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The 5 Best Bose Speakers of 2022 Reviews

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Best Bose Speakers

We've currently tested 10 Bose speakers. Bose is a well-known audio equipment company that also sells headphonessoundbars, and home audio systems. If you're looking for the best Bose Bluetooth speaker, they make speakers for a wide range of uses, including smart home speakers and waterproof speakers that you can use outdoors.

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Best Bose Speakers


  1. Best Bose Speaker

    The Bose Home Speaker 500 is the best Bose speaker we've tested. This wired home speaker offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and can register your commands in noisy rooms or when you're far away from the speaker. It comes with a screen that displays the time, volume, and information about the track you're listening to. Its default sound profile is fairly neutral, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though higher-pitched voices and instruments sound a bit dull at times. Fortunately, there are bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app, which you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It's also Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatible, and it supports multi-room pairing, so you can pair multiple Bose Home Speakers together to play different audio across different rooms in your home at the same time.

    Unfortunately, it needs to remain plugged into a power outlet to work, so it isn't very portable. If you're looking for something more portable, the Bose Portable Smart Speaker is the best Bose portable speaker we've tested. While it has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, the Portable smart Speaker is battery-powered and comes with a built-in carrying handle to help you carry it around with you wherever you go. It offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa built-in and has a balanced sound profile overall. That said, its battery life is on the shorter side, lasting just over five hours from a single charge, so you need to recharge it frequently. There's also more compression present at max volume, which degrades audio quality when you max out the volume.

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  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Bose Speaker

    If you don't care for built-in voice assistants, check out the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II. While it doesn't have any built-in assistants like the Bose Home Speaker 500 or the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, it still supports voice assistants through your smartphone. However, unlike the Home Speaker 500, it's battery-powered and comes with a built-in carrying handle to help you transport it, making it much more portable. Its battery life also lasts around three hours longer than that of the Portable Smart Speaker, so you don't have to recharge it as frequently, though this varies depending on your usage habits and chosen volume levels. It's better built with an IP55 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it can withstand some exposure to light rain for up to three minutes.

    Its sound profile is fairly balanced, making it great for listening to lots of different music genres. It offers a wide and spacious sounding soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from all angles. That said, while it gets loud enough to fill small rooms with sound, it isn't loud enough to fill larger more crowded spaces. There's also compression present at max volume that degrades the quality of your audio as you bump up the volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean or clear when you blast your favorite songs. Unfortunately, unlike the Home Speaker, you don't have access to bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound to your liking.

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  3. Best Mid-Range Bose Speaker

    If you're looking for a similar Bose speaker at a more affordable price point, the Bose SoundLink Revolve II sports a similar design to the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II, though it's smaller and doesn't come with a built-in carrying handle. Like the Revolve+ II, it's rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, so you can take it outside with you without needing to worry about it getting a bit wet from some light rain. It offers Bose's signature balanced sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. However, like the Revolve+ II, you, unfortunately, don't have access to bass and treble adjustments, so you don't have much control over its sound profile and can't customize it to your liking.

    While the Revolve+ II can get a touch louder than the Revolve II, this difference isn't all that noticeable. The Revolve II's battery life is also around an hour longer, though this varies depending on your usage habits and chosen volume levels. Overall, the differences between these two speakers are pretty slim, so if you aren't all that particular about how loud the speaker can get, the Revolve II gets you more bang for your buck. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has a wide and open-sounding soundstage, so your audio sounds the same when you listen from different angles, like from behind the speaker. While it doesn't have any voice assistants built-in, it supports voice assistants through your smartphone.

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  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Bose Speaker

    Looking for something better built to use outdoors? The Bose SoundLink Flex is a sturdy silicone-wrapped speaker rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you can sing along to your favorite tunes by the beach or in the shower. It's even advertised to float in water, meaning you can float your music around with you in the pool! Its small design makes it easy to take with you when you're out and about, and there's a small carrying strap built into its side, which you can use to attach to your bag. Out-of-the-box, its sound profile is pretty neutral, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It also supports Google Assistant and Siri through your smartphone and is excellent at registering your commands from far and in noisier environments.

    Unfortunately, like the Bose SoundLink Revolve II, you can't tweak its sound to your liking. Its battery also doesn't last as long as the Revolve II, lasting only around seven hours in our tests, so you have to recharge it if you're using it for a full day outdoors. It also has a touch more compression present at max volume that affects your audio quality when you blast your music. Its soundstage doesn't sound as wide and spacious-sounding, though this can vary depending on how you place the speaker.

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  5. Best Budget Bose Speaker

    On a budget? Check out the Bose SoundLink Color II. This compact stereo speaker is shaped like a square and comes in many fun colors, so you can choose one that suits your style. It's rated IPX4 for water resistance, so while you can't float it around the pool with you, it's still certified to withstand small splashes of water like from some light rain. It has a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though they can also sound dull or dark at times. It also supports Siri and Google Assistant through your paired smartphone, and it's great at registering your commands from far and in noisier settings. You can pair it to other compatible speakers when you want to create a stereo pair too, or when you want to amplify your audio across a large space.

    Unfortunately, like most small speakers, it lacks thump and rumble in the low-bass range and doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Bose SoundLink Flex. You also don't have access to sound customization features like bass and treble adjustments to tweak its sound to your liking. If having a better-built speaker that can produce a more extended low-bass is more important to you, it's worth stretching your budget a little and going for the SoundLink Flex. That said, the Color II's battery life lasts almost three hours longer, and there's a touch less compression at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner when you blast your favorite tunes.

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Compared to other brands


  • Well-balanced sound profile. Bose's speakers offer pretty neutral, balanced sound profiles out-of-the-box, especially in the mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments are usually reproduced clearly and accurately. This makes them suitable for listening to different types of audio content.
  • Bluetooth-compatible. Bose speakers support Bluetooth, so you can wirelessly stream your audio from another paired Bluetooth device, like your smartphone, to the speaker. Some of their smart speakers also support Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay.
  • Voice assistant support. Most Bose speakers support voice assistants. Some models use the voice assistant from your paired smartphone, while their smart speakers have built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant over a Wi-Fi connection.
  • Lackluster customization options. While some of Bose's more premium speakers are compatible with the Bose Music app, which gives you access to bass and treble adjustment features, they don't offer graphic EQs for full sound customization. Other Bose speakers don't have any sound customization features at all.
  • Limited stereo support. While a few of the Bose speakers we've tested support stereo content, most of them need to be paired to a second unit to play stereo audio and downmix stereo content to mono when used on their own, which doesn't sound as immersive.
  • No room correction features. The Bose speakers we've tested don't offer a room correction feature, so your audio sounds different depending on the room you're listening in.

Overall, Bose makes a large selection of speakers that can please many different listeners, including smart speakers, portable Bluetooth speakers, and speakers for musicians. Their speakers are usually Bluetooth-compatible and offer balanced sound profiles out-of-the-box but lack premium sound customization features like graphic EQs or room correction features. They also may have to downmix stereo content into mono to play it, which isn't very immersive-sounding. You can use them with voice assistants, either from a paired device or via built-in support.

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 12, 2022: Recategorized picks to better reflect a price-based approach. Added the Bose SoundLink Revolve+II as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Bose Speaker', the Bose SoundLink Revolve II as the 'Best Mid-Range Bose Speaker', the Bose SoundLink Flex as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Bose Speaker', and the Bose SoundLink Color II as the 'Best Budget Bose Speaker'.

  2. Apr 28, 2022: Updated text for clarity; no changes to product picks.

  3. Jan 28, 2022: Checked text for accuracy and verified product availability. No changes were made to recommendations.

  4. Nov 29, 2021: Replaced the Bose SoundLink Revolve II with the Bose SoundLink Flex since it's better-built.

  5. Aug 31, 2021: Replaced the Bose SoundLink Micro with the Bose SoundLink Color II since it's a slightly better-performing speaker overall.

Conclusion

Bose is a well-known brand that offers many different types of speakers; depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the others. They make well-built Bluetooth speakers with a balanced and neutral sound out-of-the-box, and their smart speakers come with built-in voice assistant support. However, their models tend to lack extra sound customization options.

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