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The 7 Best Speakers For iPhone - Black Friday 2022 Reviews

Best Speakers For iPhone

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 two speakers that make it easy to playback content from your Apple devices. However, they currently only have one speaker on the market, so aside from the Apple HomePod Mini, the recommendations on this list come from other manufacturers, and don't have Siri built-in. 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 100 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.

  1. Best Speaker For iPhone

    The best Bluetooth speaker for iPhone that we've tested is the Sonos Move. This premium speaker comes with lots of features that are designed to make the most of your Apple products, including Apple AirPlay support. When connected, it's easy to stream music and podcasts from your iPhone to the speaker itself, and the low latency ensures that you don't notice any delays when you watch videos from your phone. With its versatile performance, it's a great choice for listening to lots of different audio content, and its portable design makes it easy to bring with you on the go. There's no support for Siri, but its built-in Alexa and Google Assistant abilities mean that you can still control its functions using your voice.

    This speaker is also compatible with the Sonos S2 app, which you can download onto your iPhone to access more features and customization tools. You can adjust its bass and treble from the app, and you can access its Trueplay room correction feature, which uses a microphone built into the speaker itself to analyze your room's unique acoustics and adjust its output accordingly. Plus, you can pair it with other compatible speakers to amplify the sound through the space or even to other rooms in your home. It's a great smart speaker that can please a lot of different listeners thanks to its versatility.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Speaker For iPhone

    If you're not ready to invest much into a speaker, check out the Sony SRS-XG300 instead. Like the Sonos Move, the Sony is among the best portable speakers for iPhone that we've tested, and you can easily bring it with you wherever you go thanks to its built-in retractable carrying handle. It's well-built, too, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. Whether you're listening to music, movies, or podcasts, you can enjoy clear and detailed sound with a touch of extra boom in the high-bass. The Sony Music Center app lets you customize its performance, too, thanks to its graphic EQ.

    That said, for the price, you don't get quite as many features as the more premium Sonos Move. The Sony doesn't reproduce quite as much low-bass, so you don't notice as much low rumble, especially with bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. It doesn't have built-in voice assistant support, so you have to pair your phone to the speaker and use Siri through your other devices. Also, you won't find Apple AirPlay compatibility, though it's not much of an issue for most users since you can still stream to the speaker wirelessly over Bluetooth. Ultimately, it's still a great choice at a more affordable price— it just lacks a few extra features.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Speaker For iPhone

    On a tighter budget? The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is a well-built portable Bluetooth speaker that's a solid mid-range alternative to our top picks. It's smaller than both the Sony SRS-XG300 and the Sonos Move, so it's easy to bring outdoors. Plus, it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and the manufacturer advertises it to float in water, so you're safe to bring it to the pool or the lake. It's a solid pick for listening to movies, podcasts, and audiobooks, too, with a graphic EQ in the Ultimate Ears app to help you switch up its sound based on your preferences.

    That said, given its smaller design, it's not a surprise that it doesn't reproduce as much bass as the Sony SRS-XG300. You aren't likely to notice a difference with vocal-centric content, like podcasts, but fans of bass-heavy music like EDM might be disappointed by the lack of thump reproduced by the speaker. Also, it lacks voice assistant support, so you can't control it with your voice, even when your iPhone is paired up. If you want a simple Bluetooth speaker and don't need these extra features, it's still a solid pick, though.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Speaker For iPhone

    The Apple HomePod mini is another affordable pick that makes a great addition to your Apple ecosystem. It's different from the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, as it's a smart speaker designed for use in the home. It offers built-in Siri capabilities so you can control its features from the comfort of your couch, and it lets you stream audio from your phone to the speaker over Apple AirPlay. Plus, if you own other Apple Home speakers, you can pair them together in the companion app to amplify their sound, which is nice.

    This speaker doesn't offer as many customization tools as the Ultimate Ears. You won't find a graphic EQ in its companion app, and there aren't any bass and treble adjustments, either, so you can't switch up its sound. That said, it does a pretty good job reproducing voices and other instruments right out of the box, so you might not need these tools anyways. If you don't need a speaker to bring outside and love Apple products, it's a great pick for your iPhone at a more affordable price point.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Speaker For iPhone

    If you don't want to spend that much on a speaker, you can also check out the more budget-friendly Anker Soundcore Flare 2. It's another solid pick to pair with your iPhone, with a versatile performance suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. It's also portable, with a small design that you can easily take outside or from one room to the next. Its companion app is cool, too, since you can control its sound with the graphic EQ on your phone, as well as the lights that surround the speaker itself.

    As with most budget-friendly offerings, you don't have voice assistant support built into the speaker. However, when you pair your iPhone over Bluetooth, you can use Siri to control the speaker with your voice. It doesn't have the best performance, though, especially compared to the smart-enabled Apple HomePod mini, and it can struggle to hear your voice if you're further away from the speaker. Its portable design makes it easy to move to a more convenient location to ensure that it follows your commands.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Speaker For iPhone

    The best cheap option on the market is the Anker Soundcore 2, which has become all the more affordable since the release of the Anker Soundcore 3. It's a small, rectangular speaker with a lightweight design, meaning you can move it around with you. Pair your iPhone to the speaker over Bluetooth to enjoy clear and accurate voices and instruments in your favorite tracks. Through Siri, you can also give it commands with your voice, though these capabilities aren't built into the speaker, meaning you need your paired phone to access the voice assistant.

    Unfortunately, the speaker doesn't offer as many cool features as the more premium Anker Soundcore Flare 2. You don't get access to a companion app, meaning you can't switch up its sound with a graphic EQ or pair it with other speakers. There's a lot less low-bass, too. If you prefer vocal-centric content, like podcasts or audiobooks, it's not a huge deal since this content doesn't usually have a lot of bass mixed in. However, fans of EDM and hip-hop will likely want to spend a little more to ensure they feel the rumble in their favorite tunes.

    See our review

  7. Best Home Speaker For iPhone

    Home speakers are a great option if you plan to use your speaker only in your home. They aren't battery-operated, so you have to plug them into an outlet to use them, but their sleek and stylish designs mean they blend into your decor with more ease than speakers designed to hold up with outdoor use. The Denon Home 350 is the best one for iPhone that we've tested, and it's a premium choice that can please lots of different users. You can connect your phone over more traditional methods like Bluetooth, but it also supports Apple AirPlay, with low latency for those who want to watch videos on their iPhones.

    Right out-of-the-box, this speaker brings a great sound quality, with clear and detailed reproduction of voices and other instruments. There's lots of bass, especially compared to other premium models like the Sonos Move. Plus, the Heos app lets you switch up its sound by adjusting its bass and treble, so it has more customization than the Apple HomePod mini. You won't find support for Siri, but you can still control it with your voice thanks to its built-in Alexa support. It's a great pick for home use, but if you want a speaker that's sturdy enough to take outdoors, the Sonos Move is a better pick.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2: The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a well-built portable Bluetooth speaker you can connect your iPhone to. It has a balanced sound profile overall and can get louder than the Apple HomePod mini with a touch less compression at max volume. It doesn't support Apple AirPlay or voice assistants through your smartphone, either. See our review
  • Sonos Five: The Sonos Five is a wired speaker designed for home use. It supports Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay and has a bright sound profile that can produce quite an extended low-bass. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth or voice assistants like the Sonos Move or the Denon Home 350. See our review
  • Bose Home Speaker 500: The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a versatile Bluetooth speaker for home use that supports Apple AirPlay. It offers a wider-sounding soundstage than the Sonos Move and can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is more immersive. It isn't as portable as the Sonos due to its wired design. It also doesn't produce as deep a bass. See our review
  • Sonos Roam: The Sonos Roam is a versatile portable speaker. It supports Apple AirPlay and has low latency over this connection, and its room correction feature is also only available to iOS users. That said, it doesn't get as loud as the Sonos Move. Like most small speakers, it also struggles to reproduce low-bass. See our review
  • Yamaha MusicCast 50: The Yamaha MusicCast 50 is a wired home speaker that supports Apple AirPlay and has low latency over this connection. However, it isn't as portable as the Sonos Move. It also doesn't support voice assistants like the Denon Home 350. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 11, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  2. Sep 13, 2022: Restructured article. Added theSony SRS-XG300 as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Speaker For iPhone', the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 as the 'Best Mid-Range Speaker For iPhone', the Anker Soundcore 2 as the 'Best Cheap Speaker For iPhone', and the Denon Home 350 as the 'Best Home Speaker For iPhone'.

  3. May 05, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for clarity.

  4. Mar 08, 2022: Updated text for clarity; no changes to product picks.

  5. Jan 07, 2022: Moved the Sonos Five to the Notable Mentions and updated the text for consistency and accuracy.

All Reviews

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.