Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones Review

By Megan Griffith

Do you hate when you’re trying to sleep and the noisy neighbors or street traffic makes it hard to fall asleep? Do you want to listen to music or receive a phone call without that extra noise in the background that makes it hard to hear? Parents especially know this struggle all too well. 

They’re trying to go to sleep after a busy day and the kids are in the other room making sleep nearly impossible. Some people resort to taking medication to help themselves fall asleep or doing strenuous exercise to make themselves even more tired.

There’s a better way and a far more convenient way to fall asleep without the distraction of the outside world. Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling are your prayers answered and quiet nights ahead. These headphones come with a ton of functionality, so we decided to see if these could help those with sleepless nights or those who work in a noisy environment.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Highlights

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones

The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones are classic and simple in their design, but surprisingly impressive when it comes to noise cancellation and sound quality. Find out why we love them (and why we don’t necessarily recommend them to everyone) by checking out the pros and cons, design elements, and performance quality explored below.

Best for: May not be best for:
  • People most interested in noise cancellation
  • Anyone who wants high-quality sound without all the wires
  • People who want performance without sacrificing comfort
  • Trend-setters
  • People who prefer atpX Bluetooth
  • People on a tight budget 

Bose QuietComfort 35 Pros and Cons

Before buying the Bose QuietComfort35 noise cancelling headphones, it’s important to know if they will actually meet your needs. Are you most concerned with noise cancellation? Premium sound quality? Comfort? Here are the biggest strengths and weaknesses of the Bose QuietComfort 35 so can decide if they’re the right fit for you.

✅ Pros

  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, lasting approximately 20 hours between charges
  • Convenient buttons on the right earcup for adjusting volume
  • Easily pairs with a wide variety of devices, including iOS and Android
  • Very comfortable, lots of padding in the earcups and headband
  • Compatible with many voice assistants, including Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Google Assistant
  • Good microphone, with ability to hear your own voice on phone calls so you can monitor your voice’s volume while still blocking out external sound

Even the most high-quality products have a few cons, and we would be remiss if we didn’t at least mention the potential problems with the Bose QuietComfort 35 noise cancelling headphones.

❌ Cons

  • Not the most fashionable design
  • On the more expensive end of the spectrum
  • Battery is rechargeable, but not user-replaceable should the battery stop recharging
  • Does not come equipped with atpX Bluetooth, which provides better sound quality

Design Features

Although the Bose QuietComfort 35 noise-cancelling headphones offer incredible performance (which we’ll talk about more in a moment), their design isn’t always ideal. There are several benefits to the QuietComfort 35 design, but there are also significant drawbacks you should be aware of before purchasing. Let’s take a look at the positive design elements first.

Ease of Use

The best part of the QuietComfort 35 design is how easy it is to use them. You do not need to be a tech maven to use all of the features built into these headphones. They are incredibly easy to pair with any device, both Android and iOS, and the volume control buttons are easily accessible on the right earcup.

It’s also easy to use a variety of voice assistants with the ComfortQuiet35 headphones. They are compatible with Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, and Google Assistant is actually built directly into the headphones. 

Plus, they’re super easy to travel with. They twist in a variety of ways which makes it simple to cram into the tiny amount of leftover space in your carry-on bag without worrying about damaging them.

Comfort

Another big win when it comes to design is comfort. Many noise cancelling headphones can get heavy or uncomfortable after a while, but the QuietComfort 35 headphones have just the right amount of padding in the ear cups and the headband that you can wear them for hours without straining or getting uncomfortable.

quietcomfort 35 bose headphones multiple colors

Aesthetics

The QuietComfort 35 headphones have several positive design elements, including their aesthetics. They aren’t the most sleek or modern looking, coming in a plain black or silver color, but for an extra $50 you can customize your headphones to add some flashy colors.  

Regular Bluetooth

Another issue with the design which might be a dealbreaker for some is the regular Bluetooth capability. If you have an Android device, you may be used to atpX Bluetooth, which provides better sound quality than regular Bluetooth. 

QuietComfort 35 headphones are only equipped with normal Bluetooth, and although the sound is still pretty strong, it can be hard to go back to Bluetooth once you’ve tried atpX Bluetooth.

Performance

Design is important, but even the most perfectly designed noise cancelling headphones aren’t worth anything unless they actually cancel out noise. That’s why we also want to look into performance. First we’ll go through the performance strengths of QuietComfort 35 headphones, then we’ll take a quick look at some of their shortcomings.

Noise Cancellation

If you’re looking for noise cancelling headphones rather than normal headphones, then it’s probably safe to assume that your top priority is that these headphones actually cancel out sound. 

Whether you need them to help you sleep through the night in a loud, busy city, or to get you through a long, noisy car or plane ride, the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones will get the job done. They offer three different active noise cancelling (ANC) settings so you can choose how strong you want your noise cancellation to be. 

Plus these headphones cancel out all kinds of noise. Many noise cancelling headphones only cancel out low-frequency noises like a rumbling bus, but Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones also effectively cancel out higher-pitched noises, like whining AC units or office chatter. This makes them some of the most versatile noise cancelling headphones on the market.

Sound Quality

Because these headphones use Bluetooth rather than atpX Bluetooth, we expected the sound quality to suffer, but to our surprise, they actually provide an incredible sound, despite the slightly outdated Bluetooth tech. The sound is crisp and immersive, with none of the deadened flatness that sometimes accompanies wireless headphones.

Battery Life

We also want to point out the long-lasting battery life. Bose claims these headphones can last up to 20 hours in between charges, and according to our research, this number is actually fairly accurate. So you won’t have to worry about losing your noise cancelling background noise in the middle of the night.

Active EQ

Active EQ is a feature where the headphones automatically equalize the sound being played, and it isn’t our favorite feature about the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones. The active EQ favors the bass whenever you reduce the volume, since higher pitches tend to come through more clearly at low volumes. 

But the result is an overly bass-y sound that we weren’t crazy about. Don’t get us wrong, the sound quality is still incredible, especially for Bluetooth, but these headphones would be better without the active EQ feature.

Summary

If you’re tired of being tired and not getting the sleep you want due to outside interference, these headphones are perfect. If you want to listen to your music in peace and quiet, then this volume adjusting headphones will fit you more than perfectly while allowing you to enjoy the tunes you love most. 

While the price may seem a little high, the purchase is most definitely worth it and we recommend you give these headphones a try. We would recommend ordering them fast because we never know when they’ll be out of stock or when the free shipping deals will come and go.

Customer Reviews and Testimonials

These are things people have said after purchasing these headphones and have expressed their results.

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of noise that these headphones actually cut out. I can still hear some people when they talk slightly and the first day I wore them I had a weird pressure in my ear but I adjusted after and it’s been a life saver ever since. I can’t recommend this enough.

I wasn’t too thrilled with the Bluetooth connection strength but that’s not the primary reason I bought it. Compared to Sony’s noise cancelling headphones, these were far lighter, blocked out far more sound and the batteries lasted longer which is a huge plus. I love these headphones and I take them everywhere now as I travel a lot.


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