Best Bluetooth speakers 2024: Top models for great sound

The best Bluetooth speakers market is bursting with options. From the best smart speakers that also include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to portable speakers that you can carry around in a day sack, narrowing down the list for every kind of activity is a huge undertaking. 

While all the models here offer strong features and superb value for money, the best Bluetooth speaker overall is the Denon Home 150. It may be an older model, but it has great sound and combines Wi-Fi connectivity to enable it to be integrated with Heos multi-room. The Denon is closely followed by the Sonos Era 100, which is the best for most people and also combines Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth. If it's portable Bluetooth-only sound on a budget you're after though, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 comes highly recommended and is great value.

I've tested hundreds of speakers over the years and spent thousands of hours on listening tests assessing sound quality on all kinds of audio products. Below I've selected my pick of the best Bluetooth speakers for all kinds of activities. Read on to find out which models rank among the top models I've tested.

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Lee Dunkley

As Tom's Guide audio editor with more than 30 years of listening and testing all kinds of audio products — from budget speakers to Hi-Fi systems that cost as much as a luxury car — I've listened to hundreds of speakers and I know what makes the grade when it comes to balancing great sound, durability and features. Whether you’re on a budget or looking to splurge on something a bit more powerful with Wi-Fi smarts, you can rest assured that each of the options listed below has a thumbs up from me and our team of audio experts. 

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Best home speaker overall with Bluetooth

Denon Home 150 on a stone floor

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Best-sounding small speaker with multiroom smarts

Specifications

Size and weight : 4.72 x 7.36 x 4.72 inches; 3.74 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): N/A
Durability: Not specified
Voice control: Alexa

Reasons to buy

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Great sound
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Bass performance belies speaker size
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Responsive touch controls and proximity sensor
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Easy Wi-Fi integration and set up
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Bluetooth support

Reasons to avoid

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No battery
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No room tuning

As one of the most versatile wireless speakers around, the Denon Home 150 is much more than a Bluetooth speaker and comes with plenty of Wi-Fi smarts and Alexa voice control, too. It needs to be connected to a power outlet but can form part of a multi-room music or home theater system paired with other HEOS platform speakers. It has integrated app support for all the best music streaming services.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or old-school wires; whatever kind of connectivity you go for, it has a big sound that's great with all kinds of music. Throw in the Home 150's versatility as a set of surround sound speakers in a home theater setup, flexible wireless and wired connectivity options, hi-res audio file support, and this is one of the best entry-level speakers we've heard.

Best for most people

Sonor Era 100 in white on a kitchen worktop

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A great entry-level Sonos speaker with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and stereo sound

Specifications

Size and weight : 7.2 x 4.7 x 5.1 inches; 4.4 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): N/A
Durability: Not specified
Voice control: Alexa, Sonos Voice Assistant

Reasons to buy

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Dual tweeters for stereo sound
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Larger woofer pumps out more bass than Sonos One
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Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth wireless support
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USB-C line in for external audio sources
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Alexa and Sonos Voice enabled

Reasons to avoid

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No Google Assistant support
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More expensive than Sonos One
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No battery

The Era 100 is the successor to the extremely popular Sonos One smart speaker, and the revamped design adds Bluetooth to the roster of connectivity upgrades and stereo sound. Just like all other Sonos speakers, the Era 100 supports dozens of streaming services will seamlessly connect and integrate with other Sonos models networked around the home. Along with built-in support for Alexa and Sonos voice assistants, the Era 100 can also connect to external sources such as one of the best turntables.

During testing, we enjoyed the greater bass depth, which seemed to dig deeper than the Sonos One, which had plenty of energy even at lower volume levels. Midrange clarity had just the right balance, and radio voices and vocal clarity were always convincing and expertly conveyed with whatever song or radio show we streamed. The stereo soundstage is perhaps a bit narrow even with the Era 100’s twin tweeter arrangement, but nevertheless it's a strong performance and a great Bluetooth addition to Sonos’ ecosystem.

Best spatial audio speaker overall with Bluetooth

Sonos Era 300 with app

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Best-sounding speaker for spatial audio content

Specifications

Size and weight : 6.3 x 10.2 x 7.3 inches; 9.9 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): N/A
Durability: Not specified
Voice control: Alexa, Sonos Voice Assistant

Reasons to buy

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Amazing spatial audio
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Lots of connectivity options
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A plethora of streaming audio sources

Reasons to avoid

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Unusual design may not appeal to all

With Bluetooth support now added to Sonos' Era speaker series, this smart speaker really does bring you the best of both worlds. This smart speaker features support for Dolby Atmos spatial audio, meaning that compatible music tracks will feel like they're enveloping you from all sides. It sounds amazing, and all from a speaker that's slightly smaller than a shoebox. And, because it's Sonos, you can stream Dolby Atmos tracks from both Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited (sorry, no Spotify yet). 

We also like that the Era 300 is both retro- and future-proof: A USB-C port in the back lets you hook it up to your turntable, and both Wi-Fi 6 support means it'll work with the next generation of wireless routers, too. The Era 300 is Sonos' most versatile home speaker yet, bringing spatial audio content to life like no other. It can be paired in stereo with another Era 300 as well as a Sonos soundbar for spatial audio Dolby Atmos capabilities with movies in a home theater setup.

Best HomePod speaker with Bluetooth support

Apple HomePod 2 listing

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Apple's best smart speaker with Bluetooth and spatial audio

Specifications

Size and weight: 6.6 inches (height), 5.6 inches (diameter); 5.2 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): N/A
Durability: Not specified
Voice control: Siri

Reasons to buy

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Great sound quality
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Integrates well with other Apple products
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Smart home features

Reasons to avoid

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Locked to Apple's ecosystem
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More expensive than other smart speaker rivals

While it largely locks you into Apple's ecosystem, the HomePod 2 delivers some of the best sound we've heard from a smart speaker. Thanks to a beefier woofer and redesigned tweeters, it pumps out some impressive audio no matter what audio connectivity you're using. And, it's also compatible with Dolby Atmos, so you can play spatial audio tracks — from Apple Music only, of course. 

Its gorgeous circular touchscreen is larger than the original, and while its smart features mean you can automate smart home scenes using HomeKit, its Bluetooth connectivity means that its not looked out to playback devices that aren't already part of your home network, so anyone can connect to it and play music or podcasts etc. You can also link a HomePod 2 (or two) to an Apple TV 4K for audio output, which really makes watching movies that more exciting. This is Apple's best-looking HomePod speaker to date and it sounds great too.

Best portable speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Sonos Move 2 in a garden setting

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Best portable home speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Specifications

Size and weight: 9.4 x 6.3 x 5 inches; 6.6 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 24 hours
Durability: IP56
Voice control: Alexa, Google Assistant, Sonos Assistant

Reasons to buy

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Powerful, balanced sound profile
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Can pair with another Move 2 for true stereo over Wi-Fi
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24 hours of battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Too heavy to carry far

The Sonos Move 2 might not be as portable as the Roam (below), but it ranks as one of the best smart speakers and is one of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market. The updated Move 2 takes the well-tuned sound and rich feature set found in the Sonos One and lets you take it on the go, with a 24-hour battery packed into a portable (albeit fairly hefty) design. 

In our review, the Move 2 delivered a crisp sound with satisfying bass and clear, engaging vocals. As with all Sonos speaker designs, the Move 2 works with the best music streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music. Wireless connectivity has support for Apple AirPlay 2, and can seamlessly switch from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth on the fly. Alexa and Google Assistant support allow you to do anything from check the weather to control your smart home, while the Sonos Voice Assistant offers hands-free playback even when you're on Bluetooth. 

But the best part is the Move 2's Auto Trueplay that tunes the speaker's audio output for wherever you're listening, whether you're having a rooftop party or rocking out in your bedroom.  

Best portable Bluetooth speaker overall that's just right for festivals

UE Megaboom 3 on table top

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The best portable Bluetooth speaker overall

Specifications

Size and weight: 8.9 x 3.4 x 3.4 inches, 2 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 20 hours
Durability: IP67
Voice controls: No

Reasons to buy

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Big bass and full vocals
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Good battery life
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Can pair with older Megaboom and Boom models for stereo sound

Reasons to avoid

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Big and heavy for a portable
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No speakerphone

Thanks to its excellent sound quality, long battery life and travel-ready ruggedness, the UE Megaboom 3 is the best Bluetooth speaker you can buy right now. This big, bold portable speaker pumps out rich 360-degree sound complete with detailed highs and satisfying low-end, and maxes out at 100 decibels of noise. It's one of our best outdoor speakers thanks to an IP67-rated design, which means it can survive drops, shower splashes, and can even be submerged for short periods without skipping a beat.

The Megaboom 3 is on the bigger side compared to other portable speakers, and unlike many of its competitors, it doesn't have Alexa or Google Assistant support, or any other smart features. But if that’s not a deal breaker, the Megaboom 3's sound quality and ruggedness can't be beat for the price. You can also pair it with older Megaboom and Boom models for a stereo sound experience.

Best waterproof speaker under $100

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3

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An impressive portable Bluetooth speaker for under $100

Specifications

Size and weight: 4.1 x 3.8 inches, 14.8 ounces
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 14 hours
Durability: IP67 rated
Voice controls: No

Reasons to buy

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Impressive bass for its size
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Waterproof design
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Can pair two together
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14 hours battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No USB-C connector

For most people, the UE Wonderboom 3 is one of the most well-rounded Bluetooth speakers under $100. Its IP67-rating means it's dust and water protected to such a level that it ranks as one of the best waterproof speakers. Its balanced sound and a portable design make it a great travel companion for life on the go. The Outdoor Boost feature does its job in bringing more energy when it's free from room boundaries, and 14-hour battery life should be enough for most situations away from a power outlet.

As with UE's other speaker models, the Wonderboom 3 can be paired with another for stereo sound. The time taken for recharges is the only real disappointment. It took more than two hours from flat to reach the chime that indicates a full charge. Whether this is because of its Micro-USB port is hard to say, but it feels a little outdated given that a USB-C charging port appears to be the universal standard on most other Bluetooth speakers.

Best portable Bluetooth speaker for bass

JBL Boombox 3 on a fence outdoors

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Big sound and long battery life in a chunky portable

Specifications

Size and weight: 19.0 x 10.1 x 7.9 inches; 14.7 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 24 hours
Durability: IP67
Voice controls: No

Reasons to buy

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Large-scale sound
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Booming bass
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Rugged design and long battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy for a portable
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Treble can sound harsh

The JBL Boombox 3 is one of the larger portable Bluetooth speakers around. As the latest generation model, JBL has built on its Boombox predecessors with a new three-way speaker system that includes two tweeters, two mid-range drivers and a racetrack-shaped bass driver. Its deep bass and vocal clarity fills large open spaces with a big sound that's perfect for larger outdoor parties, and the IP67-rated beast makes it perfect for outdoors events and pool parties.  

As the name implies, the JBL's size and shape looks like a throw-back to the boombox heyday of the 1990s. It's not nearly as bulky as models of the era, though. The Boombox 3 measures a more practical 19.0 x 10.1 x 7.9-inches, and weighs an entirely portable 14.7 pounds. According to JBL, battery life can last all-day from a 6.5-hour charge. It available in two colors including black and squad options.

Best compact portable speaker for day sacks

Sonos Roam SL on a rock outside

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Sonos' best go anywhere pocket speaker

Specifications

Size and weight: 6.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches, 15 ounces
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 10 hours
Durability: IP67 rated
Voice controls: Yes (Alexa and Google Assistant)

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Extensive connectivity
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Auto TruePlay sound tuning

Reasons to avoid

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No Bluetooth multipoint
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Middling battery life

Building on the success of the Sonos Move, which has now been superseded by the Move 2 and ranks ranks as one of our best outdoor speakers, the Sonos Roam is a connected smart speaker at home and powerful Bluetooth beast on the road. It’s the more practical Sonos portable that you can throw into a day sack. Plus, it has Sonos' auto Trueplay feature, which adjusts the sound to suit your surroundings wherever you’re listening. 

It is available in five color options including sunset (orange) as pictured, and although we wish the battery lasted more than 10 hours, it juices up quickly via USB-C or wireless charging. When you return back from your latest excursion, the Sonos Roam should rejoin your larger Sonos home system on its own. Listeners are also able to hand off whatever's playing to the nearest Sonos speaker. Or you could stick to Roam, bringing your voice assistant and streaming services room-to-room, or as far as your Wi-Fi can reach.

Recent updates

Update June 2024: The Sonos Roam is now superseded by the Sonos Roam 2. Look out for our full review coming soon.

Best waterproof speaker

The JBL Charge 5 rocked by an ocean wave

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The best Bluetooth speaker with full waterproofing

Specifications

Size and weight: 8.7 x 3.8 x 3.7 inches, 1.8 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 20 hours
Durability: IP67
Voice controls: No

Reasons to buy

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Decent sound, particularly with vocals
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Impressive bass performance
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Good battery life with useful top-up facility for other devices

Reasons to avoid

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Basic control app

The JBL Charge 5 offers great sound and ruggedness, making it a great option for a trip to the beach or creating the sound vibe you're after when relaxing by the pool. Its IP67 rating signals high dust resistance and full waterproofing, which is about as good as you'll get on a portable Bluetooth speakers and ranks as one of our best waterproof speakers.

During our testing we were impressed by the JBL Charge 5's sound, with easy-to-hear vocals and impressive bass. It sounds balanced, but bass isn't as powerful as some on this list. Nevertheless, it goes loud and can even act as a power bank for top-ups to phones and tablets. So if your device is running out of juice which you're streaming music, just connect it into the Charge 5 to get a top-up.

Best Bluetooth speaker for parties

Best Bluetooth speaker: UE Hyperboom

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The best Bluetooth speaker for parties

Specifications

Size and weight: 14.3 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches, 13 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 24 hours
Durability: IPX4
Voice controls: No

Reasons to buy

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Powerful sound
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Goes loud
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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Most expensive model on test
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Bulky size and heavy to carry

Looking to go big? The UE Hyperboom is the best Bluetooth speaker for large gatherings, thanks to its massive size and big, booming audio output. This 14-inch tall speaker offers a big and balanced sound that's especially ideal for barbecues and outdoor parties.

The Hyperboom is as rugged as it is big, with IPX4 water resistance for surviving splashes. And you'll get 24 hours of battery life for keeping the outdoor tunes going all day and night long. Pair that with seamless Bluetooth connectivity and plenty of volume, and you have the ultimate speaker for filling a large outdoor space with great sound.

Best portable speaker for travel

The Tribit StormBox Micro clipped to a bike handle

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Best Bluetooth speaker for travel

Specifications

Size and Weight: 3.9 x 3.9 x 1.4-inch, 8 ounces
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 8 hours
Durability: IP67
Voice controls: No

Reasons to buy

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Small and lightweight
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Decent bass for a small speaker
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Water resistant

Reasons to avoid

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No app
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Limited battery life

If you're looking for a Bluetooth speaker that offers practical portability at a great price, the StormBox Micro is currently discounted to $49 at Amazon. Although it has been around for a while it's a very worthwhile on-the-go option and has plenty of great features, including IP67-rated to protect it from water (to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 mins) and against dust and dirt.

Despite its very small size, the StormBox Micro sounds great. It's particularly strong with vocals, and pushes out surprising bass levels. It's performance is impressive given that it's compact enough to be attached to a bag or fitted to bike handlebars. The only drawbacks are the lack of an app (although you can pair with two devices at once) and a relatively low battery life, which sees the StormBox Micro run dry after 8 hours.

Also tested...

As Tom's Guide's audio experts, we test a lot of Bluetooth speakers but some models don't make it into a buying guide. That's not to say that they're not great performers, just that they're beaten by rival models with a stronger set of features or performance. The picks in this guide are the very best we've tested and have all been given full reviews. But with more models to choose from than ever, we want to make sure that you consider these also tested options. These alternatives have all been through our rigorous testing processes but didn't quite make the grade to rank among the best of the best.

Soundcore 3:

Soundcore 3: This is an amazing little Bluetooth speaker by Anker that ranks in our list of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers around. For just over $50, this tiny powerhouse delivers loud, well-balanced sound within an IPX7-rated design that can survive water and dust, while the robust rubberised outer case takes care of protection from everyday knocks. The speaker lasts up to a whopping 24 hours, thanks to Anker's best-in-class battery technology, and the Soundcore 3's dual tweeter drivers and central mid/bass woofer allied to a passive bass driver and Anker's BassUp technology, ensure you'll get powerful sound in any setting.

The Soundcore's compact design makes it perfect for tossing into your bag for a quick road trip, and SharePlay allows multiple Soundcore speakers to be synced for an even bigger sound. It's also available in blue, red and silver colors for a little extra ($56) cost in addition to the standard slick black we tested.

Read the full Soundcore 3 review

Tribit StormBox Blast:

Tribit StormBox Blast: A smaller alternative to larger boombox style models, the Blast sounds nearly as good. It fills any space with a big sound and our vocals on our favorite tracks sounded clear. You can boost the bass further with the XBass button on the speaker, and you can link two StormBox Blasts together for an even bigger sound. It can play all day without needing a recharge, and it’s waterproof so you don’t have to worry about it falling into the pool or getting rained on for a while. And it puts on a light show if you want some visuals to go with your audio.

Read the full Tribit StormBox Blast review    

JBL PartyBox Stage 320:

JBL PartyBox Stage 320: This speaker on wheels has plenty going for it. It has the power to energize any environment with good sound, and has a light-up front cabinet to bring a fun visual element as the music plays. It goes loud and can be hooked up to a pair of mics or mic and guitar for full-on karaoke performances. Battery life is rated at 18 hours. Although it's splash-proof protected from occasional spots of rain, we'd avoid using it by a pool. Ultimately, it feels like a big and costly Bluetooth speaker option, but for energizing the vibe at your next gathering, the PartyBox Stage 320 will perform. 

Read the full JBL PartyBox Stage 320 review                

Sony ULT Field 7:

Sony ULT Field 7: This big Bluetooth speaker is portable, but its size and 14 pound weight may count against for some consumers. If you like big bass sound though, this powerful cylindrical speaker has a lot going for it. From the enhanced low-frequency output to the IP67 durability rating, it's ideal for a pool party. 

Audio performance will satisfy bass fiends and Sound Field Optimization mode in the companion app, which automatically scans your environment for ambient noise and dynamically adjust sound, gives great sonic results. Lastly, there are synchronised LEDs at each end of the cabinet and battery life is rated at 30 hours. Just be aware that as a big portable you're unlikely to want to carry it far, and the price feels high compared to rivals.  

Read the full Sony ULT Field 7 review

Ultimate Ears Epicboom:

Ultimate Ears Epicboom: A challenger to the Sonos Move 2, this Bluetooth-only speaker is among the best waterproof speakers and we loved its durability in a rugged design that comes with a practical carry strap, and it even floats. 

As a larger speaker design, it delivers a bigger sound than many portables. It make a great carry speaker companion out on a walk, where it managed to deliver an energetic and exciting sound with the speaker at my side while on a stroll. It also performed well in open spaces, although the Outside Boost mode was less effective than I would have liked. Also, remember not to set the volume level too loud as this can overdrive the main speaker, which makes the sound harden up. 

Add in 17 hours of playtime to keep your music soundtrack playing wherever you go, and the carry anywhere Epicboom is a great rugged solution for on-the-go lifestyles.

Read the full Ultimate Ears Epicboom review

JBL Authentics 300:

JBL Authentics 300: The mid-model in JBL's three-strong retro-looking Authentics speaker series, the 300 proved easy to transport around the home to wherever music is needed, and is a capable companion on trips away, bringing room-filling sound to large spaces. It's battery life isn't its greatest strength at just 8 hours but its vintage look and great sound make it a more stylish portable smart speaker alternative than the Sonos Move 2 at the same price.

Read the full JBL Authentics 300

Bose SoundLink Max:

Bose SoundLink Max: At the price, the Bose lacks some of the connectivity smarts of its nearest rivals, and for just $50 you can get the Sonos Move 2 with Wi-Fi and better sound. If you're looking for a straightforward Bluetooth speaker though, that's portable enough for adventure trips then the Bose SoundLink Max is a great choice. It offers stronger durability than the Sonos to endure trips to the beach, festivals, and even a pool party, and is a practical Bluetooth speaker solution with a great sound that plenty will warm to.   

Read the full Bose SoundLink Max review

How to choose the best speaker for you

4 things to consider when choosing a Bluetooth speaker

1. Mains or battery power: 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 rechargeable or mains powered. While a number of wired speakers provide excellent Bluetooth listening, you can’t take them far from a power socket. Stick to a speaker with a rechargeable battery for on-the-go audio.

2. Voice control: With that, you’ll need to decide if a Bluetooth speaker with a voice assistant is the best 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.

3. Power output: Sound quality should always be a priority when considering one of the best Bluetooth speakers, but it's important you know what to look out for. Maker's specifications may highlight the frequency range, which indicates the range of sounds a speaker is able to produce, but these figures are often presented in an inconsistent manner between brands that mean comparisons between one maker's claims and another should be taken with a pinch of salt — this is particularly true with rated power output claims. 

That's why we assess performance in real-world situations, taking into consideration how a product is likely to be used and listening to it in different environments to fully evaluate its sound output. Bass quality is important to many, and although small speaker cabinets can defy belief and achieve a bigger sound than their size might suggest, generally speaking, the larger the speaker drivers, the more powerful a speaker is likely to sound. And those with passive bass radiators or bass ports are likely to sound even bigger still.

4. Pricing considerations: Obviously, price is a big consideration when looking for the best Bluetooth speakers. Although I've tested some great-sounding cheap Bluetooth speakers, generally speaking, the bigger the brand the lower the chances are that performance and features will be compromised. They often cost a bit more, but going for a budget option isn't always the best choice as any money you save on your purchase won't do you much good if you don't enjoy listening to it because the sound quality is poor. 

Don't forget to bookmark our tech deals pages to keep on top of the all the best Bluetooth speaker bargains.

How we test the best Bluetpoth speakers

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 music genres, provides solid call quality and withstands minor bumps or splashes. 

To determine sound quality, we listen to many tracks across multiple music genres as possible, including hip-hop, rock, jazz, classical, and electronic, while evaluating volume, clarity and fullness. Movies, podcasts, and video games are also considered, when necessary.

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 comes along on a day trip. 

The best Bluetooth speakers are rated on a five-point system (1 = worst, 5 = best). Our reviews on products that hit nearly every mark are awarded an Editor's Choice. 

Find out how we test for more information on our reviewing procedures.

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Lee Dunkley
Audio Editor

As a former editor of the U.K.'s Hi-Fi Choice magazine, Lee is passionate about all kinds of audio tech and has been providing sound advice to enable consumers to make informed buying decisions since he joined Which? magazine as a product tester in the 1990s. Lee covers all things audio for Tom's Guide, including headphones, wireless speakers and soundbars and loves to connect and share the mindfulness benefits that listening to music in the very best quality can bring.