Bose Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Last updated date: February 4, 2020

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8.8

Bose Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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We looked at the top Wireless Speakers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wireless Speaker you should buy.

Editor's Note February 18, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wireless Speaker for a detailed review of all the top wireless speakers.

Overall Take

The Bose Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is a small, water resistant speaker with a soft touch silicone exterior that makes it easy to pick up and go. We like that voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing so it’s easier than ever to pair.


In our analysis of 57 expert reviews, the Bose Bose Wireless Bluetooth Speaker placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

From the pool to the park to the patio, the SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II provides full-range, portable sound anywhere you go. Advanced Bose technology packs big sound into a small, water-resistant speaker that’s durable enough to take with you however the day unfolds, even if it’s next to the pool. It’s durably built, with an easy-touch silicone texture that won’t slip out of your hand when you’re on the move. And it’s just as simple to use—voice prompts tell you what device you’re paired to so you don’t have to guess, and if you’re using an NFC-enabled device, just pair with a tap. Need to keep the music flowing? You’re covered with up to 8 hours of music, and it’s rechargeable via Micro-B USB. There’s even a built-in speakerphone to handle calls without holding your phone. Also download the Bose Connect app to drag and drop Bluetooth connections, unlock features and access updates down the line. This small colored wireless speaker is available in Aquatic Blue, Coral Red, Soft Black or Polar White. Included: SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II; USB cable.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.9
17 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.9
9,880 user reviews

What experts liked

Great sound quality in a portable speaker; deep, rich sound. Voice-prompted Bluetooth connectivity compatible with virtually every smartphone and tablet; easy to set up and use. 4 color options.
- BestReviews
November 1, 2019 | Full review
Like its predecessor, the Bose SoundLink Color is a compact portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers impressive sound for its size (the sound is improved) and 8 hours of battery life. It's now water-resistant and adds speakerphone capabilities.
- CNET
December 11, 2016 | Full review
The speaker fabulously maintains dual-connectivity. Switching between devices is easy, as the speaker recognizes them automatically.
- Soundguys
March 5, 2018 | Full review
Another neat feature that Bose packs in that’s quite rare for wireless speakers is multipoint Bluetooth. Multipoint technology allows two devices to pair to the SoundLink Color II simultaneously.
- Tech Radar
March 3, 2017 | Full review
Delivers impressive sound.
- Tech Spot
The shallow, rounded shape is also a great fit for rucksacks and suitcases, though some would welcome a bundled carry case – the bodywork does feel a little brittle and we reckon it would quickly pick up the odd scratch.
- What HiFi
January 20, 2017 | Full review
This speaker has enough power and clarity to impress the vast majority of users. Even those who spend inordinate amounts of time adjusting the EQ on their home stereo will probably be relatively happy with this model's sound.
- Tech Gear Lab
April 5, 2017 | Full review
The Bose Connect app is free and easy to use. Within the app, you can access the user manual, disable voice prompts, control playback and volume, and manage your connection to the speaker—as well as any other wireless Bose speakers that work with the app and are in range.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
June 6, 2017 | Full review
Bose also claims it has a water-resistant exterior.
- Consumer Reports
An excellent wireless speaker that’s durable, superbly rugged and stunningly loud despite its compact size.
- Digital Trends
July 16, 2019 | Full review
The Bose SoundLink Color 2 pairs easily with your phone. If you’re using an NFC-enabled device, you can pair quite simply with a tap.
- Trek Bible
February 23, 2018 | Full review
The speaker is simple in concept, but easy to use. It’s durable enough that you can use it however you want, whenever you want.
- Nerd Tech
October 20, 2016 | Full review
The audio performance is good for small to medium-sized rooms. The loudness is enough for personal enjoyment and maybe entertaining a few others, but don’t expect it to be so loud for throwing a party.
- JimsReviewRoom
Compact form wrapped in a soft silicon skin. Pretty lightweight but feels substantial. Rated IPX4 water resistant. Top panel buttons are intuitive to operate even in the dark. Takes up very little space.
- VR Zone
May 30, 2017 | Full review
The most striking feature of SoundLink II is unmatched sound quality. Whether you’re listening in a tranquil environment or passing through a crowded area, the speaker lets you listen to every detail of the music.
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Voice prompts guide users in setting up the Bluetooth, which has a range of 30 feet. Volume, power, and pairing buttons all reside at the top of the device.
- Uinterview
December 14, 2016 | Full review
Another reason the Color SoundLink II is one of the best Bluetooth speakers available is that it is multi-functional. Rather than just being a portal to listen to music, the device has a built-in microphone.
- Top 10 Best Bluetooth Speakers

What experts didn't like

Tends to drop Bluetooth connection when changing from direct power to battery power, requiring reset.
- BestReviews
November 1, 2019 | Full review
The one downside is that it's a magnet for dust, lint and carpet fibers, so you may find yourself having to wipe it down from time to time
- CNET
December 11, 2016 | Full review
Underwhelming battery life.
- Soundguys
March 5, 2018 | Full review
Its 8 hours of battery life is average compared to the competition and we’d like to see Bose make the SoundLink Color III last even longer.
- Tech Radar
March 3, 2017 | Full review
No AC adapter included.
- Tech Spot
Treble needs a dash of sugar – just not sweet enough.
- What HiFi
January 20, 2017 | Full review
Rubber coating sometimes hangs onto dust.
- Tech Gear Lab
April 5, 2017 | Full review
Bose's modest redesign of the speaker's controls makes this model's controls slightly less intuitive than its predecessor, but it still includes an analog audio input for use with non-Bluetooth devices.
- Consumer Reports
It isn’t fully waterproof like the rest of the competition, nor does its battery life last longer.
- Digital Trends
July 16, 2019 | Full review
The occasional customer reports some strange issues with the Bose SoundLink Color 2. Some purchase the speakers and then have trouble connecting them to a phone using Bluetooth.
- Trek Bible
February 23, 2018 | Full review
The one thing that I did find a little missing and it’s common on Bluetooth speakers in general is the lack of a open sound stage.
- JimsReviewRoom
Not able to deliver as much bass as competing speakers. Features are pretty basic for its price.
- VR Zone
May 30, 2017 | Full review
Some users had issues with battery charging and working of the speaker.
- Wireless Speakers That Work With Alexa
While the silicone material is great at repelling drops of water, it is less effective at keeping away the dust. The soft finish is nice to the touch, but it attracts lint and dust, which means having to clean it regularly to maintain its attractive look.
- Top 10 Best Bluetooth Speakers

An Overview On Wireless Speakers

As technology marches forward, it shrinks our world in a lot of ways. And yes, there’s the metaphoric way in which rapid communication brings us all closer together. But many objects literally get smaller and less complex. Nowhere is that more obvious than a roundup of modern wireless speakers.

Just a decade ago, the default image of a home speaker was a hefty, block-shaped unit that was at least the size of a breadbox — and usually much bigger, if we’re talking about speakers designed for an expensive audiophile’s stereo system.

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Nowadays, wireless speakers are becoming the norm. They’re typically no bigger than a medium-sized shoe, and — as the name implies — there are no wires connecting them and your music player. The technology that powers them is still evolving, which means you can find wireless speakers in a dizzying range of shapes. Knowing a little bit about how they work can help you make a decision about which one is best for you.

There are a lot of ways to remotely connect two devices, but the standard for most wireless speakers is Bluetooth. Bluetooth technology uses radio waves, the same type of electromagnetic radiation that’s been bringing us music since the turn of the century. The main difference between Bluetooth devices is the way they use frequency.

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Standard radio-controlled devices operate by establishing a certain frequency that both devices will operate on. When one device (say, an RC car) receives a signal from another in that specific frequency, they turn on, change direction or speed up depending on what the signal is. Obviously, other devices can interfere with that signal if they come within range.

Bluetooth devices get around that potential interference by establishing a protocol that allows both devices (in this case, a music player and speaker) to switch frequencies in tandem, hundreds of times every second.

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Again, technology is constantly improving. When speakers mention their Bluetooth capability, it’s typically followed by a version: 4.0, 4.2, 5.0, for example. Generally speaking, you can expect a better range and a more consistent signal out of your speaker the higher that number gets.

Speakers operating on Bluetooth 4.0 or higher generally use less power than earlier counterparts. The latest version of the technology is Bluetooth 5.0, and it’s a significant leap over the rest. Devices with that capability not only use less power but have four times the range and twice the speed. They can handle data transfers of up to 2 Mbps, meaning the sound quality on compatible players should be better. You can even pair up audio signals to two devices at the same time (say, two different speakers or a speaker and headphones). It’s worth noting that this benefit only comes from using a speaker and music player that both have Bluetooth 5.0 capability. 5.0-enabled speakers will still work with older versions, but they’ll operate at the output and specs from the lowest version.

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Performance can vary even among models with the same version of Bluetooth. And as for the sound? Audiophiles used to turn up their nose at wireless audio because data compression didn’t deliver a “full” listening experience. That’s changing, and the latest wireless speakers can compete with the highest-quality CD audio.

Of course, the biggest advantage of wireless speakers is freedom. Keep in mind that some speakers may not be entirely wireless in that they still stay connected to a power cord. But most Bluetooth units have a rechargeable battery that can keep your playlist going for a few hours on average.

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All that makes wireless speakers great for the outdoors. If that’s where you plan to use them, make sure you don’t spoil the fun (and your speaker) by checking to see if it’s waterproof.

The Wireless Speaker Buying Guide

  • As we’ve mentioned, waterproof speakers are nearly a must if you plan to use them outdoors, around the pool or near the shower. Some speakers are so waterproof that you can use them inside the shower. How do you tell what your speaker can take? Check to see if the speaker gives an IPX waterproof rating. The “IP” in that rating stands for “Ingress Protection,” and it’s an industry rating regulated by the International Electrotechnical Commission. The rating for tech products goes from IPX0 up to the highest protection from moisture at IPX8. IPX0 offers no protection against even tiny drops of water, which means you probably won’t see that rating advertised. The middle numbers should be good in light rainfall or some incidental spray. Speakers rated with an IPX7 or 8 should be able to work even after being completely submerged in water.
  • How long can you expect the music to last? The last thing you want is for your speaker to run out of juice in the middle of a party. Most wireless speakers have a rechargeable battery, but that battery life can vary. Most will mention a time estimate on the features, but it can vary depending on what you do with them. (Using your speakers for two-way audio can run down the power quicker, for example.)
  • Remember, style can be a factor! Wireless speakers aren’t hemmed in by the traditional boxy shape of their wired counterparts. Most are small and cylindrical, but some can look like miniature sculptures or mimic retro devices. Some speakers are even equipped with LED lights that pulse in time to the music.
  • Remember, once you get your speaker you’ll have to pair it up with your smartphone or another audio player. That usually only takes a few seconds, after which the two devices should recognize each other once they’re turned on in the same vicinity. Most Bluetooth devices can pick up a signal from within the same average-sized house, but weaker models might need the audio player to remain close by. Check the range before you buy.