Bose Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones

Last updated date: February 21, 2020

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8.7


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Overall Take

Shutting out ambient noise is essential in the work environment, and the Bose Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones won't disappoint. You'll not only get a comfortable, snug fit around your ears to drown out noise physically, but just turn on the noise-cancelation feature and you can concentrate on the work you need to get done. With the supplied cable, you can connect directly to a source to listen to your audio without having to turn on the power and rely on a Bluetooth connection. In our analysis of 119 expert reviews, the Bose Bose Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones placed 3rd when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 21, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wireless Headphones For Work for a detailed review of all the top wireless headphones for work.

Expert Summarized Score
8.6
23 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
2,186 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Gesture pad works perfectly.
- Soundguys
While wearing the headphones, we were impressed by how lightweight they felt, with the soft earcups fully enclosing our ears to provide physical noise cancelation, as well as a comfortable fit.
- Tech Radar
The Headphones 700 can handle most music genres well, with an easy listening and open sound that’s slightly more spacious than the QC35.
- The Guardian
Bose is the undeniable master of active noise cancellation, and the new 700 headphones are the best we’ve tested at reducing noise. If noise cancellation is your top priority, these are the headphones to get. Plus, they’re lightweight, equipped with a long battery life and easy-to-use controls, and compatible with the Google, Apple, and Amazon Alexa voice assistants.
- New York Times Wirecutter
700 looks much better than its predecessors, but it also feels better too. The new headband has a soft padded underside that keeps the headphones feeling light on your dome. The leatherlike cushions on the earcups are also soft but sturdy. And even though the 700 is slightly heavier than the QC 35 II (about 0.6 ounces more), you can't tell. This new model feels so light that you can wear them for hours at a time with ease.
- Engadget
It's comfortable and stylish.
- What HiFi
Bose’s noise cancellation is about the best you can get, they sound good, and multi-device pairing is something you’ll quickly appreciate. And you’ll never want to go back to talking to people on other headphones.
- The Verge
It has excellent noise cancelling on calls and music.
- Tom's Guide
Between the ergonomic shaping and tight grip of the headband and the pleathery memory foam surrounds of the ear cups, these things do a most excellent job of passive noise reduction, which is helpful even with the active noise suppression circuitry turned off. And yes, these headphones can be enjoyably used for music listening without power, with a (supplied) cable connecting them to your source.
- TechHive
Comfortable design - even for long periods of wear.
- Pocket-lint
Let's first talk about active noise cancellation — the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are undoubtedly the best we've heard when it comes to this feature. The ability of these headphones to create silence in otherwise noisy environments is incredible, and were able to almost completely block out ambient sound.
- NDTV Gadgets 360
The Bose Headphones 700 are one of the most comfortable pairs of headphones to wear. At 250g, they don’t merely sit on your head – they float; such is the cushy comfort of the ear pads. This makes them an ideal partner for long-distance travel.
- Trusted Reviews
Remarkable voice clarity for calls and voice assistants
- Digital Trends
The Bose 700s are pretty handsome. I was a fan of the aesthetic of the last pair of expensive, noise-canceling headphones I reviewed, the Beoplay H9s. I think the sleek, utilitarian look of the Bose 700s works better. The stainless steel headband feels reliable and the rubber padding on its interior rests well on the top of your head. Additionally, its foam earcups are pretty darn comfortable, even when worn for long sessions.
- Mashable
Excellent microphone clarity.
- PC Magazine
The sliding hinge mechanism with which the headphone’s fit is adjusted is also noteworthy. It’s a particularly clever bit of engineering, where the two prongs of the head band fit into an open groove in the back of the earcups. These prongs slide up and down easily for adjustments, but lock firmly into the necessary position. They also allow the ear pieces to swivel and tilt as needed.
- Lifewire
What's special is the headband adjustment. The headphones hang on a completely rigid headband instead of using a sliding headband. So you move the earpieces to fit the Bose 700 headphones to your head.
- Android Pit
Comfortable to wear, they sound excellent and strike the perfect balance between treble and bass. They're noise-cancelling too and do a fantastic job of blocking out external sounds so you can be completely immersed in your music.
- Good Housekeeping
The Bose Music app allows you to set your chosen level of cancelation, from 0 to 10. You can also save three presets – they default to 0, 5, and 10 – which can be toggled by using a button on the exterior of the headphones. This feature works exceptionally well. It means that you can easily switch the cancelation to almost-off (the 0 setting still has a tiny bit of it active) in order to hear things like conversations and announcements.
- The Master Switch
The claimed battery life is about 20 hours and that seemed more or less accurate based on several weeks of wearing them almost all day. I could generally get away with two back-to-back days of heavy use without charging them.
- Reviewed
The phone call quality on these is truly exceptional. I tried both ends of this — both making a call with them on, and calling someone who was wearing them, to see how it sounded when receiving a call.
- One Mile at a Time
The headphones fold and come with a hard shell carry case meaning they're protected when being carried around with you
- Headphone Dungeon
What experts didn't like
Microphone cuts off lower notes so people with deep voices won't come across as loud.
- Soundguys
Bose says that the battery life comes in at 20 hours, which we found to be accurate, although you may find this number fluctuates slightly depending on how high you turn up the volume; listening at higher volumes usually results in the battery draining down more quickly. That battery life is significantly lower than the 30 hours offered by the Sony WH-1000XM3 noise Wireless Headphones.
- Tech Radar
It's quite expensive.
- The Guardian
However, if you are prone to what we call “eardrum suck,” the highest ANC setting will absolutely affect you.
- New York Times Wirecutter
No EQ adjustment in the app.
- Engadget
The only downside of a noise-cancelling system this advanced is its impact on battery life, which is 20 hours here – short of the 30 hours promised by the Sonys.
- What HiFi
Not quite as feathery light and comfortable as QC35 IIs.
- The Verge
It's expensive.
- Tom's Guide
Operating system is working through some growing pains.
- TechHive
No equaliser (EQ) within the app.
- Pocket-lint
Sound isn't as detailed and revealing as we'd have liked
- NDTV Gadgets 360
20 hours battery life is a bit low.
- Trusted Reviews
Requires Bose Music App to control many functions.
- Digital Trends
The price could be a turn-off.
- Mashable
Sculpted audio not for purists.
- PC Magazine
Battery life doesn’t quite measure up to the competition
- Lifewire
No cable with in-line microphone and remote control.
- Android Pit
Not suitable for exercise as they slip forward
- Good Housekeeping
The sound quality of the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 is very dull.
- The Master Switch
The Bluetooth stopped working within a month on both pairs of 700s we tested. The second pair also had its ANC fail. We've reached out to Bose for more information on this, but it's pretty hard to recommend a pair of headphones that seems to consistently fail within the first 30 days of use.
- Reviewed
I don’t love the process for “extending” the length of the thing that goes around your head. For those of us with big heads, you have to pull on the ear cup and it slides further down the piece that connects the two ear cups.
- One Mile at a Time

From The Manufacturer

Bose Noise cancelling headphones 700 have redefined what wireless headphones can do. Keep your head up to the world with easy access to voice assistants — perfect for music, navigation, weather, and more. Confidently take calls or speak to Alexa anywhere. An unrivaled four microphone system picks up and isolates your voice while cancelling the noise around you. With these smart headphones, Bose has even improved on what it’s most known for. Eleven levels of noise cancellation let you truly personalize your environment. Set it low to let more of the world In, somewhere in the middle, or turn it all the way up to block out the noisy world around you. Bose AR, a first of its kind audio Augmented reality platform, combines the power of next gen Bose audio products with innovative mobile apps. Together, they can create astonishing real world experiences and fundamentally new ways to travel, exercise, learn, play, and more. For iPhone, iPad, and Android users, be sure your product’s firmware is up to date through the Bose music app. Then you can access a showcase of Bose ar enhanced apps with Links to Download them. (Bose AR availability and functionality varies. ) Signature active EQ promises an immersive listening experience at any volume. Whether you’re relaxing with quiet music or really cranking it, your music sounds like it should. These touch sensitive headphones are also designed with a streamlined stainless steel headband, and a lightweight, comfortable fit. The intuitive controls keep everything simple — Manage volume, calls, and music just by touching the ear cup. The Bose music app gives you even more control. The headphones feature up to 20 hours of wireless battery life. Includes Bose headphones 700, USB charging cable, Audio cable, and carrying case. Available in Black or silver.

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An Overview On Wireless Headphones For Work

Working in an office has its share of challenges, but distractions top the list. Unless your job is to constantly interact with the people around you, chances are you need to be able to focus on the task at hand. Unless you work in a soundproof office with no windows, though, that probably isn’t a possibility.

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If you need to shut out noise while you’re working, a good pair of wireless headphones can do the trick. Headphones can also come in handy for listening to your favorite tunes or a great book when you’re doing tasks that don’t require silence. Before you start shopping, determine exactly how you’ll be using your headphones to help decide whether a pair with noise cancellation will work better for you than one that makes your playlist pop.

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Many headphones advertise noise cancellation, but very few actually deliver. Granted, you’ll find plenty of over-ear headphones that physically shut out ambient noise by simply cupping your ears in a way that keeps the sound from getting to your ears. However, true active noise-cancellation technology has your headphones emitting a noise-canceling sound wave that counteracts surrounding noise. The active noise cancellation in many over-ear headphones is often disappointing, so if this technology is important to you, it will be well worth spending the extra money on a brand like Bose that leads the industry.

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Active noise cancellation also requires a battery, and you’ll be limited on how long you’ll be able to use your headphones between charges. You’ll also find using your headphones via Bluetooth will mean relying on a battery that has a limited life. If you’re sitting at your desk all day, consider a pair of headphones that will let you plug directly into your source so that you can save your battery for your lunchtime walk or your commute home.

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Office workers aren’t the only ones who need headphones to get through the day. Those who work in manufacturing, events or similar noisy environments depend on headphones to protect their hearing. Although noise-canceling headphones do have their limits, they can reduce the level of exposure you’ll suffer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 22 million people endure dangerous noise levels every year at work. One measure of whether your workplace is too loud is whether you have to shout to be heard by someone 3 feet away, assuming that person has reasonably good hearing. Also, if you find your ears are ringing when things finally do get quiet, chances are your environment is putting your hearing at risk.

The Wireless Headphones For Work Buying Guide

  • If you plan to be wearing your headphones for hours at a time, comfort should be at the top of your list. Over-ear headphones affect more than just your ears, as earbuds do, which means you need a pair that is tight enough to stay in place without being so tight they give you a headache.
  • Those who wear glasses may find some headphones are too snug for them. You’ll need a little extra leeway for the stems of your glasses to squeeze under the headband.
  • Chances are, you won’t just be using your headphones for audio, particularly if you’re connecting it to your phone. Make sure your headphones will easily pair with your mobile device and check that the microphone on them will transmit clear audio to the person on the other end of the call.
  • Phone calls aren’t the only way a good mic comes in handy. If you use voice-command technology like Siri or Alexa, you’ll want a pair of headphones that will keep your voice easy to understand.
  • When connected to Bluetooth or relying on noise-canceling technology, you’ll need a battery that can hold a charge for a while. You can find headphones that promise a battery life of up to 50 hours, although some activities will run the battery down quicker than others.
  • The material and build of the ear cups play a direct role in how comfortable they are. Faux leather is especially popular, but also look for padding on the headband, which will take comfort beyond how your ears feel.
  • Your headset will have controls for features like volume. Check to see where those controls are located. Although it’s nice to be able to reach them easily, you may find that if they’re too prominent, you’ll accidentally press them, especially if you wear them after work to relax in a reclined position.
  • For those who want to look stylish while working, some headphones come in multiple colors. You’ll also find headphones that have a metallic finish or chrome accents that serve as a great alternative to the standard black over-ear headphone look.