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Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

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Our take on the Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

Several "truly wireless" headphones were released this year, and more are coming. So what makes Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones special? To me, it's the company's super-comfortable fit and their signature relaxed sound.

Bose SoundSport Free wireless headphones

The Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones have zero cables to get in the way of your workout.

The first 100% wire-free headphones from Bose®

Several "truly wireless" headphones were released this year, and more are coming. So what makes Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones special? To me, it's the company's super-comfortable fit and their signature relaxed sound.

These headphones are called "truly wireless" because there's no cord connecting the headphones. One earbud stays in your right ear, the other in your left. Music plays wirelessly from your phone — through both earbuds — via Bluetooth.

"In-ears for people who don't like in-ears"

That's how I usually describe Bose in-ear headphones to folks who haven't tried them. It's thanks to their StayHear®+ Sport ear tips. Rather than stuffing them deep down your ear canal, these tips rest just inside your ears. 

My wife has tried other sports headphones, only to have to take them out mid-workout. But she has no trouble wearing her Bose sports headphones throughout her longer elliptical machine sessions. The StayHear+ Sport ear tips feel extra soft and avoid unpleasant pressure points, plus they have stability wings to keep them in place while you move. Three sizes are included here to help you get the right fit.

What happens if you lose one of the headphones?

It's the elephant in the room. Whenever I discuss this emerging category of truly wireless headphones with friends, the conversation always steers to how easily you could lose an earbud. Credit to Bose, they've met this concern head-on. First off, the StayHear+ Sport ear tips should help prevent the problem altogether — they're designed to stay in and stay put.

Still, if you misplace an earbud (or both), there's a helpful feature in the Bose Connect app — a free, optional download for Apple® and Android™ devices. Choose "Find My Headphones" and the app will track your SoundSport Free wireless headphones to the last location they were connected. Within Bluetooth range, the earbuds will play an audible tone, so you can find them behind the exercise bike or stuffed in a seat cushion. 

Keep it moving with the included charging case

The included carrying case banks up to 10 hours of power to recharge headphones.

The included carrying case banks up to 10 hours of power to recharge the two earbuds while they sit inside.

Workout and running headphones are useless if they're not ready to go when you are. These headphones offer five hours of smooth Bose sound on a single charge. When they need more juice, just snap the earbuds into the included charging case. I can actually palm this small case in my hand, but it packs enough power to recharge the SoundSport Free wireless headphones twice.

Just 15 minutes inside the case gives you 45 minutes of playback. 

Durable and sweat-resistant 

Another important trait for sports headphones: they have to handle your most grueling workouts. The SoundSport Free wireless headphones are rugged and sweat-resistant.

Easy on-ear controls

You can keep your phone safely tucked away during gym sessions. Controls on the right let you play and skip tracks and make phone calls wirelessly. There are three raised buttons that are easy and quick to figure out without having to look at them.   

Product Highlights:

  • 100% wire-free headphones
    • no connecting cord between left and right earbuds
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphones
  • clear, smooth sound with deep bass
  • free, optional Bose® Connect app for Apple and Android offers seamless toggling between multiple Bluetooth devices
  • use the app's "Find My Headphones" feature to track down a lost earbud
    • displays the location where the earbuds were last connected to your phone or device
    • earbud will play an audible tone if still charged and within Bluetooth range
  • IPX4 sweat- and weather-resistant
  • three sizes of soft silicone StayHear®+ Sports tips provide a comfortable fit
    • flexible wings keep earbuds secure during exercise
  • three-button remote on right earbud for music and volume controls
    • built-in microphone for taking calls
Charging Case and Battery Information:
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 5 hours of listening
  • voice prompts provide information on battery life, device connection, and caller ID
  • included carrying case banks up to 10 hours of power to wirelessly recharge headphones
    • 15 minutes inside case provides enough power for 45 minutes of listening
    • USB cable included for charging case
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Left wireless ear bud (Midnight Blue)
  • Right wireless ear bud (Midnight Blue)
  • 3 Pairs of StayHear+ Sport ear tips (1 pair installed)
  • Portable charging case
  • 12" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information/Registration

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Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones Reviews

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(20 Reviews)

Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

Anonymous from San Juan, PR on 2/22/2018

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Great sound quality.



Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

Anonymous from Kearny, NJ on 2/22/2018

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Perfect fit , look good and great sound quality



Great sound and STAY PUT!!

Joan from Mckinney, TX on 2/8/2018

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Had these for a week+ now and only wear them for running - no complaints whatsoever! These stay put, connect flawlessly, and the sound quality is awesome!

Pros: stay put - only ones on the market that will for me.

Cons: wish they were smaller.

Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

Marek from Moncks Corner, SC on 1/24/2018

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Excellent sound and quality.



Great Sound

JOHN from Rockaway Park, NY on 1/21/2018

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Excellent sound and quality.

Pros: sound quality ease of use

Cons: none so far

Incredible sound for such small headphones

Ryan from New York on 1/9/2018

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So, to start off, I have owned nearly every Bose headphone and earbud since I was first introduced to the QC15s about 9 years ago. I'm obsessed, and love everything they make, so probably a bit biased. I waited for what feels like forever to get my hands on these awesome headphones. I've upgraded from the SoundSport wireless headphones (with the wire between the two), and these have lived up to my expectations so far. The StayHear tips are a great fit to my ears and feel super comfortable for a few hours. The sound is just as good as the SoundSport wireless headphones, but you will hear some noise when you're outside, which is expected. When it gets a bit windy, expect to turn the volume up. These are a great buy!



Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

Brian from Auburndale, FL on 1/3/2018

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I absolutely love these ear buds. They are comfortable, sound great and fit is perfect. Never worry about coming out of the ear. Only complaint is when jogging they are to consistent with losing connection between each bud. So when I jog I go old school with my bose wired.

Pros: Fit, sound, and comfort.

Cons: Lose connection when jogging.

Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

Anonymous from Ballston Spa, NY on 1/1/2018

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Great sound but the app has some problems sometimes connecting



Good on new Firmware. Interference is a problem

JJ from Lufkin, TX on 12/18/2017

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They were terrible out of the box...sound was bad and couldn't make it through one song without shutting down. It took a bit to get the firmware to update, but once it did they worked great. Be patient on the firmware update and make sure you follow the steps exactly. Fit is just like my wife's SoundSports and just as secure and I love not having the wire connecting them. The volume buttons are stiff to say the least. No chance of accidentally turning up the volume. Much easier for me to hit my phone volume in my pocket. Only negative is it is very susceptible to interference. I run with a thin sports beanie on cold days and it blocks the left ear sound completely and the right ear goes in and out. The case is great, but I'm surprised at how quickly it drains the battery. I've worn them for 6hrs of running in the first week and the case is nearly dead from charging them after each run (6 or 7 total). Jury still out long term, but looks like I'll be keeping them.

Pros: sound fit truly wireless

Cons: stiff buttons prone to interference battery in case doesn't last long

These stay in my ears

John from Hammonton, NJ on 12/16/2017

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Simply put, these are the only earbuds that actually stay in my ears during workouts and running. Additionally they sound great. The only negative is that they require firmware updates that take over an hour to complete. These buds are extremely comfortable.

Pros: Great fit and comfort. Excellent sound.

Cons: A bit pricey and slow to update firmware.

Feel Free To Love These SoundSport Headphones

Stephen from Charlottesville, VA on 12/8/2017

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I was intrigued with the removal of the connection cable on the SoundSport Wireless so I jumped at the opportunity to try the SoundSport Free Wireless after seeing most reviews confirming a stable performance of the keeping each ear bud connected. Happy to report these sound great and stay in ear like all my previous Bose SoundSport headphones while removing that last little nitpick of the cable between the two buds being very rewarding. No drops in connection to either bud or music lag the few workouts I've used them so far. The buds are bigger than what are used in the current SoundSport wireless but the largest StayHear sport tip continues to keep them in my ears with no worry or issue. I mostly use SoundSports for the gym, running outdoors or on the track, and on the cool down walk back to my apartment. They're sleek, comfy, and easy to use with their on-board buttons or the companion app for setup. Charging case is small and keeps the headphones ready to rock each workout. Always awesome to have great sounding tunes whether you're on your final bench set or racing to finish a 5K.

Pros: Great Fit, Stays In Ear, Full Sound, Wireless & Reliable So Far, Competitive Battery Life, App Support.

Cons: None for me.

Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

Anonymous from Miami, FL on 12/8/2017

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Outstanding and amazing sound from Bose as usual, a little bit pricey but no regrets at all.



Bose Wireless Earbuds

Howard from Albuquerque, NM on 12/6/2017

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They sound pretty good but fall short of what I expected from Bose.

Pros: Light-weight. Fit well.

Cons: Left channel cuts out frequently. Battery life is too short.

Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

CHRIS from Wyckoff, NJ on 11/26/2017

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True wireless, true hands free



Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

Michael from Braintree, MA on 11/26/2017

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I'm disapoonted with such a quality name....they don't stay in your ears well, I'm always adjusting them and they become uncomfortable

Pros: Good sound

Cons: Won't stay well in your ears, body of units are too big

Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

Anonymous from Bronx, NY on 11/26/2017

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This is an awesome headphone. The sound the clarity just superb



Overall great

Zak from New Albany, OH on 11/23/2017

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Sound quality is excellent. Bluetooth is reliable 97% of the time. I got these for my wife and she loves them. They stick out a bit from the brad but I don't view them as a fashion purchase, though I'm sure some people might. Overall, we're happy with the purchase.

Pros: Sound quality Ease of use Fit is great

Cons: Large Sometimes Bluetooth is lagging, but overall this problem seems to be overstated in other reviews

Best of earbud bunch!

Greg from Shavano Park, TX on 11/14/2017

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Sound is good and functionality is as well. Once firmware is updated the left no longer drops off. Battery life is ~4 hours

Pros: Sound, comfort

Cons: battery seems to drain when not being used, lost 40% when stored in case over weekend without usage.

Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

Anonymous from Atlanta, GA on 11/9/2017

Bought from another company, use at work and they work great. Same Bose sound we're accustomed to. Have not had problems from other review



Not ready for prime time

Elias from Tallahassee, FL on 11/3/2017

I originally ordered these from Crutchfield but they were still on pre-order so I changed and ordered directly from the manufacturer. After trying these for several days I had to return them. The ear buds keep losing signal with each other. While you're listening to music the let ear will cut out of and on sporadically during the whole time you're wearing them. I checked on the Bose Community Forum and this is a common issue and a design flaw. Bose suggests to reboot the headset and resync with phone and everyone who has done that still had the problem. It's not a problem between the headset and the phone, it's between the two ear buds. I have the Sound sports wired so I'll just stick with those since they work. Another issue is there are 3 buttons on the right ear bud. 2 volume buttons with a center button for play, pause, answer phone, and skip song. The 2 outer buttons are easy to find and give good enough feedback so when you press them you feel a light click. The center button is recessed and barely moves when you press it. There is no feedback with that button so it feels like your just squeezing the headset. It's like there's no button there at all.

Pros: They fit well and are comfortable. Sound is very good

Cons: The sound keeps cutting out so no matter how good it sounds, its annoying.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Fit Style In-ear/Earbud
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 1.113" x 0.963"
Noise-canceling No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity N/A dB
Impedance N/A
Weight 0.3 ounces
Cord Length N/A
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Storage Case
Charging Case Yes
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Bose SoundSport Free in-ear headphones are truly wireless. There are no connecting wires whatsoever--just two independent ear buds that stay comfortably in place--allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket, bag, or on your desk. The lightweight SoundSport Free headphones weigh less than 1/2-ounce each, and come with 3 pairs of StayHear+ Sport eartips, a hard-shell charging case, and a USB charging cable.

Charging Case: The SoundSport Free charging case has its own 530 mAh rechargeable battery that will charge up your ear buds when you're not using them. When you place the ear buds in the case, the charging pins are aligned and they begin charging. Strong magnets hold the headphones in place on the contacts. Fully charged, the case provides up to two full charges, or approximately 10 hours of playback time. The charging case and the ear buds each require a 2-hour charge to reach full capacity. You can check the charge level of the case without opening it by viewing the 5-LED meter on the front. Additional charging cases are available in black and navy blue.

StayHear+ Sport: Included with the SoundSport Free headphones are three pairs of StayHear+ Sport ear tips in small, medium, and large. 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, even during a rigorous workout.

Bluetooth: Bose has engineered the SoundSport Free to give you the best Bluetooth signal strength and the best sound. The Bluetooth button on the top of the left earbud lets you easily pair the headphones to your device. The right earbud includes on-board volume, plus music playback and phone call controls through the multi-function button. You can pair up to seven devices with the headphones, but only connect and play audio from one device at a time. Bluetooth wireless range is approximately 30 feet.

Standby Mode: To conserve battery power, the SoundSport Free features a timer that automatically switches the headphones to standby mode when the audio has stopped and no buttons have been pressed for 20 minutes. To awaken the headphones, you can press the Bluetooth button on the left ear bud and any button on the right ear bud. The number of minutes can be adjusted or the Standby Timer can be disabled in the Bose Connect app.

Sweat/Weather Resistance: The headphones are rated IPX4, which means they are sweat and weather resistant. They are not designed to be submerged in water, so you should not wear them while showering or swimming. After a rigorous workout, the charging pins on the earbuds should be dried off with a dry, soft cotton swab to prevent rust.

Bose Connect App: The Bose Connect app is a valuable companion to the SoundSport Free in-ear headphones. It provides an easy way to pair your headphones to your phone or tablet. If you misplace one or both of your ear buds, the app's Find My Buds feature helps you locate them. Music Share lets you share your music with a friend (who also owns a pair of Bose wireless headphones). The app lets you name your headphones, select the language of your voice prompts, or turn off voice prompts altogether. The app also allows you to keep your headphones up to date with software updates when they become available. The Bose Connect app is compatible with iOS (9.0 or later) and Android (5.0 and up) devices.

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