The Best Bluetooth Helmets for the 2021 Season

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Entry-Level

Priced under $300, these helmets are ideal for new riders or value-conscious shoppers.

See: Entry Level Bluetooth Helmets

Mid-Range

Priced $300-$500, these helmets are feature rich and offer excellent protection.

See: Mid-Range Bluetooth Helmets

High-End

Priced $500 and up. Simply the best of what is available in the open-face segment.

See: High-End Bluetooth Helmetsl

 

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Priced under $300

Best Entry Level Bluetooth Helmets

HJC i10 Taze Helmet

Price: $169.99-$174.99

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

The HJC i10 Taze has the lowest cost-to-entry for the Bluetooth motorcycle helmet market. The helmet is ready for Smart HJC’s Bluetooth Communication System, but unfortunately, it doesn’t come included with the helmet upon purchase. Not to worry though, with the extremely low cost to own, there will be plenty of money left over to buy the unit separately. Plus, this lid comes fully DOT and SNELL M2020 certified; an unbelievable feat for the sub-$200 price bracket.

We called it a bargain superstar in 2016, and that’s still very much the case today.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.88 lbs
  • DOT and SNELL M2020 certified

The In-Depth Review

Ultimate Motorcycling has done a great in-depth hands-on review with this unit and takes this entry-level helmet through its paces. They were left quite surprised at th sound suppression and level of comfort – not to mention the SNELL certification at $170. Read the full review…

 

LS2 Valiant

Price: $289.98

Where to Buy

RevZilla

Why?

The LS2 Valiant introduces some groundbreaking technology with the 180-degree flip-front modular design; meaning that the chin bar of this helmet actually ends up locking into the back portion of the helmet when in the open position. This completely reduces drag and negates the sail-effect 100%.

If you’re not familiar with the sail-effect, it involves the chin bar catching when riding with it in the open position. This is called the sail effect, and it can leave you with a tired neck after a long and hot ride.

This helmet comes LS2 SENA Bluetooth-ready, so if you’re looking for a great Bluetooth-friendly modular helmet in the beginner price bracket, this is a great choice.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • DOT certified

In-Depth Review

Bikers Inside brought us a detailed review late last year of the LS2 Valiant. It’s up-to-date and covers any questions you may have about this entry-level Bluetooth helmet. Have a look…

Sedici Viaggio Parlare Sena Bluetooth ADV Helmet

Price: $249.99

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

If you’re a free-spirited ADV rider seeking an entry-level ADV/dual-sport helmet ready for seamless Bluetooth integration, the Sedici Viaggio Parlare is a hard option to ignore. This fully DOT-certified helmet actually comes with the Bluetooth unit already installed in the helmet unlike some of the other helmets listed here. A good communications device can cost hundreds of dollars (especially a name-brand SENA unit), so to have a helmet ready complete with the device already integrated at a $250 price point is a great feat.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight:5.9 lbs
  • DOT certified

The In-Depth Review

Official reviews for this helmet are quite sparse, but it’s always a good option to look into official customer reviews across all sites (Revzilla, Amazon, etc.). Regardless, most consumer reviews of this helmet highlight it being a very satisfactory helmet for the price point. The helmet has 4.3/5 stars on Revzilla.

 


 

Priced $300 – $500

Best Mid-Range Bluetooth Helmets

Quin Spitfire

Price: $399

Where to Buy

Quin Design Amazon

Why?

Quin is currently leading the industry with their integration of technology into their helmets. Although this lid does come with universal Bluetooth and a built-in speaker/microphone, it also features Quin Design’s “Intellequin” crash detection system as well as an SOS beacon. In the event you get into a collision, the helmet will detect the addict and send an SOS message to an emergency contact. The fact that this helmet bundles all that tech into a 3.3-pound form factor is amazing.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.88 lbs
  • DOT & ECE certified

Our In-Depth Review

We haven’t actually reviewed the Spitfire hands-on, but ADVrider.com provided the world with a great review a few months ago.

Klim Krios Valiance

Klim Krios

Price: $499

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

The Klim Krios markets itself as one of the lightest adventure helmets ever created, and at a scant 3.25 lbs, they may well have done it with the carbon fiber accented Krios Valiance. Of course, Klim is no stranger to lightness (or carbon fiber) as Jim outlined in his 2019 review of the K1R. The Krios is a fully-loaded adventure lid that sports both DOT and ECE designations and a host of quality of life features. If you have a Sena 10U laying around or plan on buying one, this helmet has been manufactured with that specific communications unit in mind making this a great ADV/Dualsport helmet if you are looking for Bluetooth intigration.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 3.25 lbs
  • DOT & ECE certified

Our In-Depth Review

We haven’t reviewed this one hands-on (darn it), but we are very familiar with Shark. Check out our Shark coverage.

 


 

Priced $500+

Best High-End Bluetooth Helmets

Shoei Neotec 2 Helmet

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Price: $699

Why?

With an intermediate oval head shape, the Shoei Neotec II should fit the heads of the majority of riders out there. The helmet can be had with the SENA SRL integrated and that makes it a real communications winner as well.

The Neotec 2 is an extremely high-quality modular helmet and packed full of features such as a pin lock visor, drop-down sun visor, great ventilation, and seamless integration with the SENA SRL device. Despite the modular form factor, this helmet is both DOT and SNELL certified meaning this helmet covers all bases.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 4.12 lbs
  • DOT certified

Our In-Depth Review

Cameron did a comprehensive review of this helmet, and due to the great experience he had with it the Neotec II actually became his main helmet option when going out for a ride. Read the complete Shoei Neotec II review.

 

Sena Momentum INC Pro

Price: $609.95-$619.95

Where to Buy

RevZilla Amazon

Why?

Fully integrated Bluetooth communications devices are pretty cool… How about slapping on an integrated camera as well? Although this helmet has a full SENA comms device in the helmet, it also has a 1440p HD camera mounted to the top so you can capture special moments or utilize the continuous-rolling feature as a dash-cam of sorts. ‘The camera and communication device quality exceeds customers’ expectations and the DOT certification makes the point that this helmet isn’t giving up any safety in exchange for these high-quality features.

Specs, Head Shape, & More

Specs:

  • Head shape: intermediate oval
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs
  • DOT certified

Our In-Depth Review

In 2019, Bruce wrote the equivalent of a university dissertation about this helmet in his in-depth review on our website. The review is exhaustingly long and covers every single base you could imagine. When you’re spending $700 on a helmet, you want to make sure you’re getting what you pay for and if you have any qualms about buying this helmet this review should put those worries to rest.

Criteria & Methodology

How We Determine "The Best"

At wBW, “Best” Actually Means Something

Remember when you could open up a review of something, and when the publication – magazine, car show, whatever – said “best” they stood behind it? Yea, we remember, and we’re bringing it back.

Here’s how we do things:

  • We disclose our affiliate relationships – We make money via advertising and affiliate relationships on our website. It’s how we pay our team and invest in things like sending Jim to Italy. And Japan. And France… wait… why do we always send Jim places?
  • We obsessively hands-on test – We wear and ride with gear before reviewing it, and we update reviews down the line if our opinions change. We look at real-world situations because that’s the world we live in.
  • We’re objective – Good gear is good gear, regardless of who made it.
  • We’re value-focused – Why pay $500 if something for $250 is just as good? Our review scores and recommendations reflect best value. Brand only goes so far – the gear has to stand on its own.

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Mini-Buyers Guide

What to Look for in a Bluetooth Helmet

Bluetooth helmets come in all shapes and sizes, but the standards you should hold them to remain the same as any other helmet type you may be looking at. Regardless of the technology featured in the helmet, it’s important to insure

Look For:

  • DOT/ECE certifications – Many inexpensive modular helmets showing up on Amazon and eBay are not DOT or ECE certified. This certification may save your life. Don’t cheap out- remember, you’re preparing for the slide, not the ride.
  • Comfort – Modulars are generally heavier than other types of helmets. Most of the helmets featured on this page use lightweight materials to minimize neck strain- useful, especially on long rides.
  • Head shape – While most people are an intermediate oval, not all are. Make sure you get a helmet designed for your head shape.
  • Shell material – Polycarbonate is okay, but you’d be better served with carbon fiber (expensive) or fiberglass. All the helmets called out here (save for one) are fiberglass.
  • Interior liner – All the helmets featured here offer removable liners that are anti-moisture and anti-bacterial. Avoid non-removable liners (found in cheap helmets)- it’ll be a stink factory before you know it.

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