Best Bose Headphones Reviews

We have currently tested 18 pairs of Bose headphones. They’re a brand well-known known for their industry-leading active noise cancelling (ANC) features and comfortable designs.

These wireless over-ears are lightweight, well-built, and have an amazingly comfortable fit. Their default sound profile is neutral, with some overemphasis in the bass range, adding a bit of extra punch and thump to mixes. They have an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature that blocks out an incredible amount of background noise, from the low rumble of bus and plane engines to ambient chatter at the office. The ANC is adjustable through their companion app, meaning you can change the amount of background sound you hear. Their battery lasts for roughly 20 hours off of a single charge, and they support NFC pairing as well as multi-device pairing.

Unfortunately, their app doesn’t have any sound customization features, like an EQ or presets. Their Bluetooth latency with PCs is maybe too high for them to be suitable for streaming video or gaming, and their integrated mic has a mediocre recording quality, so your voice sounds a bit thin and muffled over the phone. Otherwise, their variety of useful features and incredible noise isolation performance make them a solid choice if you’re looking for versatile over-ears.

Bose 700 Headphones Wireless

  1. Powerful noise cancelling headphones: 11 levels of active noise cancelling let you enjoy music, podcasts, videos & calls without distractions
  2. Astonishing sound: Crisp, clear details. Deep, full bass. These wireless headphones produce exciting, lifelike sound that’s full and balanced at every volume level
  3. Unrivaled voice pickup: A revolutionary microphone system adapts to noisy and windy environments so your voice always sounds crystal clear on calls
  4. Keep your head up and hands free: With easy access to voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant for music, navigation, weather, and more, and intuitive touch control on the earcups — you can stay connected without reaching for your phone

The Bose 700 Headphones are the best Βose headphones for business and travel that we’ve tested. These over-ear headphones are very well-built and have a comfortable, well-padded design, meaning you can wear them for long listening sessions without much fatigue. They have an ANC feature that does a fantastic job of isolating you from ambient noise. Their sound profile is well-balanced, with a touch of extra punch and boom, but if you prefer a different sound, their app has a 3-band graphic EQ that you can use to customize it. These are also among the best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls we’ve tested, thanks to their integrated mic, which makes your voice sound clear, even when you’re speaking from a noisy environment. They also support multi-device pairing, which is nice if you’re switching between using your phone and computer.

Unfortunately, the touch-sensitive surfaces on the ear cups are small and can be tricky to use. The controls also don’t offer much feedback besides a few audio prompts, making them harder to use. Also, like most over-ear headphones, these have a somewhat bulky design. Since they don’t fold into a more compact format, they take up quite a bit of space in a bag or backpack. If you’re looking for headphones to use at the office and during your commute, they’re a great option.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless

  1. Three levels of world-class noise cancellation for better listening experience in any environment
  2. Alexa-enabled for voice access to music, information, and more
  3. Noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for clear sound and voice pick-up
  4. Balanced audio performance at any volume
  5. Hassle-free Bluetooth pairing, personalized settings, access to future updates, and more through the Bose connect app. USB cable: 12 inch
  6. Bose AR enabled — an innovative, audio-only version of augmented reality
  7. For iPhone, iPad, and Android users, be sure your product’s firmware is up to date through the Bose connect app. Then you can access a showcase of Bose AR enhanced apps with Links to download them.
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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are versatile wireless over-ears with a very comfortable fit. They have a long 20-hour battery life, and their outstanding noise isolation performance can easily block out lots of background noises, so they’re ideal for long days on-the-go. They don’t come with any sound customization features, but their neutral sound profile is suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content.The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are fair for phone calls. Their integrated microphone has a mediocre recording quality, so your voice is thin and muffled, especially if you’re calling from a noisy setting. Fortunately, their ANC feature can block out background noises that might distract you during a call.

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless Headphones Review

  1. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are great for commute and travel. These well-built headphones have a great ANC feature that helps to reduce bass-range noise like bus and plane engines. They’re also comfortable enough to wear for long commutes to work, but their 7.3-hour battery life may not be enough if you’re on a long-haul flight. Still, they’re portable and lightweight, which makes it easy to take them with you wherever you go.

The best Bose earphones for office work are the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. These truly wireless in-ears have a very premium-feeling, sturdy build. Their impressive ANC feature effectively isolates you from a wide range of background noise, from the low rumble of traffic outside your window to background conversations at the office. Also, they hardly leak any sound, so you can listen to your music at high volumes without worrying about bothering people nearby. Their sound profile is very neutral and well-balanced, with a small amount of extra bass that adds a bit of thump and rumble to mixes. It’s suitable for a variety of genres as well as content like podcasts and audiobooks. They last for around 7.3 hours from a single charge and come with a case that stores about two additional charges, so you can easily top them up if you run out of battery.

Unfortunately, while they have a great companion app that offers useful features like button mapping, it doesn’t offer sound customization options like an EQ or presets. They also have a fairly bulky design for truly wireless in-ears and protrude quite a bit from your ears. That said, their great noise isolation and versatile sound profile help make them a great option if you’re looking for wireless in-ears to use at the office.

Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless Headphones Review

  1. Wireless Bluetooth earbuds engineered by Bose for your best workout yet.
  2. Bose lifelike sound: Makes your music sound like the performer is right there beside you, pushing you to go 1 more mile or do 1 more rep.
  3. Secure and comfortable earbuds: Customize your fit with the included 3 sizes of StayHear Max tips that won’t hurt your ears and won’t fall out no matter tough your workout is.
  4. Weather and sweat resistant earbuds: IPX4 rated, with electronics wrapped in special materials to protect from moisture wherever you exercise
  5. Clear calls: A beamforming microphone array separates your voice from surrounding noise so your callers can hear you better.
  6. Simple touch controls: Instead of buttons, the capacitive touch interface lets you swipe up and down for volume control (opt in feature via Bose Music App), tap to play or pause music, answer calls, and more
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The Bose Sport Earbuds are the best Bose headphones for sports and fitness we’ve tested. These Bluetooth earbuds feel very sturdy and are rated IPX4 for protection against being splashed with water. They come with a few different sizes of ear tips with stability fins, and once you find a good fit, they’re comfortable and amazingly stable. Their onboard controls are easy to use, and they have a well-balanced sound profile suitable for many genres and types of content. These earbuds don’t leak too much audio, so your music shouldn’t bother other people at the gym. They block out very little ambient sound, which you may prefer if you want to hear your surroundings during your workout, like during a run outdoors.

Unfortunately, their battery only lasts for about four hours of continuous use, which may not be enough for your longest workouts. Also, their control scheme is a bit limited out of the box since it doesn’t include volume or track skipping functions by default. Fortunately, you can use the app to remap some of the controls, and overall, if you’re looking for stable, sturdy earbuds to keep you motivated during workouts, they’re a great choice

Compared to other brands

 

  • Comfortable design. Comfort is one of Bose’s strong suits. Not only are there over and on-ear models exquisitely well-padded without feeling too tight on the head, but their earbud headphones are also quite comfortable. You can usually wear their headphones for hours without discomfort.
  • Well-balanced sound. Bose prides itself on making headphones that don’t require an equalizer to sound good, and lately, they’ve been living up to the expectation. The majority of their headphones we’ve tested have a very well-balanced sound profile that’s versatile for a wide range of genres without the need for much tweaking.
  • Good noise cancelling. Bose has been known as one of the best brands when it comes to noise cancelling. Although the QC35 II’s ANC performance was affected by a firmware update, the brand still delivers consistently good noise isolation overall.
  • Expensive, yet plasticky designs. Bose’s headphones are lightweight and comfortable but don’t feel as premium as their price would suggest. They’re still well-built but feel a bit plasticky compared to similarly-priced models from other brands.
  • Lackluster customization options. While most Bose headphones are compatible with a mobile companion app, it doesn’t offer as many customization options as other brands’ apps. Bose’s apps most notably don’t provide any sound customization options like an EQ, disappointing if you like to tweak the sound from time to time.
  • Leaky over-ear models. Although Bose in-ears and earbuds don’t have this issue (most likely due to their smaller size), many of their over-ear models do leak quite a bit of sound at higher volumes, which could bother those around you.

 

 

Overall, Bose makes well-rounded headphones that provide an unparalleled level of comfort. Many of their headphones also have very good noise cancelling and tend to sound well-balanced. However, Bose tends to make comparatively expensive headphones that feel a little plasticky compared to other headphones in the same price range. Their over-ear lineup also tends to leak at higher volumes, which might not be ideal for all environments.

Conclusion

Bose is a well-known brand, popular for its excellent noise cancelling and incredibly comfortable designs. They produce well-rounded and versatile headphones that also deliver in the sound department. However, their models tend to be comparatively more expensive and not as well-built as other headphones in the same price range.

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