QuietOn Sleep Earbuds review

Stuart Forster reviews a pair of QuietOn Sleep Earbuds which use noise cancelling technology to help ensure their wearer sleeps undisturbed.

Disclosure: I was sent a pair of QuietOn Sleep Earbuds to facilitate the writing of this review. QuietOn has not reviewed or approved this post.

It’s been a long while since I last nodded off to sleep while sitting in an aircraft or train. The reason? UK Government guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic state “you must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse.”

After testing a pair of QuietOn Sleep Earbuds, I have the impression that they’d be ideal to wear while travelling. They fit comfortably within my ears and stay in place while I wear them. Importantly, they effectively cancel out much of my surroundings’ ambient noise while set to silent mode.

Hand holding a pair of earbuds from QuietOn with active noise-cancelling technology.
Holding a pair of earbuds from QuietOn with active noise-cancelling technology.

Reassuringly, I found that the earbuds also stay in place while I’m lying down with my head resting on a pillow. I imagine they may prove useful for people whose partner snores.

I’m not a fan of working at my laptop in loud places. However, wearing QuietOn Sleep Earbuds while working in a busy café could be an option when eat-in food venues reopen after the current lockdown.

The case weighs 36 grams when carrying the earbuds with medium-sized eartips.
The case weighs 36 grams when carrying the earbuds with medium-sized eartips.

The story of QuietOn Sleep Earbuds

QuietOn’s website states that the company’s product is the “world’s smallest active noise cancelling earbuds”.

Based in Oulu, Finland, QuietOn was established in 2015. The company raised capital to launch the second generation of its earbuds via Indigogo, the crowdfunding platform.

Designed to help people sleep soundly, QuietOn Sleep Earbuds make use active noise-cancelling technology.

The noise-canceling earbuds are compact and store in the case in which they charge.
The earbuds are compact and store in the case in which they charge.

Earbuds with rechargeable batteries

I tested the earbuds after reading the user guide with which they were supplied.

The earbuds should be fully charged before they are first used.

Charging QuietOn Sleep Earbuds takes approximately an hour. That’s done using a USB connector with the earbuds in their carrying case. Blue lights on the exterior of the case switch off when they are fully charged.

Each charge supplies sufficient energy for approximately 20 hours of continual use.

Most people sleep for around eight hours a night. That means it’s necessary to recharge the earbuds after two full nights of use to ensure their charge lasts throughout the night.

Wearing QuietOn Sleep Earbuds while resting on a pillow.
Wearing QuietOn Sleep Earbuds while resting on a pillow.

Using QuietOn Sleep Earbuds

One of the earbuds is designed to fit into the left ear and is marked with an ‘L’. The other fits into the right ear and bears an ‘R’.

They should to be worn within the ear to be effective. By default, the earbuds are fitted with a medium-sized foam eartips.

They are supplied with pairs of small and large eartips. The buds should fit snugly and the eartips changed to the appropriate size if necessary. However, I found the medium tips ideally sized.

QuietOn Sleep Earbuds fitting snugly inside my ear.
QuietOn Sleep Earbuds fitting snugly inside my ear. (Should I have shaved my ears ahead of this photo?)

A tiny button on top of each earbud must be pressed to switch between their hearing and silent modes. Sitting by the radio while pressing and repressing the buttons provided a clear indication when I moved between the two modes.

After initial uncertainty as to how to switch between the hearing and silent modes (the button really is very small), I quickly became used to the QuietOn Sleep Earbuds.

The earbuds should be stored in their carrying case when not in use. That case fits easily into the palm of my hand and trouser pockets. With the earbuds inside, the case weighs 36 grams.

Priced £169 at the time of writing, reduced from £200, QuietOn Sleep Earbuds represent a premium product. They are comfortable, neatly designed, easy to use and charge rapidly.

QuietOn Sleep Earbuds in the palm of travel blogger Stuart Forster's hand.
QuietOn Sleep Earbuds in the palm of my hand.

Further information

Visit the QuietOn website for more information about the brand, its products and technical specifications.

QuietOn Sleep Earbuds are available for at £169 a pair, including shipping, from the QuietOn online shop. Replacement foam eartips are available among the accessories sold via the online shop.

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