Many companies, brands, and users are veering away from the staple wired headset and opting for something more convenient: a Bluetooth earpiece. These are becoming increasingly popular with brands like Apple, Google, and possibly Samsung in the future, as well. Cords become a hassle, and headphone jacks take up too much space in progressively slimmer devices.

Now that the Bluetooth earpiece has made its mark though, there are a lot of options to choose from: so where do you start? In this article not only will we give you the top 5 brands to be looking at, we will also help you know what you want and need from a Bluetooth earpiece so finding the right one can be less of a hassle.

Comparison Table

What Is a Bluetooth Earpiece?

Bluetooth Earphones

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The Build

The System

How Does It Work?

Man Wearing a Bluetooth Earpiece

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A Bluetooth earpiece works by connecting - or pairing -  with a device that is Bluetooth enabled (typically most phones, laptops, speakers, and cars). This pairing needs to be enabled on both devices. For example, to pair a Bluetooth earpiece to a phone both the phone and the earpiece needs to be scanning for available devices to pair with.

While each earpiece has different instructions on how to scan, generally a phone has a Bluetooth icon that just needs to be switched on in order to start scanning. Depending on the device, there may also be a code to put in (this is most common in vehicles). Overall though, it is a very simple set up and takes only seconds. 

What Do I Need In a Bluetooth Earpiece?

What Will I Use it For?

Do I Need 1 or 2 Earpieces?

How Far Away From the Device Will I Be?

How Long Will You Be Wearing Them?

Top 5 Best Bluetooth Earpiece Brands

Now that you have at least somewhat of an idea of what you want or need from a Bluetooth earpiece, let's get into the top 5 brands to look at.

Plantronics Voyager 5200 - Bluetooth Headset, Silver
  • CUTTING EDGE NOISE CANCELLATION: Voyager 5200 features four microphones and a proprietary...
  • EXCLUSIVE WINDSMART TECHNOLOGY: Six layers of our unique WindSmart technology detect wind...
  • COMFORT-TESTED DESIGN: Rigorously tested for stability and comfort on a wide range of ear...

Plantronics Bluetooth earpieces have come first in many different areas like comfort, value, and versatility, so we felt they were well-deserving of the top spot. While they have four to five options that tend to rotate in everyone's favorite list, we have included two that we felt hit two different needs.

The Voyager 5200 has been one of their most popular single earpiece options, as it has ranked high is superior call quality, long battery life and range, and built in voice commands. It is also sweat proof for those that need it. This model is good for outdoor users.

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The Voyager Focus UC has won many over for comfort alone. This is a full headphone set instead of a single earpiece and has excelled in sound balance and quality, battery life, and of course, comfort. With active noise canceling, different connection set ups, multiple mics, and a long range, this set does not fall behind in other areas either. This would be a good option for those needing to be on the phone consistently.

Jabra Wave Bluetooth Headset- Red [Retail Packaging]
  • Jabra WAVE Bluetooth Headset- Red [Retail Packaging]

Jabra also has a few options that always end up on everyone's favorites. These Bluetooth pieces do well in the compact and rugged areas of use and are often minimalistic and durable.

The Jabra Steel is a single earpiece that has superior noise cancelation, dust, dirt, and water resistance, and is drop resistant as well. It is great for those working in noisy environments and need something durable and rugged to survive.

The Jabra Wave is an option for users that do not need something discreet like the Steel. This single earpiece wraps around your ear to ensure a snug fit and is well known for its long battery life. Pair that with noise suppression and good sound quality and you have another option for users on the go.

Jabra also offers the most compact option in their Stealth model. This model includes GPS tracking in case you misplace your earpiece, great noise cancelation and quality, and can pair with multiple devices at the same time. This is a great option for on the go users.

Sennheiser Presence UC ML (504575) - Dual Connectivity, Single-Sided...
  • Mobile Communications: For professionals using Skype for Business, who require a...
  • Improved Flexibility: Connects to two mobile phones, or a cell phone & PC, to allow for...
  • Optimized Speech Clarity: Unique SpeakFocus technology with three digital microphones...

Second overall to Plantronics, Sennheiser only has one model we want to focus on here, though there are other models that may fit your needs. The Sennheiser Presence UC has a little bit of everything. It offers great noise cancelation, good battery life, Own-Voice detection technology, optimized speech, and can connect to multiple devices. This is the perfect device for working in an environment that requires heavy multitasking.

LG TONE FREE HBS-F110 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds with Charging...
  • -Real Wireless Stereo – experience the real freedom of wireless earbuds with no tangling...
  • -Dual MEMS Microphones – never miss a moment of the conversation with microphones built...
  • -Balanced Armature Speakers – immerse yourself in music with crystal-clear audio.

Similar to Sennheiser, we only have one model we want to highlight here. The LG Tone Free is a double earpiece set up that offers earbuds instead of headphones. We are including this set for its design, as the Tone Free includes a neck band that charges the ear pieces, which revolutionizes charging and makes it much more convenient as the band can alert you of texts or calls and well as provide a simple place to store the buds.

The buds themselves are small and minimalistic and offer good sound quality and battery life as well as SMS reading ability, and auto connect technology. This model would be good for working out and work in general.

BlueParrott S450-XT Stereo Bluetooth Headset
  • Stereo Bluetooth Headset with Long Wireless Range (300 Ft.)
  • Crystal-Clear Conversations & Hi-Fi Stereo Audio
  • Connect With or Without Wires

Finally, we have BlueParrot. This brand and model tend to lean more towards wireless headphones, and the model we are highlighting in this list is just that. The S-450 XT are headphones that offer wired and wireless use and well as a visible microphone. It has a great battery life and noise cancellation and is also comfortable for wear for hours at a time.

It also offers basic controls and stereo quality sound. We would recommend this model for gamers and all day users who will be close to a charging station and do not need to multitask.

Conclusion

Bluetooth Earpiece

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There are a lot of Bluetooth brands out there and they each offer something different to each user. While all of the specs and features can sound and look great, they may not be what you need. Hopefully this list has included good information to help you decide what exactly you do need as well as give you some places to look.  

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