A Bluetooth headset can be a great way to go hands-free with your two way radio experience. However, if you decide to get a quality Bluetooth two way radio headset, you would find yourself dealing with quite a challenge.
This is because the options are few and most of them lack the quality you would want, so it can be hard to find the products worth your consideration. But as with pretty much everything amateur radio, we have done all the hard work for you and found the 5 best Bluetooth headsets for two way radios that aren’t crap.
Best Bluetooth Headsets for Two Way Radios
Here are our two way radio bluetooth headset reviews.
The Wrea is one of the rare few Bluetooth headsets that actually brings the kind of quality to the table that you would expect. It comes with a Bluetooth dongle and 4.0 Bluetooth earpiece.
It boasts a built-in PTT microphone, and you can put it on either ear. The audio quality is great compared to many of the other options out there, but make sure you pair it with the HB-6B connector.
Its lightweight and easy on your ear, so it would be very comfortable to wear for long hours while working very well overall.
- Better quality compared to other products
- Impressively functional
- Lightweight and easy, comfortable on your ear
- Works well right out of the box
- The Bluetooth range isn’t very long so you will need to keep that in mind always when using it
As you can tell, this is actually designed to be a Bluetooth earpiece for motorcycle two way radio users. However, it would also work well for general use, as the earpiece is long enough. But again, it’s not a headset and an earpiece, though as the options are few and this is a pretty solid one, we decided to review it as one of our top picks.
It comes with a more advanced Bluetooth version of 4.1, and boasts a solid standby of 300 hours. It’s also very versatile and allows you to do a lot of things besides just listening to your radio.
It’s also waterproof and comes with a noise reduction design, so the annoying external noise wouldn’t be much of a problem with this one, something very common with other products.
- Advanced Bluetooth headset
- Great battery life
- Waterproof with noise reduction design
- Nothing worth noting so far.
This is another decent option if you’re looking for a quality Bluetooth headset for your handheld two way radio without breaking the bank. It comes with some very impressive features and is very functional overall.
It can adapt to two devices at the same time, one being your two way walkie talkie, and the other can be your smartphone. It also comes with built-in noise reduction technology, meaning you would get clear sound.
The mic is 270-degree rotatable for increased flexibility, and the build quality is pretty good too.
- Great quality at a fair price
- Very functional with some impressive features
- Crystal clear sound
- Rotatable mic offers flexibility
- We didn’t find any major issues with this product either.
Let us tell you right off the bat that this product has some notable issues. However, as we said in the beginning of this post, there aren’t many options out there when it comes to Bluetooth headsets for handheld or business two way radios, so we had to pick this not-so-great option as well.
That said, if you’re looking for a very cheap product and do not expect much, this one will do the trick for you. It’s compatible with popular brands like Kenwood, BaoFeng, TYT and more with K-type connector, while also being able to pair with your smartphone.
While it doesn’t come with any instructions which makes it difficult for the user to use it properly, but once you figure out properly you can make it work reasonably well for your needs.
- Great price
- Works with most brands
- Functional enough for basic use
- Good audio quality for the price
- No instructions and difficult to figure out everything on your own
- Sometimes the static can get too high
- Not as convenient as our other top picks
We would like to say something similar about this unit that we said about the above product, but the biggest difference being that it’s more expensive and more functional. It’s a good way to go hands-free with your two way radio experience with absolutely no wires at all.
It comes with a dual connection charger, the PTT function works well, is easy to connect, and works pretty well overall.
The sound quality is better than you would expect compared to other products, and the build quality wouldn’t be a problem as well.
- Surprisingly functional with some pretty useful features
- Dual connection charger
- Impressive sound quality
- Good build quality
- It doesn’t transmit well every time for some users and they have to re-seat the plug multiple times to get it to work
Bluetooth Headset for Two Way Radio Buyer’s Guide
You see, Bluetooth headsets in general and Bluetooth headsets for two way radios are two completely different things. So while the former are insanely popular, you would be hard-pressed to find more than a few options for your two way radio.
Secondly, the demand for them isn’t much either. So none of the major brands take any interest in manufacturing these devices, meaning you have to rely on some small Chinese manufacturers.
And this is one of the reasons the options are so few. These small Chinese manufacturers don’t try to be creative and offer unique products, but just copy what’s already available. This is the reason you currently have many different brands and sellers selling the same Bluetooth headsets for two way radios.
Finally, this also means a lot of products that are crap and near useless. And this is precisely why the quality options are few and hard to find.
However, our top 3 picks are great quality products that should work well and last you for a long while. Our last two picks aren’t too bad too; they are good budget options that work well too albeit with a couple issues.
Important Features to Look For
While being able to find a quality Bluetooth headset for two way radios is kind of enough given the limited options, there are some features that you may want to consider.
- Sound quality
- Build quality
- Ease of connecting
- PTT function
- Performance for both receive and transmit (some do not work as well when transmitting)
- Comfort and fit