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 75 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. That said, some apps compensate for latency differently, and your experience may differ.
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 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 comes with Siri built-in and is excellent at registering your commands from far away, though it may have 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. That said, if you're looking for a speaker that offers good built-in voice assistant support via Siri, it would make a great addition to your Apple ecosystem.
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, meaning it's certified to be protected from small splashes of water. 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. Unlike the Sonos Five, 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.
The best budget speaker we've tested for iPhone is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This small speaker is incredibly portable and remarkably built. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so it's certified to be fully dust-tight and submersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.
Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has amazing directivity, meaning its soundstage is perceived as wide and spacious. Like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. That said, it comes with an 'Outdoor Mode' preset that's advertised to help with bass reproduction. While it can't get very loud, there are few compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio sounds mostly clean 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. However, if you're looking for a small portable speaker you can connect your iPhone to and are on a budget, 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, it's compatible with the Soundcore app that features a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound to your liking. Its soundstage is perceived 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. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Apple AirPlay which may disappoint some users. While it supports voice assistants through your smartphone, it struggles to register your commands from far and in noisier settings. Like most speakers its size, it also lacks a thumpy and rumbling low-bass.
If you prefer a louder speaker that's better-built, go for the Ultimate Ears. That said, if having a more customizable speaker that supports voice assistants is more important to you, consider the Anker instead.
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.
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.
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.