Updated 1 Mar 2018


SoundTouch 20 Series III

Snapshot: The Bose SoundTouch 20 Series III doesn't have a battery but it will run off mains power. It weighs more than 500g but can't be used as a hands-free device for your phone.

SoundTouch 20 Series III
Consumer score
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Test results

Overall score
Ease of use
Sound signal

Good points

  • Excellent ease of use.
  • OK sound signal.
  • Has a 3.5mm line input.
  • Has a remote control.


  • Just OK sound.
  • Isn't battery powered.

System review

This speaker can be linked to other speakers to create a “network” or “system”.

The Bose SoundTouch system has good overall sound. It's speakers are easy to use but the apps to control it are very difficult to use. It has Bluetooth and works with Google Play Music but doesn't have AirPlay.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Sound (45%): Scored by our panel of expert listeners judging a variety of music, spoken word, and sounds on each device and scoring them out of 10. These scores are collated to get our overall sound score.

Ease of use (45%): Considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Signal (10%): Tested by looking at several factors, including having the audio source in different positions, using various audio sources, interference, obstruction and degradation.

Price is based on a January 2018 survey.

Key data


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Audio adjustments

Bass on device
Treble on device
Tone presets on device
Bass on app
Treble on app
Tone presets on app


Weight (g)
Apple Airplay
Lightning cable port
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
Micro USB port
Line in (3.5mm)
Built-in FM radio
Battery powered
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)



On/Standby, Bluetooth Pairing/Aux, Volume up, Volume down, Six Presets

Travel case
WiFi capable
Ethernet capable
Headphone jack
Charge external devices via USB
Remote control
Audio cable included
Streaming services supported
Audio formats supported
Multi-room capable
Can be paired for stereo