Mr Mobile's Bose QC35 Review: So nice I bought it twice

Ridiculous comfort, insane noise cancellation and huge sound: the Bose QC35 Bluetooth headset is a hyperbole hater's nightmare, but a traveling music lover's dream.

The QC35 was pushed on me by an aggressive salesman at San Francisco International while I was waiting for a flight back to Boston; I initially found the price too rich for my blood, but that all changed the moment I flipped that noise-cancelling switch. Six hours of blissful flying between two screaming babies later, I was sold for life – and I even bought the QC35 a second time when I lost my first set in a hotel room.

As Serenity Caldwell can attest, it's just that good. Check out all the high points — and a few of the lows — in MrMobile's first Bluetooth headset video, the Bose QC35 review!

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15 Comments
  • Man, this site simply *cannot* stop promoting Bose. How much do they pay you for all these "pro-Bose" articles? Could you maybe just once do an article about speakers or headphones that *doesn't* claim that Bose is King? Could you do some decent comparisons with al the other speakers and headphones out there? I must have read at least five or six articles on iMore about Bose this year where their product gets compared to ... nothing (!), but is still lauded as "the best there is!"
  • They are simply that good... I'm wearing mine nearly 8 hours straight at work. My productivity has measurably increased since I started wearing them in my office. I usually cannot sleep on airplanes, crashed most of the ride from NO to Chicago and the entire ride back.
  • Have you try them? If not give them a try. I love this headphones and tell everyone I know to get a pair and I don't get a penny from Bose. When something is this good the best advertising is free the product sell itself.
  • Maybe you should try a pair? Bose's audiophile quality is questionable, I can agree, but when it comes to their ANC technology, I have to say they are the leader. I had read all of the high praise these headphones were getting and I was also skeptical until I finally tried a pair. I was totally blown away. It really is that good. I own several pairs of headphones for different purposes including audiophile listening. I'm glad I took a chance on these and they will definitely be with me when I travel or when commuting to work.
  • In the last two years I have tried Bluetooth headphones and/or EarBuds from Plantronics, JVC, Beats, UnderArmor (JBL) and Sony.
    I was looking for quality (construction) and ease of use (comfortable, easy to pair and stay paired) and "decent" sound. (I'm not really an audiophile and most of my music is old anyway). I wasn't looking for a cheap solution - but a good one. I've spent between $45 and $150 on various products.
    All were unacceptable - either they didn't stay in/on, hurt after awhile or the software was glitchy and a P.I.T.A.
    Looked at Bose before but didn't buy because I was waiting for Bluetooth AND NoiseCancelling.
    Bit the bullet and paid the 350 for the QC35s a little over a month ago.
    This is what I've been looking for.
    Love them.
    With the noise cancelling I don't have to crank up the volume as much so Im not ruining my hearing.
    Great battery life - getting 16-18hrs.
    They stay paired with my iPhone 6S Plus and my iPad Air 2. No problems at all there. I'm ashamed I spent this much - but they really do what I want and I'm really happy with them. Looking for a cheaper/better alternative? Good luck with that. My search is over.
  • It's very hard to beat Bose.... Sent from the iMore App
  • I understand the draw to big names like Beats and Bose, however far too many people far too often associate price and name with quality. I understand the majority of people are not audiophiles and cannot distinguish between good and bad audio. In such case, there's no need to bother with anything higher quality, and if you should anyway, there are cheaper options. Sent from the iMore App
  • Ditto. I have had my QC35 headphones a little over a month. I have also tried dozens of headphones in the past. Best headphones that I've ever tried, and that includes shure's in ear headphones. I drove a 15 passenger van for 15 hours and it seemed so relaxing with them on. No wind nor road noise. They are amazing headphones and I recommend everyone to buy a pair.
  • I'm not sure if it is legal and/or a good idea to drive with over ear noise canceling headphones.
  • It definitely isn't. Sent from the iMore App
  • I haven't bought Bose due to price. Too much for me. I have tried them on and I agree with Michael that they are definitely comfortable. I usually buy Sonys for price, comfort, and quality.
  • I had just bought the Bose QC25 late last year like Serenity and I felt I would just lose so much money by selling them to get the QC35. What I did was buy the Bose SoundLink II bluetooth headphones instead. Still cost me more money, but not as much as the QC35. So now I still have the QC25 for noise cancelling, but corded. If I want to go cord free, I just use the SLII's, without noise cancelling. Its a compromise but glad I have a choice. I agree Bose's sound for music isn't so great. I prefer my Audio-Technica ATH-M50x's. Its sad I have to have a separate headphone for each task, but each does its job well. If I was just shopping now I would of got the QC35's from the start. Since they weren't available last year though, I was kind of stuck.
  • Still deciding as the battery is not replaceable... which means useless at some point.
    Maybe when they release a QC35.1 where you can replace the battery.
  • Bose is actually very good at customer service and keeping their products going. I still have an old QC15 and just ordered replacement ear pads. Even in the past with my older QC model when I asked for new ear pads they made me an offer to send them my headphones and for a small fee they would upgrade me to the newer QC15's. So whenever the battery dies in mine I have faith they will be there to help. I don't think it will mean they become useless from that point on. My QC15's actually take a AAA battery and I find that to be more of a pain. Sometimes if you just use plain batteries, they leak and can cause damage. I've had both and really don't mind the battery being inside. I know that's just my opinion though. Just about every Apple device has the battery inside and doesn't seem to be stopping people.
  • I tried these today at an airport. Like many if these comments above I thought they were amazingly comfortable - the noise cancelling super impressive. Possibly from many years of producing some of the best aviation sets for noisy plane cockpits. Anyway - I didn't buy any. The reason being they don't have a Mute capability.
    I have come to understand that these types of headphones don't seem to - I assume because the focus is music, not audio calls.
    Does anyone know if there's a configuration option that the sales person just didn't know about that allows microphone Mute while on a phone call?
    Any other options that do? Cheers.