Here Are The Top 10 Best NFC Bluetooth Headsets 2020

With sales of Bluetooth headsets not slowing down, and NFC adoption rising as more devices are equipped with it, NFC Bluetooth headsets represent a step up in wireless headsets that should increasingly become more and more common.

A key advantage of NFC over Bluetooth is connection time. Unlike with Bluetooth, where the user has to go through several steps like turning it on, making devices discoverable, scanning for devices, and inputting a password, pairing via NFC requires only that both devices be brought within close proximity (around 4 cm). NFC Bluetooth headsets utilize the best of both worlds by establishing a connection via the split-second pairing of NFC, then turning the connection over to Bluetooth, which has the greater range (up to 33 feet or more).

If you already own a smartphone with NFC, consider making your next wireless earpiece a NFC Bluetooth headset.


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Given its compound ranking of 91%, we determined that the Bose SoundLink 2 is, as of now, Alphachooser's best NFC Bluetooth headset 2020. We also believe that our 31010 reviews sampled across multiple sources give us a high confidence level (more on confidence levels) that allows us to call it a "no-brainer best choice."

Bose SoundLink 2

Weight: 149.4 grams
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Rather lightweight (at 8.3 ounces compared to other headphones), this NFC Bluetooth headset banks on specs like a 20-hour music playback time that can be extended by 2.5 hours with a 15-minute charge, and a battery life of 40 hours on a wired mode

bose quietcomfort 35

Weight: 235.3 grams
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4.4
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This premium-class Bluetooth headset from Sony unsurprisingly sports promising specs and features, which include adaptive sound control, sound optimization based on atmospheric pressure (for in-flight use, in particular), a 38-hour music playback time (30 hours if noise cancellation is turned on), and touch controls.

Sony WH-1000XM2

Weight: 275.0 grams
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This lightweight (but hefty by mono model standards, at 20 grams) Bluetooth headset banks on specs like its seven-hour talk time with 90 minutes of charging, six layers of Windsmart and dual-capacitive smart sensor technology, and a charging case that boosts its talk time by 14 hours.

Plantronics Voyager 5200 UC

Weight: 20 grams
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The SoundSport Pulse, as its name suggests, sells its built-in heart rate monitor to the athletics-loving crowd -- all while also offering specs like an unimpressive 5-hour working time, NFC support, and Bluetooth version 4.2 (which is still uncommon among mid-2017 Bluetooth headsets).

Bose SoundSport Pulse

Weight: 23.0 grams

More NFC Bluetooth headsets, sorted by the latest model first:

The Sony h.ear in 2 has a sound-enhancing DSEE HX feature, an 8-hour working time, and high-resolution audio support in its arsenal of specs, but its vibrating neckband is perhaps the most unique thing that sets it apart from other Bluetooth headsets.

Sony h.ear in 2

Weight: 32.9 grams
The Sony WH-H800's 24-hour battery life will likely impress audiophiles on its own, but other specs, such as support for high-resolution audio, NFC capability, and a Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX feature make it appear like an even more promising Bluetooth headset.

Sony WH-H800

This Sony WF-1000X Bluetooth headset may not have the best battery specs (like most other cord-free models), but its 3-hour single-charge working time is supplemented by features like an ambient sound mode, NFC support, and adaptive sound control.

Sony WF-1000X

Weight: 6.8 grams
Aside from a sophisticated-sounding atmospheric pressure-optimizing feature, the Sony WI-1000X also offers an ambient sound mode, a comparatively-lengthy (compared to most other Bluetooth headsets' specs) 13-hour maximum playback time, and only 100 hours of stand-by (with the noise-cancelling option turned off).

Sony WI-1000X

Weight: 61.0 grams
This NFC stereo Bluetooth headset banks on its specs, which include a three-hour charging time yielding up to 24 hours of music playback time, a talk time of 20 hours, and a notable stand-by time of one month -- put aside special features to alert you of talking while muted and to let you hear ambient noise while wearing the earpieces.

Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC

Weight: 288.9 grams
Offering specs including a slightly above average talk time of ten hours and a satisfactory stand-by time of 10 days on a two-hour charge, this classic mono Bluetooth headset with NFC features an auto-pairing at first time start-up within the range of 33 feet.

Jabra Mono Bluetooth Headset

Weight: 9.6 grams
Having an additional two hours of talk time compared to its predecessor, the Boom 2 Plus Bluetooth headset boasts specs including a mid-range talk time of nine hours, an almost average stand-by time of 240 minutes, a battery charge of 15 minutes yielding up to 2.5 hours of call and has IP54 coating, which protects it from light rain, dust, or sweat.

Motorola Boom 2+

Weight: 45.4 grams
The NFC-enabled Sony MDR-XB950B1 promises an enhanced bass experience (compared to the average Bluetooth headset), an option for wired use, and a better-than-most usage time of 18 hours -- although its 200-hour stand-by is unfortunately not as satisfactory as its other specs.

Sony MDR-XB950B1

Weight: 280 grams
This NFC Bluetooth headset boasts an approximate six hours of talk time, various wearing styles (in-ear gel, over-ear hook, or a combination), and a feature that lets you flip the boom to answer a call.

Motorola Boom 2

Weight: 9 grams
Joining the group of high-priced Bluetooth headsets, this IPX2-rated single earbud is packed with features and specs like echo cancelling, motion control (yes/no through head movements), multi-lingual voice control, and a 4-hour playback. Sadly, it is not compatible with iOS devices.

Sony Xperia Ear

Weight: 6.6 grams
Aside from being compatible with NFC devices, the Sony MDR-XB80BS markets itself as a user-friendly Bluetooth headset by banking on its IPX5 rating (even claiming that it is "washable") and bass-enhancing feature -- but its longevity specs (200 hours of stand-by and seven hours of usage) are obviously not the best.

Sony MDR-XB80BS

Weight: 26.9 grams
A lightweight at 0.8 ounces, this sports NFC Bluetooth headset features specs like its six hours of music playback time in a two-hour charge, three different sizes of StayHear+ ear tips, and an in-line mic to remote design.

Bose SoundSport

Weight: 22.7 grams
Despite having specs that may seem more of an inconvenience, such as its three hours of charging time, this around-the-neck Bluetooth headset, weighing only 2.3 ounces, is equipped with a manual noise cancellation system that complements its 10 hours of playback time. It is also capable of Music Share which allows two different users to listen to the same audio file simultaneously.

Bose QuietControl 30

Weight: 65.2 grams
The Platinum Bluetooth headset, from the LG Tone line, highlights audio enhancements like Harman Kardon Platinum sound and Qualcomm AptX on top of its other features like retractable earbuds, balanced armature speaker technology, and 10 and 11 hours of talk and playback time, respectively.

LG Tone Platinum

Weight: 58.1 grams
The 100ABN Bluetooth headset builds its music-oriented portfolio through features like aptX and high-res audio support, Beat response control technology for "low-end focused music styles", AI which automatically selects the level of noise cancellation based on ambient noise, and 20 hours of music playback which, to no surprise, requires a relatively-longer charging time of six hours.

Sony MDR 100ABN

This mono Bluetooth headset is noted for its durability, offering water- and dust-resistance (IP54-certified), five years of warranty, and a 6-hour talk time.

Jabra Steel

Weight: 10 grams
Among the top of its category, this over-the-head Bluetooth headset offers up to 30 hours of wireless music playback, a corded option (3.5mm AUX cable), and HD audio.

BlueAnt Pump Zone

Weight: 256 grams
This stereo Bluetooth headset puts a 20-hour cordless music time (when Active Noise Cancelling is off, 10 hours with ANC) at the top of its list of features, which also includes ear-cup touch controls, 40mm dual-layered drivers, and Ultra-High-Quality (UHQ) audio.

Samsung Level On Pro

One of many models to offer easy pairing (NFC), this mono Bluetooth headset (v3.0) also adds an 8-hour talk time and, using two microphones, noise reduction and echo cancellation.

Samsung MN910

The Jabra Eclipse is narrow (24.82mm) and lightweight (5.5 grams) but offers a rather low 72 hours of standby -- and it supports NFC pairing.

Jabra Eclipse

Weight: 5.5 (charging case 35 grams; total 40.5 grams) grams
The XB650BT Bluetooth headset is the mid-range model from the Sony Extra Bass line, featuring the noise-cancelling Bass Booster technology, aptX, and above-average working and stand-by times of 30 and 300 hours, respectively -- which unsurprisingly also entails twice the battery charging time

Sony MDR-XB650BT

Weight: 189.9 grams
A 2200-Ohm speaker impedance stands out most in this Bluetooth headset's specs list that also features one-touch pairing (NFC) and a 17-hour music time.

Sony ZX770BT

Weight: 240.1 grams
The MDR-ZX330BT Bluetooth headset could be noted for its music playback time (30 hours) and its 30mm ferrite-magnet drivers.

Sony MDR-ZX330BT

Weight: 150.0 grams
A 13-hour music time (19 hours with noise cancellation off) and NFC capability are two of this Bluetooth headset's key features, as well as its included audio cable (Sony says it provides a better sound) and a bass-distortion-control system.

Sony MDR-ZX770BN

Weight: 244.9 grams
This IP55 certified headset caters to the fitness crowd with Trackfit, connects easily with NFC, and offers up to 330 minutes of music playback.

Jabra Sport Coach

Weight: 15.9 grams
A headset with NoiseGard (noise cancelling) and the aptX codec, the Sennheiser Momentum wireless offers what the manufacturer describes as crystal-clear sound, 22 hours of unplugged usage, and a detachable 3.5 mm audio cable.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

Weight: 265 grams
The Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless is a foldable Bluetooth 4.0 headset that has a touchable or slidable control panel and a 1.2-meter-long 3.5mm audio cable, meant to prolong its 25-hour music time.

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless

This Bluetooth headset, which leans toward the sporty end with IPX4 water resistance, can play music continuously for around 4.5 hours with its 6mm dynamic drivers=.

Sony MDR-AS800BT

Weight: 16 (without arc supporters) grams
This Bluetooth 4.0 mono headset targets fleet drivers with a 95% noise reduction claim, NFC contact-less pairing and 24 hours of talk time.

VXi Blueparrott B350-XT

Weight: 77.1 grams
A big headset (340 grams is more than most headphones we have seen!) connecting with either an Apple audio cable or Bluetooth, with an automatic play/pause feature and up to one day of music streaming.

Plantronics Backbeat Pro

Weight: 340 grams
Stereo Bluetooth 3.0 headset with 650 hours (27 days) of standby time, a music/call remote control, and NFC touch-less technology.

Sony SBH80 Stereo

Despite a small frame and weight (0.28 oz.), this NFC-enabled mono headset has a talk time of six hours (just below the average) and a decent 10-day standby time.

Jabra Stealth

Bluetooth 4.0 mono headset featuring an MFI chipset for Apple compatibility, NFC (easy connection by touching), Multipoint (up to eight devices), and seven hours of talk time.

Jabra Motion

Weight: 17.3 grams
Jabra's driver-friendly Bluetooth headset, featuring a folding boom microphone as its power switch and designed to attach to an optional headband, promoting voice controls, touch-pairing through NFC with Bluetooth 3.0, and giving users a close-to-average 15-day standby time.

Jabra Supreme Driver Edition

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