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The 5 Best Small Bluetooth Speakers - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best Small Bluetooth Speakers

Love listening to music on the go? A small Bluetooth speaker may be the right choice for you. We already have a list of the best portable Bluetooth speakers we've tested, which includes some heartier, heftier models, many of which come with built-in handles for easier transport. However, this list focuses on smaller and more compact models, including some of the best mini speakers on the market. With a portable design, these speakers easily slide into your pocket or handbag to listen wherever you go; some even weigh less than a pound. Plus, they tend to be more wallet-friendly than larger picks on the market—and improving technologies offer solid sound at a more affordable cost.

We've tested over 130 speakers, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best small speakers with Bluetooth. If you're interested, check out our recommendations for the best-sounding Bluetooth speakers and the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers.

  1. Best Small Bluetooth Speaker

    The Sonos Roam/Roam SL is the best small Bluetooth speaker we've tested. This premium smart speaker boasts a portable design with many cool features to make the most of your listening experience on the go. As with the manufacturer's top-of-the-line models, you can connect the speaker to other Sonos devices to spread audio throughout your home or backyard. The TruePlay room correction feature automatically adjusts the speaker's output based on your room's unique acoustics, and thanks to built-in Alexa and Google Assistant support, you enjoy hands-free control right from the comfort of your couch.

    This speaker comes in lots of different color variants to suit your style. If you aren't interested in voice assistants, you can purchase the SL variant, which comes without a microphone and is slightly more affordable. All models are rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so they're protected against some light exposure to the elements. The manufacturer says they're drop-resistant, too. Weighing in at less than a pound, this feature-packed speaker is lightweight and easy to carry, and it's a great way to enjoy your favorite tunes wherever you go.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Small Bluetooth Speaker

    If you're looking for a small Bluetooth speaker for less, check out the Anker Soundcore Motion 300. This small Bluetooth speaker doesn't have built-in voice assistant support like the Sonos Roam/Roam SL, but it still offers great sound quality at an affordable price. This speaker has a feature called Smart Tune designed to automatically optimize its audio reproduction based on whether you set it on its side, lay it on its back, or hang it off a bag using its detachable strap, which is handy for listening on the go. It's lightweight, portable, and even rated IPX7 for water resistance to protect it against the elements.

    With over eleven hours of playtime, you can listen to your favorite tunes all day. This speaker reproduces voices and lead instruments in the mid-range with accuracy and clarity but has a slightly dull sound out-of-the-box due to its underemphasized treble. Luckily, you can customize it thanks to its graphic EQ and presets in the Soundcore app. It doesn't bring as much low bass as the slightly pricier Bose SoundLink Flex, which fans of EDM and hip-hop may want to check out instead. However, it's less customizable than the Anker since it lacks a graphic EQ, so you don't have as much control over its mid-range.

    See our review

  3. Best Cheap Small Bluetooth Speaker

    Budget-conscious shoppers can look at the Sony SRS-XB100. It's the best mini Bluetooth speaker in the budget range we've tested, and while it doesn't have sound customization tools like the Anker Soundcore Motion 300, it still has a solid sound for the price. Thanks to its small and compact design, this speaker is a great choice for listening to your favorite tunes while on the go. It's lightweight enough to carry in one hand, and its detachable strap makes it easy to clip onto a bag or backpack. Plus, since it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, it can withstand some exposure to the elements when you bring it outside.

    This speaker is the next generation of the Sony SRS-XB13, and it comes with some big improvements in the overall sound. Notably, it can reproduce a more extended low bass, so you notice more thump and rumble in the mix, especially with genres like EDM and hip-hop. Its battery life is longer, too, so you can listen to your favorite tracks for well over 20 hours without interruption. This speaker's bass-heavy sound is ideal for listening to genres like EDM and hip-hop. With a clear reproduction of vocals and other instruments in the mids, it's versatile enough for different types of music, too.

    See our review

  4. More Affordable Small Bluetooth Speaker

    If every penny counts, then the JBL GO 3 is an even more affordable alternative to the top picks on our list. It's another standout mini Bluetooth speaker that's great for listening on the go. Overall, this small and compact speaker is one of the most portable models we've tested, with a lightweight build that's ideal for taking your music with you. It also comes in various colors to match your style, and the built-in hook lets you attach it to a bag or backpack. It's even rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, which is great for the price.

    This speaker doesn't come with as many features as the top picks on our list—there's no voice assistant support, for example—but you may find it's the better value if you're just looking for a simple device to pair with your smartphone. Out-of-the-box, it boasts a pretty clear and detailed sound for the price, making it suitable for everything from music to podcasts. Large controls on the speaker's side make it easy to adjust settings while you're out and about. Plus, its compact size helps it stand out from the crowd, and it's great if you want a speaker to slide into your pocket wherever you go.

    See our review

  5. Best Small Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    Love listening by the pool? The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 is the best small speaker for you. It's a little larger than some of the top picks on our list, but it comes with some added features to ensure your speaker stays protected against the elements while you rock out in your backyard. Notably, it can float in water, making it a great choice for your next day at the lake or the pool. As with many other picks on our list, it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, and it adds an impact rating to ensure it holds up if you drop it while on the move. It has a built-in hook and is available in many colors and styles.

    In addition to its solid build, this speaker offers great sound quality for the price. It has a 360-degree design similar to the Sony SRS-XB100, which is great for parties or larger group settings. Set it in the center of the table, and enjoy a clear sound from all angles. It lasts over 22 hours off a single charge; you don't have to worry about recharging it regularly. However, you won't find voice assistant support like the Sony speaker. Also, this speaker takes up more space than other picks on this list, which isn't ideal for everyone. Still, it's worth considering for days when you want to chill out and listen to tunes by the water.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose SoundLink Micro: The Bose SoundLink Micro is another small Bluetooth speaker with a great build quality that's ideal for listening to music on the go, especially if you love a signature Bose sound. It's not as customizable as the Anker Soundcore Motion 300, though. See our review
  • JBL Clip 4: As its name implies, the JBL Clip 4 is a small Bluetooth speaker with a built-in carabiner hook to attach to your bag. Some may prefer this design over the fabric hooks common with our top picks, though this speaker's battery life isn't quite as impressive as similarly-priced picks like the Sony SRS-XB100. See our review
  • Marshall Willen: The Marshall Willen is the manufacturer's smallest, most portable offering, but it still packs a punch. Like the Anker Soundcore Motion 300, it doesn't reproduce low bass very well, but its directivity isn't as good as the Anker, and this speaker doesn't get as loud. The Marshall is better built and has a longer continuous battery life. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 04, 2024: We've checked all our picks to ensure they're still relevant and in stock but have kept them the same. However, the Marshall Willen has been added as a Notable Mention due to its long continuous battery life and solid build quality.

  2. Mar 07, 2024: Confirmed our product picks, and made some small text updates for clarity.

  3. Jan 12, 2024: We've added a link to the Sonos Roam SL if you're looking for a microphone-free alternative to the original Sonos Roam.

  4. Dec 06, 2023: Replaced the Marshall Willen with the Anker Soundcore Motion 300 as it's more customizable and supports voice assistants.

  5. Oct 11, 2023: Product picks remain the same after confirming their accuracy and availability.

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 portability. 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.