Best Bluetooth Bike Helmets [Top 12 Smart Helmets in 2022]

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We all know the bike helmet is hardly the most trendy piece of kit when you go cycling, but for obvious reasons, it is one of the most important.

Still, why limit yourself to a bog-standard design that will get the job done and not much else? If your budget can stretch to it, why not invest in a smart bicycle helmet?

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Below, we’ll look at just what this is, before looking at various types and finally recommending four of the best smart helmets money can buy:



What is a Smart Bike Helmet?

Smart bike helmets are for cyclists who just want that little bit more from their headgear when they go cycling. This might mean a helmet with lights, helmet indicators, a Bluetooth helmet, speakers, speed and heart rate monitors, and more.

The best smart helmet will, of course, still keep your head just as well-protected while you cycle, though, so don’t think you’d be compromising your safety for a fancy, state-of-the-art helmet with built-in Bluetooth, for instance.



Different Types of Smart Cycling Helmets

As we mentioned in the last section, smart cycle helmets can do all sorts of weird and wonderful things. As a general rule, though, the main four types you are likely to come across are:

  • Smart Bike Helmets with Built-In Lights (to add visibility to your presence – especially handy if/when cycling in the dark)
  • Smart Bike Helmets with Indicators (to let passers-by know which way you’re turning on your bike without the need for hand signals)
  • Smart Bike Helmets with Bluetooth (for extra connectivity – e.g. listening to music, GPS navigation, audiobooks, podcasts etc.)
  • Smart Bike Helmets with Speakers (either as a substitute for headphones or for making phone calls, etc.)


Best Smart Bike Helmets [Top 12]

  1. Unit 1 FARO Smart Helmet [REVIEW]
  2. LIVALL BH60SEPLUS Smart Helmet [REVIEW]
  3. Sena R1 Smart Helmet [REVIEW]
  4. Lumos Matrix Helmet [REVIEW]
  5. LIVALL EVO21 [REVIEW]
  6. Lumos Ultra Smart Helmet [REVIEW]
  7. LIVALL MT1 Smart Bike Helmet [REVIEW]
  8. LIVALL BH51M Smart Helmet [REVIEW]
  9. Lumos Kickstart Smart Bicycle Helmet [REVIEW]
  10. Sena X1 Helmet [REVIEW]
  11. Coros SafeSound Helmt [REVIEW]
  12. LIVALL C20 Smart Bike Helmet [REVIEW]
PRODUCTFront
Light
Rear
Light
Brake
Light
Turn
Signal
MicSpeakerSOS
Unit 1 FAROβœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…βŒβŒβœ…
LIVALL BH60SEβŒβœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…
Sena R1βŒβŒβŒβŒβœ…βœ…βŒ
Lumos Matrixβœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…
LIVALL EVO21βœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…βŒβŒβœ…
Lumos Ultraβœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…βŒβŒβŒ
LIVALL MT1βŒβœ…βŒβœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…
LIVALL BH51MβŒβœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…
Lumos Kickstartβœ…βœ…βœ…βœ…βŒβŒβŒ
Sena X1βŒβŒβŒβŒβœ…βœ…βŒ
Coros SafesoundβŒβœ…βŒβŒβœ…βœ…βœ…
Livall C20βŒβœ…βœ…βŒβŒβŒβœ…


The Most Stylish and Safest Smart Helmet:

1. Unit 1 FARO Smart Helmet

Features:

βœ… Front Light

βœ… Rear Light

βœ… Brake Lights

βœ… Indicators

❌ Built-In Microphone

❌ Built-In Speakers

βœ… SOS Function

Weight (Med.): 580g
Av. Battery Life: 30 hours
Safety Cert.:
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ from Β£180
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ from $210
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί from €220


This helmet is nothing short of stunning aesthetically. But it’s also packed with safety features for cyclists.

It has a bright front and rear lights which come on by pressing a button on the back of the helmet, while there are also indicator lights which can used with the handlebar indicator. There are also brake lights if you wish.

But Unit 1’s safety features dom’t end there. If you’re helmet recognises a significant impact, followed by no movement, a message will be sent to an emergency contact. But don’t worry, this helmet is smart enough to know if you’ve just thrown your helmet in your bag and you can cancel the emergency outreach if needed.

There is also a MIPS add-on for this helmet, although it should be noted that this is NOT a cheap helmet. This is a premium product, but it has justified it’s high price-tag with excellent features and design.

The only thing missing from this helmet compared to others on this list is the option to listen to music and make calls, but this can be easily remedied with an earphone!

Read the full Unit 1 FARO helmet review here.

Unit 1 FARO Helmet Colours:



Best Bluetooth Bike Helmet with Speakers

2. LIVALL BH60SEPLUS Smart Bike Helmet

Features:

❌ Front Light

βœ… Rear Light

βœ… Brake Lights

βœ… Indicators

βœ… Built-In Microphone

βœ… Built-In Speakers

βœ… SOS Function

Weight (Med.): 630g
Av. Battery Life: 10 hours
Safety Cert.
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Β£100
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ $140
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί €150


If the idea of “smart” bike helmet appeals to you, then the LIVALL BH60SE may be the perfect safe space for your head.

Why? Because it has every smart feature you can imagine.

It comes with built-in Bluetooth so you can connect to your phone, while it also has built-in speakers and wind resistant microphone if you want to make calls or listen to music.

As you mighty expect, the sound quality is never going to be the best in terms of listening to music, but for making a quick phone call, it’s fantastic.

This smart helmet also has several LED lights on the back that again do several things. There are standard red lights for visiblity, but they also shine brighter when you’re braking. Then there’s also yellow/orange indicator lights to show if you want to turn left or right. You can control the brake lights and indicators by pressing an attachment on the handlebars.

The last feature – but certainly not the least important – is the SOS mode. This will trigger a notification to your emergency contact if your helmet is suddently jolted followed by no movement at all. Again, this isn’t perfect and may set off unexpectedly from time-to-time, but you can control and cancel the notifcations from the LIVALL app on your phone when you need to.

All-in-all, this is a feature-packed and good-looking helmet.

You can read the full LIVALL BH60SE Smart Helmet review here.



Bluetooth Bike Helmet with Intercom

3. Sena R1 Smart Bicycle Helmet

Features:

❌ Front Light

❌ Rear Light

❌ Brake Lights

❌ Indicators

βœ… Built-In Microphone

βœ… Built-In Speakers

❌ SOS Function

Weight (Med.): 380g
Av. Battery Life: 20 hours
Safety Cert.:
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Β£127
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ $159
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί €130


If you want to easily communicate with other riders in your group, the Sena R1 smart helmet isof rouy.

Indeed this is a very smart Bluetooth bike helmet as not only can you connect it to your phone to make calls via the built-in mic and speakers, you can also communicate with up to 3 other riders within 900 metres if they also have the Sena R1 helmet via an independent intercom system.

For this reason, I’d also say it’s perfect for couples or friends who are planning on going on long rides together frequently as it provides a seamless form of communication.

The Sena R1 smart helmet also has ambient noise reduction, so even if you’re using the speakers for a call or to listen to music, you’ll still be able to hear your surroundings.

The Sena R1 is a slim and lightweight smart bike helmet with Bluetooth speakers. It comes in several eye-catching colours, including β€˜ice blue’, onyx black’, or β€˜electric tangerine’.

SENA R1 Helmet Colours:



4. Lumos Matrix Helmet

Features:

βœ… Front Light

βœ… Rear Light

βœ… Brake Lights

βœ… Indicators

❌ Built-In Microphone

❌ Built-In Speakers

❌ SOS Function

Weight (Med.): 580g
Av. Battery Life: 10 hours
Safety Cert.:
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Β£180
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ $280
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί €250


If you’re a fan of the Lumos brand but want your smart helmet turned up another notch, then the Matrix is the place to look. It’s certainly not for the budget conscious but this is a high end helmet featuring all the latest cutting edge tech. It even looks like it’s been delivered directly from the future! This streamlined helmet features a Matrix. That means that you can customise it with unique lighting patterns, designs and even messages – every helmet is unique!

This also happens to be the brightest helmet on the list. The front and rear lights pack an incredible 1000 lumens, making it impossible to miss. Naturally, the lighting is 360 degrees, features turn signals, auto brake signals and is fully dynamic according to conditions. Despite the heavy lighting, this helmet remains fairly lightweight at 580kg and 4 air vents make it extremely comfortable.

Battery life is 10 hours with a 5 hour charge time (not the shortest charge time by any means but to be expected with so much tech) and the helmet is fully compatible with the Lumos Companion App (mentioned above). This helmet does a fantastic job of combining fun features (customising the rear lights with a message made us smile) and safety with those bright, beaming lights.

Lumos suggest that the Matrix is the future of cycling and with so much tech condensed into such an attractive package it’s difficult to argue.

Lumos Matrix Helmet Colours:



5. LIVALL EVO21 Smart Helmet

Features:

βœ… Front Light

βœ… Rear Light

βœ… Brake Lights

βœ… Indicators

❌ Built-In Microphone

❌ Built-In Speakers

βœ… SOS Function

Weight (Med.): 350g
Av. Battery Life: 10 hours
Safety Cert.:
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Β£100
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ $115
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί €115


Smart helmets can sometimes be so smart that they lose sight of the basic principle of a good helmet: safety. If you frequently cycle at night, feel a little anxious during the darker winter months or spend a lot of time out in the wild, then the LIVALL EVO21 is undoubtedly the helmet for you. It’s packed full of safety features and will give you unprecedented peace of mind wherever and whenever you cycle.

The helmet promises full 360 degree visibility via powerful front and rear lights that resonate bright red. It also includes brake warning and turning signal lights for even better road safety. These lights are super strong and the smart LEDs do an amazing job of matching light levels to conditions. The front lights are wide angle so there’s no chance that you’ll be missed.

The safety features don’t end there, either. The LIVALL EVO21 has a built in GPS tracker and SOS function. If the helmet detects impact followed by 30 seconds without movement, it will send emergency location notifications to up to three contacts. This is particularly useful if you venture off road but can also be a literal lifesaver on the daily commute.

The LIVALL app provides a range of smart features direct to your phone. These include mileage tracking, average speeds and lots of other useful stats. Smart helmets occasionally err on the bulky side, but that’s not the case here. The LIVALL weighs in at just 350g and it has 30% more ventilation than previous models. It’s the perfect combination of comfort, safety and (of course!) smartness!

LIVALL EVO21 Colours:



Lightweight Bike Helmet with Bluetooth

6. Lumos Ultra Smart Bicycle Helmet

Features:

βœ… Front Light

βœ… Rear Light

βœ… Brake Lights

βœ… Indicators

❌ Built-In Microphone

❌ Built-In Speakers

❌ SOS Function

Weight (Med.): 370g
Av. Battery Life: 10 hours
Safety Cert.:
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Β£100
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ $150
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί €120


Not only is this helmet packed with smart Bluetooth technology, by the Lumos Ultra Smart Helmet is also MIPS certified – meaning it offers you the highest form of head protection available.

This futuristic looking helmet features a beaming front LED light built into the helmet, as well as rear lights and even turn signals which can be controlled from a small remote on your handlebars (or even an Apple Watch).

You can also connect this helmet to your smartphone and control the manager the helmet’s settings (such as customisable lights) from the Lumos app. The helmets battery lasts for up to 10 hours and comes with a USB type-C cable for charging.

Available in a range of colours, including black, white, red, lime green and deep blue.

Lumos Ultra Smart Helmet Colours:



Bicycle Helmet with Lights, Bluetooth + SOS Function

7. Livall MT1 Smart Bike Helmet

Features:

❌ Front Light

βœ… Rear Light

❌ Brake Lights

βœ… Indicators

βœ… Built-In Microphone

βœ… Built-In Speakers

βœ… SOS Function

Weight (Med.): 692g
Av. Battery Life: 10 hours
Safety Cert.:
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Β£100
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ $115
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί €115


Another LIVALL smart bike helmet, but one that is a bit simpler in terms of features (it’s also cheaper). It doesn’t have indicators like the BH60SE, but it still has LED lights, SOS alerts, Bluetooth compatibility and speakers.

Available in either black and grey or black and red, this Livall smart helmet is one of the best Bluetooth bike helmets you could get your hands on.

Not only does its premium Bluetooth speaker make it easy to enjoy high-quality music and audio, but it also comes with a whole host of other impressive functions, including:

  • Cycle helmet light – with eight full-colour LED helmet tail lights and bicycle indicators, you’ll be sure to feel even safer on the road.
  • SOS alerts – in the event of an accident, if you connect your helmet to the Livall Riding app, your emergency contacts can be notified immediately.
  • Smart Bling Jet controller – when matched with the helmet, this can make your life a whole lot easier with the ability to answer calls, take photos, control your music player, and much more.


8. LIVALL BH51M Smart Cycling Helmet

Features:

❌ Front Light

βœ… Rear Light

βœ… Brake Lights

βœ… Indicators

βœ… Built-In Microphone

βœ… Built-In Speakers

βœ… SOS Function

Weight (Med.): 470g
Av. Battery Life: 10 hours
Safety Cert.:
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Β£150
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ $130
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί €140

The words β€œfeature packed” spring to mind with this helmet. It’s about as smart as they come, with automatic lighting, music/voice control and an option to connect your iPhone. Safety remains the primary concern with any helmet, of course, and the BH51M excels there too. The automatic inductive lighting activates when the helmet senses that it’s getting dark, ensuring that you’re always well lit. Lighting wraps around the whole helmet, transforming you into a beacon.

This is certainly the helmet for music lovers. It comes with built in stereo speakers and Bluetooth connection to your smartphone. You’ll be able to play your favourite tunes or podcasts as you cycle without – crucially – drowning out road noise. Using the app to stream music to the speakers is a seamless experience and never feels unsafe due to the capped sound levels.

Bluetooth connectivity also allows you to make safe, hands free calls using the inbuilt microphone. This essential feature transforms the commute and means that you don’t need to wait until you get to the office to take care of the day’s business. You’ll also be able to connect to the LIVALL app, which is compatible with Strava, iHealth and Siri.

Battery life sits at an impressive 10 hours (with 180 days standby) and charging is via Micro USB. SOS alert with GPS location will alert contacts to your position in the event of an accident and the helmet is fully waterproof. LIVALL is renowned for its smart helmets and this is undoubtedly one of their best offerings – especially if you enjoy a musical accompaniment to your ride!



Stylish Bike Helmet with Lights Built-in

9. Lumos Kickstart Helmet

Features:

βœ… Front Light

βœ… Rear Light

βœ… Brake Lights

βœ… Indicators

❌ Built-In Microphone

❌Built-In Speakers

❌SOS Function

Weight (Med.): 380g
Av. Battery Life: 6 hours
Safety Cert.:
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Β£150
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ $175
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί €175


Lumos advertise the Kickstart as β€œthe world’s smartest bike helmet” and looking at the tech on offer it’s hard to argue. This helmet is the result of an extensive crowdfunding campaign and it also happens to be one of the brightest on the list. It comes with full 360 degree visibility: the front lights shine with an impressive 500 lumens! Rear lighting is designed to be visible at eye level, alerting pedestrians as well as motorists to your presence.

The helmet also features turn indicators and automatic braking lights. These are all but essential for late night cycling or hitting the road during the darker, winter months. Lumos has done an amazing job of making these lights impossible to miss. The brake light glows with a glaring red triangle and the flashing indicators will really help you to stand out.

Impact protection is stellar too. The helmet uses an EPS foam liner and a tough PolyCarbonate shell that’s certified CPSC, F1492, EN1078, AS2063, NTA 8776 E-bike. Impact protection isn’t always the most discussed topic when it comes to smart helmets but the Lumos has you covered.

With a charge time of just 2 hours and a 10 hour battery life, you won’t ever be caught short. The helmet pairs with the LUMOS smart app, itself compatible with a range of other technology including Apple Watches, Apple Health and Strava. You should have no problem getting a comfortable fit, either, with the adjustable dial fit system.

Lumos Kickstart Helmet Colours:



10. Sena X1 Smart Helmet

Features:

❌ Front Light

❌ Rear Light

❌Brake Lights

❌ Indicators

βœ… Built-In Microphone

βœ… Built-In Speakers

❌ SOS Function

Weight (Med.): 350g
Av. Battery Life: 16 hours
Safety Cert.:
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Β£85
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ $100
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί €100


The Unisex Sena X1 has a futuristic look and unique design that sets it apart from the other offerings on this list. While some helmets put a great deal of emphasis on smart lighting, the X1 is all about music, sound and communication. As such, it’s really in a league of its own and an obvious choice for audiophiles and those who like to get their phone calls in as they cycle. 

It features cutting edge Bluetooth technology that allows you to connect two devices (for example a smartphone and GPS). The duplex intercom facilitates chat between up to 4 people at a distance of 900m. That makes the X1 the perfect helmet for group cycling sessions. It’s easy to stay in touch with your cycling companions and the 900m radius is more than generous. This is a uniquely β€œsocial” smart helmet, something missing from many of its competitors.

There’s also hands free connectivity for music and listening to the radio on the move. Crucially, the helmet is designed so that the sounds of conversation/music don’t cut off those from the surrounding world. This makes listening via the helmet far safer than listening through traditional earbuds, which can leave you completely oblivious to traffic noise.

Although it doesn’t come with the lighting tech of some of the other helmets here, it is compatible with health apps so you can still build up a cycling profile. Really, though, this is a helmet for those who cycle in groups and want to stay connected or those who want an unparalleled (yet safe) musical experience as they cut through the traffic.

Sena X1 Helmet Colours:



11. COROS SafeSound Smart Urban Helmet

Features:

❌ Front Light

βœ… Rear Light

❌Brake Lights

❌ Indicators

βœ… Built-In Microphone

βœ… Built-In Speakers

βœ… SOS Function

Weight (Med.): X.X kg
Av. Battery Life: 10 hours
Safety Cert.:
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Β£44
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ $50
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί €50


The COROS is unique on this list as the only helmet that comes with a protective visor. It’s also the cheapest on offer here – not that there are any compromises regarding the quality. The helmet is padded with EPS impact foam beneath a tough polycarbonate shell. That visor is fully adjustable and the helmet is extremely comfortable – the foam has a luxurious feel!

Don’t mistake the COROS for a budget option; this helmet is bursting with tech. SafeSound is an easy highlight. It means premium sound quality without sacrificing safety. Special EOSS technology guarantees crystal clear sound delivery into the ear without leakage while keeping you in touch with your surroundings. EOSS is truly impressive and offers a genuine sonic experience as you cycle, up there with some of the best earphones. 

There’s innovation around the in-built microphone, too. It features wind resistant technology to keep your conversations clear on even the most blustery days. Everything else you would expect from a smart helmet is here, too, including LED lights. These come with three settings: off, on and automatic, which means that the lights will turn on or off according to conditions. 

An emergency SOS alert completes the package. Should an accident happen, the helmet will transmit your location to a pre-established list of contacts. The COROS really does cover every base, with equal emphasis on music, communication and safety. With its budget price and premium build, you can’t go wrong.



Best Budget Smart Bike Helmet

12. LIVALL C20 Smart Helmet

Features:

❌ Front Light

βœ… Rear Light

βœ… Brake Lights

❌ Indicators

❌ Built-In Microphone

❌ Built-In Speakers

βœ… SOS Function

Weight (Med.): 370g
Av. Battery Life: 48 hours
Safety Cert.:
 CE / CPSC
Approximate Price:

  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Β£50
  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ $60
  • πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί €70


The C20 is LIVALL’s best budget smart helmet, but still manages to keep the most features you should want in a smart helmet.

The LIVALL C20 helmet has a built-in rear light consisting of seven LED lights, while the user can switch between having a steady light, a flashing light and a fast flashing light.

A brake warning light is also built into the helmet, which activates when the acceleration sensor detects you slowing down quickly.

The other key feature of the helmet – and a mainstay of the entire LIVALL range – is the SOS function, which automatically sends a message to an emergency contact if you don’t move for 90 seconds after a collision, letting them know where you are. The SOS functions can be controlled via the LIVALL app.

The C20 is also well ventilated with four holes on the top of the helmet, as well as some vents around the rear light.

As the “smart” features of this helmet don’t include a built-in speaking and other drains on power, the battery life is an impressive 48 hours.




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