If you're an Apple user, you likely keep lots of music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other audio content stored on devices like your iPod or iPhone. Apple has released a few speakers that make it easy to playback content from your Apple devices. However, they don't have a wide selection of speakers on the market, so hardly any recommendations on this list come from the company. Fortunately, many other Bluetooth speakers make it easy to amplify your favorite music wirelessly from your phone. Some even come with built-in Apple AirPlay, which lets you stream audio from another AirPlay-compatible device to the speaker when connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
We've tested over 85 speakers, and below are our recommendations for the best speakers we've tested for iPhone and iPod. See our picks for the best home speakers, the best Alexa speakers, and the best cheap speakers.
The best Bluetooth speaker for iPhone that we've tested is the Sonos Move. It has low Apple AirPlay latency, so you can use it to watch videos and movies without many syncing issues between the visuals you see and the audio you hear. There's also a room correction feature currently only available with iOS devices which Sonos calls Trueplay, that adjusts the speaker's sound according to the unique acoustics of the room it's placed in.
With Trueplay enabled, the speaker has a very well-balanced sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, which is great for podcast and audiobook lovers. There are also bass and treble adjustments in its companion app to tweak its sound to your liking. This well-built battery-powered speaker is also incredibly portable. It isn't as small and as portable as the Sonos Roam.
Unfortunately, while it offers fantastic voice assistant support for Google Assistant and Alexa, it doesn't support Siri. Although it gets loud enough to fill large rooms with sound, there are a lot of compression artifacts that affect the quality of your audio at louder volume levels. However, if you own another compatible speaker, you can pair them together to create a stereo pair. If you're looking for a versatile speaker to connect your Apple devices to, it's still a solid choice.
The Apple HomePod mini is the best voice assistant speaker for iPhone that we've tested. This small spherical home speaker comes with Siri built-in and is excellent at registering your commands from far away, though it has a bit more trouble picking up your voice in noisier settings. Also, it has low Apple AirPlay latency, so it's suitable for watching videos and movies over this connection.
Its sound profile is pretty neutral overall, and its mid-range is balanced, so voices and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix, though they can also sound a bit dark at times. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has fantastic directivity, resulting in a wide and natural-sounding soundstage. Also, it's compatible with the Apple Home app, which you can use to pair multiple Apple HomePods together, and play different audio in different rooms across your home at the same time.
Unfortunately, like most small speakers, it doesn't get very loud and lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. There aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ to adjust its sound to your liking. If you're looking for a speaker that offers good built-in voice assistant support via Siri, it'll make a great addition to your Apple ecosystem.
The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is the best speaker we've tested for iPhone for music. While it doesn't support Apple AirPlay like the Sonos Move, this Bluetooth speaker can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, resulting in a more immersive-sounding soundstage. It can also get louder, with significantly less compression present at max volume, so the quality of your audio doesn't degrade as much as you blast your favorite songs.
It comes with a room correction feature which Ultimate Ears calls Adaptive EQ, which optimizes the speaker's sound according to the acoustics of your room. With this feature turned on, its sound profile is well-balanced, and vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix, making it great for listening to lots of different music genres. There's even a graphic EQ and presets in its companion app, which you can use to customize its sound to your liking.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support Apple AirPlay like the Sonos Move and doesn't support voice assistants. It also doesn't produce a bass as extended as that of the Denon Home 350, and you can't feel the deep thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. However, if you're looking for a good Bluetooth speaker for music that you can connect to your iPhone and don't care for voice assistants or Apple AirPlay much, it's a great choice.
The best portable speaker for iPhone that we've tested in the budget category is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This remarkably well-built speaker is incredibly portable and significantly smaller than the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be fully dust-tight and submersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet when bringing it outside with you.
Its 360-degree design gives it amazing directivity, meaning its soundstage is perceived as wide and spacious. It has a balanced sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content and comes with an 'Outdoor Mode' preset that's advertised to help with bass reproduction. Like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. While it doesn't get very loud, there are few compression artifacts present at max volume, meaning your audio sounds doesn't degrade much during louder listening sessions.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants or Apple AirPlay. It also doesn't come with sound customization features like a graphic EQ to customize its sound to your liking. If you're on a budget and are looking for a small portable speaker you can connect your iPhone to, this is a great choice.
If you prefer having a bit more control over your speaker's sound, check out the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. While it doesn't get as loud as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 and isn't as well-built, its companion app features a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound to your liking. You'll perceive its soundstage as natural and spacious thanks to its 360-degree design, and its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix. It also supports Siri through your smartphone, which is handy. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Apple AirPlay, and like most speakers this size, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy and rumbling low-bass.
If you prefer a louder speaker that's better-built, go for the Ultimate Ears. If having a more customizable speaker that supports voice assistants is more important to you, consider the Anker instead.
May 05, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for clarity.
Mar 08, 2022: Updated text for clarity; no changes to product picks.
Jan 07, 2022: Moved the Sonos Five to the Notable Mentions and updated the text for consistency and accuracy.
Nov 09, 2021: Added the Yamaha MusicCast 50 and the Sonos Roam to the Notable Mentions. The text was updated for consistency.
Sep 10, 2021: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Motion+ with the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 since the Motion+ is no longer within our price point for budget speakers. Added the Motion+ to the Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best speakers for most people to buy for iPhone, 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.