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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.