If you're looking for a speaker to use at your next party, it's important to have a speaker that can get loud enough to fill large, crowded spaces. Speakers designed for parties are often large and heavy since they tend to reproduce deeper and thumpier low-basses than smaller speakers. They also often come with RGB lights and inputs to connect them to external microphones and instruments. If you're looking for something you can use at an outdoor party, being battery-powered is a must, so you're not limited by power outlets when placing it. It's also good if it has an IP rating for water resistance to survive splashes and light rain.
We've tested over 75 speakers, and below are our recommendations for the best speakers for parties that we've tested. See also our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best Bluetooth speakers for bass, and the loudest Bluetooth speakers.
The JBL PartyBox 310 is the best party speaker that we've tested. It has distinctive, customizable RGB lights and features a 12V DC In port, so you can charge the speaker via your car's lighter port. It comes with a built-in telescopic handle and wheels to help transport it and is rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be protected from small splashes of water.
It can get loud enough to fill a large crowded room, and it can get even louder when connected to a power source. It has a boomy sound profile with its Bass Boost button set to '1' and can produce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that's typically present in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. You can also connect this speaker to other compatible units when you want your audio to cover larger spaces, helpful for parties. It even comes with 'Mic', 'Mic or Guitar' inputs, and karaoke-related settings.
Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a graphic EQ or presets, so you can't adjust its sound to better suit your preferences. There's also some compression present at max volume, so your audio may not sound as clean at louder volumes. However, if you're looking for a party speaker to use at your next party, this one's the best Bluetooth party speaker we've tested.
If you're looking for a more customizable speaker to use at parties, check out the sony XP700. While it doesn't get as loud as the JBL PartyBox 310, and while it doesn't produce as extended a low-bass, the Sony features a graphic EQ and EQ presets in its companion app, meaning you can tweak its sound to better suit your preferences. With its 'MEGA BASS' feature enabled, it has a boomy sound profile, though it struggles to produce a thumpy and rumbling low-bass which may disappoint some fans of bass-heavy music. It's compatible with the Fiestable app, which is advertised to let you access and control extra party features of this speaker and even comes with mic and mic/guitar inputs. Unfortunately, while it can get pretty loud, there's some compression present at max volume, so your audio may not sound as clean at louder volumes.
Get the JBL if you prefer a party speaker that can get louder and produce a more extended low-bass. However, if having a speaker with a more customizable sound profile is more important, consider the Sony.
The best tailgate speaker for parties we've tested is the SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3). This speaker comes with a removable metal grille you can switch out for various styles and colors and has built-in handles to help transport it. It also comes with a removable battery which can last an outstanding 43 hours from a single charge, though this can vary depending on your usage.
It can get incredibly loud, and its sound can easily fill large crowded spaces. It can produce a pretty extended low-bass, meaning you can feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. It can also produce a high-treble that may be perceived as bright and sparkling, and there's a graphic EQ and presets so you can tweak its sound. Also, it features two XLR ports, so you can connect different instruments like a guitar, DJ mixer, or microphone to it, which may please musicians and karaoke lovers. While it doesn't have an IP rating, the manufacturer claims its internal components are coated to comply with an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance, so it should withstand some spills.
Unfortunately, there are many compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio may not sound as clean and clear at louder volume levels. It requires two units to play stereo sound and needs to downmix stereo content to mono when using it on its own. That said, if you're looking for a speaker you can use at a tailgate party, it's still a great choice.
If you're looking for a tailgate speaker with a better soundstage performance, consider the JBL PartyBox 100. While it doesn't get as loud as the SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3) and isn't as customizable, the JBL has a wider, more open-sounding soundstage and can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. This party speaker has RGB lights, a mic, and guitar inputs, making it great for parties. It also has built-in carrying handles and is smaller, making it more portable. While it can't get as loud as the SOUNDBOKS, it has significantly less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner and clearer-sounding audio when listening at louder volumes. It can also be paired to two devices at once, which is helpful when you need to switch between audio sources.
Consider the SOUNDBOKS if you're looking for an incredibly loud tailgate speaker that can produce deeper bass. That said, get the JBL if you prefer a speaker with a wider and more immersive-sounding soundstage, as it's still one of the best tailgate speakers.
The best portable speaker for parties that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. It has a built-in carrying strap to help with transporting it when you're on the go. It's also rated IPX4 for water resistance, so it's certified to be protected from small splashes of water.
It comes with an Adaptive EQ room correction feature that adjusts its sound according to the acoustics of your room. With this feature enabled, it offers a neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. It struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. Fortunately, there's a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. This speaker can also get pretty loud with little compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean during louder listening sessions.
Unfortunately, unlike other party speakers we've tested, it doesn't come with any RGB lights and doesn't have any inputs to connect external microphones or instruments to it. That said, if you're looking for a portable speaker you can use at parties, it's still a solid choice. It's even one of the best Bluetooth speakers we've tested.
Check out the Sony XG500 If you prefer a portable speaker with RGB lights. While it doesn't get as loud as the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, and while its soundstage doesn't sound as open and wide, the Sony comes with customizable RGB lights surrounding its passive radiators. It has a somewhat boomy sound profile with its 'MEGA BASS' feature enabled, though it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music. Fortunately, there's a graphic EQ and presets in its companion app to tweak its sound to your liking. You can connect it to an external mic or guitar, thanks to its mic/guitar input. It's also compatible with the Fiestable app, which you can use to access extra party features of this speaker.
Get the Ultimate Ears if you're looking for a portable speaker that can get louder and that has a better soundstage performance. However, check out the Sony if you prefer a speaker with customizable RGB lights and with a mic/guitar input.
Oct 14, 2021: Verified picks for accuracy, and updated text for clarity.
Sep 23, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Sep 02, 2021: Confirmed the picks are still available and are still the best recommendations for our users.
Aug 13, 2021: Verified text accuracy and product availability. There have been no changes in our recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best speakers for parties 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 see more products, here's the list of all our speaker reviews, filtered by maximum volume. 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.