Jabra Steel Review: One of The Toughest Bluetooth Headsets You Can Buy
By Yvonne

Jabra Steel Review: The Most Tough Bluetooth Headsets Available. Bluetooth headsets must be able to handle accidental drops and provide excellent call quality. To find out how the Jabra Steel shock-, dust-, and water resistant headset performed, we tested it for 40 hours.

Jabra Steel

Jabra Steel

We like this

  • Highly durable

  • Included are hooks and backup ear gels

  • Good noise cancellation

  • Dual microphones

The Things We Hate
  • The speaker is quite large

  • No color customization

  • There are no volume buttons

Jabra Steel excels in many aspects, including durability. However, its poor audio quality and large size make it a very good headset.

This article explains
  • Design
  • Comfort
  • Sound Quality
  • These are the features
  • Prices
  • Concurrence
  • Final Verdict
  • Specifications

Jabra Steel was purchased to allow our expert reviewer to thoroughly evaluate and test it. Continue reading to see our complete product review.

Jabra is a well-known brand in headset and headphones. One of Jabra's headset offerings, the Jabra Steel, is known for its rugged durability—it's a dust, water, and shock-resistant headset targeted towards outdoorsy types or workers on the go. On the front, you'll find a picture of a construction worker.

The Jabra Steel Bluetooth headset retails at $100. However, it isn't necessarily the most costly on the market. It's also not the least expensive, even though you can get other highly-rated headphones for as low as $20. Is the Jabra Steel worth its middle-range price? To find out, I tried it for one week.

Jabra Steel

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Design: A well-constructed, yet noticeable

The Jabra Steel headset is a testament to its durability and quality. It is completely enclosed by a black rubberized material. The three buttons—a power button, voice button, and answer/end call button—are recessed and covered by the casing for protection. You can also cover the USB charging port with a case and use a tab to remove it to charge your Jabra Steel. The headset does not have any volume buttons.

Without the cushion, the main body of the Jabra is slightly larger. It measures approximately two-and-a-half inches in length. The 10 gram Jabra Steel measures approximately three inches high, 0.6 inches in width, and 1 inch thick at its widest point. The body has two microphones at the back, which can be left open or covered with the included windocks.

The Jabra Steel's large size and thickness makes it easy to see when it's on. If someone is looking at you from the front, you will be able see the Jabra Steel clearly. However, it's not difficult to spot the bright yellow ear gels when the headset's on.

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Comfort: Customizable eargels and hooks

Despite its large size, it was comfortable to use, even when worn for extended periods of time. Some people may find the accessory and speaker too large for their ears because they are larger than the actual device.

When you wear the Jabra Steel, it is obvious.

Three ear gel cushion cushions are included in the package. All of the included ear gels are bright yellow in color, but each gel has a different design — one is a more basic design, and the other two have extension hooks that help them stay in the ear (one of the ear gels has a right-facing extension, and the other has a left-facing extension). Although the ergonomic ear pillows are very comfortable, they are also large so people with narrow ears may find them uncomfortable.

Two optional earhooks are also included in the Jabra Steel package. These hooks wrap around your ear to secure the headset. The Jabra without the ear hook can be uncomfortable, particularly if you have glasses. Although the Jabra with the earhook has a softened finish, it is not as comfortable. It almost feels like suede.

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Sound Quality - Excellent microphones and average speakers

Although the Jabra's call quality is good, the speaker can be a bit too loud even at full volume. I was compelled to ask the person at the other end the call several times. It's not as loud as the best speaker, but there's no interference. Despite this, I could communicate clearly with the other person on each call using the Jabra’s dual microphones. Jabra's noise cancellation was much better than I had expected. Two microphones cancel out the background noise so that your voice is clear.

The Jabra doesn't produce the most pleasing music. The Jabra does not have any distortion like phone calls. However, the speaker's 11mm size doesn't make it too loud. Clear sound can be heard, with a good amount of differentiation between high, low and mid tones. It's not too loud or tinny, but it isn't dull.

Jabra Steel

Features: A companion app and a decent battery

Jabra is quick to charge, with a fully charged battery in just two hours. The full charge lasts up to 6 hours talk time and 10 days standby. The Jabra was capable of providing five hours continuous usage before the battery needed to be charged. According to your smartphone, the Bluetooth range can reach up to 98 feet. The Jabra was easy to use at home. I just set my phone on my kitchen counter, and it never lost connection while I moved around the property.

The actual headset can be checked by pressing the answer/end button, even if you aren't on the phone. The answer/end button can be used to reject calls, answer calls, place a caller in hold, switch callers or dial your previous call. Jabra's voice button turns on the phone's voice assistant, such as Siri, Google Now or Cortana. You can also use the voice button when you are on a call to mut yourself. Given the number of functions that you can control using the buttons, it was surprising to find the Jabra did not have physical volume controls.

Two-microphones are excellent at cancelling background noise.

Jabra Assist is a companion application that comes with the Jabra Steel. Although the app does have some nice features, it is very basic. You can access your manual and register the headset through the app. The app allows you to enable or disable certain features, such as message readout. This lets your Jabra Steel headset hear the latest calendar updates and emails. The app also has a "find my Jabra" feature that helps you find your headset.

Price: Mid-range

The Jabra Steel retails for $100, but you can find it on sale for significantly less—usually between $60 and $70, depending on the retailer. Although the Jabra Steel's retail price may seem high compared to budget Bluetooth headsets, it offers a very durable design with a 5-year limited warranty. This adds significant value.

Jabra Steel vs. New Bee LC-B41

You get a wide range of accessories with the New Bee LC-B41, which is significantly cheaper than Jabra Steel. The New Bee LC41 Headset is a better option than the Jabra Steel in many areas. It offers 24 hour talk time and up to 2 months standby. Clear call quality and affordability are some of the advantages of the New Bee LC41 Headset. The New Bee isn't as durable as the Jabra.

Final Verdict

The Jabra Steel is a rugged headset that can cancel out loud noises.

The Jabra Steel headset is a great choice for anyone who wants a helmet that will withstand harsh outdoor conditions.


  • Product name Steel
  • Jabra Product Brand
  • Prices from $100.00
  • The wireless range is 30 meters
  • Battery Life: 6 hours talk time, 10 days standby
  • Limited Warranty of Five Years

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