======= Summary =======
The Bose Noise-Making Sleep Buds are one of those rare and pleasant products that live up to all of its marketing promises. They are very comfortable, does an excellent job filtering out ambient noise, and include helpful features such as alarm schedules. It's a great product~!
-Super comfortable and light.
-Fits my ears perfectly (medium size tips).
-Great sound quality.
-Many choices for ambient sounds & alarm sounds.
-Alarm only wakes you up and not your spouse.
-Charging case looks awesome & feels nice.
-Slick magnetic docking and charging mechanism for the sleep buds.
-Easy to operate.
-Can be paired to only one smartphone at a time.
-The sleep buds do not automatically connect to the phone after taking them out of the case.
======= Design & Build =======
The Bose Noise-Masking Sleep Buds are a premium product in a premium package. The sleep buds are cool-looking & light, well-designed & super comfortable to wear all night, and easy to put on and take off.
The charging case is a work of art as well. Made of aluminum, it is light and feels premium. The bottom of the case has a soft-touch and non-slip rubber bottom that secures the charging case to any surface. The sliding-up mechanism to open the charging case feels "fun" and very satisfactory. It is very smooth in actuation and opens and closes easily.
And the way the sleep buds get charged are slick and futuristic. Slide open the charging case, place the sleep buds into their slots, and the magnets hold the sleep buds in place to the charger. When the sleep buds are being charged, a white LED strip of light beneath each sleep bud pulses on and off to let you know that the sleep buds are being charged. When the charging case is being charged, then the round center LED lights pulse to let you know that the case is being charged. All very slick stuff. Check out my short YouTube video to see the charging in action:
https://youtu.be/BQvEDGCflGw <--- Shows the case & the sleep buds being charged.
The rest of the kit are equally nice as well - the wall charger and its USB charging cable, two extra eartips (small and large), and a nice draw-string cloth case for the charging case.
The kit definitely feels worth $250 to me with its well-executed design, premium build and materials, and all the included accessories.
======= Comfort =======
As promised by Bose, the sleep buds are very light and super comfortable to wear during sleep. I sleep frequently on my sides and the buds never bothered me nor disrupted my sleep. Before using the Bose sleep buds, I used regular foam ear plugs to filter out the noises. To my pleasant surprise, the Bose sleep buds - despite having plastic parts and a battery inside - felt more comfortable to wear for long sleep periods.
======= Noise Masking Ability =======
Again, Bose has managed to deliver on its promises and provided a great noise-masking experience for me. With my foam ear plugs, I can still hear my neighbor's dogs barking which lead me to waking up frequently because I'm a semi-light sleeper. With the sleep buds and the appropriate noise-making sound effect (I used Cascade), the dog's barking is almost entirely filtered out so I don't get awakened.
There are a total of 10 different noise-making sound effects: Shower (rain), Swell (ocean waves), Altitude (airplane humming sound), Cascade (waterfall), Circulate (windfarm fans), Downstream (water stream), Warm Static (white noise), Rustle (leaves rustling), Tranquility (instrumental), and Campfire (bonfire).
In addition, you can set the volume level of each sound effect so that the sound effects themselves won't prevent you from falling asleep.
I'm so very happy that such a product exists~!! Sleep is a precious commodity for me due to my tiring work and my very active toddler. The sleep buds allow me to sleep in peace and get my needed rest.
======= App Support =======
The Bose Sleep app is well-designed and super simple to use. The app guides you step-by-step in pairing up the sleep buds to your phone and helps you choose the correctly-sized eartips for maximum comfort.
It is inside the app where you choose your noise-masking sound effect (10 choices), set the volume of the sound effects, create your alarm schedule, set your alarm sound & its volume (7 alarm sound choices), access the Owner's Manual, and perform firmware updates (there was one firmware update out of the box).
On the topic of alarms, it is great that my wife will no longer get disturbed by my alarm in the morning. With the sleep buds playing the alarm ONLY inside my ears, I don't have to feel so bad anymore. :D
If there is one thing I wish Bose would change about the operation of the Sleep Buds, it is to have the phone automatically connect to the Sleep Buds when they are taken out of the charging case and start playing the noise-masking sound effect automatically. As it is now, I have to take out the Sleep Buds, open the Bose app and wait for the pairing, then hit the Play button to start the sound effect.
All in all, the app is intuitive and very helpful. Great job from Bose~!
======= My Verdict =======
The Bose Sleep Buds get a Ten out of Ten from me~!! The product looks very cool and all the rest of the kit are premium. The Sleep Buds are super comfortable and non-irritating. The sound quality is great and all the sound effects and alarm sounds work well. Best of all, I can sleep in peace and get a great night of sleep in a consistent manner.