We've currently tested ten Bose soundbars. Bose is an audio-centric brand that focuses on creating premium-feeling, well-built products that are just as sturdy as sleek-looking. While they may lack in audio customization, their balanced and neutral sound reproduction makes their soundbars relatively easy to use. Although we've only tested some of these soundbars on their own, we plan to retest them with their full setups.
The best Bose soundbar we've tested is the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module. This 5.1.2 setup has a premium and sleek design that's ideal for any living room, with built-in voice assistant support so you can control it right from the comfort of your couch. It's not always available as a package deal, but you can always purchase the bar, the sub, and the satellites separately, then pair them together for the best possible sound. As a unit, these components bring a clear and real feel to your audio, especially with more immersive audio formats like Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital. Sound stretches around your room, thanks to its wide and focused soundstage.
This bar has many premium features found on other high-end bars across the market. For example, its room correction tool is designed to optimize audio reproduction based on the unique acoustics of your living room. Its sub also brings plenty of rumble in the bass, so you feel the thump in action-packed movie scenes. There are also bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound, though you won't find a full graphic EQ. Still, it's a versatile bar, and the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900 is a great choice if you're low on space, too.
If you're looking for a more affordable alternative, check out the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module. As with our top pick, you can choose between the full setup or the standalone bar based on the size of your living space— but for the best possible sound, you'll want to add on the sub and satellites. Its sub brings just as much rumble in the bass as the top-of-the-line model, ensuring your floor shakes during intense scenes. Plus, the satellites stretch sound effects into the space around your room, so you get a more clear and real feel with 5.1 surround sound formats like Dolby Digital.
The bar offers many of the same features as the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module, too. There's the ADAPTiQ room correction tool and the bass and treble adjustments for sound customization. The main difference, however, is that this soundbar doesn't support Dolby Atmos content. It's disappointing, especially if you watch a lot of content on streaming platforms, where you're most likely to encounter Atmos content. That said, if you aren't an Atmos fan, the 700 marks a more affordable alternative to the 900. It's still a versatile bar, and the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is a great standalone alternative.
Bose's best mid-range offering is the Bose Smart Soundbar 600. It's a smaller, more compact 3.0.2 alternative to the other smart soundbars in the manufacturer's lineup, with a width of fewer than 28 inches. It easily fits into your setup without taking up a lot of space, and with its wide soundstage, you still get the impression that sound extends all around you for an immersive listening experience. It supports many different audio formats, meaning you can enjoy Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital content commonly found on streaming platforms and Blu-rays. For the price, it's a very versatile soundbar.
Out-of-the-box, voices and lead instruments in your favorite tunes are clearly reproduced, and you don't have trouble following along with dialogue in movies and TV shows. As a standalone bar, there isn't much rumble in the low-bass, but you can easily add on a separate sub from the manufacturer if you wish. Bose sells compatible rear speakers, which is nice if you want to improve its surround sound. That said, compared to the Bose Smart Soundbar 700, this smaller bar doesn't get quite as loud, and you don't get a room correction feature, so it sounds a bit different depending on your space. However, you can adjust its bass and treble to make up for this.
The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 is a more affordable alternative to the Bose Smart Soundbar 600. They have the same size and shape, so you can easily fit the 300 into your living room without taking up much space. However, the 300 doesn't support Dolby Atmos content like the 600, so you can't take advantage of more immersive formats often found on streaming platforms and Blu-rays. This bar may be a better value if you don't watch much Atmos content.
This 3.0 bar has a discrete center channel to improve vocal reproduction, just like the top picks on our list. Voices and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced, and its slightly v-shaped sound brings a little extra punch in the bass while making instruments sparkle. Without a room correction feature, it may sound a little different based on the room you're listening in, but you can always use its bass and treble adjustments to make up for it. Overall, it's a simple setup you can easily upgrade with a separate sub and satellites.
The best Bose soundbar in the budget range is the Bose TV Speaker. At just under 24 inches in width, this soundbar can easily fit under smaller TV stands and computer monitors, taking up even less space than the Bose Smart Soundbar 300. It's only a 2.0 setup, so it isn't as versatile as the more premium models in Bose's lineup, but it's still a fair choice if you mostly listen to dialogue-focused content like podcasts and TV shows. Given its neutral sound, dialogue and lead instruments are clear and present in the mix. You miss out on the rumble in the bass that brings genres like EDM to life, but you can always add on a separate sub from the manufacturer if you want.
Of course, the bar's performance isn't quite as impressive as more expensive models. There's no Atmos support, and it has to downmix surround sound formats into stereo to play them. Its soundstage is smaller, too, so you don't get the feeling of sound stretching around you. That said, that's not really what this bar is for. It's a simple plug-and-play option that marks a solid upgrade over any existing TV speakers, and overall, it's a great choice if you mostly listen to stereo content.
Samsung and Bose both produce a wide array of soundbars, from top-of-the-line setups to more budget-friendly models. Samsung soundbars tend to have more customization features on hand and more physical inputs for video passthrough. Meanwhile, Bose soundbars use psychoacoustics principles to extend sound past the edges of the bar itself.
Sonos and Bose are direct competitors in the soundbar market. Their soundbars usually offer the same features and similar performances— while their sound quality is impressive, you won't find as many sound enhancement tools or HDMI In ports for video passthrough. Sonos supports DTS content, unlike Bose soundbars, and if you already own products in their ecosystem, you can usually connect them all to stream audio throughout your house.
Bose makes well-built and neutral-sounding soundbars. They tend to be very straightforward, and some setups are easily upgradable. However, due to their simple design, they don't have as many sound enhancement features as other brands and lack HDMI In ports. Bose still provides a solid sound experience right out of the box, which is great for those who don't want to tinker with their settings too much.
Bose has only a few soundbars on the market at a time. Unlike other brands, they don't tend to release new products every year, but rather, their premium products remain for sale for several years at a time. Some trends in their naming conventions can help you determine which features are available with your soundbar:
Generally speaking, the higher the number, the more channels available with the bar.
Bose is a well-known brand that focuses on well-built, premium-feeling audio products that reproduce a balanced, neutral sound out-of-the-box. While their soundbars are a little lackluster, especially compared to brands that offer more of a variety of setups, they still have a sound suited for most audio content, and you can upgrade most of their setups down the line. They're a good choice for those who want something simple yet sturdy without sacrificing audio quality.