If you don't already have one in your AV arsenal, a Bluetooth speaker is a must-have technology. They're the best way to take your tunes with you for picnics, beaches, and outdoor adventures, and some of the best sounds are as good as almost any indoor speaker you would buy.
However, most of us cannot afford a new speaker for every occasion, which means that we have to look for one that serenades us from the bedroom to the beach and everywhere in between. This is why we have developed this buying guide, which will help you find the Bluetooth speaker that suits your needs (and your budget).
The best Bluetooth speaker in the world, Sonos Move brings celebration indoors and out
Weight: 6.61 pounds (3 kg) | Battery life: 10 hours | Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 b / g / n, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth 4.2 | Conductors: A down-firing tweeter, a mid-woofer, two class D digital amplifiers | NFC: No | Auxiliary input: No | USB charging: Yes (USB-C, and comes with a charging station)
It looks amazing
It is classified IP56
Heavy and expensive
Here's what's about the Sonos Move – it's so good that you might want to consider it not only as your party station on the go, but also as your main speaker at home.
With two quality drivers, a solid app that unlocks playback from hundreds of wireless sources, multi-room capabilities, and intelligent audio tuning technology that adjusts output according to the immediate environment of the speaker, the Sonos Move is designed far beyond your average Bluetooth speaker. It is a versatile speaker, which stands securely alongside the Sonos speakers built for the home on which the company made its name.
It's not perfect – it's heavy as a byproduct of its incredible sound, it's expensive because of its rich feature set, and unfortunately it can't be used as the rear channels for a home theater setup. But if you have the money, it's hard to blame the Sonos Move when it comes to finding the best Bluetooth speaker in the world.
UE Boom 3
The old best Bluetooth speaker is still great for traveling with
Weight: 1.2 pounds | Battery life: 3 pm | Wireless range: 30+ feet | Response frequency: 90Hz-20kHz | Conductors: Two 1.75 “speakers and two 1.75” x 3 “passive radiators | NFC: Yes | Auxiliary input: Yes USB charging: Yes
IP67 waterproof / dustproof
The audio could be clearer
Battery life is not improved compared to the original
Although we are not as impressed with the EU Boom 3 as its predecessor, it is still one of the best Bluetooth speakers that money can buy. It is a loudspeaker which can become noisy and not distort at higher volumes; be light enough to go on a camping trip but remain durable enough to fall into an unprotected bag.
It is both waterproof and dustproof and now has a one-touch mixer button that lets you consult your favorite playlists without ever picking up the phone.
There are certainly more detailed speakers, but at a relatively affordable price for everyone, the UE Boom 3 hits all the right notes for the third consecutive year.
Ultimate Ears now allows you to customize your UE Boom 3, so you have even more options when it comes to color and pattern combinations.
Bose SoundLink Revolve
The best second Bluetooth speaker
Weight: 1.5 pounds | Battery life: Up to 12 hours | Wireless range: 30 feet | Response frequency: N / A | Conductors: N / A | NFC: No | Auxiliary input: Yes | USB charging: Yes
True 360-degree sound
Beautiful design and construction
Its detailed and expansive
Best used indoors
Range of only 30 feet (10 m)
The Bose SoundLink Revolve is a great speaker for people looking for real 360-degree sound. It is ideal for sharing music during a party or for moving around the room without losing audio fidelity. However, the Bose SoundLink Mini II sounds slightly better and is slightly cheaper to start.
On the flow side, it is also not completely dust or water tight, so you will have to think twice before bringing the Revolve to the beach.
For half the price, the Wonderboom is a great speaker that is completely dust and water tight, and while it can't match the audio fidelity or features of the Bose, it's still great for listening. moving. If bass is your game, the JBL Charge 3 is a great fully waterproof speaker that sounds great, but is big and heavy with it.
JBL Charge 4
An excellent speaker that also charges your phone
Weight: 2.12 pounds | Battery life: 8 pm | Wireless range: 30+ feet | Response frequency: 60 Hz – 20 kHz | Conductors: Two 1.7 “drivers and two passive radiators | NFC: No | Bluetooth version: 4.2 | Auxiliary input: Yes | USB charging: Yes
Can charge your phone
No 360 degree sound
For the money, the JBL Charge 4 is obvious. You get a speakerphone that lasts all day, sounds great, can handle all kinds of abuse, and fills your phone in no time. Yes, there are better speakers, but you will have to spend a lot more money.
While the JBL Charge 4 only offers minor upgrades from the previous generation, there is still great value for wireless speakers – and is one of the best waterproof speakers.
Anker Soundcore Flare
The best economical Bluetooth speaker
Weight: 1.1 pounds | Battery life: 12 hours | Wireless range: 20m / 66ft | Response frequency: N / A | Conductors: 2 x 1.75 “full range + 2 x passive radiator | NFC: No | Auxiliary input: Yes | Bluetooth version: 4.2 | Sealing: Yes-IPX7 | Charge devices via USB: No
Impressive sound for size
Excellent mobile app
Average battery life
Hard at max volume
Anker has a history of making great low-cost wireless speakers. Although we are not entirely impressed by the Anker SoundCore 2The sound, we couldn't be too crazy because the speaker was so affordable.
What if you can stretch your budget? For not much more, you get the Anker Soundcore Flare, an excellent waterproof Bluetooth speaker that can stand up to the competition.
The Soundcore Flare is an incredible value. Competitors like the EU Wonderboom (listed above) give the Flare a run for its money in terms of build quality, but we give the Flare the slight edge with the sound quality. We recommend the Flare to anyone looking for a wireless speaker that can do it all without breaking the bank.
Bose SoundLink Mini II
The best mid-range speaker
Weight: 1.5 pounds | Dimensions: 2 x 7.1 x 2.3 inches (H x W x D) | Battery life: Up to 10 hours | Wireless range: 30 ft (10 m) | Response frequency: N / A | Conductors: N / A | NFC: No | Bluetooth version: N / A | Auxiliary input: Yes | USB charging: No
Built like a tank
Compact form factor
Not water resistant
No NFC or Bluetooth multipoint
The Bose SoundLink Mini II is relatively old, having been released in June 2015. However, canceling the SoundLink Mini II due to its age would be a mistake, as it remains one of the best wireless speakers with the best sound.
That said, it strikes well above what its size would suggest, producing deep bass, sparkling highs, and lush midrange. While most wireless speakers sound good, the Mini II proves that small speakers don't need to compromise on sound, and other Bose amenities like a charger.
UE Wonderboom 2
The best outdoor speaker is refreshed
Weight: 0.93 pounds | Dimensions: 104 x 95.3 mm (H x D) | Battery life: Until 1 pm | Wireless range: 100 ft (33 m) | Response frequency: 75 Hz – 20 kHz | Conductors: two 40 mm active speakers and two 46.1 mm x 65.2 mm passive radiators | NFC: No | Bluetooth version: N / A | Auxiliary input: No | USB charging: No
Excellent sound for its size
IP67 dustproof / waterproof
30% longer battery life
Restrictive sound scene
Although the EU Wonderboom 2 is almost identical to the original, Ultimate Ears is packed with a multitude of upgrades that make the Wonderboom 2 even better, such as increasing battery life (up to 30% compared to the original), better bass response and the new Outdoor Boost Function which helps the speaker to become even louder than before.
The EU Wonderboom 2 is a fantastic robust and waterproof speaker that you will really want to take with you. However, its small size does not mean a small sound, because the speaker becomes extremely loud and sounds good. While it may not match the bass response of larger speakers like the UE Boom 3 or the Bose SoundLink Revolve, the enhanced bass adds warmth and intensity to the music that was lacking original.
That said, the EU Wonderboom 2 is still one of the best waterproof speakers you can buy – and our recommended option for those looking to bring their speaker to the beach or the pool.
Tribit XSound Go
The best ultra-economical portable Bluetooth speaker
Weight: 0.8 pounds | Battery life: Up to 24 hours | Wireless range: N / A | Response frequency: 85 – 20,000 Hz | Conductors: 2 x 6W | NFC: No | Auxiliary input: No | USB charging: No
IPX7 water resistant
Surprising sound quality
Charging takes a long time
The Tribit XSound Go shouldn't sound as good for the price, but it does. The speaker impressed with a balanced sound, is almost undistorted at high volumes, and lasts and more than 20 hours of incredible playback at medium volume.
In addition, the speaker is IPX7 resistant to water and dust, so it can withstand a day at the beach or at the pool without problem. Although its design may be forgotten, you won't care about it once you hear the sound quality of XSound Go.
In terms of competition, you will have to spend a lot more for better sound quality. The EU Wonderboom is a great outdoor speaker, but will cost twice as much and not last as long as the Tribit.
The ultimate party speaker with built-in Google Assistant
Weight: 6 lb 14 oz | Battery life: 12 hours | Wireless range: About. 98 ft | Response frequency: 20 – 20,000 Hz | Conductors: 45mm | NFC: Yes | Auxiliary input: N / A | USB charging: No
Portable party speaker
Its powerful and spacious
Lights are out of sync
Average voice detection
The SRS-XB501G is a big speaker that offers a light show, a tripod, a big sound and Google Assistant. It is a speaker that you can really use on the go and at home after a day of partying. On the go, the speaker is bright, playing loudly and up to 4 p.m. But at home, its dated design and average voice detection are compromises compared to dedicated speakers at home.
Competitors like the LG PK7 sounds slightly better and has a light show that actually reacts to your music, but it doesn't have the Google Assistant built into it. If you're looking for a real portable speaker that you can pack in a bag that also supports Google Assistant, the JBL Link 20 is a good choice. Don't expect it to produce as much bass or offer such a wide soundstage.
To this end, the XB501G is a good overall compromise that performs multiple functions. It's not the best wireless speaker, or the best smart speaker, but it's a solid entry in both categories and one of the few to exist on both sides.
Denon Envaya (DSB-250BT)
The most durable Bluetooth speaker
Weight: 1.6 pounds | Dimensions: 209 x 74 x 77 mm (W x D x H) | Battery life: 1 pm | Wireless range: 30 m (100 feet) | Response frequency: N / A | Conductors: Driver 2 x 40 mm, 1 passive radiator 53×135 mm | NFC: No | Auxiliary input: Yes | Bluetooth version: N / A | Sealing: Yes | Charge devices via USB: No
Powerful, rich and enveloping sound
Better balanced sound than most
Protection class IP67
The newest speaker in the Denon Envaya range delivers powerful, enveloping sound that will sound good on most ears, and also has an IP67 rating, making it both dustproof and at the water. It's also built like a tank, making it one of the most durable speakers we've ever gotten our hands on.
Despite an almost flawless performance, the Envaya is not perfect. Although the sound quality is full, powerful and rich, it does not have the treble bite and the buttons on the side can be stiff and difficult to use. These are ultimately minor complaints, and the Denon Envaya remains an excellent Bluetooth speaker – easily one of the best you can buy this year.