Best Bluetooth headsets in Australia
Our expert team has compiled the best Bluetooth headsets in Australia for working from home.
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The best Bluetooth headsets in Australia
- Best budget Bluetooth headset: Jabra Talk 25
- Best mid-range Bluetooth headset: Jabra Talk 45
- Best premium Bluetooth headset: Plantronics Voyager V200
- Best headphones that can be used as a headset: Apple AirPods Pro
- Best Bluetooth headset for workouts: Beats Powerbeats Pro
How did we pick this list?
Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on personal experience, extensive research and real customer reviews. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.
Best budget Bluetooth headset: Jabra Talk 25 Bluetooth Headset
Why we chose it
The Jabra Talk 25 is the highest rated Bluetooth headset available in Australia for less than $100, holding a great 4.7-star rating on Google from 173 reviews.
Reviewers praise its lightweight, comfortable fit. It can be worn on either ear and comes with three different sized ear hooks to accommodate most ear sizes. The audio quality on phone calls is commendable, especially for such a cheap device. Users report impressive voice clarity and volume, which carries on over the entire day thanks to a solid eight hours of battery life.
Music playback is admittedly uninspiring, but if you're buying a mono headset to listen to music, you might want to reconsider that approach; music playback is a nice feature to have here, but this will never be your go-to device for jams.
Best mid-range Bluetooth headset: Jabra Talk 45 Bluetooth Headset
Why we chose it
Holding a 4.2-star rating from more than 700 Google user reviews, the Jabra Talk 45 is our pick for best mid-range option.
It sits a few notches higher up in Jabra's range than our budget selection, the Talk 25, improving upon call quality and performance by adding a second microphone to the set-up. This helps with both clarity and minimising environmental noise when compared with the Talk 25 – you, of course, just need to pay a little more for the privilege.
The Talk 45 automatically adjusts call volume based on your surroundings, so if you approach a busy road or a jackhammer starts firing right as the boss calls, the headset will try to compensate. Call time is rated at six hours, not quite as long as the Talk 25, but that should get you through all but the most meeting-heavy days without needing a charge. And when paired with the Jabra Assist app, you can tweak audio EQ to find a listening profile you prefer, change the assistant's language and have the headset read out text messages (only for Android phones).
Best premium Bluetooth headset: Plantronics Voyager 5200
Why we chose it
The Plantronics Voyager 5200 has a great 4.4 rating from more than 7,500 Google user reviews and has earned numerous recommendations from professional critics, including an "editor's choice award" from PCMag.
The standout feature? Fantastic voice and call quality, thanks predominantly to the four in-built microphones that work in concert with some clever noise-cancelling tech. User reviews routinely cite how impressive it is at filtering out traffic and even wind noise from calls.
Battery life is advertised as a respectable seven hours of talk time, though some users have reported slightly less in real-world conditions. You can answer or ignore calls using voice commands, and the 5200 can transcribe text messages you dictate. It can connect to multiple devices at once via Bluetooth or NFC and has a truly impressive range of 100 metres should you need to unexpectedly move away from the call source for a while.
Best headphones that can be used as a headset: Apple AirPods Pro
Why we chose it
Apple's AirPods Pro are a great option for both work and listening to music. They're so good in fact, they hold a 4.7-star rating on Google from more than 18,500 reviews.
User reviews routinely praise the call clarity and microphone quality, the comfortable adjustable fit, audio playback and Siri integration when combined with an iOS device. People also find the "transparency mode" useful, which lets in outside noise when you need to hear traffic or announcements over an airport PA system (if that becomes a thing again).
Battery life is only 4.5 hours, but most reviewers find this is effectively offset by the included charging case, which can restore an hour of juice in just five minutes. They sound great, look good and fit well – you just have to pay a premium for the privilege.
For more information, check out our full review of the Apple AirPods Pro.
Best Bluetooth headset for working and working out: Beats Powerbeats Pro
Why we chose it
A good workout headset needs to fit securely and comfortably, sound good enough to amp you up, allow a degree of outside noise in for situational awareness and safety and be water/sweat proof. Plus, given that we'd like them to double as a good work-from-home solution, the microphone needs to get the job done as well. The Beats Powerbeats Pro ticks all these boxes and holds a great 4.5-star rating on Google from more than 10,000 reviews.
The consumer consensus is that the ear hook is so well designed that the earbuds never fall off no matter what type of exercise you're doing. Sweatier users report that the perspiration-proof coating remains dry throughout strenuous workouts.
Users and professional reviewers also cite the audio quality, battery life, microphone and comfort as positives, but note that the charging case is a bit bulky to fit in a pocket comfortably. They also point out the lack of active noise cancelling – which in our estimation is a positive attribute for safely exercising outdoors.
Though the microphone isn't quite as clear as a dedicated headset, if you're after a device for both work and working out, these strike a great balance.
Find out more in our hands-on review of the Beats Powerbeats Pro.
- Our editorial team compared Bluetooth headsets found at major retailers and online stores across Australia.
- We examined hundreds of customer reviews (as of September 2020) and ratings and cross-referenced our selections with expert reviews and our own testing.
- The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.
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