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The best Bluetooth speakers the top portable speakers for any budget

The best Bluetooth speakers in all tick three key boxes: they’re portable, durable and they offer superb audio quality in all kinds of environments. Sure, a few have some cool one-of-a-kind features, but if you want to score a place on our list, you at least have to stand out and provide solid performance in each of the three categories we’ve listed above.

But why do you need a Bluetooth speaker in the first place? Well, portable speakers that stream music from your devices via Bluetooth are a great idea if you want high quality audio at home. 

They're also a solid option if you like to listen to music outside, whether that’s while you're entertaining outdoors or working out, as well as if you like to be able to take a speaker to social events – like a party in your local park or down at the beach. Although if you're planning on paying a visit to the beach, you may want to check out our guide to thebest waterproof speakers, too.

Many of the best portable speakers you can buy today are multi-functional and may also feature voice assistant integration alongside audio playback. Assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and more often come built into Bluetooth speakers, which enhances their value even more. Because this means yourwireless speaker can double as asmart speaker, which can then be used to control yoursmart home devices, or you can ask it to play your music using voice commands.

In fact, our latest addition to this list, and our new pick for the very best portable speaker you can buy in , is theSonos Roam. This device can seamlessly switch from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth, integrate into a Sonos system, and it comes with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant onboard.

That said, you don't have to buy a smart speaker if you don't want one – they’re not for everyone, after all. JBL makes a number of non-smart speakers – like the newly announcedJBL Flip 6 – that won't listen to you when you don't want them to.

There’s a huge range of portable Bluetooth speakers out there to pick from, which means you might not know where to begin or what to look for. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and the testing, which means we’re in a prime position to select the very best Bluetooth speakers you can buy in

Our top picks

The best Bluetooth speakers you can buy

1. Sonos Roam

The best Bluetooth speaker you can buy

Specifications

Weight: pounds ( kg)

Battery life: 10 hours

Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5

Drivers: One tweeter, one mid-woofer

NFC: Yes

Aux-in: No

USB charging: Yes (USB-C)

Reasons to buy

+Powerful audio performance+Easily portable design

Reasons to avoid

-Pricey compared to the competition-Bass can be overwhelming

The Sonos Roam is our pick for the best Bluetooth speaker on the planet, with a powerful sound, rugged design, excellent connectivity features, and smart home control. A bass-heavy audio performance makes it ideal for use outdoors, while a clever Automatic Switching feature means it's easily used indoors, too – though audiophiles may dislike the overwhelming low frequencies and rhythmic handling.

Following in the footsteps of the Sonos Move, the Sonos Roam comes with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, which means it can work as a portable speaker as well as part of your wider multi-room Sonos system – and with Google Assistant and Alexa onboard, it doubles up a smart speaker too. 

In spite of its (relatively) low price you’re getting a lot for your money here. Its slick design means the Sonos Roam won’t look out of place in your home, while a rugged, waterproof and dustproof build and a decent battery life make it ideal for listening to music outdoors.

Read more:Sonos Roam review

2. Sonos Move

The best-sounding Bluetooth speaker

Specifications

Weight: pounds (3kg)

Battery life: 10 hours

Connectivity: Wi-Fi ( b/g/n, GHz, and 5GHz) and Bluetooth

Drivers: One down-firing tweeter, one mid-woofer, two Class-D digital amplifiers

NFC: No

Aux-in: No

USB charging: Yes (USB-C, and comes with charging dock)

Reasons to buy

+Integrates with a home Sonos speaker network+Great for on-the-go tunes

Reasons to avoid

-Not as feature-rich when using Bluetooth-Cant be used as rear cinema speakers

Here’s the thing about the Sonos Move – it’s so good, you might want to consider it not only as your on-the-go party station, but also as your main in-the-home wireless speaker too.

With two quality drivers, a solid app that unlocks playback from hundreds of wireless sources, multi-room capabilities and smart audio-tuning tech which tweaks the output based on the speaker's immediate surroundings, the Sonos Move is engineered well beyond your average Bluetooth speaker. It's a versatile speaker, one that stands solidly alongside the built-for-home Sonos speakers that the company made its name on.

It’s not perfect – it’s heavy as a byproduct of its incredible sound, it’s expensive due to its rich feature set, and it sadly can’t be used as rear channels for a home cinema set-up. But if you’ve got the money, it’s hard to fault the Sonos Move when it comes to hunting down the very best Bluetooth speaker in the world.

Read the full review: Sonos Move review

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  • We’ve added a new section in which we discuss the sustainability and environmental impact of our picks.

July 27,

Portable Bluetooth speakers are the easiest, most affordable way to spread the sound from your phone or tablet across a room, backyard, or beach blanket. Because Bluetooth speakers come in a variety of designs and sizes, it’s impossible to proclaim any one model perfect for every situation. But we think the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 will appeal to almost everyone. Its full, clear sound and its ultra-rugged, compact design make it a perfect travel companion.

The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is as euphonious as Ariana Grande but as tough as Lara Croft. In our brand-concealed tests, our panelists picked this Bluetooth speaker as the all-around most versatile choice. With clear vocal reproduction and a decent amount of bass for its size, it offers satisfying sound for a small area, such as across a picnic table or a couple of lounge chairs on a patio. It has an IP67 rating and is one of the most rugged Bluetooth speakers we’ve tested, able to survive a 5-foot drop and a dunking in 1 meter of water—but because it floats, it’ll probably never dive that deep. The Wonderboom 2’s only downside is its battery life, which at 8 hours in our testing is adequate but not impressive. We like the Wonderboom 2’s compact design, even if the almost-spherical shape makes this model a little tougher to pack away in a suitcase pocket or laptop bag.

The JBL Xtreme 3 is a great choice if you want a Bluetooth speaker that sounds bigger and bolder than our top pick yet is still portable enough to take to the beach or the tailgate. The Xtreme 3—which replaces its predecessor, the Xtreme 2, as our upgrade pick—is the best-sounding portable Bluetooth speaker we’ve tested, as our panelists praised it for its clear sound on voices, guitars, and pianos (though its bass tended to get a little quiet at maximum volume). This speaker is built for adventure: The IP67 rating means it’s waterproof and dustproof, the strong carrying strap makes it easy to lug along anywhere, and in our testing the Xtreme 3 ran for 17 hours on one charge. But it’s much larger and more expensive than the UE Wonderboom 2.

If you want to spend the bare minimum on an all-around good portable Bluetooth speaker, the Tribit XSound Go is a great choice. Its sound is obviously clearer and louder than that of almost all other budget Bluetooth speakers. The XSound Go is small enough to slip into a laptop bag or an already stuffed suitcase, and it runs hours on a charge. Plus, it has an IPX7 rating, which means it’s sufficiently waterproof to survive a half-hour dunking in 1 meter of water, and it has a speakerphone function. Tribit recently upgraded the XSound Go with USB-C charging and stereo pairing.

If you need something that sounds a little louder and fuller than the UE Wonderboom 2 but is more portable and affordable than the JBL Xtreme 3, the Sony SRS-XB33 finds a nice middle ground. It’s powerful enough to fill a byfoot room, and it gave us about 16 hours of battery life in our tests. With an IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating, it’s also built to take punishment, and it has multicolor lights and strobes, as well as a speakerphone function. However, it’s about two and a half times bigger and heavier than the Wonderboom 2, so it’s nowhere near as portable.

The Ultimate Ears Hyperboom might be the closest thing we’ve found to a portable Bluetooth speaker that does everything well. It plays almost twice as loud as the JBL Xtreme 3, so it’s ideal for pool parties and tailgating. It also sounds beautiful, with smooth and natural vocals, ample deep bass, and surprising ambience for a one-piece speaker—so you’ll probably want to use it indoors, too. At inches high and pounds, it’s impractical for airline travel, but it’s compact and light enough that most people can carry it easily. It also has an IPX4 rating, so it can survive all the splashing that goes on around a pool. In our tests, it played at a fairly loud volume for hours on a single charge.

Why you should trust us

I’ve reviewed audio gear professionally since , and I’ve written reviews for numerous magazines and websites, including Sound & Vision, Home Theater Review, Mashable, Lifewire, and Home Theater. I’ve probably conducted more brand-concealed tests of audio products than any other journalist, and I’ve tested somewhere around wireless speakers to date. Since I have taken portable Bluetooth speakers on more than trips, from bike tours to transoceanic junkets to weeklong trade-show slogs.

Wirecutter senior staff writer and headphone editor Lauren Dragan has served as a listening panelist for this guide for the past few years, and most of our current picks have also been auditioned by woodwind player Dan Gonda and drummer Sammy Velick. Dan and Sammy have considerable experience in music performance and production. Both of them own a few Bluetooth speakers and have heard many more in my home, where I use such speakers to demo jazz tunes for musicians in my jam sessions.

Who should buy a portable Bluetooth speaker

Anyone who owns a smartphone or tablet would probably enjoy owning a portable Bluetooth speaker, which can improve the listening experience anywhere. Bluetooth is available in every current smartphone and tablet, as well as in most laptop computers, so you don’t need additional equipment. Unlike smart speakers and Wi-Fi speakers, Bluetooth speakers don’t require a network connection and the use of special apps—whatever you play on the phone will play through the speaker.

Portable Bluetooth speakers have a rechargeable battery and are frequently waterproof or splashproof, so you can easily move them around the house or take them to a park or the beach. We’ve found that they make hotel rooms feel more like home.

The best of these speakers deliver sound quality that’s good enough for casual music listening, podcasts, and internet radio. Although Bluetooth does degrade the sound quality slightly, you’re unlikely to hear the effects through speakers such as these. If you’re worried about it, take the online sound-quality test on my website and see what you think.

If sound quality and volume are your top priorities, and you don’t plan to take your speaker out of your house, you may want to check out the larger, more powerful speakers featured in our tabletop speaker guides:

For true high-fidelity sound, we recommend a pair of decent bookshelf speakers and a stereo receiver or one of the top picks from our best computer speakers guide. From one of those systems, you get clearer sound, much better stereo imaging, and usually much deeper bass response. You can add a Bluetooth adapter if the system doesn’t already have Bluetooth built in.

Voice control of the sort popularized by Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers is uncommon in portable Bluetooth speakers. However, you can find a few portable models, such as the Sonos Roam and Ultimate Ears Megablast, that support both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections and have smart-speaker functions. Some Bluetooth-only speakers provide a button that activates your smartphone’s voice-command technology (such as Google Assistant), but because you can access those features straight from your phone, this isn’t a big advantage.

How we picked

I’d estimate that there are a couple thousand models of Bluetooth speakers now available, many sold under obscure brands and sometimes only through Amazon. Considering that new ones seem to appear every week, it would be impossible to find and hear them all. But we’ve listened to most of the major models, and we’re always on the lookout for promising new models to test.

We use the following criteria to help us decide which Bluetooth speakers to call in for testing:

  • Portability and battery life: Although any Bluetooth speaker can be lugged around, we focus on models that have rechargeable batteries and are designed to take a trip to the beach or the park with no hassle. For our top pick, we prioritize speakers that are compact and easy to toss into a backpack, beach bag, or suitcase—yet still produce great sound.
  • Ruggedness and waterproof design: We give priority to speakers that are built to survive the knocks and bumps of travel. Although we don’t limit our testing to waterproof speakers, we do give preference in our judging to speakers with an Ingress Protection (IP) rating, which tells you exactly how waterproof and dustproof a speaker is.
  • Price: Even though we would like to test every type of portable Bluetooth speaker, we set a bottom price of $ Bluetooth speakers are often available for as little as $5, but we’ve never found such an inexpensive model to sound good enough to bother using—especially when the speakers built into today’s better phones can play loud enough for light listening.
  • Playback controls: Because you can control the playback from your Bluetooth source device (usually a phone or tablet), we don’t require the speaker itself to have playback controls, but it’s a convenient plus.
  • Special features: Bluetooth speakers offer all sorts of features beyond the ability to play audio from Bluetooth-sourced devices. These extras include speakerphone capability, pairing (the ability to play the same material through two Bluetooth speakers at once), built-in lighting, and even integrated bottle openers. In Wirecutter reader polls and comments we’ve read, every person has seemed to have their own opinion as to which (if any) Bluetooth speaker features are the most important, so we don’t require any particular features when picking models to test.

We don’t award extra points for inclusion of additional Bluetooth codecs beyond the standard SBC codec found in all Bluetooth devices. The sonic differences among these codecs are insignificant next to the huge, easily heard differences among the speakers themselves. And because most people use portable Bluetooth speakers for music, podcasts, and internet radio—not for movies, TV, or gaming—the reduced latency of codecs such as aptX Low Latency offers few benefits in this case.

Since this guide’s original publication in , we’ve called in about Bluetooth speakers to test, including 16 new models for our latest update in May

How we tested

As has become my standard practice for updates to this guide, I started this round by giving all of the new models a long listen, connecting them via Bluetooth through my Samsung Galaxy S10 phone and playing the same four test tracks, in this case two pop/folk, one heavy rock, and one jazz. I compared the speakers not only with each other but also with some of our previous picks.

During these tests, I measured the maximum output of each speaker indoors at a distance of 1 meter using an NTi Minilyzer audio analyzer and a calibrated NTi MiniSPL test microphone, with a pink-noise test tone. For this test, I used the analyzer’s Leq mode, measuring the average maximum level, in decibels, when playing ZZ Top’s very loudly mastered tune “Chartreuse” (video). Here are the results for our current speaker recommendations:

The UE Wonderboom 2 and Tribit XSound Go are recommended for a small room, the JBL Xtreme 3 and Sony SRS-XB33 for a medium room, and the UE Hyperboom for a large room.

I narrowed the group of contestants to the models that I thought had a real chance to impress our listening panel, and I included all of our past picks (except the JBL Xtreme 2, which was discontinued). Then I divided the set of speakers into four groups: ultra-compact, small, medium, and large. I set the volume of the speakers within a particular group to the same level, using a shaped-noise channel-balancing test tone recorded from a Dolby Digital receiver. For the ultra-compact and small speakers, the level was 74 dB at 1 meter; it was 78 dB and 85 dB for the medium and large speakers, respectively. Because of the widely varying performance, the coarse volume-control steps, and the unpredictable actions of the volume limiters in these speakers, it was impossible for me to match the levels accurately, but in most cases I was able to get them within ± dB. At the end of each speaker’s run, I cranked it full blast and played Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” (video) to see how well the speaker tolerated high volume and strong, deep bass.

Because of the COVID pandemic, I wasn’t able to conduct our usual brand-concealed panel tests for our most recent update in May , but I was able to drop off the most promising models with senior staff writer Lauren Dragan, Wirecutter’s headphone reviewer, so that she could give me a second opinion. Lauren used a process similar to mine to test the limited selection of speakers I sent to her. Ultimately, only our upgrade pick changed; all of our picks that carry over from the previous edition of this guide have been panel-tested.

During these tests, we paid particular attention to:

  • how clear the speakers sounded at normal levels
  • how the speakers balanced bass to midrange to treble
  • how loud the speakers were able to play when cranked up
  • how clear they sounded when cranked up

I checked the battery life of each of our top picks by repeating Steely Dan’s “Aja” (video) at an average level of 75 dB (measured at 1 meter) over and over until the power ran out (for the UE Hyperboom, I increased the level to 81 dB). Note that our results may not agree with the manufacturers’ stated battery life, likely because their testing methodology—which they almost never publish—varies from ours. I also measured the maximum Bluetooth range of all our picks.

For models that offer speakerphone functionality, I tried placing a call with each model to Lauren, who has helped me evaluate speakerphone quality for years. I speak to her from the same place in my living room, starting with my mouth 2 feet from the speaker; then I note how she sounds to me, and she tells me how my voice sounds.

Our pick: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Our pick for the best portable Bluetooth speaker, the UE Wonderboom 2.

A portable Bluetooth speaker should be compact, rugged, and affordable, and most of all, it should sound good. The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 ticks all of those boxes and then some. All but one of the listeners on our original four-person panel praised the Wonderboom 2 for its natural balance of bass to midrange to treble, as well as its clear reproduction of voices. The Wonderboom 2 is about the size and weight of a large apple, so it’s easy to carry around. It also has lots of useful features, including an Outdoor Boost mode (which makes it louder, at the expense of bass), an ultra-rugged design, stereo/mono pairing, an extra-long Bluetooth range, and a top button that lets you pause and restart the music, as well as skip to the next track.

“The sound is surprisingly clear for such a small speaker,” Sammy said. Lauren added: “It sounds bright, but it’s got enough bass to balance that out—it’s boom and sizzle, whereas most of the small speakers are all sizzle.”

With an IP67 rating, the Wonderboom 2 is dustproof and waterproof, and it can tolerate being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for a half hour. It also floats, so you won’t lose it if you drop it off a boat or dock or into a swimming pool. Ultimate Ears says the Wonderboom 2 can withstand a 5-foot drop; we confirmed this by dropping it from 5 feet, first onto a hardwood floor and then onto concrete (see video above). Not only did it keep working, but it barely even showed a scuff mark. A small, elasticized strap on top lets you hang the Wonderboom 2 from a shower rod, tent pole, or other object, provided you have a carabiner, hook, or strand of string to attach it.

In our measurements, the Wonderboom 2 put out dB at 1 meter, about the same level you’d hear from the traffic noise if you were standing at a busy city intersection—and enough for the speaker to fill a small room with sound. The Outdoor Boost mode increased the output by about 3 decibels—not a dramatic boost, but noticeably louder. However, this mode reduces bass, so the speaker doesn’t sound as full and pleasing. We measured Bluetooth range at an impressive 95 feet through one window.

Since we originally made the Wonderboom 2 our top pick, numerous Wirecutter editors have tried it and fallen in love with its rugged but cute design and its full sound. In fact, our editor-in-chief selected it from the thousands of top picks on Wirecutter to write about in our “52 Things We Love” series.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

If you like lots of bass, the Wonderboom 2 probably isn’t your speaker. I was bothered to hear its little speaker drivers choking on some of the deep bass notes in my favorite jazz and pop recordings. If you prefer more bass, the Walmart-exclusive Anker SoundCore Rave Neo or the Sony SRS-XB33 may be more to your liking.

The Wonderboom 2 lacks a speakerphone function. We wouldn’t use that feature often, but you might.

Battery life is rated at 13 hours, but we measured roughly 8 hours, and that’s with four trials of two different units, with the Outdoor Boost mode disengaged. That amount of battery life is adequate to cover a full workday, but there won’t be any reserve if you forget to keep the battery charged. Charging happens through a Micro-USB port; Micro-USB cables are readily available, but many readers tell us they prefer USB-C.

Finally, though the Wonderboom 2 is light and compact, it’s not slim. Its cylindrical design, measuring about 3½ inches in diameter and 4 inches high, takes up more space in a suitcase than some slimmer designs and prevents it from fitting comfortably in a laptop bag.

Upgrade pick: JBL Xtreme 3

A pricier speaker with good sound, the JBL Xtreme 3 bluetooth speaker.

The JBL Xtreme 3 replaces the JBL Xtreme 2 as our upgrade pick for those who are willing to pay more for a bigger sound. Like the earlier model, the Xtreme 3 is a roughly football-sized design with a thick canvas shoulder strap, and it delivers a big, full sound that’s rare in a portable Bluetooth speaker. The main differences between the old and new models: The Xtreme 3 adds USB-C charging, so it works with most laptop and tablet chargers, but it omits the Xtreme 2’s speakerphone function. The Xtreme 3 also carries an IP67 rating, so unlike its predecessor, it’s dustproof in addition to being waterproof.

Lauren liked the Xtreme 3 the best of all the speakers in its size range. “The Xtreme 3 has clear highs, without the shushing, piercing treble that so many of these speakers have,” she said. “It also has strong, pumping bass, which I like.” I also thought the Xtreme 3 had the clearest highs in its class, which helped it avoid the sibilance (or hissing quality) that most portable Bluetooth speakers have. That extra clarity worked well not only with voices but also with most instruments, including guitar, piano, and saxophone.

Probably the biggest difference in the sound of the new model is that it plays a little louder— dB at 1 meter, versus dB from the Xtreme 2. But that’s not necessarily the advantage it might seem to be: When the Xtreme 3 is playing bass-heavy material at full volume, the internal limiter reduces the bass output for the sake of a little more maximum volume, so the sound thins out a bit. The bass comes back to full strength if you lower the volume a click or two.

The Xtreme 3 isn’t what we’d call compact—it measures about 11¾ inches long by 5½ inches in diameter, and at pounds, it weighs about 3 pounds more than the UE Wonderboom 2. But the shoulder strap makes it easy to lug around, and a bottle opener is built into the strap buckle.

JBL rates the battery life at 15 hours, but we got 17 hours in our tests. We measured Bluetooth range at about 55 feet through one window—which is fine, but we got feet out of the Xtreme 2.

The JBL Xtreme 3 bluetooth speaker with its shoulder strap attached.

The play button on top lets you pause and restart playback and skip to the next track. The Xtreme 3 supports JBL’s PartyBoost feature, which lets you connect multiple PartyBoost-equipped speakers for group playback; however, this feature is not compatible with the similar Connect+ function found on older models such as the Xtreme 2. A USB-A output lets the Xtreme 3 charge portable devices. JBL offers an app to control the Xtreme 3, but the only feature exclusive to the app is the ability to turn off the audio feedback on functions such as Bluetooth connection and power on/off, as well as to update the firmware.

Budget pick: Tribit XSound Go

Our pick for the best affordable Bluetooth speaker, the Tribit XSound Go.

If you want a great all-around portable Bluetooth speaker for about $30, the Tribit XSound Go is a terrific choice. Even three years after its debut, it still sounds better than almost everything else in its price range, offering clearer vocals and more bass than most competitors can muster. It’s small enough to slip into a laptop bag or any suitcase, and it’s IPX7-rated, which means it’s sufficiently waterproof to survive a half-hour swim in 1 meter of water. Tribit recently upgraded the XSound Go with USB-C charging and stereo pairing, so we tested a new sample and found it to be as good as the previous one.

When the XSound Go accompanied me through four weeks of travel, I continued to be surprised by how clear and full its sound was. Voices were natural and distinct, never bloated or hoarse, as they can be on most inexpensive Bluetooth speakers. The XSound Go doesn’t come across as full, or play as loud, as the UE Wonderboom 2, but all of our panelists thought it delivered amazing sound quality for its price. The measured maximum volume was dB—not enough to get a party going, but enough for light listening in a typical living room.

A view of the buttons on the back of the XSound Go portable Bluetooth speaker.

There’s nothing flashy about the XSound Go, but it doesn’t have that cheap, plasticky look that many budget Bluetooth speakers have. While it sports a play/pause button on the top, it lacks track-skip buttons, which would come in handy if you wanted to use the XSound Go in the shower. The battery is rated for 24 hours of life; we got only about hours, but for a cheap Bluetooth speaker, that’s fine.

For the price, the XSound Go’s speakerphone function is acceptable. Lauren’s voice sounded full but a little garbled to me, and she complained of a high-frequency hissing noise that accompanied my voice. Bluetooth range is pretty good for the price—I measured about 50 feet through one window.

Also great: Sony SRS-XB33

Our pick for best portable Bluetooth speaker with a fuller sound, the Sony SRS-XB

The Sony SRS-XB33 is the speaker to get when you need a bit more speaker than the Wonderboom 2 but don’t need the party-level volume of the Xtreme 3. It’s more than twice the size and weight of the Wonderboom 2, but it has a clearer, fuller, bassier sound that gets it fairly close to the performance of a small set of desktop speakers—making it an ideal choice for a dorm room, office, or bedroom. The SRS-XB33 is packed with features, although some are of questionable utility.

“Best sound I’ve heard all day,” Lauren said, although she wasn’t testing any larger models at the time. “The highs sound clear, the bass and the treble are well balanced, and it didn’t misbehave when I played ‘Love Lockdown.’” I agreed; the SRS-XB33 was good enough for me to enjoy through hours-long jazz listening sessions. The app offers a three-band equalizer, as well as Extra Bass and Live Sound modes. Our advice: Turn Extra Bass on and Live Sound off, and then never adjust the sound again.

The app offers four DJ sound effects, such as Jet and Noise, but I found no use for them beyond eliciting adorable puzzled reactions from my shih tzu. And of course, the app lets you access numerous lighting schemes for the unit’s built-in strobe and multicolor LED lights, which you can enjoy or banish.

A view of the buttons on the top of the SRS-XB33 portable Bluetooth speaker.

The SRS-XB33 measures by by inches and weighs pounds—too big to fit easily into a suitcase but small enough to toss into a beach bag. Its IP67 rating, which indicates that it is dustproof and waterproof, means there’s no need to worry if it encounters sand, splashes, or rain. It’s also said to be shock resistant, but Sony provides no additional details, and we didn’t conduct impact testing.

Sony rates the battery life at 24 hours; with the Extra Bass mode on, we got 16 hours before the speaker started announcing “Please charge” every couple of minutes. This is a huge improvement over the battery life of the previous model, the SRS-XB32, which ran for only six hours before it automatically reduced its level to preserve the battery. Charging occurs through a USB-C port. At full blast, the SRS-XB33 puts out a very impressive dB at 1 meter—within half a decibel of the Xtreme 3, although in our tests it didn’t sound as clear as the Xtreme 3 at high volume. That’s also dB more than the output of the Wonderboom 2, or about the difference between speaking in a normal voice and raising your voice so others can hear you in a conversation with a half-dozen people.

We measured Bluetooth range at about 70 feet through one window. You can connect up to compatible Sony wireless speakers for synchronized playback, and you can even sync the lights. The play/pause button on top lets you pause and restart playback, as well as skip to the next track. When we tested the speakerphone function, Lauren’s voice sounded wonderfully full and natural, but she reported that my voice, while reasonably easy to understand, had a crackly, rough character.

Also great: Ultimate Ears Hyperboom

Our pick for best portable Bluetooth speaker that anyone can use, the UE Hyperboom.

The Ultimate Ears Hyperboom is a speaker anyone could use, from the parent who wants to fill their backyard with music for a pool party to the audio aficionado who wants a portable speaker whose sound quality comes close to that of a decent stereo system. It plays very loud, maxing out at dB—about 9 dB louder than the output of the JBL Xtreme 3. That’s plenty of volume for a big pool party. And with an IPX4 rating, the Hyperboom is water resistant enough to survive splashes. “For picnics or group workout sessions in the park, this is ideal,” Lauren said.

From a sonic standpoint, the Hyperboom is the most technically sophisticated Bluetooth speaker we’ve encountered. With two tweeters (to reproduce the higher-frequency sounds), two woofers (for the lower-frequency sounds), and two passive radiators (to further help with bass reproduction), it’s like two good stereo speakers in one box—in fact, I noted that it had the kind of clear, robust sound I’d heard from the ELAC Debut B, a pick in our best surround-sound speakers for most people guide, but rarely in a Bluetooth speaker. The Hyperboom also incorporates an Adaptive EQ feature, which is said to adapt the speaker’s sound automatically to the acoustics of the surroundings. In our tests indoors, Adaptive EQ allowed a little too much bass to sneak through, and the full bass tended to obscure some of the treble, so acoustic guitars had less twang and cymbals less ping. (Of course, many listeners prefer a bassier sound.) Outdoors, Adaptive EQ seemed to work perfectly. If you don’t like the sound with Adaptive EQ, the app has a five-band equalizer plus Bass Jump, Game/Cinema, and Podcast modes.

A close up of the input ports on the UE Hyperboom portable Bluetooth speaker.

The Hyperboom also offers a few unusual features. First is an optical input, which makes it easy to connect the speaker to TV sets for louder, fuller sound. (You have to control the volume on the Hyperboom, though.) Next is a top-mounted ring switch that lets you choose between two Bluetooth sources and select the optical and analog inputs. Through the app, you can connect the unit to any number of additional Hyperbooms, as well as any speakers from the Ultimate Ears Boom and Megaboom lines.

At pounds and inches high, the Hyperboom is large, but a rear-mounted retractable rubber handle makes it pretty easy to lug around. It has a rated battery life of 24 hours; we got hours with it running at 81 dB, or 6 decibels louder than the other speakers. We measured Bluetooth range at feet, which is outstanding—although getting a range at this length sometimes required that we turn the Hyperboom in a particular direction, probably because the sheer size of the unit can interfere with the Bluetooth antenna.

The only real downside to the Hyperboom is its rather high cost, but it’s less pricey than the Sonos Five, which from an audio standpoint is similarly sophisticated—although of course the Sonos model offers Wi-Fi audio instead of Bluetooth. (If you need fuller sound, don’t mind something larger, and don’t need a water-resistant speaker, the JBL PartyBox , described below, is a better and more affordable choice.) Also, the Hyperboom has a dedicated charger, which you’ll have to remember to bring if you take the speaker along on your vacation for more than a day or two. It lacks a speakerphone function, but most people are unlikely to demand a speakerphone feature in a speaker this large.

Other good portable Bluetooth speakers

If you want smart-speaker functions or a speaker that works with a Sonos system, the Sonos Roam is technically a portable Bluetooth speaker, with a small, travel-friendly, IPrated design—but it’s so much more. It offers Wi-Fi support and can join a Sonos S2 multiroom speaker system (it’s not compatible with the older S1 operating system), automatically reconnecting to your Wi-Fi network when you bring it home from an outing. It also works as a smart speaker, with built-in support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and it serves as a Bluetooth interface for a Sonos system—so you can stream content from a Bluetooth source to the Roam, and that content can stream to your Sonos S2 system. It’s about the same size as the Tribit XSound Go and plays only 1 decibel louder. But thanks in part to its TruePlay technology, which automatically optimizes the sound for the space you’re in, it sounds much smoother and more natural than any small Bluetooth speaker (and most large Bluetooth speakers) we’ve tried. As you can read in our first look at the Roam, the two downsides are a short battery life (about six hours, depending on how you use the speaker) and a high price.

If you want a non-Sonos, Bluetooth-capable smart speaker, the Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth speaker also doubles as a Wi-Fi–connected smart speaker. It’s one of the picks in our guide to the best Alexa speakers.

If you want a lower-priced alternative to our top pick, the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is an ideal choice for anyone who wants a good speaker in the mid-two-figures price range and doesn’t need the extreme portability and durability of the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2, which is a little more than half the Flare 2’s height. As of this writing, the Flare 2 is less expensive than the Wonderboom 2, and Lauren and I both thought it sounded better—with more bass, a little more volume ( decibels), and a fuller, smoother sound that made voices sound more natural. App-based EQ controls let you fine-tune the sound. It also has a speakerphone function (which the Wonderboom 2 lacks) and app-controlled multicolored LED lighting (which you can turn off).

If you want a less-costly alternative to our upgrade pick, the JBL Xtreme 3, the Sony SRS-XB43 is a nice and (as of this update) relatively affordable choice. We preferred the Xtreme 3’s clearer sound on voices and its superior portability, although the SRS-XB43 plays decibels louder and offers the same lighting and sound features as the SRS-XB The downside of the SRS-XB43 is that it’s only marginally portable, with a weight of pounds and no carrying handle or provisions for attaching a strap. Toting it is like carrying a football filled with sand, and for many people that means a two-handed carry.

If you want a speaker for backpacking or cycling, the Tribit StormBox Micro is the best speaker we’ve found for ultra-portable use. It’s IPrated and only about 4 inches square and inches thick. An integrated rubber strap attaches it to bike handlebars, tent poles, or backpack straps. Lauren liked its sound better than that of the Tribit XSound Go, whereas I liked it but preferred the XSound Go’s sound; the two models offer about the same max volume. A couple of caveats: At the time of this update, the StormBox Micro was almost twice as expensive as the XSound Go, and we measured the battery life at just 5 hours.

If you need yard-filling volume, the JBL PartyBox is one of our favorites (along with the Ultimate Ears Hyperboom) among the growing class of portable Bluetooth speakers designed to power large parties. At pounds and 21½ inches high, it’s clearly designed to play loud, but in our tests, to our surprise, it sounded as smooth and refined as many of the best wireless speakers. Although it maxed out at decibels less volume than the Hyperboom in our tests, it sounded fuller and a little clearer when cranked up. Input jacks and level controls for a guitar and microphone make this speaker a great choice for casual DJing and musical performances, too. It is less expensive than the Hyperboom, but it doesn’t sound quite as smooth and even through the whole audio range, and it’s not water resistant, so using it near a pool or at the beach is ill-advised. The PartyBox sounds similar to the PartyBox and provides a few more decibels of sound output, even more deep bass, and an IPX4 splash-resistance rating, but it’s roughly twice the size and price.

Sustainability and environmental impact of portable Bluetooth speakers

Many readers are concerned about how the manufacturing, shipping, and normal use of the products we recommend impact the world we live in. We take that seriously too, which is why we’ve asked the manufacturers of all our picks to answer some basic questions about materials, life cycle, and other sustainability issues. While our product recommendations are based completely on the criteria outlined in How we picked and How we tested, we offer this information to supplement the decision of any reader who uses environmental impact as a deciding factor in their purchases. We also recognize that this may not paint a complete picture of a product’s supply chain and life cycle impact.

For portable Bluetooth speakers, we asked manufacturers whether the packaging and/or the products use recycled materials, and whether the packaging and the products are recyclable. The former is a big plus. The latter should be a plus, ideally, because most electronics contain many recyclable materials, but the methods of recycling these products may have their own adverse impacts. We asked how long the product’s battery is projected to last and if it’s replaceable—because in these speakers the battery is usually the first component to fail, so having one that lasts longer or is replaceable means replacing the product less often. We asked whether the product’s firmware can be updated by the consumer; updatable firmware also extends a product’s life because it can allow bugs to be fixed or new features to be added.

Logitech, the parent company of Ultimate Ears, publishes a Recycling Standard (PDF) and maintains a Recycling Page that tells consumers where they can drop off the company’s products for recycling. Except for the foam used in the Hyperboom’s packaging, the packaging of the Wonderboom 2 and Hyperboom is recyclable, but neither the packaging nor the products use recycled plastic. The batteries are not replaceable and are expected to deliver 70% of their original capacity after charge/discharge cycles. The Wonderboom 2’s firmware is not user-updateable, but the Hyperboom’s firmware can be updated through the UE Boom app.

JBL says neither the Xtreme 3 nor its packaging are made from recycled materials, but half the materials used in the packaging are recyclable. The battery reaches about 50% run time after to charge/discharge cycles. The battery can be replaced, but only by professional repair facilities. The firmware can be updated through the JBL Portable app.

According to Tribit, the XSound Go’s cardboard packaging and outer plastic shell can be recycled, and the company works with organizations in China to recycle products at the end of their life cycles. The battery is not replaceable. The company says it expects the battery to deliver 80% of its original capacity after charge/discharge cycles. The firmware is upgradable via USB.

Sony has a web page devoted to sustainability. The packaging of the SRS-XB33 is recyclable, but the product is not. Sony didn’t provide battery life data, but says the battery can be replaced by a Sony service center. The SRS-XB33’s firmware can be updated through the Sony Music Center app.

The competition

We’ve tested about portable Bluetooth speakers specifically for this guide. Some competitors came close to our top picks in performance and value, and they may be worth considering, depending on your priorities. Here’s a list of some of the more recent models we’ve considered, in alphabetical order.

The Altec Lansing RockBox XL generally sounded very good and played pretty loud. We prefer the more compact designs of the JBL Xtreme 3 and Sony SRS-XB43, but if you like the boombox format, the RockBox XL is a good buy.

The Altec Lansing Soundbucket XL is what its name says it is—a big, bucket-shaped speaker. It’s surprisingly inexpensive at this writing, it plays about as loud as the much costlier Sony SRS-XB43, and it’s IPrated. In our tests, it had a dull sound that made voices somewhat muffled and bloated, but if you just need a high-volume speaker for pool parties and (understandably) want to pay as little as possible, it’s a good choice.

The Anker Soundcore has a low price and an appealingly simple design, but it didn’t sound as full and smooth as the Tribit XSound Go.

In our tests, the Anker Soundcore Boost lost voice clarity with its bass boost mode activated, but without that mode, the bass was usually lacking.

For such a small speaker, the Anker Soundcore Mini 3 is packed with features, but in our tests it tended to vibrate on a table when it played deep bass notes, and the Tribit StormBox Micro played decibels louder.

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ played very loud for its size and cost, but voices had a boosted, unnatural quality, and the bass didn’t cut it for hip-hop and pop.

The Anker Soundcore Motion Boom is a good lower-cost alternative to the Sony SRS-XB For its price, it plays loud and sounds full, but Lauren noted that it was “sweet spotty”—it sounded very good when we were right in front of it, but rather dull when we moved off to the side.

The Anker Soundcore Rave Neo is a cheaper, larger alternative to the Sony SRS-XB It played about as loud as the Sony but didn’t sound as clear on vocals.

We liked the clarity of the Audioengine on vocals and most instruments but concluded that its bass and lower midrange weren’t strong enough to handle most hip-hop and heavy rock.

Although our panelists loved the sound of the B&O Beoplay A1, they lost their enthusiasm when they saw its high price.

Sours: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-bluetooth-speaker/
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If you're a music fan or just love the classic Marshall guitar amplifier design, this Bluetooth speaker is ready to rock. As with all Marshall products, you pay a price for the style, but the audio lives up to expectations. For a speaker that's about as big as four old DVD cases stacked, standing upright, it sounds killer, with a smooth, balanced, and refined sound.

The exterior has a durable-feeling, splash-resistant silicone finish, and the front and back are covered with a steel grille. It has a front-facing woofer and a tweeter on each side, powered by a battery that lasts around 20 hours (USB-C charging with a mm jack too), depending on how much you tweak the stylish volume, treble, and bass knobs up top. The battery indicator is also handy. You'll enjoy toting all 3 pounds of it around with its carry strap, which has a leather feel on the outside and red velvet on the inside.

If you want a little more power and heft, the Marshall Kilburn II ($) is similarly excellent, and the Marshall Emberton ($) is a great extra-portable addition to the amp company's Bluetooth line. Like the Stockwell II, it has a built-in battery gauge.

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Best Bluetooth speakers

Finding an audiophile who doesn’t like Bluetooth headphones is easy, just ask our own Chris Thomas, but Bluetooth speakers are awesome: they let you take the party anywhere and any of the best Bluetooth speakers can make your backyard barbecue an absolute hit. Whether you&#;re looking for something durable or something that will just sound great, you can&#;t go wrong with anything on this list.

Editor&#;s note: this list of the best Bluetooth speakers was updated on September 3, , to replace the JBL Charge 4 with the JBL Charge 5, and the Anker SoundCore Flare 2 with the Bose Portable Smart Speaker.

If you want the best, go with the JBL Charge 5

Whether you host a pool party or go camping, the best all-around Bluetooth speaker you want by your side is the JBL Charge 5. This is a bulky Bluetooth speaker but it&#;s still portable, so you can take it to a friend&#;s place or out on your next weekend trip.

      

Some of the best Charge 5 features can be found in other JBL products like the JBL Xtreme 2 and JBL Flip 5, but the Charge 5 falls perfectly in between these two units. You get some of that loud sound that the Xtreme 2 offers with comparable portability to the Flip 5. The Charge 5 makes all the right compromises, including battery life. You’ll get about 20 hours and you can even use it to charge some of your other devices, thanks to a USB-A output (hence the name). As far as sound quality goes, the only area that isn’t great is the mids, these tend to take a backseat to the bass in small to medium-sized rooms.

What about the JBL Charge 4?

The Charge 4 has an IPX7 waterproof fabric so you don&#;t have to worry about water damage.

The JBL Charge 4 has an IPX7 water-resistance rating and is unfortunately missing out on the dust proofing of the newer Charge 4. Its battery specs are identical, however, and its sound signature is very similar. Its Bluetooth firmware is a little outdated but it supports JBL Connect+, which means you can connect up to compatible JBL speakers for playback.

Unlike the Charge 5, the Charge 4 retains a mm aux port for wired listening. If you want to save some cash and really want that aux port, we&#;d recommend going with the older Charge 4.

What you should know

Pay attention to Bluetooth codecs

Represented is the max transfer rate (kbps) of each respective Bluetooth codec (greater is better). Each waveform depicts a transfer rate of kbps.

Just like wireless headphones, Bluetooth speakers support specific Bluetooth codecs. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a codec determines how a file is transmitted from a source (phone) to a receiver (speaker). If you want a lag-free experience make sure to invest in something that supports aptX, or AAC if you&#;re an iOS user. Not only does this reduce latency, but it also allows for better streaming quality (at least if you use AAC with iOS).

Bluetooth isn&#;t all it&#;s cracked up to be. While we do like Bluetooth for its convenience, it&#;s not as good as wired when it comes to sound quality. We probably didn&#;t have to tell you that, but at least we can show you.

Pool party people should pay attention to IP ratings

The speaker can be placed directly in the pool and float about.

Sometimes a product&#;s specifications will plainly read, &#;sweat-resistant,&#; or something similar. However, if you know you&#;re going to take your speaker on a boat or to the beach, you should invest in something with an official IP rating. IP ratings denote the dust and water resistance of a particular product. Oftentimes, a product will be rated something like IPX4 and the X is just a placeholder for what would be a dust-resistance rating. For a product to withstand full submersion, it must be at least IPX7 or higher.

The Sonos Move is great for both indoors and outdoors

While most Sonos speakers operate over Wi-Fi and are meant to be kept inside the home, the Sonos Move can operate over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and is powered by a rechargeable battery with lasts about 6 hours, 30 minutes on a single charge. This means it can be taken on the go with you, but its large size and hefty weight make it a less-than-ideal travel partner. While its Bluetooth connection works well and gives you the option to stream over SBC or AAC, it won&#;t sound as good as Wi-Fi streaming. If you subscribe to Qobuz, you&#;ll enjoy bit audio streaming on Sonos. The Sonos Move is compatible with lots of different music streaming services.

         

The Sonos Move isn&#;t just a speaker, it&#;s also got two smart assistants built right in—you can select between Alexa and Google Assistant. Its microphones do a great job at registering commands, and they can be shut off to ensure privacy. The Move has an IP56 rating and is also shock-resistant. Unfortunately, it does not feature an aux input, so no wired playback here. The sound quality of the Sonos Move is very good and its frequency response has a slight emphasis in the bass notes which can help with clarity if you&#;re listening to music outside. However, if you plan to blast the volume all the way, you might notice a bit of a reduction in quality.

Related: Bluetooth speaker tips and tricks

What are some alternatives?

If you&#;re looking for a Bluetooth speaker that won&#;t cost you more than $ then the Flip series has always been a go-to. The JBL Flip 5 makes nominal but appreciated improvements upon the JBL Flip 4.

           

JBL increased the size of the dynamic drivers inside the Flip 5 and added a USB-C charging port instead of the outdated microUSB port on the Flip 4. These improvements are great, but again slight. You get the same IPX7 rating as the Flip 4 and the same design, by and large.

Make sure you check compatibility between models if you want to connect several speakers.

One of the biggest differences between the JBL Flip 4 and Flip 5 is that the former uses JBL Connect+ technology, while the latter uses PartyBoost. This may seem like the same thing, but it means you can only connect the Flip 4 to other Connect+ JBL speakers; you&#;re also limited to PartyBoost-compatible speakers with the Flip 5.

However, a word of caution: the JBL Flip 5 does not support the multi-speaker linking standard of the older JBL speakers, and it only has one channel. We recommend sticking with the Flip 3 or Flip 4 instead—they get the job done and you’ll spend less money to get them.

For the ultimate party speaker, get the UE HYPERBOOM

Ultimate Ears has been in the Bluetooth speaker market for years now, and the one thing its product line-up was missing was a giant speaker that could power your parties. That ends with the UE HYPERBOOM, which is the new giant speaker from the company. This speaker has an IPX4 splash-resistant build along with a battery life that should last you about 24 hours of constant playback.

       

There are also a number of unique features that make this perfect for parties: it has two Bluetooth inputs so a second person can connect to the speaker and line up the next track without disrupting the music coming from a first device. There&#;s also an optical input so when you use this as a regular speaker, you can plug it into your TV for instantly better sound. While it won&#;t give you soundbar-level audio quality, it&#;s sure to be an upgrade for most people.

Because the HYPERBOOM requires a lot of power, it comes with a proprietary cable for constant power when you&#;re not taking it out for a day trip. The HYPERBOOM isn&#;t cheap but if you&#;re after a loud speaker that sounds good and has some great features this is the way to go.

For the most versatile option, check out the Bose Portable Smart Speaker

If you can&#;t decide between getting a portable Bluetooth speaker and a smart home speaker, another great option is the Bose Portable Smart Speaker. This omnidirectional speaker operates over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi so it can be used in the house or outside. Its IPX4 rating and 2 lb weight also make it suitable for the great outdoors.

Bose Portable Smart Speaker

Bose Portable Smart Speaker

The Portable Smart Speaker is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant but can only make calls with Alexa. If you have a house full of Bose smart speakers and soundbars, this speaker can be used in tandem with them for multiroom audio. The Bose Portable Smart Speaker&#;s is quite pricey, though, and if its $ price tag is too rich for your blood, check out our list of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers under $

Best Bluetooth speakers: Notable mentions

The IP67 rating protects the Clip 4 from dust, dirt, and water.

  • Anker Soundcore Flare+: If you&#;re willing to fork up a little more cash, you get a more powerful speaker with significantly increased bass reproduction, compared to the Flare 2. Want something smaller? Go for the Anker Soundcore Flare Mini.
  • Apple HomePod mini: For people heavily invested in Apple&#;s ecosystem, this tiny but mighty speaker packs impressive sound, Siri support, ultra-wideband technology, and reliable connection performance. For $99, making this speaker an arguably better value than the original HomePod.
  • Bose SoundLink Micro: This is the perfect companion for bikers and picnic hosts; you can strap it onto your handlebars and go, or set it on the blanket and dig in. If you want a similar design with a louder output, consider the SoundLink Color II.
  • Google Nest Audio: This Google Assistant smart speaker is designed with music listening in mind—featuring a 75mm woofer, 19mm tweeter, and adaptive EQ technology that provides great sound in a compact form factor.
  • JBL Clip 4: This speaker is as portable as it gets, and JBL vastly improved the integrated carabiner, making it even sturdier than before. You can hang it from just about anything and it doubles as a great shower speaker or beach buddy thanks to the IP67 rating.
  • JBL Flip 6: Set to release in December , this speaker is likely to usurp the JBL Flip 5&#;s position on this list. The new speaker will have an IP67 build and use Bluetooth , so there are definite upgrades from the older model.
  • JBL GO 3: At only $40 this super compact speaker is a steal. For something so small it delivers powerful sound. It also has an IP67 rating and has a loop that you can hang it in the shower with.
  • Marshall Emberton: This tiny Marshal speaker is perfectly fine, but it won&#;t knock your socks off. The biggest draw to the IPX7-rated Emberton speaker is its design and small form factor.
  • Marshall Stanmore II: This speaker is designed just like a guitar amp and it has the great sound quality of one too. It supports the aptX codec and you can use either the controls on top of the speaker or the Marshall Bluetooth app to customize the sound signature. For hands-free voice access to your favorite assistant, pick up the Marshall Stanmore II Voice.
  • Sonos Roam: This little IPcertified speaker operates over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It&#;s super portable too and lasts roughly 10 hours on a single charge.
  • UE BOOM 3: This omnidirectional speaker is shaped like a bottle and has an IP67 rating. The volume gets plenty loud, but if you need to boost it even more you can connect up to compatible speakers on the UE app.
  • UE WONDERBOOM 2: The second-generation Wonderboom is one of our favorite speakers because its waterproof build, small size, and ability to float. If you want to save a few bucks, the original Wonderboom works just as well.

How we chose the best Bluetooth speakers

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There are thousands and thousands of Bluetooth speakers in the world and it’d be impossible for us to review them all, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to get our grubby hands on all of them. If a speaker made it onto this list, then you can be sure we have firsthand experience with them and in many cases put them through our entire review process.

Read: What makes a good Bluetooth speaker?

Not only do we directly review and test as many audio products as we can, but we also take into account what others are saying about a given product. We want our readers to be happy with their purchases and that means we had to narrow down what it means to be &#;the best Bluetooth speaker.&#; In this case, we needed it to sound good, be relatively affordable, and durable. If a speaker&#;s intended use is for camping or hiking, we made sure that it&#;s received an official IP rating. Generally, if Bluetooth speakers perform well, there&#;s no need to overspend for the sake of overspending.

Why you should trust SoundGuys

We test all products that come our way in and out of the lab.

Each writer is committed to streamlining the research process for our readers. At the end of the day, we realize that you can spend an exorbitant amount of money to get the absolute best product of any given category, but we respect that many consumers don&#;t fall into that category. Ultimately, we want you to love what you purchase and none of us may benefit from steering you toward or away from a certain product.

At the end of the day, we work with audio products because we love them, and if you feel so compelled, we suggest you take a moment to read our ethics policy.

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The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is the best portable Bluetooth speaker that we've tested. It has a built-in carrying handle, making it easy to take with you on the go. It offers incredible voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and can understand your commands from far away and in noisy environments. You can also mute its mic when you no longer want it to hear you.

Out-of-the-box, it has a slightly boomy overall sound profile, with a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix. Like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, making it difficult to hear the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. Fortunately, there are bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app, which you can use to customize its sound. This speaker also has incredible directivity, resulting in a wide and natural-sounding soundstage.

Unfortunately, its battery only lasted around five hours in our tests, though battery performance can depend on your usage, and your experience may differ. Also, it can't get very loud, and there are compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean at louder volumes. That said, if you're looking for a good portable Bluetooth speaker, it's still a solid choice.

See our review

Sours: https://www.rtings.com/speaker/reviews/best/by-feature/bluetooth
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Best Bluetooth speakers portable speakers for every budget

Best Bluetooth speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy in

Finding the best Bluetooth speaker for your particular needs isn't the cake walk it might seem at first glance. It's nothing to do with shortage of options – every online manufacturer from Apple to Ultimate Ears is vying for a bite of the Bluetooth cherry and by association, your hard-earned cash. The challenge is knowing which model is most worthy of your precious pound coins. Fret not, for that is where we come in. We've done the heavy lifting and rounded-up our pick of the best Bluetooth speakers across all shapes, sizes and prices to ensure you discover a product you'll be over the moon with.

It may sound obvious, but the number one piece of advice we always offer when looking for a Bluetooth speaker is to avoid opting for the first model that catches your eye. Yes, it might be a looker, but is it the best model for you? If you want your love for it to still be strong, after the boys of summer have gone, why not read our independent review of the product – and maybe reviews of competing products in the price category – first? You might discover a few features you didn't know you could get for the money.

1. JBL Xtreme 3

JBL’s rugged wireless speaker serves up a sonic surprise

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): x x cm

Power: W

Features: Bluetooth v, PartyBoost for multiple connections to PartBoost enabled JBL speakers, IP67 rated

Connections: mm, USB-C, USB-A out

Reasons to buy

+Rugged build+Impressive detail and dynamics+Strong sense of timing

Reasons to avoid

-No smart features-No hands-free for phone calls

The JBL Xtreme 3 is a versatile, talented wireless speaker that’s as happy chilling at home as it is being the life and soul of a party. Yes, it's rugged, it's IP67 dust- and waterproof certified and you’d be forgiven for thinking at first glance that it might be more preoccupied with the amount of bass it’s producing rather than musical quality. But let us reassure you: the JBL Xtreme 3 proves to be a careful and considerate performer from the lowest of lows to the highest highs.

Bassheads should be more than satisfied with the healthy low-end clout on offer, but there’s quality as well as quantity. The JBL Xtreme 3 gained five stars across the board during our rigorous in-house testing, never appearing out of its depth no matter how complicated the musical arrangement. 

Read the full review: JBL Xtreme 3

2. JBL Flip 5

No frills and fantastic sound quality – this is the Best Bluetooth speaker for value.

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): x x

Power: 20W

Features: Bluetooth v, PartyBoost for multiple connections to PartBoost enabled JBL speakers, IPX7 rated

Connections: USB-C charger

Reasons to buy

+Solid bass and timing+Great sense of acoustics+PartyBoost stereo pairing

Reasons to avoid

-No aux-in or microphone-Not Connect+ compatible-Basic app

A What Hi-Fi? Awards-winner. If all you want is a portable Bluetooth speaker that sounds as good as you can currently buy for around £ ($, AU$), you’ll be hard-pressed to better the fantastic Flip 5. JBL’s newest offering sounds great for the price and is rugged enough to cope with a day at the pool.

The Flip 5 is waterproof to an IPX7 rating, boasts a 12 hour battery life and has a USB-C charging port, meaning it goes from flat to fully juiced in just hours. It's a pleasure to use and scores highly for portability, with a wrist strap that slips comfortably over our hand. There's also a PartyBoost button that helps you pair two PartyBoost-enabled speakers to create a stereo pair, or link over PartyBoost-compatible speakers in mono. 

Sound is impressively weighty and agile, with a good punch of bass and a real sense of openness and texture. Assuming you don't mind the lack of an aux-in port or inbuilt microphone (as seen in the Flip 4), you'll almost certainly be wowed by this speaker's sonic chops. A superb performer.

Read the full review: JBL Flip 5

3. Tribit Stormbox Micro

A fun and bubbly Bluetooth speaker that's serious when it comes to sound

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): x x cm

Power: 9W

Features: water/dustproof, Bluetooth , stereo-pairing mode

Connections: mm stereo

Reasons to buy

+Mature, musical sound+Surprisingly weighty bass+USB-C charger

Reasons to avoid

-Short battery life

It’s hard to imagine a home decor, backpack or personal taste that the Tribit Audio Stormbox Micro couldn’t merge in with happily. It's the size of a stack of drinks coasters, it's IP67 rated, there's a useful rubberised strap across the back of it and you can pair two of them in stereo mode. 

You'll be pleasantly surprised by the bass clout the Tribit is able to deliver. Although a speaker of such dimensions is obviously limited in terms of bass weight, it does remarkably well; close your eyes while listening and you’ll picture a bigger product. 

If your budget maxes out at £50 ($60), the Tribit is a splendid option. Similarly, if you only have a small zip compartment in the top of your backpack for a sonic travel companion, this speaker is worthy of that space. Take note, Ultimate Ears: a little-known brand called Tribit Audio just produced a budget belter of a Bluetooth speaker.

Read the full review: Tribit Audio Stormbox Micro

4. JBL Charge 5

Updated specs and subtle tweaks for JBL’s fifth-generation Charge

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 22 x x cm

Power: 30W + 10W tweeter

Features: waterproof, Bluetooth v, power bank, voice assistant integration

Connections: USB-C, USB-A

Reasons to buy

+Clearer and more detailed sound+Wider soundstage+Updated dustproofing

Reasons to avoid

-Nothing at this level

The JBL Charge 5 is even more durable and better sounding than the four Charges before it. Its predecessor carried an IPX7 rating, meaning it could handle being submerged in water to a depth of m, but the IPrated Charge 5 builds on that durability by also being fully dustproof. Want a speaker roughly the dimensions of a bottle of wine that'll charge your phone and sound great? You've found it. 

Thanks in part to a new 10W tweeter and racetrack-shaped driver, the Charge 5 is currently as good a sound as you can get in a portable Bluetooth speaker design for under £ ($, AU$). It boasts marginal improvements, both sonically and aesthetically, over its predecessor, the five-star Charge 4 (below). 

One day JBL may produce a Charge that can be outdone by a new and plucky rival, but rest assured, that has not happened with the rather splendid Charge 5.

Read the full review: JBL Charge 5

5. Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen)

The weightiest and most refined little speaker we’ve heard in a while

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): x x cm

Power: 2x30W

Features: Alexa inbuilt, water/dustproof IP67, Bluetooth , stereo-pairing mode

Connections: USB-C

Reasons to buy

+Expansive sound, weighty bass+Competent Alexa integration+Stunning build and finish

Reasons to avoid

-Nothing at this level

Bang & Olufsen isn’t noted for following the herd. In the Danish electronics specialist’s catalogue you'll find a wheel-shaped wireless speaker, a TV that opens up like a butterfly, and an watt monolithic speaker comprising 18 drivers. Its output could reasonably be described as "premium" and "innovative" – and the B&O Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) wireless speaker is no exception.

It boasts similar dimensions to a large floury bap, but that's where any comparisons with baked goods end. The new A1 supports Qualcomm’s latest aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codec, and of course, Alexa is built-in. 

It works a treat, too, delivering a pleasingly comfortable yet authoritative performance that you'd be happy listening to all day. Throw in its classy, well made design, easy to use operation and the bonus of Alexa, and you're looking at a Bluetooth speaker sequel that has very much been worth the wait. 

Read the full review: Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) 

6. JBL Go 3

JBL’s newest soap-sized speaker sounds good – but the finish and battery life won’t wash with today’s class leaders

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): x x

Power: 4W

Features: Water/dustproof IP67, Bluetooth

Connections: USB-C

Reasons to buy

+Sensible treble+Fuller bass+More volume

Reasons to avoid

-Poor battery life-Not very durable finish

The diminutive, soap on a rope-styled Go 3 features Bluetooth instead of plus a maximum power output of W, up from 3W in the Go 2 (listed below). The one specification that hasn’t changed is the Go 3's stamina. It takes hours to charge fully, and you can still only get five hours of playtime from it from a single charge. 

If you can live with this, there's much to celebrate in the sound department at the level. The extra power and overhauled design have resulted in some solid sonic enhancements, and aesthetically it's perhaps even cuter than the original. We gave this iteration five stars for sound. Will five hours get you through a day at the beach or a lazy picnic in the park though? Probably best to take a wireless charger. 

Read the full review: JBL Go 3

7. JBL Charge 4

A fun and bubbly Bluetooth speaker that's serious when it comes to sound.

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 22 x x

Power: 30W

Features: waterproof, Bluetooth v, power bank, voice assistant integration

Connections: mm stereo

Reasons to buy

+Rugged and water resistant+USB port for charging+Great sound quality

Reasons to avoid

-Perhaps too subtle for some

The fact that we really like the JBL Charge 4 should come as no surprise to those who read our Charge 3 review – or the latest Charge 5 (above). Not only is this one of best-sounding Bluetooth speakers around at this end of the market, it serves up a whopping 20 hours of playback from a single charge and, thanks to the arrival of its newest sibling, you'll find this slightly older model discounted across several retailers.

JBL fine-tuned the sound in this iteration to please even pickier ears. Obviously there's a limit to the bass floor in a speaker of this size, but the low-end is tasteful – and there's plenty of punch.  

You get a nice array of features for the money, too. The IPX7 water resistance means the Charge 4 can handle being submerged in water to a depth of m. And unlike the Flip 5 (above), you can also use the Charge 4 to juice up your phone – or any other device that will charge over USB from a 5V supply. 

The Flip 5 (above) is cheaper and lighter, but the Charge 4's rugged design, excellent battery life and ‘battery sharing’ make it a near-perfect speaker for camping, beach trips and home use.

Read the full review: JBL Charge 4

8. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

An affordable Bluetooth speaker with a weighty sound and good battery life.

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Power: Battery

Battery life: 13hrs

Charge time: hrs **Dimensions (hwd):** x x cm

Weight: g

Reasons to buy

+Punchy, entertaining sound+Hefty bass+Decent battery life

Reasons to avoid

-No wi-fi or smart assistant built-in-No mic for hands-free calls

Ultimate Ears has really made a splash in the Bluetooth speaker market with a number of colourful, fun-sounding and portable models. One its most biggest hits? The impressive Wonderboom 2.

It's waterproof, sandproof, dustproof and is also designed to float, so it should withstand the most lively of pool parties. Battery life is 13 hours and a full charge takes just under three.

Sonically, the Wonderboom 2 is an exciting listen. Bass is impressive bass given its small dimensions and there's plenty of detail and a fine sense of attack. You also get a ‘boost’ button on the underside of the unit. When pressed, it restricts the bass frequencies, allowing the UE to play louder through the midrange, which in turn makes the sound easier to hear when the unit is used outdoors.

There's no built-in mic or app, but the Wonderboom 2 is easily one of the best sounding Bluetooth speakers you can buy for the money – and a What Hi-Fi? Award-winner too, y'know. 

Read the full review: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

9. Dynaudio Music 5

A superb sonic performance from a distinctive speaker.

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth and wi-fi

Power: W (mains powered)

Inputs: analogue audio jack, Toslink optical digital audio

Battery life: N/A

Dimensions (hwd): 20 x 66 x cm :

Weight: kg

Reasons to buy

+Expansive, weighty and accurate+Great for larger rooms+Top-notch build

Reasons to avoid

-No AirPlay 2-No Spotify Connect

The Dynaudio Music 5 is the second-largest one-box speaker in the company’s inaugural, four-strong Music series. And love or loathe its angular looks,we can’t help but be won over by how the Dynaudio Music 5 sounds.

It might be a powerful, but the Music 5 has the sonic nous to keeps things refined. While the Award-winning Naim (below) just edges it for both subtlety and a slightly livelier sound, there isn't much in it – and the Dynaudio Music 5 boasts superiority in other ways. In a larger room, it boasts better weight, scale and authority. Sound is smooth, detail-rich, refined and resoundingly listenable. 

Connectivity is excellent, too, with aptX Bluetooth, wi-fi and AirPlay all present. Open up the Dynaudio app and you'll discover NoiseAdapt, a feature that helps sound cut through a noisy room – useful during loud parties.  

Assuming you love its distinctive styling, the Dynaudio Music 5 is a sophisticated performer and a superb buy.

Read the full review: Dynaudio Music 5

Audio Pro Addon C10 MkII

Audio Pro adds Google Cast and AirPlay 2 to a winning recipe

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): x 32 x 18cm

Power: 2x20W + 40W Digital class D

Features: wi-fi, multi-room, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 2

Connections: RCA, sub out

Reasons to buy

+Levelled-up streaming support+Greater clarity+Cleaner and tighter bass

Reasons to avoid

-Lacks the fun of the original

The update (sensibly titled MkII) to the three-time Award-winning Audio Pro C10 (also listed, below) adds AirPlay 2 and Google Cast to complete a multi-room home run. 

When we tested its older sibling, we pitted it against models almost double its price and found it bettered them. We’re happy to report that it's still the case today – if £ ($) is your maximum budget, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a speaker that comes close to the Audio Pro C10 MkII. 

We miss the leather handle and fun, slightly rock'n'roll aesthetic and sonic presentation of the original, but we can't argue with three options for multi-room streaming (AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast and Audio Pro's own slick and functional app) or the levelled-up grippy bass and improved hi-fidelity performance. 

Read the full review: Audio Pro Addon C10 MkII 

Audio Pro Addon C3

Portability, multi-room skills and excellent sound quality in an impressive package.

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth and wi-fi

Power: Battery

Inputs: mm

Battery life: 15hrs

Dimensions (hwd): x x cm

Weight: kg

Reasons to buy

+Mature, refined sound+Impressive timing+Tight, textured bass

Reasons to avoid

-Control app could be slicker

The Audio Pro Addon C3 isn't just the best Bluetooth speaker at this price, it's a stylish, wi-fi connected, multi-room capable centrepiece – plus it's a What Hi-Fi? and Award winner. 

Sound is focused yet open and airy, meaning you can fill a decent sized room with immersive, weighty sound. It has an fantastic sense of refinement for such a small speaker, not to mention a rear-firing bass reflex port that delivers plenty of low-end grunt.

This model won't charge your smartphone but it does feature an ethernet port, giving you the option to hardwire it to your home network. The battery serves up around 15 hours playback (less if you crank the volume up to the max).

The C3 supports streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz and Apple Music, and while there's no built-in voice assistant, you can control the speaker via the Alexa app.

If you're after something more rugged and portable, we'd suggest rivals such as the Ultimate Ears Megaboom or JBL Xtreme. But as a sensational-sounding multi-room proposition, this speaker gives Sonos a serious run for its money.

Read the full review: Audio Pro Addon C3

Naim Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation

Just a few tweaks make for a superb second version of this premium Bluetooth speaker.

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 21 x 22 x 21

Power: : W

Features: Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Roon Ready, Hi-res up to bit/kHz, remote control

Connections: mm aux, USB, optical S/PDIF, Ethernet

Reasons to buy

+Open, detailed and expressive+Loads of streaming options+Multi-room ready

Reasons to avoid

-Nothing at this price

At What Hi-Fi?, we know full well the value of revisions. Yet still, it was quite the surprise when first we heard about one made by Naim, with its second generation of the Mu-so Qb wireless speaker. The previous iteration was great, earning five stars when it was first reviewed. This version, however, is even better. 

You can now choose between an Olive, Terracotta or Peacock grille alongside the standard black, but the best tweaks Naim has made go far deeper. Remove whatever colour grille you've gone for and you'll be rewarded with upgraded and optimised midrange and bass drive units, all powered by a total of W of amplification.

You won't be short of streaming options, thanks to Chromecast Built-in and Apple AirPlay 2

Sours: https://www.whathifi.com/best-buys/best-bluetooth-speakers-portable-speakers-for-every-budget

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Narrowing down a list of the best Bluetooth speakers is no small feat. We’re talking about a category with over 1, models, and the majority being hard passes. The few noteworthy ones prove to be worth the investment and offer sound quality on par with the best headphones, long battery life, and a practical design that is either portable friendly or sits handsomely on your coffee table.

Whether you’re working with a slim budget or in a position to splurge, we’ve compiled a list of the best Bluetooth speakers to suit your needs and budget. Certain features will increase the price, like built-in digital assistance (e.g., Alexa, Google Assistant) or AirPlay support, but as some of the best waterproof speakers have shown, you can still get a rugged design and strong specs for less. Check out our best Bluetooth speaker picks overall.

The best Bluetooth speakers: Black Friday

With the holidays on the horizon, expect to see some great Black Friday deals announced over the coming weeks, and across every major audio category. We’re anticipating generous discounts on popular items from our buyers guides. These include the best Alexa speakers, best AV receivers, best headphones, and best outdoor speakers. Not to mention several selections from our best Bluetooth speakers list.

Be sure to bookmark our Best Black Friday Deals page for all the latest Bluetooth speakers sales, as well as other top-selling models from popular speaker manufacturers like Ultimate Ears, Klipsch, JBL, and Yamaha just to name a few.

What is the best Bluetooth speaker?

The No.1 pick for best Bluetooth speaker is the UE Megaboom 3. This portable and rugged sound blaster delivers big bass and full vocals, and pairs with older Megaboom and Boom models for loud stereo sound. You also get 20 hours of playback on a full charge, which is more than sufficient for outdoor gatherings or road trips. And what’s not to love about the waterproof design?

Our favorite budget option is the Anker Soundcore 2. For less than $50, this model delivers loud sound in a durable, compact body. It might seem too small for any backyard party, but it’s a great travel companion that can be tossed into any laptop or gym bag. A hour battery means you can play it all day long, too.

If the budget allows, then consider dropping $ on the Sonos Move, the brand’s first portable speaker with both WiFi and Bluetooth, and lots of features to boot. However, we’re even bigger fans of the newer and smaller Sonos Roam, which offers much of the same functionality for a lower MSRP.

If you’re looking for something specific or just want to know the best Bluetooth speaker based on performance and price, check out our full list of picks below.

The best Bluetooth speakers right now

1. UE Megaboom 3

The best Bluetooth speaker overall

Specifications

Size and Weight: x x inches, 2 pounds

Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours

Water Resistance: Yes

Maximum Sound Level: 90db

Voice Controls: No

Reasons to buy

+Big bass and full vocals+Good battery life+Can pair with older Megaboom and Boom models for stereo sound

Reasons to avoid

-Big and heavy for a portable-No speakerphone

Thanks to its excellent sound quality, long battery life and travel-ready ruggedness, the UE Megaboom 3 is the best Bluetooth speaker you can buy right now. This big, bold portable speaker pumps out rich degree sound complete with crisp highs and satisfying low-end, and maxes out at decibels of noise. And with an IPrated design, it can survive drops, splashes and a fall into the pool without skipping a beat.

The Megaboom 3 is on the bigger side compared to other portable speakers, and unlike many of its competitors, it doesn't have Alexa or Google Assistant support, or any other smart features. But if that’s not a dealbreaker, the Megaboom 3's sound quality and ruggedness can't be beat for the price. You can also pair it with older Megaboom and Boom models for a stereo sound experience.

Read our full UE Megaboom 3 review.

2. Anker Soundcore 2

The best Bluetooth speaker under $50

Specifications

Size and Weight: x x inches, ounces

Battery Life (Rated): 24 hours

Water Resistance: Yes

Voice Controls: No

Reasons to buy

+Great battery life+Waterproof

Reasons to avoid

-Not ideal for larger rooms

The Anker Soundcore 2 is the best Bluetooth speaker for folks shopping on a budget. For under $50, this tiny powerhouse delivers loud, well-balanced sound within an IPX7-rated design that can survive water, dust and snow. The speaker lasts a whopping 24 hours, thanks to Anker's best-in-class battery technology, and the Soundcore 2's dual neodymium drivers ensure you'll get powerful sound in any setting.

The Soundcore's compact, x x inch design makes this speaker perfect for tossing into your bag for a quick road trip, and it comes in vibrant blue and red color schemes in addition to the standard slick black. Its low cost makes it ideal for environments where you wouldn’t mind it getting a little roughed up, too.

Check out the Anker Soundcore 2 on our list of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers.

3. Sonos Roam

The best Bluetooth speaker with Wi-Fi smarts

Specifications

Size and Weight: x x inches, 15 ounces

Battery Life (Rated): 10 hours

Water Resistance: Yes (IP67 rated)

Voice Controls: Yes (Alexa and Google Assistant)

Reasons to buy

+Lightweight+Extensive connectivity+Auto TruePlay sound tuning

Reasons to avoid

-No Bluetooth  multipoint-Middling battery life

Building on the success of the Sonos Move, the Sonos Roam is a connected smart speaker at home and powerful Bluetooth beast on the road. It’s much more portable and more affordable than the Move, though, and its Auto TruePlay feature automatically adjusts the sound to suit its surroundings, whether you’re listening in a noisy, urban park or a quaint, airy campground.

Although we wish the battery lasted more than 10 hours, it juices up quickly via USB-C or wireless charging. When you return back from your latest excursion, the Sonos Roam should rejoin your larger Sonos system on its own. It also gives you the option to hand off your current soundtrack to the nearest Sonos speaker. Or you could stick to Roam, bringing your voice assistant and streaming services room-to-room, or as far as your Wi-Fi can reach.

Read our full Sonos Roam review.

4. UE Wonderboom 2

The best portable Bluetooth speaker below $

Specifications

Size and Weight: 4 x x inches, pounds

Battery Life (Rated): 13 hours

Water Resistance: Yes

Voice Controls: No

Reasons to buy

+Full bass for a small speaker+Waterproof and dustproof

Reasons to avoid

-No app-No visual battery life indicator

The UE Wonderboom 2 is proof that great things can come in small packages. This tiny speaker delivers huge sound within a small 4-inch cylinder, complete with throbbing bass, balanced midtones and crisp vocals. It can survive being dunked in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes and is dust-resistant, making it perfect for your next trip to the pool, beach or park.

Other key features include an impressive hour battery life and the ability to pair two Wonderbooms together for immersive stereo sound. If you need an especially small speaker that’s a breeze to tote around and don't want to spend more than $, the Wonderboom 2 is hard to beat. Add a carabiner to the clever loop to attach the Wonderboom to your bag as you head out the door.

Read our full UE Wonderboom 2 review.

5. JBL Go 3

The best Bluetooth speaker for cheap weatherproofing

Specifications

Size and Weight: x x inches, ounces

Battery Life (Rated): 5 hours

Water Resistance: Yes

Voice Controls: No

Reasons to buy

+IP67 rating+Light and compact+Extremely affordable

Reasons to avoid

-Better sound elsewhere

At fewer than 4 inches wide, the only thing smaller than the Go 3 might be its price; even the Anker Soundcore 2 might sweat when seeing this speaker's price tag. And despite the small investment, your return is IPrated waterproofing. That means it will survive full submersion in shallow water for half an hour, and full dust-proofing is part of the package as well.

Battery life looks poor at 5 hours, but in our testing we could stretch this out to over 10 hours if we didn't go too crazy with the volume. As such, there are better alternatives if you need to fill a large space, but as a personal, portable speaker, the Go 3 is very likeable indeed.

Read our full JBL Go 3 review.

6. JBL Charge 5

JBL's best Bluetooth speaker with full waterproofing

Specifications

Size and Weight: x x inches, pounds

Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours

Water Resistance: Yes

Voice Controls: No

Reasons to buy

+Full vocals+Rich bass+Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

-Limited app

The JBL Charge 5 makes only a few changes to the Charge 4's formula, but thanks to the new model's improved sound output and even greater ruggedness, it's a deserving member of the best Bluetooth speaker club. Its IP67 rating, signalling high dust resistance and full waterproofing, is about as good as you'll get on a mainstream speaker.

JBL's app isn't as advanced as, say, the UE Megaboom 3's, and the Sonos Move has a lot more features. But the Charge 5 can show off a few tricks of its own, chief among them being able to act as a power bank for phones and tablets. Running out of juice when you're streaming music in the yard or at a park? Just plug it into the Charge 5 and the speaker will give you a top-up.

Read our full JBL Charge 5 review.

7. UE Hyperboom

The best Bluetooth speaker for parties

Specifications

Size and Weight: x x inches, 13 pounds

Battery Life (Rated): 24 hours

Water Resistance: IPX4

Voice Controls: No

Reasons to buy

+Big and balanced sound+Gets very loud+Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

-Pricey-Really, really big and heavy

Looking to really go big? The UE Hyperboom is the best Bluetooth speaker for large gatherings, thanks to its massive size and big, booming audio output. This inch tall speaker offers huge, balanced sound that's especially ideal for barbecues and outdoor parties.

The Hyperboom is as rugged as it is big, with IPX4 water resistance for surviving splashes. And you'll get 24 hours of battery life for keeping the outdoor tunes going all day and night long. Pair that with seamless Bluetooth connectivity and plenty of volume, and you have the ultimate speaker for filling a big area with great sound.

Read our full UE Hyperboom review.

8. LG XBoom Go PL7

The best Bluetooth speaker for sheer style

Specifications

Size and Weight: x x inches, pounds

Battery Life (Rated): 24 hours

Water Resistance: IPX5

Voice Controls: No

Reasons to buy

+Crisp treble and defined bass+Good battery life+LED lights add to the fun

Reasons to avoid

-No integrated voice assistant-Few sound adjustments available

Every Bluetooth speaker on this list delivers great sound and functionality, but only the LG XBoom Go PL7 does it while boasting awesome LED lights. This unique Bluetooth speaker packs fully customizable LED rings on either side, adding some unique flair to your pool parties or indoor jam sessions.

But the XBoom Go PL7 has much more than looks going for it. The XBoom's appropriately booming sound holds its own against the best Bluetooth speakers in this price range, delivering balanced bass and satisfying treble. And with an IPX5  rating, this speaker can handle sprays or plashes of water and keep on ticking. Factor in its strong 24 hour battery life, and the XBoom Go PL7 is a great Bluetooth speaker that looks as good as it sounds.

Read our full LG XBoom Go PL7 review.

9. Sonos Move

The best high-end Bluetooth speaker for outdoors

Specifications

Size and Weight: x x 5 inches, pounds

Battery Life (Rated): 10 hours

Water Resistance: Yes (IP56 rated for splashes)

Voice Controls: Yes (Alexa and Google Assistant)

Reasons to buy

+Superb audio quality+Built-in Automatic TruePlay technology+Easy Wi-Fi-to-Bluetooth connection conversion

Reasons to avoid

-Pricey-No smart features in Bluetooth mode

The Sonos Move might not be as portable as the newer Roam, but it's still one of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market. The Move takes the well-tuned sound and rich feature set found in the Sonos One and lets you take it on the go, with a hour battery packed into a portable (albeit fairly chunky) design. 

We found the Move delivers a booming, crisp sound, complete with satisfying bass and clear vocals. The speaker works with all major streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music, sports Apple AirPlay 2 support and can seamlessly switch from Bluetooth to Wi-Fi on the fly. Alexa and Google Assistant support allow you to do anything from check the weather to control your smart home, and the Move's Auto TruePlay automatically tunes the speaker's audio output for wherever you're listening, whether you're having a rooftop party or rocking out in your bedroom.  

The Bose Portable Home Speaker is the next-best option for powerful, portable sound with voice assistants. Check out our Sonos Move vs. Bose Portable Home Speaker to see which is right for you.

Read our full Sonos Move review

V-Moda Remix

The best Bluetooth speaker for bass heads

Specifications

Size and Weight: x x inches, pounds

Battery Life (Rated): 10 hours

Water Resistance: No

Voice Controls: No

Reasons to buy

+Loud, balanced audio with booming bass+Stunning design+Lots of customization options+Daisy-chain multiple speakers

Reasons to avoid

-A bit expensive-No multi-room solution

For a premium speaker that looks as good as it sounds, look no further than the V-Moda Remix. This drool-worthy showpiece is the best Bluetooth speaker for the design-oriented, and can be customized to your heart's content. The base model looks slick in aluminum or vegan leather, while, people with bottomless budgets and a penchant for style can opt for steel or platinum finishes (the later of which will run you well over $,). 

Most importantly, the Remix sounds great, offering plenty of bass as well as a built-in headphone amp for enhancing the audio of your favorite set of cans. The Remix's hour battery life certainly makes this speaker worthy of longer jam sessions, and its trusty microphone allows for crisp call quality whether you’re set up inside your house or out.

Read our full V-Moda Remix review.

Cavalier Maverick

A classy Alexa speaker with great sound

Specifications

Size and Weight: x x inches, pounds

Battery Life (Rated): 10 hours

Water Resistance: No

Voice Controls: Yes (Alexa)

Sours: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-bluetooth-speakers,reviewhtml


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