Bose QuietComfort 35 II Alexa Enabled Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Last updated date: November 23, 2021

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9.3

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Alexa Enabled Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

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We looked at the top Wireless Over-Ear Headphones and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wireless Over-Ear Headphone you should buy.

Update as November 23, 2021:
Checkout The Best Wireless Over-Ear Headphones for a detailed review of all the top wireless over-ear headphones.

Overall Take

Super stylish is the best way to describe this bright silver pair of wireless over-ear headphones. The headphones offer three noise cancellation levels and padded ear cuffs. They also pair effortless with your Bluetooth devices, so you can begin using them immediately.


In our analysis of 201 expert reviews, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Alexa Enabled Wireless Over-Ear Headphones placed 1st when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

What happens when you clear away the noisy distractions of the world? Concentration goes to the next level. You get deeper into your music, your out, or whatever you want to focus on. That's the power of Bose quiet comfort 35 wireless headphones II. Put them on and get closer to what you’re most passionate about. And that's just the beginning. Quiet comfort 35 wireless headphones II are now enabled with Bose AR — an innovative, audio only take on Augmented reality. Embedded inside your headphones is a multi directional motion sensor. One that Bose AR can utilize to provide contextual audio based on where you are. Unlock Bose AR via a firmware update through the Bose connect app. They're Alexa enabled, too, so you can enjoy entertainment, get information, and manage your day — all without looking at your phone. Adjust your level of noise cancelling between three settings using the action button or the Bose connect app. Volume optimized EQ gives you balanced audio performance at any volume, and a noise rejecting dual microphone system provides clearer calls, even in noisy environments. And with easy Bluetooth pairing, 20 hours of battery life, and a durable, comfortable fit — you can keep the music or the quiet going all day long. Included: quiet comfort 35 II, carrying case, Charging cable, Audio cable For enjoying music without battery power. * Bose AR availability and functionality varies. Bose AR enhanced apps are currently available for iPhone and iPad users only. Apps for Android devices are in development. Audio cable: 47.2 inches and USB cable: 12 inches.About Noise cancellation A voice prompt announces the noise cancelling setting. Continue to press and release the Action button until you reach your preferred setting.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.4
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
20,580 user reviews

What experts liked

Comfortable fit with swiveling ear cups. 20 hours of use in Bluetooth mode. Integrates with Google Assistant.
- BestReviews
The noise cancelling is as good as it gets, and the headphones have a natural and satisfying sound. They’re comfortable to wear and they pack into an ultra-slim travel case. They can connect to any smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth, or to an in-flight entertainment system with the included cable.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The Bose QC35 II shows why the company is so popular amongst travelers with class-leading noise cancellation and balanced sound. They will sound great to most listeners. The addition of Google Assistant is a nice addition.
- Tech Radar
You can wear these for hours without feeling like you have to take them off. They’re also super durable and can be bent and twisted in a bunch of ways so if you have to jam them into your bag you can do so with a clear conscience.
- Soundguys

What experts didn't like

Bluetooth signal may cut out on an airplane. Expensive.
- BestReviews
However, this extraordinary noise cancelling introduces an effect we call “eardrum suck”. We don't know if it will bother you.
- New York Times Wirecutter
This means dynamic range is a bit limited and makes for a somewhat dull presentation. Resolution is not great and sound stage is about average.
- Tech Radar
Like most Bluetooth headphones, the microphone on the QC35 II tends to pick up a lot of background noise and it isn’t all that great at full-band recording.
- Soundguys

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Molly Thornberg   
Technology and parenting blogger

Molly Thornberg is a professional writer, creative and mom to four kids, living her best life outside of Dallas, Texas. With a love for all things tech, she is passionate about helping parents raise kids in the digital age. She writes about technology, parenting and humor on her blog Digital Mom Blog.

An Overview On Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

In recent years, over-ear headphones have made a resurgence as some consumers have traded in their earbuds for better sound. Some over-ear headphones also feature noise-cancellation functionality, which comes in handy while you’re traveling. But as Digital Mom Blog’s Molly Thornberg points out, today’s consumers want the same wireless functionality that they can get with wireless earbuds.

“Wireless over-ear headphones are traditional headphones that go over the ears, but don’t have a wire,” says Thornberg, who regularly writes about technology on her blog. “This popular style of headphones connects to a device via Bluetooth, giving you the freedom to listen without having to worry about a wire.”

But there are a few things to consider when you’re picking out a pair of wireless over-ear headphones. You’ll need to make sure you choose a pair that provides reliable Bluetooth connectivity, not to mention one-touch linkup. Trying to connect devices via Bluetooth can easily get frustrating.

If you’re buying over-ear headphones for noise-isolating functionality, you’ll first want to check to see whether the pair you’re considering includes active noise-canceling. Headphones with that feature automatically create a sound wave that blocks out the level of noise detected around you. Some headphones simply create a seal around your ear and have you play music to block out noise, but active noise cancellation can be especially beneficial if you work in noisy environments or you travel via airplane.

It’s also important to consider sizing when you’re choosing a pair of over-ear headphones. Unlike earbuds that slip into almost any size ear the same, over-ear headphones need to work with the circumference of your head. Many come with adjustable headbands to help create that perfect fit. An ill-fitting pair of over-ear headphones can make it tough to get that seal you need to shield your eardrums from all that crowd noise around you. If you’re buying headphones for younger adults or you have a larger head size, you may want to measure your own head and compare it to the headband size before buying.

The Wireless Over-Ear Headphone Buying Guide

  • When it comes to noise cancellation, no two pairs of headphones are equal. It’s important to first distinguish between active and passive noise cancellation, with active noise cancellation generating sound waves to keep outside noise from getting to your eardrums. Passive noise cancellation simply uses the build of the earcups themselves to keep noise out. Some may prefer the passive approach in situations where they still might need to hear, such as on an airplane when a pilot could come over the intercom with important announcements.
  • If you’re using your headphones while exercising or working around the house, make sure you choose a pair with controls that you can easily reach. Relying on your smartphone to pause or adjust the volume can be problematic when you’re wireless since your device may be on the other side of the room. But it’s also important to make sure the controls aren’t in a location where you might accidentally press them, especially if you plan to wear them while lying down.
  • As with other wireless products, wireless headphones require a battery for the Bluetooth connection. Some over-ear headphones have batteries that last as long as 30 hours, which will come in handy if you’ll be away from the charger for a while.
  • The best thing about wireless headphones is that they give you the freedom to roam around without your phone on you. That means if you’re cleaning or exercising, you can simply set your phone down nearby and enjoy a hands-free listening experience. But it’s important to check just how close to your device you’ll have to stay while listening. “Find out how far the headphones can play from the connected device,” Thornberg advises. “Wireless range can vary from 10-100 meters.”
  • As with earbuds, wireless over-ear headphones can be used for phone calls. To have that capability, though, you’ll need to make sure your headphones have a built-in microphone.
  • One of the best things about modern over-ear headphones is how comfortable they can be. Many feature earpads made using faux leather, also known as protein leather, and the cups are padded for extra comfort. You may not plan to wear your headphones for hours at a time, but someday when you’re on a long flight or trying to buckle down and study for a big test, you’ll appreciate a pair that doesn’t hurt your ears after a while.
  • No matter what other features your headphones offer, it won’t matter if the sound quality is poor. Research the speakers that are built into your chosen pair. Whether you listen to music, podcasts, movies or audiobooks using your headphones, true-to-life sound is essential as is deep bass response.
  • If you’re spending money on something, you’ll want a pair that lasts. The headbands on many headphones are made of plastic, but they’ll also probably have sliders to allow you to adjust the fit. Check the construction of all of this, as well as the stitching on the earcups, to make sure you’re buying a pair that will give you years of reliable use.