QuietOn 3 Review the Active Noise Cancelling Sleep Earbuds
A super-short QuietOn 3 Review would simply say “the best sleep buds have got better” with their latest active noise cancelling sleepbuds.
For all the detailed information you need on the Quieton 3 earbuds, please read on past this summary to the full review which is immediately below. I’ll compare all the various QuietOn Sleep models and briefly also a comparison to the Bose Sleepbuds II.
READ THIS: Bose Sleepbuds II Review – they didn’t work. Sometimes the names you’ve heard of are not the best.
FACT: Over 50,000 pairs of the previous Sleepbuds were sold by QuietOn, the new version is even better.
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Summary Review - QuietOn 3 Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds For Sleep
Price - 85%85%
Apparent Accuracy - 85%85%
Build Quality & Design - 95%95%
Features, Including App - 70%70%
Verdict: QuietOn 3 definitely improves sleep quality but it’s not a 100% cure.
Summary Review of the QuietOn 3 Sleep Earbuds
You insert the comfortable earbuds and listen to the sound of the foam adjusting in your ear. Then…No sound. That’s good, right?
The QuietOn 3 really does stop a lot, but not all, of the ambient noises that keep many of us awake and, yes, that includes your partner’s snoring.
I didn’t expect perfect silence but the QuietOn 3 was better than my expectations with improved comfort, fit and aesthetics over the previous generation product.
For those who have difficulty sleeping (me), the value of a good night’s sleep is immense. QuietOn 3 scores HIGHLY there but on many occasions, I have to spend a little time to get the optimal position before trying to get to sleep. The foam makes a noise as it adjusts to your ear shape for a few seconds and you are never quite sure if the Sleep 3 is on or not. I would much prefer a button or LED that showed the status for 10 seconds rather than just having to believe it was on when I took it from the charging case.
TIP: Use the biggest foam tips that fit your ear canal for the best possible results.
When preparing this review, for me, the best uses I found for the QuietOn 3 were getting to sleep rather than staying asleep, once I’m asleep I generally sleep well. It’s the pings, pops, snores and general ambient noises from my partner that are the ones that stop me from falling asleep in the first place and QuietOn 3 helped me a lot there.
Do they seem cheap for you at around Eur/$/£199? Personally, I’d pay Eur499 for a product that guaranteed a good night’s sleep, every night. In a few months worth of usage, I’d say I easily got £/$/Eur199-worth of quality sleep.
If you expect QuietOn 3 to give you perfect sleep every night you will be disappointed, if you want QuietOn 3 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 like the Apple Watch 6 or Garmin Venu 2.
- Small size
- Comfy for small ears and for side sleepers
- Handy, protective charging case
- Less noise!
- Less snoring!
- Also useful during the day in noisy environments
- No obvious indication that it is on/off (charge status is indicated on the charging case)
- Not all frequencies and volumes of noise are eliminated
- No on/off button (put in the case, close and take out to turn off/on)
As part of my research for this QuietOn 3 Review, I managed to secure more good nights’ worths of sleep than normal with these state-of-the-art, noise-cancelling earbuds. 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 sold over 50,000 of their 2nd generation product and are still going strong. Contrast that to the Bose Noise Cancelling Sleepbuds which were withdrawn from sale, then replaced with the Bose Sleepbuds II product that I couldn’t get to work!
The QuietOn 3 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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QuietOn 3 – Who is it for?
QuietOn 3 is a sleep aid. We all sleep and some of us find that harder than others.
As well as those of us looking to sleep better by reducing unwanted environmental noise (aka snoring!) it doubles up as a product to use in the day to reduce many of the unnecessary noises that blight our concentration throughout the day.
How Does QuietOn 3 Work?
The sounds that surround us come in waves. You might remember from your school days that ‘anti waves’ will cancel out wave noise to a degree. That’s the broad principle behind the clever part of how QuietOn 3 works and the company also includes a comfy earbud tip to physically stop some other noises reaching your eardrum.
Thus there are 3 broad approaches to improving sleep quality with an ear-based device
- BLOCK the noise getting in – QuietOn 3 partially does this ie it reduces the environmental volume level as would do any earbud, albeit to varying degrees.
- PLAY alternative, relaxing sounds like the sound of rain or white/pink noise. – QuietOn 3 are NOT regular earbuds and do not play any kind of music.
- CANCEL AMBIENT NOISE – QuietOn 3 aims to do this over a range of sound frequencies BUT NOT ALL.
How QuietOn 3 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 that is compared to QuietOn’s claims for their previous generation earbud. The third, 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-C cable and a range of 4 pairs of foam ‘Tips’, these are the interchangeable foam bits that go inside your ear canal and different sizes are provided to get a comfy fit. With this 3rd generation earbud you now also get the foam tips that are better suited to super small ears…my partner was delighted!
The aesthetics and attention to design details on the sleep buds are excellent and are improved on the previous version. There is a professional finish all around from the earbuds to every detail of the charging case. Although I liked how the previous generation QuietOn product worked, I felt the finish of the finished product was perhaps not quite up to the standard of a special present you might give someone – the QuietOn 3 however is EXCELLENTLY made. It’s ideal present material!
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 3 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 the sleepbuds 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
Here are the QuietOn 3 earplugs (white) compared to the previous version (black). They appear broadly similar in size but if you look more closely you will see that the new version is less bulky. The most important size difference is the depth of the main body of the earbud and because this is now notably reduced, ‘side sleepers’ will have a much easier job to find a comfortable sleeping position.
Here are some indications of fit and size. The first, female, ear is very small and the bud is a good fit with the extra small tips, the previous generation product did NOT fit this person’s ears. The second image shows a smaller than average male ear where the sizing is fine and the buds, if anything, look small. The final, third image shows much larger Jabra music buds, note how the flat surface of these is much further away from the head and sticking out of the ear – these are unsuitable for sleeping.
Is QuietOn Sleep Comfortable?
Generally, I’d say that “Yes” they are comfortable. I had to get my head in just the right position when side sleeping with the PREVIOUS generation of QuietOn. However, that problem has now gone away with QuietOn 3.
The sleepbuds generally stay in your ear but once in a while might come out.
Does QuietOn 3 Eliminate All Noise?
QuietOn 3 makes the claim that it can “can cancel the low and mid-frequency noises from 100Hz – 2,000Hz up to 30dB from the original noise level.”
Thus, some noise can be heard but some frequencies are 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 each night when sleeping with them. Then as time passed, 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 3 use generic Foam Tips which are VERY gentle on the inner ear and I had no issues with damage nor subsequent infections from QuietOn 3.
QuietOn 3 Review – My Tests
On different days in different ambient conditions, I tried two online sites that play different frequencies of sound
- http://onlinetonegenerator.com/hearingtest.html: With QuietOn noise cancelling earbuds the sounds stopped at 7-9,000Hz. Without QuietOn Sleep I heard a noise of 12-13,000Hz.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-iCZElJ8m0 Sounds for me started to be audible at 115 Hz, mostly stopped at 9200Hz with QuietOn 3. Without QuietOn Sleep I could hear from 100Hz to over 13,400Hz
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 are worn correctly
QuietOn 3 – Top Sleep Tips
You’ve already read 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! 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 react 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- add that instruction to your nighttime Google Assistant’s GOODNIGHT routine and say “OK Google, Goodnight to perform a series of Home Automation events.
- 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. These are VASTLY cheaper and a great way to see if you like memory foam mattresses. They cost something like $/£/Eu50 (local Amazon link here)
- Kalms – A Natural sleeping tablet. These seem to work occasionally for me as a placebo. (local Amazon link here)
- Bizarrely I find that freshly laundered sheets and a plumped up pillow help me sleep.
- This product also helps me from time to time but it is expensive and you might doubt its ability to work: Hapbee Review
- Exercise – I am a wannabe athlete and train a lot. If I train an AWFUL lot then I go to sleep much more easily.
Other people swear by these ideas, some of which I came across while researching other suggestions for this QuietOn 3 earbuds 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 – there are lots of other models like these, 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 tablets. 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.
Q: What are the best earbuds for sleeping?
A: Cheap Speedo swimming earplugs eliminate most noise but are uncomfortable, can cause infection and degrade after several weeks. QuietOn 3 is a sensible long term solution.
Q: What are the best noise-cancelling headphones for sleeping?
A: I don’t know of any noise-cancelling earbud that is better than QuietOn Sleep 3
Q: Do Earplugs help with snoring?
A: Absolutely, yes.
QuietOn 3 vs. QuietOn Sleep 2 – What’s New?
The new QuietOn 3 sleepbuds are a totally different product.
- QuietOn 3 is a notably smaller, lighter product that fits the same sizes of ears as before and also fits EXTRA SMALL size ears
- There is now no on/off or hear through mode. The charging case indicates if there is a charge in the earbuds. Once removed from the case the earbuds are automatically turned on.
- Performance characteristics of the two products are very similar
- Battery life is longer on QuietOn 3 (28 hours vs 20 hous)
QuietOn 3 vs Bose SleepBuds 2
I wrote a review of the BOSE SleepBuds Gen 2, they were awful and I just couldn’t get them to work (pair properly). This is a common problem and the first generation Bose earbuds also had significant battery problems.
QuietOn Sleep 3 User Manual
Are your sleepbuds working properly or do you need more info? Here is an electronic copy of the QuietOn 3 User Manual.
QuietOn 3 Specifications, Battery & LEDs
Here is the specifications section of the QuietOn 3 Review
- Full Battery Life – 28 hours, approximately 4 nights of usage
- Battery Type: Lithium Ion 17mAh
- Case Battery Type: Lithium-Ion 200mAh
- Case Charge Time – 3 hours
- Earbud charge time – 2 hours
- Cable Type – USB-C
- Earbud Weight – 1.8g per bud
- Charger Weight – 59g
- 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
Note that there are no Bluetooth connections to playback music from your phone.
The charger case takes 3 hours to fully charge and the sleepbuds a further 2 hours to fully charge. The charge status of the sleepbuds is indicated on the front of the charging case and on the rear are LEDs that show the charge state of the case itself according to these diagrams
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A post on Reddit suggested that the QuietOn 3 versions available on Amazon are the earlier Gen 1 product…do your research. My review & links are for the latest manufacturer version. Some Gen 2 products are still available on Amazon and also directly from the manufacturer. They are OK to get but don’t get the Gen 1 product. Typically the Gen 2 product will save you £/$50 but they are a bit bigger and don’t look as nice!