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 not all 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 70 speakers, and below are our recommendations for the best speakers 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. This portable speaker offers a very versatile overall performance, and it supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Thanks to its low latency over Apple AirPlay, it's suitable for watching videos over this connection, too.
It's well-built and offers a very neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, so it's suitable for listening to lots of different audio content. Using the Sonos S2 app, you can customize its sound using the bass and treble adjustment features. You can also activate a room correction feature that optimizes audio reproduction based on the acoustic characteristics of your room. It also has built-in support for Google Assistant and Alexa voice assistants, which offer outstanding performance.
Unfortunately, while it can get loud, there's a lot of compression when you play it at max volume. It also has to downmix stereo content into mono to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive. However, if you purchase another Move speaker, you can pair them together in the app to create a stereo pair.
The Apple HomePod Mini is the best voice assistant speaker for iPhone that we've tested. This small, spherical home speaker has Siri built-in. It does an excellent job of understanding your commands from far away and is also decent at understanding you in noisier settings.
Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has fantastic directivity, resulting in a wide and natural-sounding soundstage. It also has a pretty neutral sound profile overall, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its balanced mid-range ensures lead instruments and voices are reproduced clearly and accurately in the mix. It also supports Apple AirPlay and has low latency over this connection, making it suitable for watching videos and movies.
Unfortunately, like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, and there aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It also can't get very loud, though there aren't many compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio sounds clean and clear during louder listening sessions.
The best iPhone speaker for music that we’ve tested is the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. Thanks to its 360-design, it has great soundstage performance, so your audio should sound clear from most angles. Its neutral and balanced sound profile makes it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Though it struggles to reproduce low-bass, it comes with a full graphic EQ you can use to customize your sound to your liking. It even has an Adaptive EQ feature that adjusts your sound according to your room's unique characteristics.
This decently built portable speaker comes with a carrying strap that makes it easy to take with you when on the move. It's rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don’t currently test for this. Also, it can get pretty loud with little compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio should remain clean and clear-sounding when listening to music at louder volumes. It also has an outstanding battery life that allows it to last over 23 hours off a single charge, making it a great choice for long listening sessions.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t support voice assistants. It also doesn’t support Apple AirPlay which may disappoint those who rely on it to play their music. That said, if you’re looking for a good Bluetooth speaker for music that you can connect to your Apple devices, it’s still a solid choice.
If having a speaker that supports Apple AirPlay is important, consider the Sonos Five. While it doesn't support Bluetooth and isn't as portable as the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, the Sonos Five supports Apple AirPlay and has very low latency over this connection. With its room correction feature enabled, this wired speaker has a bright sound profile overall, and its Sonos S2 companion app features bass and treble adjustments you can use to customize its sound to your liking. You can place it vertically when you want to listen to mono audio and horizontally when you'd rather listen to stereo content. Unfortunately, while it can get pretty loud, there's a lot of compression at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean at louder volume settings.
Consider the Ultimate Ears if you're looking for a more portable and customizable Bluetooth speaker. However, if you prefer listening to music from your Apple devices over Apple AirPlay, get the Sonos.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best Bluetooth speaker for iPhone in the budget range that we've tested. This small, portable speaker is outstandingly built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't test for this. It can even be paired to up to two devices at once, which can come in handy when you quickly need to switch between audio sources.
Out-of-the-box. it has a fairly neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It has excellent directivity thanks to its 350-degree design, resulting in a wide and natural-sounding soundstage. While it doesn't get very loud, there isn't a lot of compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds mostly clean at louder volume levels. Also, while it struggles to reproduce low-bass, there's an 'Outdoor Mode' you can use to add extra bass to your mix, though we don't test for this.
Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more comprehensive sound customization features like a graphic EQ, so you can't tweak its sound to better suit your preferences. It also doesn't support Apple AirPlay, or voice assistants, which may disappoint some users. That said, it's still a good choice if you're an Apple user looking for a speaker on a budget.
Consider the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 if customizing your speaker's sound is important to you. While it isn't as well-built as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, and doesn't get as loud, the Anker's companion app features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has excellent directivity, resulting in a wide and open-sounding soundstage. It has a well-balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. However, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. It also doesn't support Apple AirPlay. That said, it supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't very good.
Get the Ultimate Ears if you're looking for a better-built speaker that can get louder. However, check out the Anker if you prefer a speaker with a graphic EQ and presets, and that supports voice assistants.
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.
Jul 12, 2021: Added the Apple HomePod Mini as the best Voice Assistant Speaker For iPhone, since the Apple HomePod has been discontinued.
May 13, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Apr 22, 2021: Confirmed all picks are in stock and are still the best recommendations for our users.
Apr 01, 2021: Added the Denon 350 to Notable Mentions. Text was updated for consistency and accuracy.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best speakers for iPod and iPhone 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.