If you prefer not to wear headphones and still want to enjoy good-quality sound output when listening to your favorite music and other stuff, then Bluetooth speakers are your best bet — especially when you’re always on the move.
One huge upside of Bluetooth speakers is their portability. Whether you’d like to take your music along with you to the beach or for a picnic at the park, you can do that without feeling burdened.
Now, the market abounds with Bluetooth speakers by many different brands. But in this post, we’d be looking at the best Bluetooth speakers by Bose, one of the market leaders when it comes to speakers and sound systems.
Best Bose Bluetooth Speakers
Any Bluetooth speaker by Bose is a top-notch gadget that you won’t go wrong with. But since different products have their own unique upsides and downsides, we decided to craft this post to help you choose the best.
So, let’s dive right in!
1. Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker
Bose SoundLink Micro is the new ultra-portable speaker which doubles as the smallest and most affordable model in the audio company’s line. While it’s not really the cheapest wireless speaker on the market, the tiny square features a dinky design, an IPX7 waterproof rating and an impressive sound, making it one of the best portable speakers available.
The SoundLink Micro has an impressive build quality that’s devoid of the flashiness most Bluetooth speakers have. It is finished with a “tear resistant” rubber that should protect it from scratches and water drops while the bass port sits on its underside. It also has a flexible rubber strap which allows you to clip the speaker onto a bag and just about anything else while maintaining a sitting position for optimum bass performance.
The buttons are responsive to touch and can easily be seen even in the dark while the battery life indicator is positioned just by the Micro-USB charging port. Weighing 10 ounces, the SoundLink Micro feels great in hands and is quite small enough to fit into your pocket. The Bluetooth speaker comes in three color variants – black, midnight blue, and bright orange. In addition, you can make calls on this device due to its built-in speakerphone.
The SoundLink Micro is IPX7 certified, meaning you should have no worries about using it for a shower speaker. That, however, doesn’t mean you should immerse the speaker into a pool longer than 30 minutes as it is not buoyant and may easily develop issues. Coming to the battery, the speaker is rated 6 hours which we found to be true after several tests, except that the battery life may drop to about five hours if the volume is maxed out.
Thankfully, Bose didn’t disappoint people who asked for a device that could come handy during calls and use for Google voice assistant as the features worked very well. The pairing also was also speedy and simple as all you’d have to do is press the Bluetooth button and complete the process on the other device you want to connect to it.
If you’ve used portable speakers, you probably have been disappointed in the low volume which is often poor for outdoor listening, and in the weak bass and treble output. Surprisingly, the SoundLink Micro performs brilliantly as the volume is loud enough to use away from home (but not in an annoying way) while the bass exceeds expectations.
Not to get your hopes high, the output did have some distortion but it was minimal compared to similar small-sized speakers. If you want decent quality, it’s better to keep the volume below 85% to preserve the purity of the sound. At that volume, the output can easily fill a small room while maintaining its richness and clarity.
- Very portable
- Rubber finish provides a durable build
- IPX7 water resistant
- Rich bass output
- No fast charging
- Weak battery life
2. Bose SoundLink Revolve+ (Portable &Long Lasting) Bluetooth Speaker
A cylindrical Bluetooth speaker that produces a 360-degree sound, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is another brilliant, portable speaker from the audio company. The Revolve+ is targeted at audiophiles who want a wireless speaker that offers impressive sound quality and long-lasting battery life.
It’s no surprise that the styling of the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is similar to that of its sibling, Bose SoundLink Revolve. The Bluetooth speaker has a perforated aluminum enclosure that wraps around the speaker with a handy handle for taking on the go. While the rounded bottom and top are both rubber, the top features the controls which include power, pairing, volume, aux switch, and multifunction buttons. There’s also a microphone which can pick up your voice during calls
Flip the Revolve+ to its rear and you will find the Micro USB port for charging and 3.5mm aux input. Underneath the speaker, there’s a standard tripod mount so you can set it on the ground. Don’t worry about its bigger size which creates the notion that it weighs a ton – it is portable enough to take with you to a party.
The Revolve+ has an IPX4 water-resistance rating, meaning it is only splash-proof and not meant for the pool or bathtub. It also uses vocal prompts (an American female voice) to tell you when it’s connected to a device or when it can’t find one to pair with. If you don’t like this feature, you can mute it.
The Bluetooth speaker also has a multi-pairing ability which allows you to stereo-pair two Revolve+ or set them in a multiroom party mode so they can all play the same music. Battery life is said to be 16 hours but you can only get that much out when you use it at a reduced volume because if you crank it up, you will get just about 10 to 12 hours listening time.
Perhaps, the major edge the Revolve+ has over its sibling is that it improves sound quality and has an expansive soundstage due to its loudness. Don’t let the loud output get you worried because you will still be able to detect individual sounds and vocals. Its 360-degree sonics is quite impressive such that you’re unlikely to notice any dead spots when you walk around the room.
The sound quality is also excellent as the Revolve+ gives a detailed bass, sweet treble, and upper mid-range. But if you want to reinforce the bass response, simply place the speaker next to a wall and you will get a slightly better rendering than when you place it at the center of the room. This doesn’t mean you won’t notice some letdown because the Revolve+ is only capable of so much but on the overall, the sound quality is really impressive.
- Full and balanced sound
- 16-hour battery life
- Multi-device pairing
- Effective 360-degree sonics
- Only splash-proof
- Charging dock sold separately
- No smart assistant onboard
- No fast charging
3. Bose SoundLink Colour II Bluetooth Speaker
If you’ve used SoundLink Colour, chances are that you were impressed by its good sound quality despite its size like we were. The sequel, the Bose SoundLink Colour II takes over the baton from where it stopped and what we have now is a relatively affordable speaker, better sound quality, splash-proof body but average battery life.
The Colour II takes on the design of a little teapot due to its short and stout body build. However, instead of the traditional hard plastic, most portable speakers are known for, it is coated with soft-touch rubber which easily attracts dust and makes it prone to scrapes. On the positive side, it makes the speaker feel comfortable in the hand even when it’s wet.
Keeping in touch with the design of speakers from the audio company, all the controls are positioned on top which includes power, playback, volume, pairing, and Aux-in. There are also slots for the 3.5mm headphone jack as well as the Micro USB charging port. As the name suggests, Colour II comes in a few color options like red, blue, white and black. The design is obviously not an upgrade on its predecessor but it does look a little mature.
The Colour II comes with IPX4 water resistance which is only splash-proof and not really waterproof. In simple words, it’s a bad idea taking it with you to the pool or letting it stay in the rain for too long if you want it to survive. It is also compatible with virtual assistants like Siri and Google even though you just may have to struggle to hear their responses.
Its battery life is rated 8 hours which is average compared to what other models offer, and it can remember up to eight devices paired to it. The multipoint Bluetooth allows you to pair two devices to the speaker simultaneously. There’s a companion app for iOS and Android – Bose Connect – which is a nice idea if you want to rename the speaker, disable voice prompts and check your remaining battery life. The problem with it is that it crashes too often which can be frustrating.
The Colour II follows the trend of other models like the SoundLink Colour due to its excellent sound despite its size. For starters, it can envelop a small room with sound while offering nice bass extension and impact. However, don’t expect it to do so well in a large room as there’s only so much a portable speaker can do.
While the speaker works with all types of music, it seems to perform better with jazz, classical, acoustical live music and soft rock genres. Apart from the bass which is decent for its size, the Mids are lush while highs are a little toned down to prevent the speaker from being fatiguing.
- Decent sound quality
- Multipoint Bluetooth
- Works with Siri and Google assistant
- Average battery life
- Attracts dust and lint
- Only Splash-proof
- No mounting solution
- Virtual assistance isn’t very audible
4. Bose SoundLink Revolve Portable Bluetooth Speaker
There are many reasons to buy a Bluetooth speaker. They can help share music during a party, guarantee audio fidelity while you move around the room, and are great for listening to your favorites due to their small size. The Bose SoundLink Revolve Portable Bluetooth Speaker performs these functions well and even more.
The Revolve comes in a sleek, strong aluminum body and a rubberized base that takes on a cylindrical shape but without a handle which doesn’t affect its body build which is extremely well made a larger sibling. The top of the speaker features the control buttons which includes power, volume, playback, Bluetooth 4.0 and aux. There’s also a multifunction button with which you can control everything on the unit including activating voice assistants. In addition, the Revolve is compatible with answering calls as it comes with a microphone to pick up your voice.
The bottom of the Revolve features a threaded tripod so you can attach it to a wall mount or a stand and also four pins for an optional charging dock. Bose expects you to get the charging dock separately instead of throwing it in for free. The wireless speaker is available in only black color which should blend with any clothes you’re wearing out.
The Revolve requires somewhat delicate handling if you’re looking to use it for long as it’s not fully waterproof or dustproof. This is a little disappointing considering that most portable speakers are fully waterproof, and can be used outdoors and in the pool. Another feature worth noting is the speaker’s ability to connect with another speaker for stereo or amplification, provided it’s within the range of 10m. This feature is becoming rampant and is hardly something to get excited about.
Then, there’s the Bose app with which you can use to pair the speaker with your device even though you can do the pairing on the device itself. Coming to the battery life, the Revolve puts up a good showing, lasting 12 hours at moderate listening volumes. Don’t forget to charge the speaker way earlier than you’d need it because it lacks a fast charging feature, taking about 5 hours to charge from zero to 100%.
The Revolve comes behind in several aspects but its sound quality makes for a good reason to purchase a unit. Audiophiles will love this portable speaker because of its omnidirectional output which guarantees the same listening experience no matter where you place the speaker. Its bass response is rich, detailed and a little more natural than we expected.
In terms of volume, the portable speaker also does well in pumping out music in all directions and should have no problem filling a small or medium sized room with sound. It’s ideal for use in a dorm room, home office or bedroom. If the volume is not loud enough, apply the old trick of placing it near the wall to help reflect sound and maximize bass response.
- 360-degree Omni-directional sound
- Gorgeous design
- Great battery life
- Doesn’t come with charging dock
- Not fully water or dustproof
5. Bose SoundLink Mini II
In a time where audiophiles are constantly awaiting new models of speakers that can maintain the fidelity of sound, Bose has earned its reputation as the company that produces the best sounding wireless speakers in the world. The Bose SoundLink Mini II is another Bluetooth speaker from the brand and it does live up to expectations.
Weighing 1.5-pound (o.76kg), the SoundLink Mini II draws from its predecessor in terms of look and feel. Its body build is like a tank but lightly curved with an aluminum casing. It is small enough to fit into the hand but too long and deep to fit into a pocket. As usual, the top of the speaker features all the controls including power, volume, pairing, and a multifunction button. It also comes with a microphone for answering calls.
Adopting a minor deviation from the norm, the Micro USB charging port, and 3.5mm headphone jack are positioned on the left side of the speaker instead of the usual backside. Underneath the wireless speaker, there are four pins for using the included dock if you don’t want to charge the unit using the charging cable. The Bose SoundLink Mini II comes in two colors – Carbon and Pearl. Overall, the wireless speaker is a sleek, compact unit that exudes quality due to its aluminum case and weight.
The speaker is light on features as its major selling point remains its sound quality. For example, it is not waterproof nor dustproof, so you want to think twice before going out with it or go swimming with it. Going further, it has no NFC which can be found in other models for easy pairing even though there’s a new voice system to tell you the battery level and the name of the devices that it’s connected to.
The battery life is better than the previous model which lasted a little over three hours as the SoundLink Mini II is quoted to last eight to ten hours. It also allows you to pair two devices at a time and switch between them as you wish while it can remember up to eight devices.
Like its predecessor, the Bose SoundLink Mini II offers a sound quality that remains one of the best any wireless speaker can produce. The sound is relatively clean and natural while the bass is quite good considering its size. Play heavy songs on the speaker and you’d be amazed at the detailed and astonishingly bass sound it produces without distortion, even at high volume.
The volume is also incredibly loud enough to fill a small room while delivering a smooth and well-textured tone with decent mid-range presence. The highs remained energetic like it’s always been on previous models while the instruments were distinct enough to notice. The SoundLink Mini II is another proof that Bose’s speakers can sound great at any volume.
- Excellent sound
- Sleek body build
- Better battery life than the previous model
- Charge dock included
- No NFC or Multipoint Bluetooth
- Not water or dust resistant
- Not cheap
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