a couple of taps, and Bluetooth working range is quite decent within 15 feet for stable pairing.

In term of design, the volume control button is quite small, and hard to press.

Aside from good call quality, for listening music it sounds like some best budget earbuds. Bass is present but  somewhat lack of quality and impact. But you will feel rich, clear sound at reasonable level.

More Stereo Bluetooth headsets (Behind the neck design)

Yet if you like something smaller, The Axgio Mini  is an ultracompact headset.

Axgio Mini Pro Minimal Wireless Bluetooth Headset with Mic

You wear Axgio the same as regular earbuds. It is compatible with iOS devices, which will display the battery level on the right corner of screen.

Note that when chatting outdoor, these cheap Bluetooth headsets are not able to eliminate the wind blowing noises admirably , which is still picked up by mic.

Samsung HM3300 Inexpensive Bluetooth Headset With Crisp Sound Quality

 Samsung Bluetooth headset The Samsung HM300 offers more choices for eartips than Plantronics M55. Comming in 3 different sizes, I prefer to choose the M-size, which fits right to my ears, giving me a better sound from callers even you talk outdoor with noises.  You may be struggled with the earhooks (like looped stablizer of M55) worn over the ear. Though it is bendable, but when you fix the hook around your ears, it may loosen up.

I was really impressive with its call quality. According to a caller, the voice captured was persistently crisp and clear at the time we tested this headset.

Despite of lack of command prompt, or app to syn, it is still a great Bluetooth headset for the price with a bunch of accessories.

Bluetooth Headset: An Absolute Necessity

If you often chat on the go, the wire headsets are not always the best option. You would look for an alternative with no cable, light weight. Bluetooth headsets are on rising popularity, as you see most devices today from your phones to tablets support this.

Types of Bluetooth Headsets

Bluetooth Headsets has been integrated with a lot of complicated features like noise cancelling, voice command prompt, application syndication, and a lot more…But based on the sound channel they can be divided following two main categories: Mono and Stereo Bluetooth Headsets

Mono Bluetooth Headset: While keeping your left ear free, mono headset is worn on the right.

Stereo Bluetooth Headset: They have 2 earbuds that are connected to a base, neck band  (LG Tone Infinim HBS-900 Wireless headset) or the most simple form is just a short cable. The controls can be inline or on the right earbuds.

How To Pick A Bluetooth Headset

Check out The CNET Bluetooth headsets Guide for everything you need to know before shopping a wireless headset. Briefly, there are five factors you may be interested in, battery life, design, size, functionalities and prices, and remember you are going to use it mainly in which situation, for instance VoIP calls, personal computer audio, or music and where you place the calls in noisy office, quiet room, car or cafe. Personally, I think the fitting is the most important part when deciding a set, the headset shouldn’t be painful to your ear within 30 minutes of wearing. Additionally, Audio quality needs to be good enough to hear callers whatever situation. Battery life of Bluetooth headsets is varied, ranging from 4 to 6 hours, high end model’s battery would be longer.

Battery life. Bluetooth headset should last at least 5 hours for talk time.  To measure the battery life, after the headset has been connected with our host phone via Bluetooth, it will continuously stream audio.

Plantronics produced some of the best Bluetooth headsets,  the high-end models like Plantronics Voyager Edge and Voyager Legend UC B235-M are very popular among professional users, who frequently have business calls, work at call center or customer support departments. For smartphone users, the Bose Series 2, the most expensive headset has good sound and noise cancelling function.

If you are music lovers, why not try a Bluetooth headset that can enable you to enjoy stereo sound and decent call quality, this type of personal gadget are applauded by office users, who need something else along with calls. Most of stereo headsets come with a band, which rest on your neck.

Legal issues: In some states (for example in Florida), you are not allowed to wear headphones or other audio devices while operating a vehicle. In the most cases, you are required to wear headsets if you want to talk on phones while driving.

Here we’ve rounded up the cheapest to the most expensive models–Best Wireless Headset with great call audio quality (ranked by Thewirecutter and CNET). This table will be updated when we found better sets.

Model Wearing style/Photo Battery Life (talk time) Features Price
 Plantronics Voyager Edge    6 hours  $$
Sennheiser Presence Basic    10 hours 20 minutes  $$$
Plantronics Explorer 500    7 hours  $$
Plantronics Voyager Legend UC B235-M Bluetooth Headset    7 hours  Noise cancelling  $$
Mpow® FreeGo    4.5 hours  $$

Wearing style: Some may hook over your ear, or they comes with boom mic style.

Noise cancelling feature in the microphone

This feature helps the caller hear you better by only capturing  your voice instead of ambient noises such as wind noise. The effectiveness depends on the mic position, design and technical specifications. High-end Bluetooth headsets have a number of microphones, which is arranged in the order that there is one that will pick up the ambient sound and it works similar to noise cancelling headphones, another mic will only pick your voices. So the noise cancelling Bluetooth headsets are ideal for taking calls outdoors.

Smart Bluetooth Headsets

Claimed as smart headsets, Sony Smart Ear and Motorola Hint are latest releases you may consider.

Published on 04/10/2016

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