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 very wide selection of speakers on the market, so not all recommendations on this list come from the company. Fortunately, there are lots of other Bluetooth speakers that 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 35 speakers, and below are our recommendations for the best speakers for iPhone and iPod. See also our recommendations for the best home speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best cheap speakers.
The best 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.
This well-built speaker 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, and also activate a room correction feature that automatically 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 this speaker 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 best voice assistant speaker for iPhone that we've tested is the Apple HomePod. This wired smart speaker lets you stream audio from your Apple devices over an Apple AirPlay connection, and its low latency makes it suitable for watching videos and movies from paired devices. It also has built-in support for Siri voice assistant, and it can hear you clearly even if you're far away or in a noisy environment. You can even mute the microphone if you don't want it to listen to you.
It has a pretty neutral, balanced sound profile that makes it suitable for listening to lots of different audio content. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has an outstanding soundstage performance, so you feel immersed in your favorite music from all angles. You can also use the Apple Home app to pair it with other Apple HomePods to create a stereo pair, amplify music across a large party, or play music in different rooms of your house.
Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present when you play it at max volume. Also, since it's wired-only, it isn't really suitable to bring with you outdoors. However, if you want a versatile home-oriented speaker for listening to audio over Apple AirPlay, it's a solid choice.
If you love listening to music, the best speaker for iPhone that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. This portable Bluetooth speaker can be paired with up to two devices at the same time, making it easy to switch your audio source between your iPhone and your other Apple devices. Thanks to its over 23-hour battery life, it's well-suited to multiple long listening sessions.
Thanks to its neutral, balanced sound profile, it's suitable for listening to lots of different music genres. If you prefer a different sound, you can also customize it using the graphic EQ and presets in the Ultimate Ears app. This stereo speaker has a great soundstage performance, too, and it also gets pretty loud without a lot of compression.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants, even from your paired smartphone, and it doesn't support Apple AirPlay. Also, it's somewhat bulky and heavy, so it isn't as portable as some of the other speakers we've tested. That said, thanks to its built-in carrying strap, you can still carry it with one hand, which is nice.
If you prefer listening to music from your Apple devices over an Apple AirPlay connection, consider the Sonos Five. While it isn't as portable, customizable, or as well-built as the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, it offers low latency over an AirPlay connection. It comes with Sonos TruePlay, which automatically optimizes its audio reproduction based on the unique acoustic characteristics of your room. With this feature turned on, it produces a bright sound profile that makes voices and lead instruments sparkle. Thanks to its thumpy low-bass, it can please fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop, too. If you prefer a different sound, there are bass and treble adjustment features available in the Sonos S2 app. Unfortunately, this wired-only speaker doesn't support Bluetooth pairing, and it can't be used with voice assistants.
If you want a better-built, more customizable, more portable Bluetooth speaker for music, check out the Ultimate Ears. However, if you like listening to music over an AirPlay connection and don't mind the wired-only design, consider the Sonos.
The best speaker for iPhone in the budget range that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This portable Bluetooth speaker has a very versatile overall performance, and you can pair it with up to two Bluetooth devices at the same time. It's incredibly well-built, and it even has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this.
Though it struggles to reproduce low-bass, its balanced mid and treble ranges can reproduce clear, present, and detailed vocals and lead instruments. There's also an 'Outdoor Mode' EQ that's advertised to improve bass reproduction, though we don't test for it. Also, thanks to its 360-degree design, it has an outstanding soundstage performance, so you really feel immersed in your audio from all angles. It even lasts for over twelve hours off of a single charge, so it's well-suited for long listening sessions.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants, so you won't be able to use Siri through the speaker. Also, its latency with iOS devices is a bit too high to be suitable for watching videos, which may be disappointing for some listeners. That said, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.
If you like to customize the way your speaker sounds, consider the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. While it isn't as well-built as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 and it doesn't support multi-device pairing, there's a full graphic EQ in the Soundcore app so you can adjust its sound to your liking. Out-of-the-box, it has a pretty neutral sound profile, though it can also sound a bit dark or dull. Its amazing soundstage performance helps you feel immersed in your favorite audio, and its over eight-hour battery life is suitable for long listening sessions without a recharge. This portable Bluetooth speaker even supports Siri voice assistant through your paired smartphone, though it can struggle to understand you if you're far away from it or in a noisy setting.
If you want a better-built speaker with a longer battery life that supports multi-device pairing, check out the Ultimate Ears. However, if you prefer a more customizable speaker that supports Siri voice assistant from your smartphone, consider the Anker.
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.