Australia’s Best Sleep Headphones

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Listening to a guided meditation or an ASMR track to fall asleep is a great idea. But also a tricky one. Sleeping with either a headphone or an earphone on, how can that be relaxing? More so if you sleep on your sides or keep switching all night. 

And so, we bring to you some of Australia’s best sleep headphones and earbuds. We worked through 18 top-rated brands and picked the top 6 based on their design, comfort while sleeping, noise cancellation properties, sound quality, and, of course, price.

For each of these sleep headphones and earbuds, we’ll go over the pros and cons so you can make an informed choice. Let’s start. 

2021’s top-rated Headphones for Sleep in Australia

Product

Features

AcousticSheep SleepPhones Wireless

Best Overall

8

4/5

Across 48 user reviews

$149.95

Bose QuietComfort 35

Best noise-cancelling

9.4

4.7/5

Across 37,672 user reviews

Lavince Bluetooth Sleep Headphones

Best Value

8

4/5

Across 7,560 user reviews

$28.99

MAXROCK (TM) Unique Total Soft Silicon Sleeping Headphones

Best earbuds

8

4/5

Across 2,666 user reviews

$22.30

Moonbow Bedphones Sleep Headphones

Best on-ear

9

4.5/5

Across 785 user reviews

From $89 to $149 USD

Perytong Wireless Sleep Headphones

Bargain Pick

8.6

4.6/5

Across 5,097 user reviews

$17.98

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Individual Product Reviews

For each of these headphones and earbuds, we’ll go over the pros and cons so you can make an informed choice. Let’s start.

1. AcousticSheep SleepPhones Wireless – Editor’s Choice

If you toss and turn a lot at night, the cable of your headphone may get entangled and even break under tension. AcousticSheep Wireless SleepPhones solves this pesky problem by encasing a wireless headphone inside an easy-to-wear headband. The speakers are flat and thin, which means, it’s comfortable in all sleeping positions and works out great for side sleepers.

It’s practically-made, offers a crisp sound quality, and is designed by a family physician, making it our editor’s top choice.

As for specs, it is Bluetooth-enabled and is compatible with most devices. It comes with a 10-hour battery and a 5m-10m range, so you can wander around the room while leaving your device in one place. Like most Bluetooth headsets, SleepPhones comes with handy built-in volume, play, pause and skip controls, so you don’t have to fumble with your phone when you’re listening in the dark. The sound quality on these is good and extra padding around the speakers helps to block external noise.

Comfort is top-notch. It’s made with a comfortable fleece to keep your head warm in winter or cool in summers. The fabric cover comes in a range of colours and sizes and is machine-washable.

Pegged competitively at $149.95, AcousticSheep SleepPhones is covered under a 30-day Amazon returns policy and a one-year warranty. 

It’s quite a crowd favourite. Take a look at this user review on Amazon: 

“I bought these to listen to guided meditations in bed after getting fed up with uncomfortable earbud headphones. With these on, you can lay on your side without discomfort, unlike headphones, and because they sit gently on the ear, you can still hear things such as the telephone, smoke alarm etc, which is a major advantage over earbuds.”

Final verdict: We love this product because it provides the perfect mix of comfortable wear in winter or summer with good quality sound, enough noise cancellation for most needs, wireless Bluetooth to avoid tangled cables and a battery backup for 10 hours of continuous play. It’s easy to wash and comes in a range of colours and sizes to suit everyone. What an all-rounder! 

2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II – Best noise-cancellation

When your headphones can’t cancel out the external noise, you tend to turn up the volume. Not good! Playing loud music so close to the ears may damage hearing eventually. 

Gladly, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphone comes with three levels of passive and active noise cancellation that can kill the faintest distraction. This is thanks to its proprietary technology, which actively measures and cancels out the outside noise. 

Coming from the makers of Bose, its sound quality remains exceptional, allowing you to isolate yourself from the ambient noise. 

These are wireless Bluetooth headphones, so there are no cables to tangle up in sleep. As full-sized over-ear headphones, the batteries are enough to play music for 20 hours in one go. And if all you need is the noise cancellation, this can run for 40 hours. That’s more than enough for even the longest sleepers.

There is one niggling thing about them though: Because they’re quite bulky, they’re not suitable for side-sleepers or those who move about a lot at night. For those of you who sleep on your backs and want to reduce the external noise, they’re fantastic. 

In another upset, they don’t have a returns policy. 

But equipped with a one-year warranty, padded comfort, excellent build quality, and, of course, the best noise-cancellation, Bose QuietComfort 35 II is worth investing in, even if it is the most expensive item on our list – at $345. Hear it from this Amazon user:

“These are on my head when I go to bed to cancel noise and (I) play my rain sound for meditation/sleep. Awesome headphones, worth the money.”

Final verdict: The ability to cancel the noise both automatically and manually makes these headphones the clear winner in this category. As a bonus, they also have the exceptional sound quality we’ve come to expect from Bose, and they’re comfortable to wear for hours on end. The only real con is that they are full-sized headphones, which makes them impractical for side and restless sleepers. 

3. Lavince Bluetooth Sleep Headphones – Best Value

Are you a college-goer or somebody who is constantly struggling to keep up with the monthly budget? Check out the Lavince Bluetooth Sleep Headphones then. They may come for just $26.90 yet they manage to deliver a satisfactory sleeping experience. 

Like the higher-priced AcousticSheep Wireless SleepPhones, the Lavince speakers are also built into a headband, keeping them secure regardless of how much you move in bed. Similarly, they are made of a special, breathable fabric that stays cool and protects your ears and that can be washed from time to time to clear the build-up of sweat or bacteria.

But being the budget headphone, Lavince has cut some corners. There’s less padding on the speakers, which can make them uncomfortable for long-term use. The sound quality isn’t quite impressive, and as for the noise cancellation, it offers nothing. It’s good enough for listening to music or a sleep track when there’s not much external noise.

Having said that, their wireless Bluetooth technology has a 15m range, which is significantly further than the 10m typically offered by other brands. And with batteries lasting for 10 hours, there’s more than enough backup to please sleepers of all kinds. Worth mentioning is the fact that the audio controls are conveniently placed right on the forehead, so you’re unlikely to knock them off while sleeping.

Whatever apprehensions you might have can be put to test with its 100% money-back guarantee and an 18-month warranty. Or, even this review on Amazon: 

“I love these sleep headphones!! I have many ear piercing and sleeping with buds in my ears cause me pain. These are so comfortable to sleep in and I don’t wake up with piercing pain! “

Final verdict: Built into a breathable fabric headband to keep you cool, with wireless Bluetooth technology, a 10-hour battery life, and a good enough sound quality, the Lavince Bluetooth Sleep Headphones is meant for the budget-conscious as well as first-time users of sleep headphones. 

4. MAXROCK (TM) Unique Total Soft Silicon Sleeping Headphones – Best earbuds

Headphones. They tend to feel bulky. And earbuds. They can poke annoyingly. Maybe you should try the MAXROCK Unique Total Soft Silicon Sleeping Headphones then. 

These earbuds are ultra-soft and fit snugly into the ear. Just how soft are they? The silicon tips are so soft that you can lie on your side without feeling the ‘poke’. And since they fit snugly, they also cancel out the loud, external noise – passively. 

These earbuds are wired, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to charge the battery. Plus, they have controls for operating calls and music. 

However, as is the case with all earbuds, they may get knocked out or potentially fall off the ear or their cable may tangle up in bed. We can’t speak highly about its sound quality either but at $21.13 and with a 60-day return via Amazon and a 5-year warranty, it’s good enough to satisfy most sleepers. 

A happy user wrote on Amazon: 

“I love these earbuds. I bought them to sleep with and they are great. I can tell they are there when I sleep on my side or back. They are great when I’m not sleeping too, super light and all-around great.”

Final verdict: The fact that these earbuds fit so well in your ears that you can lie on your side without being stabbed by them gets a big tick from us. Throw in the effective passive noise cancellation, and their spot is secu

5. Moonbow Bedphones Sleep Headphones – Best on-ear

So you prefer on-ear headphones but worry that they might break or crush your ears while sleeping? Fret no more. The Moonbow Bedphones have been designed specifically to lie flat on the ear. They’re held in place by soft, rubber-coated memory wire earhooks that can be adjusted to fit any ear.

This means that Aussies wearing them can sleep on their side, secure in the knowledge that neither their ear nor headphones will come to harm.

The Moonbow bedphones have no noise cancellation technology. However, the foam padding on the speakers blocks out some external noise, especially when you have sleep music playing.

They’re available in both wireless Bluetooth and wired models. We recommend Bluetooth for use while sleeping to avoid the possibility of tangled cables, especially if you move about at night.

While the sound quality is not as good as full-sized headphones, it’s clear enough to comfortably lull you to sleep.

The battery on the Bluetooth model has a 13-hour life, which is long enough even for those who sleep 12 hours. And with a standard 10m range and the usual controls for calls and music, you can place your phone somewhere safe while you sleep.

Priced from $122.31 with an extra $10 for international shipping, a 30-day returns policy and a 1-year warranty, Moonbow Bedphones Sleep Headphones is a must-buy as this customer on Amazon shares:

“I have searched for and tried many different wireless earbuds and nothing was comfortable, as I am a side sleeper. I am so thrilled to have Bedphones now and am sleeping soundly and comfortably through the night. The sound is great and I cant tell that I have anything on due to the comfort. I pair these with the Calm app and sleep like a baby. These are so worth the money and I highly recommend it.”

Final verdict: With any on-ear headphones, the biggest worry is how to keep them on your head without damaging either the headphones or your ears while you are asleep. But the design of Moonbow Bedphones Sleep Headphones allows it to fit snugly over the ear in such a way that you can lie on them comfortably without causing damage.

5. Perytong Wireless Sleep Headphones – Bargain Pick

Sometimes all we need is a simple product that will get the job done as cheaply as possible. Priced at just $17 and eligible for free delivery, a 30-day return and a 180-day warranty, the Perytong Wireless Sleep Headphones are the best bargain in this segment. 

They’re built into a headband, meaning that they can be easily worn in any sleeping position – be it side, stomach or back, and are unlikely to fall off no matter how much you roll in asleep.

Like most headbands, they’re made from a soft, cool, breathable fabric, keeping you cool on those hot summer nights. They’re also washable and easy to clean. 

The speakers are ultra-thin and padded, so they’re comfortable when you lie on your side. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the Bluetooth controls on your forehead, which can become a little uncomfortable after extended periods of use. It would have been nice if the manufacturer had included extra padding around those controls.

Noise cancellation comes from the physical effect of the speakers blocking your ears, which they do quite effectively. The headband also contributes to muffling external noises.

The Perytong Wireless Sleep Headphones use Bluetooth 5 and have a 10m range. In testing, this Bluetooth signal has been found to be a little unstable when compared to some other Bluetooth headphones.

As with the other Bluetooth headphones, there are the usual controls for operating calls and music. And with a battery life of 10 hours, they play long enough for most sleepers.

Where the Perytong Wireless Sleep Headphones shines is their sound quality, which has been described by reviewers on Amazon as excellent. Read it for yourself:

“Our summer condo is surrounded by timeshare units whose occupants tend to party and otherwise make lots of noise until late at night. I need to sleep on my side due to back problems, and so cannot use normal wireless earphones. These are very comfortable for side sleeping, have a very good volume control, and combined with white noise MP3, (they) let me sleep in spite of loud neighbors.”

Final verdict: With a headband made of cool, breathable fabric and ultra-thin padded speakers that are comfortable enough to lie on, passive noise cancellation, Bluetooth 5, and excellent sound quality all for $17 with free delivery, Perytong Wireless Sleep Headphones is a good entry-level purchase. 

Buyer’s Guide: Factors to consider when buying sleep headphones and earbuds

When you’re deciding on products to help with something as vital as sleep, it’s important to know the parameters that make them suitable for your needs. Here’s a cheat sheet. 

Design

This is obvious and it has to do with the kind of sleeper you are. Here’s how. 

  1. Over-ear headphones typically provide the best overall quality sound while physically minimising environmental noise. The trade-off is that they can be bulky, and are unlikely to suit Australians who tend to move about a lot while sleeping.
  2. On-ear headphones are smaller, less bulky and more lightweight. But because they are smaller and fit-on-the-ear, they don’t block the ambient noise that well.
  3. In-ear earbuds deliver a compact product with excellent sound quality and even better noise cancellation technology.
  4. Headband headphones are designed to be difficult to dislodge while sleeping, making them ideal for Australians who toss and turn at night. But like the on-ear headphones, they don’t do a great job at blocking the external noise. 

Comfort while sleeping

When choosing your new headphones or earbuds, consider how they’ll behave physically when you sleep. Over-ear headphones tend to suit only back-sleepers, while if you move about a lot, you may require a headband.

Noise Cancellation

There are two broad types of noise cancellation technologies on the market. Passive noise cancellation relies on the headphones’ construction to block the sound, while active noise cancellation detects environmental noise and plays the opposite sound to cancel it out. If your sleeping environment is loud, you may want to choose headphones that have both passive and active noise cancellation.

Wired or Wireless

Headphones and earbuds come in both wireless and wired varieties. The advantage of wired is that you don’t have to remember to charge the batteries. On the other hand, the wireless has no cables to tangle while you’re sleeping.

Sound Quality

With any sound system, sound quality is of critical importance. If you’re an audiophile, you may want to get headphones or earbuds that offer top-notch sound and noise cancellation.

Price

We all love products that come for cheap but remember, even the most expensive headphones on this list are inexpensive when compared to the benefits a good sleep product may bring in – night after night, for many years.

Wrapping Up

We’re hoping this article has cleared all the doubts and queries you might have had about the sleep headphones, and that you are a click away from buying the right product for you. But should you have any more questions, drop us a message in the comments below.

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