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Bose® noise-masking sleepbuds

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Our take on the Bose® noise-masking sleepbuds

When I'm traveling, I can never get a good night's sleep. No matter how nice the hotel is — or how thick the walls are — I'm startled awake by loud, annoying noises at all hours. Guests stomping down the hall, traffic outside, someone moving a piano in the room above me (or whatever they are doing up there) all keeps me up at night. Judging by the buzz around the Bose noise-masking sleepbuds, I am not alone.

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The Bose® noise-masking sleepbuds drown out loud disruptions with peaceful sounds that help you sleep.

A new approach to better sleep, from Bose®

When I'm traveling, I can never get a good night's sleep. No matter how nice the hotel is — or how thick the walls are — I'm startled awake by loud, annoying noises at all hours. Guests stomping down the hall, traffic outside, someone moving a piano in the room above me (or whatever they are doing up there) all keeps me up at night. Judging by the buzz around the Bose noise-masking sleepbuds, I am not alone.

Bose developed these comfortable, truly wireless in-ears specifically to deliver soothing, noise-neutralizing sounds while you rest or sleep. And for the first time ever, the company crowd-funded their research — to much fanfare. Bose wanted this product tested by as many people as possible, to ensure they had a successful and state-of-the-art sleep aid.

Bose knows you need your ZZZ's

We all know the importance of sleep, so I won't rehash everything here. But basically, lack of sleep doesn't just adversely affect your focus and performance the next day — there are also long-term health implications. Yet despite everything that we read and hear, most of us still don't get our recommended 7-8 hours.

To help solve this important problem, Bose developed a plan to attack sleep's arch-nemesis — noise. Bose's noise-cancelling headphones are legendary, so it's a topic their experts were well-equipped to tackle. The sleepbuds can counteract disturbances like car horns, barking dogs, or snoring family members — all notorious for keeping you up at night.

Exploded view of the Bose Sleepbuds

This exploded view shows the tiny parts at work — including a micro-sized battery, special noise-filter, and memory chip filled with noise-masking sounds. 

How the sleepbuds work

If you're keeping something in your ear overnight, you want it to be as small and unobtrusive as possible. The Bose engineers were extremely conscious of this — and created the smallest product they've ever made. They only selected miniscule parts that were necessary and effective for the task at hand.

Tiny, specially designed noise filters are the first line of defense against nighttime racket. Next, a built-in memory chip delivers a preloaded selection of sounds that are engineered to drown out the remaining noise. These gentle sounds are designed to fade from your attention as you doze off. 

Full control with an app on your phone

You can pick which soothing sound you'd like to hear by downloading the Bose Sleep app to your Apple® or Android™ device. There are two categories to choose from: the sounds designed for noise-masking and a list of other sounds for relaxation.

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Choose and control everything from your phone with the free Bose Sleep app.

The app also lets you control the volume, and how much external sound you want to allow through. Bose claims that most bedroom noise can be rendered completely inaudible depending on what you select. You can also control how long you want the sound to play, and even set a wake-up alarm — all through the app.

StayHear®+ ear tips and charging case

It takes a special type of ear tip to stay put — and stay comfy — while you rest your head on a pillow all night. So Bose included three sizes of their StayHear+ ear tips. They feel extra soft and avoid unpleasant pressure points, plus they have stability wings to keep them in place if you move around in your sleep.

Included charging case

Inside each sleepbud, there's a tiny rechargeable silver-zinc micro-battery like the ones used in hearing aids. They offer about 16 hours of use on a single charge — or about two good nights of sleep. When they need more juice, just snap the earbuds into the included charging case.

This small case itself packs enough power to fully recharge the sleepbuds when you're on the go.

Product Highlights:

  • 100% wire-free earbuds that aid sleep
    • no connecting cord between left and right
    • extra-compact, lightweight design
  • passive noise-isolating filters help reduce loud sleep disturbances
  • built-in memory chip plays soothing, noise-masking sounds
  • built-in Bluetooth for connecting to your phone or mobile device
    • will not stream music or other audio from your device
Mobile App and Sound Details:
  • free Bose® Sleep app for Apple and Android lets you choose and control your sounds
    • app is required to use the sleepbuds
  • choose from sounds designed to relax or sounds designed to mask external noise
    • noise-masking sounds have matching frequencies that cover up sleep-disturbing noises
    • noise-masking sounds include Waterfall, Ocean Waves, Soft Lull, and more
  • control volume of noise-masking sound and level of audible external noise
  • set sleep timer on sound so it will stop automatically
  • set wake-up alarm and choose from a selection of wake-up sounds
Charging Case, Accessories, and General Info:
  • three sizes of soft silicone StayHear®+ tips provide a comfortable fit
    • flexible wings keep earbuds secure during sleep or rest
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 16 hours of use
  • included carrying case banks up to 16 hours of power to wirelessly recharge headphones
    • USB cable included for charging case
  • protective cloth carrying pouch
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Pair of Noise-masking in-ear sleep buds (white)
  • 3 Pairs of white StayHear+Sleep ear tips (1 pair installed)
  • Portable charging case
  • 39" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • AC adapter with Micro USB port (DC output: 5V 1.6A)
  • Storage pouch
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

Bose® noise-masking sleepbuds Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Best Product For Getting Rest

David from Fair Lawn, NJ on 7/18/2018

Bose launched a new product to help me with one of my biggest challenges, sleep. I suffer from tinnitus and lack of sleep. I was thrilled to find out that there is a holistic solution without medication. This is a superior product for the following reasons 1. Overall Sleep Weekly Average improved 2. Helps me relax which promotes sleep 3. Sounds are gentle and inviting 4. Better productivity at work 5. An app to program the sleepbuds 6. The charging case has functions above and beyond charging the ear pieces I was excited to find out and experience these ear pieces. While they do not play music, they calm nerves and promote a healthy lifestyle. I am able to program an alarm that has relaxing sounds. The max level is 70db which isnt taxing on the ears. The choice of alarm sounds are very appealing. Bose promises more sounds as time goes on. I am excited about the possibility of future sounds. Music cannot be streamed with this product.

Pros: Easy to wear, variety of sounds


Bose® noise-masking sleepbuds

Anonymous from San Juan, PR on 7/16/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Greatest marriage savior!



Nighty, night!

Anonymous from PA on 7/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I will start out by saying they are expensive, and the price point is high. I agree with the comments about not being able to stream music, and how that should be an option considering how much they cost. However, i used them for the first time last night and had a great night sleep. We'll see how things pan out over time, but i am very happy with the purchase. They paired right away and each time i took them out unlike the other review here. They are comfortable enough to wear all night long and still had plenty of battery power after an 8.5 hour sleep.

Pros: Comfortable, do the job as advertised

Cons: Price, inability to stream anything else through them

Bose® noise-masking sleepbuds

Ross from Carmel, IN on 7/8/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So after a very long wait I finally received these. My initial impression was WOW these are so small and should be very comfortable to sleep with. At first I unboxed then and then downloaded the app. The pairing process failed using an IPhone 7. I tried repeatedly to pair with no luck. Finally after searching I was able to locate a CS number for BOSE. Apparently you have to shut down the phone every time for these to get recognized. This is a major fail to start with. Then upon sleeping with them they are not comfortable all night long. They also do not block or mask all the sounds that keep me awake at night and or that cause me to wake up. The noises and or music that Bose has preprogrammed to play all night is disturbing at best. They almost are worse for sleeping then the noises these are supposed to mask. On the positive side the Bose tech support for this product is awesome and they seem to be truly concerned. I'm now waiting on them to send a replacement pair that may or may not fix some of these issues. The right bud cuts out as it seems to be losing it's BT connection frequently. I have tried all the different tips and not one of them seems to fit perfectly to even passively cut out ambient noise in my sleeping environment. I still own a pair of the wired in ear noise cancelling Bose headphones and they are just as comfortable and I can play whatever I want or just cancel the noise in my room. The only issues with these are the cord at this point. As of now I'd be betting I will return these for a refund to Crutchfield unless the new pair can miraculously solve these issues. I have tried some in ear noise isolating totally wireless earphones that work better than these. I feel this is a product that may solve the problems for some but for this price it should be perfect.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 0.081 eachounces
Cord Length N/A
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The Bose noise-masking sleepbuds are unique in-ear headphones that are designed to emit soothing sounds that help you go to sleep. The sleepbuds are truly wireless. There are no connecting wires whatsoever, just two independent ear buds that stay comfortably in place. The sleepbuds are smaller than other wireless earbuds, making them comfortable even for side-sleepers. Each lightweight sleepbud weighs only 0.081 ounces. Using the exclusive Bose Sleep app on your smartphone or tablet, you can choose which soothing sounds you want to hear, control the volume, and set a wake-up alarm. The Bose noise-masking sleepbuds include 3 pairs of StayHear+ Sport eartips, a metal charging case, and a USB charging cable.

Charging Case: The tiny sleepbuds contain rechargeable silver-zinc batteries, which give you approximately 16 hours of battery life on a full charge. When you're not using the sleepbuds, they should be returned to the included charging case. The charging case has its own built-in 80 mAh rechargeable battery that will charge the sleepbuds when they are placed in the case. When you place the ear buds in the case, the charging pins are aligned and charging begins. Strong magnets hold the ear buds in place on the contacts. The sleepbuds take up to 8 hours to reach a full charge. The case, without the sleepbuds, charges in approximately 3 hours. Fully charged, the case provides one additional full charge to the sleepbuds. You can view the battery level of the sleepbuds on the Bose Sleep app while in use, or on the charging case. A 5-segment LED charge level meter for the case can be found behind the sliding lid.

StayHear+: The Bose noise-masking sleepbuds come with three pairs (Small, Medium, Large) of StayHear+ ear tips. The ear tips are designed to spread contact evenly within your ear canal to create a good seal, and to help hold them in place. The fin conforms naturally to the shape of the upper ridge of your ear to hold them into place so they don't fall out.

Bluetooth: The truly wireless sleepbuds connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. There are no connecting cords to snag or get in your way as you move throughout the night. The sleepbuds turn themselves on when you open the charging case. You can easily pair them (and disconnect them) with your smartphone or tablet using the Bose Sleep app. The Bluetooth wireless range is approximately 30 feet.

Bose Sleep App: The Bose Sleep app is essential to the proper use of the noise-masking sleepbuds. There are no user controls on the sleepbuds, so all of the controls are contained in the app. The app lets you choose from 10 pre-loaded sounds, some designed to mask ambient noise (traffic, barking dogs, snoring partner), while others help you relax and fall asleep. The Bose sleepbuds will not stream music, and you cannot add your own sounds. The app lets you customize your personal sleep settings for the best experience, including volume levels, usage timers, and wake-up alarms that only you can hear, so you won't disturb your partner. The app helps keep your sleepbuds up to date with software updates when they become available. The Bose Sleep app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS (10.0 or later) and Android devices (5.0 and up).

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