A good portable Bluetooth speaker can bring your favorite music with you wherever you go. Whether you're looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker to take with you when you're outdoors at the beach, park, backyard, or even in different rooms of your home, there are countless models to choose from that are currently on the market. Ideally, you'll want a speaker with a long-lasting battery life that's well-built with an IP rating for water resistance so it can withstand getting a bit wet when you take it outside. That said, it's important to note that smaller speakers are more likely to struggle to get loud and reproduce a thumpy and rumbling low-bass.
We've tested over 85 speakers, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best portable Bluetooth speakers. If you want to see more options, check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best outdoor speakers.
The Sonos Move is the best portable Bluetooth speaker we've tested. This versatile battery-powered Bluetooth speaker comes with a built-in handle you can use to carry it from room to room. Its long-lasting battery life of over 10 hours makes it great for long listening sessions, though this varies depending on your usage habits. It also comes with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying it to withstand direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours, so you can take it outside without worrying about it getting wet or dirty.
With its room correction feature turned on, it has a fairly well-balanced sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content, and there are bass and treble adjustments in its companion app that you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. Its room correction feature is currently only available with iOS devices. When connected to Wi-Fi, it offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and can easily understand you in noisy settings and when you're far away from the speaker. That said, while it's portable, it isn't as small as the Sonos Roam, which is easier to fit in a backpack. However, if you're looking for a portable speaker to use at home or outdoors, this versatile speaker is still a solid choice.
The best small Bluetooth speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This stereo speaker is small enough to hold in one hand, and there's a handy built-in strap that you can use to attach the speaker to your bag or suspend it from a hook. It's well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. The manufacturer also advertises that it can float in water. It has a fairly balanced sound profile out of the box, suitable for listening to different audio content. There's an 'Outdoor Mode' preset advertised to help bump up its bass. However, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, and there's no graphic EQ to customize its sound to your liking.
Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has excellent directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as natural and open-sounding. Its battery life also lasts up to almost 13 hours from a single charge, making it great for long listening sessions, though this varies depending on your chosen volume levels. If you're looking for a small speaker that offers you more control over its sound profile, the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 comes with a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound. However, it isn't as well-built as the Ultimate Ears and doesn't get as loud.
If you're looking for a portable speaker that's even smaller than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, the Sony SRS-XB13 is the best mini Bluetooth speaker we've tested. It's small and lightweight, so you can easily fit it in your hand or bag when you're on the go. There's a carrying strap you can use to attach the speaker to your backpack or hang it from a hook. It also has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about accidentally dropping it in a pool of water when bringing it outside with you.
It has a somewhat boomy sound profile and a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments reproduce accurately and with detail in the mix. It has outstanding directivity, resulting in a wide and spacious-sounding soundstage. Also, while it doesn't get loud enough to fill a large area, it's still loud enough to use in small rooms like your bedroom. There also isn't a lot of compression present at max volume, so audio quality doesn't degrade much as you increase the speaker's volume. That said, it doesn't come with any sound customization features like a graphic EQ. If you prefer having more control over your speaker's sound, the Anker Soundcore 3 comes with a graphic EQ and EQ presets to tweak its sound to your liking. However, its sound profile isn't as balanced as that of the Sony out-of-the-box.
The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is the best portable speaker that can get loud we've tested. While it isn't as small or as versatile as the Sonos Move, this stereo speaker can get louder with significantly less compression present at max volume, so you can blast your favorite music without compromising some of its audio quality during loud listening sessions. It also gives you more control over its sound profile thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its Ultimate Ears companion app, and its 'Adaptive EQ' room correction feature is available with both iOS and Android devices.
With 'Adaptive EQ' enabled, its sound profile is balanced and suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. It has a built-in carrying strap to help easily transport it, and the speaker is rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to withstand small splashes of water, like light rain. Its battery life of almost 24 hours also makes it great for multiple long listening sessions spent outdoors. That said, while it's portable, it's too large and bulky to fit in your backpack. However, if you don't mind its size and don't care for built-in voice assistants, this loud Bluetooth speaker's balanced and customizable sound profile makes it a great choice for music lovers.
If you like listening to music by the pool, or singing along to your favorite songs in the shower, the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is the best portable waterproof speaker we've tested. This small, lightweight speaker comes with a small built-in carrying strap you can use to suspend it from your shower caddy or attach it to your bag. It comes with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, which certifies it to be fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, and the manufacturer even advertises that it can float in water, making it a great shower or poolside companion.
Thanks to its 360-degree design, this stereo speaker has a fantastic soundstage that's perceived as spacious and immersive. With its 'Standard' preset, its sound profile is boomy overall with a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. If you like having more control over your speaker's sound, there's also a graphic EQ and presets in its companion app, which you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It also produces an extended low-bass and has a long-lasting battery life of over 17 hours, making it great for long listening sessions.
If you're looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker that can produce a powerful bass, the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 delivers the most extended low-bass out of the portable speakers we've tested. With its 'Optimal' preset enabled, it has a balanced sound profile suitable for listening to different music genres. There's some overemphasis in the bass range that adds extra boom and warmth to the mix. Its mid-range is also balanced, so vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix. That said, while it still produces a good amount of bass for its size, it still struggles to reproduce the deep rumble typically present in bass-heavy music.
You can customize its sound profile using the EQ presets and 'Beosonic' sound customization feature in its companion app. This stereo speaker also offers a wide and immersive-sounding soundstage. It's battery-powered, lightweight, and comes with a removable carrying handle to help you bring your favorite music along with you on the go. The top of the speaker also acts as a wireless charging pad, which you can use to charge Qi-compatible devices like your phone or earbud case. That said, the speaker's battery only lasts up to almost 6 hours, and using the charging pad can further shorten its battery life.
Jun 10, 2022: Restructured article to better align with user needs and expectations. Added the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 as the 'Best Portable Speaker For Bass' and the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 as the 'Best Portable Waterproof Speaker'.
May 13, 2022: Made the Sonos Move the 'Best Versatile Portable Bluetooth Speaker', the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM the 'Best Portable Loud Speaker', and the Anker Soundcore 3 the 'Best Customizable Mini Speaker'. Updated the text for consistency.
Apr 14, 2022: Moved the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 to the Notable Mentions, and updated the text for clarity.
Mar 17, 2022: Updated text for clarity; no changes to product picks.
Feb 17, 2022: Added the JBL Flip 6 and TREBLAB HD77 to the Notable Mentions. Text was updated for consistency.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best portable Bluetooth speakers most people can 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 Bluetooth speaker reviews sorted by their outdoor performance. 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.