Bose Sleep Buds | 2018 ReviewDecember 28, 2018
Sleep is one of the most important factors when it comes to health and overall wellness, Bose has recognized this and created a product that for all intents and purposes helps improve your quality of sleep. The Bose Sleep Buds have created a brand new market segment that can either thrive or fail depending on the success of the Sleepbuds.
Bose is known for their excellent noise-canceling headphones and has lightly implemented this technology in the Sleepbuds, Bose is calling it “noise-masking” and claim that it will mask all those annoying sounds like snoring, road noise or noisy neighbors that are keeping you from having a good nights sleep. The Sleepbuds don’t play any music from your favorite streaming service and only exist to help you get better sleep.
In today’s review I will be breaking down the Design, Comfort, Performance, and Price, to help you decide whether this “Luxury” item is worth your time and money.
Bose has a reputation for making quality products and that carries over to the Sleepbuds, from the moment you open the box you are greeted with the buds inside their premium metal charging case. The design of the earbuds is focused on being as ergonomic and as comfortable as possible. Bose Sleepbuds are essentially True Wireless Earbuds with wingtips for a secure fit. There are no physical buttons on the buds and everything is controlled via the accompanying app on your phone, this makes for a very streamlined earbud.
The charging case is a thing of beauty, it is designed to keep the Sleepbuds secure while charging and doubles as a very handy carry case. The sliding lid is also very addictive and has a very satisfying feeling when you open and close the case. Everything about the buds and the case scream premium, as it should at this price point.
When you pick up the buds you will instantly notice that they feel pretty underwhelming in hand but have a soft feel to them, Bose has focused on comfort first and the last thing you want is a couple of heavy hard earpieces in your ears at night. They include a couple of different ear tips to customize the fit to your ears, couple that with the wingtips and they sit very securely in your ears. The Bose Sleep Buds are very slim and don’t protrude from your ears, this makes them comfortable even if you are a side sleeper.
On all accounts, the Sleepbuds are what all True Wireless Earbuds should aim to be, no doubt this design language will find its way onto other Bose’s earbuds in the future.
The performance of the Bose Sleepbuds is the most important segment in this entire review, after all, if the Sleepbuds don’t perform they are essentially a useless product because they aren’t actually capable of playing music from your phone as a backup. Luckily, by all accounts, these perform very well.
When you are ready to sleep all you have to do is insert the Sleepbuds and start up the accompanying app on your phone, the App controls every function of the Sleepbuds, without the App and a phone, the sleep buds are useless. Once you start up the App you can choose from 10 pre-loaded soothing sound loops, you can set the volume and whether you want that volume to decrease after a certain time period, you can also set a wake-up alarm. Bose has specifically chosen the soothing sounds to relax the mind and body and allow you to drift off to sleep quicker and more efficiently, these work extremely well on me and with a quick google, you will find out that most reviewers found the same thing.
Battery performance on these is also an area that Bose worked really hard on, you get 16 hours of battery life on the Sleepbuds once fully charged. The charging case acts as a dock for the Sleepbuds when you are finished with them in the morning and they also hold a full 16-hour charge in them. Depending on how much you sleep you have a good few days that you can take these on the road without worrying about packing the charging cable.
Like all first-gen devices, the Bose Sleepbuds are expensive, but, how much is too much for a good night’s sleep? that is the question you need to ask yourself before making this purchase.
At the time of this review, you can pick up the Bose Sleepbuds from Amazon and Best Buy for $249 USD
What’s in the box –
- Bose noise-masking sleepbuds™
- Charging/storage case
- 3 pairs of StayHear+ Sleep tips (S/M/L)
- Wall charger
- USB cable
- Drawstring travel pouch
I will end this review by asking the same question I asked above, how much is too much to pay for a good nights sleep?
Bose have successfully created a new market segment that is solely dominated by them at this point in time, The Bose Sleepbuds do what they promise, they use their “Noise-Masking” capabilities and sleep-focused soothing sounds to deliver a product that helps you fall to sleep quicker and get more quality sleep. Sure there are white noise machines and phone Apps that promise similar results, but they fail to deliver at the consistency and quality results of the Bose Sleep Buds.
Disclaimer – I am not an insomniac so I don’t know if this product would help someone with this issue, My sleep was average and I wanted it to be better. I cannot speak about if this would help an insomniac due to not having the issue myself.