Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise-Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Last updated date: October 6, 2020

DWYM Score

9.6

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise-Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

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

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Overall Take

These over-ear headphones boast first-rate noise cancellation and excellent sound quality in a lightweight, comfortable design. Built-in compatibility with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant and a skip-free Bluetooth connection make this pair well worth the money. During our testing, we were blown away by these headphones, which were comfortable and had awesome sound quality. We also like the accompanying storage case.


In our analysis of 155 expert reviews, the Bose Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones placed 1st when we looked at the top 25 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

World-class noise cancellation makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better. Volume-optimized EQ for balanced audio performance at any volume. Wireless convenience, with easy Bluetooth and NFC pairing aided by voice prompts. 20-hour battery life per charge; up to 40 hours in wired mode. Noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for clear calls even in windy environments.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.0
13 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
8,178 user reviews

What experts liked

If noise cancelling is what matters most to you, the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II is the wireless headphone pair to get—its noise cancelling ranks among the best available. On top of that, it sounds good, it’s exceptionally comfortable, and it packs up into a super-slim travel case. A dedicated button accesses Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, letting you ask questions or send and listen to messages.
- New York Times Wirecutter
December 10, 2018 | Full review
Comfortable cups. Lightweight. Long battery life. Excellent noise-cancelling technology.
- Top Ten Reviews
Wireless headphones. You can adjust the level of noise cancellation. Up to 20 hours of wireless play time. Connect to Amazon Alexa. Comfortable to wear. Excellent sound quality. Control on the headphones and in the Bose app.
- BestReviews
December 1, 2018 | Full review
Great sound quality, good noise cancellation, comfortable, built-in Google Assistant
- Tech Gear Lab
Here's the thing: Yes, the QuietComfort 35s are an expensive set of headphones. But it's hard enough to find wireless headphones that either sound good or perform well, and most only manage to do one of these things well. The QC35s not only sound good, but other than an occasional hiccup here and there, they perform reliably, especially compared to the competition.
- Reviewed
July 18, 2017 | Full review
This wireless Bluetooth model from Bose delivers excellent active noise reduction and excellent sound quality; they are a decent choice for the listener who will not be satisfied with anything less than top notch music and movie soundtrack playback. These headphones have a closed design; they will provide some muffling and electronic canceling of external noises and also reduce the amount of sound that escapes from the headphones. As such, they are best for those who want to reduce the amount of noise they hear from their surroundings, or don't want the sound from the headphones to disturb others, and who are comfortable with the size of a home/studio style model.
- Consumer Reports
The Bose QuietComfort 35 combines top-of-the-line active-noise canceling with wireless Bluetooth operation in an extra-comfortable, fold-up design. The sound is excellent for Bluetooth, and it doubles as a great headset for phone calls. Works in wired mode with included cord if battery dies.
- CNET
June 19, 2016 | Full review
The QuietComfort 35s are exactly what Bose promised they’d be. They’re the best noise-canceling headphones around, and the best-sounding headphones that the company has produced yet. Now you’ve got the added convenience of them being wireless — just in time for an iPhone without a headphone jack.
- The Verge
June 22, 2016 | Full review
Broad and clear soundstage. Amazing noise cancellation. Long battery life. Quick and hassle-free pairing.
- Tech Radar
Superior noise cancellation. Light and very comfortable wireless design. Intuitive controls. Excellent audio quality. Long battery life.
- Tom's Guide
June 20, 2016 | Full review
Best noise cancellation on the market. Balanced and powerful audio. Can function wired or wireless.
- PC Magazine
June 8, 2016 | Full review
My new favorite travel headphone. Battery life exceeds the quoted 20 hours. Comfortable and unobtrusive over-ear fit. Noise-canceling tech is the best in the biz. Premium construction: anodized aluminum covers and synthetic protein leather cushions on the ear cups, stainless steel springs and an Alcantara cushion in the headband. Tactile buttons on the right ear cup instead of wonky touch controls.
- Wired
January 14, 2019 | Full review
Outstanding noise isolation. Wireless and comfortable design. Good sound quality.
- RTINGS.com
February 27, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

The downside is that the aggressive noise cancelling produces pressure on the eardrums that some people (including most of our testers) find uncomfortable.
- New York Times Wirecutter
December 10, 2018 | Full review
Audio quality isn't the best. Style leaves something to be desired. Audio leakage due to loose fit on some.
- Top Ten Reviews
Headphones pick up external noise during phone calls, which may be distracting for the person you're talking to.
- BestReviews
December 1, 2018 | Full review
Expensive.
- Tech Gear Lab
The QC35s are absolutely worthy of consideration, but only if you don't mind your credit card taking a pretty hefty hit; they're the real deal, but at $350, they're not for everyone.
- Reviewed
July 18, 2017 | Full review
Battery isn't user-replaceable, and the headphone is heavier than the QuietComfort 25.
- CNET
June 19, 2016 | Full review
$350 isn’t cheap
- The Verge
June 22, 2016 | Full review
Active EQ an acquired taste. Boring looks.
- Tech Radar
App doesn't do much. Bass could be beefier.
- Tom's Guide
June 20, 2016 | Full review
Cable has no inline remote control. DSP has a major impact on the sound signature in terms of EQ sculpting and dynamics.
- PC Magazine
June 8, 2016 | Full review
They sound terrible in passive mode, just use them wirelessly. They fold down pretty small, but they still take up too much room in the carry-on.
- Wired
January 14, 2019 | Full review
Moderate sound leakage.
- RTINGS.com
February 27, 2018 | Full review

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An Overview On Headphones

Headphones are huge right now. Music fans, gaming buffs and podcast aficionados spent more than $9.5 billion dollars on them in 2016, and that number is projected to balloon to $13.8 billion in the next seven years.

There are multiple styles of headphones. Earbuds, on-ear and over-ear headphones are the three most popular types, and they’re all available in wired and wireless versions. If you’re intimidated by the number of options you’re seeing online or in the electronics aisle, there are a number of ways to narrow down the choices and find the best headphones for your needs.

“The most important factor to consider when shopping for headphones is the environment it’s going to be used in,” says music and video producer Calvin West.

Will you use the headphones at the gym, at home or on the train? If you’ll be outdoors a lot, or wearing the headphones on the bus while you commute to work, consider headphones with noise-canceling properties, West suggests.

Earbuds, or in-ear headphones, sit just inside your ear canal. Soft silicone tips fit snugly inside your ears, and some models come with different sizes for a customized fit. Other models have secure-fit tips that create a stronger seal in your ear canal so they stay put.

Earbuds are available in standard wired versions, wireless versions (which connect around the back of your neck with a small wire but do not need to connect to your device with a wire), and true wireless versions where both earbuds operate independently with no wires at all.

On-ear headphones, which are sometimes called supra-aural headphones, are larger, with soft ear cups made from real or synthetic leather. They sit on top of your ears and allow more sound in while you’re listening, which makes them great for times when you want to listen to music without completely canceling out surrounding sounds. They’re also more lightweight and portable than heftier, full-coverage over-ear headphones.

Over-ear headphones enclose your entire ear in soft ear cups. They’re the largest headphone option, and they boast advanced features like noise cancellation and higher sound quality than other types of headphones. They’re great for wearing indoors while you’re focused on work, playing video games or enjoying high-definition sound on your smart TV. They tend to be a bit bulky to take with you when you’re commuting or traveling, but the total noise cancellation option makes them great for long flights.

Some over-ear headphone models have active noise cancellation as well as ambient sound modes for different listening scenarios. Other types of over-ear headphones come with a transmitter that connects to your home audio or entertainment system for a more robust digital listening experience.

The Headphones Buying Guide

  • If you’re picking out new headphones, the first order of business is choosing between wired and wireless. Wired headphones are generally more reliable, since they don’t rely on a Bluetooth connection to connect you to your music, but wireless technology is quickly catching up. You can get more bang for your buck in terms of sound quality with wired headphones, too, and you’ll never have to worry about your wired headphones running out of battery. However, the freedom of wireless headphones outweighs their downsides for many people, and high-end styles have up to 20 hours of battery life per charge.
  • Next up: What activities will you be doing while you wear your headphones? Gym-goers will benefit from earbud styles. Their cone-shaped silicone tips fit securely in your ears, staying in place during active sweat sessions. Plus, the in-line mic and volume control help you answer calls or switch songs without fumbling with your phone. If you’re relying on headphones to help you focus while working from home or enjoying your favorite music, a pair of plush over-ear headphones can provide premium sound and comfort with active noise cancellation.
  • How portable do you need your headphones to be? Earbuds are lightweight and fit into a purse, pocket or briefcase, but wireless and true wireless versions are easier to lose. If you’re not planning on taking your headphones far from home, on-ear or over-ear options make more sense; you can enjoy their superior sound quality without worrying about hefting them around.
  • If you’re going to drop your hard-earned cash on headphones, you’ll want to take steps to care for them to keep the music playing. Wired headphones need cable care; you’ll want to wind up the cable and secure it with a twist tie or velcro rope while not in use. Make sure you don’t leave your headphones in areas where it becomes extremely hot or cold (like inside your car during chilly winter nights or hot summer days). Those temperatures can damage the internal audio components.
  • Keeping your headphones clean also contributes to their life span. Earbud-style headphones need special attention since wax buildup can affect sound quality and hygiene. Removing the silicone ear tips, rinsing them with warm water, and drying them with a soft cloth should be part of their regular maintenance. All types of headphones should be wiped with a damp, clean cloth and dried if they’re exposed to excessive sweat or moisture. Make sure to keep your charging port clear of crumbs and debris for reliable charging, and store on-ear and over-ear headphones in a hard case when they’re not in use.