Before we get to the Best Bose Speakers, a little known fact about Bose is that while they are considered an American company, they were founded by an Indian. His name was Amar Gopal Bose. He is the man behind the Bose Corporation.
He founded the company in Massachusetts, and the company is still based there. However, these days much of the product range is manufactured in Mexico or China. They have a reputation for being high quality. In some circles, they are. But they are also known for being quite expensive. This is surprising when you consider that many of the products are produced overseas.
They are as well known for their headphones. Nevertheless, it is their speakers that we will look at today. And not just any old speakers, we will ask the question, Are these speakers special? Therefore, we’ve reviewed their most popular models to help you decide.
So, let’s take a closer look…
Top 5 Best Bose Speakers On The Market Reviews
1 Bose Portable Home Speaker – Best Premium Bose Speakers
The Bose portable home speaker is actually a part of a new family of speakers that Bose has developed. You can use this speaker as a single stand-alone speaker inside or take it out with you. But it can also be part of a home entertainment system when linked with other ‘family members’.
This is a strong speaker measuring 7.54 by 4.69 by 4.09 and weighing just under two and a half pounds. The circular design will send out the sound in 360 degrees. No matter where you are, the sound is going to reach you. It has built-in Voice Control. This means that providing you are within the range of your WiFi, you can control the speaker with your voice.
If you are out of range of WiFi…
You can control it using your mobile phone. It also has good connectivity being compatible with Airplay2, the WiFi we’ve just mentioned, and Bluetooth.
Featuring a built-in battery that will give 12 hours of performance from one charge. However, it should be noted that whilst it will connect to your phone and Bluetooth, there’s no speakerphone for calls, etc.
It is an ideal speaker to carry around with you…
Take it down to the beach or around the pool. It has an IPX4 rating. That means it is splashproof. It certainly cannot be submerged or even take a good soaking, but splashes are fine. It is resistant to both seawater and freshwater.
The controls are located on the top of the unit. These are recessed push-button controls. Not my favorite of controls, but given its uses, anything else may be unsuitable.
It has a typical quality Bose sound…
Nice and warm with plenty of bass but not too much. The highs are fine, but the mids do get lost a little. The sound though is tuned mainly for outdoor use, I think. Hence the accented bass. It comes with a USB-C charge cord. Of course, there is an app you can use that serves various functions.
Good quality speaker but quite expensive as it has no speakerphone facility.
- Well-made, compact speaker with a good sound.
- Splash-proof with good connections.
- No speakerphone for calls.
2 Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II – Best Budget Bose Speaker
This Soundcloud is the follow-up to a predecessor that was highly thought of. This time around, the new version is slightly smaller but actually weighs a little more. Measuring 2.20 by 5.00 by 5.20 inches, it is still a compact little unit that is easy to carry around. This newer model is also available in a variety of colors. We are looking at the soft black version.
There are some noticeable changes, and one of them is the casing. The original was very much a plastic affair with some rubber. This one is all rubber. It feels soft to the touch and is certainly going to take a little bit of knock, whereas the predecessor might not.
Great for near the pool…
It has an IPX4 rating, which makes it splashproof, which is good for around the pool, but don’t take it for a swim. The battery life is eight hours, so on the edge of being rather low and not what you would call good.
It is quite a small compact unit measuring just 2.20 by 5.00 by 5.20 inches, and it weighs just over a pound. Controls are located on the top and are those rubberized push-button things that companies like to produce. The upside is they are buried away in the design and being splash proof; they need to be rubber-based, which they are.
Bluetooth technology is quite stable and operates within the usual limits. It has NFC tap-to-pair for those devices that support that. It will remember up to eight phones or tablets that have been paired with it. Inside dual-passive radiators produce a reasonable sound that is quite loud. The low frequencies though, are a little inaudible at times.
It has a realistic price point and nicely laid out features. This will make this speaker a contender for one of the Best speakers from Bose. And to finish, yes, you guessed it, an app. The main task seems to be to help with connectivity or personalize the unit. It has a speakerphone for taking calls. It is a cheaper option if you are looking for a practical portable Bose speaker system.
- A reasonable build and compact size.
- Has a decent volume.
- Battery life is not so good.
3 Bose SoundLink Revolve – Best Bose Bluetooth Speakers
If you didn’t know better, you might be forgiven for thinking that Bose is trying to design speakers to look like medieval milk urns. This Soundlink Revolve is another example. It is a reasonable size measuring 4.20 by 7.30 inches and weighing two pounds. This speaker also has an IPX4 rating, which means it will handle a few splashes or a light rain shower.
Battery life is a little better than on some Bose units at up to 16 hours. But this will be determined by how you use the speaker. At louder volumes, it will drain the battery quicker. A recharge will take about four hours. If you are charging while in use, it will take considerably longer.
It has decent Bluetooth communications and also is compatible with Siri/Google assistant. In the right circumstances, it will operate with voice commands.
The sound is generated by centrally located speakers, and it operates on a 360 degree sound dispersion. It has a speakerphone built-in for taking calls. If a call arrives, the speaker will cut the volume to allow you to answer the call. This may be answered using the multi-function button on the tip of the speaker. All the controls are located here and easy to distinguish. They are sunken unto the top of the speaker.
The sound is ok with plenty of bass, and the volume level adequate. It runs on a battery or AC power. It can be synced with other Bose speaker products for use at home if required. Once again, a decent speaker but once again quite expensive. And shhh… don’t tell anyone. It has an app.
- Well made with good connections.
- Splashproof with a sturdy frame, so it is ideal for outdoor use.
- Quite expensive for what it is.
4 Bose SoundLink Micro, Portable Outdoor Speaker – Best Portable Bose Speaker
If what you need is a very compact little speaker for use at home or carry around, then this could be it. This is an impressive speaker that must be considered one of the best speakers from Bose.
This really is a tiny little speaker comparatively, measuring just 1.40 by 3.90 by 3.90 inches and weighing just over half a pound. It has a Bluetooth connection but unfortunately no aux socket. Therefore, it will only work with Bluetooth equipped devices.
It is Siri and Google Assistant compatible. And there is a speakerphone built-in so you can take calls whenever you are, providing you have a connection.
Want to raise the roof?
The mounted transducer and passive radiators deliver a modest 8 watts RMS. That, of course, is not going to raise the roof anywhere, but it is adequate for a small gathering. In its favor, the sound is quite rich. The Low and High frequencies are not too prominent, so the mids are clear, and the distortion level at higher volumes negligible.
The battery life again is quite modest at just six hours. I wonder why Bose clearly does not want to solve this problem? This little speaker, compact as it is, will not last a quarter of a day out before it needs a recharge. It has a rechargeable Lithium battery.
The best part about this Bose speaker?
It has a good tough silicone build with an IPX7 rating. That means it will last for about 30 minutes submerged. It will, therefore, handle an accidental drop at the pool or beach. It also has a strong silicone strap that will allow you to fix it on a bike or anywhere else you might need it.
Volume control is placed conveniently on the front for ease of use and other controls on the top. It is a nice little speaker with a good sound and enough volume for a small gathering. But oh, dear, the battery level is very poor. And there is an app.
Very attractive price point.
- Compact little speaker with some nice features.
- Cost-effective price.
- Very poor battery level.
5 Bose Solo 5 TV Soundbar Sound System – Best Bose Soundbar
There may only be one reason for buying this soundbar, and that is if you were creating a home cinema system, Good as they are, soundbars are quite limited.
This is rather a change of pace from the other speakers we have looked at on the list. The others are portable Bluetooth speakers. This, of course, is “home-based.” You can’t strap this on your bike. It is certainly going to improve the sound emanating from your TV. Soundbars have the ability to spread the sound somewhat courtesy of their shape.
Looks DO matter…
This is a well made and attractive looking soundbar that measures 2.6 by 21.6 by 3.4 inches and weighs 3.73 pounds. It has a remote control unit that offers good control of the speaker. An especially useful control is to add to the bass. This can be done purely by pushing a button for films that can use an extra bit of low end.
The usual connections apply with a digital input for Optical audio and digital coaxial audio input. There is also a 3.5mm analog aux input. With Bluetooth capability, you can also stream music to it. An interesting feature is Dialogue mode, which highlights the spoken word in movies.
This soundbar, whilst a nice speaker, is designed to work with other speakers in the home cinema system. It will, of course, provide a good sound but will be at its best when it is part of a system.
- Nicely made with a good remote control.
- Extra bass application for movies.
- A bit limited in its use.
Best Bose Speakers Buyers Guide
Let’s begin by asking, Does Bose Justify Their Reputation?
There would be many, including ourselves, who would say not really. There seems to be an aura about them. The speakers are good, of course, but at the price, there are others just as good and, in some cases, better. The facilities and features are only what other speakers provide, often at a lower price. The build quality is good, and the added IPX ratings are certainly a plus point.
But, we think they are just a little too expensive and offer nothing particularly special. And the least said about the battery life on most of them, the better. The saving grace is they have an app.
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So, what are the Best Bose Speakers?
If we were to choose a speaker, we certainly wouldn’t choose to buy it to form part of a home entertainment system; Bose likes to emphasize they can be used for that. The design of the speakers isn’t something we would like at home. If we were to choose one, it would be practical and for outdoor use. Compact and able to be taken anywhere.
We would, therefore, choose the …
…as the Best of the Best Bose speakers.
Set at a good price point, it is a good little speaker that does just about everything you need.