About Kokoon Headphones

In the US alone, about 40 million people suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, and another 20 million experience occasional sleep problems. To address this problem, we often employ a variety of techniques, including medication, adjusting different lifestyle factors, changing our sleep environment, and more. But can headphones help?

Enter Kokoon Headphones. These “re-imagined headphones from the ground up” are specifically designed to help you relax, improve the quality of your sleep, remove disruptions, and protect regenerative deep sleep—anytime and anywhere—by featuring:

  • Patented FlexMould comfort technology that keeps them cool and comfortable, even in bed
  • Active and passive noise cancelation
  • Built-in EEG sensors
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity with companion app
  • Audio that automatically adjusts to your sleep level
  • An intelligent alarm so you can always wake recharged and refreshed

Maybe you’ve tried noise-canceling headphones before, and only achieved minimal results. Or, perhaps this is your first time considering headphones in your battle against sleep disorders. Whatever the case may be, you’re here to learn more about Kokoon Headphones, what you can expect, and whether or not they’re worth the money.

Let’s begin with all the different technologies you’ll find in Kokoon Headphones.

Kokoon Headphones: A Lot Of Tech In a Little Package

Kokoon jam-packed their headphones with a lot of new technology, so they seem to defy any hard-and-fast classification. However, they most closely fit with noise-canceling headphones, since they feature three layers of noise protection (ANC, Isolation and Active White Noise).

Kokoon’s EEG Brainwave Sensors & App Connectivity

For the latter, Kokoon developed their own miniaturized dry EEG sensors that sit discreetly within the headphones and actively track how deeply you’re sleeping, and then adjust your audio to help block out external noises. These sensors also send “clinical grade” data to Kokoon’s Android and iOS smartphone apps via Bluetooth 4.0, which can give you a great deal of insight into your sleep and relaxation as it learns the best techniques for you.

These sensors also make use of an intelligent alarm that identifies the perfect time to wake you, making sure you’re alert and refreshed.

Through Kokoon’s audio relaxation library, you’ll even have access to other apps that provide help with polyphasic sleeping, binaural beats, lucid dreaming, meditation, and more.

Kokoon’s FlexMould Technology

Because Kokoon Headphones are targeted at helping you relax and sleep, the company wanted to make sure they were as comfortable as possible.

To accomplish this, Kokoon took “inspiration from high-tech pillows and sport shoe technology” and developed their patented FlexMould Comfort System, which spreads pressure away from sensitive areas and increases comfort. It also allows the headphone’s electronics to be placed in the headband, which maintains a low profile and follows “the natural shape and characteristics of the head in bed.”

Finally, Kokoon developed their GoolGel cushioning airflow system to prevent your headphones from getting hot and sweaty, while still maintaining an acoustic seal.

Combining this system with Kokoon’s soft molding body, 4,000ct Egyptian cotton, washable covers, and organic leather outer covering means that they are, “in essence an extra pillow for your ears.”

Other Kokoon Headphone Features

Although they might be focused on helping you relax and sleep, Kokoon headphones feature a 3.5mm jack, a built-in microphone with call control and hands-free capability, and use the great-sounding aptX® codec, so they’ll work great as everyday headphones as well.

When you’re traveling, Kokoon Headphones pack down to the size of a book, and can provide continuous playback for up to 11 hours on a single charge. And unlike a lot of other new tech, these headphones feature a replaceable battery when the time comes!

How much will all these technologies cost you?

Kokoon’s Pricing & Expected Ship Date

Kokoon Headphones are available in light grey and dark grey. If purchased directly through the Kokoon website, you’ll pay:

  • 1 Pair: $229
  • Couples Package (2 pairs): $409

However, at the time of our research, there were still a few packages available on Kokoon’s Kickstarter page (more about this in a second), although most had limited quantity remaining.

Regardless of which site you order through, each pair of Kokoon Headphones will come with:

  • Leather travel case
  • USB charging cable
  • Optional audio lead
  • Kokoon sleep mask
  • Good sleep guide
  • User manual

When can you expect your Kokoon Headphones? As of this writing, it’ll be “late 2016” before you have your hands on a pair. Why do you have to wait so long? Let’s answer this in the next section.

What’s Everyone Saying About Kokoon Headphones?

When Kokoon originally launched their July 2015 Kickstarter campaign, they had a goal of $100,000. Fast-forward to today and the campaign’s raked in nearly $2 million with close to 8,500 individual backers.

With growth like that, Kokoon has definitely garnered a ton of media attention by the likes of Wired, Venture Beat, Digital Trends, Gizmag, and many more. As you might imagine though, these are all high-level writeups without any first-hand feedback from actually testing the product.

Originally, Kokoon Headphones were slated to be shipped to early backers at the beginning of the year, although this has since been pushed back to September, as the company wants to create a more market-ready product, considering the huge number of backers. Mass manufactured models now won’t be released until the end of 2016.

This is something that comes with the territory of new tech (especially ones funded through crowdfunding campaigns), and sometimes—as seems to be the case with Coin Credit Card, TrackR, and Vessyl—long delays occur, products don’t meet expectations, or sometimes these companies just seem to fall off the face of the earth.

Given Kokoon’s partnership with Onkyo, along with the company’s frequent video updates about why these delays occur, we definitely don’t think they’re a scam. But does this necessarily mean you should buy them?

Will Kokoon Headphones Envelop You In Relaxation & Sleep?

There are literally dozens of causes of poor sleep, from medical conditions and excess stress, to improper bedding and snoring. Add to this that, even among those who suffer from the same sleep disorder, what works perfectly for one person might not work at all for another.

Given this, we think it’s best to talk with your doctor before handing over your hard-earned money for Kokoon Headphones, or any other product that assists with sleep. Especially pricey ones.

Will you be able to relax and sleep better with Kokoon Headphones? Will you find them comfortable? Will they be useful for napping (such as on an airplane), as well as for full-on nighttime sleeping? There are a whole lot of factors that leave these answers up in the air, and we’ll just have to wait until the end of the year to see what kind of feedback appears from customers.

We will say this, though; if your lack of sleep stems from ambient noise, then Kokoon’s triple layer noise protection might be right up your alley. Just remember two things:

  1. There are dozens of other noise canceling headphones out there, many of which could be available locally and priced a lot lower. Obviously, they won’t feature Kokoon’s low-profile design though, so they might not be idea for sleeping.
  2. As we mentioned with several other sleep-related products we’ve reviewed (e.g. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock, Sense Smart Alarm, and ResMed S+), despite all the detailed information they can provide, how much use will it be? In other words, sure, it could provide you a great deal of insight into your sleep patterns, but the information itself won’t improve your sleep. Again, we’ll have to wait to see if this is the case with Kokoon.

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8 Consumer Reviews for Kokoon Headphones

Average Consumer Rating: 1.0
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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Disappointing

    • New South Wales, Australia,
    • Oct 7, 2018
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    I paid in good faith with the promises of delivery. Every time I complain I get the same automated email with the same promises that they started shipping and yet nothing ever comes of it. They are quick to take peoples money and still advertise on their website for pre-orders with the promises of early delivery.

    I feel that I have been conned like many other people.

    They make promises of regular news updates, but I never get them.

    I was very excited by the thought of having a good night sleep, but if I ever get them it will still be disappointing and I would never recommend them to anyone else. So unprofessional.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Poor customer service

    • London, United Kingdom,
    • Sep 24, 2018
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    Poor customer service. I ordered this to be delivered around summer last year, but then the delivery date kept being pushed back. They didn't notify the paying customers about the delays directly; they buried the information in a monthly newsletter. When the delivery date was delayed for a fifth time, I complained and asked for a refund. While the complaint was not responded to, the refund was processed relatively quickly. I understand that they still have not fulfilled the orders for a single customer. Amazing that they relied on public support to start production, through Kickstarter, but are so disdainful of customers.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Now feels like a scam

    • Ohio,
    • Sep 11, 2018
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    I bought into these during their Kickstarter in the spring of 2015. I picked these because I wanted the newest thing that wasn't available anywhere else. More than three years have passed, and I still haven't received a pair. It's one thing to make model improvements and slow production a little bit, but what investor is willing to wait four years for the first model of a consumer tech good like headphones? The way technology changes, it seems ridiculous to wait for them to make a pair of 2015 headphones more comfortable and durable when other companies are making something new for 2019 already.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Still not shipped! Delayed by 5 months.

    • Western Australia,
    • Sep 6, 2018
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    After having read about this product, I was excited to treat myself to better sleep. Turns out that shipping in June meant nothing to the company with constant slippage to the schedule without any explanation or excuses. Firmly believing that this a scam now. Do not order!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Vaporware

    • Penobscot, ME,
    • Aug 29, 2018
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    I ordered these more than a year and a half ago. I get no updates and only a "we'll be happy to refund your money" responses. Some people have been waiting since 2015 for the promised product and they just keep delaying it. They advertise for more "buyers" but have not sent out a single piece as far as I can tell. I would not "invest" in these given the opportunity, and I hope other people are not fooled.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Starting to feel like a scam

    • Washington, DC,
    • Aug 27, 2018
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    Even this write up says "Mass manufactured models now won’t be released until the end of 2016." Fast forward to August 2018 and still no word on when I will get them. I am about to cancel my order and reverse the charges off my credit card.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Super tired of waiting

    • Texas,
    • Aug 24, 2018
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    I ordered in February 2018. I get updates that say shipping is always one month away, but that never happens. Their website says brand new buyers can get them within a month, but original buyers still haven’t gotten them. I haven’t gotten an update in two months. I’m starting to think this is a scam that I have invested $300 in. I love the idea of the product, but how patient are we supposed to be?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 30 people found this review helpful

    Purchase

    • Perth, Australia,
    • Jun 6, 2018
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    Hi, I ordered these headphones back in November 2017. I still hadn’t received them so I canceled my order yesterday.

    I am very disappointed as the product read very well and was eager to try them.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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