Pros / It has great audio and voice quality.
Cons / It doesn’t come with accessories like a carrying case or charger.
Verdict / With excellent call quality and hands-free usability, the Jabra Stealth is a standout performer and our recommendation as the best overall Bluetooth headset.
The Jabra Stealth has a sleek design that begs attention with bright red ear gels and contrasting silver and black body. Although its appearance draws attention, you may forget you’re wearing it because it is small and lightweight. At only eight grams, it’s one of the lightest Bluetooth headsets we tested.
The Stealth stands out among the competition because it has great audio and voice quality. Testers had zero complaints about the Stealth during call and playback tests. Listening to music, no sound ranges felt lacking, and voices came across clear and understandable during calls.
According to the World Health Organization’s 2015 “Make Listening Safe” brochure, 85 decibels is the highest volume level considered to be safe for up to eight hours of extended listening. At max volume, the Stealth put out 84 decibels, which is plenty loud. The earpiece is designed to help block ambient noise and direct the speaker’s sound, so you can comfortably listen to the Stealth at lower volumes and still hear everything.
Setting your Stealth to a lower volume also helps conserve battery. The device handles up to six hours of talk time and 10 days on standby. We performed our tests over five consecutive days – using the Stealth for call and playback tests for about an hour a day – on a single charge. Once depleted, it takes about two hours to charge back to full. Unlike other products we tested, the Jabra device did not come with a charging case, wall adapter or car charger, just a USB to micro USB cable.
Ease of Use Features
The Stealth is a streamlined device with one power switch, a concealed micro USB charging port and two buttons. The voice button is on the underside of the mic arm and the answer/end call button is right over the Jabra logo. There are no dedicated volume buttons, so you adjust volume levels on the connected device. The first time you turn on the Stealth, it enters pairing mode. You can easily pair to any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. If your device supports NFC pairing, you can pair by sliding the device and headset’s NFC zones against each other until connection. You can also force pairing mode to connect to a different device.
When connected, the Stealth alerts you to incoming calls. It supports caller ID and reads the caller’s name or number, if you have them in your contacts. It does not alert you to texts if you have your phone on vibrate, which is easy to forget about. Because there are only two buttons, there’s a learning curve to answering and making calls. For example, you tap the call button to answer a call and double tap to reject or end a call.
The Jabra Assist companion app, which you use alongside the Stealth, is useful for monitoring your headset’s battery, adjusting your message readout settings, viewing the product manual and finding your device.
The Stealth’s dedicated voice button lets you give voice commands, depending on the connected device. It is compatible with both Siri and Google Now
The Jabra Stealth won a Red Dot Design Award in 2015, an accolade that highlights both the appearance and intuitive nature of the design. At 8 grams, it’s one of the lightest Bluetooth headsets we tested. Testers rated another Jabra product, the Eclipse, as a little more comfortable, but the Stealth is still good for extended wear. You can wear it on either ear, and it includes two ear hooks and six ear cushions for you to find the best fit no matter your preferred wearing style.
The Jabra Stealth is our top recommendation for the best Bluetooth headset. Its great performance coupled with its award-winning design and functionality make it a good choice.