The life of a trucker means constantly rumbling from one point to another. Some truckers are employees tasked to simply drive from point A to point B. Other truckers take a more pro-active role in determining their destinations. In any of these situations, good communications while on the road are vital to operations. Audio quality, range, versatility, and even comfort all define a good headset for truckers. This is why we’ve compiled this list of the top 10 best trucker headsets for 2017:
Comparison Chart of Top 10 Best Truck Driver Headsets
The SD-PRO1 is a monaural over-the-head headset that boasts crystal-clear audio. Sennheiser is a brand known for its dedication to audio quality, and it shows in the SD-PRO1. Captured audio is sharp, while audio output is clear and easily understood. Then there’s the DECT 6 technology. In ideal conditions, the SD-PRO1 work up to 100 meters away from your truck. The headset, however, is only compatible with DECT 6-compatible device. It won’t work with the average cell phone, as most don’t have the hardware for the SD-PRO1 to connect to. The headset is also a bit on the pricy side, with a battery life of around 8-12 hours. All things considered though, the SD-PRO1 is a good high-end choice for specialized trucks.
The Plantronics Voyager Legend UC is a monaural earbud that emphasis comfort and versatility. The UC edition of the Voyager Legend, however, comes with a USB Bluetooth dongle. This lets you hook up to Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth devices, from smartphones to laptops. It’s also pretty large for a monaural earbud, but it is surprisingly comfortable to use. The premium materials are gentle on the skin, and the set is also lightweight. You put them on, and you’ll forget they are there. Audio quality is clear going both ways, from audio input to audio output. The noise-canceling on both ends is excellent, blocking out wind and traffic noises with ease. The battery is generous as well, lasting 7 hours while talking and 260 hours on standby. All this makes the Voyager Legend UC great for truckers working with laptops instead of smartphones.
The Voyager 5200 UC is a step-up from its Voyager counterpart, and it shows in the quality. It is a compact behind-the-ear monaural headset that emphasizes mobility and portability. Its noise-canceling properties are effective as expected, considering its price range. The HD voice and WindSmart technologies see to that. It uses Bluetooth but also comes with a USB dongle for non-Bluetooth devices like laptops. Its case doubles as a stand and power source, which is pretty nifty when you’re not actively using it. Undocked, you get a maximum 7 hours of talk time from the headset. You can get up to 14 hours of extra talk time if you plug it into the portable charging case. All this makes the Voyager 5200 UC an easy recommend when looking for a small, easy-to-carry in-ear headset. However, it is significantly more expensive than the Voyager Legend, but the difference in build and audio quality shows.
Looking for a good Bluetooth headset that is on the cheaper end? The star-drift Multipoint has you covered. This over-the-head monaural headset offers decent clarity at a low price tag, just above the $20 mark on average. The on-ear earcup is likewise decent at noise-canceling, allowing only a slight amount of noise to bleed through. It’s also on the comfortable side, even though the materials are more on the plastic-y side. The battery life is also pretty impressive for its price. It supports up to 13 hours talk time and 220 hours standby time. All this makes the Multipoint a good all-around Bluetooth headset for truckers on a budget.
Need a long-lasting Bluetooth headset for driving with the windshield down? This is where FRiEQ’s headset comes in. Its noise-canceling microphone is a heavy-duty one, capable of muffling a lot of external noise. Wind, background music, engine noise—FRiEQ’s headset does a pretty good job of screening all that out. The drawback, however, is that the noise-canceling mic is a bit too effective. As a result, voice capture quality is not as sharp as other headsets on this list. The battery life is a nice surprise though. 30 hours talk time and a whopping 900 hours standby time is pretty impressive. If you don’t mind the audio capture quality, the FRiEQ headset a good shot for working long hours in noisy environments.
The Mpow Pro Trucker is another strong entry in the budget category. It’s an on-ear monaural Bluetooth headset that is surprisingly capable considering its price. First off, it can run for 12 hours on talk and 200 hours on standby. Second, the noise-canceling microphone is exceptionally good at its job. The captured audio is sufficiently clear while clearing out unwanted background noise at the same time. The Mpow Pro Trucker headset a bit old, with new versions out on the market. It’s also relatively fragile, with materials that feel cheap to the touch. Still, the Mpow Pro Trucker offers great performance for its value—which is why it’s still on this list.
The Voiinoiu Bluetooth headset is a good pick if you’re looking for a lightweight headset in the budget category. This on-ear monaural headset has pretty decent noise-canceling technology in the microphone. Muffled sound still bleed through, but they are quiet enough to go unnoticed in a conversation. The battery is also hefty, lasting up to 12 hours on talk and 250 hours on standby. The real draw, however, is how light it is. The thin headband and minimalist design reduce the total strain on your head. The downside, however, is the frailty of the whole headset. This is an issue to be expected with most budget headsets, though. This makes the Voiinoiu Bluetooth headset a good choice for prolonged use in the cabin of a truck. Just be careful and don’t toss it around.
If extreme portability is what you have in mind, the Bose Bluetooth Headset Series 2 is what you want. This tiny monaural earbud fits snugly into your ear, with the microphone gripping your jawbone. This makes for a very discreet, low-profile setup. The audio is surprisingly clear for such a small device. Its noise-canceling capabilities for both input and output is just amazing. Audio output is crystal clear, while the microphone is effective at blocking external noise like wind and passing cars. There are two downsides though: price and battery life. The Series 2 only handles at most 4.5 hours of talk time. On standby, it can last up to 100 hours. The price is above the $200 mark as well, which can be painful on the budget. Our biggest gripe, however, is that the Series 2 is not switchable. You have two versions—Right Ear and Left Ear. You can only choose one side to work with, as it will not work with the other.
The BlueParrott B450-XT from VXi is all about battery life. It boasts up to 24 hours of talk time and 500 hours on standby. That is a ludicrously long battery life for any headset, even a Bluetooth headset such as this one. The over-ear design is excellent at handling noise as well. It covers the entire ear, isolating it from external noise. The built-in noise-canceling tech doubles this effect, practically insulating you from outside noise. The monaural design, however, ensures that you’re not deaf to the world. You’ll be able to hear just fine with the other ear. Another strong point is the range. The headset works up to 300 feet away from the source device. That’s pretty impressive for a Bluetooth device. All this makes the BlueParrott B450-XT ideal for use in particularly noisy settings.
The VXi BlueParrott B250-XTS is a sleeker, lighter version of the B450-XT. While the B450-XT is chunky with an over-ear earcup, the B250-XTS is thin and uses an on-ear earcup. This allows you to better hear what’s going on around you, but at the cost of letting more noise bleed into your ears. Its native noise-canceling tech, however, does a good job of isolating speech. The battery is just as reliable as the B450-XT, clocking in at 20-plus hours of talk time. The range is just at 66 feet, however, which is significantly less than its counterpart. The real draw, however, is its weight. Where the B450-XT weighs 12 ounces, B25-XTS weighs in at just 2.6 ounces. This makes it an excellent choice for truckers that need to use their headsets for prolonged periods of time.
There you have it—our list of the 10 best trucker headsets for 2017! Here’s a bonus tip for those having trouble deciding which one to pick out: consider how you communicate while on the road.
Do you use a wireless phone connection on your truck? Stick with the DECT 6 technology of the Sennheiser SD-PRO1. Do you spend hours chatting with your handler? You might want the VXi BlueParrott B450-XT. Do you prefer to be discreet when taking calls? Pick up the Bose Series 2.
Do this, and you will have a much clearer idea of what you need from your headset. It’ll then be easy to compare the pros and cons of the headsets on this list.