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The 6 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

A good portable Bluetooth speaker can bring your favorite music wherever you go. Whether you're looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker to take with you when you're outdoors in your backyard, at the beach or park, 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 well-built speaker with a long-lasting battery life and an IP rating for water resistance to withstand getting 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 130 speakers, and below are our recommendations for the best portable speakers. For more options, check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best-sounding Bluetooth speakers, or the best small Bluetooth speakers.

  1. Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The JBL Boombox 3 is the best portable Bluetooth speaker we've tested. This mid-size speaker is a little larger than the other picks on our list, but it's a fair trade-off for you if you want the best possible sound. Thanks to its heftier build, this speaker reproduces a deeper and more extended low bass, so you really feel the rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. The rest of the range is quite balanced, so you get clear and accurate voices and instruments in the mix. Plus, its 3-band graphic EQ lets you customize its sound.

    Thanks to its built-in handle, this speaker can easily move from room to room. It's even rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so you can take it outside. This speaker also gets louder than many of the smaller picks on our list, and with an almost 30-hour battery life, it easily lasts through long days on the go. Music lovers and audiophiles alike will want to look at this stand-out speaker, but if you're looking for something smaller and more lightweight, keep scrolling to check out some of the more wallet-friendly picks on our list.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM is another portable Bluetooth speaker that is offered at a more affordable price. Thanks to its relatively portable design, this device is suitable for listening at home or while out and about. It's a little on the heavier side, but its built-in strap helps you transport it wherever you go. Plus, it's sturdy, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance to protect it against the elements, and you can get it in either black or white color variants.

    As for the sound, this speaker has many features to make the most of your listening experience. Its Adaptive EQ feature automatically adjusts the device's sound to your room's unique acoustics, which is a nice touch, and its graphic EQ and presets let you perform some manual tuning. However, compared to the more premium JBL Boombox 3, it doesn't reproduce as much low bass. Its 7.8-hour battery life isn't quite as impressive and may be limiting for longer days outside. Still, it's worth a look if you want a speaker with a great sound for less.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is an even more affordable option that's smaller and more lightweight than our top picks. This cylindrical Bluetooth speaker is easy to take on the go, and you can even attach it to your bag with its built-in carrying hook. If you want to use your speaker at the pool or the lake, it's a great choice since it floats in water and boasts an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It also comes in many color variants, so you can find one that best matches your style.

    Given its smaller size, it's unsurprising that this speaker's low-frequency extension is less impressive than that of the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM. You'll notice less low bass in the mix, but it's still well suited for most dialogue or instrument-focused content, like podcasts or folk and pop music. Plus, its companion app has a lot of customization options to make the most of its sound, including a graphic EQ and presets. It has a small design and great sound, so it's worth checking out, especially if you want to spend less on your next speaker.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is the best portable speaker we've tested in the budget range. This speaker offers great sound quality for the price, with a small and lightweight design that's ideal for listening on the go. Since it can float in water, it's also great to use at the pool, and its IP67 rating for dust and water resistance keeps it safe when exposed to the elements. Environmentally conscious shoppers will appreciate that this speaker is made of recycled plastic. Since it's available in many different colors, you can easily pick a model that suits your style.

    As for the sound, this speaker's clear and accurate reproduction of voices and other lead instruments makes it a great choice for listening to lots of different genres. Its Outdoor Mode makes audio clearer and crisper when you listen in larger, more open spaces like your backyard. That said, it has fewer sound customization features than more premium speakers like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. If you want a budget-friendly speaker with a graphic EQ and presets to switch up your sound, check out the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. While its battery life doesn't last as long as the Ultimate Ears, the Anker is still a solid option if you want more control over the mix.

    See our review

  5. Best Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The Sony SRS-XB100 is an incredibly small speaker—in fact, it's one of the smallest we've tested. This portable Bluetooth speaker is lightweight enough to bring with you wherever you go, and its included strap makes it easy to attach to your bag or wrist. Plus, it boasts an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, and it can float in water, which is great if you want to take it to the pool. It's also available in a few different colors to fit your style.

    This speaker's size means its sound quality isn't quite as impressive as our top picks, but that might be a fair trade-off if you want something small and portable. It's still suitable for listening to most music genres, albeit with less rumble in the low bass with genres like EDM. Unlike the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, it has to downmix stereo content into mono to play it back, which isn't ideal for music lovers. Still, for its size, it does a solid job. You can even check out our recommendations for the best small Bluetooth speakers if you want to look at similar options.

    See our review

  6. Best Smart Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    Want hands-free control of your speaker? Check out the Sonos Roam/Roam SL. It's a portable smart speaker with built-in Alexa and Google Assistant. The pocket-friendly Roam is designed for days on the go, as it's easy to slip into a bag or backpack to take around with you. Plus, it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and it floats in water, so it's protected a bit against the elements. You can opt for the SL variant if you aren't interested in voice assistant support.

    This speaker is also a great addition to your existing Sonos ecosystem at home since you can pair it up with compatible devices to spread audio throughout the room. It's especially useful since the smaller Roam doesn't get as loud as some of the larger speakers on our list, and pairing it with another device can help. If you want a bigger portable smart speaker that gets louder, you can always check out the Sonos Move 2. However, its larger size means it takes up more space in your bag when transporting, and the speaker weighs more, which isn't ideal for everyone.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose Portable Smart Speaker: The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is larger and heavier than the Sonos Roam/Roam SL, but it's worth a look if you want a portable smart speaker with better sound. The Bose gets louder and brings more rumble in the bass, but it doesn't have room correction like the Sonos. See our review
  • JBL Flip 6: The JBL Flip 6 is another portable Bluetooth speaker that's a good alternative to the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 if you're willing to pay slightly more. Its graphic EQ lets you customize its sound to your liking. However, its battery life isn't as impressive as the Ultimate Ears'. See our review
  • Bose SoundLink Flex: The Bose SoundLink Flex is a well-built portable Bluetooth speaker that's great for those who love the manufacturer's signature sound. It has fewer customization tools than similarly priced speakers like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Plus: The Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Plus is a portable speaker with a great, intuitive control scheme. It's a good alternative to the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 if you need more volume to soundtrack your next backyard BBQ. The Anker also has voice assistant integration, but it's not as well-built and has a shorter continuous battery life. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XG500: The Sony SRS-XG500 is a sturdy portable speaker that can get loud enough to soundtrack parties and outdoor occasions. While it's not as well-built as the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM and has worse directivity, it can get louder and has a more impressive battery life of just under 26 hours on a single charge. See our review
  • Brane X: The Brane X is a portable smart speaker that's ideal for those who want a lot of low-end in a portable package. This lunchbox-size speaker has a better bass extension than the Sonos Roam/Roam SL and can get louder. However, it's not as portable, and it's quite a bit more expensive. It does come with smart features, like Wi-Fi and Alexa integration. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 21, 2024: We've checked our picks and have made no changes. However, we've added the Brane X speaker as a Notable Mention due to its powerful bass and high output for its relatively small size.

  2. Apr 22, 2024: We've checked this article to ensure all our picks are in stock and up to date. We've also added a mention of the Brane X, which we've almost finished testing.

  3. Mar 25, 2024: We've checked to ensure all our picks are still relevant and in stock. We've also added the Sony SRS-XG500 as a Notable Mention due to its superior battery life performance compared to the Ultimate Ears EPICBOOM.

  4. Feb 26, 2024: We've checked all our picks to ensure they're still in stock and have added the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom Plus as a Notable Mention.

  5. Feb 02, 2024: We've made some text edits for clarity and consistency, but our pick remain the same.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth speakers for portability. 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.