We've currently tested five Ultimate Ears speakers. Ultimate Ears is an American brand that manufactures audio products like speakers, headphones, and earbuds. Their speakers tend to be very well-built and portable, making them well-suited for outdoor use. Also, many are compatible with the Ultimate Ears app, which has some sound customization features like a graphic EQ. Ultimate Ears speakers often don't have voice assistant support or Wi-Fi compatibility. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for the best UE Bluetooth speakers we’ve tested.
The best UE speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. This stereo speaker comes with a room correction feature which Ultimate Ears calls 'Adaptive EQ' that adjusts its sound according to the acoustics of the space it's placed in. With Adaptive EQ turned on, its sound profile is neutral and well-balanced, making it suitable for listening to different types of audio content. It lacks some low-bass, so you can't feel the deep rumble typically present in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. Fortunately, it has a graphic EQ and presets to tweak its sound to your liking.
It gets loud with little compression present at max volume, so you can blast your favorite tunes without degrading the quality of your audio. Though this portable speaker is a bit tall and heavy, it comes with a carrying strap to help transport it. It's also well-built with an IPX4 rating for water resistance that certifies it to withstand small splashes of water, and its long-lasting battery life of almost 24 hours is great for lengthy listening sessions spent outdoors.
If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best UE speaker we've tested in this category. Its mid and treble ranges are well-balanced, meaning vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix. Since it's a 360-degree speaker, you'll perceive its soundstage as open and spacious from all angles. Like most speakers its size, it doesn't get particularly loud. However, there isn't much compression present at max volume, so your audio sounds clean and pure when the volume is maxed out.
This colorful Bluetooth model has a small and lightweight design and comes with a carrying strap, making it easily portable. It's an incredibly well-built option with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and immersible in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. It's even advertised to float in water, making it a great poolside companion. Thanks to its over 12-hour battery life, you can take this stereo speaker with you on the go without charging it too often.
The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is the best Ultimate Ears speaker we've tested with a portable design. It's smaller and lighter than the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, and unlike the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, it comes with a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound to your liking. You can easily carry it in one hand, and there's a small built-in hook on top that lets you attach it to your bag. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It's also advertised to float in water, making it an interesting option for a poolside lounge.
Out-of-the-box, it has a boomy sound profile, with a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. Thanks to its 360-degree design, its soundstage is perceived as wide and spacious from all angles. It can even play stereo content without downmixing it into mono, resulting in a more immersive-sounding soundstage. It can get quite loud, though there are some compression artifacts present at max volume that affect the quality of your audio at louder volumes. Its battery also lasts almost 18 hours, so you don't need to worry about charging it much when you're on the go.
Overall, Ultimate Ears makes speakers that are generally designed for outdoor use. Many of them have IP ratings for water and dust resistance, and they're generally well-built. Many of their speakers are compatible with the Ultimate Ears app, which has sound customization features like a graphic EQ and presets. However, the Ultimate Ears speakers we've tested generally don't support voice assistants, and many aren't compatible with Apple AirPlay or Google Chromecast.
Jul 15, 2022: Restructured article to better reflect user expectations and updated the text for consistency. No changes were made to product picks.
Mar 18, 2022: Verified picks for availability. Minor changes were made to the text for accuracy; no changes to picks.
Nov 18, 2021: Replaced the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST with the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, since the MEGABLAST is currently difficult to find in stock.
Jul 21, 2021: Verified picks for accuracy, and updated text for clarity.
Ultimate Ears offers quite a few speakers for a variety of uses. Generally, they're very well-built and designed for outdoor use, but they don't have voice assistant support. These Bluetooth speakers often have a wide and spacious soundstage. However, they lack some low-bass. Thankfully, quite a few let you customize their sound profiles using the graphic EQ in the Ultimate Ears app.