10 Best Bluetooth speakers: portable speakers for every budget

Whether you need a portable option or plan to stay in one place, are looking for daisy chaining or a boombox, find the wireless/ Bluetooth speaker for you.

Why settle for less when you can get the best?

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The best Bluetooth speakers make it easy to enjoy this summer months, even if you’re simply spending most of your outdoor time in the backyard or on the patio. These wireless speakers pack rich sound into highly portable designs, often complete with rich feature sets for jamming out while outdoors.

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And even if you enjoy most of your music inside, the best Bluetooth speakers make a great addition to any audio setup. They offer a huge upgrade from your phone’s tinny built-in speakers, and range in price from premium high-end models to great speakers that cost less than $50. 

What is the best Bluetooth speaker?

We think the best Bluetooth speaker of all the models we’ve tested is the UE Megaboom 3. It lands in the sweet spot of offering nearly everything you’d want out of a Bluetooth speaker at a reasonable price point. The Megaboom 3 sounds great when playing all genres of music, offers an impressive 20 hours of playback and is sturdy enough to face the elements outdoors. It’ll even survive an accidental drop in the pool. 

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If money is no object, the massive, $399 Sonos Move has the most features of any Bluetooth speaker we’ve tested. Its booming sound and clever carrying grip make it the ultimate home audio companion, while its Google Assistant and Alexa capabilities let you control your smart home devices. The Move’s Auto TruePlay adjusts the speaker’s output settings to make it sound the best for the space it’s in, whether that’s your patio, deck, backyard or bedroom.

For a less expensive option of a Bluetooth speaker with smarts, the JBL charge 30 is a reliable choice. The JBL charge 30 sounds as premium as the best Bluetooth speaker and provides a reasonable 20 hours of battery life. It’s waterproof, too, meaning you can bring Google Assistant in the pool with you next time you go for a dip.

Read on for all of our best Bluetooth speaker picks. 

The best Bluetooth speakers right now

1. UE Boom 3

Simply the best cordless speaker

Specification:-

  • Weight: 544g | 
  • Battery life: 15 hours | 
  • Wireless range: 30+ feet | 
  • Frequency response: 90Hz-20kHz | 
  • Drivers: Two 1.75″ drivers and two 1.75″ x 3″ passive radiators | 
  • NFC: Yes | 
  • Aux-in: Yes USB charging: Yes

Reasons to buy:-

  • Brilliant design
  • Powerful sound
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Want something that fulfils all your needs – be it a house party or you simply like your music loud? The UE Boom 3 might be just what you need. It offers thumping and loud audio without distortion at high volumes; is light enough to carry on a camping trip but remains durable enough to tumble in a bag unprotected. 

There are certainly more detailed speakers out there (see: Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin down below), but at a price that’s relatively affordable to all, the UE Boom 3 hits all the right notes for the third year in a row.

2. JBL Charge 3

A near-perfect balance between sound, features and price

Specification:-

  • Weight: 798g | 
  • Battery life: 20 hours | 
  • Wireless range: 30+ feet | 
  • Frequency response: 65Hz – 20kHz | 
  • Drivers: Two 1.7″ drivers and two passive radiators | 
  • NFC: No | 
  • Bluetooth version: 3.0 | 
  • Aux-in: Yes | 
  • USB charging: Yes

Reasons to buy:-

  • Kicking bass response
  • Waterproof
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JBL is a very well-known name when it comes to audio accessories, and the company maintains its reputation with the Charge 3. As a package, the JBL Charge 3 offers a compelling set of features and excellent sound quality to boot. It punches well above its weight, playing it loud and distortion-free. 

The Charge line of speakers have been on our shortlist of recommendations for a long time and the latest iteration maintains JBL’s dominance in the portable Bluetooth speaker market.

Slightly dated, but still one of the best sounding wireless speakers

Specification:-

  • Weight: 667g | 
  • Dimensions: 2 x 7.1 x 2.3 inches (H x W x D) | 
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours | 
  • Wireless range: 30 ft (10 m) | 
  • Frequency response: N/A | 
  • Drivers: N/A | 
  • NFC: No | 
  • Bluetooth version: N/A | 
  • Aux-in: Yes | 
  • USB charging: No

Reasons to buy:-

  • Stellar sound
  • Built like a tank
  • Compact form factor
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The Bose SoundLink Mini II is more than four years old now, making it ancient by modern standards of consumer electronics. However, writing off the SoundLink Mini II because of this would be a mistake, given the fact that it still is one of the best sounding wireless speakers. 

The SoundLink Mini II punches way above what its size would suggest, offering deep bass, fizzy highs and a lush midrange. It proves that small speakers don’t always have to compromise on the sound quality.

4. UE Wonderboom

One of the best-sounding waterproof speakers you can buy

Specification:-

  • Weight: 425g | 
  • Dimensions: 102 x 93.5mm (H x D) | 
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours | 
  • Wireless range: 100 ft (33 m) | 
  • Frequency response: 80 Hz – 20 kHz | 
  • Drivers: two 40 mm active drivers and two 46.1mm x 65.2mm passive radiators | 
  • NFC: No | 
  • Bluetooth version: N/A | 
  • Aux-in: No | 
  • USB charging: No

Reasons to buy:-

  • 360-degree sound
  • Multipoint pairing
  • Waterproof
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Another entry from UE in our list, the UE Wonderboom is a great option if you are looking for a quality Bluetooth speaker that you can carry outdoors. UE has taken the Roll 2 and fixed most of the flaws that you could notice. 

In our eyes, the UE Wonderboom bests the Roll 2 in just about every way. If you’re looking for one of the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers on the market today, it’s hard to do better than the UE Wonderboom.

A vibrant Bluetooth speaker that packs impressive sound

Specification:-

  • Weight: 544g | 
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 5 x 2.25 inches (H x W x D) | 
  • Battery life: 8 hours | 
  • Wireless range: 30 feet | 
  • Frequency response: N/A | 
  • Drivers: N/A | 
  • NFC: No | 
  • Aux-in: Yes | 
  • Bluetooth version: N/A | 
  • Weatherproofing: Yes | 
  • Charges devices over USB: No

Reasons to buy:-

  • Fun, curvy design
  • Booming sound
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The SoundLink Color II is slightly easier to carry around when you’re out and about. Combine this with Bose’ excellent audio mastery, you have a great, easy to carry Bluetooth speaker on your hands. 

If you’re looking for something from Bose to take with you on your next hike, the SoundLink Color II is the company’s only splash-proof speaker that can stand up to the elements with an IPX4 rating. 

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6. Marshall Kilburn

Vintage looks with excellent sound

Specification:-

  • Weight: 3kg | 
  • Battery life: Up to 20 hours | 
  • Wireless range: N/A | 
  • Frequency response: 62 – 20,000Hz | 
  • Drivers: two 3/4-inch dome tweeters, one 4-inch woofer | 
  • NFC: No | 
  • Aux-in: Yes | 
  • USB charging: Yes

Reasons to buy :-

  • Bass and treble controls
  • Earth-pounding bass
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One of the important aspects that most buyers tend to focus on while buying a Bluetooth speaker is its portability and durability. Skip the Kilburn if you cannot compromise on these two aspects – the Kilburn is heavy and doesn’t offer any sort of water resistance.

However, if your primary concern is sound quality, you cannot go wrong with the Kilburn. It might seem a bit pricey, but the audio performance and the retro looks are worth it. 

7. JBL Flip 4

A life-friendly speaker that doesn’t skimp on sound

Specification:-

  • Weight: 515g | 
  • Battery life: Up to 12 hours | 
  • Wireless range: 40 feet | 
  • Frequency response: 70Hz – 20kHz | 
  • Drivers: 2 x 40mm | 
  • NFC: Yes | 
  • Aux-in: Yes | 
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2 | 
  • Weatherproofing: Yes | 
  • Charges devices over USB: No
  • Decent, rugged designPlenty of bassUnderwhelming mid-range soundSlightly basic looks

Reasons to buy:-

  • Decent, rugged design
  • Plenty of bass
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As the name suggests, the JBL Flip 4 is an outdoor-friendly, rough-and-tough speaker that lets you focus on enjoying your moments without worrying about the speaker.

While its easy to carry the Flip 4 around without worrying too much, its sound quality isn’t really up to scratch, all things considered.

8. boAt Stone 1000

A rugged, idiot-proof speaker

Specification:-

  • Weight: 1.5Kg | 
  • Battery life: Up to 8 hours | 
  • Wireless range: 30 feet | 
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | 
  • NFC: No | 
  • Aux-in: Yes | 
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1 + EDR | 
  • Weatherproofing: Yes | 
  • Charges devices over USB: No
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boAt is another well-known name when it comes to accessories. Its 14-watt stereo speaker and 8-hour battery life means you don’t have to worry about performance. Its rugged design and water resistance mean you can be carefree and live in the moment without having to worry about its safety.

9. Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB10

Your companion on rides

Specification:-

  • Weight: 259g | 
  • Battery life: Up to 16 hours | 
  • Wireless range: 30 feet | 
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | 
  • NFC: Yes | 
  • Aux-in: Yes | 
  • Bluetooth version: 4.2 | 
  • Weatherproofing: Yes | 
  • Charges devices over USB: No
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The Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB10 is another tumbler design entry in this list. It looks minimalist and gets out of your way, with extra bass and punchy sound. You also get NFC connectivity in addition to Bluetooth.

Sony claims that these speakers can last for up to 16 hours, so you can go on a day long listening spree without reaching for the charger.Advertisement

10. Google Nest Mini

Bringing the smarts to speakers

Specification:-

  • Weight: 181g | 
  • Battery life: NA | 
  • Wireless range: 30 feet | 
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | 
  • NFC: NA | 
  • Aux-in: No | 
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0 | 
  • Wi-Fi: 802.1 b/g/n/ac dual-band
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The Google Nest Mini is slightly different when compared to other options in this list. It is a smart speaker that offers more than what a regular Bluetooth speaker does – you can connect it to the internet, use your voice to control it and have other smart home devices hooked up to it wirelessly.

Google has made some audio and feature improvements over the original Mini – the company claims that the Nest Mini offers bass that is up to two times stronger than the original Mini.

11. Amazon Echo Dot 3rd gen

Alexa, play some music

Specification:-

  • Weight: 300g | 
  • Battery life: NA | 
  • Wireless range: NA |
  •  Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | 
  • NFC: NA | 
  • Aux-in: Yes | 
  • Bluetooth version: NA | 
  • Wi-Fi: 802.1 b/g/n/ dual-band
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The Echo Dot 3rd gen is easily one of the best, and most affordable smart speakers in the Echo line-up. It may not have fancy features that other expensive Echo speakers have, but it does two things well – the sound and the smarts, courtesy Alexa.

The Echo Dot 3rd gen is also more affordable than the Google Nest Mini which has been launched in India. Plus you also get 3.5mm audio out and Bluetooth support, which allows you to extend the power of the Echo Dot to a more powerful source, if you would like to.

Note: Not all the speakers listed here are tested by the Indian team. Some of them have been recommended by our global team, but all are available in India. 

How to choose the best Bluetooth speaker for you

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There are a couple things you’ll want to consider when shopping for a Bluetooth speaker, the first of which is whether you want it to be wireless or wired. While a number of wired speakers like the Amazon Echo provide excellent Bluetooth listening, you can’t bring them outside your kitchen or living room. Stick to a speaker with a rechargeable battery for on-the-go audio.

With that, you’ll need to decide if an option with a voice assistant is the best Bluetooth speaker for you. If you plan to use your speaker in your backyard, it could be useful to have Google Assistant’s or Alexa’s powers at your disposal. That way you can change the music using your voice, rather than controlling the audio through your phone. These smart features will not work beyond your home’s Wi-Fi, so opt for a non-smart Bluetooth speaker for the beach or other outdoorsy locales.

How we test the best Bluetooth speakers

Every product on this list is considered the best Bluetooth speaker for one or more standout features, however each must meet basic requirements during our testing to be considered. We spend several hours listening to music, making calls and toting around every speaker to make sure it sounds great across all genres, provides solid call quality and withstands minor bumps or splashes. 

If a speaker offers smart features, we enable the supported voice assistant to see how it fares against other top rated smart speakers. We’ll use it to control smart home devices, browse playlists and get answers to other common queries. 

We also test battery life, exhausting each speaker’s battery after a full charge to see how long it can last under realistic conditions. A smart speaker connected to Wi-Fi should last at least 10 hours, while a standard Bluetooth speaker should last around 20. Most people want to know how much play time they can expect when their speaker is brought along for a day trip. 

Final Word

Finding an audiophile who doesn’t like Bluetooth headphones is easy, just visit our website, but Bluetooth speakers are awesome. The convenience of being able to take the party wherever you go is invaluable and any of the best Bluetooth speakers can make your backyard barbecue an absolute hit. Whether you’re looking for something tough and durable that you can beat up and throw around or something that will just sound great, you can’t go wrong with anything on this list.

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