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The 4 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. 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 For Home

    7.3
    Music
    7.1
    Videos/Movies
    6.6
    Podcasts
    9.1
    Voice Assistant
    5.6
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    No

    The best Bose Bluetooth speaker for home that we've tested is the Bose Home Speaker 500. This wired-only model comes with built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant via Wi-Fi, and the voice assistants can understand you even if you're far away or talking in a noisy environment. It also comes with a display screen that shows the time and information about the music you're listening to, which is handy. This stereo speaker has a pretty neutral mid-range out-of-the-box, so vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly, though they may sound a bit dull due to the underemphasized treble. You can customize its sound using the bass and treble adjustment features in the Bose Music app. It's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatible, and it also supports multi-room pairing, so you can pair multiple Bose Home Speakers together to play audio across different rooms in your house at the same time.

    Unfortunately, its wired-only design means it isn't very portable, and it's a bit too big and bulky to carry with one hand. While it gets pretty loud, there's some compression when you play it at max volume, which can be disappointing if you want to use it at parties. Also, like many small speakers, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing if you love bass-heavy music. However, if you're looking for a smart speaker to use in your home, it's a solid choice.

    See our review

  2. Best Portable Bose Speaker

    6.9
    Music
    6.8
    Videos/Movies
    8.0
    Podcasts
    9.0
    Voice Assistant
    6.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is the best Bose portable speaker that we've tested. This well-built model is pretty small and lightweight, and its built-in carrying handle makes it easy to carry with one hand. It even has an IPX4 rating for water resistance, so it's certified to be able to withstand small splashes of water. Out-of-the-box, it has a slightly boomy sound profile that adds extra thump and punch to your music, making it ideal for fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM. You can customize it using the bass and treble adjustments in the Bose Music companion app. It also has built-in support for Google Assistant and Alexa voice assistants, but they require a Wi-Fi connection.

    Unfortunately, it only lasts for a little over five hours off of a single charge, which may not be suitable for long days on the go. It doesn't get very loud, either, and there's a lot of compression when you play it at max volume, so it isn't suitable for use in a large room or at a crowded party. It also has to downmix stereo content into mono to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive. However, it's still a versatile smart speaker that's easy to bring with you on the go.

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  3. Best Outdoor Bose Speaker

    6.3
    Music
    5.7
    Videos/Movies
    7.5
    Podcasts
    6.2
    Voice Assistant
    7.0
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best outdoor Bose speaker we've tested is the Bose SoundLink Flex. This sturdy speaker is 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 don't have to worry about it getting too wet or dirty when taking it outside with you. It's 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 it 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 most speakers its size, it lacks a thumpy and rumbling low-bass, and you can't tweak its sound to your liking. Its battery also only lasted around seven hours in our tests, so you may have to recharge it if you're using it for a full day outdoors. If you're looking for a Bose speaker with longer-lasting battery life, the Bose SoundLink Revolve II lasted over nine hours in our tests. While it isn't as well-built as the Flex, it's still rated IP55 for dust and water resistance, meaning it can withstand a bit of rain. That said, if you're looking for a good Bose speaker to bring along with you to the beach or on a hike, the Flex is still a solid choice.

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  4. Best Budget Bose Speaker

    6.0
    Music
    5.7
    Videos/Movies
    7.1
    Podcasts
    5.6
    Voice Assistant
    6.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The Bose SoundLink Color II is the best budget Bose Speaker we've tested. This compact stereo speaker is shaped like a square and comes in many different colors. It's rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be able to withstand small splashes of water. It has a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though they can also sound a bit 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. Additionally, it can be paired to other compatible speakers when you want to create a stereo pair 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 there isn't a graphic EQ or presets you can use to adjust its sound to your liking. It also doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present at max volume that can impact its sound quality. It's important to note that while it retails for a bit more than our $100 price point, we haven't tested any cheaper Bose speakers that perform better than it yet. That said, if you're looking for a budget Bose speaker, it's worth considering.

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Compared to other brands


  • Well-balanced sound profile. Bose's speakers offer a pretty neutral, balanced sound profile 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 lots of 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 may sound different depending on the room you're listening in.

Overall, Bose makes a large selection of speakers that can please many different types of 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. Nov 29, 2021: Replaced the Bose SoundLink Revolve II with the Bose SoundLink Flex since it's better-built.

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

  3. Jun 02, 2021: Added the Bose SoundLink II as the 'Best Outdoor Bose Speaker'.

Conclusion

Bose is a well-known brand that offers many different types of speakers; depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over 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 a lot of extra sound customization options.

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