If you’re reading reviews for home speaker systems, chances are, you’re someone who is concerned with high-quality sound. But with so many different speakers on the market, how do you know which one to buy?

In this article, we’ll compare two of these companies’ most popular stand-alone wireless speakers (the Sonos Play:1 and the Bose SoundTouch 10), as well as two of their soundbar systems (Sonos PLAYBAR and Bose SoundTouch 300) meant for use with your TV and home theater.

Two of the most popular brands in the wireless home speaker game are Sonos and Bose. Each offers wireless speaker units designed to play both your own library as well as stream music from major streaming services. Both brands can also be expanded to include speakers throughout your home, playing either the same or different music.


Bottom Line Up Front:


If you’re in a rush, here are the main reasons to purchase one product over the other.

Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker

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Sonos Play 1


  • You mostly use streaming services and don’t need Bluetooth capability
  • You plan on having more than one speaker and want stereo sound
  • You don’t want to fuss with a remote control
Bose SoundTouch 10

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Bose SoundTouch 10


  • You already have other Sonos products and want to connect with them
  • You want to control your audio with your existing TV remote
  • You’re connecting to your TV with optical output
Sonos PLAYBAR TV Soundbar

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Sonos PLAYBAR


  • You already have other Sonos products and want to connect with them
  • You want to control your audio with your existing TV remote
  • You’re connecting to your TV with optical output
Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar

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Bose SoundTouch 300


  • You’re connecting to your TV with HDMI ARC
  • You want to control your audio from a separate remote
  • Having a wide, dynamic sound field is important to you

Key Features - Original Sonos Play 1 Review


Sonos Play 1

About: The Sonos Play:1 is a compact, sturdily designed wireless speaker designed to play either your library or from streaming services. 

Setup for WiFi rather than Bluetooth, and controlled through the Sonos mobile app, the Play:1 is has become one of the most popular wireless speakers on the market. 

Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Smart Speaker



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    Stylish and well-made
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    Supports Pandora, Spotify, Sirius XM, and other streaming services
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    Great sound quality with stereo capability
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    App compatible with iOS, Android, Mac or PC

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  • No built-in battery; must be plugged in
  • Incompatible with iTunes radio
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    No Bluetooth capability
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    Incompatible with Google Home and Chromecast

Key Features - Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Speaker Review


Bose SoundTouch 10

About: For a veteran in the wireless speaker game, Bose’s speakers are still surprisingly underdeveloped. Their SoundTouch 10 wireless speaker has many of the same features of the Sonos Play:1, but operates only in mono mode and its mobile app is less intuitive and easy-to-use than Sonos’. 

SoundTouch 10 is compatible with Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and Sirius XM radio and the SoundTouch is equipped with built-in wifi as well as Bluetooth capability. 

Bose SoundTouch 10


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    Easy to set up
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    Small size makes it easy to place anywhere throughout your home
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    Above average sound quality

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  • Less-than-beautiful design
  • Mono output
  • Must be plugged in for power, limiting mobility

Key Features - Sonos PLAYBAR TV Soundbar Review


Sonos PLAYBAR TV Soundbar

About: For those who are looking to enhance their home TV and movie-watching experiences with superior audio, the Sonos PLAYBAR is an excellent option, especially if you’re already a fan of Sonos products. 

The PLAYBAR syncs wirelessly with other Sonos speakers, and if you’re looking for a home theater experience, you can pair PLAYBAR with two Sonos Play:1s and a Subwoofer for a 5.1 surround system.

Sonos PLAYBAR TV Soundbar


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    Easy to set up
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    Small size makes it easy to place anywhere throughout your home
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    Above average sound quality

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  • Less-than-beautiful design
  • Mono output
  • Must be plugged in for power, limiting mobility

Key Features - Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar Review


Bose SoundTouch 300

About: If you’re looking for a soundbar to enhance your viewing experiences, you can hardly do better than the Bose SoundTouch 300. With a sleek design, wide soundstage, and crisp detail, it’s at the top of its class. 

Not only can you connect to your TV for enriched viewing, but you can listen to streaming services including Amazon, Spotify, Pandora or your library. The SoundTouch is equipped with Bluetooth with NFC pairing and wifi connectivity. 

Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar


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    Expansive soundstage
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    Discreet, elegant design
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    Multi-room capability
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    Intuitive app experience

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  • Less-than-beautiful design
  • Mono output
  • Must be plugged in for power, limiting mobility

Conclusion: Wrapping It Up


VERDICT: For those looking for an easy-to-use wireless speaker with high-quality sound, no remote to lose and the ability to stream from multiple services, the Sonos Play:1 is the winner in this showdown. Although the Bose SoundTouch 10 has many of the same features, the boxy design, remote control and mono output place it just behind the Sonos in a close race.

For home viewing experiences, we give the trophy to Bose SoundTouch 300 over the Sonos PLAYBAR. With added connectivity, flawless design, and competitive sound quality, the SoundTouch is hard to beat.

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