Best business headphones and earphones for work 2020: best headset with microphone for working from home and more

Due to the ongoing menace of the coronavirus (aka COVID-19), many companies have made arrangements for employees to work from home, helping reduce the spread of the coronavirus while also helping to limit the impact on productivity.  

Here we feature the best in business headphones – but also check out our feature on everything else you need to set up your home office.

If you’re looking for the best business headphones and earphones for making and receiving business calls, we’ve got you covered.

With many of us now needing to work from home, having a great business headset with a microphone attached is a must-have, allowing you to stay in touch and engaged in conference calls wherever you are.

There’s a huge amount of choice out there, which can make choosing the best business headphones and earphones for your needs difficult. This is where our  guide to the best business headphones and earphones can help.

Many come with top-of-the-range microphones, along with noise cancelling, which means the people you’re speaking to won’t hear any background noise. We’ve left out brands like Beats headphones that maybe don’t look smart enough.

The best business headphones on this page also offer high-end audio quality as well, but without costing the earth. They are also compact enough to carry around with you, and look smart and professional as well.

All the best business headphones and earphones you see on this page have been picked because they include features that ensure voice and video calls can be made with the highest quality audio and recording quality.

Read on to find out what our best business headphones and earphones picks are, and don’t forget to use our price comparison tool to help you get the best deals, no matter your budget.

The best business headphones and earphones 2020

Philips Fidelio X2

The Philips Fidelio X2s are a superb pair of headphones offering premium comfort and build quality with a sound that rivals even the most vaunted audiophile cans.

Their comfortable design means they can be worn for long periods of time while working thanks to the memory foam construction of the earpads.

Read the full review: Philips Fidelio X2

Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose has finally brought its fantastic noise-cancelling technology to a pair of wireless headphones, and it’s done so without any of the traditional drawbacks of wireless headphones – they sound great, and their battery life is long enough for even the longest video meeting. Going wireless with your business headphones means you have less clutter on your desk, freeing you up for more important things when on an important call.

At $349.95 (£289.95) the QC35s sit firmly at the premium end of the spectrum, but if you want the best noise-cancelling headphones available right now then you can’t get any better.

Read the full review: Bose QuietComfort 35

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 offer insane battery life, great sound quality and good active noise cancellation for the business man or woman in your life. They may not offer the best noise cancellation – especially compared to the Bose QuietComfort 35s or the Fidelio NC1 – but at only $200 (£230, AU$250) it’s hard to think of a better travel headphone for the price.

Ultimately, with the BackBeat Pro 2, you’re getting a travel headphone with incredible battery life, supreme comfort, the ability to pair two device as one and, most importantly, good sound quality for the cost.

Read our full review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

These no-holds-barred wireless headphones are oozing with positive qualities, but for many, they’re almost prohibitively expensive. However, if you’re an audio lover that can spare the expense, do not hesitate on this comfortable, hard-working set of headphones that will likely last for years.

Read the full review: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

RHA T10i review

If you’d rather some in-ear earphones for your business dealings, then the RHA T10i is the first set you should consider for one simple reason: the sound quality is incredible, thanks to the snug seal created when the headphones are stuck in your ear. Plus the bass is also robust for such small earphones.

The RHA T10i look slick with a metal finish around the drivers and around the cable as well. They also come with several replacement tips if the defaults don’t fit your ear canal. They’re more expensive than other earbuds on the list, but there’s good reason they feautre at the top of our business earphones selection.

Read the full review: RHA T10i

Shure SE215

If you’re in the market for the best in-ear headphones, you should really be looking at Shure’s entire catalog of truly excellent in-ear options. Of them all, however, our current favorites are the Shure SE215s – they’re not the top-tier performers from the audio company, but we think they offer the best performance-to-price ratio of any of Shure’s headsets.

Sure, the headphones look great in their futuristic-looking translucent, space grey color, but the best bit is that you can snag the Shure SE215s for ~$100.

Read the full review: Shure SE215

Bose QuietControl 30

Life is full of trade-offs, and it’s the same with the Bose QuietControl 30s. On the plus side you get a level of noise cancellation that’s on a par with the brand’s over-ear headphones, but the compromise here is on sound quality, which is simply not as good as that of other in-ear or over-ear headphones we’ve tried.

However, if you’re going to be using these on video or voice calls in a noisy office, then these are definitely worth considering.

Read the full review: Bose QuietControl 30

V-Moda Forza

The V-Moda Forza offer a lot – they sound good, are built to last, and have an innovative modular design that we really like is like nothing we’ve seen before on an earbud. The Forza, therefore, are perfect for anyone who wants headphones that can do it all, from working out to taking these with you on the morning commute to the office. 

Sure, they’re not the most balanced sounding or highest resolution, but the water resistance and modular design of the Forza make them a pretty compelling option.

Read the full review: V-Moda Forza

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