Testing The Best Headphones For Phone Calls (2022)

Do you want a good pair of headphones with good audio quality and that also come with a mic for making phone calls? To help save you time, we will look at some of the top contenders for the best headphones for phone calls of 2019.

Best Headphones For Phone Calls: Reviews

1. Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Previous Model)
  • Amazingly easy to use, Air Pods combine intelligent design with breakthrough technology and crystal clear sound.
  • Get up to 5 hours of listening time on one charge.

You have probably heard of these Apple AirPods, the best and newest wireless in ear headphones courtesy of Apple. They are probably some of the most expensive out there, but with a big price tag also comes a great level of quality and functionality.


The Apple AirPods are of course wireless and they use a pretty darn good Bluetooth connection to connect to your iPhone, iPod, or other music-playing device or smart device too.

They also have a really good Bluetooth connection, so you don’t have to worry about that. What’s also quite impressive about the Apple AirPods is that they have a really good battery life. 

Even better is that they come with a durable case, which you can put them inside of when not in use, and even better than that, the case is also a portable charger. With the case, you can get over 24 hours of battery life. 

The Apple AirPods have a built-in microphone for hands-free phone calls, and, it is a high-quality noise-canceling mic. At the same time, the earbuds themselves have really good Apple quality sound, with great highs, lows, bass, and overall fantastic sound quality.

They are small, portable, come with a charging case, are durable, and have great sound quality too. 


  • Good mic
  • Small and portable
  • High quality audio
  • Great Bluetooth connection
  • Charging case included + good battery life


Very expensive

2. Bose QuietComfort 20 Headphones 

Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, Apple Devices, Black
  • Compatible Devices: iPhone, iPad and iPod models
  • Included Components: QuietComfort 20 headphones, Apple devices, 3 pairs StayHear tips (S, M, L), clothing clip, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (built-in), USB charging cable, carrying case

Alright, so here we have a pair of headphones which are absolutely fantastic in pretty much every way imaginable, and , they are also really expensive, about at the same level as the AirPods reviewed above. 


Something we really like about these Bose QuietComfort 20 Headphones is that they are wired, not wireless.

Ok, so some people may prefer wireless headphones because there is no wire to deal with, but on the other hand, with wired headphones like these, you never have to worry about battery life, which we think is a lifesaver. 

When it comes to sound quality, Bose has always been known for high quality sound, and these Bose QuietComfort 20 Headphones are no different. In terms of sound quality, it’s very likely that these are the very best headphones on our list.

They have super crisp and clear audio, the bass and treble are outstanding, and they can go pretty loud too.

What can also be said about the Bose QuietComfort 20 Headphones is that they are some of the most durable headphones on the market right now, especially when it comes to in-ear headphones. 

They also have a noise-cancelling in-ear bud, which more or less eliminates all outside sound, plus they fit in your ears really nicely as well. They are some of the softer and more comfortable in ear buds out there at this time.

The Bose QuietComfort 20 Headphones also come with a high-quality microphone, as well as a single control button for answering and ending phone calls. 


  • Super sound quality
  • Don’t have to worry about battery life
  • Superior durability
  • Great microphone
  • Noise-cancelling
  • Small and portable + Comfortable


  • Super expensive
  • Some people may not like them because they are wired

Best For

The Bose QuietComfort 20 Headphones are best for people who like wired headphones and are willing spend more on high-quality headphones.

3. Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones

Shure SE215 PRO Wired Earbuds - Professional Sound Isolating Earphones, Clear Sound & Deep Bass, Single Dynamic MicroDriver, Secure Fit In Ear Monitor, plus Carrying Case & Fit Kit - Black (SE215-K)
  • ROAD-TESTED BY PRO MUSICIANS - The SE215 provides detailed sound with enhanced bass for personal listening or professional monitoring..Note : If the size of the earbud tips does not match the size of your ear canals or the headset is not worn properly in your ears, you may not obtain the correct sound qualities or call performance. Change the earbud tips to ones that fit more snugly in your ears
  • STRIKING FULL-RANGE SOUND from a single, vented balanced armature driver. Hear music the way it was meant to be heard.

This is a much more affordable pair of headphones that come in at about a third of the price of the previous two options we looked at. The quality is not quite as high, but you also don’t have to spend a fortune on them.


The Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones are wired earphones, so you don’t have to worry about battery life. Once again, some people like this due to not having to deal with battery life, while others don’t like how the wire can get in the way. 

Now, in terms of sound quality, the Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones may not be quite as good as the Bose earphones reviewed above, but they still hold their own, and have pretty decent sound quality, especially considering the reasonable price which they come in at. 

The Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones are fairly durable, although we would be careful in terms of getting them wet. They have a fairly high quality microphone included so you can make hands-free phone calls, and a single small control button to pick up and end phone calls too. 

The flex foam in ear buds are noise isolating, so they eliminate outside interference quite well, plus these buds are small and comfortable, and come in various sizes. 


  • Reasonable price
  • Decent sound quality
  • Comfortable + multiple sizes
  • Sound isolating
  • High quality microphone 
  • Don’t have to worry about battery life


  • Susceptible to water damage 
  • Cannot go all that loud

Best For

The Shure SE215-K Sound Isolating Earphones are best for people who are looking for a comfortable pair of earphones which feature a good mix of a reasonable price and decent quality.

4. Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass Earbud Headset (Black)

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Here we have what are by far the most affordable pair of headphones on our list so far. They come in at about a quarter of the price of the previous ones reviewed, and a small fraction of the price of the AirPods and Bose headphones. 


The Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass Earbud Headsetis pretty decent for the low price tag which it comes with. The sound quality here is decent for a cheaper pair of headphones; the sound quality is not out of this world, but it’s decent enough for basic listening and they do have pretty good bass sound, although the volume is lacking. 

The Sony earbuds have an integrated microphone with a control button for the simple picking up and ending phone calls, although the microphone itself is nothing special or super high quality. 

We do like how the Sony MDRXB50AP earbuds are wired, so you never have to worry about battery life. The silicone ear buds included here are noise isolating, so they do a decent job at keeping outside noise at bay, and the earbuds are pretty soft and comfortable. 


  • Super low budget-friendly
  • Comfortable and lightweight
  • Color options
  • Integrated microphone
  • Good bass sound


  • Limited volume
  • Limited durability

Best For

The Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass Earbud Headsetare best for people who don’t need the highest quality headphones out there, just something basic that won’t break the bank.

5. Philips Pro Wired Earbuds

PHILIPS Pro Wired Earbud & in-Ear Headphones with Microphone, in-Ear Headphones with Mic, Powerful Bass, Lightweight, Hi-Res Audio, 3.5mm Jack for Phones and Laptops Comfort Fit
  • Headphones with mic. In-ear headphones with in-line microphone and controls with 3 5mm connection. The best earbud & in-ear headphones and headphones with microphone.
  • High-resolution Audio capable earbuds with mic for reproducing music in its purest form. The best earphones wired.

These are the most affordable headphones here on our list. They are in no way anything special, but they won’t cost you a fortune, and they get the job done for basic phone calls and music listening.


The Philips Pro Wired Earbuds come complete with an integrated microphone so you can talk on the phone with them, if you have them connected to a phone.

They also come with a control button to pick up and end phone calls. All of that being said, it’s not like it’s a super high-quality noise-cancelling mic, just a basic one, but it works fine for basic purposes. 

The same can be said for the sound quality which is better than can be expected for such inexpensive headphones, but that said, the bass and volume here are both not the best. 

We like how the Philips Pro Wired Earbuds are wired, because there is no battery life to keep an eye on. In terms of durability, the Philips Pro Wired Earbuds are also not the best, but once again, for such a low price, you really can’t complain. 


  • Really good price
  • Fine for basic phone calling
  • Fine for basic music listening
  • Lightweight and comfortable


  • Lacking durability
  • Lacking sound quality
  • Microphone is not the highest quality

Best For

The Philips Pro Wired Earbuds are best if you need something super basic that won’t cost you very much.


What it all comes down to is how much money you are willing to spend. With a bigger price tag, for headphones, you will usually get higher-quality audio, as well as a higher-quality microphone.

Once you figure out how much you are willing to spend, as well as the level of quality you are expecting, you can then go ahead and make a decision.

About the author


My name is Glen. I've been in the audio world for over 15 years. I love reviewing audio equipment and solving audio related problems.