Sonos Move vs Bose Revolve Plus (2020): Which Portable Smart Speaker is Better?

Having a portable Bluetooth speaker with smart capabilities is all the rage these days. We know that music can instantly bring a livelier vibe to any part of the house, and turn a boring outdoor activity into a fun adventure. For this reason alone, having a high-performing speaker for both indoor and outdoor use is a must.

Bose and Sonos are just two of the most trusted brands when it comes to producing speakers with superior sound quality and premium finish.  In fact, the Sonos Move and Bose Revolve Plus are among the top choices of audiophiles when it comes to Bluetooth speakers with smart capabilities. While the Sonos Move can cost up to $100 more than the Bose Revolve Plus, both models have their unique selling points worthy of being considered. If you are planning to buy either of these speakers, then check out our in-depth comparison below to help you decide.

Sonos Move vs Bose Revolve Plus Comparison Chart

ModelSonos MoveBose Revolve Plus
Sonos Move - Battery-powered Smart Speaker, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with Alexa built-in -...Bose 739617-1110 SoundLink Revolve+ Portable and Long-Lasting Bluetooth 360 Speaker - Triple Black
PriceCheck Price on AmazonCheck Price on Amazon
Dimensions4.96 x 6.29 x 9.44 inches4.2 x 4.2 x 7.3 inches
Weight6.6 pounds2 pounds
Drivers2 Class-D digital amplifiers,
Responsive audio chime,
1 downward-firing tweeter,
& 1 mid-woofer
Dual Passive Radiators,
1 transducer,
1 Omnidirectional
acoustic deflector,
& 360° sound
Run Time Up to 10 hoursUp to 16 hours
Weatherproof Rating IP56IPX4
Smart AssistantComes built-in with Alexa and Google AssistantCompatible with Google Assistant
FinishBlack with Black grilleAvailable in Triple Black and Lux Gray

Design

The Bose Revolve Plus is smaller, lighter and comes with a handle that makes it easier for you to bring it anywhere. The Sonos Move is more than triple the weight of the Bose Revolve Plus, making it the less portable speaker between the two. 

The Bose Revolve Plus (right) sports a handle that makes it easier to carry compared to the Sonos Move (left).

At first glance, the most noticeable difference between these models is their size.  The Sonos Move is the larger model with dimensions of 5″ x 6.3″ x 9.4″. On the other hand, the Bose Revolve Plus has a lantern shape body with dimensions of 4.2″ x 4.2″ x 7.3″. The Sonos Move weighs 6.6 pounds while the handy Bose Revolve Plus only weighs 2 pounds.

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While both speakers sport a sturdy and modern design, the Bose Revolve Plus double downs on portability by adding a flexible carrier that easily wins against the awkwardly-placed grip at the back of the Sonos Move.

With regards to color options, the Bose Revolve Plus is available in Triple Black and Lux Gray, while the Sonos Move sticks to the classic black monochrome.

The top panel of the Sonos Move has the microphone array,  play/pause button, volume controls and a button to mute your mic. The other control buttons are located at the back, including the power button and the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggle.

The nicely dented buttons on the top panel of the Bose Revolve Plus include the power button, volume controls, Bluetooth connect button, and the Music Action button that allows you to pause, play and skip songs.

Sound Quality

When it comes to sound quality, the Bose Revolve Plus can provide a surround sound performance with its omnidirectional audio. The Sonos Move, on the other hand, provides a higher frequency range.

The Sonos Move (pictured above) can provide impressive volume with its 2 class D digital amplifiers.

For its size, the Bose Revolve Plus can easily fill up a room with its deep and rich bass. True to its name, it provides an impressive 360 sound coverage and works best when placed at the center of a room.  When it comes to the mid-range, where most musical instruments and vocals can be heard, the Bose Revolve Plus delivers a well-balanced audio-quality. At higher volume playback, though, the treble can lose its power.

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The Sonos Move doesn’t even sound like a regular portable Bluetooth speaker. Its sound quality can easily be compared to the more premium home speaker models. The mid-range delivers a space-filling forceful sound even when competing with background noise in an open space. Even in high volume playback, there is no drop in the crispness of the vocals, which is a common problem in other portable speakers.

For iOS users, the Sonos Move offers a unique feature called the Trueplay technology. This software allows the Sonos speaker to adjust its sound quality according to the room it’s in. This delivers a truly immersive and enjoyable listening experience.

Features

The Sonos Move comes with Alexa and Google Assistant already built-in, while the Bose Revolve Plus is only compatible with Google Assistant and Siri voice commands.

The Bose Revolve Plus (pictured above) is built to withstand water splashes with its IPX4 rating. 

The Bose Revolve Plus offers the option to take calls using the speakerphone feature. In case you want to make a phone conference, this feature will allow you to hear the person on the other end of the line clearly even in open spaces.

In terms of connectivity, you can connect the Sonos Move to Wi-Fi and stream all your favorite music online. You can also easily switch to the Bluetooth mode when you’re offline through the toggle button at the back of the unit. The Bose Revolve Plus, on the other hand, doesn’t offer Wi-Fi connectivity.

Both models are weatherproof and designed to withstand the harsh elements outdoors. However, the Sonos Move takes it up a notch in terms of ruggedness with its IP56 weatherproof rating, which means it can be completely submerged in water for 30 minutes!

When it comes to smart assistants, the Sonos Move is a clear winner. It comes with Alexa and Google Assistant already built-in, so you won’t have to worry about purchasing a separate smart assistant enabled device like the Echo Dot or Google Home. On the other hand, the Bose Revolve Plus doesn’t come with a built-in smart assistant but is still compatible with Google Assistant and Siri voice commands.

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Both models come with their respective music apps that allow you to control the settings of your speakers as well as create and stream your favorite playlists. iOS users will also be thrilled to know that Apple AirPlay 2 is supported by these models. Lastly, whichever you choose between these two, these speakers allow you to pair it up with another speaker of the same model so you can create a booming stereo system.

Power

The Sonos Move can last up to 10 hours of use while the Bose Revolve Plus can play music for up to 16 hours.

Both the Sonos Move (left) and the Bose Revolve Plus (right) are compatible with a plug-in charging base.

When it comes to playback time, the Bose Revolve Plus easily beats the Sonos Move. With 16 hours of runtime, the more portable model allows you to enjoy more music time with your friends and family.

The Sonos Move is compatible with both the indoor charging base and the portable charger, so you can easily listen to your favorite tunes on the go. The Bose Revolve Plus is only compatible with the indoor charging base and not with the portable charger, so make sure that its battery is completely full before heading out.

Verdict

The Sonos Move offers a more superior sound performance and more smart features, while the Bose Revolve Plus is a more portable and affordable option. 

If you want to own a smart speaker that comes with both Alexa and Google Assistant already built-in then the Sonos Move is the better choice between these two. It also allows Wi-Fi connectivity which is not present in the more affordable model. In terms of sound quality, the Sonos Move provides richer and cleaner audio. You can also safely bring it to your next pool party since it can withstand being submerged in the water for almost half an hour.

If you want more playback time and portability, the Bose Revolve Plus is a better value for your money. It comes in a sleek and compact design and is already compatible with Google Assistant and Siri voice commands. Lastly, its 360-degree speaker design lets you enjoy a surround sound feel at a lower price.

Last update on 2020-05-26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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