If you use Microsoft Teams as your go-to communications platform, and you’re shopping around for some new headsets, this blog may be helpful in your search. In it, we provide you with headsets we feel represent the best of the best for different working situations.
Things that we used as our criteria to make our selection included:
- Comfort - after all, a headset needs to be comfortable, right?
- Ease of use - who wants things confusing and complicated?
- Sound quality and noise canceling ability
- Integration with Microsoft Teams
We evaluated countless headsets to come up with a best of headset list for use with Microsoft Teams. In this list, we included headsets for these categories:
- Best wired headset for a quiet environment
- Best headset for a loud office environment
- Best wireless headset for a quiet environment
- Best long range headset
- Best wireless headset for a loud environment
Anyone shopping for new headsets should be able to determine which category best describes their specific environment. And, when they do, we provide you with what we feel is the best headset for that particular situation.
Our picks don’t include a detailed overview of the product, but instead, we provide you with a broad overview instead. If you’d like to get more specific details on any of the products noted in this blog, make sure to visit our website where you can read blogs on these headsets, or watch videos from our Youtube channel.
5 Best Headsets For Teams Video With Mic Tests
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Before getting into the review know the RISKS of purchasing any headsets on this list from non authorized resellers.
Many resellers on third party sources like Amazon are not authorized resellers, and you may face the following:
- The product could be counterfeit.
- The product may advertised as new but a used headset is delivered.
- The product includes software that is no longer supported & requires updates to prevent network vulnerability.
- If product does not work properly, you will not get product support or a warranty replacement for a defective headset.
Best wired Headset For Quiet Environments
The headset for this category is designed for use in those environments that are quiet. This could be for someone who works in a private office, or perhaps someone who’s working from home. In both examples, there’s no background noise for the headset to deal with. With that said, our top pick is:
This is a wired, USB Microsoft Teams compatible headset that’s considered to be a mid-range model in the extensive Jabra headset lineup.
This headset is Microsoft Teams certified, and is literally a plug-and-play headset that requires no software download. And, for those who work in offices that restrict downloading software, then this will be good news to you. Plugging it in will give you a great sounding, comfortable headset and it will keep you from getting a visit from your IT staff asking questions about that software you just downloaded.
Because this is a Teams certified headset, you can access calls directly from the headset rather than having to utilize your mouse through the application. This makes routine calls far more convenient and less cumbersome. You can not only take and end a call from the headset, but you can also mute and unmute the call from it as well. Again, more convenient.
In terms of weight, this headset weighs about the same as an iPhone 12. It tips the scales at 3.9 ounces for the mono version, and 6.6 ounces for the duo model. What this means in a practical sense is that this isn’t a heavy headset. On the contrary, it’s very
lightweight which means if the headset will be used for long periods of time, then it will be comfortable for anyone to use it all day.
In terms of sound quality, the microphone sounds quite good. Whether you’re talking in a quiet environment, or even one that has some distracting noise this headset does a decent job to allow your voice to be heard loud and clear. And while on the subject of sound, the ear speakers are surprisingly good as well for business calls and even music. That was something I really didn’t expect from this headset, but it delivered quite well on the sound overall.
No headset’s perfect
If I were to point at one drawback of the Evolve2 40, I have to say that it lacks the feature of Active Noise Cancellation, or ANC for short. If you’re unfamiliar with what ANC is, it’s an electronic feature that helps to remove sound from your environment so you can maintain your concentration.
Unlike noise cancellation, which is a microphone noise reducing feature designed to give your callers a better sound experience, ANC is designed to give you, the headset wearer, the ability to have control over the noise in your work environment.
Overall, the Jabra Evolve2 40 is a budget friendly, great sounding, comfortable headset that makes using it with Microsoft Teams a breeze with its plug-and-play ability and no software to download.
Best Headset For Loud Environments
Anyone who’s worked around a lot of people in an office knows how loud it can get. From all the people chatter, sounds of office equipment, air conditioners, fans, landscapers, traffic noise and the list goes on. This could also apply to those who don’t work around groups of people in an office, but work from home. There you can also have a lot of distracting noise like dogs barking, children noises, doorbell ringing, and lawnmower sounds to name a few.
So which headset, when using Microsoft Teams, comes out on top for dealing with all the distracting noise?
Priced around $179.00
So what makes this our top pick for this category? Truthfully, a lot of things. Take for example, the great microphone that not only allows you to sound great when on your Teams calls, but one that helps to tame all those sounds going on around you.
Sound quality matters, and it can help to shape a first impression when on a call. The Blackwire 8225 will have you coming across loud and clear without static, distortion, echo or anything like that. It’s a professional grade, high quality headset.
Construction and appearance
In terms of the overall look and feel of this headset, it’s constructed with a combination of metal and plastic which helps to give it a great look. And, after all, if it’s going to be worn for extended periods of time, then having great looks doesn’t hurt, right? Well, at least as headsets go, it looks great.
Your choice - A or C
The Poly Blackwire 8225 comes available with USB A or USB C connectivity. And, realizing that USB C is becoming more prevalent, it’s nice to have these two connection options.
The ear cushions are overstuffed with padding which isn’t a bad thing. That extra padding can really be felt when you wear this headset, and if worn for long periods of time, your ears will thank you.
Another thing that helped this headset to capture this category is the fact that it comes standard with Active Noise Cancellation. There’s a button on the inline controller that allows you to activate this feature.
So, when things around your work area starts to get noisy, simply press the button to activate the ANC feature to reduce the sound going on around you. This allows you to maintain your concentration and not get distracted. In the end, you get more done.
If you want to hear how the Poly Blackwire 8225 sounds, make sure to watch our video where we put this headset, and the others on this list to the test. The 8225 did a nice job in terms of mic sound quality, and background noise reduction.
Best Wireless Headset For Quiet Environments
This category would apply to anyone who works in a quiet work area but prefers not to have a cord on their headset. Instead, they want the freedom to get up, and move
around while on a call. And, they may even want or need the ability to take a call, or mute one when away from their desk.
This could apply to those who work in a quiet home office, in a private office, or even among others but more removed from them. In any of these cases, there isn’t distracting background noise present in the work environment. If that sounds like your situation, then this is the category for you. With that said, what headset rose to number one in this category?
Priced about $260 plus, depending on mono, or duo
Though there’s no such thing as a perfect headset, there’s a lot to like about this Evolve2 65 headset. For openers, it has a very modern, fresh look which is a nice upgrade compared to the previous Evolve models.
But, good looks can only get you so far, so there needs to be more. Let’s look beyond its appearance and see what makes this a category best selection.
The Jabra Evolve2 65 comes with a pre-paired USB Adapter, which some refer to as a “dongle”. Being that it’s pre-paired to the headset, that makes it super easy to fire up and use once the battery is charged.
Plug it in, wait a moment, and wah lah, you’re ready to go. If this headset didn’t have a USB Adapter available, it would rely on Bluetooth connectivity. And though that may be suitable for some, it isn’t for many. By this I mean the USB Adapter provides you with several benefits. Here’s what I mean:
- You’ll get a steadier, smoother wireless signal (think static, cutting in and out etc) 2. You’ll have better audio quality
- You’ll get longer wireless range
- And perhaps most importantly, you’ll have remote call answering capability. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, it simply means that you can walk away from your desk and still be able to take an incoming call. You can even end that call remotely too. If a headset doesn’t have a USB Dongle, you won’t be getting this feature, which is highly popular.
Being that this is a wireless headset, it stands to reason that battery life plays an important role. Who wants to be in the middle of an important call only to find out that the battery is dying, and the headset needs to be charged.
That can cost you big time when in the midst of important conversations. Thankfully, the Jabra Evolve2 65 comes with a battery that delivers an impressive 37 hours of talk time, with a charge time of 90
minutes. This means that you could likely recharge the battery once a week, rather than every day. However you might manage this, it does give you recharge options not available on those models that have less robust battery life. Oh, and by the way, you get 8 hours of battery life with 15 minutes on the charger, which is impressive.
For headset power users that spend a good amount of their waking hours on a headset engaged with customers, comfort becomes important. So, how does the Evolve2 65 rate? The weight of the Evolve2 65 is 6.2 ounces for the duo model, and 3.4 ounces for mono.
This is about right for both variants. Either could be worn for a full day and be comfortable. But, comfort goes beyond the weight of the headset.
The Evolve2 65 has a new, and improved design that helps to make this more comfortable than many other headsets we’ve tested. The ear cushions are also nicely padded to give your ears that level of comfort needed for extended use.
High on everyone’s list is sound quality. A headset needs to sound good, or there’s no real value. The Jabra Evolve2 65 covers that base nicely. It comes with 3 built in microphones that do a great job to deliver audio quality that’s top notch.
We put the Evolve2 65 through the paces through our sounds tests which included those barking dogs, blender etc that I mentioned earlier. And, I have to say that the Evolve2 65 did a great job in all of these tests, which is one of the reasons why it came out on top in this category. So, if sound quality is something that you find important, rest assured that the Evolve2 65 will have you sounding like the professional you are.
Being that this blog is about best headsets for Teams, it stands to reason that this headset is Teams compatible, and it is. This means that you’ll not only get status notifications via the purple or red lights on the headset, but you’ll get that all important remote call answering I referenced earlier.
The status indicators alerts those around you as to your call status, and having the freedom, and flexibility to step away from your desk but still be accessible is a big value when using Teams.
The Jabra Evolve2 65 will provide you up to 100 feet of wireless range. When you take into account workplace obstructions, you should expect to receive about 50-75 feet. For most wireless headset users, this is a sufficient amount of wireless range to do things such as step away from the desk to grab a document off a printer, get a cup of coffee, talk with a colleague etc. This wireless range is pretty standard across all Bluetooth wireless headsets.
So, if you’re looking for a budget friendly wireless headset that’s comfortable and sounds great, this is a headset you should really check out. And though it doesn’t come with Active Noise Cancellation, remember that it’s best suited for work areas that don’t have a lot of background noise.
The design of the ear cushions and speaker housing can help to passively reduce some level of noise, but not nearly as much as what ANC can do. Still, with that one feature omission, this is an awesome headset.
Best Long range wireless headset
This was perhaps our easiest category to select a winner in. I say this because we’ve tested a lot of headsets in a lot of ways, one of which is wireless range. And, when we’ve done that, this headset easily, and clearly came out on top.
$330 +/- depending which model you choose.
Unlike the other wireless headsets on this list, the Yealink WH66 is a DECT headset, rather than a Bluetooth model. If you’d like to learn more about the differences between these two types of headsets, check out this Youtube video we recorded that helps to explain it.
Not only does the Yealink WH66 provide more wireless range compared to Bluetooth headsets, it provides more than other DECT headsets. In our range tests, this headset provided between 300-500 feet of range which is impressive. Other DECT headsets we’ve tested provide more in the area of 100-150 feet.
So, as you can see, there’s a big difference. So, if long wireless range is what you need, you won’t find another headset that will give you more than the Yealink. But, even though this is the long wireless range category, the Yealink WH 66 provides a lot more than just impressive distance.
With the WH66 you can connect to two of either device below (not all 3 seamlessly)
- Yealink desk phone
- Bluetooth device
It’s important to note that the Bluetooth connection is between the device and to the Yealink headset base, rather than to the headset itself. This means that you’re not able to take the mobile device on the go as you would with other Bluetooth wireless headsets. Still, it does give Bluetooth connectivity for use within an office area.
Speaker in Base
The Yealink WH66 provides you with a hands free speaker that’s located in the headset base. If you prefer not to use the headset, you can activate the speaker and go hands free, and headset free. This is nice for those times you want to give your head a headset break, or you’re recharging your headset for example. This is a useful feature to be sure, and one you won’t find on other headsets.
The Yealink WH66 comes with a very nice 4 inch touchscreen. And, I have to say that this screen is easy to navigate, and not slow, clunky or insensitive to the touch.
I found it to be very responsive and easy to find my way around within it. Earlier generations of this feature in the industry haven’t been as smooth and free flowing. So if having a touchscreen on your headset is something you’d find to be cool, or useful, my sense is you’ll find this one to be very pleasing.
Optional wireless phone charger
Not that this has much to do with long wireless range, I did want to mention that the WH66 offers an optional wireless phone charger. It plugs in next to the touchscreen which allows your phone to be viewable at the same height and angle as the touchscreen.
Tandem screens you might say. This is something I’ve not seen in any other wireless headset, and it’s one more reason you might want to take a look at this wireless headset.
DECT headsets, when compared to their wireless Bluetooth counterparts, aren’t known for extended talk time batteries. After all, some Bluetooth headsets can provide something north of 30 hours. That said, the Yealink WH66 provides you with a respectable 14 hours of talk time, and by DECT standards, this is solid.
3 wearing styles to choose from
One other nice thing about the Yealink headset is you have your choice of three different wearing styles;
- Duo - over the head that covers two ears
- Mono - over the head that covers one ear
- Convertible - Over the head (mono), over the ear, behind the neck. Comes with everything needed to wear it in any of these three configurations.
So, rather than having a headset that only gives you one wearing option, the Yealink WH66 allows you to select from three different ones. Loud environment? Likely the duo would be a good choice. Want to hear what’s going on around you while you wear a headset? That has the ring of a mono. And for those that don’t want to be tied down to only one wearing style, then the convertible should be an excellent choice.
The WH66 does a very good job to reduce unwanted background noise. So if noise is a constant in your workplace, then this may be a great choice for you to consider. That said, I personally found the richness of the microphone to be lacking.
Don’t get me wrong here, you can be heard loud and clear which is what most people are looking for. Still, the audio quality lacks a richness that can be found in other headsets such as the Orosound Tilde Pro for example, which has impressive sound. If acceptable voice quality is good enough, and you're after reducing annoying background noise, then the WH66 should do the job for you.
As for the ear speaker sound quality, I’d have to say that there’s room for improvement here as well. If your intended use is for business meetings, this headset will be perfectly fine.
It’s when you switch your use to music that you’ll notice that the sound leaves you wanting something a bit better. But, in all fairness, this headset wasn’t purpose built for music and entertainment. Instead, it was built for use in business applications. So from that perspective, it does what it was intended to do efficiently.
If long wireless range is something that’s important to you, I’d suggest that you end your search right here. In our tests, there isn’t a headset that we’ve found that provides more wireless range than the Yealink WH66. It provided notably more wireless range over all the others we tested. So if that’s your number one buying criteria, I have to say you’ve probably found your new headset.
If, on the other hand, you have other things that too are high on your list, such as sound quality, then your decision will likely get more difficult. There are a number of attractive features that truly makes this a compelling headset to consider. Once you consider all it has to offer, and you’ve prioritized what’s most important to you, your decision should become easier as to whether or not this is the right headset for you, and your situation.
Best Wireless Headset For Loud Environments
In this fifth, and final category, we provide you with our pick for the best wireless headset for those who have to wrestle with annoying noise throughout their workday. If you’re someone who works in a busy call center, or office with enthusiastic coworkers, then you know how important it is to have a headset that’s capable of reducing that noise.
Distractions are known to reduce worker productivity, and studies show that once you’re interrupted, or distracted, it can take up to twenty minutes to regain your former focus. That erodes productivity, and frequently is the source of worker frustration. So, what headset did we find to be the best for taming that unruly noise?
Priced around $385.00
So what makes this headset, over all the others, the go-to choice for killing unwanted office noise? Well, in order to answer that question, I have to first breakdown the two different noises that this best of pick must contend with.
- Noise that your callers hear, or don’t hear
- Noise that you, the headset wearer hear, or don’t hear
Background noise assassin
Let me start with how the Jabra Evolve2 75 helps to remove unwanted noise for your callers. This is important because you really don’t want your callers to hear all the different noises going on around you. In most cases, this tends to come across as unprofessional, and can even be a distraction that can disrupt a conversation.
The Jabra Evolve2 75 features 8 onboard microphones. Now I don’t know how many microphones are needed to provide excellent sound, but having eight sounds like there’s enough to get the job done. We did sound tests for voice audio quality, and we put the Evolve2 75 up against different annoying sounds, and it performed beautifully.
Not only is the voice audio quality superb, but it did a very good job to eliminate that background noise. This means that when you use this headset, you can rest assured that your callers will hear you loud and clear with a richness of sound not found on many other headsets.
And, all that background noise will melt away which gives your callers a professional call experience. If you’d like to hear how the Evolve2 75 sounds, make sure to watch our video. I think you’ll be impressed. So, for reducing noise for your callers, the Jabra Evolve2 75 gets an enthusiastic two thumbs up.
Noise, what noise?
Moving along, I want to talk a bit about how the Jabra Evolve2 75 helps you, the headset wearer, to hear less of that ruckus going on around you. This is accomplished through a standard feature on the Evolve2 75, called Active Noise Cancellation, or
“ANC” for short. If you’re not familiar with this term, ANC is a feature that you can activate at will to remove unwanted room noise. So, if you’re needing to concentrate on some important task, and there’s a party going on around you, simply activate the ANC feature, and that party sound disappears. And, once it does, you can stay focused on that work you need to get done.
The Jabra Evolve2 75 attacks that noise from two fronts:
- Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
- Passive Noise Cancellation
Passive noise canceling refers to the design of the headset ear cups and cushions. They’re specifically designed in such a way that it aids in reducing room noise passively. Sound reflecting materials, angled design, and oversize ear cushions all team up to help hold unwanted noise at bay.
Then, when you add in the ANC feature, well, noise doesn’t really stand much of a chance. So, if killing that background noise is high on your wishlist, then this headset really needs to be on your short list.
Go the distance
The Jabra Evolve2 75 is rated to provide a wireless range up to 100 feet. However, when you factor in obstacles such as walls, windows and doors for example, all common to most workplaces, then the wireless signal is weakened causing the range to be closer to 50 - 75 feet.
This applies to other wireless Bluetooth headsets as well. For most headset users though, having a wireless range of about 75 feet is normally adequate. If long wireless range is what you’re after, then make sure to check out the Yealink WH66.
Overall, the Jabra Evolve2 75 is a high quality wireless headset that does a superb job of reducing unwanted noise, while at the same time giving you exceptional audio quality.
Even the ear speakers do a very good job to provide you with a good listening experience. And for those times when you’re not in the throws of business, but listening to music instead, the microphone boom arm stores away and out of sight. Visually, the Evolve2 75 switches from business mode to entertainment mode quickly and easily.
The headset isn’t heavy either, coming in at 6.75 ounces, which is about average for headsets of this type. This means that wearing it all day long should be fine, especially when you consider that it’s been designed to be worn all day, and it has a generously padded headband and ear cushions.
So, if you’re wanting a headset that performs like a noise assassin, then the Jabra Evolve2 75 would be a logical choice. It’s not only modern looking, but it’s packed with a lot of great, and useful technology.