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The 7 Best Bluetooth Speakers - Summer 2021 Reviews

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Best Bluetooth Speakers
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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 65 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 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, meaning you can bring it outdoors, and it has an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.

    Overall, it has a balanced, neutral sound profile suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. There are even bass and treble adjustments available in the Sonos S2 app to help you customize its sound. You can 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, which should be suitable for long listening sessions.

    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 to play it, 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
    6.8
    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 best stereo Bluetooth speaker that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. This speaker comes with a built-in carrying strap you can use to easily take it with you when you're on the go. It's decently built with an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this. It also lasts over 23 hours from a single charge, though this can vary depending on your usage.

    It has an Adaptive EQ feature that adjusts the speaker's sound to the acoustics of your room. With this feature enabled, it has a well-balanced sound profile, suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its well-balanced mid-range ensures voices and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. You can also customize its sound to better suit your preferences, thanks to the graphic EQ featured on its companion app. Also, it can get pretty loud with very few compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio sounds clean during louder listening sessions.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants, and it struggles to produce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass, which may disappoint some fans of bass-heavy music, like hip-hop and EDM. However, if you're looking for a good stereo Bluetooth speaker, it's still a solid choice.

    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 it doesn't have an EQ to help tweak its sound, the JBL has circular RGB lighting that you can customize. It has a slightly boomy sound profile that's 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 built quality with an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this; 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 something with 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
    6.9
    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 best portable speaker that we've tested is the Bose Portable Smart Speaker. Its built-in carrying handle and light weight make this small speaker easy to carry around with you when you're on the go. It also offers fantastic voice assistant support with Google Assistant and Alexa built-in and has no trouble understanding your commands from far away and in noisier settings. There's also a mute microphone button you can use when you no longer want your assistant to hear you.

    Out-of-the-box, this speaker has a slightly boomy sound profile with a well-balanced mid-range overall, so vocals and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix. That said, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. Thankfully it there are bass and treble adjustments featured on its companion app that you can use to customize its sound. This speaker also has fantastic directivity, resulting in a wide and open-sounding soundstage.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there are compression artifacts at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio at louder volume settings. It can also only be paired to one device at once, which can be inconvenient if you quickly need to switch between audio sources frequently. That said, if you're looking for a good portable Bluetooth speaker you can take with you on the go, it's still a great 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 sound profile isn't as balanced, and its battery life doesn't last as long as that of the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, this speaker can be paired to up to two devices at once, which can come in handy if you need to switch audio sources. It's also better built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this. 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 of 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 better-built speaker that you can pair to two devices at once 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 Bluetooth speaker we've tested in the budget category is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This outstandingly built model is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and the manufacturer even advertises it can be submerged in water, though we don't test for this. It's incredibly portable, and it comes with a built-in carrying handle you can use to attach it to your backpack or suspend it from a hook.

    It has a relatively neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Though it struggles to reproduce low-bass, it comes with an 'Outdoor Mode' preset you can enable to bump up the bass in your mix, though we didn't test this. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it also has a fantastic soundstage that you'll perceive as wide and spacious-sounding.

    Unfortunately, it can't get very loud and doesn't come with a graphic EQ you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It also doesn't have any voice assistant support, which may disappoint users who rely on them. Even so, if you're looking for a Bluetooth speaker on a budget, it's still a good choice.

    See our review

  7. Customizable Alternative: Anker Soundcore Motion+

    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 Motion+. Although its directivity isn't as good as that of the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, it has a graphic EQ in its companion app, meaning you can customize its sound to your liking. It has an outstanding battery life, lasting over fifteen hours on a single charge. Unlike the Ultimate Ears, it's compatible with the voice assistants from your paired smartphone. The Anker can also get louder than the Ultimate Ears, although there's more compression present at max volume.

    If you want a better-built speaker with a more open soundstage, go for the Ultimate Ears. If you'd prefer something with voice assistant support and sound customization features, consider 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 really 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

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

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

  3. May 12, 2021: Confirmed picks are still the best recommendations for our users. Minor changes made to the text for accuracy.

  4. Apr 21, 2021: Added the Sony SRS XB12 as a more portable alternative, and moved the JBL Clip 4 to Notable Mentions. Text was updated for consistency.

  5. Mar 31, 2021: Replaced the JBL PartyBox 100 with the JBL PartyBox 310 since this speaker offers a better value to most users. Minor changes to the text to ensure accuracy and product availability.

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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