Good / The Bose QuietComfort 35 are some of the most comfortable active noise canceling headphones you can find. Buttons work well as well as phone integration, and audio quality is excellent for the price.
Bad / Noise cancellation can affect sensitive ears; headphones aren’t suitable for exercising or excessive movement and some more expensive competitors within this product niche might have better audio quality.
Verdict / The Bose QuietComfort 35 are the perfect headphones for commuters, coffee shop visitors, or anyone else who would benefit from excellent noise canceling, incredible comfort, solid audio quality, and the convenience of Bluetooth.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Review
The Bose QuietComfort 35 retails at $350 which–when compared to other headphones in the same category, feels like a mid-line price, coming in between something like the Beats Studio Wireless which retails at $250 and the Sennheiser Momentum which retails at the $400 pricepoint.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 is $50 more dollars than the QuietComfort 25 which are not Bluetooth. For the price, you get the headphones, a sturdy carry case, and two cables–one that lets you use the QuietComfort 35 like a basic pair of headphones (you might get some better audio quality but no active noise canceling), and one that charges the head phones.
Look and feel
The Bose QuietComfort 35 look very similar to the Bose QuietComfort 25 weighing 10.9 ounces which is significantly heavier than the 25. The Bose QuietComfort 35 has a wider headband at the top, but overall, the headphones while sleek and minimalist in design, still feel a bit bulky and prone to slippage.
The quality of the materials used here feel good–with plenty of cushion on the top and clicky navigation buttons that are super easy to navigate even while on the side of your head. While the Bose QuietComfort 35 aren’t as flashy as something like Beats, something about the construction feels more genuine and subtle.
These aren’t headphones you’ll be running in, and if you walk you’ll find some jostle every time your foot hits the ground. However, for use at a desk or sitting down on a plane or a car, the Bose QuietComfort 35 are some of the most comfortable headphones you can find, holding true to the name.
Even with glasses on the headphones felt almost perfect. My glasses are relatively thick framed as well and to my surprise, I didn’t notice any decrease in sound quality or extra outside noise. While some other equally comfortable headphones put too much emphasis and force around the area by my ears causing pain after long-term use. This relaxed posture around the ears which more emphasis on the top of the headset could be one reason why the headphones do tend to feel a bit loose.
However, while the fit of the headphones felt really good, the active noise canceling did not. The Bose QuietComfort 35 brags that it has some of the best noise canceling around, and when using it the first time I couldn’t deny that the effects that it can have are almost magical.
Turning on the headphones immediately made my normally horrendously-loud air conditioner drop to a little background noise instead of a force to be reckoned with. Even walking on the street I couldn’t hear barely anything with music on, and I can only imagine how effective they are in situations like airplanes and noisy buses.
So yes, I love the positive effects of the noise canceling, but the technology has been known to create noticeable amounts of pressure–or at least the perception of such, in some users ears. Mine are no exception, and after an hour of use my ears feel somewhat sore and taking off the headphones is like going down a mountain and having your ears pop. If you’ve never experienced noise canceling before, you might want to give it a test run before you dive right in since the Bose QuietComfort 35 are pretty powerful.
Most top tier headphones include calling capabilities and the Bose QuietComfort 35 includes similar features with a microphone on the side as well as the previously mentioned navigational controls that work well with iPhone or Android.
However, using the Bose QuietComfort 35 as a headset is discomforting since every time you’re talking to someone you can hear an echo of your voice distorted. This could be due to the noise canceling microphone interfering but even hearing others inside calls doesn’t sound particularly good either. Also, I noticed that some people I called couldn’t hear me sometimes as well.
Speaking of phone integration, the Bose QuietComfort 35 does have its app which can be installed quickly after connecting the headphones since the pairing process prompts you to install the app. But, the app here is super barebones as it only includes volume controls and a timer to turn off your headphones (I suppose this could be useful if you’re sleeping).
While the Bose QuietComfort 35 don’t work too well for phone calls, they work very well for what they are built for–listening to music and audio.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 have an even sound with relatively heavy bass and acoustics. The noise canceling helps and the passive noise cancellation from the seal make you feel like you are inside the room of every sound recording. It’s not the best audio reproduction as sometimes Bluetooth and heavy bass make other aspects of the audio feel a bit soft instead of sharp.
Sometimes I felt like the sound could be better for a pair of headphones that cost 350$, and I’m sure you could find some better sound quality for that price, but I’m not so sure you could find the same product for cheaper–that is, that are wireless and contains the same sort of noise cancellation you’ll find here.