7 best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone

The line between a Bluetooth headset and a true Bluetooth headset has become quite blurred. Every Bluetooth headset for iPhone has a built-in microphone and allows you to answer calls. The appearance of true wireless buds, with each earphone completely independent, further blurs the water, as you can use a single bud as a headset in a single pinch.

However, traditional (and built) dedicated Bluetooth phone headsets still have their place, and we’ll take a look at the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone.

Why use headphones instead of headphones?

Bluetooth headsets have several advantages over simply using headphones. First of all, they tend to be much less expensive. Second, they leave you free to hear the outside world, even often even on the side, headphones attached. Ultimately, they were designed from the ground up to be used for phone calls.

Someone wears headphones around their neck

That means clearer audio, better microphones, and longer talk and standby times. If you need to talk a lot on the phone or spend considerable time driving, Bluetooth headphones for iPhone like the ones highlighted below are the perfect tool to get the job done.

This bundle from Plantronics is perfect for people who travel a lot and want to use their headset around the home or office on a desk-top setup. The included travel charging case can also act as a charging dock. The system comes with a wall charger and a headset with sensors that will answer calls as soon as you put it on. This is a great way to use one of these headphones if you think about it.

Plantronics Voyager 5200-UC Bluetooth Headset Pack

It has multi-layer noise cancellation, so using it outdoors or in noisy environments should be no problem. When fully charged, the headphones are rated for 7 hours of talk time, with 9 hours of standby. The charging case will add another 14 hours of talk time.

The last feature of Voyager that caught our attention was its wide compatibility with various smartphone applications. Such as Cisco Jabber, GoToMeeting and Skype to name a few. That allows you to stick with the app you love most, rather than being forced into a manufacturer-specific app.

Mpow EM16 V5.0 . Mini Bluetooth Headset [no longer available]

One of the biggest complaints people always have when it comes to Bluetooth headphones is that they are too uncomfortable. It seems that looking like a member of Borg from Star Trek doesn’t appeal to many people.

Someone is talking to Mpow Mini Bluetooth Earbuds

That’s why Mpow EM16 deserves to be on this list. If you need a “Wall Street yuppie” hands-free Bluetooth headset, the EM16 could be the ticket. It’s small enough to fit inside your ear. It’s even more compact than regular wireless buds!

The design of the EM16 allows you to use it in both ears with equal comfort and comes in three sizes of silicone tips and one active tip, making it popular. Despite its compact size, the EM16 is rated for eight hours of talk time, features active noise cancellation for clear calls, and is IPX4 water resistant. The best part might be the price as this little wonder comes under a very pleasant $30.

Is New Bee a play about “Newbie”? We’ll probably never know, but this particular Bluetooth headset has hit our radar thanks to its popularity on Amazon. Part of that popularity is certainly due to its extremely low price, but thousands of people wouldn’t rate the New Bee too highly if it was at least not good to use.

Someone wears a new Bluetooth Bee headset

Offered in three colors (though we can’t recommend yellow), this headset has a specs sheet as respectable as it is pocket-friendly. In fact, with 24 hours of talk time and 60 days of standby time, that seems like an impossible deal.

However, real user experience confirms long battery life and good call quality. If you want an inexpensive Bluetooth headset for iPhone that’s always ready when you need it, then there seems to be no reason not to pick up the New Bee.

Aminy UFO is another very cheap crowd favorite, which immediately makes us wonder what kind of unfortunate magic is going on here to keep a lot of people happy.

Talk time is decent at the claimed 8 hours, but it seems the long-lasting comfort of the headphones is what makes most buyers happy. It spreads the weight of the earphones across three separate support points, making it less burdensome to wear all day.

Someone is driving wearing AMINY UFO Bluetooth Headset

Another improvement is the use of removable battery modules. There is one for the left and one for the right ear included here. So if you don’t mind switching ears, you can get a total of 16 hours from two fully charged batteries. Placing the weight of the battery behind the ear is another way the Aminy UFO tries to improve comfort.

The final piece of the puzzle is call quality, which is once again a surprise for customers. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a Bluetooth headset but may have to wear one for a long time, UFO could be a good choice for you.

It’s no surprise to see another Plantronics headset on the list, as they’re a big hit on the market, but the Explorer 110 is an entirely different beast from the Voyager.

It’s a compact, premium headset with a great design (in our opinion). It also comes with a vent clip holder, which is a very clever idea. It means you don’t have to wear headphones all the time, but can quickly and safely use them while driving.

Plantronics Explorer 110 in a car holder

It can also stay charged for up to 6 months, so if you’re not actively using it and just toss it in the holder, it’ll be ready to use the day you unexpectedly need it. Talk time is rated at seven hours, which is average, but audio and microphone clarity is said to be an order of magnitude higher than your average cheap headset.

The bottom line is that this premium Bluetooth headset for iPhone will look great in any car, sound good with any content, and won’t make you look like a nerd while wearing it.

At first, equipping stereo headphones such as Titanium seems a bit fraudulent. However, it ticks the same boxes as a Bluetooth headset. The most important thing is that you can wear it without being cut off from the world around you.

You see, these are bone earphones. They do not enter your ears at all. Instead, they send sound directly to your middle ear through the bones of your skull. This allows sounds from the outside world to enter your ears as usual.

Someone is wearing Aftershokz Titanium Open Ear Wireless headphones

We’ve been using Aftershockz products for years and the technology is amazing. While the sound quality and aspects like bass aren’t as good as traditional headphones, it’s surprisingly good. They’re primarily marketed as a way to safely jog or bike while still listening to music or listening to navigation prompts, but they also work great as a way to take calls while staying hands-free. .

So they’re great for work environments where you need to hear everyone else but also don’t want your sound to disturb others. A very neat overall gadget!

OK, now we might be cheating for real. Aren’t Apple’s own AirPods Pro just wireless Bluetooth buds? Yes Yes. Neither.

Thanks to Apple’s excellent “transparency mode”, you can easily hear what’s going on around you when using AirPods Pro. Alternatively, you can simply use a single unit. The other will just stay off in the charging case. Both devices have microphones, so either device will.

Someone is wearing Apple AirPods Pro headphones

The clarity here comes from the choices you have as you can switch from transparency to noise cancellation in an instant. You also get the best iPhone integration imaginable and benefit from virtually lag-free audio.

The only real downside is the limited playback time of 4.5 hours. But if you don’t mind swapping between the left and right device during the day, you’ll get a total of 24 hours through the charging case. So it will do in a pinch!

‘Ear,’ Tai!

Any of these Bluetooth headphones would be a nice addition to your iPhone, but we’d also love to hear your recommendations in the comments below. Why are you looking for a special headset and do people look at you funny when you seem to be talking to yourself?

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