A trucker’s life isn’t easy; we have to travel long distances, which take us away from our families and loved ones. Moreover, we need a way to entertain ourselves; miles and miles of road can really bore a truck driver. So, how do we listen to music AND stay in touch with our loved ones while maintaining our route? The answer is simple — Bluetooth wireless headsets.
As a trucker willing to help out, I’ve compiled this handy list of the best trucker headset devices of 2019. Hopefully, this list will help you find that perfect headset that’ll keep you entertained and connected for hours (or even days) on the open road. Moreover, I’ve also provided a lengthy buyer’s guide; it’ll help you learn which features to look for in a headset and which ones you should avoid.
Compare the Top Best Trucker Headset
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|1. BlueParrott B450-XT||With two types of ear cushions and amazing noise cancellation, the BlueParrott B450-XT is an excellent choice for those long rides.||Prime||CHECK PRICE|
|2. Plantronics Voyager Legend||Microphone wind cancellation and a powerful exterior make the Plantronics Voyager Legend stand out as a product which you’ll undoubtedly enjoy.||Prime||CHECK PRICE|
|3. AMINY Bluetooth Headset||The AMINY Bluetooth headset might be a newcomer, but its long talk time and ergonomic design earned it a spot among the best Bluetooth headsets.||Prime||CHECK PRICE|
|4. New Bee Bluetooth Earpiece||CVC 6.0 noise cancellation is enough to mark New Bee Bluetooth as the go-to earpiece, and combined with the long talk time it’s definitely something you should pay attention to.||Prime||CHECK PRICE|
|5. ICOMTOFIT Bluetooth Headset||ICOMTOFIT can be adjusted for all ear sizes, but it’s the headset’s compatibility and connectivity that make it one of the best.||Prime||CHECK PRICE|
|6. Plantronics M70||Plantronics M70 is a simple, small earpiece with a lot to offer, from whispering notifications to a crystal-clear sound and great connectivity.||Prime||CHECK PRICE|
|7. Mpow M5 Pro Bluetooth Headset||Mpow products are always at the top, and the M5 Pro proves it with a powerful range, decent battery life, and comfortable earcups.||Prime||CHECK PRICE|
|8. YUWISS Bluetooth Headset||YUWISS is on its way to conquer the headset market, and its Bluetooth headset is leading the charge with long talk-time and wide compatibility with other devices.||Prime||CHECK PRICE|
The Best Bluetooth Trucker Headset Picks of 2020
1. BlueParrott B450-XT
BlueParrott has long been a fan-favorite among truckers. Honestly, I don’t have a lot of negative things to say about the B450-XT, other than that the headset is a bit heavy and bulky. If I were to actually nitpick, I would say that the B450-XT freezes from time to time, but it’s a short break and it doesn’t detract from the headset’s qualities.
The manufacturers claim that the B450-XT cancels out 96% of all the outside noise, and after trying this headset out, I can’t agree enough. Not only do we get crystal-clear HD audio with these headphones, but you can hear next to nothing happening around you.
Next, there’s the ear cushion choice. I personally went with leather cushions, but if you’re so inclined, you might prefer the foam option. Both provide amazing comfort and next to no irritation.
Of course, I should note that the range of the B450-XT is an impressive 300 ft. As someone who loves to roam and talk, I found this feature to be extremely useful.
However, by far the most important (and the most impressive) feature is battery life. I can take the B450 and use it for a full 24 hours before it needs recharging. That’s 24 hours of actual talk time! A battery life as long as this makes them perfect for dull, tedious drives through the countryside or the mountains. Furthermore, the standby time for B450-XT is an impressive 500 hours.
Some additional features of the B450-XT include voice control, connecting to two different Bluetooth devices at once, NFC (Near Field Communication), and A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile).
- HD audio quality and crystal-clear sound output
- NFC and A2DP available
- A 24-hour battery life with a 500-hour standby time
- 96% complete noise cancellation
- Your choice between two different ear cushion options (foam or leather)
- Voice control
- Connects to two Bluetooth devices at once
- It’s heavier and bulkier than other headphones on this list
- The audio might freeze sometimes after extensive use
2. Plantronics Voyager Legend
Plantronics tend to have a decent range of headsets. When one of my colleagues suggested that I try their Voyager Legend piece, I was a bit underwhelmed at first. Once you take a look at it, it seems like a regular low-grade headset that you can buy from less than reputable websites. But I was wrong and I’m not ashamed to admit it; the Voyager Legend is, indeed, legendary.
Connectivity is one of the most important features I look for in a headset, and the Voyager Legend uses Bluetooth 3.0, the very best the current market can offer. Naturally, it’s by no means the only headset to offer the 3.0 version, but based on my experience, most brands stick to old versions. And while a Bluetooth 2.0 headset can still offer you decent connectivity, I would definitely choose the cutting-edge option.
Now, in terms of noise cancellation, I’d like to focus on two important features. The first of those is proper noise cancellation; with digital signal processors, acoustic echo cancellation, sidetone detection, and a 20-band equalizer, the Legend will cancel out nearly all of the outside noise.
But it’s the second feature which I personally love more, and that is the microphone wind cancellation. Namely, the Voyager Legend’s mic contains stainless-steel windscreens and an electronic filter.
Once you step outside, the wind blowing at you can be anything from a slight breeze to an F5 tornado — none of it will bleed through to the mic. As someone who loves to talk to his wife during long drives, this feature is invaluable to me. Honestly, I don’t want to have to repeat ‘can you hear me now?’ fifteen times in a row just because of a gust of wind.
- Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity
- Amazing noise cancellation
- Microphone wind cancellation
- Crystal-clear audio output
- Multipoint technology can connect it to two separate phones
- Has a low battery life (7 hours of talk time and 11 hours of standby time)
- It’s a bit bulkier than the other options on this list
3. AMINY Bluetooth Headset
AMINY, unlike most of the products I’ve listed, is not a well-known brand. Of course, buying a headset from a completely unknown manufacturer is a bit of a gamble. Sure, you can get a splendid product that will work for years, but there’s always a risk of buying a lemon. Luckily, the AMINY Bluetooth headset has proven to be an excellent little device.
The first thing I loved about the AMINY is, surprisingly, how the people behind it advertised it. You won’t hear ‘UFO headset’ from Sony or Aiwa when they promote their products. So, what does this ‘UFO headset’ have to offer, and why did it get that cute nickname? Well, the shape of the headphones has a lot to do with it. The AMINY uses a 3-point-supported principle to affix the headphones to the ear without any discomfort. And not only is it a neat design, but it’s also waterproof with a nano-coated exterior.
Now, the battery life of each headphone runs at about 8 hours. That gives this headset a combined power of 16 hours of talk time. More importantly, they recharge in no less than two hours, at most.
Then there’s connectivity, and the AMINY really shines here. The headset uses Bluetooth 5.0 to provide the clearest, most stable connectivity you can get.
Finally, I have to point out the superb audio quality. The high-quality mic will produce crystal-clear sound on your end. In addition, the headset contains UK-made BEST CSR chip, allowing the trucker to hear everything clearly.
- Crystal-clear audio and an HQ microphone
- Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- Combined talk time of 16 hours without charging
- Ergonomic design
- Easy-to-use interface with two buttons
- The volume button doesn’t react as well as it should
- Connectivity might glitch from extended use
4. New Bee Bluetooth Earpiece
Available in three different colors, the New Bee Bluetooth earpiece is indeed a sight to behold. Not too many earpieces can claim to have a sound output as clear as this one. It features both HD voice for music and conversations, and a high-quality microphone that doesn’t allow any outside noise to bleed through. More importantly, the New Bee contains CVC 6.0 noise cancelling capabilities, making it an amazing tool for long drives.
Just like many high-quality devices, the New Bee can connect via Bluetooth to two devices at the same time. I personally only have one smartphone, but some of my colleagues have two or three; one for work and one for the family. Switching between these two mid-drive is always a good thing.
Of course, I have to mention New Bee’s battery life, as it is possibly one of its best features. When I listen to music using this headset, it’ll run for a full 22 hours before it needs recharging. In terms of talking, that number goes up to 24, and then up to 60 if the headset is idle. And what is the best part regarding all of the above? Well, it only takes a few hours to charge.
Finally, I’d like to talk about comfort; more often than not, these small earpieces can be a bit on the blistery side. However, you don’t need to worry about that with the New Bee. Not only is it comfortable to wear, but it’s also lightweight and easy to use.
- CVC 6.0 noise cancellation
- High-quality microphone with amazing sound output
- 24-hour talk time from a single charge
- Exceptionally comfortable to wear
- Lightweight and easy to use
- Ability to connect to two devices at once
- The controls tend to be a bit confusing at first
5. ICOMTOFIT Bluetooth Headset
Sometimes, I just like to buy the product for its peripherals. And I know that’s not the smartest option, but what good is a product if its extra features are lacking? That was my logic behind buying the ICOMTOFIT Bluetooth headset. Sure, the headset itself looks amazing, with a sleek black-and-grey finish, but it also comes with an amazing black box for storage.
But not everything is about the peripherals, and ICOMTOFIT is a perfect example of combining a beautiful design with powerful performances. For example, the headset has a Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity. It can connect to any device via Bluetooth, including tablets, smartphones, portable consoles, and even GPS systems. In fact, it’s even compatible with Google Voice Assistant and Siri. Moreover, you can connect two devices at once, which is a common practice among the best trucker Bluetooth headsets.
Next, there’s the amazing and adjustable design of ICOMTOFIT. Not only can it rotate and extend to fit both ears, but it’s also incredibly comfortable. Moreover, the controls are on its side and they are easy to use.
With a range of 33 ft, the ICOMTOFIT is a bit on the average side, but that distance can be more than enough for most drivers. I know for a fact that the ICOMTOFIT will work almost flawlessly within these 33 ft, with next to no interruptions or glitches.
- 1 Bluetooth connectivity
- Compatible with most smart devices and voice assistants
- Connectivity range of 33 ft
- Easy to use and comfortable
- Adjustable for all ear shapes
- Capability of linking two devices at once
- Short battery life at 8–10 hours of talk time and 7.5 days of standby time
6. Plantronics M70
I often don’t like to talk about prices in my reviews. But allow me to break that rule for a single sentence — sometimes it’s a good idea to buy a simple, lightweight earpiece that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Plantronics M70 is, in my opinion, by far the best ‘budget’ option for a trucker’s headset.
Looking at the M70, you and I can both agree that it doesn’t look like much. It’s rather plain and doesn’t stand out like some of the other options on this list. But with a budget headset, looks are not as important as performance.
First off, for such a simple headset, the M70 has amazing noise cancellation features. I used it on several trips so far and it is yet to fail me; not only did it block out the noises from outside of the truck, but it also muffled most of the engine and clutch noises too. In addition, the sound quality is great, but it does get bogged down by less-than-stellar volume control.
The total talk time of M70 is 11 hours, which is quite a bit for such a small headset. In addition, it’ll be in standby mode for a mind-boggling 16 days. More importantly, with 30 ft of range, the connection will be clear and unbroken, so you can talk freely and not worry about battery drainage.
And speaking of battery drainage, the M70 has an option that I rarely see in Bluetooth headsets in general. Namely, there is a whispering voice which tells the wearer about the talk time or the volume intensity. Amazingly, this whisper does not impede the call and the person on the other end doesn’t hear it.
7. Mpow M5 Pro Bluetooth Headset
35 ft of range, Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, 1.7 oz of weight — that sure does sound like a good Mpow product to me. And I have to say, most of the time when people ask me about brands in general, I always turn to Mpow. After all, they have been consistent in producing high-quality audio products for years and their products regularly end up on top lists such as this one.
With that in mind, the Mpow M5 might not be the best model of the brand, but it’s definitely worth a mention. After all, its noise cancelling capabilities speak for themselves; this headset can eliminate up to 99.7% of outside noise, which is no small feat. Expect crystal-clear calls and listening to music uninterrupted during a dull trip.
The battery life of the headset is nothing short of amazing. A single charge of the M5 Pro will give it 18 hours of continuous talking. Moreover, it only takes 2 hours to charge. However, its charging base also requires some juice, and to charge it you’ll need about 4 hours. The standby time is at around 160 hours, or roughly 6.7 days.
In terms of connectivity, the M5 Pro can link with two separate Bluetooth devices. It has a wide compatibility, being able to connect to PCs, Android devices, and GPS systems.
Finally, there’s the comfort of the M5 Pro. With its memory foam earcup padding, you won’t even feel it while you’re on the road.
8. YUWISS Bluetooth Headset
What better way to end a top list than with another low-cost, simple, yet effective headset like YUWISS? Once again, we have a brand that not many people know about, and once again it can be a gamble to try their product out. But I decided to give YUWISS a shot and I was not disappointed.
With such a small earpiece, you’d think that it has a short battery life. However, that can’t be further from the truth; the YUWISS can handle 24 hours of talk time from a single charge. To me, 24 hours is more than enough, especially from a simple headset such as this one.
And speaking of simplicity, YUWISS’ design is quite neat. It sports a black and grey exterior, though it’s also available in black and blue or all-grey. Its weight compliments the design splendidly, as a single earpiece weighs only 0.3 oz.
The Bluetooth option allows the YUWISS to connect to most of the popular devices on the market, including different Android and iPhone smartphones. In addition, it works well with voice assistant software like Siri and Google Voice Assistant.
Finally, I have to note that the YUWISS was incredibly comfortable to wear. It didn’t chafe or scrape against my skin and, more importantly, it stayed in my ears and didn’t slide off. Sometimes a Bluetooth earpiece tends to do that, which is why I prefer regular headsets, but in YUWISS’ case, it didn’t slide.
The Buyer’s Guide to the
Back in the day, I had trouble actually deciding on which headset to buy. Should it be a Pro Trucker headset, or an Mpow, or Plantronics? Do I need it for its talk time, or maybe to listen to music uninterrupted? Review after review, I kept getting headaches until I ran into a buyer’s guide similar to this one. And since I don’t want any of my readers to go through what I had to go through, here’s a handy list of features to look for in the best trucker headsets.
If there’s one thing us truckers tend to experience on an almost hourly basis, it’s lots of noise. Whether it’s the wind howling in the background or the cars honking their horns, it can really be irritating. Of course, when I listen to music, it doesn’t bother me as much. However, once I’m in a call with a loved one or a friend, the noise will always manage to spoil my mood.
Most people often ask me what the first headset feature they should look into is. Without a shadow of a doubt, I will always go with ‘noise cancellation first’. Crystal-clear calls are a must, especially if you’re on the road, stuck in heavy traffic.
A tough job demands a tough headset. I remember several headphones breaking just because I stepped or sat on them by accident. And since I need a decent device to get me through the nasty 24 hours on the road, I prefer it to be durable. It’s always better to pay extra for a sturdy headset than to save money and end up with a dud.
Weight, Comfort, and Adjustability
Lightweight and wireless — those are the qualities I always appreciate in my headphones. A heavy set can weigh my head down during the long hours of driving, and that’s the last thing I need. In addition, each earcup should have at least modest padding; it makes the whole trip easy on the ears.
So what about adjustability? Well, the answer is simple — the more easily my headset can adjust, the better. Not every trucker shares the same shape of their heads, which is why they should be able to move the earcups around and set them as they see fit.
Hands-Free Controls (and How Easy They Are to Use)
Bluetooth headsets come with hands-free controls; the reason behind this feature is maintaining proper attention while we’re at the wheel. My choice is to go with a headset that has a couple of keys, at most. And while we’re on that subject, each button should be easy to reach and just as simple to operate. I don’t want to confuse volume control with the call answering button.
Connectivity and Bluetooth Distance Coverage
Connectivity is possibly the most frequent reason truckers cite when they buy Bluetooth headsets. They want to make calls without interruptions and with clear audio, and I can’t say that I blame them. Experience has taught me that it takes a few inches of distance to make a phone call go dead.
With that in mind, I always suggest buying a headset whose Bluetooth range is bigger than average. There are no clear numbers here, but I’d say that a good rule of thumb would be ‘make sure the range surpasses the area of the cab. ’
Imagine driving for at least 12 hours on the open road. Now imagine your headset dying in the first few hours. Devastating, isn’t it? Just like any Bluetooth product, a good trucker’s headset will always have a long battery life.
Each of the eight headsets I listed has something different to offer. However, the question remains — which one should you get?
As a trucker, you should decide on what you really need a headset for. Want something small and unobtrusive? Get any of the earpieces I listed, such as YUWISS or Plantronics. If you want the high-end headset models, always go with an Mpow or a BlueParrott. When I was first shopping for a headset, I’d focus on a few key features, namely talk time and noise cancellation. If the headset you buy fails in either of these two features, it’s not worth your time.
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It sounds counterintuitive for a trucker to wear a headset while driving on an open road. However, we do it for a few simple reasons.
The most common reason why a trucker might have an earcup or two on is phone calls. As I stated earlier, sometimes each drive can take days and we could be miles away from our families. Alternatively, our superiors might want to know when the shipments will arrive, or if there were any problems during the drive. Whatever the case might be, we need to answer the call and we need to do it fast. But more importantly, we need to do it without actually reaching for the phone physically. After all, talking on the phone when driving can have dire consequences.
But then again, wearing headphones while in the cab is just as dangerous, so naturally, there’s a different set of questions out there which we need to address.
In short, they should and they shouldn’t. Speaking from a business perspective, a trucker with a headset will always stay informed and there will be no problem between them and the destination they’re headed to. Moreover, it’s better than actually using a phone, as it is much safer and doesn’t take away a whole lot of attention from the road.
However, just because it’s better than using the actual phone, that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect solution. Let me be clear about this: headsets will not, in and of themselves, reduce the number of crashes on the road. They are not 100% safe, as they too can distract us from paying attention to the traffic.
As regular drivers, I’d advise you not to do it. Cars might be easier to maneuver with the headset on than trucks, that much I can agree on. However, they are also not as sturdy or safe as trucks, so a crash can be quite fatal. If possible, always try to drive with the radio on or the MP3 flash drive plugged in instead.
They can, absolutely. In fact, most modern Bluetooth headsets tend to advertise this feature; driving for days with limited stops can be lonely and mundane, so a trucker needs to entertain themselves. By far the safest option with the least risk is playing the radio, but there are always noise issues to worry about.
In contrast, a headset will provide a clear sound to the driver. I can go on for hours without even noticing that I’m at the wheel and not at my home resting. During the day, it helps me concentrate on the traffic in front of me and it keeps me entertained until the next necessary stop.
Honestly, there are very few legal ways of talking on the phone while at the wheel of a car (or truck). Holding the phone in one hand makes it difficult to steer. More importantly, it distracts us from the traffic and makes us miss important details on the road which could, quite literally, keep us alive and breathing.
Right now, you can try one of two options. The cheaper of the two is getting Bluetooth headsets that have long battery life and smooth noise-canceling abilities. Then there’s the option of installing a special gadget that answers the phone while linking it to your car speakers. It does so by using Bluetooth and you only need to answer by pushing a single button, or you can wait for it to automatically answer the call after a few seconds have passed. Each option allows you to have full control over the wheel, making you safe.
It all depends on which particular headset you have in mind. The best headset will usually have amazing connectivity with almost no bugs or glitches. In addition, it will have splendid sound quality, noise cancellation capability, easy controls, comfortable earcaps, a decent warranty, and easy-to-use hands-free controls.