PROS / The long battery life and short charging time make them good for travel.
CONS / The cord is a bit short should you want to put your device in a backpack or purse and listen without Bluetooth.
VERDICT / The Bose QuietComfort 35 have a well-rounded design and create a comfortable, quiet listening space.
The Bose QuietComfort 35s are one of the best pairs of noise-cancelling wireless headphones in our review because they do a great job keeping your listening space quiet. They earn our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for their overall sound quality and comfort.
Noise Cancelling & Bluetooth
The Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless noise-cancelling headphones work with Bluetooth and battery-powered Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). During our noise-cancelling tests, this pair fell solidly in the top three. On average, they cancelled almost 11 dB more sound with ANC on than off, and overall they blocked about 80 dB of outside noise when we listened to music at 60 dB. You also have the option to listen passively with just Bluetooth, just noise-cancelling, both or neither. The flexibility is especially helpful if you listen in different environments.
Bose doesn’t release any proprietary information about its headphones’ sound quality specs. The only way to evaluate the sound quality is to listen. Our group of testers reported that the Bose QuietComfort 35 had a very balanced sound but noticed clipping and the ANC buzz. They even found that the quality changed between when ANC was on and when it was off. When it was off, the headphones sounded more open, and when ANC was on, our reviewers noticed the soundscape was a bit brighter. Overall, these headphones have a softer sound that’s less booming than other headphones. Still, they were highly accurate, which makes them one of the best pairs of wireless noise-cancelling headphones for general sound quality.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones outperformed the manufacturer’s listed battery life in our in-house tests. They lasted for 21.5 hours with both Bluetooth and ANC turned on, though Bose claims they last about 20 hours. Either way, the battery life is certainly not lacking. In passive mode, with Bluetooth and ANC turned off, they last twice as long, about 40 hours.
They also rank so highly because of their short charge time – they only take 2.25 hours to go from empty to full. If you don’t have that long to charge, even just plugging them in for 15 minutes gives you few hours of listening time.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 are some of the best noise-cancelling headphones simply because they’re so comfortable. While 10.9 ounces seems a bit heavy, our reviewers didn’t feel weighed down. The soft earcups and well-padded design were generally well liked in our review group.
The QuietComfort 35 also have some of the easiest controls. They are located on the earcup itself, and you can change settings without taking off the headphones. We did experience some Bluetooth connection difficulty. When you’re in pairing mode, be far away from other Bluetooth devices, and you may have to exercise a smidgen of patience.
You can buy the headphones in three different colors: navy, black and gray. We found the cord length to be a bit short – it’s only 3.6 feet, and other headphones have cords that are well over 4 feet. If you like to listen exclusively via Bluetooth, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Help & Support
Bose offers a one-year warranty on the QuietComfort 35, which is standard for the headphones in our review. You can find email and phone contact information on the company’s website, and there is even a live chat feature. Bose’s support page has a lot of information about the headphones to help you solve various problems on your own, which is helpful.
Noise-cancelling headphones generally do more than just block outside sounds. The Bose QuietComfort 35 also connect to your device via Bluetooth, have a lengthy battery life and are super comfortable.