Good sound quality
Earbuds stayed put
Light and noise are two all-too-common enemies of sleep. A host of products, including sound machines, blackout curtains, and earplugs, are marketed as solutions to these woes. But what if there was one product that could solve these two issues at once? That’s when you might consider the Jabees’ Serenity Bluetooth Sleep Eye Mask Headphones, which promises blackout and noise-drowning conditions to promise a better night sleep.
What is Jabees’ Serenity?
Jabees is a Delaware-based wireless headset company that sells earbuds, gaming sets, and hearing devices. The Jabees’ Serenity Bluetooth Sleep Eye Mask Headphones combines the brand’s audio technology with an eye mask made with memory foam. The earbuds are threaded through the black mask and dangle out on either side, so you may tuck them into your ears. A small control panel inside the mask turns the earbuds on and off and changes their volume. When the earbuds are on, they can be connected to any device with Bluetooth pairing. The panel is attached to the same cord as the earbuds so it can be pulled out of the mask and pushed back inside. The control panel and earbuds are removable so that the mask can be washed separately. A charger for the earbuds is included with the product.
Jabees claims that the mask can help users relax and sleep better: “Our eye mask blocks out excess sound and light to improve your sleeping environment… On top of this, choosing your own music gives you a head start on relaxation, especially if you’ve had a stressful day.”
What I like about Jabees’ Serenity Headphones
The mask’s material is soft and comfortable
The mask is made from a synthetic material that feels soft and cushiony on my face. I like that it has some gentle contours that create bubbles for my nose and eyes, so there wasn’t uncomfortable pressure on my face.
It offers good sound quality
Though I don’t have the trained ear of our experts who review the best wireless earbuds, I thought the sound quality from the earbuds attached to the mask was terrific. It did a great job projecting a range of tracks I selected on my phone, including rain noises, music, and meditation audio into my ears.
The earbuds stay in and feel good
I generally dislike earbuds because they fall out of my ears and feel weird to me. For these reasons, I had low expectations for the Serenity ones. But I was pleasantly surprised. These tiny earbuds stayed in my ears better than average earbuds, and I barely felt them once they were in place. The set also comes with interchangeable earbud tips in various sizes to ensure you get as close to a perfect fit as possible.
It’s excellent for meditation
The mask was great for an afternoon meditation session, which I conducted at our lab in Cambridge. Lying comfortably on my back on a bed with a pillow, I felt like I was whisked off to my own comfortable world of darkness, where the only thing I had to focus on was the meditation track being piped into my ears. Because of the small size of the earbuds and the soft mask material, I didn’t feel annoyed by the mask once it was on. I could hear a coworker when he walked into the room, so the buds didn’t block all the ambient sounds, but I felt like it helped me focus on meditating rather than get distracted by every noise in the room.
What I don’t like about Jabees’ Serenity eye mask
It’s bulky and awkward to sleep in
Although I enjoyed meditating with the Serenity, sleeping with it on was a different story. I’m a stomach sleeper and tend to toss and turn at night, so keeping the mask in place was difficult when moving or lying on my face.
I also sleep with a partner. When he first saw the mask on my face, he said I looked like a bee. After I slept in it, he complained that it was like sleeping with someone “wearing a virtual reality headset” all night.
In other words, it’s large and bulky.
The strap is too short and the velcro catches hair
The biggest design issue I have with the Serenity is the velcro strap that holds it in place. I have a somewhat large head and found the strap to be a little shorter than I’d like. The velcro that keeps the strap taut also got caught in my hair if I wasn’t careful. I’ve tested a lot of sleep masks, and the Serenity has one of the worst straps I’ve encountered.
Setting it up requires screen time
Programming the Serenity most likely requires using a screen, in the form of your smartphone or laptop, unless you have a screenless audio player with Bluetooth capability. This is a bummer if you want to remove screens from your bedtime routine (a move endorsed by sleep experts). But if you are using a computer or phone to play your mediation tracks anyway, this won’t be a big issue.
What are other people saying about the Serenity eye mask?
The Serenity has mediocre reviews on Amazon, where 54 customers give it 3.7 stars out of 5. The happy customers say it works as advertised and is comfortable, while some unhappy customers say it didn’t last a long time. “Bought this in February 2021 and it’s now September and the sound is going out in these,” writes one such customer. “I’m very disappointed because I really loved this sleep mask.”
Another customer who gave the mask two stars says the earbuds were great, but the mask wasn’t comfortable. “They’re super small so they don’t hurt when side sleeping, but I’ve had to move them to another facemask in a kinda janky fashion, but they’re working,” the customer writes.
Is the Jabees’ Serenity eye mask worth it?
Yes, but mainly for meditation purposes.
I think Jabees’ Serenity could be worth it for meditation and relaxation. It’s comfortable to wear (with the exception of the short strap for us large-headed people), and it has excellent sound quality. If you want to focus on meditating, listen to an audiobook, or relax to music without distraction, it might be a good solution for you.
The price is also reasonable. The Serenity costs about $60 at full price but was on sale for $40 at the time of publishing. Other high-end sleep masks on the market like Casper’s sleep mask come at similar prices but don’t have the audio capability. Apple AirPods will set you back over $100. So the cost of the Serenity, which offers both a mask and earbuds, seems appropriate or even a good value.
But the reviews questioning its longevity are troubling. The product also begs the question: Do you want your earbuds and sleep mask combined? I wouldn’t recommend this mask as something for sleep, especially if you sleep in any other position than flat on your back, given its bulkiness. It’s also not ideal for an airplane or office nap because it doesn’t block all the surrounding noise. If you’re looking to improve your sleep, I suggest getting a regular sleep mask—I love the ones from Mzoo and Loftie—and playing ambient noise on your phone or computer—with the screenlight turned off overnight—or on a screen-free sound machine.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
Good sound quality
Earbuds stayed put