The authentic Bose Sleepbuds weren’t precisely a rousing success. Long-term testing revealed inconsistent battery life, random shut-offs and unreliable Bluetooth. But the corporate claims it has fastened these issues and landed on a product that ought to please its demanding prospects.

Brian Oh, our senior video producer right here at Engadget and I’ve each been testing the brand new $250 Bose Sleepbuds 2 to see in the event that they may help us relaxation a bit of simpler at evening.


  • Comfortable and small
  • Wide number of sounds
  • Simple app


  • Extremely costly
  • Can’t use them as common headphones
  • Some of the sounds are missing

Brian, like many people, has bother attending to sleep and staying asleep.

The root reason for his sleep points are similar to my very own: an overactive mind. Neither of us can sleep in silence as a result of our internal voice actually WILL. NOT. SHUT. UP. For me this has led to a lifetime of continual insomnia that has at occasions required treatment. There are, after all, variations in our conditions. Brian tends to be a light-weight sleeper, waking up at each little sound together with his loud night breathing canine. I, then again, might most likely sleep by armageddon. (I nonetheless continuously get up in the course of the evening, simply often attributable to again ache or evening terrors… I’m a blast to share a mattress with.)

After two weeks we will each report at the least some success. The larger query is, can a wearable sound machine ever be value $250?

Now, I wish to be clear: The Bose Sleepbuds are usually not headphones. You cannot use them to take heed to music or podcasts. They can’t reply cellphone calls. You load a collection of soothing sounds on them from Bose’s library and… that’s it. And sure, you load the sounds on them, not stream. The Bluetooth right here isn’t any good for streaming audio, and albeit it’s fairly rattling gradual for transferring even the small information we’re speaking about.

The Sleepbuds are very a lot a single-use gadget. So, the whole lot rides on how properly it does that one factor. In order to succeed they have to be small and cozy sufficient to put on all evening. They want to dam sufficient sound to maintain the nonstop site visitors exterior at bay, or at the least muffle the loud snorer subsequent to you. But in addition they have to let sufficient in {that a} smoke alarm will get you up and shifting. The soundscapes additionally have to be pleasing to the ear, with out apparent seams, and canopy a variety of kinds to go well with folks’s tastes. Lastly, they have to be simple to make use of as a result of nobody desires to struggle with a buggy and sophisticated app as they’re preparing for some shuteye.

Let’s undergo these necessities one-by-one, beginning with consolation.

Are the Sleepbuds 2 comfy? Yes, with some caveats.

Bose Sleepbuds 2

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The soft-touch plastic and antifriction coating are truthfully higher than principally any earbud, wi-fi or in any other case I’ve ever worn. Brian additionally had few complaints. These have all of the hallmarks of the type of premium merchandise Bose has constructed its identify on. And the seal retains out sufficient of your setting that you simply may not even want the sounds if all you’re doing is making an attempt to maintain a loud radiator at bay.

My spouse is an extremely gentle sleeper; she requires absolute silence. If I get away from bed to make use of the toilet in the course of the evening, she shoots up like somebody simply kicked within the entrance door. So, I’ve tried to put on earbuds to mattress earlier than since our sleeping habits are so totally different, however I simply can’t do it. I had no drawback passing out with the Sleepbuds in my ears, although.

As the evening drags on issues get a bit of totally different.

Brian, for example, is a aspect sleeper, and whereas he discovered the buds comfy sufficient in a vacuum, he needed to place his pillow simply proper in order that it wasn’t shoving them deeper into his ear and disrupting his sleep.

Bose Sleepbuds 2

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I toss and switch so much in my sleep and nearly each evening both I might find yourself able the place the buds had been urgent uncomfortably into my ear, or they might simply fall out. Brian additionally had one of many buds fall out a couple of occasions and we will each verify that looking for these tiny earbuds in your mattress whereas half asleep with out glasses on is a surefire solution to spoil your evening.

So, for brief durations of time in a managed setting, the Sleepbuds 2 are extraordinarily comfy. But, in precise use it’s a little bit of a blended bag.

The similar is true of the sound choice. It took each me and Brian a couple of nights to search out the sounds that labored for every of us. He most well-liked the regular hum of the Warm Static underneath the Noise Masking class, whereas I used to be drawn to the ambient drones of Wanderlust discovered within the Tranquilities part.

The Noise Masking, Naturescapes and musical decisions cowl numerous totally different floor that ought to fulfill all kinds of tastes. There are 50 sounds in whole, which is fairly first rate they usually’re all completely seamless, too. Yes, you may inform they’re comparatively brief audio loops, however you’d be hard-pressed to determine the loop factors.

Bose Sleepbuds 2

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Now, personally, I discovered the Naturescapes and Noise Masking settings to be nearly oppressive, even if I usually use nature sounds as a sleep help. (I’m a fan of crickets and thunderstorms.) Brian, then again, thought the Tranquilities had been simply too distracting and will solely think about utilizing them for meditation.

And, look, you may’t please all of the folks the entire time, however I like my nature sounds. The factor is, I simply don’t like the character sounds right here. The Boardwalk, for instance, sounds much less like waves crashing on a seaside and extra like somebody caught a fraction of a second of a wave and looped it till it was principally indistinguishable from whitenoise. With no variation or motion, the Naturescapes simply… don’t sound pure.

This can be much less of a problem should you might merely pump in your individual sounds. I usually like to fireside up Headspace to do a wind-down train and meditate earlier than mattress, however I can’t use that with the Sleepbuds. And I’ve even created my very own sleep sounds from discipline recordings I’ve taken of storms, crickets and katydids. If the Sleepbuds labored identical to another set of Bluetooth earbuds I might merely take heed to that. But, you’re caught with what Bose offers you.