Man on street wearing in ear headset earbuds

The quality of the headset you choose to wear directly affects your productivity. in ear headsets improve your concentration and efficiency as they seal off environmental noise. If you have long call hours or work from home, there is no doubt you’ll need an in ear headset. So you can make those long calls or Zoom meetings without worry.

Different in ear headset brands exist, and it can be difficult to choose between them. However, some brands have already made a name for themselves in the field due to their performance. And so in this article, we will focus on the best in ear headsets from Jabra and Plantronics, two of the leading brands in the headset space that are making in ear headsets for work environments.

In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about in ear headsets, from what they are to why you should buy a quality one. So, let's dive in!

What Are in ear Headsets?

in ear headsets, also known as earbuds or earphones, are small headphones that fit directly into your ear canal. The design on its own helps with better noise cancellation allowing you to listen to music more clearly as well as take work calls with less background distraction. They come in various shapes and sizes, but most of them have a rubber or silicone tip that fits snugly into your ear. Some in ear headsets come with a wire that connects to your device, while others are completely wireless and connect via Bluetooth. Due to their design, they are portable and very lightweight and are usually made to offer comfort to the user. 

Woman wearing Jabra buds while drinking coffee and smiling on work call

What are Mono In Ear Headsets? 

Mono in ear microphone headsets are a type of in ear headset that only have one earpiece, thus leaving the other ear uncovered. This allows you to focus on your call while keeping track of what’s happening around you. While stereo in ear headsets are where you have one in each ear.

This is most useful in places where you spend the most time on the phone but still need to maintain communication with your colleagues. You can stay on the line with a customer and still get the information you need from a colleague without putting the customer on hold. 

Do all in ear Headsets Have a Microphone?

No, not all in ear headsets have an integrated microphone. in ear headsets with mics provide good-quality sounds; most come with multiple mics. This helps to improve sound quality and gives even better clarity. To purchase an in ear headset, you must check the specifications and be sure it’s what you want.

Man wearing Jabra evolve2 buds

What Advantages Do in ear Headsets Have to Over-Ear Headsets?

in ear headsets have several advantages over over-ear headsets. First, they are much smaller and more portable. You can easily slip them into your pocket or bag and take them with you wherever you go. Second, they are much more discreet than over-ear headsets. If you're in a public place, you won't look like you're wearing a bulky headset. Third, in ear headsets are often more comfortable than over-ear headsets, especially if you wear glasses or have a lot of hair. Finally, in ear headsets are often more affordable than over-ear headsets, making them a great choice for anyone on a budget.


If you are on a tight budget, in ear headsets are a great option. in ear headsets are generally cheaper when compared to over-ear headsets. 


in ear headsets are small in size, so they are very portable. The small size makes them the perfect companion for trips or outings as they are no extra load. You can carry them in your pocket or your bag without any issue.


Due to their small size and design, you can make calls at home and in the office, even among other people, while being discreet.

Man drinking coffee on work meeting call

What are the Best In Ear Headsets for the Office in 2024?

If you're looking for an in ear headset for work, you'll need to consider a few things. First, it should have a microphone so you can take calls and participate in online meetings. Second, it should have good sound quality so you can hear everything clearly. Finally, it should ideally have noise cancelling so you can block out any background noise. Here are some of our top picks for the best in ear headsets for the office:

Best Wireless in ear Headset

Plantronics CS540

Plantronics/Poly CS540 Wireless Headset
61% Off
RRP: $707
Now: $275 inc GST
Save: $432
  • WORKS WITH - Desk Phone
  • 2 wearing styles incl.
  • AMAZING value
  • 7 hours talk time
  • 100m wireless range
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The Plantronics CS540 is a lightweight headset that allows multiple wearing styles. It’s very comfortable and has a good design that is perfect for every user. This is an added advantage as it removes the burden of buying individual fits for every staff member. 

The enhanced digital processing technology used here helps improve the sound quality, making its use for calls and music a superb experience. The voice-dedicated DECT technology is a great addition as it reduces interference which is bound to happen with many wireless devices.

Its microphone is noise cancelling, and the battery life is long-lasting, giving you up to 7 hours of talk time. 

Best Noise Cancelling in ear Headset

Jabra Evolve 75e

Now: $308 inc GST
  • WORKS WITH - Mobile + PC
  • Unique neckband style with earbuds
  • Active Noise Cancelling
  • Use for work and play
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This Jabra in ear headset has active noise-cancelling features and is a good in ear phone headset. It works with your PC as an in ear USB headset with a mic, mobile phone, and tablet, providing a professional sound perfect for your calls and video conferencing so your work moves smoothly.

The integrated busy light comes on when you are on a call. This saves you from distractions, especially when trying to close a deal. We all know how frustrating that can be. 

With just 2 hours of charge, you can get battery life that lasts as long as 14 hours. This gives you more talk time and music time. There are smart controls for calls and music and silent vibrations for notifications. 

Best Mobile Phone in ear Headset

Plantronics Voyager 5200

Plantronics/Poly Voyager 5200 UC Bluetooth Headset
37% Off
RRP: $456
Now: $285 inc GST
Save: $171
  • WORKS WITH - Mobile + PC
  • Skype, Lync, Softphone enabled
  • Voice commands
  • 7hr talk time 9 days Standby
  • HD Sound
  • Bluetooth V4.1 allowing up to 30m range
  • 6 layers of Windsmart Technology
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This in ear phone headset is perfect for your use in any location thanks to its adaptive noise-cancelling feature. It has four adaptive microphones and uses Windsmart technology to cancel noise in your environment. So now you can focus on your calls no matter your location, even if you’re in transit.

As a Bluetooth in ear headset, it easily connects with your virtual assistants like Siri, Cortana, and Google Now. So you can give commands and even answer or reject calls without lifting your finger. This feature is particularly interesting as the headset announces your callers.

You are simultaneously paired with a Bluetooth device and the dongle, so you can easily switch between devices. You have extra handy on-screen indicators such as battery level display, locate your lost headset, language select, and wireless updates. These integrated features ensure you get the most out of your headset.

The inclusive portable charging case ensures you never run out of power so that you can talk for hours on end without worry. 

Best Ear Bud in ear Headsets

For this category we had to include two headsets, as we feel it is a close tie between the two and we couldn't choose only one to choose.

Jabra Evolve2 Buds

Jabra Evolve2 Buds UC USB-A Wireless Earbuds
1% Off
RRP: $399
Now: $397 inc GST
Save: $2
  • WORKS WITH -Mobile + Computer USB-A Dongle
  • Active Noise Cancelling
  • Discrete and lightweight
  • Charging case included
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The Jabra Evolve2 Buds are a professional, wireless and noise cancelling earbud headset designed for hybrid workers, i.e. people who work in the office and remotely. Unlike your more typical casual earbuds (you know which ones we're talking about!), these are designed to meet professional needs with a clear microphone and USB accessory that enhances call stability.

With a sleek black colour and a semi-matte finish, the earbuds have a unique shell-like contour and flat outer panels that display the Jabra logo. The earbuds are designed to be comfortable and come with ear gel inserts to ensure the perfect fit.

They are also lightweight, making them easy to transport, and are dust and water-resistant. The buds and case are both charged together and provide a battery life of up to 33 hours. The Jabra Evolve2 Buds are a great option for those who want to switch between work and casual listening without needing a separate device.

Plantronics Voyager Free 60+

Poly Voyager Free 60+ UC Bluetooth Headset USB-A, Black
10% Off
RRP: $617
Now: $557 inc GST
Save: $60
  • WORKS WITH -Mobile + Computer (via USB-A Dongle)
  • Touchscreen control Qi Charge Case
  • Active Noise Cancelling
  • Connect to in-flight entertainment
  • Discrete and lightweight
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Plantronics Voyager Free 60

The Plantronics Voyager Free 60+ is a true wireless earbud option that is similar to the Jabra Evolve2 Buds in that they are both wireless earbuds with noise cancelling microphones built for the enterprise world. However, these come in both white and black, whereas the Jabra's only come in black, and these also follow the design of the Apple AirPods Pro, especially in the white colour scheme.

But what really sets the Voyager Free 60+ apart is its unique display built into the charging case. With the ability to quickly adjust volume, toggle ANC, check battery status, and switch between paired devices by simply tapping and swiping on the display, you can easily manage your audio without having to constantly pull out your phone or laptop. With the ability to remember up to eight different devices and support for multi-device management, the Voyager Free 60+ makes staying connected a breeze.

The Voyager Free 60+ comes with a Qi charging case and supports touch controls for adjusting playback. With three built-in mics and active noise cancellation, you can ensure that your audio and voice come through clearly, even in noisy environments. The Voyager Free 60+ sound great too, with crisp and vibrant mids and highs and an acceptable amount of bass. And with different-sized eartips included, along with a bonus travel pouch, you can enjoy a comfortable and convenient audio experience wherever you go. The earbuds even support dual-mode connectivity, allowing you to connect to devices via Bluetooth or with the included USB-A or USB-C dongle.

Man working in park on laptop

Why Should You Buy a Quality in ear Headset?

There are several reasons why you should invest in a quality in ear headset. First, a good headset can improve your productivity at work. If you can hear everything clearly and block out any distractions, you can focus better on your tasks. Second, a good headset can improve your overall audio experience. Whether you're listening to music, watching videos, or playing games, a good headset can make everything sound better. Finally, a good headset can be a great investment in your health. If you listen to music or podcasts for long periods, a good headset can help prevent hearing damage and reduce the risk of headaches and other discomforts. And here are a few more benefits, just in case you're not convinced yet!


in ear headsets generally have moderate to poor sound production. This makes sense as the drivers in them are tiny. It doesn’t mean you can’t get in ear headsets with good production, but you will need to invest in a quality product.

Ear Tips

The quality of ear tips affects the quality of sound you get from an in ear headset. This is because they are more expensive. Silicone ear tips are superior to the rubber and foam types and will be found in quality in ear headsets. 

Noise Cancelation

Quality in ear headsets provide active noise cancellation, which is necessary if you work in a noisy environment. The noise cancellation feature lets you focus on your calls without worrying about the person at the other end as background noise is filtered out.


Quality in ear headsets are more comfortable and can allow long use without discomfort. They are also more hygienic and less likely to cause ear infections. This is because of the design and types of materials used.


The materials used in quality in ear headsets ensure that they are durable and last a long time. The materials are resistant to long use and also water resistant. So rather than spend a few bucks every other day on a new purchase, invest in a quality one.

Remote worker on train wearing Jabra buds


Where to Buy the Best in ear Headsets for the Office?

Getting in ear microphone headsets isn’t the problem, as almost every store has them. However, getting the best in ear headset with a mic isn’t as easy, and most buyers make mistakes. We offer you a range of top-quality ear headsets to ensure good sound quality with noise cancellation and comfort. These headsets are perfect for office and video conferencing. if you have any questions or need help finding the perfect in ear headset, don't hesitate to call Simply Headsets today on 1300 889 728 and speak to our friendly experts who are happy to help.