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The 9 Best Speaker Brands - Winter 2023 Reviews

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Best Speaker Brands

If you're looking for the best Bluetooth speaker brands to buy yourself a new speaker from, you may feel a bit overwhelmed at the start. There are many different speaker brands on the market, and it can be challenging to figure out which is the best for you. While some brands make speakers that cater to a variety of users, others focus on a particular market segment, like voice assistant speakers or speakers for listening to music. Even though some brands stand out from the rest, there's no easy answer when it comes to the best brand for you. Depending on your unique listening habits, certain features may appeal to you more than others.

We’ve tested speakers from over 30 different brands, and below are our recommendations for the best speaker brands. The picks aren’t ordered by rank or position; the first brand listed isn’t necessarily our top pick overall, and the last brand isn’t the worst. Instead, we’ve listed the brands by use or specialty, keeping brands with similar audiences together to make it easier to find what best suits your needs. See our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best home speakers, and the best cheap speakers.


  1. Amazon

    Amazon is a major global technology company that produces various electronics and is among the best speaker brands we've tested for smart home speakers. Their speakers tend to come with Alexa built-in and often need to be plugged into a power outlet to work since they're for home use, but their sleek designs make them a stylish addition to your existing decor. Their newer models are more like smart home hubs that you can use to control Zigbee-compatible devices using your voice.

    For example, the Amazon Echo Studio has built-in Zigbee. Using Alexa, you can command the speaker to control other smart devices in your home, like light bulbs and thermostats, all from the comfort of your couch. Even if you don't use these devices, the speaker's voice assistant capabilities still shine, meaning you can control your favorite music hands-free. Whether you're close or far away from the speaker, it can hear you clearly. Your music sounds great with this speaker, with detailed voices and lead instruments right out of the box. You can even control its sound using its bass and treble adjustments in its companion app, though you won't find a full graphic EQ to control it across the range.

    See our review

  2. Anker

    Anker is a young company that produces many different types of audio equipment, as well as portable power banks and affordable charging cables. They're one of the best Bluetooth speaker brands if you're in the market for good, budget-friendly speakers. Their models are compatible with the Soundcore app, which lets you customize their sound using the included graphic EQ and presets. While they don't tend to have any built-in voice assistant features, some are compatible with the voice assistant on your paired smartphone.

    The best of the bunch is the Anker Soundcore Motion+. It's a portable Bluetooth speaker that's great for listening at home or when you're on the go. With its lightweight design, it's easy to carry, and it's even rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning you can bring it to the pool or the lake. Music, podcasts, and audiobooks sound great through this speaker, which accurately reproduces voices and lead instruments across the range. The graphic EQ makes it customizable, too. However, there's no built-in voice assistant support, so you have to pair your smartphone if you want to control it with your voice.

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  3. Apple

    Apple is an American technology company known for selling phones, headphones, laptops, tablets, watches, and more. Their speakers offer great voice assistant support with Siri built-in, and if you're an iOS user, they make a great addition to your Apple ecosystem. Since they're for home use, these speakers aren't very portable due to their wired design and need to remain plugged into an outlet to work. While the Apple HomePod has been discontinued, the Apple HomePod mini is still on the market, and it remains a solid overall pick.

    In fact, with its spherical design, the Apple HomePod mini has a similar appearance to the original Apple HomePod. It's available in several different colors, and its smaller, more lightweight build makes it easy to fit into your existing home decor. Built-in Siri performs just as well as the larger model, and it can understand your commands with ease, even if you aren't very close to the speaker itself. More privacy-conscious users can even mute the microphone when Siri isn't in use. It doesn't come with any sound customization tools, but it's still a solid budget-friendly option.

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  4. Bose

    Bose is an American manufacturer that specializes in home electronics. While they're best known for making high-end noise-canceling headphones, they also make speakers and sound systems. They have different speaker lineups geared toward different audiences. Their 'SoundLink' speakers, like the Bose SoundLink Flex, are smaller, more portable, well-built, and compatible with the Bose Connect app. Their 'Home Speaker' speakers, like the Bose Home Speaker 500 and the Bose Portable Smart Speaker, have Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and are compatible with the Bose Music app, which has bass and treble adjustments to tweak the speaker's sound to your liking. Overall, Bose speakers tend to have somewhat balanced sound profiles suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content, from music to podcasts.

    The Bose Portable Smart Speaker comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. While it doesn't get as loud as the Bose Home Speaker 500, it's battery-powered and has a built-in carrying handle, making it incredibly portable. It has an IPX4 rating for water resistance, which certifies it to withstand small splashes of water, so you can bring it outside without worrying about it getting a bit wet. It has a slightly boomy default sound profile with a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix. You can also adjust its sound to your liking thanks to the bass and treble adjustments in the Bose Music app.

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  5. Google

    Google is an American technology company that produces a wide range of internet-related products. They sell phones, smart speakers, tablets, earbuds, and more. They currently have two speakers on the market: the Google Nest Audio and the smaller Google Nest mini, which offer excellent voice assistant support with Google Assistant built-in. You can activate the assistant with your voice, and they feature mute mic buttons when you no longer want the assistant to listen to you for more privacy. They're designed for use at home, so they aren't very portable since they need to stay wired to a power outlet to work.

    The Google Nest Audio is the best offering overall, and it's a great home speaker that blends in nicely with your existing decor. You can find it in many different color variants, letting you choose the style that best suits your taste. With built-in Google Assistant, you can command the speaker to play your favorite tunes from all around the room, and it doesn't have trouble hearing you. When you're done, you can even mute the microphone. The Google Home app gives you bass and treble adjustments to switch up its sound. Unfortunately, this speaker doesn't get very loud, so it's best suited for average-sized rooms as opposed to open basements.

    See our review

  6. JBL

    JBL is an American company that manufactures a variety of audio equipment, including loudspeakers and headphones. They have a wide selection of speakers, though they're generally for outdoor use and casual listening. Many of their speakers have balanced sound profiles out-of-the-box and are designed for use on the go. For example, the JBL GO 3, JBL Flip 6, and JBL Clip 4 have small, portable designs. JBL speakers from the 'PartyBox' lineup, on the other hand, are designed with party lovers in mind. They can get incredibly loud, come with RGB lights, and have mic and guitar inputs. Overall, JBL speakers are well-built and have a range of designs and uses, making JBL one of the best brands we've tested.

    The JBL PartyBox 310 is the manufacturer's top offering, and it's a big and booming speaker that'll light up the action at your next party. With striking RGB lights on the front of the speaker, you can set the mood and customize their colors and patterns based on your mood. Plus, there are microphone and guitar inputs, as well as karaoke effects in its app. If you want to listen to music, it's a good choice, with lots of boom and rumble in the bass range to shake the floor with EDM and hip-hop. There's even a graphic EQ in its app to switch up its sound. It's a big speaker, though, so it's not the most portable, and you'll need to use its built-in handle to wheel it around.

    See our review

  7. Sonos

    Sonos is an American company that manufactures high-end audio products like smart speakers and soundbars. Their devices are designed for integration, so you can create a whole Sonos ecosystem right through the Sonos S2 app. Pair multiple Sonos speakers together to spread sound throughout multiple rooms of your home, or set them up with a Sonos soundbar like the Sonos Arc to create a surround sound system. With built-in voice assistant support, as well as sleek and premium builds, they're a great addition to your home.

    Ultimately, the Sonos Move is the company's most versatile speaker. It's a great choice for listening to your favorite music, whether you're at home or in your backyard. It has a sleek and premium design, with built-in voice assistant support for hands-free control. Like most premium speakers on the market, it has a room correction tool to optimize its output based on the acoustics of your listening space. Sonos calls to TruePlay, and while it's only available with iOS devices, Android users can still adjust its bass and treble for the best possible sound. Since it's battery-powered, you can take this speaker outdoors, and it's even rated IP56 for dust and water resistance.

    See our review

  8. Sony

    Sony is one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world, and they produce products like headphones and a wide range of speaker models that can appeal to many different users. If you love listening to music, you may prefer one of their more premium models, like the Sony SRS-RA3000, which is compatible with the Sony Music Center app and gives you access to a graphic EQ and other sound settings. However, if you want a speaker you can bring on the go, their smaller, cheaper speakers, like the Sony SRS-XB13, still offer a pretty good value for their price. While their speakers don't tend to be voice-enabled, some of them are compatible with the voice assistant on your paired smartphone.

    If you want to bring excitement to your next party, check out the Sony SRS-XP700, one of the brand's most premium offerings. It's a big party speaker with RGB lights that you can customize to match your music, as well as microphone and guitar inputs for your next jam session. Like any good party speaker, it gets loud and brings plenty of rumble in the bass. You feel the boom in your favorite tunes, and you can add more rumble with its MEGA BASS preset. Plus, there's a graphic EQ in its app if you want a different sound. Of course, it's a pretty big speaker, so it's not the more portable, but it's still a great choice for your next event.

    See our review

  9. Ultimate Ears

    Ultimate Ears is an American manufacturer that's a subsidiary of Logitech. They produce a variety of audio products, including headphones, in-ear monitors, and wireless Bluetooth speakers. They generally produce well-built portable speakers available at a variety of different price points, and their budget-friendly models are some of the best we've tested in the lower price ranges. With these speakers, you can bring your favorite tunes with you outside, and their wide array of customization tools give you lots of control over their sound.

    The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is the best of the bunch. It's a portable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in carrying strap, meaning you can bring it on the go. While it's larger than some of the manufacturer's other models, this means it can bring more thump and rumble in the bass range, so you feel the energy in bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. It gets plenty loud, too, and its battery life of over 23 hours lets you continue the party as long as you like. Plus, the graphic EQ and presets in the Ultimate Ears app let you customize its sound to your liking, which is a cool touch.

    See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 20, 2023: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  2. Nov 22, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  3. Sep 23, 2022: No changes made to product picks. Minor updates made to the text for consistency and accuracy.

  4. Jul 14, 2022: Updated the text for consistency and clarity. There were no changes in product picks.

  5. May 13, 2022: Made minor changes to the text for consistency and accuracy. No changes were made in product picks.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best brands for speakers available for most people in various price ranges, from over 30 different speaker manufacturers.

If you'd like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our speaker reviews. 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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