What are they? Anyone who has used in-ear buds for music will recognise these - but these haven't been designed for playing your favourite Spotify playlists. Bose have designed tiny earplugs for wearing while you sleep. Instead, they'll play repetitive soundtracks at low volumes to cover-up any outside noise, like traffic, car alarms, dogs barking, or - yes - a partner that snores.
How do they work? Slip them in, load up the app, select your soundtrack and drift off to sleep. So far, there are 10 tunes to choose from including streams, rainfall, low plane hums, and windmills. Each earbud has about two nights of battery in them, and the charger will give them a few more. That means if you're heading away for a long weekend, you won't need to pack the charger. There are timers and alarms, for those who need to wake up at a certain time.
What do they say? "Instead of streaming music, Bose sleepbuds deliver soothing sounds that mask unwanted noises at night. And while we're the first to champion the use of active noise reduction, we've discovered that, when it comes to sleep, noise masking technology is a better solution for the range of sounds that keep you awake—especially voice-based frequencies. So, all you'll hear is a soothing sound that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep."
What's the best thing about them? They work. They absolutely work. So many different ear buds promise to block out noise, but rarely do, or make your ears hurt with prolonged use. Bose Sleepbuds do exactly what they say they'll do. They're easy on the ears, with their soothing soundtracks a serene presence for anyone trying to get to sleep - and stay asleep. They're also addictive: I haven't stopped using them since I got them, and I don't plan on giving them up anytime soon.
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And the worst? At present, there are only 10 soundtracks to choose from. It would be nice to have a wider array of options - for those wanting to sleep to, say, the hum of a car engine, or the purring of a cat - but apparently they're coming soon. There's also the issue of sleepbuds masking noises you should probably hear, like your kids crying out, or a smoke alarm. If you're concerned, Bose says you can sleep with a single Sleepbud in one ear while burying your other ear in a pillow.
Okay, so how much are they? Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds retail for $439. At that price, they're an investment, and while they're not a cure for snoring, they're about as close as you're going to get.