Driving a motorcycle is fun, exhilarating, and freeing. Unfortunately, it is also dangerous when you or other drivers aren't paying attention. In a world where we have to constantly keep our focus in various places, anything to help that multitasking is invaluable, such as a Bluetooth helmet.

In this article, I will uncover the best hands-free Bluetooth helmets, explain their advantages (and disadvantages) while I review, compare, and explain the different features and options. If you are looking for a Bluetooth motorcycle helmet, read on to decide which one is best for you.


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Product

Bluetooth Type

Talk Time

Check Price

Motorcycle Bluetooth Helmets,FreedConn Flip...

FreedConn

BM2-S

3.0

8 hours

Momentum EVO, Motorcycle Smart Helmet with...

Sena Momentum

EVO

4.0

8 hours

BELL Qualifier DLX Full-Face Helmet Matte...

Bell Qualifier

DLX

N/A

N/A

ILM Bluetooth Integrated Modular Flip up Full...

ILM Bluetooth

3.0

8 hours

Sena SPH10H-FM-01 Bluetooth Stereo Headset...

Sena SPH10H-FM-01

3.0

8 hours

TORC T14B Bluetooth Integrated Mako Nuke Full...

TORC T14B

2.0

24 hours

FreedConn Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet DOT...

FreedConn

Full Face BM12

4.0

10 hours

ILM Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet Modular Flip...

ILM 902BT

3.0

8 hours

Sena CAVALRY-CL-GB-M Gloss Black Medium...

Sena CAVALRY

4.1

24 hours

Origine O528B Pilota 3/4 Helmet with Blinc...

Origine O528B

Pilota

3.0

8 hours


Features to Look for in a Bluetooth Helmet

When you are considering a Bluetooth helmet, you need to make two separate considerations. One for the Bluetooth and its capabilities and the second for the helmet, its protection abilities and features. Below I offer you some essential factors to consider.

The Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a short-range, personal wireless signal designed to connect multiple devices and share settings, transfer data and information, and operate without constant monitoring.

  • Bluetooth Type & Range
    There are currently five versions of Bluetooth technology. Each version has subsets, or updates, making them a little better. One thing to note is that all versions are back compatible with previous versions, but not all versions are capable of being forward compatible. The most prevalent version is Bluetooth 4. This includes 4.0 and 4.1 subsets. The base version (4.0) takes Bluetooth 3.0 and reduces energy consumption. 4.1 Merely adds compatibility for newer, faster devices. The typical range for a Bluetooth device is between 0 and 33 feet. The closer the devices are, of course, the stronger the pairing and signals for data transfer. Bluetooth 5.0, which is still being released, improves this range by several feet, but we still aren’t sure of the exact range or signal strength capabilities.
  • Battery Life 
    Bluetooth, as wireless technology, relies on battery power to run and operate. Different versions (see above) require different energy draws. The older versions require more battery power, for example, than the latest versions. However, it is also up to your connected devices how much battery they devote to the Bluetooth connection. When Bluetooth is enabled, it begins drawing power. This includes being active, on standby, or hosting an idle connection. You also need to determine how long it takes to recharge the batteries on your connected devices. The better battery life, the longer your devices and Bluetooth connections will last.
  • Sound Quality
    Since the Bluetooth is embedded in the helmets, ideally connecting to your smartphone or radio, the sound quality needs to be good. Not only does the sound need to be clear and accurate, but it should also be loud enough to cover any sounds of the road. Most Bluetooth connections will override the system-set volume maximum controls (you usually have to click on a verification warning). This allows you to set a higher volume. Just make sure it isn’t set too high to cause hearing damage or prevent you from hearing horns, sirens, etc.
  • Smart Functions & Connectivity Features
    Most Bluetooth devices will work in a Master-Slave manner, where the primary device, known as the master, holds the encryption and connectivity for the connected devices (slaves). This type of connectivity works well for several devices all at once, but the master device must permit connection. For a Bluetooth helmet, you can connect your smartphone, GPS system, tablet, MP3 player, and other devices so you can use them all hands-free. As long as these connections are offered by the device, that is.
  • Hands-free
    A true hands-free device means you never have to touch it for activation, control, or menu selections. In this manner, think of your smartphone with Siri or Google voice assistance, of Amazon's Alexa devices. Using these or similar technologies, some Bluetooth helmets offer you the chance to go truly hands-free. Using voice commands and prompts to answer a phone call, change playlists or tracks on your music or even send a text message. One-touch devices are also considered hands-free. These are similar to your headphones with a speaker and microphone built-in. When you get a phone call, for example, you have to press the connect button to activate the Bluetooth service and answer the call. Similarly, this would also be how you change the volume or make track selections. While it is hands-free, you still need to manually interact with the device to get everything to function properly.

The Helmet

Your helmet needs to abide by safety standards, with or without Bluetooth. There are also other things to consider when making your selection as well.

  • Size & Style
    The helmet needs to fit. This much is obvious. However, if you are buying online, you won’t be able to try it on first. Knowing how to properly measure your head for a motorcycle helmet will come in handy. This video will explain how to measure your head so you can use the brand reference charts. You also want your helmet to be stylish (I assume). Looks are essential, and the overall design of the helmet should be fitting, comfortable, functional, and eye-pleasing.
  • Comfort & Hygiene
    As touched on above, comfort is a huge factor. While the use of a helmet is almost a standard law or regulation, you want to ensure that you are comfortable while wearing it. If the helmet is uncomfortable, you will constantly be messing with it, taking your concentration off of the road. Helmets also need to be hygienic. The internal padding and surface material should be easy to clean and disinfect. Sweat, hair, and all the daily grime we accumulate will build up in a helmet over time. Make sure that the material inside your helmet is easy to keep clean.
  • Visor Features
    The visor is also essential and can make a huge difference, depending on where and when you ride. For early morning drivers or evening drivers, you may want a tinted visor to help block the rising and setting sun. Visors also come in colors and are made of different materials. Ensure the visor is shatterproof, and if it is anti-fog or scratch-resistant, that is a bonus.
  • Certification
    There are two primary testing certifications for helmets in the US. The DOT is federally mandated, and all helmets must meet these minimum requirements to be DOT certified.The other certification is called Snell. It is not required that your helmet be Snell certified, but the minimum standards are higher than DOT, so it is a good idea to find a Snell sticker on your helmet. I have more information on these tests further below. You will also see certifications such as ECE, which is the European counterpart to DOT. The ECE, like Snell, is more rigorous than the DOT, and more countries use and recognize the ECE sticker, too. There is also SHARP and CRASH, which represents safety standards in the UK and Australia, respectively.
  • Price & Warranty
    Of course, the price is going to be a significant factor. You want a helmet that is nice looking, comfortable, and affordable. Just because Bluetooth is built-in, you already know you will pay more than you would for a standard helmet. However, that price shouldn’t make or break your decision. Make sure the final price, along with any warranties, are clearly laid out and understood before you buy. You might be surprised that Bluetooth doesn’t generally add a lot of extra numbers to the price tag, or at least it shouldn't.

10 Best Motorcycle Helmets Reviewed

Below I offer you the 10 best motorcycle helmets, reviewed, compared and evaluated to make sure they offer you exactly what you need.

1. FreedConn BM2-S

Product Specifications

Bluetooth Type

3.0

Talk Time

8 hours

Standby Time

110 hours

Styles Available

4 colors

Certification

DOT, ECE

Warranty

30-day refund, 1-year warranty

FreedConn produces the BM2-S model helmet that is arguably the best Bluetooth helmet ever. It has a lot of unique features that make is stand out as a helmet, and the Bluetooth technology is built-in.

The helmet itself is certified both to DOT and ECE standards, making it street legal in over 50 countries. There are three sizes available in 4 color options. You should note, though, that sizing is very important. The BM2-S runs small, so make sure you measure correctly and follow the sizing guide to get the right helmet.

If you find the helmet is not the right size, you can contact customer service, and they will send you a new liner to make the helmet fit right.

The best features for the helmet are the double visor, which has a full face shield and clear view, as well as an internal tinted visor that you can pull up or down from the adjustment knob on the side.

The Bluetooth built into the helmet is version 3.0, which accommodates up to three paired helmets for communications and will allow 2 helmets synced for sharing music.

You can also pair your smartphone to use the hands-free calling abilities, or to an MP3 player for listening to music. The single button allows you to use GPS instructions, take calls, and override the other devices or communications and even pairs with FM radio.

The Bluetooth will need to be recharged at least monthly (depending on use) but will last for up to 8 hours of constant communications. In standby mode, the fully charged battery will hold the charge for up to 110 hours.

After your purchase, you have 30 days to return it for a full refund. After the 30 days, a 1-year warranty covers the liner, visors, Bluetooth abilities, and safety features.

Pros

  • Double visor
  • One-touch set up for hands-free operation
  • Street legal in every state
  • Comes with free motorcycle gloves
  • 3 sizes to get a perfect fit

Cons

  • Not the latest Bluetooth version

2. Sena Momentum EVO

Product Specifications

Bluetooth Type

4.0

Talk Time

8 hours

Standby Time

100 hours

Styles Available

1

Certification

DOT and ECE

Warranty

2-year

Sena has a few different models in their line up, and the Momentum EVO is a mid-range helmet with top-end specs. It is one of the best looking helmets on this list, too. It is just too bad they don’t offer different styles.

Sena rigorously tests their helmets to higher than DOT and ECE standards, and it shows. While every helmet far surpasses what the DOT or the ECE recommend, they do it with style and a sleekness that allows for more airflow and better chin bar protection.

The helmet comes in 3 different sizes (medium, large and extra-large), but only one color. The smokey black color suits the EVO, though, and makes the entire helmet look more refined and sleek.

The one downside to the helmet is that it doesn’t come with a tinted visor. If you need eye protection from the sun, you will need to purchase a second visor or wear sunglasses under the helmet.

The Bluetooth uses version 4.0, so not only is it capable of high-speed data transfer, but it is more secure and has a better distance. However, aside from the Bluetooth, the Sena Momentum EVO also uses a Mesh network. With this enabled, you can connect and communicate with an unlimited number of other riders and helmets generally within a 2-mile radius.

The Bluetooth allows you to connect your MP3 players, smartphones, GPS systems, and other Bluetooth enabled devices to hear music and enjoy communications. You can take a call or use voice commands to respond to a text as well as getting your GPS instructions right in your helmet speakers.

The audio quality is very good, but the helmet design that improves airflow can sometimes overpower the speakers making it difficult to hear. Batteries aren’t a concern, though. The Bluetooth receiver will charge completely in about 3 or 4 hours and last up to 8 hours of continuous use, or about 100 hours on standby.

The warranty is a year long from the date of purchase and covers the helmet and Bluetooth (and Mesh network) against defects in craftsmanship and quality. Just make sure you measure correctly as these helmets tend to run extra small.

Pros

  • Great airflow
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and Mesh networking
  • Low maintenance liner
  • Comfortable for long rides

Cons

  • Runs really small
  • Wind noise can lower sound quality

3. Bell Qualifier DLX

Product Specifications

Bluetooth Type

N/A

Talk Time

N/A

Standby Time

N/A

Styles Available

10 Styles

Certification

DOT and ECE

Warranty

1-year

The Bell Qualifier DLX is a Bluetooth ready, DOT certified helmet. It doesn’t come with any Bluetooth devices built-in, but it has a spot for some. The helmet is compatible, out of the box with a few Bluetooth versions, and is designed for street bikes and dirt bikes alike.

Because the Bell DLX helmet is street and track legal in over 50 countries, you can take it with you almost anywhere you go. It is DOT and ECE certified for safety and is quite a comfortable wear.

There are 6 shell sizes and 6 lining sizes to accommodate a vast range of head sizes. The helmet doesn’t run small like some of the others, but you do need to get the right combination of shell and liner to enjoy a perfect fit.

The most impressive feature with the helmet is the transition shield. You don’t need a double visor or a tinted visor, as this one will change from clear to tinted based on the amount of sunlight. The transition visor is included with purchase, so you save a lot of money.

The Bluetooth capability does require an extra purchase, though. You will need the clamp kit for the type of Bluetooth you have. Otherwise, you’ll need to break out your double-sided tape and a hot glue gun.

The Qualifier DLX is compatible with most Sena and Carda Bluetooth systems, as long as you purchase the correct holder adapter.

The 1-year warranty will cover most of the helmet, including the liner and visor. However, it will not cover the Bluetooth or clamp kit since they are not a package deal.

Pros

  • 10 styles or colors to choose
  • Multiple size configurations
  • DOT certified
  • works with Sena and Carda Bluetooth systems

Cons

  • Clamp kit not included
  • Vents can come loose and rattle

4. ILM Bluetooth

Product Specifications

Bluetooth Type

3.0

Talk Time

8 hours

Standby Time

110 hours

Styles Available

3

Certification

DOT ECE

Warranty

1-year

The ILM helmet is one of the most beautifully crafted helmets around. Not only is it striking and eye-catching, but it is comfortable for wearing during long rides. The integrated Bluetooth has an excellent range and a vast array of capabilities.

ILM quality checks every helmet, and each one is tested beyond DOT and ECE standards, making them street legal in over 50 countries. The helmets run a little small, though, so make sure you take exact head measurements and order the appropriate size.

There are 3 sizes as well as 3 color options to choose from—each one designed for maximum comfort and control. The ventilation ports increase airflow throughout to help keep you cool. However, on highway riding, you can close the vents individually for a better airflow experience.

The helmet also comes with DSP echo cancellation as well as noise dampening to help you hear clearer and reduce road noise. While it isn’t going to be the quietest helmet on the market, it is among the leaders.

The Bluetooth included uses version 3.0, which offers up to 1000 feet for communications with another helmet and will connect to your smartphone, GPS, FM radio, or MP3 player. You can also pair the helmet to share the music or GPS instructions with another.

The one-touch controls allow you to maintain focus on the road and other vehicles while answering a call, ignoring a call, or using voice activation for other phone and music controls.

This helmet comes with a 1-year warranty that covers the shell, washable liner and visor as well as the integrated Bluetooth system.

Pros

  • Noise suppression that works
  • Rider adjustable vents
  • Comms range over 1000 feet
  • One-touch controls

Cons

  • Bluetooth can enter “deep sleep” mode

5. Sena SPH10H-FM-01

Product Specifications

Bluetooth Type

3.0

Talk Time

8 hours

Standby Time

110 hours

Styles Available

1

Certification

N/A

Warranty

2-year

If you already own a half-helmet and want to add Bluetooth capabilities to it, then the Sena SPH10H is the model for you. It uses Bluetooth 3.0 and has fantastic sound clarity, even without the noise dampening of a full helmet.

While most half helmets won’t need any modifications, some may require it. The clip is designed to fit in the ear hole of the chin strap, but your particular strap may not be the “triangle” style needed for a proper fit.

The communications are there, and you can sync to other devices or your personal equipment. GPS instructions, call handling, and even voice commands to your device assistants are all possible.

The battery life is standard for most Bluetooth 3.0 products with an average of 8 continuous usage hours. If the device is fully charged and not active, you can expect about 110 hours before it needs to be topped up.

Some users note that charging is difficult because of a bad connection with the charging cable. However, the simple solution is to not push the connector all the way into the device. There should be a small gap after insertion between the plastic molding of the charger head and the receiver.

Sena offers a 2-year warranty on the device and speakers, and the customer service representatives are some of the best. It is easy to contact them and talk about any issues or questions you have, or to start a claim process.

Pros

  • Great customer service
  • Simple to use and connect
  • Over 1000 feet of communication distance

Cons

  • Charging can be difficult
  • Not suitable for all half-helmets

6. TORC T14B

Product Specifications

Bluetooth Type

2.0

Talk Time

24 hours

Standby Time

600 hours

Styles Available

9

Certification

DOT and ECE

Warranty

90 days

As the slogan for the company says, you can’t spell motorcycle without TORC. The company is known for its innovative designs for all types of bikes, and the T14B models are not different. Extra comfort, simple care, and sleek lines make great looking and performing helmets.

The T14B comes in 9 different styles, each with 6 sizes to choose from. The helmets do run small, and they are specially designed for more oval-shaped heads. Larger heads may find the XXL (the largest model) a bit too tight.

The helmets are all DOT and ECE certified and conform to all traffic safety laws. The integration of the Bluetooth is seamless as well, and the echo and noise reduction work wonders.

The Bluetooth itself uses version 2.0, so your range is a bit more limited than some of the other options on this list. However, the syncing to smartphones, GPS, and other Bluetooth devices is simple.

A lot of users do complain that connecting two helmets is difficult. The instructions to syncing multiple helmets aren't the clearest, and customer service is basically non-existent. However, once you do figure it out, comms between helmets can travel up to about 600 feet, and the audio is crystal clear.

The biggest disappointment is the lack of any real warranty. The warranty period is only 90 days. However, as mentioned above, getting a hold of customer service is almost impossible, making the warranty a moot point.

Pros

  • Machine wash inner liner
  • Fully integrated microphone
  • Incredible Bluetooth battery life
  • Sleek, improved design

Cons

  • Horrible warranty
  • May be harder fit for larger heads

7. FreedConn Full Face BM12

Product Specifications

Bluetooth Type

4.0

Talk Time

10 hours

Standby Time

600 hours

Styles Available

3

Certification

DOT

Warranty

30-Day refund 1-year warranty

FreedConn is back on our list with the BM12. This design is slightly different from the top pick, and it has a couple of additional add-ons to make the purchase more inviting. The helmet is DOT certified and comes with Bluetooth built-in.

Other, smaller certifications accompany the DOT certification; however, Snell and ECE are not among them. While most riders only need to see the DOT sticker, some want higher protection standards. That is a judgment call on your part.

The helmet is safe and comes in 3 styles. The shell is a single size, and fit is adjusted with different liners. The liners are low-maintenance and machine-washable microfiber. Washing the helmet and caring for it are simple as well as critical.

The included add-ons are the gloves, similar to the top pick model, as well, but also included is a helmet bag for toting your helmet around, or storing when not in use.

The newer version of Bluetooth is also a step up, but it comes at a cost. While battery life performs better, adding a few hours to the talk time and plenty more standby hours, you lose constant connectivity.

If you aren’t connected and using the Bluetooth, it will shut down and enter deep sleep mode. You will have to plug the receiver in and let it recharge for up to 30 minutes before the Bluetooth will activate again.

Note, however, that if you are using communications, listening to music or GPS instructions, this won’t occur.

The FreedConn customer service is pretty good, and they want to ensure you get the right fit. The helmets run a little small, so measure accurately and follow their sizing chart. If you do get an ill-fitting helmet, you can contact them (turn around time is about 10 to 12 hours), and they will send you a different liner to help with the fit.

Pros

  • Comfortable helmet
  • Great customer service
  • Bluetooth has more pairings and further reach

Cons

  • Bluetooth can be tricky to keep on
  • Radio tuning dial is too sensitive

8. ILM 902BT

Product Specifications

Bluetooth Type

3.0

Talk Time

8 hours

Standby Time

110 hours

Styles Available

4

Certification

DOT

Warranty

1-year

You can ride faceless, full face, or shaded at any time with a simple flick of the visor. You get the required protection, comfort, and communications all in one.

The visor is the most notable feature, but it is DOT approved, and you can ride safely on any road in America. However, while the safety rating does exceed DOT standards, it does not meet ECE standards, so make sure you note that if you drive overseas.

The inner shield is tinted for avoiding sun glare and can be lowered or lifted at any time. The full face shield comes with a clear visor and the entire modular lifts or closes, independent of the sun visor.

You can choose from four color options and four sizes. Note that the ILM helmets run small, so ensure your measurements are exact and refer to their sizing chart. If you are in doubt, opt for the larger size.

The Bluetooth is the standard 3.0 version, which allows you to use communications with other ILM helmets paring up to 3 at a time. When pared, only two riders can communicate at a time, though. Pairing for inter-helmet communications can be difficult, so make sure you have everything set up, tested, and working before you hit the road.

The 1-year warranty is easy to make a claim on, as ILM uses the communication portal through Amazon. The warranty will cover manufacturer's defects or issues with fit, visors, or the integrated Bluetooth.

Pros

  • Full modular face shield
  • Full range of Bluetooth capabilities
  • Sync up to 3 ILM helmets for comms

Cons

  • Bluetooth is challenging to connect at times

9. Sena CAVALRY

Product Specifications

Bluetooth Type

4.1

Talk Time

24 hours

Standby Time

600 hours

Styles Available

2

Certification

DOT

Warranty

1-year

The Sena Calvary is the first (only?) fully integrated Bluetooth half helmet. With crystal clear audio and a built-in microphone, you can enjoy your half helmet style and Bluetooth connectivity at the same time.

Sena’s Calvary is an exceptional design with a form-fit inner liner (non-removable) that fits right and is comfortable for hours. Surprisingly, The ears are left open through the triangle chin strap, and you don't have a microphone in your face.

With DOT certification, you are free to wear the helmet in all 50 states, though it doesn't meet ECE or Snell requirements.

The Bluetooth is the latest stable 4.1 version and offers even more range and connected devices. 4.1 also allows you to share audio with another connected helmet with a range of up to a half mile.

The speakers are installed above the ears, in the headliner, and the microphone is positioned above the forehead. All are non-obtrusive, and you won't even know they are there. The sound quality is crystal clear and even has noise and wind reduction capabilities.

The 1-year warranty protects every aspect of the helmet from defects to craftsmanship. It also covers the speakers, microphone, and receiver in the event they don't work out of the box. Just make sure you keep the battery charged, so it is ready to go when you are.

Pros

  • Uses latest stable Bluetooth version
  • Great customer support
  • First half-helmet with Bluetooth

Cons

  • High speeds may affect audio clarity

10. Origine O528B Pilota

Product Specifications

Bluetooth Type

3.0

Talk Time

8 hours

Standby Time

110 hours

Styles Available

7

Certification

DOT

Warranty

1-year

If you are looking for the best Bluetooth motorcycle helmet for women, turn to Origine. This round, three-quarter helmet is stylish, eye-catching, and functional. With fully integrated Bluetooth and a comfortable design, you won’t want anything else.

The bubble style helmet was made famous in Italy, and the same craftsmanship is present here. With Italian leather and microfiber liner, the comfort is out of this world. With a ¾ helmet, you can decide if you want to ride with the wind in your face or blocked with the visor.

The Pilota is a head-turning helmet sure to get you compliments and start conversations and is ideally suited for day riding, highway biking, or running around on a scooter. With 7 different styles and colors to choose from, you are sure to find one that matches your style.

The integrated Bluetooth (version 3.0) gives you access to your smartphone, MP3, or GPS. It also has FM radio capabilities and a simple to use one-touch interface. All incoming calls will interrupt any other communications, though, so if you are listening to GPS instructions, make a note of that.

Audio is crystal clear, and the speakers are embedded in the ear flaps. This does make it a bit more challenging to clean the liner, but not impossible; you only need to be a bit more careful when wiping and scrubbing.

The 1-year warranty will cover the helmet, visor, chin strap, and Bluetooth components. Making a claim can be a small challenge, as customer service is a bit slow to respond. However, when they do, the rest of the process is relatively straightforward and seamless.

Pros

  • Italian-inspired bubble design
  • Suitable for all bikes in any conditions
  • Bluetooth audio is clear and loud
  • Connects to any Bluetooth capable device

Cons

  • Slow customer service
  • Not all models have tinted visors

Benefits of Using Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets

Why should you invest in a Bluetooth motorcycle helmet? In the modern day and age, we are tied to our electronics. While motorcycles give us the freedom of the open road, they also demand full attention and control at all times.

Using a Bluetooth helmet with speaker and microphone can help you stay connected while maintaining control. Such benefits include:

  • Answering a phone call.
  • Listening and controlling MP3 music.
  • GPS navigation controls and instructions.
  • Sharing devices (music, etc.) with multiple helmets for driver and rider.
  • Hands-free/One-touch interaction with smart devices.

Types of Bluetooth Helmets

While styles and colors and options vary, there are only two general categories that Bluetooth motorcycle helmets fall under. There the helmets that have the Bluetooth and components built-in, and those that are Bluetooth device compatible.

Pre-installed Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets

Helmets with Bluetooth installed have all the components you need to establish a Bluetooth connection and use the service when paired with another device. These helmets are slightly more expensive, but you don’t need to purchase anything extra after that.

You are limited to the type or version of Bluetooth you can use, and if there are any issues, it generally isn’t covered.

Helmet-Capable/ Compatible Bluetooth Systems

Helmets with Bluetooth capabilities don’t come with any components (usually). However, you are free to purchase and install devices that will fit with the helmet.

The benefit here is that you get to pick which devices you want to incorporate, with Bluetooth versions and how much you spend. The bad news is that not all Bluetooth devices will fit or are compatible with the helmets.

The best option, if you know you want Bluetooth in your motorcycle helmet, is to purchase one that has the technology built-in and save yourself the hassle of doing it yourself.


Motorcycle Helmet Certifications

As I mentioned earlier, helmets for road use must be DOT certified. While it isn’t a requirement for the helmets to have the Snell certification, it is a good idea. Snell, as you will see below, is a more stringent and thorough certification process.

DOT Certification

The DOT certification tests by dropping, poking, and placing the helmet under a pressure test. The drop tests use two different anvils, a rounded one and a flat one. These simulate ground and object impacts.

The poking is done to simulate debris and uses a metal rod on a hydraulic arm. With the pressure test, the helmet is pressed in a hydraulic press up to 300 pounds of pressure for about 2 minutes.

The minimum results are handed out to manufacturers who then build their helmets to spec. The DOT does not test every helmet; this is done by the manufacturer on a basic "honor system."

Snell Certification

The Snell certification is more rigid and rigorous as it is derived from the motorcycle racing world, where crashes are generally more severe and at higher speeds.

Instead of 2 anvils, Snell uses 5. They also drop the helmets onto the anvils from various heights instead of the lower, single height of the DOT test. Also, unlike the DOT, Snell will test the dome of the helmet as well as the chin bar/strap.

The final test is for the visor where the helmet is mounted on a dummy, and the visor is shot up to three times with a lead pellet air rifle.


People Also Ask (FAQs)

How many devices can I connect to my smart helmet at one time?

In most cases, the helmet will be able to connect to a single device at a time. However, if multiple helmets are within the range of the master Bluetooth device, they can all connect through a chain. Depending on the Bluetooth version and other factors, you can usually chain up to 7 devices in total, though features and options will vary.

How do I add Bluetooth connectivity to my regular helmet?

You can add Bluetooth to a standard helmet, though it must be done correctly to maintain helmet integrity and safety. You will need a Bluetooth receiver and a couple of speakers. The speakers need to be connected to the transceiver and mounted inside the helmet. The receiver should then be tested to make sure you can hear calls or music. Once tested, the receiver needs to be securely mounted to the helmet. Most people place the receiver at the back or along the faceguard.

How can I get rid of bad helmet smell?

The best method is to wash your helmet. Using warm water and detergent, you can clean the helmet, by hand, in your sink. The helmet will need to be dried before use, of course. If you want a quick fix, you can use an aerosol deodorizer, fabric odor eliminator, or spray deodorant. Regular care and washing according to the instructions that come with your helmet, though, are going to be the best defense against odors and bacteria build-up.

What are some tips for taking care of my Bluetooth motorcycle helmet?

The best tips are to keep your helmet clean. Inside, outside and the face shield all need regular cleaning. You should always inspect your helmet for visual signs of damage, scratches, dents, or cracks. Don’t leave your helmet in the sun when not in use, and make sure you keep it with you at all times. Avoid dropping the helmet, and if you are in an accident, replace your helmet, as they aren’t designed for multiple impacts.


Conclusion

Choosing the right Bluetooth motorcycle helmet doesn’t have to be a complicated process. While there are many options out there, and each brand offers various features, add-ons, or specials, the right helmet should be easy to spot.

You want a helmet that is comfortable, appealing and functional. Make sure it is in your price range and make sure it fits. If you are still in doubt as to which model to purchase, take a second look at our top pick, the FreedConn BM2-S. It offers you everything you need in a daily ride, and the Bluetooth is capable of pairing with three other devices.