Bose Quietcomfort 25 vs 35 – Which One You Should Buy?

Last Updated on by Abe Mawri

You're probably looking to buy a new pair of headphones and you happened to stumble upon the Bose Quietcomfort and not sure whether to buy the Quietcomfort 25 or spending the extra money and get the Quietcomfort 35. 

Well, today, I will discuss in depth the differences and similarities between Bose QuietComfort 25 vs 35.  We will compare them head to head and help you decide which one really worth your money! Both headphones models offer nice features and some drawbacks and that is what I will talk about here.

For a quick overview of both headphones, see the summary below. To get more detailed look at what we like and DON'T like, jump to our details section.

By the time you're done reading, you will know exactly which one you should or should NOT buy. You could very well buy both just because you love Bose!

Well, don't get so existed. The choice at the end is obviously yours but Let’s talk first! 

Overview Summary : Bose Quietcomfort 25

Value for the Money

Comfortable around the ears and sound quality is what we expect from Bose

Drawback

Could stop working if not handled with care and you need to by the right version for your device (IOS/Android)

Features

Best in the market noise cancelling technology and traveler friendly 

Overall Rating

Check latest price here but first read what we like and don't like about it below 

Pros

  • 21 hours of noise canceling on one AAA battery
  • More affordable
  • Comfortable and adjustable  ear-cubs pads
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Must handle with care otherwise left ear could stop working. Read Why
  • Not Wireless
  • Volume control on cable only
  • No battery level indicator

Bose Quietcomfort 25 is for You if :

  • You don't mind connecting your headphone to your device through a wire 
  • You don't like spending too much on a good quality pair of headphones 
  • You'r looking for a superior noise canceling feature 

Overview Summary : Bose Quietcomfort 35

Value for the Money

Comfortable around the ears with better sound quality then the QC 25

Ease of Use

Durable with control buttons on the side  

Features

Better noise canceling, Wireless and re-chargeable 

Overall Rating

Check latest price here but first read what we like and don't like about it below 

Pros

  • 35 hours of quite music
  • Better sound quality then the QC 25
  • Completely Wireless (Bluetooth and NFC pairing) with wire mode bonus 
  • Battery level indicator 

Cons

  • Little heavier the the QC 25
  • Pricey compared to the QC 25
  • For the price, should have been equipped with Alex or Google assistance  

Bose Quietcomfort 25 is for You if :

  • Wire holds you down and bothers you
  • You don't mind sending more to get better model 
  • You'r looking for a superior noise canceling feature and better sound quality 

Things to Consider Before Buying Bose Headphones in the first place

I probably don’t have to tell you that Bose is amazing when it comes to noise cancelling technology, well there I said it.

So,

By comparing Bose QuietComfort 25 vs 35 "referred to as QC 25 vs QC 35", we’re talking about a brand that has been making great quality audio equipment. Their products are a little pricey so if you are not comfortable spending a bit more on headphones, neither of these two headphones models is for you.

Now, let's talk about the features (in more details) each product has to offer.

Wireless vs Wired

Go with wireless Bluetooth or stay with a wired pair? This is one of the biggest questions people ask when buying a new pair of headphones. Each option has it's own merit, and depending on how you intend to use your headphones, one or the other may be better suited to your needs.

The difference in sound quality between wireless headphones and wired headphones has lessened over the years.  Having using both for a while, I have not noticed any differences in sound quality between QuietComfort 25 and QuietComfort 35. In my experience , my music sounded better on Bluetooth with the the QC 35.

One obvious plus of a wireless pair is "there no wire to hold you down" however if you're going to buy the wireless QC 35,  you will need to remember two things:

  • Charging your headphones before heading out 
  • Keep the included audio wire nearby in case you run out of battery life 


If you're not so in love with wireless, then the QC 25 might be a good choice.

Bose Quietcomfort 25 vs 35 Noise Cancelling

Compering the QueitComfort 25 or 35 to Sennheiser, JBL, Phiaton or even Sony, both of these Bose models really stand out when it comes to noise cancellation.  If you are studying or in the gym with loud music playing on the background or on the airplane next to a crying baby or just mowing the lawn, both headphones will isolate you completely from the outside world.

Bose QC 25 vs 35 battery

The noise canceling feature works with one AAA battery on the QueitComfort 25 which lasts for up to 21 hours of continues usage. Only drawback is there is no battery level indicator so you will only know you are out of battery when the noise canceling stops working. 

The QueitComfort 35 can be charged to give you 20 hours of continues power and you get an alert should the battery start going low.

Even when battery runs out on both headphone pairs, you can still have good noise barrier because these are over-the-ear headphones with good quality ear-cups cushion that still provides a good seal around your ears to prevent background noise.

Bose qc 25 vs 35 Sound Quality

Searching for better sound quality doesn't end. If you are not used to studio sound quality, you will easily notice improved  structure of music sound on both headphones. Opt in for the QC 35 if you want a better sound quality.  Also be aware that the sound source device plays a big role in producing a crisp high quality sound.  Be aware that plugging these headphones to Mac's and PC's may not give you the best sound quality you would expect.

Bose Quietcomfort 25 vs 35 comfort

Both QueitComfort 25 and QueitComfort 35 should fit well around your ears. The ear-cub pads are a bit wider then other models and they can rotate to give you a nice fit.  Now how long can you put them on before you begin feeling uncomfortable? the answer to this questions is, "it depends". I put them on for 3 to 4 hours before I start feel the urge to take them off for a minute. On the other hand,  I have seen reviews of people forget they have them on for hours.

Bose Quietcomfort 25 vs 35 comfort

Be advised that some people feel irritated when they put the headphones on for a long time due to the noise cancelling technology so you might need to take them off for few minutes to  relive that built up pressure.

Are they easy to use ?

Let's discuss this from two different aspects

Volume/Pause/Play Controls 

You can control volume, pause and play the QueitComfort 25 through the buttons built into the cable. Make sure to pick the right version though. If you have Apple device and you picked the headphone version for Android, the controls on the cable will not work. I liked controlling the volume through the buttons on the cable because it's closer to my hands. Excuse my laziness!

Bose-Quietcomfort-25-vs-35-controls.png

On the QueitComfort 35, you can control the volume through your device or by using the physical buttons on one side of the headphones.

Handling 

Are you a traveler? both headphones come with a good size not bulky travel case. The case, dimensions are roughly 8.5 x 6 x 2 (the 35 models has slightly smaller case) and when headphones are folded there they take the entire space so don't expect to see much room to fit something else.

Bose-Quietcomfort-25-vs-35-traveling case.png

Important!
On the QueitComfort 25, go easy on folding it. Repeated folding could in some cases cause the left ear to stop working because "and this is a bit disappointing" wears out some internal wiring. If you handle gently, you should be okay.  

The QueitComfort 35 folds nicely in it's traveling case and I have not heard of any issues related to it's internal wiring beginning to wear out due to excessive folding. 

Bose QC 25 vs 35 weight

Even though it's being advertised at 6.9 ounces, the QC 25 weights a little over 7.0 ounces. The QC 35 is a little heavier and weights around 8.3 ounces. Both headphones are considered a lightweight compared to other similar models.

​​Bose Quietcomfort 25 vs 35 ii 

You might have heard that there is a newer model after the QC 35, it the QC 35 ii.
The QC 35 ii is Alexa enabled and equipped with Bose latest technology called "Bose AR" Read more about it here

The QC 35 ii is actually lighter then the QC original model which remind me of the QC 25.

I have not bought one "Yet" but from what I read in other users reviews, there aren't significant differences about sound, quality or build from the original QC 35 model


Now I would like to hear from you!

Which of the these two headphones you will end up buying? 
Or may be I forgot not mention one of your favorite or must have features.

Either way, let me know by leaving comments below.

Abe Mawri

Abe is one of the guys behind HeadphoneSelection.com. He is an Electronics Engineer by profession and he enjoys expressing his real-life experiences with technology and sharing it with others.