Sleeping with the Bose Sleepbuds

Bose Sleepbuds Review – Noise-masking Technology at its best

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The Bose sleepbuds are incredibly comfortable earbuds that mask ambient noise in an attempt to help you sleep better. That’s at least what Bose designed them for. For this review, I have slept wearing the sleepbuds, but I also set out to discover additional use cases for them. I was particularly interested in finding out if the Bose sleepbuds could replace or augment my noise-canceling headphones for traveling.

Mentioned Brands & Products

Bose sleepbuds


Bose QuietComfort 35


Bose QuietControl 30


Plantronics Voyager UC 8200


When Bose announced the sleepbuds, I got super excited. Not because, I needed help sleeping, but because I immediately thought about using them while traveling, as a much more comfortable alternative to the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Noise-Canceling headphones I have been using. But before we take a deep-dive into this particular use-case, let’s find out how good the sleepbuds performed for what Bose designed them for.

Bose Sleepbuds Review

Bose Noise-Masking Wireless Sleepbuds
Bose Noise-Masking Wireless Sleepbuds
  • Tiny and comfortable
  • 16-hour battery life
  • Noise-masking
  • Expensive
  • They are not noise-canceling
  • You cannot play your own music

The Bose noise-masking sleepbuds look like the earbuds of regular headphones, but they are a bit smaller and much softer, which is why they are so incredibly comfortable. Of course, they are completely wireless, so you don’t have to worry about getting tangled up with a cable at night.


Michael wearing the Bose sleepbuds
Michael wearing the Bose sleepbuds

When I first put them into my ears, I could barely feel them. Additionally, their thin profile ensures that they don’t stick out of your ears. That’s important because that means, you can comfortably rest your head on a pillow without the Bose sleepbuds getting in the way. To fit various ear sizes, Bose provides three different, what Bose calls, StayHear® + Sleep tips:

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large

For the size of my ears and my ear canal, the medium ear tips fit best. Bose assumes that if you have, for example, larger ears than you also have a wider ear canal. In other words, the part of the ear tips, that goes into your ear canal is fused together with the wings. If one is larger, the other one is too. As a result, if you have small ears but a wide ear canal, you may have troubles finding Sleep tips that fit.

As I have mentioned, I found a perfect fit with the medium ear tips and I enjoyed wearing the Bose sleepbuds overnight as well as on a recent flight to Tampa. In both cases, I could barely feel the sleepbuds and never developed any sore spots or pressure points.