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The 7 Best Bluetooth Speakers - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Bluetooth Speakers

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 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 110 speakers, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth speakers. If you want more options, check out our picks for the best Alexa speakers, the best-sounding Bluetooth speakers, and the loudest Bluetooth speakers.

  1. Best Bluetooth Speaker

    The best Bluetooth speaker that we've tested is the Sonos Move. Thanks to its portable design, this speaker is a great choice for listening to your favorite tunes while on the go. Connect your phone or other mobile devices via Bluetooth, and you can stream everything from music, podcasts, and audiobooks right to the device. Its built-in voice assistants offer hands-free control, so you can check the weather, adjust the volume, or skip to the next song from anywhere in the room. If you own other Sonos products, you can integrate this speaker into your ecosystem to amplify audio across the room.

    This speaker's sleek design makes it suitable for indoor and outdoor use. At your next backyard party, use the built-in handle to carry it outside, and its IP56 rating for dust and water resistance means that it's protected against some exposure to the elements. This speaker gets pretty loud, too, and its sound quality makes it suitable for different music genres. You can adjust the bass and treble in the Sonos S2 app if you prefer a different sound. Overall, this speaker is a great fit for lots of different listeners.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Bluetooth Speaker

    Looking for a more affordable Bluetooth speaker? Check out the Sony SRS-XG300, the best speaker in the mid-range we've tested. This stylish speaker has a boombox-like design available in either Black or Light Gray color variants. Streaming your music collection from your phone right to the speaker is easy, and its impressive sound quality ensures that instruments and voices are clear and present in the mix. Plus, it's super customizable, and if you download the Sony Music Center app, you can access a graphic EQ to customize its frequency response across the range. There are even some preset modes, so you can quickly switch up the sound.

    This speaker is also great for outdoor use. It has a built-in handle, so it's easy to carry, and it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance. It doesn't have built-in voice assistant capabilities like the Sonos Move. Instead, you have to use the voice assistant from your paired smartphone, which means you can't activate the speaker using only your voice. That said, not everyone wants a voice assistant-enabled speaker—so if that's not for you, you may find that this speaker is a better value overall.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Bluetooth Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is an even more wallet-friendly option with great performance. You can buy this cylindrical speaker in various colors based on your style needs, and each comes with a built-in hook to help you bring it wherever you go. It's portable by design and lightweight enough to carry along on your next picnic in the park. There's also an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance in case you want to bring it to the pool or use it near the kitchen sink.

    Pairing your phone over Bluetooth makes it easy to enjoy your favorite tunes on this speaker. Its default sound adds some extra boom in the bass, bringing genres like EDM and hip-hop to life. Voices and lead instruments remain clear in the mix, and the added punch doesn't overwhelm them. With your phone connected over Bluetooth, you can use its companion app to switch up its sound, thanks to the included graphic EQ. However, there are no voice assistant capabilities—even with your phone connected. If you want a voice assistant, you'll want to pay a little more for one of the top speakers on our list, but if you don't need it, you may find that the Ultimate Ears is the better value overall.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is the best budget Bluetooth speaker we've tested. It's a great choice for listening to music on the go, and it boasts a sturdy design that holds up against the elements. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and floats in water, too. As a result, it's great for listening to tunes at your next pool party or while tanning beachside. This portable device made of recycled plastic is available in a couple of different colors and has a built-in hook for easy transport.

    For its price, this speaker offers a really solid sound quality. Regardless of what you're listening to, voices and lead instruments remain clear and detailed. Plus, the Outdoor preset provides a more clear and crisp sound when you're outside in more open-air spaces. With 22 hours of battery life, you can also rock out all night. You won't find a companion app like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, so you're limited at customizing its sound, but you may not need it in the first place, given its clear sound. Ultimately, this speaker's a great option if you're on a tighter budget.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Bluetooth Speaker

    The Anker Soundcore 2 is the best wireless speaker we've tested if you want a cheaper pick. It offers a versatile performance for the price, making it a great choice for listening to music at home and on the go. Its small and lightweight design makes it easy to carry with you, and since it lasts for over 15 hours off a single charge, you can keep listening to your favorite tunes all day. Plus, it's rated IPX7 for water resistance, protecting it from light exposure to water. Available in a few different colors, too, you can easily pick a style that meets your aesthetic.

    This speaker's sound quality makes it suitable for listening to many types of audio content, from music to podcasts to audiobooks. Voices and lead instruments are clearly reproduced in the mix. However, compared to the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, this speaker reproduces less rumble in the bass, especially noticeable with bass-centric genres like EDM and hip-hop. You won't find any customization tools, either. For a little extra, you can splurge on the Anker Soundcore 3, which has a similar design but includes a graphic EQ and presets to switch up its sound. The Soundcore 2 is a solid bet if you prefer a cheaper option.

    See our review

  6. Best Home Bluetooth Speaker

    Many of our top picks include portable Bluetooth speakers designed to bring with you on the go. However, if you only plan to use your speaker within the confines of your home, you may prefer our best wireless speaker for home use—the Sonos Era 300. This 2023 release boasts a sleek, stylish design that fits into your home decor. With built-in smart features like Amazon Alexa, you can enjoy hands-free control right from the comfort of your couch. It supports many of the same features available with the Sonos Move, including a room correction feature to optimize its sound based on your living space. And with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, it's easy to pair up with other devices to play your favorite tunes.

    Like other Sonos speakers, this device is designed to integrate into your existing Sonos ecosystem. You can use it alone or as a surround speaker when paired with a compatible soundbar. Since it supports Dolby Atmos, you can make the most of more immersive content like Dolby Atmos Music, found on music streamers like Apple Music. Given its premium performance, it's not the most affordable speaker on the market. If you don't listen to much Atmos content, you can always check out the smaller, more affordable Sonos Era 100. It doesn't support Atmos but is still a premium option for home use with Bluetooth support.

    See our review

  7. Best Bluetooth Party Speaker

    Party speakers make a great addition to your next big event, with many extra features and functions to make the most of the experience. The JBL PartyBox 310 is one of the best party speakers we've tested with Bluetooth, and its large and striking design ensures it'll stand out from the crowd. You can customize the RGB lights beneath its grilles to set the mood at your next big party, and mic and guitar inputs give extra flexibility for musicians and karaoke lovers. This speaker has no trouble getting loud, so your whole space fills with a thunderous sound.

    Any good party speaker can bring boom in the bass, and the JBL is no exception. Blast bass-heavy tunes like EDM and hip-hop, and you'll shake the dance floor. Voices and lead instruments remain clear in the mix, meaning you can enjoy other vocal-centric genres easily. Plus, the sound customization tools in the speaker's companion app let you customize its sound, so you can get the output you desire. You won't find voice assistant support like with the Sonos Move, and its large design isn't for everyone, but it's a great option for party lovers.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • JBL Boombox 3: The JBL Boombox 3 is better built than the Sonos Move, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, and it even floats in water. It produces a more extended low-bass and has a longer-lasting battery life of almost 30 hours. That said, it isn't as portable as the Sonos and doesn't support voice assistants. See our review
  • Sonos Roam/Roam SL: The Sonos Roam is a portable Bluetooth speaker smaller than the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 and comes with built-in Alexa and Google Assistant. Its battery lasted only five hours in our tests, significantly shorter than the MEGABOOM 3's almost 18 hours of playtime. It also doesn't get quite as loud, and there's a lot more compression present at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clear. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XB13: The Sony SRS-XB13 is a small portable speaker with a carrying strap. 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. Unfortunately, it doesn't float in water like the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3. See our review
  • JBL PartyBox 710: The JBL PartyBox 710 is a much larger speaker than the JBL PartyBox 310 that can produce a more extended low bass. You can feel the deep thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music, and it can also get incredibly loud. However, unlike the 310, it isn't battery-powered or very portable, so you can't easily transport it. See our review
  • Denon Home 350: The Denon Home 350 is another premium speaker with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. It has a better low-frequency extension than the Sonos Era 300, so you enjoy more rumble. However, its soundstage isn't as impressive, and the speaker lacks Dolby Atmos support. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 29, 2023: Product picks remain the same, with some minor text updates for clarity.

  2. May 02, 2023: Replaced the Denon Home 350 with the Sonos Era 300 as the 'Best Home Speaker'.

  3. Apr 06, 2023: The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 was our best budget pick, but its price has risen above that of the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3. The Ultimate Ears is the better speaker, so it's our new 'Best Budget' pick.

  4. Mar 08, 2023: Confirmed picks are relevant; minor text updates for clarity.

  5. Feb 10, 2023: Ensured that our product picks remain relevant and widely available. Minor updates to the text for clarity.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless 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 a list of all our reviews for the best 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.