Best Bose speakers 2021: portable, multi-room, wireless

Best Bose speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?’s round-up of the best Bose speakers you can buy in 2021.

Best Bose speakers 2021: portable, multi-room, wireless

The best Bose speakers are serious pound-for-pound performers. You get a premium build quality, intuitive controls and some bold, expressive audio. Even the small ones tend to impress.

In the past, we’ve criticised Bose’s lack of support for hi-res audio files, but the latest models now support the likes of FLAC and WAV. Some models even support Amazon Alexa voice commands and music services like Spotify and Deezer too.

If you’re looking to create a wireless multi-room system, the SoundTouch range is Bose’s answer to a Sonos set-up. It’s comprised of three speaker sizes – 10, 20 and 30 – that can be linked together to create room-filling sound.

The Bose speaker range covers a range of prices at the more affordable end of the market but, generally, the more you spend, the more powerful and dynamic the sound.

This multi-talented speaker gave us goosebumps with its bright, bold dynamic sound and refined performance. IPX4 water-resistant, it boasts a superb 12-hour battery, making it ideal an outdoor speaker.

Bose has managed to extract huge performance from its cylindrical design, which pumps out 360-degree sound in an effort to eliminate sweet spots. The clever design even includes a pressure trap to reduce distortion.

It comes with a raft of features, including a dedicated button that allows you to tap into your phone’s voice assistant (even if your phone is in another room). If you’re looking for the best portable Bose speaker, grab one of these.

Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Revolve

This might be the smallest and most affordable speaker in Bose’s multi-room range, but we think it’s also the best. Considering that it’s the size of a carton of juice, the detailed, spacious sound – underpinned by deep, rich bass – is pretty darn impressive.

Bose has done a decent job of simplifying its user interface, so grouping this speaker with others in the SoundTouch collection is a cinch. There’s support for Spotify Connect and Deezer, plus you can stream FLAC files from your favourite device.

Fan of Tidal? Unfortunately that’s not supported. If that’s not a deal-breaker, the SoundTouch 10 is an is an excellent standalone speaker that can be spun out into a multi-room system.

Read the full review: Bose SoundTouch 10

This diminutive speaker is just 5.1cm high, but you’ll get a shock when you pick it up: it feels more like concrete than aluminium. The advantage of the stout build is that it translates into hefty bass that belies the size of this tiny Bluetooth speaker.

The sound is warm, natural and expressive – without slipping into boombox territory – and the design is sleek. Buttons are kept to a bare minimum: power, volume and Bluetooth pairing (it remembers the last eight devices paired, making it a welcome guests at playlist parties).

The one area where this speaker doesn’t quite hit the mark is the bass, which could be tighter. That said, this impressive, picnic-friendly speaker is plenty loud enough for a bedside table or a dinner party.

Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Mini II

The ‘big daddy’ of the SoundTouch speakers is undeniably chunky, but impresses with it’s dynamic sonic ability. Bass is punchy and Bose’s ‘Waveguide’ technology does a great job optimising the performance of the drivers, creating a big, room-filling sound.

It’s designed to be used as part of a Bose multi-room system, so pairing is simple and intuitive, and there’s plenty of streaming support including Spotify Connect and Amazon Music. Bose has also added support for Amazon Alexa voice commands.

Compared to a Sonos system, you might find Bose’s control app a bit fiddly but this is a well-equipped and accomplished wireless speaker.

Read the full review: Bose SoundTouch 30 series III

Pitched between the smaller SoundTouch 10, and bigger SoundTouch 30, this compact offering delivers solid, insightful midrange performance. It’s not shy when it comes to bass, either. Great if you’re throwing a wild house party; perhaps not great if you’re casually listening to Simon & Garfunkel.

Like it’s two cousins, the SoundTouch 20 series III is compatible with a decent range of streaming services including Spotify Connect, Deezer and Amazon Music. Controls are simple, with six presets offering convenient, one-touch access to your favourite music.

There are better standalone Bluetooth speakers, but if you have your heart set on a Bose multi-room system, the SoundTouch 20 represents good value for money.

Read the full review: Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III

Not the best for a classic, quality, hi-fi-type sound but the Bose Home Speaker 300 will certainly add some beef to your listening. Part of the wider Bose smart speaker family, it’s voice-enabled through both Alexa and Google Assistant and can be used as a unit of a Bose multi-room set-up too. It also supports AirPlay 2.

Sound-wise, you’re looking at a mono system here through a single, full-range driver which fires downwards into an acoustic deflector to spread sound 360 degrees from its ovular chassis. It definitely gives an even and impressively weighty performance that will please many but, if you’re after something sonically more refined, this may not be the smart speaker for you.

 

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