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 70 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, the loudest Bluetooth speakers, and the best waterproof speakers.
The best party speaker that we've tested is the JBL PartyBox 310. This large party speaker has a built-in telescopic handle and wheels, and it's rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't test for this, so you can take it outdoors with you. It also comes with customizable RGB lights and features a 12V DC In port you can use to charge the speaker via your car's lighter port.
With its Bass Boost button set to '1', this speaker has a boomy sound profile that can produce low-bass, so you can feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. It can get incredibly loud, so its sound can easily fill a large crowded room, and it can even get slightly louder while plugged into a power source. It features 'Mic' and 'Mic or Guitar' inputs along with karaoke-related settings, and you can also link the speaker to multiple other units, making it a great speaker to use at parties.
Unfortunately, there are some compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio may not sound as clean during louder listening sessions. It also lacks a graphic EQ and presets, so you can't customize its sound to your liking. That said, 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.
Consider the Sony XP700 if you prefer a more customizable party speaker. While it doesn't produce a bass as low as that of the JBL PartyBox 310, and while it doesn't get as loud, the Sony's companion app features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to customize its sound to your liking. It has a boomy sound profile with its 'MEGA BASS' feature turned on. However, it struggles to produce a thumpy and rumbling low-bass. It's decently built, with an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't test for this. Also, it features a mic/guitar input and is compatible with the Fiestable app, so you can access extra party features of the speaker, though we don't test for this. Unfortunately, while it can still get pretty loud, there's compression present at max volume which may affect the clarity of your audio at louder volume levels.
If you're looking for a party speaker that can produce a more extended low-bass, and that can get louder, go for the JBL. That said, if you prefer a more customizable speaker with a graphic EQ and presets, check out the Sony instead.
The best loud speaker for parties that we've tested is the SOUNDBOKS (Gen. 3). This speaker comes with a removable metal grille that you can switch out for various styles and colors. While it's quite large, it comes with built-in handles on its sides to help with transporting it. It also comes with a removable battery which can last an outstanding 43 hours from a single charge, though battery life can vary depending on usage, so your experience may differ.
It can get incredibly loud and could reach a maximum volume level of 110dB in our tests, so its sound can easily fill a large crowded room. It can produce a pretty extended low-bass, so 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 can be perceived as bright and sparkling, and there's a graphic EQ and presets so you can customize its sound to your liking. It also features two XLR ports, so you can connect different instruments like a guitar, DJ mixer, or microphone to it.
Unfortunately, there's a lot of compression artifacts present at max volume, so your audio may not sound as clean and clear at louder volume levels. It also requires two units to play stereo sound and needs to downmix stereo content to mono when using it on its own, which doesn't sound as immersive. That said, if you're looking for a speaker you can use at parties that can get loud, it's one of the loudest Bluetooth speakers we've tested.
If you're looking for a party 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 and 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 fewer compression artifacts 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 speaker that can produce deeper bass. That said, get the JBL if you prefer a party speaker with a wider and more immersive-sounding soundstage.
The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is the best portable speaker for parties that we've tested. This battery-powered speaker has a built-in carrying strap to help with transporting it. It's well-built with an IPX4 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this, so you can easily take it outdoors with you. It also comes with a room correction feature that adjusts the speaker's sound according to the acoustics of your room.
It has a neutral sound profile with its room correction feature turned on, so it's suitable for listening to a variety of audio content and music genres. However, it struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that fans of bass-heavy music tend to enjoy. Fortunately, there's a graphic EQ and presets featured on its companion app that you can use to customize its sound to better suit your preferences. Also, it can get amazingly loud with little compression present at max volume, resulting in clean audio when listening at louder volume levels.
Unfortunately, this speaker doesn't feature any inputs you can use to plug in external microphones or instruments to it. Unlike other party speakers we've tested, it also doesn't have any RGB lights. That said, it's still a great choice if you're looking for a portable party speaker, and it's even one of the best Bluetooth speakers we've tested.
For a portable party speaker with RGB lights, consider the Sony XG500. While it doesn't get as loud, and its soundstage doesn't sound as natural as that of the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, the Sony has RGB lights around its passive radiators on its sides, which you can customize in its companion app. The Sony features a mic/guitar, which may please some musicians. There's also an AUX input you can use to wire your devices to the speaker. It's also compatible with the Fiestable app, which you can use to access and control extra party features of this speaker, though we don't test for this. With its 'MEGA BASS' feature enabled, it has a somewhat boomy sound profile, though it struggles to reproduce the thump and rumble in low-bass. Fortunately, its companion app features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking.
If you're looking for a portable speaker to use at parties with a good soundstage and that can get loud, get the Ultimate Ears. That said, if having a speaker with customizable RGB lights and a mic/guitar input is more important to you, consider the Sony instead.
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.