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The 7 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

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 105 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

    The Sonos Move is the best portable Bluetooth speaker we've tested. This battery-powered Bluetooth speaker has a built-in handle 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, though the room correction feature is currently only available with iOS devices.

    It has bass and treble adjustments in its companion app that you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It also 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. If you don't care for voice assistants and want a speaker to blast your favorite tunes, you might want to check out the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, which offers better overall sound quality at max volume. It can get louder with less compression present at max volume. It also has a longer-lasting battery life of almost 24 hours, making it better suited for long listening sessions; however, it lacks voice assistant capabilities and isn't as small or portable.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    If you want a more affordable portable Bluetooth speaker, check out the Sony SRS-XG300. It has a nice boombox-like design, with a built-in carrying handle to help you bring it from place to place. Overall, it's small and lightweight, and its materials feel solid. It's rated IP67 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. You can bring it to the pool or the lake without worrying too much about water damage, which is great.

    This speaker offers a versatile performance that makes it suitable for lots of different people. Dialogue in podcasts and audiobooks reproduces with accuracy, and you enjoy clear and detailed representations of instruments in your favorite tunes. There's even a little extra boom in the bass range to bring bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop to life. Unlike the Sonos Move, you won't find a room correction tool, so it sounds a little different depending on the space you're in. However, you can make up for this with its graphic EQ, which lets you customize its sound across the range.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The best portable speaker in the mid-range that we've tested is the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. It's a small, cylindrical Bluetooth speaker that's easy to bring with you on the go, and you can even attach it to your bag with its built-in carrying hook. It comes in many color variants, so you can choose a style that meets your taste. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, which is great if you plan to use your speaker near bodies of water, like a pool, a river, or a lake.

    Given its price, it's not a surprise that this speaker reproduces less low-bass than the Sony SRS-XG300. It's most noticeable with bass-heavy music, like EDM and hip-hop, as you don't feel as much rumble and thump. However, it's not a big deal if you mostly listen to content without a lot of bass mixed in, like dialogue-focused podcasts or classical music. You can also customize its sound based on your preferences, which is nice, using the graphic EQ and presets available in the Ultimate Ears app.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a more affordable portable Bluetooth speaker that offers versatile performance. Whether you want to take it to the park or on your next camping trip, it's a solid pick, thanks to its small and lightweight design. It lasts over fifteen hours off of a single charge, so you don't have to worry about running out of power while you're out and about. If the adventure happens to take you near a body of water, you're in luck—this device is rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning it can be submerged in a meter of water for up to thirty minutes without issue.

    Despite its small and compact size, this speaker packs a punch when it comes to sound quality. Its out-of-the-box performance is great for listening to lots of different music genres as well as podcasts and audiobooks. Voices and lead instruments are clear and present in the mix, and there's a solid amount of bass, too. Of course, as a small speaker, it doesn't bring quite as much rumble as some of the larger picks on our list, and its materials aren't quite as premium as the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. Still, it's a great choice, with many customization features, including a graphic EQ available in the Soundcore companion app.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is the best portable speaker in the budget range that we've tested. This fun speaker comes in many different colors to meet your preferences, and despite its affordable pricing, it offers a versatile performance that can please many types of listeners. It's a lightweight device that's made of recycled plastic, and its built-in strap makes it easy to clip onto your bag when you're out and about. Take it to the park or the pool, and its IP67 rating for dust and water resistance helps to protect the drivers inside from the elements. It can float in water, meaning you can bring the party with you into the pool.

    Given the price, it's not much of a surprise that this speaker doesn't bring any customization features like the Anker Soundcore Motion+. Still, you might not need them, as voices and lead instruments reproduce with clarity right out-of-the-box, and you can even use its Outdoor Mode to make audio sound more crisp when you're out of the house. With a battery life of over 22 hours, the party can carry on into the early hours of the morning, and you won't have to worry about a recharge. Overall, it's a solid option that ranks among the best small Bluetooth speakers we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is an even more affordable choice that's among the best small speakers we've tested. This Bluetooth speaker is small and lightweight, with flashing RGB lights around the rim that you can customize in its companion app. You won't find any hooks or straps to attach it to your bag, but it's still lightweight enough to carry in one hand, with an IPX7 rating to protect it from the elements. Unfortunately, unlike the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, it's not designed to float in water, and the manufacturer warns against dropping it, so you'll have to be a little more careful when outside.

    Still, this speaker has a solid sound quality for the price, making it a suitable choice for listening to most types of music. Also, its companion app has a graphic EQ and presets to switch up its sound, which is a unique feature compared to most other offerings in this price range. The over eight-hour battery life is pretty decent, meaning you can listen throughout your day without issue. However, it isn't quite as impressive as some of the other choices on our list, so you'll have to recharge it regularly. Still, for the price, it's a versatile speaker.

    See our review

  7. Best Portable Speaker For Bass

    The JBL Boombox 3 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that packs a punch in the bass range. It has a sleek boombox-like design, as its name implies, with a built-in handle so you can easily transport this mid-size speaker from room to room. Along the way, you get a deep and rumbling low-bass that brings genres like EDM and hip-hop to life, so you feel the thump in the space around you. Want more bass? You're in luck, as the JBL Portable app comes with a 3-band graphic EQ, making it easy to add more punch with the touch of a button.

    This speaker is quite versatile. It lasts almost 30 hours off of a single charge, so you can listen to your favorite tunes for multiple days in a row without worrying about a recharge. It gets loud, meaning you can shake the room with bass-heavy music. Regardless of what genre you prefer, voices and lead instruments remain clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix, so they aren't overwhelmed by the punch and rumble. You won't find voice assistant capabilities like with the Sonos Move, but if you don't plan to use these tools, you may find it a better value overall. Ultimately, this speaker is a great choice for bass lovers.

    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. It's a viable alternative if you're looking for something more portable with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. However, it struggles to reproduce low-bass, and its battery only lasts around five hours on a single charge, though this can depend on your usage. 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. However, its battery life doesn't last as long as the Sonos Move. It also isn't as well-built. See our review
  • JBL Flip 6: The JBL Flip 6 is a well-built portable Bluetooth speaker with a balanced sound profile, suitable for listening to different audio content. However, it has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, which isn't as immersive. Its battery life also doesn't last as long as the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. See our review
  • Bose SoundLink Flex: The Bose SoundLink Flex is a very well-built portable Bluetooth speaker with a neutral sound profile that floats in water. It has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, which isn't as immersive. It has a much shorter battery life of around seven hours. It also doesn't have a graphic EQ to tweak the sound like the Anker Soundcore Motion+. See our review
  • TREBLAB HD77: The TREBLAB HD77 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with RGB light rings. This stereo speaker features an AUX input to wire your devices to it. However, there's a lot more compression present at max volume than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, so audio quality degrades more as you increase its volume. There isn't a graphic EQ or presets to customize its sound to your liking, like the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. See our review
  • Sony SRS-XB13: The Sony SRS-XB13 is among the best small Bluetooth speakers we've tested, thanks to its compact design and great build quality. It's much smaller than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 and the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 and comes with a removable carrying strap to help transport it. That said, due to its smaller size, it doesn't get quite as loud as the WONDERBOOM 3 and the Flare 2, and it lacks extra features like a graphic EQ to customize its sound. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 13, 2023: Added the Anker Soundcore Motion+ as the 'Best Mid-Range' to accommodate the rise in price for the Sony SRS-XE300.

  2. Dec 16, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  3. Nov 17, 2022: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  4. Oct 21, 2022: Replaced the Sony SRS-XG500 with the JBL BoomBox 3 as the 'Best Portable Speaker For Bass'.

  5. Sep 23, 2022: Replaced the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 with the next generation Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3. Minor updates to the text for consistency and accuracy.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best portable Bluetooth speakers most people can buy, including the best small speakers with Bluetooth connectivity. 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.