It’s always nice to go out for a Sunday afternoon cycle through the park or the back streets with my earplugs connected to my phone.
That was until I got my new bike helmet with Bluetooth and built-in speakers. No more wires running down my neck through my shirt to the phone. All wireless now. Awesome!
We’ve certainly come a long way since the days of the Sony Walkman (anyone remember them?), a cassette tape, and wired ear-plugs. At least we don’t have to worry about our cassettes being chewed up or the music running slow as the batteries died.
Nowadays, it’s simply a case of pairing your devices and recharging via micro-USB.
But, not only can we enjoy the convenience of having hours of music at our disposal, plus the built-in speakers in our helmet, but these bicycle helmets with Bluetooth are totally CPSC and CE safety certified just like any regular helmet.
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Bluetooth Bike Helmets Comparison Table
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|Name / Image||PushToTalk Chat||Approx Battery Time||Other feature||Size Range||Certification|
||Yes||12 hours||FM Radio||50 – 62 cm
(19 5/8″ – 24 1/2″)
|CPSC & CE|
||No||10 hours||Auto sensor LED lights||55 – 59 cm
(21.65” – 23.22”)
|CPSC & CE|
||Yes||16 hours||FM Radio||55 – 62 cm
(21 3/4″ – 24 1/2″)
|CPSC & CE|
||No||10 hours||Coros App||52 – 62cm
(20.5” – 24.5”)
|CPSC & CE|
||No||6 hours||Turn Indicators||55 – 61 cm
(21.6″ – 24″)
||No||Up to 10 hours||Turn Indicators||54 – 61cm
(21.25″ – 24″)
AS/NZS, ASTM F1447.
1. Sena R1 Smart Cycling Helmet
When it comes to bike helmets with Bluetooth, Sena Bluetooth helmets are one of the most popular which is probably why we have two of them on our list. I make no apologies for that.
The Sena R1 Smart Cycling helmet is first on our list due to its high ratings and positive reviews, not to forget that it is also nicely priced.
The Sena R1 Smart Cycling helmet is available from Amazon.
The built-in speakers are not ear-plugs or ear-muffs, but instead are built-in to the shell of the helmet thus allowing you to not only listen to your music or phone calls but also be totally aware of the day-to-day sounds going on around you. That is very important from a safety point of view.
Your microphone is also built-in to the shell and sits just above your eyes, yet with Sena’s Advanced Noise Control, wind and other background sounds are filtered out making conversations clear.
When cycling as a group, you can have up to 4 headsets connected via Bluetooth to enjoy intercom chat. The intercom feature has a range of up to 900 meters (980 yards) under optimal conditions.
You can take advantage of so much more by pairing your Sena R1 helmet with your phone. Listen to your phone’s music collection, or listen to your helmet’s inbuilt FM radio, answer important phone calls while riding, hear GPS navigation directions, or get audio feedback from your phone’s fitness apps.
The Sena R1 Smart Cycling Helmet may be full of the latest technology but it also provides the comfort, durability, and safety that you would expect from a traditional helmet.
Comprising an in-mold polycarbonate shell with an EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam liner for your safety, on the inside is removable and washable padding for your comfort.
At the rear of the helmet is a spin-to-fit lock size adjuster to give you a customized fit.
The Lithium Polymer Battery can be fully charged in 2.5 hours and can provide you with a talk time of up to 12 hours. Available in 3 sizes ranging from 50 – 62 cm (19 5/8″ – 24 1/2″), and five colors, the Sena R1 helmet is both CPSC and CE safety certified.
2. Livall BH51T Smart Bike Helmet
A good-looking helmet with a lot to offer from a reputable company. The Livall BH51T Smart Bike Helmet is a watered-down version of the BH51M, it does not come with speakers, microphone, PTT walkie talkie communications. However, the BH51T still has the ability to send an SOS alert in the case of an accident, has auto sensor LED lights including 270° left and right turn signals.
The Livall BH51T Smart helmet is available from Amazon.
Install the Livall App (iOS & Android compatible) on your phone to utilize the SOS alert system. The App can also keep track of your mileage, average speed, and more. The inductive LED lights will turn on automatically when it starts to get dark.
It is also worth noting that this helmet does NOT have bluetooth. For the SOS alert system to work (i.e automatically send a message in the event of an accident), it must be connected by cable to your smartphone which must be connected to the internet.
The battery has a charge time of 2 hours and can provide light time of up to 10 hours.
Founded in 2014, Livall has won numerous awards for their innovative smart helmet technology. Reviews and ratings of the Livall BH51T Smart Bike Helmet are mixed.
IMPORTANT: How to Know Your Helmet Size
3. Sena X1 Smart Cycling Helmet
The Sena X1 and Sena X1S have all the same features. The only difference is the helmet shape. The Sena X1 helmet has a round shape, while the Sena X1S has an oval shape.
So, if you’re missing out on features on other helmets due to your head shape, now you can enjoy all the main features regardless of head shape.
The Sena X1 Smart helmet is available from Amazon.
Created with an in-mold polycarbonate shell with an EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam liner, and an eco-leather chin strap for comfort, the large ventilation ports will keep your head cool while enjoying your ride.
The Sena X1 and Sena X1S have a built-in microphone with Advanced Noise Control, and speakers which allow you to hear and be aware of the sounds around you.
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Pair your helmet with your phone via Bluetooth to listen to music, receive phone calls, receive audible GPS and fitness prompts from apps on your phone. Or you can choose to listen to your helmet’s built-in FM radio.
Connect with up to 3 friend’s wearing a similar helmet to enjoy group intercom chats while riding. You can also share your music with one other rider via intercom. Your intercom has a range of up to 900 meters (980 yards).
Your Lithium Polymer battery needs only 3.5 hours to be fully charged, and you can then enjoy up to 16 hours of talk time. The Sena Utility App is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones.
The Sena X1 and X1S are available in 2 sizes ranging from 55 to 62 cm (21 3/4″ – 24 1/2″).
While the majority of reviews and ratings for this helmet are good, there seems to be a common theme regarding sizing, and that the sizes seem to run small. Some people saying that they measured for a Small helmet but ended up having to buy a Medium to get a proper fit.
Also, keep in mind the helmet’s shapes. If you have a round head, you probably need the X1, and for an oval (oblong) shaped head, go for an X1S.
4. Coros SafeSound Urban Smart Cycling Helmet
Easily one of the nicest looking road bike helmets on the market, and that’s without even looking at the ‘smart’ side of this helmet.
If you are seriously looking for a bicycle helmet with Bluetooth, then the Coros Safesound helmet should definitely be on your shortlist. Priced at just under 100 USD, the Coros SafeSound Urban Smart Cycling helmet is definitely a winner.
The Coros Safesound helmet is available from Amazon.
Looking like a professional urban commuter helmet, the wind-resistant microphone, Ear Opening Sound System (EOSS), and subtle LED tail light are overshadowed by the sleek style and aero-flow design.
Made from a reinforced polycarbonate shell with premium EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam, EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) padding for comfort. The dial at the rear of the helmet allows you to adjust the fit to suit your head size/shape.
The EOSS allows you to hear your phone calls clearly, or listen to your music while being alert and aware of the environmental sounds all around you, which is important for your safety.
The LED tail light has 3 modes, on, off or auto. In auto mode, the sensor will automatically detect poor lighting conditions and enable the LED light to start flashing. It has a battery life of up to 10 hours.
The Coros App is available for both iOS and Android and will allow you to monitor your travel data like speed, distance, and route information, as well as configure the SOS alert to be sent in case of an accident.
The Coros Safesound is a stylish urban commuter helmet, and is available in 2 colors and 3 sizes ranging between 52 – 62 cm.
5. Safe-Tec Smart Bicycle Helmet
Here we have another professional-looking road helmet. The Safe-Tec Smart Bicycle Helmet comes with integrated front and rear LED lights including brake lights and turn signals.
The Safe-Tec Smart helmet is available from Amazon Canada only.
Created with a stylish polycarbonate shell with an EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam liner for durability and comfort.
At the rear of the helmet is the float fit dial which you can turn to adjust to the perfect fit for your head. The padded chin strap has a magnetic fidlock buckle to keep your helmet firmly in place.
The Bluetooth microphone is built-in to the chin strap while the bone conduction speakers are built-in to the shell of the helmet allowing you to make and receive phone calls hands-free or simply listen to music while riding.
The Safe-Tec smart helmet has built-in front and rear lights with turn indicators which are controlled from a wireless remote control on your handle-bar.
Available in three colors and two sizes ranging between 55 – 61 cm (21.6″ – 24″), the helmet is CPSC certified. The majority of reviews and ratings are positive.
6. Lumos Ultra Smart Helmet
The Lumos Ultra Smart helmet is the third helmet backed by Kickstarter and made possible by crowd-funding.
Since its launch, the Lumos Ultra Smart helmet has received very high ratings and positive reviews all around. Featuring 360-degree LED lights, turn signals, and brake lights, the Lumos Ultra is more than just a good-looking bike helmet.
The Lumos Ultra Smart helmet is available from Amazon.
Available in a one-size-fits-most M-L (21.25″ – 24″, 54 – 61 cm), the helmet shell is made from durable polycarbonate with an EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam liner. The interior is lined with sweat-wicking padding for a more comfortable fit, while a rear adjusting dial can customize the fit to suit your head size and shape.
Well-placed vents provide the necessary ventilation to keep your head cool, while the MIPS version of the Lumos Ultra will provide all the brain protection you need.
Battery charge time is a mere 3 hours, and the battery life is from 4 to 10 hours dependent on usage. Each helmet comes with a USB-C charging cable and wireless remote. There is also an App available for download (both iOS and Android).
With the App you can manage battery life, customize blinking patterns and so much more. Turn signals and brake lights can be paired to the remote control unit.
IMPORTANT: How to Know Your Helmet Size