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The 7 Best Bluetooth Speakers - Fall 2021 Reviews

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If you like to wirelessly stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks from mobile devices, you'll want a speaker that supports Bluetooth connectivity. Unlike speakers with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth-compatible speakers don't rely on an Internet connection to stream audio. As a result, they tend to be more portable, and many also have an outdoor-oriented design with carrying straps or water-resistant bodies. However, finding the best Bluetooth speaker comes down to what matters most to you. With so many Bluetooth speakers on the market, you have many options for finding a device that meets your unique needs.

We've tested over 70 Bluetooth speakers, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers. If you want to see more options, check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers for bass, the best Alexa speakers, the best Bluetooth speakers under $100, and the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers.


  1. Best Bluetooth Speaker: Sonos Move

    7.0
    Music
    6.5
    Videos/Movies
    8.2
    Podcasts
    8.6
    Voice Assistant
    7.7
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best speaker with Bluetooth compatibility that we've tested is the Sonos Move. This well-built model has built-in Alexa and Google Assistant capabilities, and it does an incredible job responding to your voice even if you aren't very close to it. It's battery-operated and has a built-in carrying handle, so you can easily take it with you when you're on the move.

    Overall, it has a balanced, neutral sound profile suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. There are bass and treble adjustments available in the Sonos S2 app to help you customize its sound. You can also use the app to pair two Sonos speakers to create a stereo pair or amplify your music across a large, crowded party. It lasts over 10 hours off a single charge, suitable for long listening sessions, and it has an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, so it's certified to be protected against direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours.

    Unfortunately, while it can get pretty loud, compression artifacts are present when you play it at max volume, which can be disappointing if you like to use your speaker at crowded parties. Also, it has to downmix stereo content to mono when using it on its own, which doesn't sound as immersive. That said, it offers a versatile overall performance that can please lots of different listeners.

    See our review

  2. Best Stereo Bluetooth Speaker: Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM

    7.5
    Music
    6.9
    Videos/Movies
    8.0
    Podcasts
    3.0
    Voice Assistant
    8.1
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is the best stereo Bluetooth speaker that we've tested. It's rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be protected from small splashes of water. It's outstandingly portable and comes with a built-in carrying strap to help with transporting it. Also, it has a fantastic battery performance that could last just under 24 hours from a single charge in our tests, though this can depend on your usage.

    It has an Adaptive EQ room correction feature that adjusts its sound according to the unique acoustics of your room. With this feature enabled, it has a neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its companion app features a graphic EQ you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. This speaker can also get amazingly loud, with little compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean at louder volume levels.

    Unfortunately, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music. Its soundstage may be perceived as somewhat narrow and directional, and it also doesn't support voice assistants, which may disappoint some users. That said, it's still a solid choice if you're looking for a good stereo Bluetooth speaker.

    See our review

  3. Alternative With RGB Lights: JBL PartyBox 310

    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you're looking for a stereo Bluetooth speaker with a flashier design, consider the JBL PartyBox 310. While it's significantly less portable than the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM and doesn't have an EQ to help tweak its sound, it has circular RGB lighting that you can customize. It has a slightly boomy sound profile well-suited for most audio content, and there's a dedicated bass boost button if you want a more bass-heavy sound. It also has a decent build quality with an IPX4 rating for water resistance, so it's certified to be protected from small splashes of water. Also, it can get pretty loud. If you're having a party, it also has just over 17 hours of continuous battery life, and it has dedicated mic and guitar inputs with volume knobs and gain adjustments.

    Try the Ultimate Ears if you're looking for a more portable speaker with a room correction feature to help optimize its audio reproduction to better suit the acoustics of your room. However, if you want RGB lighting and inputs for a microphone or instrument, look at the JBL instead.

    See our review

  4. Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker: Bose Portable Smart Speaker

    6.9
    Music
    6.8
    Videos/Movies
    8.0
    Podcasts
    9.0
    Voice Assistant
    6.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

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

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

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

    See our review

  5. More Portable Alternative: Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2

    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    Check out the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 if you're looking for a more portable Bluetooth speaker. While its battery life doesn't last as long as the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, it's smaller, making it more portable. It's better-built and can be paired to up to two devices at once, which can come in handy if you need to switch audio sources. With its 'Optimal' preset enabled, it has a well-balanced mid-range, ensuring vocals and lead instruments are accurately and clearly reproduced. However, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce low-bass. Thankfully, it comes with EQ presets and its 'Beosonic' Sound customization feature, which you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It also supports Alexa through your smartphone and does an excellent job understanding your commands from far away and in noisy environments.

    Check out the Bose if you're looking for a portable speaker with longer battery life and a better-balanced sound profile. However, if having a smaller and better-built portable Bluetooth speaker is more important to you, consider the Bang & Olufsen.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

    6.8
    Music
    6.1
    Videos/Movies
    8.0
    Podcasts
    3.2
    Voice Assistant
    7.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best budget Bluetooth speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This well-built speaker is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so it's certified to be submersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. Also, it has a small built-in carrying strap that you can use to suspend it from a hook or attach it to your backpack.

    Out-of-the-box, this speaker has a fairly neutral sound profile with a balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. Like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that's typically present in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. That said, it comes with an 'Outdoor Mode' preset that's advertised to help with bass reproduction. Also, this speaker has excellent directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, resulting in a wide and open-sounding soundstage.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants, and it lacks more comprehensive sound customization features like a graphic EQ to tweak its sound. It also doesn't get very loud, though there isn't much compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean during louder listening sessions. If you're looking for a good Bluetooth speaker on a budget, this speaker is one of the best Bluetooth speakers under $100 that we've tested.

    See our review

  7. Customizable Alternative: Anker Soundcore Flare 2

    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you're looking for a speaker with more sound customization options, consider the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. While it doesn't get as loud as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, it's more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. This speaker has amazing directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as wide and spacious. It also has a neutral sound profile with its Default EQ and BassUp features enabled, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. That said, like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM.

    Get the Ultimate Ears if you want a speaker that can get louder. However, if having a Bluetooth speaker with sound customization options is more important to you, check out the Anker instead.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • JBL PartyBox 100: The JBL PartyBox 100 is a viable alternative if you're looking for a similar speaker to the JBL PartyBox 310, but smaller. Its battery life isn't as long as the 310, and it's not compatible with the JBL Partybox app. See our review
  • JBL PartyBox 300: The JBL PartyBox 300 is a larger alternative to the JBL PartyBox 100. It has longer battery life, but it isn't as well-built, and its sound profile isn't as balanced, so your audio can sound a bit dark or dull. See our review
  • Google Nest Mini: The Google Nest Mini is a cheap Bluetooth speaker with built-in Google Assistant capabilities. It has a great performance with Google Assistant, but it lacks a lot of low-bass. Also, its wired design means it isn't very portable, and it isn't suitable to use outdoors. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Flare 2: The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with multicolored lights. Although it struggles to produce low-bass, it has a graphic EQ in its companion app that lets you customize its sound. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XB43: The Sony SRS-XB43 is a well-built portable Bluetooth speaker that offers a full graphic EQ for sound customization. However, even with Sony ClearAudio+ activated, it has an uneven sound profile out-of-the-box. See our review
  • Bose SoundLink Revolve: The Bose SoundLink Revolve is a small, portable Bluetooth speaker with a fairly neutral sound profile. It has a great build quality and 12-hour battery life, but it doesn't get loud, and there's a lot of compression present at max volume. See our review
  • Denon Home 350: The Denon Home 350 is a home speaker with great frequency response accuracy. However, it's only meant to be used indoors, and it has extremely high Bluetooth latency on iOS and Android. See our review
  • JBL Clip 4: The JBL Clip 4 is a small portable speaker with a clip-on design that can come in handy when you're on the move. However, its sound profile isn't as balanced as that of the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2, and it doesn't support voice assistants. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XB12: The Sony SRS-XB12 is a small portable speaker with a detachable carrying strap that's more affordable than the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2. It's well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance and has incredible directivity, resulting in a wide and natural-sounding soundstage. That said, its sound profile isn't as balanced or as customizable as that of the Bang & Olufsen. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Motion+: The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a customizable Bluetooth speaker that comes with a graphic EQ and presets to tweak its sound to your liking. It has a well-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box making it suitable for listening to a wide range of audio content, though it struggles to reproduce low-bass. Unfortunately, its price is no longer within our $100 price point for budget speakers. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 01, 2021: No changes were made to product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  2. Sep 03, 2021: Minor updates to the text for accuracy; no changes in product picks.

  3. Aug 06, 2021: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Motion+ with the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, since the Motion+ is now above our $100 price point for budget speakers. Moved the Motion+ to the Notable Mentions.

  4. Jul 09, 2021: Replaced the Sony SRS-XB12 with the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 since itโ€™s a better speaker overall. Moved the Sony SRS-XB12 to the Notable Mentions.

  5. Jun 11, 2021: Verified text accuracy and product availability. There have been no changes in our recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth speakers for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price (cheaper speakers win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no speakers that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for Bluetooth speakers. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect speakers. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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