QuietOn Sleep Review 2020 ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

QuietOn Sleep Review the Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

As part of my research for this QuietOn Sleep Review, I managed to secure more good nights’ worths of sleep than normal. QuietOn Sleep is not perfect but it is innovative and it does deliver on its promises; perhaps that’s one reason why their original Indiegogo Campaign was one thousand per cent funded and they are still going strong unlike the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds which have been withdrawn from sale. Sometimes the names you’ve heard of are not the best.

Updated: March 2020

QuietOn Sleep Review Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds
The QuietOn Sleep sleepbuds do have some issues and are not the panacea for everyone, everywhere to get a perfect night in bed every single night. BUT THEY CERTAINLY HELPED ME…quite a lot!

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Here is a summary of the review followed by the full review for those who need the detail or links to key sections with an index…enjoy!

Summary Review - QuietOn Sleep Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds
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  • Apparent Accuracy - 85%
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  • Build Quality & Design - 80%
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  • Features, Including App - 70%
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Summary

QuietOn Sleep Review Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

You insert the mostly-comfortable earbuds and listen to the sound of the foam adjusting in your ear. You press the button and then…nothing. And that’s good, right? No sound.

The QuietOn Sleep really does stop a lot, but not all, of the ambient noise that keeps many of us awake and, yes, that includes your partner’s snoring.

I didn’t expect perfection or perfect silence but the QuietOn sleep was better than my expectations.

For those who have difficulty sleeping (me), the value of a good night’s sleep is immense. QuietOn Sleep scores HIGHLY there but having to fiddle too often with the on/off button spoiled my enjoyment of the product. Most notably it is supposedly auto-on when taken from the charging case but I’m never sure if that happens or not, and then pressing the on/off button to check is extremely fiddly.

Are they cheap for you at Eur199? Personally, I’d pay Eur499 for a product that guaranteed a good night’s sleep, every night. In a few months’ worth of usage, I’d say I easily got Eur200-worth of quality sleep.

If you expect QuietOn Sleep to give you perfect sleep every night you will be disappointed, if you want QuietOn Sleep to improve your sleep on two nights each week then your expectations will be exceeded. You can monitor the improvement in your sleep with a sleep tracker likeย Circular Ring or with the sleep-tracking on a sports watch like the Polar Vantage.

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Pros

  • Small size
  • Generally comfy
  • Handy charging case
  • Less noise ! …or so it seemed
  • Less snoring !…or so it seemed
  • Also useful during the day in noisy environments

Cons

  • No obvious indication that it is on/off or charged up
  • Poor on/off button

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QuietOn Sleep – Who is it for?

The clue is in the name. QuietOn Sleep is a sleep-aid. We all sleep.

As well as those of us looking to sleep better by reducing unwanted environmental noise (aka snoring!) it doubles up as product to use in the day to reduce many of the unnecessary noises that blight our concentration through the day.

How Does QuietOn Sleep Work?

The sounds that surround us come in waves. You might remember when you were 14 and at school that ‘anti waves’ will cancel out wave noise to a degree. That’s the broad principle behind the clever part of how QuietOn Sleep works and QuietOn also include a comfy earbud tip to physically stop some noises reaching your eardrum.

There are 3 general approaches to improving sleep quality with an ear-based device

  1. BLOCK the noise getting in – QuietOn Sleep partially does this ie it reduces the environmental volume level as would do any earbud, albeit to varying degrees.
  2. PLAY alternative, relaxing sounds like the sound of rain or white/pink noise. – QuietOn Sleep does not do this at all. They are NOT regular earbuds that play any kind of music.
  3. CANCEL AMBIENT NOISE – QuietOn Sleep aims to do this over a range of sound frequencies BUT NOT ALL.

How QuietOn Sleep works in more detail!

I’ll show my own tests later. For now, this first chart from QuietOn shows how sounds under 4kHz and below 40db are largely eliminated from QuietOn’s definition of ‘snoring noise’ and the second, independently-sourced chart broadly shows that QuietOn’s choice of frequencies where snoring occurs is ‘about right’ (Source: doi.org).

Image Source: QuietOn and doi.org

Unboxing, Contents & Comparisons – QuietOn Sleep Review

You get two earbuds and a charging case.

There are also a USB cable and a range of foam ‘Tips’, these are the interchangeable foam bits that go inside your ear and different sizes are provided to get a comfy fit.

The aesthetics and attention to design details on the sleepbuds are not perfect and certainly not as polished as you would find on your music earbuds but it’s OK nevertheless.

Similarly, the charging case is perfectly fine and works perfectly well but the design can be improved.

Charging

The charging case/carry-case contains a battery which can be charged at any time ie whether or not the earbuds are in your ears or in the case.

The QuietOn earbuds can only be charged when in the charging case and the charging case must either have a charge in its battery or be plugged into a power source itself. This charging setup is not innovative and is used on several other sets of music earbuds that I own; nevertheless, it’s still a ‘good idea’ regardless of who first thought of it!

The main benefits are that the charge in the earbuds can be EASILY topped up when not in use and you don’t have to be THAT organised to remember to charge them. You just put them back in the case routinely each morning. You won’t want to leave earbuds lying around when not in use as this might be a good way to get an ear infection…which is not pleasant. As well as keeping dirt out of them the case also prevents damage if you intend to use them away from home.

TIP: Leave the charging case plugged in all night and put the sleepbuds into it when you get up and take them with you to work if you prefer

Size Comparisons

Here are the QuietOn Sleep earplugs compared to a Jabra Music earbud and a silicone rubber earplug (for swimming). As you can see the QuietOn compares favourably in terms of size. They all seem relatively small, don’t they? Yet size IS a very important factor if you sleep on the side of your head. Placing something ‘large’ in your ear all night and compressing it into a pillow WILL turn out to be uncomfortable.

Here are some indications of fit and size. The first, female, ear is very small and the bud maybe a tad too big. That ear has the buds inserted correctly. The second image shows a smaller than average male ear where the sizing is fine but you can see here that the ear buds are maybe slightly too big so restricting the ability to properly fit into the ear canal and this then makes the fit slightly ‘wonky’. The final, third image shows much larger Jabra music buds but notes how the flat surface of these is much further away from the head and sticking out of the ear – these are unsuitable for sleeping, IMO.

Is QuietOn Sleep Comfortable?

Generally, I’d say that “Yes” they are comfortable. If I tried to sleep on my side with my head in a certain position then there was some discomfort in that position. At which point I moved my head a little ๐Ÿ˜‰

They generally ‘stay in’ but once in a while might come out of the ear.

Does QuietOn Sleep Eliminate All Noise?

A: No.

QuietOn makes this claim about what frequencies and what volumes are dealt with “QuietOn Sleep is able to cancel the low and mid-frequency noises from 100Hz โ€“ 2,000Hz up to 30dB from the original noise level.

Thus, some noise can be heard but some frequencies appear to me to be eliminated and others GREATLY diminished.

I used to use my swimming earbuds sometimes when sleeping and they DO eliminate a significant amount of noise by forming an airtight seal, however, swimming earbuds become notably uncomfortable after prolonged wearing at night. To make matters worse, the swimming earbuds seemed to slightly damage my inner ear when sleeping with them and then I found there to be a high chance of a PAINFUL ear infection (acetic acid/vinegar applied with your little finger is the cure). QuietOn Sleep uses generic Foam Tips which are VERY gentle on the inner ear and I had no issues with damage nor subsequent infections.

 

 

QuietOn Sleep – My Tests

The most simple test is whilst sitting in an office. You put the earbuds in your ear when they are turned off, get used to the ambient noise and then turn them on. There is an obvious difference but you can still hear certain sounds.

On two different days in different ambient conditions, I tried two online sites that play different frequencies of sound

  1. http://onlinetonegenerator.com/hearingtest.html:ย  With QuietOn noise cancelling earbuds the sounds stopped at 4-8,000Hz. Without QuietOn Sleep I heard a noise to 9-12,000Hz.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-iCZElJ8m0 Sounds for me started to be audible at 97 Hz, mostly stopped at 9500Hz, definitely stopped at 10500Hz. Without QuietOn Sleep I could hear to over 14000Hz

The overall lowering of the Volume was harder to judge. I would guestimate that the audible frequencies were reduced to 20% or lower with QuietOn Sleep. ie reduced by at least 80%

The results will be affected by the quality of my PC’s speakers and other factors.

You could try either of those sites to prove to yourself there is a difference in relatively controlled conditions. However, as I say, the reduction in sound should be obvious when QuietOn Sleep is turned on.

QuietOn Sleep as part of your quest for a good night’s sleep

I’ve found a notable benefit of using QuietOn Sleep regularly. If you want some other suggestions for a good night’s sleep then try these

  • Speedo Swimming earplugs – beware ear infections (local Amazon link here)
  • A noisy fan that produces a constant drone – perhaps not so great in winter but fine in summer
  • I use my Google Home to ‘OK Google, play the sound of rain‘ and it does…all night. Amazon Echo and Apple products will be similar. (local Amazon link). tip if you add that instruction to your nighttime Google Assistant routine “OK Google, Goodnight” then the music stops after 2 hours #PITA or should it be PITE ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • A memory foam mattress is great. However they can be ridiculously expensive and you’re not sure that they are worth it, right? Well, instead buy a memory foam ‘Topper’ that goes on your existing mattress. That’ll set you back a much more friendly $/ยฃ/Eu50 and you could just about take one on holiday with you if you leave one of your children at home ๐Ÿ˜‰ (local Amazon link here)
  • Kalms – A Natural sleeping tablet. These seem to work occasionally for me as a placebo. (local Amazon link here)
  • Of course, you’ve read many times about alcohol, coffee, dark rooms and a regular bedtime routine etc. But you are reading this review because you’ve tried all those…just like I had!

Other people swear by these ideas, some of which I came across while researching other suggestions for this QuietOn Sleep Review

  • Blu Tack as an earplug. Some of my tri-buddies use that for swimming as well! (nah #Hygeine: local Amazon link here)
  • Disposable Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs. Again people swear by these but I REALLY don’t like them (local Amazon link here)
  • Wireless sound-soother headband –ย  there are lots of these models, I tried one and found it itchy and sweaty. There is also the issue of the proximity of electromagnetic radiation to your brain. (local Amazon link here)
  • Zopiclone- or other prescription sleeping tablet. These really work…for a while. But they are addictive and, after a while, their effect lessens...and you are addicted to them. Not good. Your choice.

QuietOn Original vs. QuietOn Sleep, Review of changes

There is also a DENTAL version planned but for now, this second-generation product is QuietOn Sleep.

Compared to QuietOn Original, QuietOn Sleep:

  • Is 40% smaller and 50% lighter than 1st gen QuietOn
  • QuietOn Sleep has noise-cancelling performance optimized for snoring frequencies and sounds coming through walls.
  • QuietOn Sleep does not include the testing sound (‘beep’) of first-gen QuietOn
  • QuietOn Sleep also includes the option to switch to hearing mode.

QuietOn Sleep Specifications

But note that there are no Bluetooth connections to playback music from your phone.

  • Two modes – silent and hearing
  • 20 hours per charge, approximately 3 nights’ sleep
  • Time to full recharge – about 1 hour
  • No connectivity. Music playback is not supported as there is neither radio nor Bluetooth = NO RADIATION.
  • It is made out of Plastic (Polyamide, Polycarbonate, ABS), Silicone, Polyurethane Rubber, Stainless Steel and Gold
  • Blue LEDs on charging case indicate that QuietOn Sleep is in charging mode. No LEDs = charging complete
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Price, Availability & Discounts

Want one? QuietOn is shipping now and you can get 10% off with my code ‘the5krunner10’ – thank you for helping support this site.

As you can see there are good deals for buying additional pairs for friends and family

  • 1 pair – Eur200 (Eur180 with code ‘the5krunner10’)
  • 2 pairs – Eur 349 (Eur314.10 or 157Eur each with code ‘the5krunner10’)
  • 4 pairs – Eur 649 (Eur584.10 or 146Eur each with code ‘the5krunner10’)
  • 1 pair Foam Tips Eur16.50

 

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A post on Reddit suggested that the QuietOn Sleep versions available on Amazon are the earlier Gen 1 product…do your research. My links are to the latest manufacturer versions.

 

Summary Review - QuietOn Sleep Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds
  • Price - 85%
    85%
  • Apparent Accuracy - 85%
    85%
  • Build Quality & Design - 80%
    80%
  • Features, Including App - 70%
    70%
80%

Summary

QuietOn Sleep Review Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

You insert the mostly-comfortable earbuds and listen to the sound of the foam adjusting in your ear. You press the button and then…nothing. And that’s good, right? No sound.

The QuietOn Sleep really does stop a lot, but not all, of the ambient noise that keeps many of us awake and, yes, that includes your partner’s snoring.

I didn’t expect perfection or perfect silence but the QuietOn sleep was better than my expectations.

For those who have difficulty sleeping (me), the value of a good night’s sleep is immense. QuietOn Sleep scores HIGHLY there but having to fiddle too often with the on/off button spoiled my enjoyment of the product. Most notably it is supposedly auto-on when taken from the charging case but I’m never sure if that happens or not, and then pressing the on/off button to check is extremely fiddly.

Are they cheap for you at Eur199? Personally, I’d pay Eur499 for a product that guaranteed a good night’s sleep, every night. In a few months’ worth of usage, I’d say I easily got Eur200-worth of quality sleep.

If you expect QuietOn Sleep to give you perfect sleep every night you will be disappointed, if you want QuietOn Sleep to improve your sleep on two nights each week then your expectations will be exceeded. You can monitor the improvement in your sleep with a sleep tracker likeย Circular Ring or with the sleep-tracking on a sports watch like the Polar Vantage.

Order QuietOn Sleep
Use 10% discount code: the5krunner10

Pros

  • Small size
  • Generally comfy
  • Handy charging case
  • Less noise ! …or so it seemed
  • Less snoring !…or so it seemed
  • Also useful during the day in noisy environments

Cons

  • No obvious indication that it is on/off or charged up
  • Poor on/off button
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32 thoughts on “QuietOn Sleep Review 2020 ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds

  1. I donโ€™t know how anyone can give these a positive review. They are way too bulky for most ears and extremely uncomfortable to try and sleep. I read this review and another positive one and bought these. What a huge mistake! Their customer service is also non-existent.

    I wonder if you get a cut of each sale generated from your site?

    1. 1 this review was published 3 days ago so it is not true to say that you bought the earbuds as a result of THIS review.
      2 I doubt you read the review as it says that using the code helps this site and there’s also an affiliate disclosure.
      3 I doubt you read the review as I do discuss different ear sizes and even show a photo of an ear that’s too small
      4. I doubt you are a regular reader of this site as I frequently give highly negative reviews of products.

  2. My husband bought these for me to help cut out/reduce snoring sounds. Unfortunately they donโ€™t work. The earbuds act like normal earplugs would and the noise is only softened minimally because of that and not the technology.
    Itโ€™s been difficult to return them (I am still waiting to do so) as they drag out their response time and I have likely missed
    the return window because of that.

    1. You can test how they work by following the procedure I outline in the review above. They clearly DO work.

      If there is a fault with an individual pair AND IF you bought them using my code I will gladly try to help speed up dealing with QuietOn.

  3. I think these earbuds are a hoax. They have excellent passive noise reduction, but the active noise cancellation seems to be fully absent. The above test shows that the noise reduction is good in the high frequencies which is typical for passive noise reduction whereas active noise cancellation should attenuate the lower frequencies like 250 and 500Hz most. This device doesn’t do that.
    Why are many reviews so positive? I think it is because this device gives the impression to function very well when operating the mode switch, but that button fools you: it activates a simple build in hearing aid. If you think you switch the active noise cancelling on, you actually switch the hearing aid off, and when you think you switch the noise cancellation off you actually switch the hearing aid on.
    I tested this by making a few audiograms. You can do this yourself, e.g. with https://hearingtest.online/. First drain the batteries (leave the earbuds out of the charger for 2 days) and then start. Make an audiogram with the empty earbuds in your ears. Then fully charge the earbuds and again make an audiogram with noise cancellation activated. In my case both audiograms were identical. So my conclusion is that the effective noise reduction is 100% passive noise reduction. The cheap wax earbuds I normally use perform better.
    I confronted QuietOn with my own test results and they replied that they identified a problem with the foam eartips. But they offered no solution. I returned the earbuds and asked a full refund. (I bought the earbuds in their webshop, so the normal EU consumer rights apply), It took quite some effort before they paid and they refused to refund the shipping costs for the order. I’m disappointed in the product as well as in this company.

    1. I describe the tests that I performed in the article with the ACTIVE noise cancellation. Those tests are repeatable. I repeated the tests myself before posting the article.
      I state the use of cheap swimming earplugs which I clearly state do eliminate all noise. They also cause me ear infections which I also state.
      I am unsure about how the problem you say you identify with the foam ear tips then goes on to affect the ACTIVE noise cancellation, surely that would affect the PASSIVE noise cancellation.

      I think my review, taken in the round, is fair.

      1. I didn’t say that your review is unfair. On the contrary. I think you describe your findings in an honest way. But your tests do not prove that the noise reduction is a result of active noise cancellation, they only prove that there is a substantial noise reduction. My own tests prove that there is no difference between the passive noise reduction (with drained batteries) and the noise reduction when active noise reduction is on.
        The great difference that many users (including you and other reviewers) hear when they switch between the two modes is not caused by the on/off-switching of active noise cancellation, but by the off/on-switching of the build-in hearing aid. You can easily verify that there is a hearing-aid if you try these earbuds with drained batteries.

        It was not me but a QuietOn engineer who said that they identified a problem with the foam eartips.
        I do know that if the eartips are not airtight that would surely effect the ACTIVE noise cancellation, especially in the lower frequencies. Anyone who ever used in-ear earphones with airtight eartips can confirm that the lower frequencies suffer from bad fitting eartips. For active noise cancelling earbuds this is a problem because the anti-noise that it generates will be to weak in the lower frequencies to eliminate the noise.
        In case of the QuietOn Sleep I’m not convinced that the faom eartips are really the problem because they seem to fit quite well. My guess is that the anti-noise is far too weak to have a noticeable noise cancelling effect. If you ever tried a top class Bose or Sony active noise cancelling headphone you will immediately hear the difference.

  4. I have these as a present from December. The button design is poor but the noise cancellation is very good. it does not quite drown out all the snoring but it gets rid of most of it for me.
    when you press the button to turn it on it is obvious that it is working. but it is hard to press.

  5. with my petite fingers the button is ok i really wanted music playback as well and these dont do that i give it 7/10 but would give 8 or 9 if it had mucis

    1. yes, correct positioning and airtight contact are crucial for the proper function of the active noise cancelling of the earplugs

  6. hey 5k, got my pair 2 weeks ago.i have used most night and have had some good sleep. they are better for GETTING to sleep when i can control my sleep position but i toss and turn too much and they get dislodged sometimes. then it is hit and miss to if my husband is snoring at that time or not.

      1. Hi Jared, Quieton SLEEP is the product I reviewed. It is a totally different product and may account for some of the confusions about its abilities that you have read on older reviews of the other product. (even the charging case has the confusing name of the older product on it)

  7. What is the return policy of this company – I am interesting in purchasing theml, but just in CASE I find them not to be worth the price. I will be using your code to make this purchase……………..

    1. hi their T&Cs state:

      Returning Policy

      You may return your fully functional and undamaged QuietOn product for any reason within 14 days of purchase for a full refund, excluding the shipping costs. Items should be returned fully functional and in good condition, with a completed return form and a copy of the packing slip.

      A refund of the price of the item and any applicable taxes will be issued in the original form of payment and currency used to purchase the item. Please note that this also applies to items received as gifts. If you return a gift, the purchaser will receive a refund in the original form of payment and currency used to make the purchase.

      Shipping costs will not be refunded unless the item is being returned because it is damaged or defective. Returning policy applies only when you are ordering from our Webshop.

      If the product is damaged or accessories originally included in your purchase are missing, QuietOn reserves the right to either refuse the return or to charge for any damage to the product and for any missing parts.

  8. I don’t know the difference between high and low frequencies. Would these ear buds eliminate freeway traffic noise. I’ve measured the noise/sounds on an app at 46-47 db-a, 39-40 db-b, 55 db-c, 40 db-z. Not sure what any of that means.

    Would like to cancel out as much sound as possible. What should my expectations be?

  9. I’ve spent the last 45 minutes or so researching Noise Cancelling Earphones/Earbuds for sleep, and this has to be the first review I’ve found that DIDN’T read like a PR piece from the manufacturer or a simple (clueless) review from a journalist who didn’t really dig into the product.
    As I began the article, having already taken a look at the QuietOn website, I recognized the snore cancelling graph and thought, “Oh, no, yet another shill piece” but NO, you went on and did your own sound tests later in the piece.
    So kudos for a good effort.

  10. I want to try these, but am very hesitant. Being a woman, and a side sleeper who sleeps with a husband that snores like a warthog, I am worried that they will hurt my ears when I’m on my side, which is all the time. I’m also worried that the snoring won’t be eliminated. We have a large bed, but some reviews say that the noise cancelling function isn’t that fabulous with intermittant noises, which snoring certainly is. I understand noise cancelling works best when the noise is fairly constant, even like a party or road traffic, but the on/off snoring…wondering how successful that is.
    Finally I worry that having smaller female ears (not tiny though), that they simply won’t fit properly.
    What are your thoughts.

  11. Well I will say to you – then do NOT make the purchase………………………….. I have them – have a snoring spouse AND sleep on my side and it is for ALL the reasons you mention that you should NOT make the purchase! It does somewhat cut down on the snoring noise I hear, but I use a sound machine ALSO and I still hear him! As a side sleeper they make my ears sore for sure!!!! It is something I have chosen to periodically use to deal with and at least get some what of a good nights sleep with my spouse but Best case scenario for ME is separate bedrooms on nights I REALLY need MY REST, just sayin’!!!!

    1. yes, i think it’s a good idea to use a multi-pronged approach. A separate bedroom is not an option that’s open to everyone so, like you, i also use a sound machine (Google home) from time-time and a fan (only in the summer).

      QuietOn only make claims of efficacy up to 40DB so snorers above that will be muted but not eliminated.

  12. ok i believe you. the swimming earbuds have given me an ear infection and they have changed shape and look a bit disgusting
    i have just tried the code for the quieton buds and it’s not working

    1. I did say ๐Ÿ˜‰ yes swimming earplugs deform when you lay on them and the gunk will be ear wax #nice.

      the code IS working. Sorry I think there was a typo in one part of the review, so I changed that. that explains why someone else had problems too. Thank you for the heads up.

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