Bose is the most recognizable name in audio performance, period. The best Bose speakers deliver a distinct and clear sound that will make you feel like you’re in a movie theater. In short, when you see the Bose name on the front of a speaker, you know it’s going to sound amazing.
The company has an impressive line of speakers including everything from portable Bluetooth speakers to full home theater packages. No matter what kind of audio experience you’re looking for, there is most certainly a Bose speaker out there that will fit your needs.
However, if you’re not an experienced home theater pro, it can be hard to pick the best audio-visual products for your home. To help you out, here are our choices for the best Bose speakers for sale in 2021.
1. Bose SoundLink Mini II
BEST PORTABLE BOSE SPEAKER
The SoundLink Mini II Special Edition is the combination of portability and sound quality that most speakers strive for in vain. Although it’s small, this speaker still gets plenty loud. It’s ideal for intimate holiday soirees or backyard barbecues. The sound is crisp, clear and balanced, which Bose is unmistakably known for. And the compact size allows you to bring this great audio quality with you on the go. Small enough to easily toss into a bag or purse, the SoundLink Mini II Special Edition also has an excellent battery. You won’t have to worry much about recharging the device, which features an extended 12-hour battery life.
Bose has made it really easy to connect this speaker to multiple devices. Once you connect your phone to the Mini II once, it will remember your device. In fact, it stores up to eight devices for quick Bluetooth connections. Bose strikes a great balance of portability and sound quality with the Mini Special Edition. For all these reasons, it’s our choice for the best portable Bose speaker — and there’s some steep competition for that title.
2. Bose Smart Soundbar 300
BEST BOSE SOUNDBAR
For those who have a whole suite of Alexa-compatible products around the house, having a separate Amazon Echo in the living room seems a bit redundant. The Bose Smart Soundbar has Alexa and Google Assistant baked in, so you can upgrade your home theater audio and bark out all the commands you want.
But the tricks don’t stop there. You can stream music via Spotify, AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth, control playback of movies and TV shows with your voice and even sync certain Bose headphones for some late-night binging. Plus, if you want to expand the sound, you can pick from Bose’s line of wireless surround speakers and subwoofers.
3. Bose Portable Home Speaker
The Bose Portable Home Speaker has Bose’s signature 360 sound and a great amount of utility. You can connect to it wirelessly through your home WiFi for the best audio quality possible — it’s compatible with Airplay 2, Spotify Connect and Amazon Music — or through Bluetooth when you’re outside of your WiFi range. You can also control the speaker with your smartphone or voice, thanks to baked-in support for Alexa and Google Home. It’s primarily designed to be a home speaker, but with a durable and water-resistant design, you shouldn’t hesitate to bring it outside. Plus, the 12-hour battery life ensures you aren’t out and about with a dead speaker on your hands. This is easily one of the best Bose speakers you can buy.
4. Bose 151 SE Environmental Speakers
BEST BACKYARD SPEAKERS
It may be winter, but thanks to the ongoing pandemic, we’re still spending more time in our backyards than ever. If you’re looking for an upgrade over your dinky old Bluetooth speaker, the Bose 151 SE Environmental Speakers are absolutely the move. These swanky outdoor speakers can connect to your home theater receiver in your living room (or maybe your old stereo receiver in the garage) via a wired connection and offer up a high-fidelity sound that won’t be prone to weak signals or other connection issues. Plus, these are weatherproof, so you can leave them exposed to the elements year-round and not worry about them falling apart.
5. Bose Companion 2 Computer Speakers
BEST SURROUND SOUND UPGRADE
If you need a pair of simple computer speakers that are cheap and easy to set up, look no further than the Bose Companion 2. Just connect your computer with an aux cable and you’re good to go. You don’t have to worry about incompatible computers, installing drivers or freeing up a USB port. But don’t be fooled by the lack of flashy features here, as Bose packs some serious sound quality into these things. They can fill a room with all the audio you need. And when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, this might top the list of Bose products.
6. Bose Soundbar 700
The Bose SoundTouch 700 looks as great as it sounds. Movies, music and live TV come to life through the SoundTouch 700. But rattling bass and clean audio quality are only a few of the features that make this soundbar so desirable. For starters, you can connect your devices not only through Bluetooth but also through more reliable WiFi, so you don’t have to worry about walking out of range with your phone.
And if you aren’t by your phone or remote, Alexa or Google Assistant can lend a helping hand. You can speak to the SoundTouch 700 to control the soundbar with voice commands. You can even jump to specific channels just by saying “Alexa, go to MLB Network.” This assists even the least tech-savvy among us. It’s a great way to get a full sound system for your TV in a single smart device.
7. Bose Bass Module 700
It’s time to add a little thump to your home entertainment system with the Bose Bass Module 700. This powerful home speaker is designed to work seamlessly with most of Bose’s sound bars, but it pairs especially well with the Bose Soundbar 700. Wirelessly connect the two together to add floor rumbling bass to the crystal clear, surround sound audio provided by the soundbar. The Bass Module 700 is small enough to hide in your entertainment room, yet the little black box packs a ton of bass-producing power. Once you add the Bass Module 700 subwoofer to the Sound Bar 700, you’ll wonder how you went this long without it.
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8. Bose Surround Speakers 700
BEST SURROUND SOUND ADDITION
While the Surround Sound 700 speakers won’t work as a standalone solution to your home entertainment audio woes (they literally only function as surround speakers), they do make a perfect addition to your existing setup, especially if you already have a SoundTouch 300 or 700 soundbar. So when you’re ready to upgrade your home theater setup, these are the best Bose speakers for the job.
Two futuristic speakers stand like small towers that are perforated around the center where the drivers rest. Not only do they look like they’re from 2001: A Space Odyssey, but they also connect to your Bose soundbar wirelessly, which makes it incredibly simple to add these to your home stereo system incredibly simple. No speaker wires to run, connect and hide. And the crisp high-end immersive 360 audio the Surround Speakers 700 provide will have your home entertainment center singing like no other. These surround sound speakers are an easy way to upgrade your home entertainment system.
9. Bose TV Speaker
BEST DIALOGUE-ENHANCING SPEAKER
Although it might look like a sound bar, the Bose TV Speaker is not a sound bar in the traditional sense. Its main purpose is to make dialogue louder and clearer instead of immersing you in the world of whatever you’re watching. (If you’ve ever found yourself rewinding Game of Thrones to make out anything Jon Snow is mumbling, you know exactly what we’re talking about.)
For a single speaker solution to your home entertainment center sound woes, the Bose Solo 5 TV sound system is an inexpensive, simple and quality choice. Slide the Solo 5 under your TV, connect it with one simple cable, and you’ve instantly upgraded your TV’s sound quality. That said, the Bose TV Speaker is no one-trick pony: You can pair a Bose Bass Module with this thing to add some more heft to your audio or connect your phone via Bluetooth to stream music and podcasts.
10. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II
BEST FOR GETTING THE PARTY STARTED
The SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II isn’t as small or portable as the SoundLink Mini, but it does provide a little more volume to go with audio quality that’s clear and balanced. It’s a bit taller and wider than other Bluetooth speakers, but you can still carry it with one hand and it’s small enough to easily toss in a travel bag. It’s also a bit more rugged and water-resistant than the Mini, making it a better choice for outdoor use. While it’s in use, you can expect up to eight hours of battery life, and more if you use an aux cord. It comes in six different colors to personalize your SoundLink to your style or have it blend in with your home decor. This Bluetooth speaker can be your personal music companion while at home or on a weekend camping trip.
11. Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker
BEST FOR HIKING
Bringing the Bose SoundLink Micro with you while you go for a hike is a smart move. Not only does it have a micro footprint –– you can literally clip it to your backpack or the handrail of your bike –– it’s also waterproof. You don’t have to worry if a sudden rainstorm hits while you’re outside or if your speaker unclips and hits the ground. That’s what it’s made for. If you can’t get to your phone while you’re hiking, you can use the SoundLink Micro to access Alexa, Siri or Google as long as your phone is connected. If you need a speaker that can handle some adventure, the rugged Bose SoundLink Micro is up for the challenge.
12. Bose Lifestyle 650 Home Entertainment System
BEST BOSE HOME THEATER SYSTEM
Available in both black and white, this Bose home entertainment speaker system looks as gorgeous as it sounds. And no need for ugly, loose wires running all over your entertainment room to connect the system together. The Lifestyle 650 is truly wireless. The system also allows you to connect your smartphone or tablet wirelessly via WiFi or Bluetooth. With a subwoofer, a center speaker and four surround sound speakers, you’ll be completely submerged in high-fidelity audio.
With a $4,000 price tag, this home theater audio system isn’t for everyone. However, with incredible 360-degree sound and a truly wireless design, the Lifestyle 650 offers a truly top-of-the-line immersive audio experience. For a less expensive option, check out the Acoustimass 10 Home Theater Speaker System below.
13. Bose 301-V Stereo Loudspeakers
BEST BOSE BOOKSHELF SPEAKERS
If you already have a stereo receiver that you have for your setup that’s focused on music listening but need a new pair of speakers to add some extra thump, the Bose 301-V Stereo Loudspeakers will serve you well. Equipped with three 2-inch tweeters and an 8-inch woofer, these bookshelf speakers have lenses that are designed to cast a wide soundstage for a spacious listening experience. Furthermore, if you decide you want to turn your music listening station into a full-blown home theater, these speakers are also tuned for movie and TV audio.
14. Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth Speaker
BEST BIG BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
Plop the SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth Speaker in the middle of the room and you’re all set. Everybody will be able to enjoy excellent sound quality with the 360-degree sound projection. The Revolve+ also comes with a flexible handle to move it around with ease. With the IPX4 water-resistant rating, you can even bring it outside without having to worry if it gets a little bit wet, although, you don’t want to leave it out in a rainstorm. That being said, it’s not as waterproof or durable as the Bose Micro.
Like the best Bose speakers, you won’t have to worry about the party stopping on behalf of a drained battery. The SoundLink Revolve+ gets up to 16 hours of continuous play (depending on how you use the speaker of course). It’s got a great design for a portable home Bluetooth speaker that will impress you and your friends. If you host outdoor parties, then this is the best Bose speaker for the job.
15. Bose Home Speaker 500
BEST VOICE CONTROL
The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a smart speaker with superior sound quality. The Bose Home Speaker 500 has many features that make this a great smart home upgrade. If you want to stream music while you host a dinner party or play music during game night, the Home Speaker 500 is the speaker for you.
The two drivers point in opposite directions to help fill the room with clear and crisp audio from numerous audio services including Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio to name a few. You can control the playback with your voice, or you can set up one-touch presets to get to your favorite playlist or internet radio station with a touch of a button. Plus, the Home Speaker 500 is enabled with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can control not only your music but also get the news and your daily calendar run-down just by asking your speaker. It’s one of the best-sounding and most advanced smart speakers we’ve seen.
16. Bose Wave SoundTouch System IV
It’s happened to all of us (well, anyone born before 1993): you have an old CD, maybe of your high school band or of that rare live performance that you can’t find anywhere else, but you don’t have anywhere to play it. Most cars or computers don’t have disk drives anymore. That’s where the Wave SoundTouch System IV comes in handy. It can play everything from CDs and AM/FM radio to streaming Spotify, Pandora and Amazon Music. You can control the system with either the remote or your phone using the Bose app. All of that is wrapped together in one versatile home audio package. It’s a great option for those who still have a little old-school flavor in them.
17. Bose Surround Speakers
BUDGET SURROUND SPEAKERS
While these cheaper Bose Surround Speakers can’t match the luxe looks or 360 audio of the Bose Surround Speakers 700, the actual audio quality is just as good, but at a drastically lower price. They’ll also pair with all the same Bose soundbars as their more expensive siblings which means that you don’t have to splurge on surround speakers if you want to add these to a Bose Soundbar 700. And they’re smaller, so if you’re interested in not having your living room dominated by speakers, these are a great choice to consider.