Bose Home Speaker 300 Review

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Updated December 20, 2022
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Expert Score (From 3 Experts)
74/100

Customer Score (From 4467 Reviews)
4.4/5

Overview

Released in mid-2019, the Bose Home Speaker 300 is a premium indoor Bluetooth speaker with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The speaker is compact and belts 360-degree sound. It supports both Alexa and Google Assistant, which is rare even among the best speakers on the market.

But you do have options. Before moving on, check out our reviews of other great indoor speakers, such as the Anker Soundcore 2 and Marshall Emberton.

Connecting it to another Bose speaker through the app for a stereo sound output is easy, but some highly rated Bluetooth speakers have a stereo output as is. Also, the speaker is loud, but the hard-of-hearing might be better off taking our advice on the best soundbar for hearing impaired.

With a Bluetooth range of up to 334.6 ft, the speaker can still be used at a distance, and its WiFi connection supports both Apple Airplay and Google Chromecast for seamless audio when listening to music or playing movies. It also has to be plugged into a power source to work, so it is not a top pick for anyone looking for the best portable Bluetooth speaker.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great for use with voice assistants
  • Loud max volume
  • Adjustable bass and treble
  • Great Bluetooth range
  • Has AUX port

Reasons to Not

  • Narrow soundstage
  • No speakerphone functionality
  • Bass distorts at high volume

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: Buyers who are still choosing whether to opt for the Bose Home Speaker 300 or the Bose Home Speaker 500 should consider that the 500 supports stereo content while the 300 does not and that it also has an LED screen for displaying playback info while the 300 does not. However, the 300 is much smaller in size compared to the 500. Have a look at our Bose Home Speaker 500 review in case you’re interested in what else it has in store.

The Bose Home Speaker 300 supports WiFi connectivity while the Bose SoundLink Revolve II does not, but the Revolve II is battery-powered while the 300 is not. The Revolve II can also be used as a speakerphone, while the 300 cannot.

If you’re sold on Bose, check out other great models, including the Bose TV speaker and the Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia.

Compared to other brands’ similar models: The Bose Home Speaker 300 has Bluetooth connectivity while the Sonos One Gen 2 does not it also has a USB input while the One Gen 2 does not. However, the Sonos One Gen has a stereo pair mode while the Speaker 300 does not. However, it’s much more advanced than the Avantree SP850, which is a simple portable speaker/radio.

Critic Consensus

The Bose Home Speaker 300 was praised by expert testers for its stellar microphone performance and compatibility with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. After conducting their voice tests, specialists from Cnet were glad that the speaker could “hear” commands even at a distance. They also liked how loud it got and that they could adjust its bass and treble levels through its companion app.

The Besound Explore has four EQ presets to choose from, so if this sounds more viable, check out our Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore review. Product reviewers from Rtings liked that they could connect to different Bose speakers and play different content on each speaker through the app. Also, its balanced sound profile is comparable to the Bose S1 Pro System, which we covered in our Bose S1 Pro System review.

However, testers were disappointed with its narrow soundstage and its lack of speakerphone functionality. They also complained that its bass got distorted at high volumes.

With that said, there are many more speaker options available to you. In fact, try our other recommendation: ION Pathfinder 280.

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