Your browser is not supported or outdated so some features of the site might not be available.

The 6 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers - Winter 2022 Reviews

Updated
Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers
81 Speakers Tested
  • Store-bought speakers; no cherry-picked units
  • Easily comparable results
  • No ads; unbiased reviews
  • Supported directly by you via insider access and when you purchase through our affiliate links
Learn more about our approach to product reviews here.

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 speakers 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 that 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 low-bass.

We've tested over 75 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.


  1. Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker: Sonos Move

    7.0
    Music
    6.5
    Videos/Movies
    8.2
    Podcasts
    8.6
    Voice Assistant
    7.7
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    Yes
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best portable Bluetooth speaker we've tested is the Sonos Move. It has a handle that's built-in to help you bring it with you from room to room, and it comes with Google Assistant and Alexa built-in, who have no trouble registering your commands from far away and in noisy environments. Its battery also lasted over 10 hours from a single charge in our tests, making it suitable for long listening sessions, though this can vary depending on your usage.

    Its sound profile is well-balanced, making it suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. There are also bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app to customize its sound profile to your liking. It's well-built with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance. This certifies it to be protected from direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours, meaning you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet when taking it outdoors with you.

    Unfortunately, while it can get loud, there's a lot of compression present at max volume that can affect audio quality at louder volume levels. Also, while it's portable, it isn't as small as the Sonos Roam and may not fit in your backpack. That said, if you're looking for a portable speaker to use at home or bring along with you outdoors, this versatile speaker is a great choice.

    See our review

  2. Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker For Music: Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM

    7.5
    Music
    6.9
    Videos/Movies
    8.0
    Podcasts
    3.0
    Voice Assistant
    8.1
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best portable speaker for music we've tested is the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. This stereo speaker is pretty big with a built-in carrying handle to help transport it. It can also get outstandingly loud, and there are few compression artifacts present at max volume, resulting in clean and clear audio during louder listening sessions.

    It features an Adaptive EQ room correction feature which adjusts its sound according to the acoustics of the room it's placed in. With it enabled, it has a balanced and neutral sound profile overall, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. However, it lacks some low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. Fortunately, you can tweak its sound to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app.

    That said, while this speaker is portable, it's large and bulky and isn't practical if you're looking for something to throw in your backpack when you're on the go. However, if you don't mind its size, this loud stereo speaker's balanced and customizable sound profile makes it a great choice if you're looking for a good portable speaker for music.

    See our review

  3. Smaller Alternative: Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3

    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you're looking for a smaller, more portable option, consider the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. While it can't produce bass as deep as that of the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, it's small enough to fit in your hand and can easily fit in your backpack when you're on the go. With its 'Standard' preset enabled, it has a boomy sound profile with a balanced mid-range, meaning vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. Its companion app features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound. It also has amazing directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as wide and open. There's some compression present at max volume that can affect the clarity of your audio during louder listening sessions.

    If you're looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker for music that can get louder and has a more extended low-bass, get the HYPERBOOM. For something smaller that's easier to carry with you when you're out and about, with a wider-sounding soundstage, consider the MEGABOOM 3 instead.

    See our review

  4. Best Small Bluetooth Speaker: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

    6.8
    Music
    6.1
    Videos/Movies
    8.0
    Podcasts
    3.2
    Voice Assistant
    7.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best small speaker we've tested. You can easily hold it in your hand or attach it to your bag when you're on the go, thanks to its small built-in carrying strap. It has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in water for 30 minutes and is even advertised to be able to float in water, making it a great poolside companion.

    It has a balanced overall sound profile that's suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content, though like most small speakers, it lacks a thumpy low-bass. That said, it comes with an 'Outdoor Mode' that's advertised to help bump up its bass. Thanks to its 360-degree design, this small stereo speaker has excellent directivity, resulting in a wide and natural-sounding soundstage. Also, its long-lasting battery life of almost 13 hours makes it great for long listening sessions.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and unlike other Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested, it isn't compatible with the Ultimate Ears app that comes with more robust sound customization features like a graphic EQ, so you can't tweak the speaker's sound to your liking. Still, it's a solid choice if you're looking for a small, portable speaker to bring your favorite tunes with you wherever you go.

    See our review

  5. Best Mini Bluetooth Speaker: Sony SRS-XB13

    6.2
    Music
    5.9
    Videos/Movies
    7.2
    Podcasts
    4.1
    Voice Assistant
    6.9
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The Sony SRS-XB13 is the best mini Bluetooth speaker we've tested. It's small, lightweight, and comes with a carrying strap, so you can easily take it with you when you're on the go. It's also sturdily built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about it getting wet when you're outdoors.

    This speaker has a somewhat boomy sound profile that adds a bit of extra bass to the mix and has a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound present and clear. It also has outstanding directivity, resulting in a natural and spacious-sounding soundstage. Also, while it doesn't get very loud, there's little compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean at louder volumes.

    Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. It also doesn't come with a graphic EQ or presets to tweak its sound profile. That said, if you're looking for a mini portable Bluetooth speaker you can easily take along with you when you're out and about, it's still a great choice.

    See our review

  6. Customizable Alternative: Anker Soundcore 3

    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you're looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker that gives you more control over its sound profile, consider the Anker Soundcore 3. While its sound profile isn't as balanced as that of the Sony SRS-XB13 out-of-the-box, its Soundcore companion app features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to customize its sound to your liking. This portable speaker is decently built with a removable carrying strap to help transport it. It also has a long-lasting battery life lasting over 13 hours from a single charge, though this can vary depending on your usage. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present at max volume.

    Get the Sony if you're looking for a compact Bluetooth speaker with a wide and spacious-sounding soundstage. If you prefer a speaker with a graphic EQ and presets, check out the Anker instead.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sonos Roam: The Sonos Roam is a small, portable Bluetooth speaker that's a smaller, more compact version of the Sonos Move and is a viable alternative if you're looking for something more portable. It comes with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. That said, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, and its battery only lasts around five hours from a single charge, though this can depend on your usage. See our review
  • Sony XG500: The Sony XG500 is a well-built portable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in carrying handle to help transport it. It comes with party features, including RGB lights and a mic/guitar input. That said, it's still quite large and heavy and doesn't get as loud as the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. See our review
  • Bose Portable Smart Speaker: The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a carrying handle and Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. That said, its battery life doesn't last as long as that of the Sonos Move, and it isn't as well-built. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Flare 2: The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a cylindrical design and multi-colored lights. This small speaker comes with a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound. That said, like most small speakers, it struggles to reproduce low-bass. It also isn't as well-built as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. See our review
  • Anker Soundcore Motion+: The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a balanced mid-range, meaning vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. It also comes with a graphic EQ and presets to tweak its sound. That said, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, and its soundstage is perceived as narrow and directional. See our review
  • Bose SoundLink Color II: The Bose SoundLink Color II is a compact Bluetooth speaker that's incredibly portable. It can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, though its soundstage sounds narrow and directional. It also isn't as well-built as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM. See our review
  • Bose SoundLink Flex: The Bose SoundLink Flex is a very well-built portable Bluetooth speaker with a neutral sound profile. That said, its battery only lasts around seven hours from a single charge, though this can vary depending on your usage habits. See our review
  • JBL Clip 4: The JBL Clip 4 is a compact Bluetooth speaker with a built-in carabiner hook you can use to clip it to your bag. However, its boomy sound profile can sound a bit muddy. It also doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present at max volume. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 06, 2022: Checked text for accuracy and verified product availability. No changes were made to recommendations.

  2. Dec 16, 2021: Minor updates to the text for accuracy; no changes in product picks.

All Reviews

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.

Discussions