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Are you looking for Bluetooth speakers for on the road, at home or do you want to keep both options open? Do you want great sounding bass in a compact design with plenty of battery life? Then Bose Bluetooth speakers could be the perfect choice for you!

In our Bose Bluetooth speaker review 2021, we introduce you to Bluetooth speakers from Bose in more detail. You will get important information about the different models, as well as criteria to consider when buying, so that products can be evaluated and compared. With the help of this article, you will be able to find the right Bose Bluetooth speaker for you.




Summary

  • Bose Bluetooth speakers are available for indoor models, outdoor models and models that combine indoor and outdoor. The models differ in terms of their area of application
  • Alternative manufacturers of Bluetooth speakers are JBL and Teufel, where you can buy comparable models
  • The following criteria should be considered when making a purchase: Design, sound quality, battery performance, features and outdoor suitability.

The Best Bose Bluetooth Speaker: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Bose Bluetooth speaker

Before you buy a Bose Bluetooth speaker, you should gather some information. In the following paragraphs, we have summarised the most important information for you.

What is the difference between Bose Bluetooth speakers and other speaker manufacturers?

In the field of Bluetooth speakers, Bose is one of the most successful companies in the industry. The company focuses on perfect sound quality in design-oriented systems. Small speakers that save a lot of space have become the trademark of Bose.

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With so many options, choosing the right Bluetooth speaker can be extremely difficult. We've put together some information to help you decide.
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Bose offers a wide range of Bluetooth speakers, so there's a speaker to suit every need and budget.

Continuous improvement and further development of audio devices play an important role at Bose.

This corporate philosophy is reflected in the slogan "Better Never Quits".

How much does a Bose Bluetooth speaker cost?

The prices of Bose Bluetooth speakers vary depending on the features and performance.

The cheapest new products are available from 70 euros, not including promotional discounts. In most cases, the cheapest products are intended for home use only, which is why water resistance is not an additional feature.

On sites such as Ebay-Kleinanzeigen.de, used Bose Bluetooth speakers can be purchased, which experience has shown to be the cheapest option. However, the manufacturer's warranty is no longer valid.

The somewhat more expensive versions, which can be used not only at home but also on the road, can be purchased for 150 euros or more. High-end products are available from a hefty price of 250 euros.

Model Price
Bose Soundlink Micro from 70€
Bose Soundlink Revolve+ from 150€
Bose Soundtouch 30 Series III from 250€

What are the alternatives to Bose Bluetooth speakers?

Bluetooth speakers are not only offered by Bose, but also by other manufacturers. Other well-known manufacturers of Bluetooth speakers are:

  • JBL
  • Teufel

When making your purchase decision, you should not neglect to compare them with other manufacturers in order to choose a product that suits your preferences. The manufacturers are presented in more detail in the following text.

Bluetooth speakers from JBL

JBL manufactures headphones and speaker systems for the home and produces the best-selling Bluetooth speaker with the JBL Flip 4. In 2016, the company, which has been part of the Harman International Group since 1969, was taken over by Samsung. In terms of price, there is hardly any difference between JBL and Bose.

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Both JBL and Teufel offer comparable Bluetooth speakers. JBL is known for the round design of their Flip speakers.
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Bluetooth speakers from Teufel

Teufel comes from Berlin and has the loudest Bluetooth speaker on the market with the "Rockster". In general, Teufel offers high-class Bluetooth speakers that can only be purchased through direct sales. The price of Teufel speakers is lower than that of Bose speakers.

Decision section: What types of Bose Bluetooth speakers are there and which is the right one for you?

If you decide to buy a Bose Bluetooth speaker, you can choose between different types. Bose Bluetooth speakers can be divided into three categories:

  • Outdoor models
  • Indoor models
  • Combination of outdoor and indoor models

Depending on the application, the different models have advantages and disadvantages. You can find out about the differences between the models and which one is best for you in the next sections.

What are outdoor Bose speakers with Bluetooth and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Outdoor Bose speakers with Bluetooth are designed so you can take great sound with you wherever you go. Whether it's a barbecue, a visit to the beach or a leisurely bike ride. With the outdoor models from Bose, special outdoor experiences are supported with the right soundtrack.

The wireless models also have a long battery life and are water and sand resistant, so you don't have to expect any nasty surprises in the event of a sudden change in the weather or if your tour lasts a little longer than expected.

Advantages
  • Long battery life
  • Water/sand resistant
  • Compactness
Disadvantages
  • Varying sound quality
  • Hardly any connectivity
To improve sound quality, the model is mounted on a heavy-duty bracket.

On the other hand, the connectivity options of an outdoor model are limited. Often, the devices only have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, whereby Wi-Fi can only be used to a limited extent when on the move.

Furthermore, some models can only be laid down, which reduces the sound quality.

What are Indoor Bose speakers with Bluetooth and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Indoor Bose speakers with Bluetooth are designed for use in the home. The indoor models convince with a very good three-dimensionality of the sound and good sound quality. In addition, some models can be used as amplifiers due to their connection options.

Advantages
  • Very good three-dimensionality of the sound
  • Good sound quality
  • Connectivity
Disadvantages
  • Not water- or sand-proof
  • Low battery life
  • Differentiation of sounds

On the other hand, there is the low battery life and the fact that there is no protection against water or sand. These disadvantages can be overlooked, however, as the models were developed primarily for domestic use.

What are Bose speakers that combine indoor and outdoor use and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

The Bose speaker models, which are suitable for both home and on-the-go use, convince with a very good 360-degree sound quality, long battery life and enough connectivity options. In addition, the speakers are waterproof thanks to IPX4 water protection.

Advantages
  • Very good 360-degree sound quality
  • Long battery life
  • Connectivity
Disadvantages
  • Price
  • Differentiation of sounds
  • Sound weak middle

The price is a little too expensive for those for whom sound is everything in a speaker. This is justified by the relative outdoor suitability.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate Bose Bluetooth speakers

Bose Bluetooth speakers are available in different models. In the following section, we will show you which criteria are used to compare and evaluate the different product variants:

In the next sections, we will explain what is important in the individual criteria.

Design

It is clear that the functionality of the Bluetooth speakers is in the foreground. But the design is not completely unimportant. After all, the speaker should also look good. Many manufacturers focus on a round construction, extravagant shapes or a design that resembles a retro radio. In addition, the speakers contain LED lighting.

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Because of their design, uneven places are no problem for Bose Bluetooth speakers.
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Bose Bluetooth speakers come in a variety of shapes. But most Bose speakers have an angular design that makes placement easier.

Sound quality

Bose speakers are known for their powerful bass, especially in their mini speakers.

The most important criterion for a speaker is, of course, the sound quality. This is not only based on subjective impressions when listening to music, but also on objective factors.

Care should be taken to ensure that there is no excessive loss of quality or noise at high volumes.

The 360-degree sound also plays an important role. When listening to music, you should always have the feeling that you are standing in the right spot to experience the complete sound.

Bose Bluetooth speakers have a powerful sound that covers the entire room. The bass harmonises with the sound and is neither too weak nor too dominant.

Battery life

Many devices achieve battery runtimes of up to 20 hours. After all, Bluetooth speakers should not be connected to the charging cable all the time. Therefore, when buying a Bluetooth speaker, make sure that the battery life is at least 6 hours. In addition, the time that the speaker needs to be fully charged must be taken into account.

The battery life of Bose speakers varies depending on the model. The Bose Soundlink Micro lasts 6 hours. The Soundlink Mini 2 and Revolve last twice as long.

Features

Most Bose Bluetooth speakers can be connected to other Bose speakers for even better sound in multiple rooms.

Other connectivity options besides Bluetooth, such as AUX, Wi-Fi or USB, can also be useful to connect transmitters and receivers. Additional features can include hands-free calling or the availability of internet radio.

In most cases, the outdoor models from Bose do not have any other connection options apart from the Bluetooth connection. This limits their further use as an amplifier or similar. Nevertheless, the lack of connectivity options does not give the outdoor models a break, as in the outdoors, the connection via Bluetooth is completely sufficient.

The indoor models have more connection options and can be used more variably via a WLAN, AUX or USB connection.

Outdoor suitability

If you want to take your Bluetooth speaker outdoors, it should have at least IPX4 protection against splashing water. Ideally, it should even have IPX7 protection, which allows the speaker to be immersed in water for short periods.

In addition, the Bluetooth speakers should have a general robustness so as not to experience any unwanted surprises outdoors.

The Bose Soundlink Mini 2 has no additional protection against water, so the speaker is only marginally suitable for the outdoors. The exception to this is very nice weather, where you don't need to worry about rain.

The Revolve and Micro, on the other hand, have IPX4 protection against water, so they don't mind if it rains and you're still out and about.

Facts worth knowing about Bose Bluetooth speakers

In this section, we'll conclude by giving you some important information and troubleshooting tips about Bose Bluetooth speakers. If you already own a Bose Bluetooth speaker, you may find some useful tips here.

What should you do if the speaker stops charging?

In some cases, the problem can be solved simply by restarting the speaker's system. There are 4 steps to reboot:

  • 1.Step: Connect the speaker to the power supply.
  • 2. Step: Press and hold the multifunction button for 10 seconds.
  • 3. Step: While pressing the multifunction button, disconnect the speaker from the mains and release the multifunction button at the same time.
  • 4. Step: Reconnect the speaker to the mains to complete the reboot.

If the speaker still has problems, we recommend that you check for the latest updates for your device:

  1. The update requires a USB A to USB Micro B cable (included with the power supply).
  2. The computer must have an Internet connection.
  3. Search for "Bose Bluetooth Device Update" at: http://btu.bose.com.
  4. Accept and proceed to accept the terms of the Bose Updater and complete the process.

How do you connect multiple Bose Bluetooth speakers?

If you have multiple Bose speakers, it's easy to connect them together:

  1. You must ensure that both speakers are turned on.
  2. One speaker must be connected to your mobile device via Bluetooth.
  3. On the connected device, press and hold the Bluetooth and Volume + buttons at the same time.
  4. You must not release the buttons until you hear a voice prompt. "On a second device, press the Bluetooth and Volume Down buttons at the same time".
  5. Then press the Bluetooth and Volume - buttons on the other speaker at the same time.
  6. When you hear a tone, you can release the buttons and the "party mode" is activated.

For the best sound experience, place the speakers in the same room, in the same outdoor area or with no obstacles between them.

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