Mono Bluetooth headsets are still out there and they’re still indispensible if you make a lot of calls while walking or driving.
Picking the right Bluetooth headset might seem simple, but it actually comes with a challenge that’s unique to all headphones, and, well, anything that needs to be placed in your ear: It’s tough to try products out before plunking down the cash for them.
So if you’re thinking about a pair of wireless headphones to rock out to, you may not need a separate mono Bluetooth headset.
How well you can be heard when you’re in a speeding car with the windows down, or in the middle of a noisy conference room, can quickly separate the good performers from the bad. Headsets with two or three mics usually perform the best, as there’s at least one mic dedicated to detecting ambient noise, which the headset can then cancel out using adaptive digital signal processing algorithms.
We test noise cancellation performance in every one of our Bluetooth headset reviews.
The best in-ear headsets have a range of fit styles-for instance, several different sizes of eartips, plus an option for an over-the-ear hook in case headsets always fall out of your ear.
You can still find a decent headset for under $50, and sometimes you can find a really good one at that price since headsets tend to stay available in retail channels for a long time after they’re discontinued.