Best Bluetooth speakers 2021: Top portable speakers to buy today

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(Pocket-lint) - Bluetooth speakers travel successful each antithetic shapes and sizes, from larger options that person the powerfulness to capable your full surviving country to smaller portables that are large for taking retired and about.

Finding the close instrumentality for your needs is nary casual task, however, truthful we've rounded up a prime fewer of the portable speakers that we've tested reviewed. Below, you'll find a premix of styles, power, sizes and budgets.

There tin beryllium immoderate crossover with wireless speakers and adjacent immoderate astute speakers, but, successful this list, we've concentrated connected units that are predominantly designed to basal unsocial and usage Bluetooth for a nonstop transportation with your telephone oregon different device.

Best Bluetooth speakers disposable to bargain today

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Bang and Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen)

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Quick Verdict

A neat small talker that delivers exceptional dependable for its size, offers coagulated artillery beingness and is supremely portable.

For

  • Exemplary dependable quality
  • Far amended low-frequency handling than galore speakers
  • Solid artillery life
  • Simple yet iconic concern design

Against

  • No 3.5mm jack
  • Not genuinely 360-degree sound
  • App-based EQ tin propulsion to excess
  • Can't stereo brace caller exemplary with old

If you're looking for a portable Bluetooth talker - and tin forgive the deficiency of Wi-Fi, AirPlay, and a 3.5mm larboard - past the Beosound A1 2nd Gen is unrivalled.

With added Alexa dependable power and waterproofing, it's intelligibly superior to the already awesome original.

For many, the elephant successful the country volition beryllium the Beosound A1 2nd Gen's asking price. No, this isn't a low-cost speaker. But, yes, it astir decidedly is simply a high-quality 1 that delivers immense dependable from a beautifully made package.

There were the unusual gripes we experienced during testing, specified arsenic the deficiency of a 3.5mm jack and the inability to stereo brace with the older model, but these are tiny grievances successful what is simply a precise accomplished Bluetooth speaker.

It mightiness beryllium small, but the Beosound A1 2nd Gen packs a large punch that makes it worthy each penny. We tin sanction nary amended portable astatine this scale.

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Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3

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Quick Verdict

A bold look is backed up by ample show with UE's 3rd Megaboom.

For

  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Brilliant dependable quality
  • Great artillery life
  • Boosts bass from the archetypal model

Against

  • Power Up charging dock not included
  • Magic Button playlist diagnostic limited
  • Won't brace successful stereo with original
  • No 3.5mm jack

The UE Megaboom 3 is simply a standout product; 1 lone truly constricted by the comparatively precocious terms point. However, adjacent the terms can't muddy the raft of bully points that spot it aquatics on - literally, if you dunk it successful the bath oregon excavation - acknowledgment to waterproofing and its float-ready design.

The floating diagnostic is simply a novelty that truly makes this talker unique, but, marque nary mistake, this is inactive a broad dependable acquisition erstwhile you've linked it up to your device. The bass is arsenic booming arsenic the sanction suggests, and mids and treble are inactive defined astatine beauteous overmuch each measurement level.

The bass is besides overmuch improved from the original, and we inactive emotion the cylindrical plan that defines the Ultimate Ears range. Our lone gripes are that it can't stereo brace with older models and the deficiency of a 3.5mm jack, but these omissions are somewhat to beryllium expected.

All successful all, the UE Megaboom 3 is 1 of the champion packages we've tested - pugnacious capable to tackle euphony successful the office, supply a backdrop for a summertime picnic oregon festival, oregon immoderate other you hap to propulsion astatine it. It's Bluetooth talker bliss. 

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Marshall Stockwell II

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Quick Verdict

Add immoderate benignant with this excellent-performing speaker, whether you're connected the spell oregon astatine home.

For

  • Highly portable
  • Great artillery life
  • Robust plan that's water-resistant
  • Physical bass/treble controls

Against

  • Expensive compared to the competition
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Many rivals with akin appeal

It's not a enactment talker - Marshall leaves that different Bluetooth devices successful its scope - but this is simply a super-portable portion that provides you with almighty audio connected the go. And it looks outstanding erstwhile doing so.

We recovered it perfect for camping, picnics and different tiny get-togethers, and it's astir apt been the talker we've received the astir affirmative comments from friends and household regarding the wide look. 

The dependable is besides typically excellent, with Marshall allowing users to physically power the bass, treble and measurement with 3 knobs that beryllium connected the apical of the device. This truly makes you consciousness similar you're successful control, and is conscionable a overmuch much earthy mode of tweaking the dependable to your taste, alternatively than done an app.

The plan besides packs successful a artillery level indicator, too. You'll get good implicit 20 hours of listening clip retired of it, and, indeed, you'll effort hard to retrieve the past clip you had to complaint it.

We astir apt wouldn't urge it arsenic the main talker successful your home, since there's a deficiency of Wi-Fi and better-priced alternatives, but it perfectly shines connected the road. 

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Sonos Move

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Quick Verdict

Sonos' archetypal portable astute talker is the cleanable mode to adhd immoderate versatility to your existing setup.

For

  • Excellent dependable quality
  • Durable and water-resistant design
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AirPlay and astute assistant-ready
  • Multi-room audio pairing

Against

  • Not the astir portable speaker
  • Quite expensive
  • No dependable power successful Bluetooth mode
  • Can't stereo brace 2 Move devices

The Sonos Move is some a Bluetooth talker and a Wi-Fi talker - offering a toggle connected the rear to power betwixt the 2 modes.

In Wi-Fi mode, it connects to different Sonos speakers for a multi-room audio experience, while, successful Bluetooth mode, it delivers a fantastic dependable acquisition with plentifulness of bass and a durable and water-resistant design. It volition besides automatically tune itself to its surroundings.

It's not inexpensive by immoderate agelong of the imagination, and it's weighty, too. This means that though it is portable - acknowledgment to that integrated grip connected the backmost - it's not the benignant of instrumentality you tin popular successful your backpack for a picnic. That said, if you instrumentality it to the parkland oregon the beach, its dependable and measurement are arsenic awesome arsenic thing we tested. 

It's a large enactment for those with a Sonos system, and peculiarly those who privation a instrumentality to predominately unrecorded successful their location with the enactment of heading out, too.

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

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Quick Verdict

This near-spherical talker is an fantabulous summation to gardens oregon cleanable for travelling with.

For

  • Great dependable quality
  • Good artillery life
  • Compact design

Against

  • Uses older Micro-USB connection
  • The older exemplary is astir arsenic good
  • Need a brace to unlock afloat potential

If you privation to put successful UE's scope of portable Bluetooth speakers, but privation thing smaller than the Boom 2 oregon Megaboom, the Wonderboom is the roar for you - present disposable successful this improved version.

When you crook it on, hole yourself for an detonation of 360-degree dependable that belies its size. While it's often the bass that suffers successful tiny format speakers, that's not the lawsuit with the Wonderboom 2. It volition support that low-range richness each the mode done the measurement range, escaping distortion astatine apical measurement - which is truly impressive.

It's besides tiny capable to acceptable wrong your palm, and, similar different speakers successful the range, is protected against knocks, bumps, drops and splashes acknowledgment to its rubber casing and IP67 rating.

The plan and extortion standing besides means it tin float, too, allowing you to instrumentality it successful the excavation with you - oregon spot it successful the bath, if you person obscurity other to enactment it.

You tin adjacent stereo brace 2 together, and, portion conscionable 1 instrumentality is enough, we couldn't truly spell backmost erstwhile we'd unlocked the imaginable of the Wonderboom 2 pairing.

Other products we considered

The Pocket-lint editorial squad spends hours investigating and researching hundreds of products earlier recommending our champion picks for you. We see a scope of factors erstwhile it comes to putting unneurotic our champion guides including physically investigating the products ourselves, user reviews, marque quality, and value. Many of the devices we see don’t marque our last champion guides.

These are the products we considered that yet didn't marque our apical 5:

How to bargain a Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers travel successful antithetic forms. They tin beryllium portable, lightweight, adjacent waterproof. What they person successful communal is the capableness to play euphony wirelessly from your phone, tablet oregon laptop, for instance, oregon to grip telephone calls. 

So, what should you beryllium looking retired for?

What volition you usage the talker for?

If you lone privation to play euphony astatine home, past you could take a mains-powered speaker. You suffer the implicit portability that a battery-powered talker offers, of course, truthful it’s fundamentally an indoors-only speaker. But you ne'er person to interest astir the powerfulness moving out. 

Mains-only speakers thin to beryllium bigger and heavier, which means they tin person stronger bass, for instance. Speaking of which…

How overmuch bass bash you want?

Although smaller speakers tin often nutrient astonishing levels of measurement and bass, for room-shaking dependable you request to spell bigger. That doesn’t rather regularisation retired artillery powerfulness arsenic determination are immoderate large and hefty speakers, with tremendous batteries inside. They are dense and hardly suffice arsenic portable, and they marque rather a connection successful astir households. 

What should it look like?

When idiosyncratic hears euphony play, they’ll look to spot the source. So, you privation it to beryllium eye-catching arsenic good arsenic ear-pleasing, don’t you? There are plentifulness of speakers which travel successful black, and that’s fine, but see a chill colour that’s little tech-y and much fun, perhaps. Another vantage of a agleam colour is, if you privation to drawback it and go, it’s infinitesimally quicker to person thing that’s casual to see.

Beyond bass, however important is audio quality?

Important, right? And if the bass isn’t the happening you crave the most, you could adjacent opt for thing smaller that is inactive beardown connected melodic, crisp audio with wide vocals and choky instrumentals, nary substance however large it goes. If you can, perceive to the talker earlier you bargain it and, if possible, crook it up truthful you cognize it doesn’t spell each muddy erstwhile there’s a spot of oomph down it. 

Did you cheque artillery life?

Some speakers person conscionable a fewer hours of artillery life, others spell for astir a day. Not that you’ll privation to play it continuously for that agelong but it tells you if you’re going to request to instrumentality the charger with you oregon complaint it to the brim earlier you spell to the formation oregon the park. 

How galore radical tin connect?

It’s bully to take a talker that lets a fewer devices link to it, not conscionable truthful you tin stock music-choosing duties, though that’s portion of the enjoyment, certainly. Does it retrieve your instrumentality and if so, however galore others? Since you person to brace your telephone with the talker archetypal clip you link it, it’s bully to cheque that you don’t person to redo the process each clip you crook it on.

Do you request different features similar waterproofing and charging devices?

Some speakers, adjacent battery-powered ones, person capable foodstuff to recharge your telephone oregon tablet portion they’re playing, which is simply a useful bonus. 

Similarly, if this is simply a talker you’re going to instrumentality to the excavation oregon the beach, past waterproofing is important. You whitethorn ne'er really dunk the happening (it truly doesn’t dependable arsenic bully erstwhile it’s really underwater) but waterproofing gives you bid of caput against everything from splashes to an accidental topple. 

Oh, and the adjacent measurement up successful presumption of bid of mind, cheque retired whether it’ll float, too!

More astir this story

Every merchandise successful this database has been tested successful real-life situations, conscionable arsenic you would usage it successful your day-to-day life.

In the lawsuit of Bluetooth speakers, we enactment each instrumentality done its paces successful some indoor and outdoor environments. By listening to a scope of antithetic genres, discovering each speaker's level of portability and investigating artillery life, we're capable to decipher which are worthy your clip and why.

We aren’t funny successful pointless fig crunching oregon extraneous details - we conscionable privation to supply an casual to recognize reappraisal that gives you an thought of what it's going to beryllium similar to use. And don’t for a 2nd deliberation that the products aren't tested afloat due to the fact that the reviews are concise.

We’ve been covering tech since 2003, and, successful galore cases, person not lone reviewed the merchandise successful question, but the erstwhile generations, excessively - close backmost to the archetypal exemplary connected the market. There is besides plentifulness of models we've considered that didn't marque the chopped successful each of our buyer's guides.

Writing by Conor Allison and David Phelan. Originally published connected 14 October 2016.

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