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The best Bluetooth speakers 2021: the top portable speakers for any budget

The best Bluetooth speakers in 2021 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 2021, 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 2021.

Our top picks

The best Bluetooth speakers you can buy

1. Sonos Roam

The best Bluetooth speaker you can buy

Specifications

Weight: 0.95 pounds (0.43 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: 6.61 pounds (3kg)

Battery life: 10 hours

Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n, 2.4 GHz, and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.2

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

Sours: https://www.techradar.com/news/audio/portable-audio/10-best-portable-speakers-1069079

AY Portable Bluetooth 5.0 Speakers 30W Louder HD Stereo Sound with Richer Bass, Waterproof IPX7, TWS, Microphone, Durable Wireless Speaker 24H Playtime for Outdoors,Camping, Beach,Travel,Home Party.

Stable Bluetooth Connection

Bluetooth 5.0 ensures instant pairing and maintains a strong connection up to 48 ft, with your Bluetooth enabled devices and AY speaker for skip-free music and in-Built microphone for hands-free calling.

Ultra-Portable, Ultra-Lightweight

With simplistic curves that's designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. Ultra portability make it can be effortlessly put in your pocket and carry everywhere outside.

24 Hours Long Play Time

Get the play time you want with a 5000mAh rechargeable battery(Playtime varies according to volume level and audio content) .No need to worry about your speaker dying when you enjoy your music.Ideal for shower, boat, hiking, camping, risk, to the beach, pool, or just your backyard.

Sours: https://www.amazon.com/AY-Portable-Bluetooth-Waterproof-Technology/dp/B07FF1PTGG
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July 27, 2021

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 10.5 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 20-by-15-foot 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 14.3 inches high and 16.6 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 27.5 hours on a single charge.

Why you should trust us

I’ve reviewed audio gear professionally since 1990, 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 400 wireless speakers to date. Since 2008 I have taken portable Bluetooth speakers on more than 100 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 $15. 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 2013, we’ve called in about 320 Bluetooth speakers to test, including 16 new models for our latest update in May 2021.

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 ±0.3 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-19 pandemic, I wasn’t able to conduct our usual brand-concealed panel tests for our most recent update in May 2021, 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 85.1 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—92.8 dB at 1 meter, versus 90.8 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 4.4 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 110 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 82.2 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 10.5 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-XB33.

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 9.5 by 3.1 by 3.3 inches and weighs 2.4 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 92.3 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 7.2 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 100 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 102.9 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 2.0 B6.2, 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 16.6 pounds and 14.3 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 27.5 hours with it running at 81 dB, or 6 decibels louder than the other speakers. We measured Bluetooth range at 110 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 100, 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, IP67-rated 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 (1.5 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 1.6 decibels louder and offers the same lighting and sound features as the SRS-XB33. The downside of the SRS-XB43 is that it’s only marginally portable, with a weight of 6.4 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 IP67-rated and only about 4 inches square and 1.4 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 100 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 21.8 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 1.1 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 310 sounds similar to the PartyBox 100 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 300 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 600 to 700 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 500 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 320 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 IP67-rated. 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 2.9 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-XB33. 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-XB33. It played about as loud as the Sony but didn’t sound as clear on vocals.

We liked the clarity of the Audioengine 512 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/
Top 5 BEST Bluetooth Speaker of (2021)

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 3.5-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 ($250) is similarly excellent, and the Marshall Emberton ($150) is a great extra-portable addition to the amp company's Bluetooth line. Like the Stockwell II, it has a built-in battery gauge.

Sours: https://www.wired.com/gallery/best-bluetooth-speakers/

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Best Bluetooth speakers 2021

Best Bluetooth speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy in 2021.

Finding the best Bluetooth speaker for your particular needs can be a tricky business – that is, if you don't come to us first. Every online manufacturer from Apple to Ultimate Ears is vying for a bite of the Bluetooth cherry and by association, your hard-earned dollars, but which model is most worthy of your precious coin? Fret not, we've rounded up our pick of the best Bluetooth speakers across all shapes, sizes and prices to make sure you find a product you'll love.

The key thing is to avoid opting for the first Bluetooth speaker that catches your eye. Yes, it might be a looker, but since the two of you will likely be together for quite some time, reading our independent review of the product – and maybe a few reviews of competing products in the price category – is time well spent. You might discover a few features you didn't know you could get for the money. 

A few points to consider: will your Bluetooth speaker be used purely at home? In that case you'll want something mains-powered. Do you want to be able to build a multi-room system around it? A smart Bluetooth speaker with with a voice assistant baked in might be something to consider. Want to be able to throw it in a bag and know that it'll function without issue (and without dying on you after only a few hours) later on? A rugged, portable speaker with a built-in rechargeable battery could be your best shot at long-term compatibility and musical happiness. 

Whether you're on a tight budget or you have money to burn (congratulations on that), there's a model within this Buying Guide for you...

1. JBL Xtreme 3

JBL’s rugged wireless speaker serves up a sonic surprise

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 13.9 x 29.8 x 13.4cm

Power: 100W

Features: Bluetooth v5.1, PartyBoost for multiple connections to PartBoost enabled JBL speakers, IP67 rated

Connections: 3.5mm, 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): 7.4 x 18.1 x 6.9

Power: 20W

Features: Bluetooth v4.2, 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 2020 What Hi-Fi? Award-winner. If all you want is a portable Bluetooth speaker that sounds as good as you can currently buy for around £100 ($100, AU$119), 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 2.5 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 100 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): 9.8 x 9.8 x 3.5cm

Power: 9W

Features: water/dustproof, Bluetooth 5.0, stereo-pairing mode

Connections: 3.5 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 9.6 x 9.4cm

Power: 30W + 10W tweeter

Features: waterproof, Bluetooth v5.1, 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 1.5m, but the IP67-rated 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 £200 ($200, AU$300). 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): 4.6 x 13.3 x 13.3cm

Power: 2x30W

Features: Alexa inbuilt, water/dustproof IP67, Bluetooth 5.1, 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 8200-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 5.1 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): 8.8 x 7.5 x 4.1

Power: 4W

Features: Water/dustproof IP67, Bluetooth 5.1

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 5.1 instead of 4.1 plus a maximum power output of 4.2W, up from 3W in the Go 2 (listed below). The one specification that hasn’t changed, though, is the Go 3's stamina. It takes 2.5 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 for this money. 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 it 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 9.5 x 9.3

Power: 30W

Features: waterproof, Bluetooth v4.2, power bank, voice assistant integration

Connections: 3.5 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 newer 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 you'll probably find them reduced, thanks to the arrival of a younger sibling. Intriguing.

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 1.5m. And unlike the Flip 5 (also 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 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: 2.6hrs **Dimensions (hwd):** 10.4 x 9.5 x 9.5cm

Weight: 420g

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 colorful, 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? 2019 Award-winner too, y'know. 

Read the full review: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

9. 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: 3.5mm

Battery life: 15hrs

Dimensions (hwd): 11.5 x 21.5 x 13.5cm

Weight: 2.45kg

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 – and a What Hi-Fi? 2019 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

10. Audio Pro Addon C10 MkII

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

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 16.6 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 2021 update (sensibly titled MkII) to the three-time Award-winning Audio Pro C10 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 £500 ($500) 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 

11. Dali Katch

This Dali Bluetooth speaker ticks all our boxes.

Specifications

Dimensions (hwd): 13.8 x 26.9 x 4.7cm

Connectivity: aptX Bluetooth, 3.5mm

Battery life: 24hr

Power: 50W

Reasons to buy

+Powerful, full-bodied sound+Great dynamics and timing+Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

-Nothing at this price

If you're after a premium portable speaker, there's every chance that the Dali Katch will blow your cashmere socks off. Dali, better known for its traditional hi-fi speakers, has managed to extract a sound that is quite simply incredible for something of the Katch’s stature.

Two tweeters and a pair of aluminium woofers, driven by a Class-D amplifier, make for a total power output of 50W – not to mention an impressive amount of detail and a nice dose of velvety low-end. 

The speaker boasts buttons for power, volume and pairing, which is made easier with the option of NFC. There are also two EQ presets: one for freestanding play and one for positioning on a shelf. And let's not forget the excellent battery life: just two hours of charge will get you around 24 hours of music playback via Bluetooth.

The Katch isn't cheap, but you do get what you pay for – a weighty, dynamic sound that defies this speaker's dimensions.

Read the full review: Dali Katch

12. Audio Pro Addon T3

Bigger than some rivals, but still portable enough to give serious consideration.

Specifications

Dimensions: HxWxD (cm): 11.5 x 21.5 x 13.5

Power: 2x 5W + 15W Digital class D

Features: Bluetooth V4.0

Connections: 3.5mm stereo, USB

Reasons to buy

+Full sound+Expressive and dynamic+Faultless build

Reasons to avoid

-Size won't suit everyone

It might be one of the less portable speakers in this list, but the T3 can still be carted around thanks to the carry handle. It's robust rather than heavy, and boasts a battery life of up to 30 hours. Like bass? You're in luck - the solid chassis and rear-firing bass port will have you tapping your toe in no time.

There's no wi-fi (if you want wi-fi, opt of the Addon C3), but the Bluetooth-enabled T3 features a similarly classy design with textured surfaces and a leather embossed handle . 

Audio Pro tends to ignore gimmicks in favour of high-quality sound but this speaker does have the facility to charge up your smartphone or tablets via a USB port. You also get an auxiliary input for your TV/MP3 player/record player.

Sound is superb, with plenty of depth and detail throughout the frequencies. If you want something for home and in the garden, this could work nicely – maybe not the one for your carry-on luggage, though.

Read the full review: Audio Pro Addon T3

13. JBL Xtreme 2

One of the best Bluetooth speakers we've heard with bags of ability.

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Power: Battery

Inputs: 3.5mm

Battery life: 15hrs

Dimensions (hwd): 13.6 x 28.8 x 13.2cm

Weight: 2.39kg

Reasons to buy

+Clean, clear sound+Balanced bass+Robust build

Reasons to avoid

-Hefty design-No wi-fi or multi-room smarts

The JBL Xtreme 2's boombox design has fun and excitement written all over it. The rugged, IPX7 waterproof exterior, 15 hour battery life and ability to charge your phone from its USB port mean it's a great option for the beach – especially since it has recently been superseded by the Xtreme 3, menaing there are deals to be had on this slightly older model. 

Wireless features have been stripped-back, though. There's no wi-fi, so you can't stream from Spotify. And it won’t let you talk to Alexa or Google Assistant, just set a button to activate them in the manner of an earphone’s in-line remote.

JBL Connect+ is the most unusual feature on this otherwise standard Bluetooth speaker. It lets you link up to 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers, to make the equivalent of a nightclub PA in your home, but it's important to note that this is not compatible with JBL's newest PartyBoost tech. 

There's plenty of boom to the sound, but we're not talking ridiculous levels. That deep powerful bass is also nicely controlled too. Mids are of a high quality and highs show more clarity than you traditionally get from such a product. For the money, the JBL Xtreme 2 is brilliantly balanced Bluetooth speaker.

Read the full review: JBL Xtreme 2

14. Ultimate Ears Blast

Energetic performance, Alexa onboard and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth and wi-fi

Power: Battery

Inputs: N/A

Battery life: 12hrs

Dimensions (hwd): 118.8 x 6.8 x 6.8cm

Weight: 463g

Reasons to buy

+Great portable design+Exciting, dynamic sound+Good detail and punchy timing

Reasons to avoid

-Top end can get excitable at loud volumes-Alexa features not exhaustive

Ultimate Ears has a knack for making Bluetooth speakers that combine the right combination of sound, design and rugged features, and it does so again with the Blast. Its cylindrical 360-degree design means it throws sound evenly around the room, while the tough 'IP67 waterproof' exterior means it can  can survive in 1m of water for 30 minutes.

It's crammed with connectivity, too. You get Bluetooth, wi-fi and Alexa smart assistant voice controls, meaning you can turn up the volume or play songs through Amazon Music Unlimited without lifting a finger. Far-field voice recognition is excellent, and there's a nifty LED strip that glows and blinks when you interact with Alexa.  

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TOP 10 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers 2021

The best Bluetooth speakers in 2021

Narrowing down a list of the best Bluetooth speakers is no small feat. We’re talking about a category with over 1,000 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 24-hour battery means you can play it all day long, too.

If the budget allows, then consider dropping $399 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: 8.9 x 3.4 x 3.4 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 360-degree sound complete with crisp highs and satisfying low-end, and maxes out at 100 decibels of noise. And with an IP67-rated 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: 6.5 x 2.1 x 1.77 inches, 12.6 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, 6.5 x 2.1 x 1.77-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: 6.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 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 $100

Specifications

Size and Weight: 4 x 3.7 x 3.7 inches, 0.9 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 13-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 $100, 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: 3.4 x 2.7 x 1.6 inches, 7.4 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 IP67-rated 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: 8.7 x 3.8 x 3.7 inches, 1.8 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: 14.3 x 7.5 x 7.5 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 14-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: 9.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches, 3.2 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: 9.4 x 6.3 x 5 inches, 6.6 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 10-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

10. V-Moda Remix

The best Bluetooth speaker for bass heads

Specifications

Size and Weight: 8.1 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches, 1.9 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 $300,000). 

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 10-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.

11. Cavalier Maverick

Sours: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-bluetooth-speakers,review-1982.html

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19 Best Bluetooth 5 Speakers of 2019

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Are you searching for the best Bluetooth 5 speakers, but so far haven‘t found suitable options that excite you? We have researched the marketplace and found 19 brilliant options that provide stable connections throughout the listening period. Each speaker has a mini-review so that you can get insight into what the speaker will be like out of the box. Also, they have a rating based on their audio quality, durability, and practicality.

Furthermore, we have created three price categories so that all our customers have speakers to choose from. Of course, going with a more expensive option is better because you‘ll get more features with the speaker. Also, make sure to check the speaker brand since some increase their prices due to their reputations. Therefore, you can get the same quality speaker at a lower price if you go with a different brand.

However, if you‘ve never bought a Bluetooth 5 speaker before then don‘t worry since we have created a buying considerations section. There you‘ll learn about the features that you should look into before making the purchase. Even if you don‘t buy from us at least you would have gained the necessary knowledge to buy elsewhere. We hope you have as much fun reading this guide as much as we did writing it, enjoy.

Budget
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Anker Soundcore 2
4.9/5.0
Weight: 6.45 Pounds
Wattage: 12 Watts
This has an ultra-loud audio and 66-feet connection range.
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Best Value
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Tronsmart Bluetooth Speaker
4.9/5.0
Weight: 2.2 Pounds
Wattage: 40 Watts
15-hour battery life and comes with a 12-month warranty.
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Marshall Kilburn II Speaker
4.9/5.0
Weight: 5.5 Pounds
Wattage: 36 Watts
Has a built-in EQ and multiple connection methods.
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Connectivity

Every speaker on this list has Bluetooth version 5.0, which is much better than previous versions. The connection range is much bigger, which means you can enjoy wireless freedom in a larger radius. The connections are super stable with no interference due to advanced technology. Also, the speakers use NFC technology that automatically pairs your devices to the speakers for convenience.

On the other hand, you can use a 3.5mm AUX cable to stream audio, which is a great alternative to Bluetooth. Make sure to use a premium cable because otherwise the audio quality won‘t be as good. A great benefit of AUX is that it will save smartphone power since you won‘t be using Bluetooth that drains the battery. Also, some speakers let you insert an SD card or USB stick that can store thousands of songs depending on the GB size.


Audio Quality

The audio quality is a major aspect of the speaker you must look into because you don‘t want to spend your hard-earned money on a product that doesn‘t match your standards. There are multiple specifications to look into to know if the speaker can play high-quality audio. Here are the main ones:

  • Wattage: the wattage amount is a key indicator of how loud the speaker can get. Therefore, if you want a loud option consider a speaker with more than 10-watts. Make sure to check the RMS amount and not the peak power because RMS tells you how loud the speaker can get consistently.
  • Built-in EQ: having built-in EQ is a huge advantage because you can tune the drivers to your preferences. The EQ lets you adjust the treble and bass, so if you‘re a bass enthusiast you can increase the lows. Also, some speakers will come with presets, which means if you don‘t know how to tune the drivers you can select a matching preset for the audio.
  • Frequency response: the frequency response determines how much detail the audio will have because the drivers can play more notes. Usually, the speaker will have a frequency range of 20 – 20KHz, which is great as the highs and lows has great balance. However, if you want more lifelike audio get a speaker with wider frequency response.

Brand

The speaker brand is very important because some brands are much better than others. Going with a premium brand has more benefits than minuses. Larger brands provide better quality products and have a reliable track record. However, bigger brands increase their price simply because of their reputation. Therefore, you may find a similar quality product if you go with a smaller brand at a lower price.

Alternatively, you can go with a smaller brand, but make sure you do the necessary research. You can do this by reading online reviews and making sure that the majority are positive. Also, watch unboxing videos if you want to gain an insight into what the speaker will be like out of the box.


Durability

The speaker you select should be durable since you don‘t want to purchase a product the will break within a month of use. Most of our speakers have a waterproof case with a certified rating of IPX4 or above. Therefore, you can place the speaker in water up to depths of 1-meter for 30-minutes. Also, some speakers have shockproof and dustproof cases, which means you can take the speaker to almost any terrain.

The battery lives of these speakers last more than 8-hours, which is more than enough for most occasions. The charging times are usually 2-3 hours, so you get a lot of playback time in return. Also, some speakers have a powerbank feature that lets you charge your smart devices.


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Bluetooth 5 Speakers Comparison Table

Best Bluetooth 5 Speakers under $50

Are you searching for the best Bluetooth 5 speakers, but so far haven‘t found any decent options of interest? We have researched and found 12 brilliant budget speakers that provide stable connections due to the advanced technology. The speaker output is super loud audio since they have a lot of power. Also, the built-in buttons make the speaker convenient to use as you can adjust the volume and shuffle between songs.

1. Best Budget: Anker Soundcore 2 Speaker

Anker Soundcore 2 SpeakerView on Amazon

Editor’s Rating: 4.9/5

The Anker Soundcore 2 Speaker is an excellent choice because it delivers super loud audio thanks to the 12-watts of power. The thunderous bass provides an exceptional experience as the music has more life and the tweeter drivers deliver lifelike vocals. The speaker delivers zero distortion as the speakers use premium materials.

The speaker uses Bluetooth 5 technology, which provides an extended range. Therefore, you won‘t need to keep your smartphone near the speaker at all times and enjoy wireless freedom. You can pair two SoundCore 2 speakers to one device to create a sound system. Also, you can connect with an AUX wire for non-Bluetooth devices.

The built-in 5200 mAh battery uses power management technology to provide up to 24-hours of playback time. The speaker is built to last using premium materials to provide a long-lasting product. The case is waterproof with a cetified rating of IPX7. Therefore, you can take the speaker to water-based areas such as the beach and pools.

However, you can‘t submerge the speaker in water for more than 1-meter for up to 30-minutes because otherwise the drivers will get soaked. Also, the speaker charging time is quite long, so if you forget to charge it you‘ll be left without music.

To summarize, the Anker Soundcore 2 Speaker is a brilliant choice because it provides super loud audio due to 12-watts of power. The Bluetooth 5 technology extends the connection range up to 66-feet. The built-in 5200 mAh battery delivers around 24-hours of playback time. The speaker is built to last using premium materials that are waterproof and shockproof.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 6.45 Pounds
Wattage: 12-watts
Waterproof: Yes
The Pros
Ultra-loud audio
66-feet connection range
24-hour battery life
The Cons
Submerging the speaker for too long can damage the drivers
Charging times are long

2. Oraolo Waterproof Speaker

Oraolo Waterproof SpeakerView on Amazon

Editor’s Rating: 4.9/5

The Oraolo Waterproof Speaker provides exceptional audio quality because of the two well-tuned driver units. The 24-watts of total power output loud audio that you can hear in a wide range. The speaker uses wind reduction technology that improves the audio quality when outside. The built-in microphone lets you take calls hands-free for convenience.

The speaker uses Bluetooth version 5.0 that provides stable connections up to 100-feet. The speaker also supports AUX cables that‘s great for non-Bluetooth devices. Alternatively, you can use a TF card, which can store thousands of songs. The built-in battery delivers up to 20-hours of battery life depending on the volume.

The speaker has a waterproof case with a certified rating of IPX5, which means you can take it to water-based areas. The case is also shock, dust, and snow resistant so that you can use it in all weather conditions and terrain. The speaker design looks excellent using an all-black design. Also, there is a handle at the top, which makes the speaker easy to carry around.

The speaker has a built-in microphone, but this means everyone will hear your conversation as the audio will come from the speaker. Also, the TF card mode is not ideal to use because there is no shuffle mode. Therefore, the music will go in order every time you turn on the speaker.

To conclude, the Oraolo Waterproof Speaker is a brilliant choice because it provides super loud audio thanks to the two 12-watt drivers. The built-in Bluetooth version 5.0 provides stable connections up to 100-feet. The speaker is built to last using a water, dust, snow, and shock-resistant case. The speaker design looks great because of the all-black design.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 3.13 Pounds
Wattage: 24-watts
Waterproof: Yes
The Pros
100-feet connection range
Certified waterproof rating of IPX5
20-hour battery life
The Cons
Taking calls means that everyone will hear your conversation
In TF card mode there is no shuffle mode

3. Menton Ezil Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5

The Menton Ezil Speaker is a great choice because it has a connection range of 100-feet thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0 technology. The NFC pairing technology automatically connects devices to the speaker for convenience. The speaker can connect to Amazon Alexa, which means you get a voice-controlled system. The built-in microphone provides no interference and lets you take calls hands-free.

The built-in lithium-ion battery offers up to 14-hours of battery life, which is more than enough for most occasions. The speaker has a waterproof case that lets you take it to water-based areas such as the beach or pool-side. The speaker comes with a guarantee, which lets you get a 100% refund within 60-days if you don‘t like the speaker.

The dual 6-watt speakers pump out accurate audio that sounds almost lifelike. The wide frequency response provides extra detail in the audio. The speaker provides zero distortion at louder volumes due to the well-built driver units.

The speaker doesn‘t come with a warranty for broken parts, which means you‘ll need to purchase one separately. Also, when playing at full volume the battery life shortens more than most alternatives.

To summarize, the Menton Ezil Speaker is an excellent choice because of the super loud audio to the 12-watts of power. The Bluetooth 5.0 technology provides up to 100-feet connection range for wireless freedom. The speaker case is waterproof so that you can take it to water-based areas. Also, you get a 60-day 100% refund guarantee if you dislike the speaker.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 0.91 Pounds
Wattage: 12-watts
Waterproof: Yes
The Pros
100-feet connection range
Comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee
14-hour battery life
The Cons
Playing at max volume will shorten the playback time
Doesn’t come with a warranty

4. Bluenin Bluetooth Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.7/5

The Bluenin Bluetooth Speaker is a 2 in 1 product that you can use as a headphone or speaker. The four strategically placed speakers provide accurate surround sound that immerses you in the audio. The earbuds are retractable so when you want to switch modes, you don‘t have to worry about them getting in the way.

The speaker has a battery life of 15-hours, which is more than enough for most occasions. Once the battery goes low the speaker will play a low-power alarm that tells you to charge the device. The speaker design looks great and comes in two colors: black and rose gold. The weight of the speaker is only 1.8 ounces so that you won‘t feel it on your neck.

The Bluetooth 5.0 technology provides stable connections up to 50-feet so that you can enjoy wireless freedom. You can pair two smartphones to the speaker, which means you and a friend can switch between songs. Also, you can activate Siri with this speaker for voice control.

The speaker isn‘t as loud as other options due to the compact size of the driver units. Also, the charging time is 3-hours, so if you forget to charge you‘ll get left without music.

To summarize, the Bluenin Bluetooth Speaker is an excellent option because it‘s a two in one option. The device has a headphone and speaker mode depending on what you need it for. The Bluetooth technology provides a 50-feet connection range. The speaker comes in two designs: black and rose gold. Also, you get a free 12-month warranty and 24-hour online friendly customer service.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 0.11 Pounds
Wattage: N/A
Waterproof: No
The Pros
15-hour battery life
Comes with a 12-month warranty
3D audio
The Cons
Long charging times
Not as loud as options

5. MIDOLA X5 Pro Bluetooth Speaker

MIDOLA X5 Pro Bluetooth SpeakerView on Amazon

Editor’s Rating: 4.7/5

The MIDOLA X5 Pro Bluetooth Speaker is a great option because of its durability. The case is waterproof with a rating of IPX7, which means you can submerge it in water up to 1-meter for 30-minutes. The speaker has built-in buttons that let you adjust the volume, shuffle between songs, pause/play when needed, and pair devices. Also, you get an 18-month warranty with a 45-day money-back guarantee.

The speaker uses 20-watts of power that outputs super loud audio in a big radius. The speaker provides a lot of detail in the audio since it has a wide frequency response of 100 – 20KHz. The built-in battery provides 15-hours of playback time, which means this is a great option to take on trips.

The speaker uses Bluetooth version 5.0, which provides stable connections throughout the listening period. For non-Bluetooth devices, you can insert a 3.5mm AUX cable that provides clear audio. Also, the speaker supports micro SD cards up to 64 GB.

The speaker design doesn’t look that great, so if you’re looking for a stylish option consider our other options. Also, when using an micro SD card there is no shuffle mode, which means the audio goes in order every time you turn the speaker on.

To conclude, the MIDOLA X5 Pro Bluetooth Speaker is a great option because it provides super loud audio due to the 20-watts of power. The speaker has multiple connection methods such as Bluetooth, AUX, and micro SD card. The built-in battery provides up to 15-hours of battery life, which makes it a great option to take on trips. Also, the speaker is built to last using a waterproof case of IPX7.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 1.55 Pounds
Wattage: 20-watts
Waterproof: Yes
The Pros
15-hour battery life
Waterproof with a rating of IPX7
Multiple connection methods
The Cons
Ugly design
No shuffle mode in micro SD card mode

6. LENRUE Soundbar

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Editor’s Rating: 4.7/5

The LENRUE Soundbar is a brilliant choice because it outputs crispy loud audio thanks to the 10-watts of power. The drivers provide extra enhanced bass that creates an exceptional audio experience. The frequency response of 100 – 18KHz provides a lot of detail in the audio. Also, you get a 2-year warranty that covers manufacturer faults and lifetime technical support.

The 2200 mAh battery provides playback times of up to 8-hours, which means it‘s an ideal choice to take on the road. The built-in microphone lets you take calls hands-free for convenience. The speaker design looks great and comes in two color styles. The built-in buttons located on the top lets you adjust the volume, shuffle between songs, and answer calls.

The speaker has multiple connection methods so your not limited to the devices you have. The speaker uses Bluetooth 5.0, which provides a stable connection range of 33-feet. Alternatively, you can connect with an AUX cable for non-wireless devices. Also, you can use a TF card or USB stick that can store thousands of songs.

Other speakers with Bluetooth version 5.0 have larger connection ranges. Also, the battery life is quite short compared to other options and decreases depending on the volume.

To summarize, the LENRUE Soundbar is a great option since it provides super loud audio due to the 10-watts of power. The 100 – 18KHz frequency response provides exceptional detail in the audio. The 2200 mAh battery provides up to 8-hours of battery life. Finally, the speaker comes with a 2-year warranty and lifetime customer support.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 1.76 Pounds
Wattage: 10-watts
Waterproof: No
The Pros
100 – 18KHz frequency response
Comes with a 2-year warranty
Multiple connection methods
The Cons
Short battery life
Shorter connection range compared to other BT 5.0 speakers

7. UDISON Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.6/5

The UDISON Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker is great because it provides excellent lows thanks to the two passive bass woofers. The 10-watts of power provide ultra-loud audio that can fill up a room with ease. The two dual precision neodymium drivers output accurate vocals, which enhances the overall experience. The super-wide frequency response provides extra detail that makes the audio sound lifelike.

The speaker uses Bluetooth 5.0, which provides a connection range of 328-feet with iOS devices and 164-feet with Android devices. The speaker is compatible with 3.5mm AUX cables if you want to play audio from non-Bluetooth devices. Also, you can use TF cards and USB sticks to play music, which can store more than a thousand songs depending on the GB size.

The built-in 1200 mAh battery delivers up to 12-24 hours of playback time, which is more than enough for most occasions. Plus, you can plug it in and play music simultaneously without worrying about the battery life. The speaker has a magnetic shielding function that prevents interference when in Bluetooth mode.

The charging time for this speaker is quite long at 3 to 5 hours, which means if you forget to charge it you‘ll be left without music. Also, when playing at louder volumes the playback time significantly reduces.

To summarize, the UDISON Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker provides stable connections up to 300-feet. The bass reflex ports provide extra lows that deliver more power in the audio. The 1200 mAh battery outputs up to 24-hours of playback time. The audio can get super loud because the speaker uses a total power of 10-watts. Also, you get to choose between three colors so you get more personalization.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 0.71 Pounds
Wattage: 10-watts
Waterproof: No
The Pros
Excellent bass
Multiple connection methods
24-hour battery life
The Cons
Battery life shortens depending on the volume level
Long charging times

8. HOTLIFE Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.5/5

The HOTLIFE Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker delivers excellent audio because of the dual driver units. The total power output is 6-watts, which means the audio can get super loud with no distortion at higher volumes. The 90 – 20KHz frequency response provides a lot of detail in the audio that makes it more enjoyable. Also, the speaker delivers 360-degree audio that immerses you in the audio.

The speaker design looks great and you can choose from three styles for more personalization. Located at the top of the speaker are multiple buttons that let you customize the audio by adjusting the volume, shuffling between devices, and pause/play when needed. The 1500 mAh battery provides up to 8-hours of battery life.

The Bluetooth 5.0 chipset provides stable signal transmission far better than Bluetooth 4.2. The connection range is 33-feet, which means you can enjoy wireless freedom. The speaker has built-in FM radio so that you can tune in to your favorite radio stations. You can take calls hands-free with the HOTLIFE Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker because it has a premium built-in microphone.

The speaker takes 2-hours to charge, which means if you forget to plug it in you‘ll get left without music. Also, the connection range is only 33-feet so it doesn‘t have such a large radius as some of our other Bluetooth 5.0 speakers.

To conclude, the HOTLIFE Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker is a great choice because it uses a wide frequency response of 90 – 20KHz to add detail. The built-in battery provides up to 8-hours of charge time so it‘s ideal for taking on trips. The speaker provides stable connections thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0 technology. Plus, you can tune in to your favorite radio stations because it has an FM transmitter.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 1.28 Pounds
Wattage: 6-watts
Waterproof: No
The Pros
Multiple designs to choose from
360-degree audio
Premium built-in microphone
The Cons
Long charging times
Shorter connection range than other speakers

9. Mugo Portable Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.5/5

The Mugo Portable Speaker is an excellent budget option because it adopts the latest iteration of Bluetooth. Therefore, the speed is two times faster and there is four times bigger range than Bluetooth 4. The speaker has an AUX input for non-Bluetooth devices. Also, there are USB and SD card ports, which means you don‘t need to waste smartphone battery power with Bluetooth.

The speaker is built to last using premium materials that provide a long-lasting product. The case is waterproof with a certified rating of IPX56, which means you can take it to water-based areas. The speaker is easily portable thanks to its lightweight and compact design. Also, you get to choose between two color styles to best match your personality.

The audio quality is excellent because it provides 360-degree audio that immerses you in the audio. The music can get ultra-loud because of the 20-watts of power. The built-in 1800 mAh battery provides up to 12-hours of battery life, which means it‘s an ideal choice to take on the road. Also, the speaker has a microphone included for hands-free calling.

When using a USB stick or SD card mode there is no shuffle mode so the music goes in order every time you turn the speaker on. Also, the speaker doesn‘t come with a warranty, which means you‘ll need to spend extra money on purchasing one separately.

To conclude, the Mugo Portable Speaker is a decent option because it delivers immersive 360-degree audio. The case is waterproof with a certified rating of IPX56 so that you can take it to water-based areas. The audio can get super loud since it has a power output of 20-watts. Bluetooth 5.0 technology provides stable connections throughout the listening period. Lastly, the 1800 mAh battery provides up to 12-hours of playback time.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 1.2 Pounds
Wattage: 20-watts
Waterproof: Yes
The Pros
12-hour battery life
360-degree audio
Durable design
The Cons
No shuffle in USB stick or SD card mode
No warranty included

10. PURVOBIA Slim Bluetooth Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.5/5

The PURVOBIA Slim Bluetooth Speaker is an excellent choice since it provides 20-hours of battery life. The 5000 mAh battery has a powerbank feature, which means you can charge your smart devices while playing music. The speaker comes with a lifetime warranty, so if the product were to get damaged you‘d get a replacement.

The audio has more depth and detail thanks to the 20 – 20KHz frequency response. The two powerful built-in HD stereo speakers provide zero distortion as the drivers use premium materials. The sensitivity of the speaker is 80 dB, which means the audio can get super loud. Also, there are buttons located at the top that let you adjust the volume, shuffle between songs, and mute/play when needed.

The speaker uses a Bluetooth 5.0 chipset for stable and consistent connections with compatible devices. The NFC pairing technology automatically connects your devices to the speaker after the first initial connection. The speaker design looks great and is easily portable due to the ultra-slim body. You get to choose between three colors, which gives you more personalization.

Using the powerbank feature will reduce the playback time significantly, which is not ideal when on the road. Also, the speaker isn‘t as loud as other options because it only has a sensitivity of 80 dB.

To summarize, the PURVOBIA Slim Bluetooth Speaker is a great option because it provides a lot of detail in the audio due to the 20 – 20KHz frequency response. Bluetooth technology provides stable connections throughout the listening period. The NFC technology pairs your devices to the speaker for convenience. Also, the slim body is easy to carry around, which makes the speaker ideal for traveling with.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 0.76 Pounds
Wattage: N/A
Waterproof: No
The Pros
80 dB sensitivity
Provides a lot of bass
Multiple connection methods
The Cons
Powerbank feature will reduce playback time
Not as loud as other options

11. VTIN R4 Bluetooth Speaker

VTIN R4 Bluetooth SpeakerView on Amazon

Editor’s Rating: 4.4/5

The VTIN R4 Bluetooth Speaker is a decent budget option that delivers up to 24-hours of playback time thanks to the 1500 mAh battery. The speaker uses two 5-watt speakers to provide ultra-loud audio that will fill up any room. The drivers produce crystal clear audio that sounds almost lifelike. The speaker comes with an 18-month warranty just in case if it were to break.

The speaker has a waterproof case rated IPX5, which means you can take it to water-based areas. The speaker design looks great and comes in red or blue colors. Located at the top of the speaker are buttons that let you adjust the volume, turn the speaker on, and pause/play when needed.

The speaker uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology to provide stable connections throughout the listening period. The NFC technology automatically pairs your smartphone to the speaker for convenience. The speaker works with TF cards, which can store thousands of songs. Also, you can use a 3.5mm AUX cable for non-Bluetooth devices.

The speaker isn‘t that durable when taking falls because the case doesn‘t feature shockproof materials. Also, this budget speaker doesn‘t produce as good audio as our other speakers since the materials used are not premium quality.

To conclude, the VTIN R4 Bluetooth Speaker is a decent budget option because it provides loud audio due to the 10-watts of power. The case is waterproof with a certified rating of IPX5, which means you can take it to water-based areas. Bluetooth 5.0 technology provides stable connections throughout the listening experience. Also, you get to choose between two-color design for more personalization.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 0.73 Pounds
Wattage: 10-watts
Waterproof: Yes
The Pros
Super loud audio
Two designs to choose from
Multiple connection methods
The Cons
Doesn’t feature a shockproof case
Audio not as good as other options

12. Besign BK06 Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.4/5

The Besign BK06 Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker uses a 1000 mAh built-in battery that provides up to 20-hours of playback time. The microphone provides crystal clear calls and hands-free calling. The speaker is compatible with voice commands, which makes the device super easy to use as you can shuffle between songs and adjust the volume.

The power-saving technology switches the speaker off when not in use, so you won‘t need to charge it often. The speaker uses Bluetooth 5.0 with EDR technology to provide stable connections throughout the listening period. You can connect two smartphones to the speaker, which means you and a friend can switch between each other’s playlists.

The speaker has multiple buttons built-in that let you turn the microphone on/off, adjust the volume, and use the voice commands. The speaker uses a total of 2-watts that delivers loud audio in small rooms and cars. Also, the speaker comes with a clip so that you can attach it to various surfaces.

The speaker doesn‘t look visually appealing, and you don‘t get too choose between various styles. The speaker isn‘t durable so make sure to keep it in safer areas. Also, using 2-watts of power the speaker isn‘t loud compared to other speakers.

To summarize, the Besign BK06 Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker is a great choice because it provides up to 20-hours of battery life. The EDR with Bluetooth 5.0 technology provides stable connections and lets you pair two smartphones simultaneously. The 2-watts of power can fill up small rooms with audio without distortion. Also, the speaker is compatible with voice command apps for easy control.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 0.25 Pounds
Wattage: 2-watts
Waterproof: No
The Pros
Stable connections
Can connect two smartphones simultaneously
20-hour battery life
The Cons
Ugly design
Not as loud as other options

Best Bluetooth 5 Speakers under $100

Are you searching for the best Bluetooth 5 speakers, but only have a budget of $100 to spend? We have researched the marketplace extensively and found these options that provide exceptional audio with stable connections. The speakers provide long battery lives and durability, which makes them great portable options. Also, some of them have a powerbank feature so that you can charge your smart devices.

13. Best Value: Tronsmart Bluetooth Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.9/5

The Tronsmart Bluetooth Speaker is a brilliant option because it provides 40-watts of power that can fill up any room with ultra-loud audio. The speaker uses Tri-bass technology for extra lows that enhances the audio. The speaker has amazing clarity that delivers less than 1% harmonic distortion so that you can play audio as loud as you want.

The speaker provides up to 15-hours of playtime because of the huge 6600 mAh built-in battery. The speaker has a powerbank feature, which means you can charge your smart devices. The speaker uses Bluetooth 5.0 that provides stable connections throughout the listening period. Plus, you won‘t hear any interference due to advanced technology that doesn‘t let radio waves get in the way. Also, you can connect two Tronsmart Bluetooth Speakers to create an 80-watt audio system.

The speaker is built to last using premium materials to provide a long-lasting product. The case is waterproof with a certified rating of IPX6 so that you can take it to water-based areas. The speaker comes with a 30-day return guarantee, so if you don‘t like the speaker you can return it. Also, you get a 12-month warranty just in case the speaker were to break.

The speaker isn’t dustproof, which means taking it to dirt or sand areas is not ideal as particles can get stuck. Also, using the powerbank feature will reduce playback time significantly.

To conclude, the Tronsmart Bluetooth Speaker is an excellent choice because it provides ultra-loud audio due to the 40-watts of power. Bluetooth 5.0 technology provides stable connections with no interference. You can connect two of these speakers to create a loud audio system. Finally, the speaker is super durable as it has a waterproof rating of IPX6, which can withstand water up to 1-meter for 30-minutes.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 2.2 Pounds
Wattage: 40-watts
Waterproof: Yes
The Pros
15-hour battery life
Comes with a 12-month warranty
Interference free connections
The Cons
Not dustproof
Powerbank feature will reduce the playback time

14. BYL Soundbar

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Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5

The BYL Soundbar is a decent choice because of the deep bass thanks to the high-class driver units. The speaker provides 360-degree audio so that you can place the soundbar anywhere you want. The DSP technology lets you choose between three presets: news, movie, and music. Also, you can customize the bass and treble to best match your genre of music.

The Bluetooth 5.0 transmissions are stable, and there is no interference. The connection range is super-wide, which means you don‘t need to keep your Bluetooth device and the speaker near each other. The speaker comes with a remote control that lets you adjust the volume, regulate the drivers, shuffle between songs, and play/pause when needed.

The speaker design looks great using an all-black design that goes well with home setups. Placing the soundbar underneath a TV is ideal because you won‘t notice it there in the dark thanks to the color. The legs underneath prevent the soundbar from scratching surfaces. The speaker comes with a one-year warranty and lifetime technical support if you have any questions.

The speaker is not an outside option because it doesn‘t come with a built-in battery and no waterproof case. Also, you can purchase the soundbar with an external subwoofer, but this will be an extra cost.

To summarize, the BYL Soundbar is a great option because it provides powerful bass thanks to the lows enhancing technology. The DSP technology lets you choose between three presets: news, music, and movie. You can tune the drivers yourself because of the built-in EQ. Bluetooth 5.0 technology provides stable connections with no interference. Lastly, you get a remote control that lets you control the audio from a distance.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 5.1 Pounds
Wattage: 80-watts
Waterproof: No
The Pros
Has a built-in EQ
Stable connections with no interference
Comes with a remote control
The Cons
Not a portable option
Buying the external subwoofer option will be more expensive

15. Tronsmart Force Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5

The Tronsmart Force Speaker is a great option because it delivers stable connections up to 98-feet due to the Bluetooth 5.0 technology. The speaker is compatible with a 3.5mm input that lets you stream audio from non-Bluetooth devices. Also, you can insert a micro SD card to play music, which can store thousands of songs.

The audio quality is great using powerful subwoofers to provide exceptional bass. The Tri-Bass technology improves the lows to enhance the overall experience. The built-in EQ lets you customize the audio to make it sound the way you want it. The audio can get ultra-loud since the total power output is 80-watts, which is more than enough for most rooms.

The speaker has a huge 6600 mAh battery that provides 15-hours of playback time. The speaker has a powerbank option that lets you charge your smart devices. The speaker case is waterproof with a rating of IPX7 so that you can take it to water-based areas. The speaker comes with a 12-month warranty just in case if the product were to break. Plus, you get a 30-day money-back guarantee if you dislike the speaker.

The speaker takes a long time to charge, which means if you forget to charge you‘ll be left without music. Also, tuning the drivers incorrectly will lead to a bad audio experience that will sound off.

To conclude, the Tronsmart Force Speaker is an excellent choice because it provides an intense bass experience due to the advanced technology. The built-in EQ lets you tune the drivers to make it sound the way you want. The 40-watts of power leads to an ultra-loud experience. Also, the Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC pairing technology delivers stable connections throughout the listening period.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 0.66 Pounds
Wattage: 40-watts
Waterproof: Yes
The Pros
Comes with a built-in EQ
Stable connections
Comes with a 12-month warranty
The Cons
Long charging time
Tuning the drivers incorrectly will lead to a bad experience

16. EarFun Bluetooth Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.7/5

The EarFun Bluetooth Speaker provides 360-degree audio, which means you‘ll get fully immersed in the audio. The 24-watts of power outputs ultra-loud audio that you can hear in a wide radius. The high-performance drivers use a wide frequency response to deliver detailed audio that sounds lifelike. Also, if you enjoy extra lows you can use the bass mode that plays room-shaking audio.

The speaker uses advanced Bluetooth 5.0 technology, which provides an extended connection range of 100-feet. Therefore, you don‘t need to keep your smartphone near the speaker at all times and enjoy wireless freedom. The NFC technology automatically pairs your smartphone to the speaker for easy use. Also, the speaker is compatible with voice-activated apps so that you can use the device with your voice.

The built-in 2200 mAh battery delivers up to 16-hours of playback time, which makes it a great option to take on the road. Located at the top of the speaker are multiple buttons that let you adjust the volume, pause/play, and increase the bass. Also, the speaker is waterproof with a certified rating of IPX7, which makes it an excellent option to take to water-based areas.

The speaker takes a long time to recharge, so if you forget to charge you‘ll be left without music. Also, the speaker only comes in one design, which means you don‘t get much personalization.

To summarize, the EarFun Bluetooth Speaker is an excellent option because of its durability thanks to the IPX7 rated case. The speaker uses a total of 24-watts of power, which means the audio can get super loud. The audio is 360-degree so you get fully immersed in the audio. The speaker uses Bluetooth 5.0 that provides a connection range of 100-feet. Plus, the NFC technology automatically pairs your smartphone to the speaker for convenience.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 1.29 Pounds
Wattage: 24-watts
Waterproof: Yes
The Pros
Automatically connects to your smartphone
Stable connections up to 100-feet
Has increased bass
The Cons
Takes a long time to recharge
Only comes in one design

17. BUGANI Bluetooth Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.7/5

The BUGANI Bluetooth Speaker provides ultra-loud audio due to the 40-watts of power. The two woofer drivers output powerful bass that enhances the overall experience. The tweeter drivers provide exceptional vocals that sound lifelike. The frequency response is super wide that results in better detail as they can play more notes. Also, you can connect two speakers to one device to create an 80-watt system.

The speaker uses Bluetooth version 5.0, which provides stable connections up to 66-feet. The NFC technology automatically connects previous devices so that you won‘t have to do it manually. On the other hand, you can use a 3.5mm AUX cable to stream music if you don‘t want to use Bluetooth mode. You can use a TF card to play music, which is a great alternative as you won‘t use smartphone power.

The speaker is ideal for outdoor use because the case uses durable premium materials. The speaker is waterproof with a certified rating of IPX5, which makes it ideal for water-based areas. The battery life is a whopping 40-hours due to the large capacity. The built-in battery has a powerbank option so that you can charge your smart devices.

Using the powerbank feature reduces the playback time significantly, which is not great in low-battery circumstances. Also, creating a sound system can get expensive with this speaker.

To conclude, the BUGANI Bluetooth Speaker is a great choice because of its large battery that provides 40-hours of playback time. The powerbank feature is great for the road as you can charge your smart devices. The Bluetooth 5.0 technology provides a 66-feet connection radius with no interference. The speaker uses 40-watts of power, which can deliver ultra-loud audio.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 4.7 Pounds
Wattage: 40-watts
Waterproof: Yes
The Pros
66-feet connection range
Ultra-loud
Lifelike vocals
The Cons
Creating a speaker system can get expensive
Using the powerbank feature will reduce the playback time

Best Bluetooth 5 Speakers under $300

Are you searching for the best Bluetooth 5 speakers, but so far haven‘t found decent options that suit you? We have done the research and found two options that cost under $300. The speakers provide exceptional audio that sound lifelike. The frequency response provides a lot of detail to enhance the overall experience. The Bluetooth 5.0 with NFC technology provides automatic pairing for convenience. Also, they have built-in buttons that makes it super easy to adjust the volume, pause/play, and shuffle between songs.

18. Top Pick: Marshall Kilburn II Speaker

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Editor’s Rating: 4.9/5

The Marshall Kilburn II Speaker is one of the best options available because it provides detailed audio due to the 52 – 20KHz frequency response. The multi-directional sound delivers a wider soundstage and immerses you in the audio. The 36-watts of power delivers ultra-loud audio that you can hear in a wide radius. Also, there is a built-in EQ that lets you adjust the bass and treble to sound the way you want it.

The speaker offers more than 20-hours of playtime on a single charge thanks to the huge battery capacity. The speaker is ultra-durable using flush-mounted corner caps for accidental falls. The case is waterproof, which means you can take it to water-based areas. The design looks excellent using a beautiful front grill with a handle on top for easy portability.

The speaker uses Bluetooth 5.0 apt technology that provides stable connections with no interference. The NFC pairing feature automatically connects your smartphone to the device for convenience. The speaker lets you pair two smartphones simultaneously so that you can switch between songs. Also, you can use a 3.5mm AUX cable for non-Bluetooth devices.

The speaker is not a budget option, so make sure you have enough money to invest in such a system. The speaker has a waterproof rating of IPX2, which means too much water can damage the drivers.

To summarize, the Marshall Kilburn II Speaker is an excellent choice because it provides ultra-loud audio due to the 36-watts of power. The Bluetooth 5.0 apt technology provides stable connections without noticeable interference. You can pair two smartphones to the speaker simultaneously so that you can switch between songs. Also, the built-in EQ lets you customize the audio to make it sound the way you want it.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 5.5 Pounds
Wattage: 36-watts
Waterproof: Yes
The Pros
52 – 20KHz frequency response
Has a built-in EQ
Multiple connection methods
The Cons
Not a budget option
Too much water can damage the drivers

19. Vmai Soundbar

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Editor’s Rating: 4.8/5

The Vmai Soundbar is an excellent option because it provides ultra-loud audio due to the 120-watts of power. The external subwoofer provides powerful bass that enhances the overall experience. The wide frequency response delivers accurate detail in the audio that sounds lifelike. The soundbar has a built-in EQ that lets you customize the audio to sound that way you want. Also, you get four equalizer modes such as music, news, movie, and 3D.

The built-in 5.0 and DSP technology delivers faster transmission speeds and stable connectivity. The connection radius is far larger compared to Bluetooth 4.2, so you can enjoy more wireless freedom. Setting up the speakers is super easy as you only need to connect a few cables. Also, you get a remote control that lets you control the audio from a distance.

The speaker design looks great due to the slim design that fits neatly under your TV. Located on the right-hand-side are three buttons that let you adjust the volume and turn the speaker on/off. The speaker has a power-saving mode that turns the soundbar off after 10-minutes. Also, you get a 12-month warranty for free, which will save you money as you won‘t need to purchase one separately.

The speaker is not a portable option, so you can‘t take it outdoors. Also, when tuning the drivers, make sure that you know what you‘re doing because otherwise the audio will sound off and ruin the experience.

To conclude, the Vmai Soundbar is an excellent choice because it comes with an external subwoofer that delivers powerful bass. Bluetooth 5.0 technology provides fast and stable connections throughout the listening period. The speaker has a power-saving feature that turns itself off after 10-minutes. Lastly, you get a 12-month warranty without an extra charge.

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Tech Specs
Weight: 12.5 Pounds
Wattage: 120-watts
Waterproof: No
The Pros
Stylish design
Built-in EQ
Fast and stable connections
The Cons
Not a portable option
Tuning the drivers incorrectly will ruin the experience

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