The Best Bluetooth Intercoms

Entry-Level

Priced under $200.

Advanced

Priced $200+.

More About the Go 2

In terms of Bluetooth capabilities, however, it has multipoint connectivity that allows you to link things like smartphones and GPS units. Battery life is also extremely good, with up to 12 hours of active talk time and several days of standby time. You also get a set of high-definition Boost 2.0 speakers to put in your helmet, a button mic to stick to the inner chin bar area, and a mounting plate that the Go 2 locks onto, which goes on the outer edge of your helmet.

In sum, it’s a great comms unit that can easily be used for talking with another rider or pillion, and is also useful for music, voice commands, and making and taking calls—without requiring you to empty your wallet.

Our Review

The UClear AMP GO2 is an updated version of and replacement for the AMP GO system wBW reviewed in September 2019 and while expected before the end of 2019 it didn’t arrive until early 2020. On the outside, there are no differences; but on the inside, much has changed: faster processing, Bluetooth v5.0, intercom range, and speaker boosts and from the Motion Series feature list some great audio and helmet environment tweaks available by interfacing with the CLEARLink App. The AMP GO2 is a worthy replacement for the AMP GO - easy to install, easy to use, with clear intercom communications and outstanding audio. It is one of the best entry level value-priced systems available.

Read our full UClear AMP Go 2 review.

More Freecom 2+ Details

The first of those features is that the Freetalk 2+ is much slimmer—so much so that when attached to its mounting plate on your helmet, it only sticks out about ¼ inch off of it. It also features one-touch click-to-link functionality, audio sharing between units, GPS connectivity, dual-channel Bluetooth 4.1, and even has a built-in FM radio tuner. Smartphone connectivity is also compatible with both OK Google and Siri voice commands, which can also control speed dialing and the ability to accept/reject calls.

Another thing about the Freetalk 2+ that is important for those in the wetter parts of the country is that it is certified IP67 waterproof, meaning you could technically go diving with the unit down to 15 feet and it would be perfectly fine. Also, you get the normal high-def speakers, button mic, and mounting plate in the package that most full kits come with. Battery life is in the 5 to 8 hour range, depending on what you use the unit for.

In fact, the only really negative thing about the Cardo unit is that, because of its tiny size and low profile, its range is limited to 1,500 feet or less. Still, that is more than enough for a pillion rider or riding with a buddy down the highway!

More 5S Details

The limitation is that, like the other entry-level units, SIP can only handle a two-way intercom—so it’s best used with a pillion or another rider you head out on the road with a lot.

The other big feature of the 5S is that it has an LCD screen built-in, allowing for you to quickly check pairing status, battery life, and the like before slipping your helmet on. It will also allow you to change multiple settings without having to put the helmet on and listen for voice prompts to get the right option.

The 5S comes with a pair of high-definition speakers in the kit. However, it gives you both a button mic and boom mic option, so you can put this unit on open face and modular helmets as well as full-face ones.

Our Review

The new Sena 5S BT Helmet Communication System is physically based on the original SMH5 system, but outside and inside, it’s a whole new approach…and a positive one. Featuring BT v5.0 for enhanced performance, including great battery life, it has new HD speakers and App EQ settings for a BIG audio boost, along with a small LCD for visual interaction when the helmet/system is not being worn. The updated Sena Utility App includes Sena Intercom Pairing (SIP) and allows user access to virtually every setting available from Sena’s feature rich firmware. The Sena 5S is small, easy to install, easy to use and easy to afford, although it is more expensive than the original SMH5 series system. But the 5S is better in every way and a very sound investment.

Read our full SENA 5S review.

More Motion 6 Details

This is very useful for larger group rides of 4 or more people. For example, the lead bike may be out of the approximately-3,000-foot intercom range of the unit, but with multi-hop, you can still talk to the lead bike. The Motion 6 also comes with premium audio Pulse Pro 2.0 speakers and uses dual button microphones in your helmet to get the clearest audio possible to others on the intercom link.

Battery life, depending on usage, is rated from 12 to 18 hours, so you can easily get a full day’s riding in without needing to worry about your comms dying. Another feature that comes with the Motion 6 after updating it to the latest firmware is that it also has full OK Google and Siri integration—and because of the dual microphones, there’s little to no chance of your words getting lost in wind noise.

Our Review

The UClear Motion 6 is the base version of the new Motion Series from UClear. Featuring Bluetooth v5.0 (an industry first) and a mix of proven and new features, it represents a big advance in UClear systems while advancing a few Bluetooth helmet system benchmarks.

See our full UClear Motion 6 review.

More 50R Details

This allows for larger groups to ride together, and with a quick button hold for a few seconds, you can switch from a casual channel to the lead/trail rider channel if they need to be updated on something. As well as having this incredible large-group capability, the 50R can also share audio across a channel, meaning you can broadcast music to your group if you so want, or you and a pillion rider can combine on one channel to talk to others.

All the other standard functionality you would expect from a premium comms unit is also included, including multiplexing multi-device Bluetooth connectivity, full smartphone integration with voice commands (OK Google and Siri), an FM tuner, speed dial, and call accept/reject with button and/or voice command. The kit comes with Harmon Kardon helmet speakers for premium audio, and you have a button mic and boom mic as well that the kit will work with in pretty much any helmet.

Battery life is between 8 (full mesh) to 13 (Bluetooth) hours, with the unit being supercharging enabled, so you can use a 5 Amp charging plug to get a full battery from dead in just 60 minutes. The 50R also has active noise canceling, digital SBC codec for inter-unit comms, and has a functional range of 3,500 feet within line of sight (1,500 feet with a moderate amount of things in the way).

Our Review

The new Sena 50 Series comprises the sleek low-profile small footprint 3-button 50R and the larger base mounted Jog Dial equipped 50S edition. Both are nicely finished with glass-look black inserts and burnished finish housings and both represent Sena’s commitment to keep pushing the boundaries – new styling, loaded with features and arguably the best Mesh and Bluetooth intercom performance going. The small close to helmet fitted 50R and the larger 50S using the multi-functional auxiliary-input base provide a lot of options regarding helmet fitment. Mesh 2.0 communications are outstanding and Bluetooth performance is up a notch or two as well; best of all, the Mesh 2.0 capabilities are now available for 30K, Momentum EVO, and +Mesh users once new firmware releases are installed. And it all comes together inside the helmet with Sena’s superb new HD speakers. Need something new and exciting to perk up the riding season, the 50R and 50S will do it.

See our full SENA 50R review.

More Packtalk Bold Details

Next, the PACKTALK Bold uses Cardo’s Adaptive Mesh technology, which is a ride-in-ride-out mesh that will automatically detect and connect with any other PACKTALK unit, allowing for up to 15 riders at a time on the same channel. It also uses multi-hop to extend effective communication range to a scarcely believable 5,000 feet within line of sight (and 4,000 feet with stuff in the way).

If that wasn’t enough to raise your eyebrows, the speakers and audio codec are from JBL, who know a thing or two about packing a lot of punch in a small package, and the 40mm units with the PACKTALK Bold are easily the clearest and loudest on the helmet comms market. IP76 rated waterproofing, a touch-and-roller-wheel interface, and an extendable antenna all add little cherries to the top of this unit.

The PACKTALK Bold boasts 13+ hours of battery life, depending on usage, and has the ability to charge while in use, so you can realistically charge it from a DC 12V connection on your bike for unlimited talk time. It also has noise-sensitive volume control, as many car infotainment units do, as well as active noise canceling, music and audio sharing, and an FM tuner.

It should be noted, there is an even more advanced version known as the PACKTALK Black, but that is a “money is no object” level comms unit, as it $400+, has larger speakers, duplex mics, and only adds a couple of other features above the Bold.

Our Review

A premium BT Communication Headset, the Cardo PACKTALK BOLD remains a tour de force in going head to head with its direct competitors. With dual BT channels, excellent device configuration management, and Bluetooth and Mesh intercom capabilities - the system handles diverse user environments while remaining easy to use. This ease of use is facilitated by its excellent Natural Voice Command feature. Helmet audio is excellent, bordering on outstanding thanks to the new for 2019 44x40mm Sound by JBL speakers. The PT BOLD is an investment providing great returns.

Read our full Cardo Packtalk Bold review.