The Best Motorcycle Bluetooth Headsets: Budget To Premium

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Introduction

Come to think of it, I’m a bit of a miserable tyke.

In normal, everyday life, I do my best to avoid (most) people and whatever inane chit-chat they intend to throw my way.

I’m not antisocial, nor do I struggle with social interaction.

I just don’t like anyone!

So as I’m sure you can imagine, the last thing I want is for someone to break the solitude of my ride in the mountains by uninvitedly bursting into my eardrum.

As much as I enjoy the company of the people I’m out riding with, I don’t want them invading my cochlea with whatever shit they saw on Facebook last night.

But motorcycle Bluetooth headsets aren’t just about chatting to your riding buddies. Far from it!

Because despite not wanting to talk to people, I use mine almost constantly.

rider and pillion with motorcycle bluetooth headsets
Motorcycle Bluetooth headsets are a staple riding accessory

I use it for GPS voice directions when I’m in the unknown. And I can accept phone calls if I’m expecting someone important to ring.

Splitting my time between Manchester and London, I often make this mind-numbingly boring cross-country trek. And I pass the time by listening to music or enjoying whatever book I have on Audible.

Whether it’s for navigation, rider communication, listening to music, or keeping in touch with the outside world, motorcycle Bluetooth headsets have become an essential part of our riding.

So without further ado, let’s get onto the results! For the purpose of this post, we have ranked these motorcycle Bluetooth headsets based on price:

  • Low-Cost – up to £100
  • Mid-Range – £100 – £200
  • Premium – £200 and over

If you’re interested in the method we used to rank each headset, click here to go to that part of the article.

Top 9 Motorcycle Bluetooth Headsets (Low-Cost, Mid-Range & Premium)


Top 3 Low-Cost Motorcycle Bluetooth Headsets

For the purpose of this post, ‘low-cost’ is up to £100.

As you’d expect, these headsets may lack some of the all-singing and all-dancing features of those in the premium range.

But that’s okay, because the cost is lower, too!

For the price, low-cost Bluetooth headsets are generally fine for everyday use. In fact, I’ve spent most of my riding career with budget headsets, and they’ve always been great.

The biggest problem we found with headsets in the budget range is the clarity of communication at high speed.

But if you’re not planning on having many conversions on the autobahn, these budget headsets are a worthy option.

Top 3 Low-Cost Motorcycle Bluetooth Headsets: Results Chart

low-cost overview

Winner: Low-Cost Category

Sena SMH5

  • Sena SMH5 on Shoei helmet
  • Sena SMH5 motorcycle helmet bluetooth
  • Sena SMH5 headset
  • Single Sena SMH5 motorcycle helmet bluetooth

For us, the Sena SMH5 is for riders who have already dabbled with cheap headsets off eBay. And who are now ready to take the plunge into ‘proper’ Bluetooth headsets.

This entry-level Sena does exactly what most ‘everyday’ riders want it to do. It doesn’t have the look-at-me features of the expensive Sena’s. But it’s uncomplicated, effortless, and functional.

It can connect up to four riders, but only two of those four riders can communicate at any one time.


Top 3 Mid-Range Motorcycle Bluetooth Headsets

Onwards we move to the mid-range headsets in our list.

Whilst the low-cost radios above are perfect for everyday use, these mid-range headsets offer more features. They provide better sound, noise cancellation technology, and better waterproofing capabilities.

I joked at the top of this post that rider-to-rider communication isn’t really my thing. But maybe it’s important to you.

If you ride or tour in groups, and enjoy a bit of inter-rider by-play along the route, then you’ll be much better off with a mid-range headset.

All in all, these headsets offer higher specifications, are great for group rides, and are better for riders who want more than the basics from their unit.

Top 3 Mid-Range Motorcycle Bluetooth Headsets: Results

mid-range chart

Winner: Mid-Range Category

Interphone Tour

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  • interphone tour bluetooth4
  • interphone tour bluetooth5

If you’re after a no-nonsense headset that has oodles has features yet is rugged and durable, look no further than the Interphone Tour.

Seeing as though there are only 24 hours in a day, you’ll never run out of conversation thanks to the I4’s 20-hour talk time.

And even if you do, you can fast-charge it from 0-80% in an hour!

It has a 4-way intercom system, FM radio, and the ability to connect to any Bluetooth device. Its standby time is a mind-boggling 1,000 hours.

If you enjoy riding long tours with a pillion or as part of a group, this unit would be a great choice.

With its advanced noise control to block out ambient noise, Interphone’s flagship headset punches way above its weight.

And at a very reasonable price.


Top 3 Premium Motorcycle Bluetooth Headsets

And so we peruse into the upper echelons of the headset world!

The creme-de-la-creme of Bluetooth units.

You’ll be paying quite the pretty price for the motorcycle Bluetooth headsets in this section. But they come jam-packed with features, are well built, and feature highly revered Mesh technology.

If you ride in large groups, or simply value the benefits of quality audio, then these are the motorcycle Bluetooth headsets for you.

Top 3 Premium Motorcycle Bluetooth Headsets: Results

premium chart

Winner: Premium Category

Sena 50 Series (S and R models)

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  • sena 50 s & r headset4
  • sena 50 s & r motorcycle bluetooth headset3
  • sena 50 s & r motorcycle bluetooth headset5
  • sena 50 s & r headset2

If audio is your thing and you enjoy a top-draw gadget, then I hope you’re wearing dark trousers. Because you’re about to get a wet patch.

The 50 Series models have a feature list that is nothing short of gargantuan. And on top of that, these motorcycle Bluetooth headsets hallmark the prodigious Mech 2.0 technology.

If you enjoy riding in groups, the 50 Series units really come into their own. Using a private network, you can link up with 24 other riders. Or using an open network, the number of riders you can link up with is unlimited.

And the best bit? You don’t even have to set them up!

With the push of a single button, the Sena 50 Series units automatically pair with other riders. The days of manually pairing are long gone with top-of-the-range Sena’s!

As with other higher-spec Sena’s, the 50 Series units have the ability to audio-multitask. They also have the capacity to accept ultra-fast charging and boast HD audio.

In the pack comes a dedicated Wi-Fi adapter that keeps your unit charged and updated with the latest firmware.

We find it astonishing that you can connect to an unlimited amount of riders and still communicate from 5 miles away!

The advanced voice control on the Series 50 units is brilliant, as is the advanced noise control.

But for the price, it damn well should be!

Note: For those wondering the difference between the S and the R model, the S comes with an hour longer battery life. It also has a dial for adjusting volume where the R has buttons.

To be honest, there is very little difference between the two. It comes down to whether you prefer controlling the device with buttons or a dial.


The Best Motorcycle Bluetooth Headsets: Method Of Ranking

Specs

If you’re in the market for a headset, you’ll know there are a tonne of options on the market. So we spent about 48 million years testing, researching, and deliberating as many headsets as we could find.

We appreciate that different people have different priorities, so we came up with a list of 12 important specifications to satisfy the needs of most riders. These features were:

Once all the headsets had been ranked, we compressed this specs list by grouping them together into a list like this:

Price

But it’s not as simple as just shoving these specifications into a spreadsheet.

Because different people have different budgets.

If you have a budget of £100, there’s no point in us recommending you a headset that costs £400.

So as we were about to die by spreadsheet-induced suicide, we split all of our recommended headsets into three groups.

And these groups were:

  • Low-cost headsets – (up to £100)
  • Mid-range headsets – (£100 – £200)
  • Premium headsets – (£200 and above)

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