How to Buy a Bluetooth Headset

Going hands-free with your cell phone, whether you're using an iPhone, an Android, or another smart phone, is a must if you're in your car or running errands. Use these tips to start shopping.

You will need

  • Selection of features
  • Retail stores
  • Internet access
  • Store's return policy (optional)

Step 1 Get good audio quality Look for headsets with good audio quality, both incoming and outgoing. Headsets with dual-microphone noise-canceling are best. Some headsets have wind-noise resistance or block out all extraneous sound — helpful if you’re in a noisy environment.

Step 2 Find other features Find a headset that does more than just make and receive calls. A stereo headset allows you to listen to music. A headset with multipoint technology allows you to connect two devices at once. Some headsets even have solar panels, allowing them to be charged by the sun.

Step 3 Choose fine design Choose a headset with a design that suits you. A bulky telemarketer-type headset may not bother you at all if looks aren’t important; while a sleeker, less obvious earbud style may be more appealing for a style-conscious shopper.

Step 4 Remember comfort Remember that, regardless of design, your headset should be comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Look for a sturdy ear hook or a style with different sizes of rubber earbuds to adjust the fit.

Step 5 Check battery life Check the battery life, which generally has to do with the headset’s size. Larger, bulky models can often last up to nine hours on a single charge, while smaller, sleeker models may only last three hours.

Step 6 Compare price Compare the prices of various headsets. A basic Bluetooth starts at around $30 and higher-end models can cost over $100. Although you can get a good model at the lower end of the range, expect to pay somewhere in the middle for quality that will last.

Step 7 Check retail stores and websites Now that you are ready to choose which design you’d like to buy, compare prices found at retail stores and online, and enjoy the convenience that going hands-free will offer!