How to Choose the Best Headset for Working from Home

14 December 2021  |  Dan Coombes

Headset Features You Need

- Portable
- Plug & Play Connection
- Reliable
- Good Call Quality

Headset Features You Don't Need

- Complicated Setup
- Poor Noise Cancelling

Get The Best Headset For Working From Home

Getting the right headset is an important step towards keeping productive and professional when working from home. A good headset will help you stay connected, make your life easier and deliver great call quality for clients and colleagues.

You might be tempted to jump online and pick the first headset you see that fits, but by doing a little research you can save money and get a quality headset that will last for years to come.

Ask yourself the following questions before buying to get the best headset for working from home:

Person Working from Home with Headset

Do You Need Corded or Cordless?

The first decision to make is whether you want a corded headset or a cordless headset. The best choice will depend largely on how you work at home.

Corded Headsets for Working from Home

Corded headsets are typically cheaper than cordless headsets and will work as soon as they are plugged into your device. Corded headsets are easy to set up and tend to be very reliable due to the physical connection. Wired headsets will also often feature in-line controls on the cable that enable you to easily answer/reject calls and adjust your volume settings.

Cordless Headsets for Working from Home

Cordless headsets give you the freedom to move around while you work. Step away from your desk without missing a beat and say goodbye to annoying tangled wires. Cordless headsets can connect to a variety of devices, including desk phones, PC, Mobile Phones & Tablets. Certain cordless headsets can also connect to more than one device at the same time so you can change between using your mobile and your desktop at the push of a button.

Working from Home Headset

What Device Are You Using To Make Calls

The device youíre using to make calls plays a big part in the type of headset you will need to buy. Not every headset will work with every deviceÖ Some headsets are made for use with desk phones, some for PCs & Laptops, some for mobiles and some for a combination of devices.

The compatibility of each headset will be clearly stated on the product, but itís important to check before you buy. Try to think about what you need right now now, as well as considering future requirements. If you are using a laptop at home but are due back in the office where you use a desk phone, it is probably worth investing in a headset that can connect to both.

Do You Need Noise-Cancelling?

Working from home can be great for productivity, but it can also result in a lot of unwanted background noise that can prove distracting during calls.

Most modern headsets come with some form of noise-cancelling built-in, but the standards will vary significantly between models and price points. Generally speaking, the more you spend, the better quality noise-cancelling you can expect.

If you work in an especially noisy environment you will be better off investing in a higher-quality headset that specializes in noise-cancelling. Premium headsets are often designed with a noise-cancelling microphone (that benefits the person you are calling) and passive noise-cancellation in the ear pads/cushions (to help you focus on your call). A great example of this can be seen with the new Jabra Evolve2 Range.

Do You Need a Softphone Optimised Headset?

These days many headsets are designed to be optimised for use with softphones like Microsoft Teams, Zoom and 3CX. If you need a headset for working from home and use a PC or Laptop you would probably benefit from an optimised headset.

The two most common variants you will see are UC Certified headsets (Unified Communications) or MS Certified headsets (Microsoft).

Physically MS and UC Headsets are practically identical. The difference is that the models are optimised for different things. UC headsets are optimised for use with a variety of different softphones whereas MS Headsets are optimised specifically for use with Microsoft teams. A UC Headset will still work with teams, and visa-versa, but they will perform better with the recommended programs. The benefits of optimisation vary, but generally include plug-and-play connectivity, one-touch call controls via built in buttons and a minimum standard for audio quality.

We recommend that if you are using Microsoft Teams or Microsoft Skype for Business for your calls, go for a MS certified headset. If not, choose the UC version for the flexibility and increased reliability with Unified Communications.

New or Refurbished Headsets?

Did you know you can get high-quality refurbished versions of most headsets? Buying refurbished is a great way to get hold of branded headsets from the likes of Jabra, Sennheiser and Plantronics at a much lower price. You can often get premium refurbished headsets for the same cost as new budget-mid level headsets.

If a refurbished headset doesnít take your fancy but you still want to save money, there are always plenty of budget headsets available in new condition. You can often get good quality budget headsets that provide all the functionality a casual user would need for under £30. If you only make calls occasionally and arenít too bothered about listening to music or extensive noise-cancelling, then buying budget could be the best choice for you.

Headset refurbishment

Why Headset Store?

Since 2006 we have supplier over 1,000,000 headsets to over 35,000 UK based businesses, making us the leader in our field. We employ technicians with years of experience in repairing, refurbishing and troubleshooting problems with all types of headsets. Whether your headset is a current model, or an obsolete device that you still love, you can rely on us to provide the best possible repair and refurb service in the UK.

Choosing The Right Headset

To get the best headset for homeworking itís important to take the time to understand exactly what you need. Knowing what you need from a headset before you buy will help ensure you get the right product at the right price point for you.

You can get in touch with The Headset Store on 01675 432 123 or email us at [email protected] where we will be happy to assist with any requirements you may have.

Send Email
Buy Online
Recent Posts
9 January 2024  |  Dan Coombes
What Headsets Work With Hearing Aids?

Looking for a Headset for and Hearing Aid Users? Look no further..

15 September 2023  |  Dan Coombes
What is an EHS Cable? - Electronic Hook Switch

What is an EHS cable? Learn how to answer calls via your headset with an EHS cable

11 September 2023
What is a Handset Lifter?

When buying a DECT headset for the office you will be asked if you would like to purchase a handset lifter, but what does it actually mean? And how do you know if you need one?

9 August 2023  |  Dan Coombes
How to Use 2 Headsets on 1 PC for Training

Learn how to use 2 headsets on a PC for training or assessment.

Free UK Delivery orders over £200

DPD Next Working Day