Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III Review

Will 3 be the magic number?

Bose is really hoping that it will be with its SoundTouch 20 Series III, the most recent addition to its SoundTouch series. It joins a pool of products that have been grossly underrated in the wireless speaker market— the SoundTouch 10 and SoundTouch 30 series III.

There were concerns that the previous version of SoundTouch 20 had an overrated bass and a limited file compatibility. However, the product has evolved a lot since, and the SoundTouch 20 Series III promises to be even better.

So, what can you expect from Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III?

A Review of the Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III

Size and Design

The SoundTouch 20 Series III takes the shape of a box with dimensions of 5.8”x 9.8” x 2.5” and a 3-pound weight. It has also retained the brand's heritage of smart, yet user-friendly designs. Nonetheless, it is strikingly similar to earlier versions—the SoundTouch 30 in particular.

As expected, Bose has kept it simple and classy with this new model, and the result is an elegant speaker that can seamlessly fit into almost any home interior décor. This speaker comes in either white or black colors, features a monochrome OLED front display, and has strategically placed control buttons on its top surface.

Despite its small size, the SoundTouch 20 Series III boasts of a solid build – typical for most Bose speakers. The matte complexion adds a touch of class and elegance to this beat box’s exterior finish. The main front display has a fingerprint button, which mostly goes unnoticed by many users.

This Bose speaker also comes with a remote control.

Speaker Performance

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Bose SoundTouch 20 wireless speaker, works with Alexa, Black
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately), Remote - 4.5 H x 1.75 W x 0.5 D inches
  • Proprietary acoustic design delivers big performance from a compact speaker—perfect for bedrooms and kitchens
  • Works with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices to play music services like Amazon Music, Spotify, Internet radio stations and...

The SoundTouch 20 Series III does not only have an incredible design, but it is also an impressive performer for a speaker of its size.

In regard to low-frequency sound, this speaker delivers a robust and clear bass output. The bass gets even better when you play heavy music genres like rock and hip-hop. It complements its rich bass with detailed, yet natural trebles and mids, which do not get distorted even at maximum volume.

Unfortunately, the Bose SoundTouch 20 does not come with an inbuilt rechargeable battery. This limits the speaker’s portability since you cannot use it outdoors without a power source even with its Bluetooth capability. It also means that you can’t use it to charge your phone, tablet, or any other appliance unless it is plugged into a functional socket.

Speaker Connectivity

As mentioned earlier, SoundTouch 20 boasts of the ability to connect to other devices via the latest version of Bluetooth. But what else can it do in terms of connectivity?

With this sound system, you can stream music from online sources—through an ethernet cable or WiFi — using a NAS drive, a smartphone, a computer, or a tablet. All you need to do is to ensure that the device you are using is connected to the same network as your SoundTouch 20.

Additionally, this music system also has aux and USB inputs allowing you to hardwire music using devices that don’t have Bluetooth capability. Even better is that the USB functions as a supplementary route for installing software updates.

True to earlier Bose sound systems, the SoundTouch 20 has a multi-room capability, which is a huge boost for its connectivity. If you happen to have other SoundTouch speakers lying around, you can connect them with this speaker to play music in different areas of your house.

Ease of Use

The SoundTouch Controller application (from which you can control the speakers) is user-friendly. Using the app, you can easily access your music from the pull-out bar, where you can see the songs you played recently.

Additionally, the SoundTouch 20’s preset buttons allow you to select your favorite albums, playlists, artists, and online radio channels with just a click of a button. You can also set a shortcut button for your favorite radio station. It’s also ideal for replaying music albums

The connectivity of different speakers to play from one unit is also quite convenient and the remote control that comes with the SoundTouch 20 is also a great boost for its usability.

Bose SoundTouch 20 III vs. Bose SoundTouch 10

The SoundTouch 10 is many at times confused with the SoundTouch 20 III. To make your work easier, here’s a comparison table:

SoundTouch 20 III

 SoundTouch 10

Compatible with SoundTouch app

Compatible with SoundTouch app

WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity

WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity

USB, AUX, and Ethernet inputs/outputs

USB and AUX imputs only

Weighs 7lbs

Weighs 2.89lbs

Measures 7.4” x 12.4” x 4.1”

Measures 8.3” x 5.56” x 3.34”

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Bose SoundTouch 20 wireless speaker, works with Alexa, Black
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately), Remote - 4.5 H x 1.75 W x 0.5 D inches
  • Proprietary acoustic design delivers big performance from a compact speaker—perfect for bedrooms and kitchens
  • Works with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices to play music services like Amazon Music, Spotify, Internet radio stations and...
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Bose SoundTouch 10 wireless speaker, works with Alexa, White
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).
  • The smallest one-piece wireless speaker from Bose features delivers room-filling sound
  • Works with your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices to play music services like Amazon Music, Spotify, Internet radio stations...

The Verdict

The predecessors of the SoundTouch 20 III may have had their limitations, but Bose seems to have finally gotten it right with the newest addition to their selection. That said, Bose can still do better, especially with their streaming service.

Nevertheless, the SoundTouch 20 Series III is a fine masterpiece that guarantees you absolute value for money.