Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker

Last updated date: January 7, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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We looked at the top 1 Bluetooth Speakers and dug through the reviews from 5 of the most popular review sites including CNET, Tech Radar, Trusted Reviews, Tech Gear Lab, PC Magazine and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bluetooth Speaker you should buy.

Overall Take

Bose is known for its great sound, and the Soundlink Revolve doesn't disappoint. The 360-degree sound makes this one even more powerful, providing deeper tones than you'd expect from such a small speaker. In our analysis of 52 expert reviews, the Bose Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Bluetooth Speaker for a detailed review of all the top bluetooth speakers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.2
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
2,834 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
What separates the Bose from its competitors is the ability play a little louder, put out more bass without distorting and sound a little more natural with decent detail
- CNET
April 28, 2017 | Full review
The 360-degree sound makes the Revolve more suited to listening outdoors than the directional sound of the SoundLink Color II.
- Tech Radar
November 26, 2018 | Full review
The sound from the Revolve is detailed and spacious, with good release of the treble and upper mid-range.
- Trusted Reviews
October 9, 2017 | Full review
In our testing, the Revolve delivered the kind of crisp, balanced, immersive sound that we did not expect to come from a Bluetooth speaker.
- Tech Gear Lab
May 15, 2017 | Full review
Generally speaking, the SoundLink Revolve delivers modest response in the sub-bass realm, plentiful presence in the lows and low-mids, and sculpted highs to match.
- PC Magazine
June 1, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The Revolve sounded the same whether plugged in or running via battery, although Bose says output is limited slightly to conserve power when the battery dips below 30 percent.
- CNET
April 28, 2017 | Full review
It’s disappointing that Bose didn’t throw in the $30 (£19.95) charging dock for free like it does with the slightly cheaper SoundLink Mini II, which costs $180 (£170, AU$300).
- Tech Radar
November 26, 2018 | Full review
However, it does sound a bit ragged and distorted by the time it hits its limit.
- Trusted Reviews
October 9, 2017 | Full review
This isn't particularly heavy in the scheme of things, but it is heavy enough that you'll probably at least notice the extra weight in your bag or backpack.
- Tech Gear Lab
May 15, 2017 | Full review
Both of these speakers are well-made and sound great—but they also feel a tad overpriced.
- PC Magazine
June 1, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The sound link Revolve Bluetooth speaker from Bose is engineered to deliver Deep, loud and immersive sound in every direction. Place it in the center of the room to give everyone the same experience. Or set it near a wall and sound will radiate and reflect around the room, immersing you in that same feeling you felt at your favorite show. The Tapered cylindrical shape makes this wireless speaker easy to grab and go. Its durable aluminum body provides worry-free protection, and its water-resistant design lets you keep the party going, even if it starts to rain. The rechargeable, lithium-ion battery plays up to 12 hours—for full-day listening. Voice prompts talk you through wireless Bluetooth pairing, and you can easily take calls with the built-in speakerphone. You can even access Siri or Google now right from your speaker. Pair two sound link Revolve speakers in party mode for more performance. Or put them in stereo mode: instruments and vocals will naturally separate and spread across an immersive soundstage—making your music sound and feel as you know it should. The Bose connect app also helps you manage your devices, unlock Features and access future updates. You can easily charge the speaker via Micro-B USB port. And the auxiliary input allows you to connect to other audio sources. This mobile speaker is available in triple black or Lux gray. Included: sound link Revolve Bluetooth speaker; USB cable; wall charger.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
3. Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Monster Superstar Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 6
6. JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
7. Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 3 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 2
8. Beats Pill Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 2
9. Philips Izzy Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Bluetooth Speakers

At one time, if you wanted to listen to music at home, you needed a full stereo system, complete with large speakers and a CD or record player. But if you’re like many consumers, your music now resides on your smartphone, whether it’s songs you’ve purchased and downloaded or through a streaming service like Pandora or Spotify.

Sure, you can listen to your music through earbuds or the tiny little speaker built into your phone. But what if you’re having people over? Or what if you simply want to blast some tunes to keep you entertained while you tackle some big household project? For that, you’ll need a Bluetooth speaker. Simply connect it to your phone and press play.

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of Bluetooth speakers is that you can take them with you. Whether you’re planning a day at the beach or you just want some music while you’re hanging out with friends, the right speaker can have you up and running in minutes.

But chances are, you’re choosing a Bluetooth speaker based on a variety of factors. Your budget is important, but you also want to make sure you get the sound you want. If you’re taking it on that beach vacation, you’ll also want to make sure it can handle the occasional accidental splash of water. With so many options, the good news is that you can easily find a speaker that checks all of your boxes at a price that fits your budget.

As you’re shopping, though, consider exactly what you’ll be doing with your speaker. If you’ll be tossing it into your backpack or overnight bag, weight is an important factor. You may instead want to keep it in the shower or the edge of your bathtub, which makes water resistance important. When you factor in sound quality, the right choice will probably be clear.

DYWM Fun Fact

Bluetooth technology uses radio waves to allow two devices to communicate. At one time, making this communication happen could be clunky, but today’s phones can usually connect with just a couple of clicks. Once you’ve finished the initial pairing, your device should automatically connect when you press the power button on the speaker. At the very least, you’ll have to go to settings and click the speaker name to pair it manually. The only problem is, you may find that once you’ve added multiple Bluetooth devices, you have a hard time differentiating between them. From the start, try to give each device as specific a name as possible to help you remember it.

The Bluetooth Speaker Buying Guide

  • If you’re buying a speaker, great sound quality probably tops your must-have list. No matter what features a speaker has, in the end, it’s all about the listening experience. Sound quality can be subjective, but all of today’s top speakers excel when it comes to producing clean bass without being overwhelming. You can’t go wrong with Bose speakers when it comes to top-quality sound, but don’t rule out the Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speaker, which offers smooth bass lines and controls to let you customize your experience.
  • One of the best things about today’s Bluetooth speakers is that you don’t have to leave them at home. But if you plan to take your speaker with you, weight is an important factor. The OontZ Angle 3 speaker wins in this area, weighing in at only 0.5 pounds. Bose’s SoundLink speakers weigh in at between 1.25 and 1.5 pounds. The Marshall Stanmore speaker is better suited for home use, with a weight of more than 12 pounds.
  • As important as sound quality and portability are, though, you can’t get around the cost factor. Although it has the least impressive sound, the ultra-portable OontZ Angle 3 will be light on your bank account at less than $30. Compare this to the Marshall Stanmore’s price tag of around $250. You can compromise with the Bose SoundLink, which costs around $150 for the basic version and roughly $200 for the SoundLink Revolve.
  • Portable speakers let you listen to your tunes in the shower or while lounging poolside. But you’ll need to make sure your speaker can withstand the occasional accidental splash. While none of the speakers are waterproof, two do offer a certain amount of water resistance: the OontZ Angle 3 and the Bose SoundLink Revolve.
  • If you’re leaving the house with your speaker, you’ll want a battery that can keep you going throughout the day. The Oontz Angle 3 will provide the longest playtime, with up to 14 hours of battery life, but that’s followed closely by the Bose SoundLink Revolve, which promises up to 12 hours of battery power. You’ll get up to eight hours with the Bose SoundLink. Further adding to the Marshall Stanmore speaker’s limits is the fact that it has to be plugged in for use.