The 10 Best Helmet BT Inserts to Buy 2019

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You’ve probably been in a situation where you are riding your bike, and you feel you could use some good music. But then, to enjoy the music, you probably have been forced to replace your helmet with another one that has installed audio components. In this case, you have to deal with tangling of wires, the cost of replacement and poor sound quality. Thanks to the Best helmet BT inserts, you don’t need to replace your helmet anymore. Just purchase the Bluetooth inserts and enjoy features like using the intercom to communicate with other riders, dialing functionality, Bluetooth audio play and hands-free features that don’t distract you on the road.

Features to Consider in Good Helmet BT Inserts

People choose to buy a headset for a variety of reasons like picking calls, listening to music and intercom communication. Some brands come with a lot of features, and you should only choose the ones you need the most. These features will guide you in choosing the best helmet BT inserts. Read on.

Voice command
If you want to ride safe, then you need the voice command feature in your Bluetooth inserts. Some of the brands have this feature, while others don’t. It will be much convenient if you want to call someone you only issue a voice command and the headset does the rest. Since it is connected to your phone. It will enable you to communicate while riding the bike, no need to stop and pick up your calls manually.

Range
The range of the BT headset is something you should consider. If you are riding with fellow riders, then you need an intercom connection. This connection gives you a stable connection with zero interference and voice breakage. Communication with fellow passengers is crucial, and this specification should be the determining factor.

Sound and voice quality
You need a BT headset that blocks out ambient noises like engine and traffic noises, also the gushing wind around your helmet. The BT headset should provide voice clarity, and if you can’t hear well, then there will be no communication. Whether you are getting direction guidance from your phone GPS, listening to good music or even during a phone call. Voice clarity is crucial, and the headset should also reduce ambient noises. The microphone quality should be high; other riders need to hear you well.

Supported devices
The number of devices it can connect gives you an idea of which BT headset to buy. Be it your phone or iPod. You can also communicate with other riders on the phone using this feature. Some brands can connect up to 6 devices. But how often do you connect six devices? What will be the cost? It all comes down to personal preference.

Battery life
You need a BT headset that can last the whole day after a full charge. Interruptions during communication should be out of the picture. The BT headset should come with a high capacity battery, to give you the best experience while riding your bike. You need to look at the intercom and cell phone talk time.

Now you have an idea of what to look for in a helmet BT insert, and there are several BT headsets in the online markets. We`ve narrowed down to only ten brands. Here are the top ten helmet BT inserts.

Top 10 Best Helmet BT Inserts 2019

1. Buyee Motorcycle Bluetooth Helmet Intercom headset

Why we like it: being able to automatically switch from cell phone to stereo and intercom using the NFC function is a welcoming idea. In addition to that, the sound clarity is better even at speeds of 120km/hr.

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Sound and voice quality
This motorcycle headset comes with DSP noise reduction and Echo cancellation capabilities. It reduces the amount of ambient noise like engine noise or distraction by wind when moving at high speeds. The result is a crystal clear voice clarity when listening to music or when calling someone on the phone. Even at high speeds. In addition to that, this headset is water resistant, which means that even in rainy weather, your headset won’t be compromised. Another important consideration is the microphone voice quality. The microphone is of good quality, and the other riders can hear you well.

Supported devices and range
This headset allows three users to connect via intercom. Users can be approximately 3300 feet apart; in this case, you can warn someone of an accident ahead. This motorcycle headset gives you a total of 6 hours talk time on the intercom, and 10 hours while connected to the phone. This feature allows you to connect to your GPS and phone at the same time. You can also choose to listen to music from your phone or iPod, instructions from your GPS. The button panel is water and sun-proof.

Battery life
The battery can last you for approximately 300 hours.

Verdict
The NFC function will automatically identify your phone if it’s close, and answer your calls. This makes this headset hands-free. You will be able to switch automatically through stereo, intercom and cell phone. The brackets and clips will enable you to attach this BT headset to the EPS cushion of the helmet.

Pros
  • 300 hours of battery life
  • NFC function for the automatic answering of calls
  • Light in weight
  • DSP noise and echo reduction function
  • 3300 feet range
  • Intercom communication between 3 users
  • Easy to install in the helmet
Cons
  • Buzzing sound while in use
  • No voice command feature

2. LEXIN Bluetooth Motorcycle Headset

Why we like it: the range is excellent, as long as the antennae line has less static. The voice commands and confirmation of what button you are pressing are also good. For example channel up and down voice confirmation. It provides no distraction while on the road.

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Sound and voice clarity
The LEXIN BT headset comes with high-end noise cancellation technology to reduce ambient noise. Only the sound from the stereo is directed into the ear. The noise cancellation technology uses sound frequencies to block out ambient noise. Only sound below specific frequencies is allowed in the ear region. It also features a digital signal processing unit for the best audio functionality. It gives you the best intercom communication experience. Even in top speeds (120km/h), the gushing wind will not affect the sound clarity. In case you need an external audio device, there is a 3.5mm line-in for that purpose. The microphone delivers clear voice to other users on the intercom.

Supported devices and range
This headset can support up to 6 gadgets, but you can only talk to two at a time using the intercom. The maximum range is about 3200 feet. It features A2DP Bluetooth for GPS direction and wireless music. This Bluetooth headset is completely hands-free, you can auto-receive both the intercom and the cellphone calls while riding.

Battery life
The battery can last up to 150 hours, and it gives you 6 hours of talk-time either on the phone or intercom.

Verdict
This headset is made from all-weather materials, and you don’t have to worry about exposure to rain or sunlight. In a standard helmet, it fits well in the ear region. Also, the microphone can fit very well in a full face and open face style helmet.

Pros
  • A2DP audio distribution
  • 150 hours battery standby
  • Microphone fits in both open face and full face style helmets
  • Noise cancellation technology
  • Hands-free profile (HFB)
  • 3200 feet intercom range
  • Good quality microphone
Cons
  • The volume control buttons are a bit small, making it hard to press with gloved fingers.

3. Sena 20S-01 Motorcycle Communication System

Why we like it: don’t worry about the price, the audio components in this headset are excellent. The bass is good. Ideal for those who love music while riding, what’s more, you can share the music with your fellow riders.

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Sound and voice clarity
The headset features the Sena Advanced Voice Control noise cancellation. It blocks the sound of higher frequencies. Leaving you with a crystal clear sound clarity. You can also talk to your riding buddies while at the same time listening to your music jams or GPS directions. The sound will not interrupt the other but just overlay each other. You will appreciate the smooth and responsive user experience.

Supported devices and range
This headset comes with a universal intercom device that uses Bluetooth 4.1. It has a motor sensor technology. You only need to shake it when pairing with other devices. The voice command is also good, with intuitive hands-free voice commands. The range is good, up to two kilometers of communication. It supports up to eight riders.

Battery life
The battery life is long, can last a whole day after a full charge.

Verdict
The round design looks stylish and futuristic. If you are tired of listening to MP3, then you can shift to the in-built radio. It is also easy to install on the helmet.

Pros
  • Superior audio components for sound clarity
  • Super long battery life
  • Stylish round design
  • Voice command
  • Motor sensor technology
  • Range of 2 kilometers
  • Great for music
Cons
  • The price might deter you, but take a look at the features

4. LEXIN B4FM Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom

Why we like it: the voice commands are compatible with Siri, on iPhone and S Voice, on Samsung phones. This feature makes it completely hands-free. You only need to concentrate on the road, which is suitable for your safety.

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Sound and voice clarity
The headset features the Hands-free Profile (HFP) and the Automatic Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). This feature provides you with a seamless sound clarity when listening to the radio, or communicating on the intercom with other riders. It also supports full duplex communication on the intercom.

Supported devices and range
The intercom communication distance is 1600 meters, and it supports up to 4 riders. The Bluetooth configuration is v3.0. It has a micro-USB port for charging it. In addition to that, it comes with an in-built radio in case you want to listen to some news. The switch from radio or stereo to the intercom is done automatically, and it reduces the need for manual switching on the interface.

Battery life
It comes with a rechargeable polymer/Lithium-ion battery. You get 350 hours of standby time, 15 hours of talk time and music streaming.

Verdict
The design is waterproof, and the microphone can fit in different helmets. It has a bracket and clip, for attaching the headset between the EPS cushion and the shell. You need a Velcro pad to secure the headset in position. The headset will not fall out of place, even when riding on rough terrain. The installation process is easy to follow. The buttons are big, and you can easily feel them with gloved hands.

Pros
  • High capacity Lithium-ion battery
  • Waterproof design
  • Bluetooth v3.0
  • Range of 1600 meters
  • Ease of installation
  • Built-in radio
Cons
  • It takes a few seconds (About 8) to switch from music to intercom communication
  • At full speed, the wind causes the sound to be distorted

5. FreedConn TCOM-SC headset

Why we like it: the FreedConn headset comes with an LCD screen for ease of use. The display will show you the number of connected devices and the battery level.

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Sound and voice quality
For those who like riding at top speeds, you need to check out this headset. It comes with high-frequency speakers for sound clarity. In addition to that, they feature the DSP noise and echo cancellation technology. The microphone delivers quality voice to other riders on the intercom, despite the winds and ambient sounds. You can listen to high-quality music, FM Radio, and GPS voice prompt. Moreover, you have access to an AVRCP playback control. Which allows you to play the music, skip to the next song, etc. the sound clarity at high speed is also good.

Supported devices and range
The intercom communication of the FreedConn headset supports a total of three riders, but you can only communicate with two of them at the same time. The maximum range is 800 meters. To top it all, everything is hands-free. Whether you want to receive a call, last number redial or toggle between intercom and GPS prompts. It enables you to concentrate on the road.

Battery life
The standby time of this headset is 300 hours. When on the phone, it can power the device for 10 hours and 7 hours on the intercom.

Verdict
The audio multitasking technology allows you to call other riders on the intercom, and at the same time listen to GPS voice prompts and music. There will be no interruptions in the playback. The plastic clips don’t hold the headset in the helmet properly, and it will fall out of place occasionally.

Pros
  • 300 hours of standby time
  • Audio multitasking technology
  • LCD screen for ease of operation
  • AVRCP playback control
  • DSP noise and echo cancellation technology
  • Waterproof design
Cons
  • The clips don’t hold the headset in place for long
  • The audio component needs some bass
  • It takes some time to change from music to intercom, and this issue can be frustrating

6. Yideng Bluetooth Motorcycle Headset

Why we like it: they have bigger push buttons that can be pressed even when wearing gloves. You can also choose to auto receive a call, reject it and redial the last number on the dial pad.

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Sound and voice clarity
The Yideng Headsets provide you with the best listening experience, as it features a powerful bass and DSP noise cancellation technology. This feature gives you crisp, crystal clear audio. If you need an additional auxiliary connection for incoming calls, the headset comes with a 2.5mm jack for that purpose. I find this headset best suited for a full face helmet. Even a loud exhaust does not affect their functionality.

Supported devices and range
The Bluetooth 3.0 plus EDR is compatible with many phones, and it can support communication between 3 riders at a range of 1000 meters. However, you can only communicate with two riders at the same time. Even at high speeds, the voice clarity is good, and the winds have no effect on them on the open face helmet. The buttons are large in size, and you can easily control the playback even with gloves on.

Battery life
This headset has a standby time of a big ten days. It supports 8 hours of continuous talk time. It only takes three and a half hours to charge the battery.

Verdict
The headset can be installed quickly and are waterproof. The playback controls AVRCP and the hands-free profile HFP makes the ride enjoyable. This headset lacks voice command control.

Pros
  • Super long-lasting battery
  • 2.5 mm auxiliary jack connection
  • Waterproof
  • Compatible with most cellular devices
  • Range of up to 1000 meters
Cons
  • Above 100km/h, the sound quality becomes distorted
  • It lacks the voice command feature for the best hands-free communication

7. Fodsports BT-S3 Motorcycle Headset

Why we like it: the Fodsports headset is best suited for a rider to passenger communication. It’s made possible via the Interphone feature. This feature does not need an extended range of intercom.

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Sound and voice clarity
You will find this headset`s audio clear because it has a progressive noise cancellation technology. This technology is similar to DSP noise cancellation technology. At high speeds, the ambient noises are blocked. One setback is that the sound is high pitched with no bass at all.

Supported devices and range
The Bluetooth 3.0 is an interphone connection, and it is best suited for rider and passenger communication. Though it can support three different riders and has a range of 1000 meters. The Bluetooth range is 10 meters. This type of headset is compatible with most cellular devices and can fit comfortably in most helmets. It can also connect to the GPS. To pair with other devices, you need to press down the power button, till the light alternates in blue and red.

Battery life
The 500mAh Lithium-ion battery lasts long and can be fully charged in 3 hours. It can last for 300 hours and can support 10 hours phone talk time, and 6 hours on the intercom.

Verdict
You don’t have to worry about the weather, its waterproof. Also, the clips provide a comfortable grip on the helmet, even when riding in rough terrain. The package includes devices like cables, screwdriver, and Velcro. The manual is easy to read and follow while installing. Another downside, the charging cable goes in the same port as the microphone and the speaker cable. You have to remove one of those to charge it.

Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Easy to install in the helmet
  • Supports rider and passenger communication
  • A range of 1000 meters
  • Compatible with most devices
Cons
  • Sound quality is low, produces high pitched sound with no bass
  • You have to take the cable with you; the charging port is not universal

8. Helmet Bluetooth Intercom Headset

Why we like it: the best thing about this headset, is that you can communicate with five different users on the intercom. We are used to 2 users in most headsets that we have reviewed.

Sound and voice clarity
The sound clarity is excellent when using this headset, features like the DSP noise cancellation will reduce high-frequency noises. You can receive calls and communicate with other riders effectively. In case you need additional audio input, there is a 3.5 mm audio port for that purpose. This high definition speaker is best suited for noisy and busy places. In addition to that, the headset is GPS enabled.

Supported devices and range
This headset allows you to communicate with five other riders at the same time. The intercom communication range is 1.2 kilometers. There is an interphone connection that helps the rider and the passenger to communicate effectively. If you need additional information on how to pair the devices, you can find this information on YouTube or in internet searches.

Battery life
The standby time is 300 hours, and this gives you a total of 8 hours uninterrupted talk time. The battery can be fully charged in two and a half hours.

Verdict
Ideal for most helmets either half, full and open face helmet. Not to mention the waterproof function. You can also use this headset for either the open face or the full face motorcycle helmets. One setback about this headset is that the glue on the Velcro pads won’t stick for long.

Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • It can fit most helmets
  • 300 hours of standby time
  • You can communicate with five users at the same time
  • Waterproof buttons feature
Cons
  • Velcro pad glue won’t stick for long
  • Small buttons, won’t press with gloves
  • Poorly written manual

9. Gelaten Motorcycle Bluetooth headset

Why we like it: the buttons are big enough to be used when wearing gloves, not to mention that the volume is loud enough even at high speeds.

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Sound and voice clarity
Don’t worry about your loud exhaust or engine noise; this Gelaten headset features the DSP noise and echoes cancellation technology. It gives you crisp and crystal clear music audio and communication experience. There is also an auxiliary connection, a 2.5 mm jack that is compatible with most phones. The audio volume is also good, even when riding at top speeds. The radio function is incredible.

Supported devices and range
It comes with a full duplex communication technology, where three riders can communicate with each other, only two at a time. The range of the intercom is 1000 meters. The Bluetooth mode gives you the option of operating your phone and listening to music at the same time. In case you want to hear the news, switch to FM radio. The design is very stable even in half and open face helmets.

Battery life
Up to 300 hours of standby time, with 8 hours talk time and 6 hours of intercom communication. The charging time is three hours.

Verdict
The plastic clips make them easy to install in a helmet, not to mention the waterproof capabilities. Once you put the helmet on, there is a blue light wearing display. The manual that comes with it is easy to follow, making its assembly and installation in the helmet quite easy.

Pros
  • 2.5 mm auxiliary audio port
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble, comes with an easy to read manual
  • Waterproof feature
  • DSP noise and echo cancellation technology
  • Bluetooth mode gives you control over your phone and music
  • Wearing display
Cons
  • No voice command feature

10. Fodsports BT-S2 Motorcycle Headset

Why we like it: the switch between stereo music, cell phone, and intercom is automatic and fast, no down times during the switch.

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Sound and voice clarity
Your intercom communication will be smooth and precise, thanks to the Advanced Noise Control feature. Even in high speeds, the wind has little effect on the sound quality.

Supported devices and range
The maximum range is 1000 meters, the intercom can support up to 3 riders, but only two of them can communicate at a go. The interphone feature allows the rider to communicate with the passenger. The microphone quality is excellent. The Bluetooth 3.0 is compatible with most cellular devices.

Battery life
Battery life
The 450mAh battery gives you 300 hours of standby time. You will communicate on the intercom for over 10 hours before the battery drains.

Verdict
It comes with an in-built radio to more enjoying riding experience. The design is good and waterproof. Completely hands-free, lets you concentrate on the road. Installing in most motorcycle helmets is easy. The headset comes with an easy to understand manual, for easy assembly and attaching the clips to the helmet. This headset can fit comfortably in a full face and an open face helmet, with limited wind and terrain distractions. The buttons on the BT insert interface are big enough that a gloved hand can press when operating it manually.

Pros
  • Excellent design
  • Built-in radio
  • Long lasting battery
  • Advanced noise control feature
  • Interphone communication between passenger and rider
  • Easy to install in the headset
Cons
  • Loose connections from the wire harness
  • No voice command feature

Guide to Buying the Best Helmet BT Inserts

To make an informed decision, you need to know some of the most essential features. You should look out for those features when shopping for a new Helmet BT inserts. Personal preference should be the guiding factor. The considerations are many and can be confusing, and it is advisable only to choose the features you need. Spend your money wisely.

Range
Some factors will guide you when determining the most appropriate range of your BT headset. How large is your riding group? What is the purpose of buying it? If you and your group are riding in the countryside, then the group will stick together due to less traffic. You will need a smaller range of the intercom, about 500 meters. If you wish to ride in the city, the riding group will be scattered, due to traffic jams and other causes. You will need a BT intercom headset that has an extensive range of about 1000 meters or more. If you want the headset for communicating with the passenger, then the range will not be that important. Before purchasing any BT inserts, be sure to have specific purposes in mind that suit your personal preference. You don’t want to order something for a wrong purpose, then return it later.

Sound quality
Look-out for the new technologies like Digital Signal Processing and DSP noise and echo reduction capabilities. The last thing you want is a headset that is distracted by engine noise, traffic noises, and wind. Some of these technologies are effective; for example, the noise reduction technology uses frequencies to block out high frequency sounds like a loud exhaust or engine noises. It means that it only allows the sound of a specific frequency to enter the headset and the ear region. The rest of the noise is blocked. The speakers should be high definition, and that includes a powerful bass. Most riders like powerful speakers, which can cancel out the ambient noises in the background. The sound clarity should be clear even at high speeds. The microphone should be of high quality; other riders need to hear you loud and clear on the intercom.

Wireless technology
Bluetooth is the widely used wireless technology, but not the only one. There are other wireless technologies like FM and FRS. Bluetooth allows you to communicate with other users, your phone and iPod. In addition to that, the obstructions have little or no effect on the sound quality and clarity. The only setback of using Bluetooth is the range. The range is usually low, but when used in tandem with other wireless technologies mentioned above. The range can be extended to a few more kilometers. I mentioned about the GMRS, and this technology is used in the walkie-talkies. The range is longer than the Bluetooth wireless range. The only downside to using GMRS technology is that the frequencies are public. Some people with devices using the same frequencies can hear what you are saying. The FM frequency is also public, which means no privacy when communicating with other riders. It is easily affected by obstructions. The sound quality is excellent. The best choice, in this case, is the Bluetooth stereo headset. Not only does it allow you to listen to music from your phone, but also allows for hands-free communication when picking calls. Nobody can listen in to your conversation unless he/she has a device that is paired to your device.

Voice control
Some helmet BT inserts come with the voice command feature. This feature allows you to dial the last number in your phone`s dial pad, pick and reject calls. You have to command the headset, and it will interpret the command electronically. Major brands have incorporated Artificial Intelligence such as Siri and S Voice on iPhone and Samsung respectively. The voice commands enable you to avoid using manual controls and concentrate on the road. This feature is suitable for your safety. You don’t have to stop and answer the phone anymore. That’s why most intercoms can be activated by voice.

Number of connections
If you are part of a riding group or biker`s gang, the number of connected users should be a priority. The average number of users that most of the brands can support is four riders. Not to mention that only two riders can communicate at the same time. Some headsets can support up to 6 or 7 users. Also, the number of riders talking simultaneously will be 5 or 6. The number of connections goes hand in hand with the price. If you want more connections, be ready to slap more bills on the counter. It comes down to your preference and the purpose of purchasing that helmet BT headset. Only purchase headsets with the number of connections that you need. If you need it for interphone connection, choose a headset with the lowest number of connections and vice-versa.

GPS
The GPS feature is critical when choosing a helmet BT insert. Not only can you receive directions and navigation prompts, but they are also hands-free and can connect to your smartphone. GPS voice prompts to guide you on the routes you should take, especially if you are new to the area. Choose a helmet BT insert that is GPS compatible. You don’t have to stop and ask for directions when you can get them from an in-built GPS feature. If you intend to ride around your area or city, then this feature might not be relevant to you when choosing a BT headset.

Waterproof
Most helmet BT inserts are said to be weather resistant. It doesn’t mean that they are waterproof. You don’t want to be riding around the hood with a plastic bag wrapped around your BT inserts. Choose a headset that is waterproof, even in rainy weather. You are confident that your headset will not be affected by the water. The waterproof ability increases the headset`s durability, lowering replacement costs.

Music sharing
Not all helmet BT insert has the music sharing capabilities. Most people find it distracting to listen to the radio, or the music while riding your motorbike. I find it to be fun and enjoyable. You can share your favorite jam through intercom communication. The other riders can listen to music if they have to. This feature is not that important, but it comes down to personal preference.

Battery life
Always choose a helmet BT insert that can last you the whole day, after constant communication with other riders. Most headsets will give you an average talk time of 6-8 hours. The standby time is approximately 300 hours. How you use the headset for communication, will determine how the battery drains. The battery should have a short charging time, to minimize instances of leaving it to overcharge. If you want no interruptions in your intercom communication, consider the talk-time and the Amperes per hour.

Camera
If you prefer recording your adventures on the road, then there are BT inserts that come with a camera. Choose one with a camera and capture those moments on video. You can share these adventures with your friends later. If you are not a fan of recording your adventures, you can ignore the camera feature.

Cost
In my opinion, I don’t think that the cost of a headset should be the determining factor. If you get discouraged by a price tag, then it means you are missing out on some of the basic features that you are looking for in the first place. The most important consideration is to buy it when you need it. Though price goes hand in hand with the quality of the product, only look for the features that you need at the moment.

Bottom-line

The recommended features that will guide you in choosing the best helmet BT inserts are the battery life, sound quality and the number of intercom connections. Additional features can be considered for personal preferences. Also choose a BT headset that is comfortable in the helmet, to avoid it falling out of place.