If you like to wirelessly stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks from mobile devices like a smartphone or tablet, 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 lots of options for finding a device that meets your unique needs.
We've tested over 55 Bluetooth speakers, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers. If you want to see more options, check out our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers for bass, the best Bluetooth speakers under $100, and the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers.
The best speaker with Bluetooth compatibility that we've tested is the Sonos Move. This well-built speaker 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 the speaker. It's battery-operated, so 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 lots of 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 to amplify your music across a large, crowded party. This speaker lasts over 10 hours off a single charge, which should be suitable for long listening sessions.
Unfortunately, while it can get pretty loud, there are compression artifacts 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.
The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is the best stereo Bluetooth speaker that we've tested. This tall speaker delivers a good soundstage performance which can result in a more immersive audio experience. It also has low audio latency on iOS and Android, making it suitable for streaming video.
It comes with an Adaptive EQ feature which allows the speaker to optimize its audio reproduction to better suit the room that it's placed in. With this feature turned on, it has a decently well-balanced sound profile with neutral mid and treble ranges, so vocals and lead instruments should be clear, detailed, and accurate. The Ultimate Ears companion app also has a graphic EQ and presets, so you can adjust its sound to better suit your preferences. Thanks to its 23.9-hour battery life, you shouldn't have to worry about recharging throughout the day.
Unfortunately, like many small and mid-sized speakers, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low bass. It doesn't have voice assistant or Wi-Fi support either. That said, this speaker offers a well-built and customizable audio experience, and it's even one of the best home speakers we've tested.
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 a variety of 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, although we don't currently test for this, and 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 that have 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 a speaker with RGB lighting and inputs for a microphone or instrument, look at the JBL instead.
The best Bluetooth speaker that you can easily bring with you on the go is the Bose Portable Smart Speaker. This small, lightweight speaker is battery-operated and comes with a carrying handle for easy transport. It also has an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.
Out-of-the-box, it has a slightly boomy sound profile, though it can reproduce vocals and lead instruments clearly thanks to its balanced mid-range. You can also tweak its sound profile using bass and treble sliders in its companion app. It has good directivity thanks to its 360-degree design. It comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in, and it can understand you even if you're far away or in a noisy environment.
Unfortunately, its battery only lasts for a bit more than five hours, despite being advertised to last for twelve. It also struggles to produce low-bass, which may disappoint fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM. However, this versatile speaker is well suited for most uses, and it's easy to bring with you when you're out and about.
If you're looking for an even more portable Bluetooth speaker, check out the Sony SRS-XB12. It doesn't offer as many sound customization features, and its voice assistant performance isn't as good as the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, but it's smaller and lighter, so it's easier to bring with you on the go. It even comes with a detachable carrying strap which makes it easier to carry around with you. It can last over 13 hours from a single charge and is better-built with a rating of IP67 for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. Additionally, its wide-sounding soundstage should make it easy to hear your audio clearly from most angles. Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low bass, and it doesn't have an EQ to help tweak its sound, which can disappoint fans of bass-heavy genres like hip-hop. It's also important to note that this speaker frequently goes in and out of stock, so its availability may vary at times.
If having a more portable speaker with longer battery life and better build is important, go for the Sony. However, if you're looking for a more customizable speaker with better voice assistant performance, consider the Bose.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best budget Bluetooth speaker that we've tested. It has a great Bluetooth range and can pair to two devices at a time, which can come in handy if you want to switch between devices. It's very lightweight, portable, and even has a handle that you can use to hang it on a hook.
It's outstandingly built with a rating of IP67 for water and dust resistance. The manufacturer even claims it's submergible in water, though we don’t currently test for this. Its 360-design allows it to have a fantastic and wide-sounding soundstage, so your audio should remain clear from all angles. Its neutral sound profile makes it suitable for listening to a variety of audio content. However, it struggles to reproduce low and thumpy bass. That said, it comes with an Outdoor Mode EQ preset, which can help boost the bass in your audio, though we didn’t test this.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a graphic EQ feature, which may be disappointing if you like to make adjustments to your sound. It also doesn’t support voice assistants and can’t get very loud. That said, it has very few compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio should stay clean and clear.
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, so 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 a speaker with voice assistant support and sound customization features, consider the Anker instead.
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.
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.
Mar 10, 2021: Replaced the Bose SoundLink Revolve with the Bose Portable Smart Speaker as the pick for 'Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker'. Replaced the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 with the Anker Soundcore Motion+ as the customizable alternative in the 'Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker' category. Confirmed that all the products are in stock and still the best recommendations for our users.
Feb 17, 2021: Added the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM as 'Best Stereo Bluetooth Speaker' and the JBL PartyBox 100 as 'Alternative with RGB Lights'. Made the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 a 'Customizable Alternative' in the Budget category. Added the Sony SRS-XB43 and the Anker Soundcore Motion+ to Notable Mentions.
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.