Your browser is not supported or outdated so some features of the site might not be available.
101
Speakers store-bought and tested, supported by you via insider access, and when you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Driven by data, run by a passionate team of engineers, testers, technical writers, developers, and more. We are hiring!

The 7 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers - Fall 2022 Reviews

Updated
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 100 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 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, though the room correction feature is currently only available with iOS devices.

    The Sonos 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 just 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

    The Sony SRS-XG300 is the best upper mid-range speaker we've tested with a portable design. It's a smaller and lighter version of the Sony SRS-XG500 with a built-in retractable handle to help you transport it. It's better built than the Sonos Move, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It means you can take it outdoors or to the pool with you without worrying about it getting a bit wet. Although it supports voice assistants through your smartphone, it doesn't have any built-in, like the Sonos. Its battery also doesn't last as long as the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, and its sound quality isn't as clean and clear when you max out the volume.

    With its 'MEGA BASS' preset enabled, this stereo speaker has a boomy sound profile overall that adds extra warmth and boom to the mix, though it doesn't produce a bass that's quite as deep as the Move. It has a fairly balanced mid-range, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. That said, higher-pitched vocals and instruments sound a bit dull and veiled at times. Fortunately, you can customize its sound to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets in its companion app. It's also compatible with Sony's 'Fiestable' app, which lets you access extra party features of the speaker.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The best mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. This lightweight speaker is smaller than the Sony SRS-XG300 and comes with a small built-in carrying strap you can use to suspend it from a hook or to attach it to your backpack. It has 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. The manufacturer even advertises that it can float in water, making it great if you like listening to music by the pool or singing along to your favorite songs in the shower.

    Thanks to its 360-degree design, this stereo speaker has a fantastic soundstage that you'll perceive 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 has a long-lasting battery life of over 17 hours, making it great for long listening sessions. That said, it doesn't produce an as extended low-bass as the XG300 and doesn't support voice assistants like the Sonos Move.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The Sony SRS-XE300 is the best lower mid-range portable Bluetooth speaker we've tested. This stereo speaker is small and lightweight enough to easily hold in one hand, move from room to room, or throw in your backpack when you're on the go. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, which certifies it to be dust tight and immersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't need to worry about accidentally dropping it in a pool of water. With its default settings enabled, it has a boomy overall sound profile that adds extra punch and boom to the mix. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though they sound a bit dull and veiled at times. Fortunately, you can customize its sound profile to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ featured in its companion app. You can also use its 'Fiestable' app to access the speaker's extra sound effects.

    Although its soundstage isn't as spacious and open-sounding as the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, its slightly larger size allows it to produce a more extended low-bass and lets it get a bit louder. However, it has a lot more compression present at max volume, so audio quality doesn't sound as clean and clear when you blast your music at the loudest volume setting. If you're looking for a Bluetooth speaker that is even more portable within the same price range, check out the Marshall Emberton II. It's smaller with a wider-sounding soundstage. However, it doesn't produce bass as deep as the Sony and doesn't come with a graphic EQ.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The best lower-mid-range Bluetooth speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3. This stereo speaker is smaller than the Sony SRS-XE300 and comes with a handy built-in strap that you can use to attach the speaker to your bag or suspend it from a hook. Its sturdy build makes it one of the best small Bluetooth speakers we've tested, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It certifies it to be fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. Like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, the manufacturer advertises that it can float in water, so you can float your favorite songs around with you next time you relax by the pool.

    Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has excellent directivity, so you'll perceive its soundstage as more natural and open-sounding than the Sony XE300. Its battery life of over 22 hours is fantastic for longer listening sessions, though this varies depending on your chosen volume levels. It has a balanced sound profile out of the box, is suitable for listening to different audio content, and there's an 'Outdoor Mode' preset you can enable for a slightly louder and crisper sound when you're outside. However, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, and unlike the Sony, there's no graphic EQ to customize its sound to your liking.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    If you're looking for a more budget-friendly portable Bluetooth speaker, check out the Anker Soundcore Flare 2. This small speaker has a balanced sound profile with its BassUp feature enabled, making it great for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though higher-pitched voices and instruments sound dull at times. While its 8-hour battery life doesn't last nearly as long as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3, you can customize its sound profile to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app, and it produces a deeper bass too. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it also offers a wide and open-sounding soundstage so you can hear your audio clearly from all angles.

    While it isn't floatable like the WONDERBOOM 3, it's still rated IPX7 for water resistance, so you don't have to worry about getting it a bit wet or dropping it in a pool of water when taking it outdoors with you. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone. If you're looking for an even cheaper option, the Anker Soundcore 2 is a smaller, well-built speaker with a balanced mid-range that's suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. That said, it doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Flare 2 and doesn't come with sound customization features. If you can afford to stretch your budget for the Flare 2, you'll get a lot more bang for your buck, with a deeper bass in your audio, a graphic EQ, and a wider soundstage. However, if it's out of your price range, the Soundcore 2 is still a good choice.

    See our review

  7. Best Portable Speaker For Bass

    The best portable speaker for bass is the Sony SRS-XG500. While it can produce bass as deep as the Sonos Move, this feature-packed portable party speaker offers a boomier sound profile that adds extra boom and punch with its 'MEGA BASS' feature enabled. You have control over its sound profile thanks to the graphic EQ and presets in its companion app, meaning you can adjust its sound to your liking. It comes with a built-in carrying handle so you can bring the party with you wherever you go, and its battery lasts up to almost 26 hours from a single charge, so you don't need to recharge it too frequently. It's also rated IP66 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and protected against direct contact with water for up to three minutes, so you don't need to worry about it getting a bit wet or dusty while outdoors. It doesn't support voice assistants like the Sonos, and its soundstage isn't as wide and spacious-sounding.

    Unlike the smaller Sony SRS-XG300, this portable speaker comes with a mic/guitar input which is great for karaoke lovers and musicians. It's also compatible with Sony's 'Fiestable' app, which you can use to access extra party features of this speaker. If you're looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker that can produce an even more extended low-bass, you might want to consider the Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20. That said, its battery life doesn't last nearly as long as the Sony speaker, and it doesn't come with additional party features or offer as much value for its price.

    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 from 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. While it's smaller than the Sony SRS-XE300, 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 its sound like the Sony. See our review
  • TREBLAB HD77: The TREBLAB HD77 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with RGB light rings. This stereo speaker features an AUX input you can use 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. 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.

  2. Aug 25, 2022: Added the Sony SRS-XG300 as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Portable Bluetooth Speaker' and the Sony SRS-XE300 as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Portable Bluetooth Speaker'. Moved the Sony SRS-XB13 to the Notable Mentions.

  3. Jul 25, 2022: Recategorized picks to better reflect how users are searching for speakers. Made the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 the 'Best Mid-Range Portable Bluetooth Speaker', the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Portable Bluetooth Speaker', the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 the 'Best Budget Portable Bluetooth Speaker', and the Sony SRS-XB13 the 'Best Small Bluetooth Speaker'. Also added the Sony SRS-XG500 as the 'Best Portable Speaker For Bass'.

  4. 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'.

  5. 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.

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