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.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are the best Bose headphones for casual use that we've tested. These wireless headphones are well-built and have a very comfortable fit, meaning you can wear them for a long flight or a day at work without fatigue. Their sound profile is well-balanced, with a slightly overemphasized bass response that adds some extra thump, punch, and warmth to mixes. Thanks to their ANC feature, they do a fantastic job of isolating you from a wide range of ambient noise, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines. You can also adjust it in the companion app to customize how much background noise you hear. They support NFC and multi-device pairing and have a continuous battery life of more than 20 hours.
Unfortunately, the app doesn't include features like a graphic EQ or presets that you could use to customize their sound profile. Their mic makes your voice sound thin and muffled, so they may not be ideal if you make a lot of phone calls, and they have high latency with PCs, so you may notice audio lag if you use them to watch movies or game on your computer. That said, their comfortable design, superb ANC, and versatile sound profile make them a great choice for day-to-day casual use.
The Bose 700 Headphones are the best Βose headphones for business and travel 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 best Bose earphones for office work that we've tested are the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. These Βluetooth earbuds feel very well-built and have a decently comfortable fit for long days at work. They have an ANC feature that does a great job of isolating you from ambient sound, including noises like traffic outside your window and ambient chatter at the office. They don't leak very much sound either, so your music is unlikely to bother nearby co-workers. Their very neutral sound profile is well-suited for content like podcasts and audiobooks, and the slightly overemphasized bass response lends some extra thump and rumble to mixes. You can also customize it with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. They have a continuous battery life of about 7.3 hours and come with a case that holds about two additional charges, so you can always top up the battery if you run out of power during your workday.
Unfortunately, the earbuds have a slightly bulky design and stick out from your ears a bit, which can cause them to get snagged on clothing. Their case is also a bit bulky compared to other truly wireless earbuds, but it still easily fit in most purses and bigger pockets. Overall, if you're looking for wireless earbuds that can isolate you from distractions at work, these are a great choice.
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 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.
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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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