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 55 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.
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 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 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 best voice assistant speaker for iPhone that we’ve tested is the Apple HomePod. It’s a wired smart speaker with an excellent built-in Siri voice assistant that can hear you from pretty far away and in noisy environments. It’s Wi-Fi compatible, and its Apple AirPlay feature has a very low latency, which makes it suitable for watching movies and videos.
Its 360-degree design allows it to have an exceptional soundstage with amazing directivity, so your audio sounds clear from all angles. It also has a neutral and balanced sound profile overall, though it struggles to reproduce a thumpy bass. Also, if you have more than one Apple HomePod, you can connect them through its Apple Home app, which can be handy if you want to play audio in multiple rooms at once.
However, though you can turn Siri off with your voice, there isn’t a button to turn its microphone off. It also doesn’t get very loud, has some compression artifacts at max volume, and since it’s wired, it isn't very easy to take it with you outside. That said, the HomePod is still a great choice if you’re an Apple user who enjoys listening to your audio via Apple AirPlay and wants a speaker with amazing voice assistant features.
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 you’re on the move. It's also 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 of 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 like to 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 you prefer listening to music from your Apple devices over an Apple AirPlay connection, check out the Sonos Five. Though it doesn’t support Bluetooth like the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, it has a very low Apple Airplay latency. It has a bright sound profile with its room correction feature turned on, and you can still use its Sonos S2 app to customize the bass and treble to your liking. Its soundstage is good, and it can even play stereo content when placed horizontally. That said, though it can get loud, it has a lot of compression artifacts at max volume, which can affect the clarity of your audio.
If you’re looking for a more portable option that supports Bluetooth and has a more customizable EQ, go for the Ultimate Ears. However, if having a speaker that supports Apple AirPlay is important to you, the Sonos Five is still a solid choice.
The best speaker for iPhone in the budget range that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This well-built portable Bluetooth speaker offers pretty versatile performance, and it even has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It can even last for over 12 hours off of a single charge, so you can enjoy long listening sessions without a recharge.
Out-of-the-box, it has a pretty balanced mid-range that can reproduce vocals and lead instruments clearly, making it a solid choice for listening to vocal-centric content like podcasts and audiobooks. There's even an 'Outdoor Mode' feature that's advertised to help with bass reproduction. Also, thanks to its 360-degree design, it has an incredible soundstage performance, so you feel immersed in your audio from all angles.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support voice assistants, even from your paired smartphone. It also has high latency with iOS devices, though some apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary. However, if you're on a budget, it still offers versatile performance, and its Bluetooth compatibility makes it easy to play music from your paired iPhone.
If customizing your speaker’s sound is important to you, check out the Anker Soundcore Motion+. While its out-of-the-box sound profile isn’t as balanced as that of the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, it’s more customizable thanks to its graphic EQ feature, which makes it easy to adjust its sound to your preference. It's rated IPX7 for water resistance, though we don’t currently test for this, and its small and lightweight design makes it incredibly easy to carry around in your hand so you can take it with you on the go. It also supports Siri through your smartphone, however, it may have trouble understanding your commands, especially in noisy environments. Additionally, though it has a decent soundstage performance, it isn’t as good as that of the WONDERBOOM 2. That said, it has an incredible battery life and can last over 15 hours from a single charge making it a suitable choice for long listening sessions.
If having a speaker that is more customizable and that supports voice assistants is important to you, consider the Anker. However, if you’re looking for something with a more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box and a better soundstage performance, go for the Ultimate Ears.
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.
Mar 11, 2021: Replaced the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 with the Anker Soundcore Motion+. Added the Soundcore Flare 2 and the the Bose Home Speaker 500 to Notable Mentions.
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.