14 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers to Bring the Noise

As long as the music keeps flowing, the best Bluetooth speakers will keep getting better and better. Championed by brands such as Ultimate Ears (UE), Sony, Bose, JBL, Sonos, and many more, these wireless speakers wrap power and convenience into a tight and portable package. Your next workout isn’t complete without one, nor is your next poolside party or camping trip.

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Naturally, you want the cream of the crop and we’re here to provide it. Without further delay, here is a list of the 14 best Bluetooth speakers for the home and outdoors alike.

UE Boom 3

1. UE Boom 3

The one, the only: UE Boom 3. Touted as one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers ever, it delivers high performance for impressively long stretches of time. Meanwhile, that cylindrical architecture is waterproof, drop-proof, and military-grade. Connect it to other wireless speakers like the Boom or Megaboom to get the party really going.

Battery life: Up to 20 hours
Bluetooth range: 150 ft
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features: magic button, durable design, powerful sound, compatible with other speakers

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Bose Portable Home Speaker

2. Bose Portable Home Speaker

When it comes to superior design and reliable audio, Bose is often the brand to beat. It’s then no surprise that this versatile smart home speaker is one of the best in the game. Serving up 360 degrees of deep bass and clear sound, it integrates with a host of peripheral platforms, including Alexa, Google Assistant, Spotify, and more.

Battery life: Up to 12 hours
Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, AirPlay 2
Key features
: 360-degree sound, built-in voice control, IPX4 water resistance

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Sonos Move

3. Sonos Move

According to some experts, Sonos Move is currently the best home Bluetooth speaker money can buy. It projects formidable sound from its sleek and robust body. Use Bluetooth or AirPlay 2 when outdoors and your WiFi connection inside. Set up takes mere minutes and various functions are just a voice command away.

Battery life: Up to 10 hours
Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, AirPlay 2
Key features
: Amazon Alexa built-in, powerful sound, durable construction, IP56 water resistance

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JBL Charge 4

4. JBL Charge 4

Streamlined, sturdy, and affordable, JBL’s portable Bluetooth speaker connects with up to 2 mobile devices at a time. Its Lithium-Ion battery charges in 4 hours and then runs for up to 20 hours. Take those already solid sonics to the next level by bringing in other JBL connect+ enabled speakers, of which there are over 100.

Battery life: Up to 20 hours
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features
: IPX7 water resistance, built-in rechargeable Li-Ion battery, durable design, compatible with more than 100 other speakers

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UE Wonderboom 2

5. UE Wonderboom 2

No list of the best Bluetooth speakers is complete without at least two UE entries, if not more. That brings us to the Wonderboom 2, which generates big surprises out of its adorable little body. Palpably portable, it features a new outdoor boost button to crank up the loudness and clarity alike. As with all the best UE models, this one is waterproof and dustproof. It even floats!

Battery life: Up to 13 hours
Bluetooth range: 100 ft
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features
: outdoor boost button, waterproof, drop-proof, compatible with another Wonderboom 2

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Sony SRS-XB501G

6. Sony SRS-XB501G

Bring in this wireless speaker for effortless portability, long-lasting performance, colourful lighting, and a blast of extra bass. Google Assistant is ready to go and so too is Bluetooth connectivity. It’s also quite affordable.

Battery life: Up to 16 hours
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features
: built-in Google Assistant, long-lasting battery, colourful lighting, extra rich bass

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 (2nd Gen)

7. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 (2nd Gen)

Denmark’s Bang & Olufsen always brings a signature touch and this Bluetooth speaker is no exception. Resistant to dust and splashes, it cranks up to 24 hours of pristine sound out of its dome-like aluminium body. Choose between a variety of colours and prepare to party in true style.

Battery life: Up to 24 hours
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features
: built-in Li-Ion battery, splash-and-dust-resistant aluminium dome, sleek aesthetic

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UE Hyperboom

8. UE Hyperboom

When only the biggest and loudest Bluetooth speaker will suffice, accept nothing less than the UE Hyperboom. Supermassive, super smart, and super dynamic, it uses adaptive EQ technology to read the room and respond accordingly. Expect the most intense levels of party-pumping sound. Boom!

Battery life: Up to 24 hours
Bluetooth range: 147 ft
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features
: compatible with other speakers, outsized architecture, supremely powerful sound, one-touch control, IPX4 water-resistance

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Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II

This slightly older model comes from Bose and that means you get 360-degree audio, amongst other things. Lightweight, sleek, and balanced, it carries with ease and delivers richly detailed sonics.

Battery life: Up to 12 hours
Bluetooth range: 30 ft
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features
: Li-Ion battery, voice control, compatible with another SoundLink speaker, sleek design

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Anker Soundcore Flare

10. Anker Soundcore Flare

For those on a budget, here’s the best Bluetooth bang for your buck. Powerful and portable, the Anker Soundcore Flare touts an IPX7 waterproof rating and the ability to sync with over 100 Flare 2 speakers. Set the mood by taking advantage of 6 built-in lighting modes.

Battery life: Up to 12 hours
Bluetooth range: 66 ft
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features
: IPX7 water resistance, compatible with 100+ Flare 2 speakers, lighting modes, 360-degree sound, excellent value

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Marshall Stockwell II

11. Marshall Stockwell II

Taking an iconic shape, this wireless speaker covers all the basics in superior style. It utilises Blumlein stereo sound and three class D amplifiers to blast multi-directional music indoors and out. A handy carry strap dives home the portable vibe.

Battery life: Up to 20+ hours
Bluetooth range: 30 ft
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features
: IPX4 water resistance, multi-directional sound, iconic design, bass reflex system, carry handle

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Denon Envaya

12. Denon Envaya

Built like a lightweight brick, this ultra-durable wireless speaker matches its robust construction with expansive sound. Dustproof and waterproof, it delivers a respectable Bluetooth range of 100 ft.

Battery life: Up to 13 hours
Bluetooth range: 100 ft
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features
: IP67 water resistance, room-filling sound, supremely durable design

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Bose SoundLink Mini II

Compact in size but big on sound and durability, the Bose SoundLink Mini II continues to stay the course after five years of success. It weighs about a pound and a half, lasts for up to 10 hours on a single wireless charge, and costs less than most counterparts. Sometimes, that’s exactly what you need.

Battery life: Up to 10 hours
Bluetooth range: 30 ft
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features
: great sound, durable construction, voice control, built-in speakerphone

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Tribit MaxSound Plus

14. Tribit MaxSound Plus

Don’t be fooled by the ridiculously affordable price tag, as the Tribit MaxSound Plus punches well above its proverbial weight class. Equipped with advanced amplifier modules and audio processing tech, it produces articulate sound. Throw in an IPX7 waterproof rating, 20-hour playtime, and wireless range of 100 feet, and you start to wonder why you’d bother with costlier alternatives.

Battery life: Up to 20 hours
Bluetooth range: 100 ft
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Key features
: IPX7 waterproof rating, Xbass technology, shockproof body, incredible value

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General FAQ

Which Bluetooth speaker has the best sound quality?

Expect superior sound from the following Bluetooth speakers: Sonos Move, JBL Charge 4, Bose Home Portable Speaker, UE Hyperboom, and UE Boom 3.

Which portable speaker is the loudest?

Here are some of the loudest portable speakers you can buy in 2020: UE Hyperboom, New SOUNDBOKS, Sony GTKXB90, Aiwa Exos-9, and the JBL PartyBox 1000.

Can you make a Bluetooth speaker louder?

While the right placement of a Bluetooth speaker can boost the volume, the best way to increase loudness is to pair the speaker with others of its kind.

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