The choice of wireless bluetooth speakers can be overwhelming if you’ve just started looking. They’re a great choice if you prefer to take your tunes with you, from room to room, or outdoors on the beach. Some of the best portable speakers sound almost as good as any indoor speaker.
Firstly though, what exactly is bluetooth and how does it work? Bluetooth is a wireless system, pairing either your phone or computer with a speaker for playing music. You can stream high-quality music over Bluetooth, and set up multi-room audio among multiple speakers to play your favorite tracks all over the house. There are plenty of wireless speakers to choose from, so finding the right one for you can be difficult.
- 1 Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2020
- 2 WiFi Speakers – Reviews
- 2.1 Bose SoundLink Revolve+
- 2.2 JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- 2.3 Anker Soundcore Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- 2.4 Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2
- 2.5 Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3)
- 2.6 Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
- 2.7 Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II
- 2.8 Sonos Move – Smart Portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker
- 2.9 Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker
- 2.10 Bugani Bluetooth Speaker
- 3 Buyers Guide – What To Consider When Buying A Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
- 4 Bottom Line
Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2020
We’ve put together this guide to the best wireless bluetooth speakers with the cutest designs and inbuilt tech for your budget. Our favorite speakers boast the best audio quality, battery life, and more, so you can make the most of your purchase.
These are the Best Wireless Speakers:
- Bose SoundLink Revolve+
- JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Anker Soundcore Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2
- Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3)
- Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
- Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II
- Sonos Move – Smart Portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker
- Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker
- Bugani Bluetooth Speaker
Bose SoundLink Revolve+
Like your music deep and awesomely loud? This Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is for you. With a beautiful design and build, the SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth speaker offers 360 degree sound. It’s perfect for an indoor party, or moving around the room without impacting audio fidelity. Sound quality is detailed and expansive, but its range is only 30 feet.
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Battery life: Up to 16 hours
- Wireless range: 30 feet
- NFC: No
- Aux-in: Yes
- USB charging: Yes
- 360 degree sound due to thumping bass radiators and dual back to back drivers
- BassUp technology enhances the track’s bass frequencies in real time
- Durable and water resistant aluminium body
- Rechargeable lithium ion battery
- Connect and automatically switch between Bluetooth devices using the Bose Connect app
- Easily pairs with voice prompts to take calls and access Google or Siri
- Best used indoors as not fully dust proof
Why we love it:
Continuing in the Bose tradition of excellent design and build, the SoundLink Revolve+ wireless Bluetooth speaker has an optional charging base for full, balanced sound at home or on the go. With more volume and better battery life than its predecessor, (the SoundLink Revolve), this is a high quality speaker.
- The best performing portable speaker from Bose; delivers Deep, loud, jaw dropping sound with True 360 degree coverage
- Flexible fabric handle makes it easy to grab and go; seamless aluminum body is durable and water resistant (Ipx4)
- Enjoy up to 16 hours of play time from a long lasting, rechargeable, lithium ion battery.3.6 inches Full Range Driver
- Wireless Bluetooth pairing with voice prompts; easily take calls and access Siri or Google now.Pair two speakers together for stereo or party mode playback
- Wireless range up to 9 m (30 ft). The Bose Connect app makes it easy to connect and automatically switch between Bluetooth devices
JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Delivering a powerful audio performance with a rich bass and crisp, clear highs, the JBL Charge 4 lets you wirelessly connect up to two smartphones or tablets to the speaker. Easily portable, waterproof and in a moderate-sized frame, the JBL offers excellent audio quality.
- HxWxD (cm): 22 x 9.5 x 9.3 or 4.9 x 5.9 x 10.8 inches
- Weight: 2 pounds
- Battery life: up to 20 hours
- 1 Lithium polymer battery included
- USB charging: Yes
- Power: 30W
- Waterproof, Bluetooth v4.2, power bank, voice assistant integration
- Connections: 3.5 mm stereo
- Two JBL bass radiators intensify sound for powerful, full-spectrum audio performance
- Up to 20 hours playtime with rechargeable battery
- Inbuilt power bank to charge devices
- Waterproof and durable fabric material plus rugged rubber housing
- With JBL Connect+, wirelessly connect to over 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers
- Available in a range of colors
- No speaker phone function
- Mono audio output
- Doesn’t include USB wall adapter
Why we love it:
The JBL Charge 4 is an excellent choice for amazing audio in a portable, waterproof, and moderately-sized Bluetooth speaker. It can handle being submerged in water to a depth of 1.5 m – which is reassuring if it falls in the swimming pool. Providing the connection port cover on the back is sealed, water resistance is a given. This good-looking, rugged package all comes in under $200.
- Wirelessly connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns enjoying powerful sound.
- Built in rechargeable li ion 7800mAh battery supports up to 20 hours of playtime and charges your device via USB port.
- Take charge 4 to the beach or the pool without worrying about spills or even submersion in water.
- Amplify your listening experience to epic levels and rock the party perfectly by wirelessly connecting more than 100 JBL connect+ enabled speakers.
- Please note* the JBL charge 4 does not include a USB wall adapter.
Anker Soundcore Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Looking for the best portable Bluetooth speaker on a budget? Enter the Anker Soundcore. It’s great value for under $100 and sound quality is good, too. Coupled with a durable, waterproof build and excellent customer experience, the Anker Soundcore is hard to beat in its price category. The LED light show is fun – if it’s not your thing and you prefer to extend the battery life, just disable it entirely.
- Weight: 1.17 lb
- Size: 3.6 x 3.6 x 6 inches
- Power: 12 watts
- Playtime: 12 hours
- Sound drivers: 2 back to back sound drivers with bass radiators
- Water resistance: IPX7
- 360 degree sound
- BassUp technology
- LED light
- Pool party proof
- Soundcore app
- Impressive sound for its size
- Soundcore app lets you customize the EQ to each track
- Impermeable design is rain-resistant and protects against full water immersion
- Well-designed app
- LED light show to suit the music and your mood
- Very mild bass boost and EQ
- Battery life is average
- Harsh sounding at maximum volume
Why we love it:
With a rugged build quality that can withstand some partying, the Anker Soundcore is also IPX7 rated, so it can handle being splashed by water. Overall, the sound quality is balanced but can sound a little harsh if the EQ is set to flat. The EQ presets are very subtle and will only shift the speaker’s tonal balance slightly. Overall, the Anker Soundcore is hard to beat with its bundle of features, build quality, and sound.
- CMGA calls it the "best budget wireless speaker of 2018".
- All-around sound: Dual drivers arranged back-to-back in combination with passive bass radiators deliver intense 360° sound. Make sure everybody in the room gets a stage-side experience as the music pumps, The lights Pulse, and the party rocks.
- Breathtaking bass: with bass up technology a customized digital signal processor first analyzes, then enhances your music's bass frequencies in real time. This audio signal is then turned into intensified sound via state-of-the-art neodymium drivers.
- Sound and light in harmony: watch a halo of LEDs phase, Pulse, and shine with the rhythm of your music for a completely immersive audiovisual experience from a portable speaker. 5 customizable modes tailor the atmosphere to suit your mood.
- Double the power: connect 2 flare speakers via a single Bluetooth device. Go stereo for an expansive listening experience that puts you all center-stage, or go into boost mode and double the power for an intense hit of light and sound.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2
Wonderboom 2 plays louder than its predecessor, the Wonderboom, and sounds a little better. It’s also stain-resistant, shock-resistant, and waterproof. You’ll get a good 15 hours of battery life and if you prefer stereo sound, pair it with a second UE speaker.
- Boxed weight: 558 g or 19.3 ounces
- Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm: 422 g
- IPX7 fully waterproof, dust-proof, and it floats
- 360 degree sound and additional bass
- 1 Lithium metal battery included
- Range of 30 meters
- Redesigned driver plays 25% louder at top volume
- Stain-resistant, shock-resistant and waterproof – full immersion in 1 m of water for up to 30 minutes
- Drop-resistant to five feet or 1.5 meters
- Six color options
- Tighter weave on the fabric cover for extra durability
- Integrated flap covering the ports in new flush design
- Gesture controls to pause or skip a track
- Join 2 x Wonderboom 2 speakers for a stereo pair
- Heavy bass tracks sound a little rough
Why we love it:
This is a great choice if you’re on the hunt for a rugged wireless speaker that sounds powerful outdoors. When it comes to audio performance, it’s strongest in the mid-vocal range.
- Surprisingly bigger 360 sound: Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a wireless Bluetooth speaker with surprisingly bigger 360 degree sound and additional bass.
- New outdoor boost: push the outdoor boost button on this ultra portable speaker to instantly increase loudness and clarity for outdoor listening.
- 13 hr. Battery: powering 13 whopping hours of killer sound, The long lasting battery sees you through day trips, beach detours and biking adventures.
- Waterproof, dustproof & floats: IP67 rating means it’s waterproof, dustproof and it floats! Use it in the pool, the beach or as a shower speaker.
- Double up, Now in stereo: pair 2 -WONDERBOOM 2 speakers to party louder in mono or stereo mode.
Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3)
With significantly improved sound, the Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3) is your best bet starting out using a voice-controlled Alexa speaker. To boost the sound even further, there’s a handy 3.5 mm jack to output sound to more powerful speakers.
- Alex built-in for voice feedback
- Size: 3.9 x 3.9 x 1.7 inches (99 x 99 x 43 mm)
- Weight: 10.6 oz (or 300 g)
- 1.6 inch speaker
- 3.5 mm line out
- Four control buttons on the top
- Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 2.4 and 5 GHz networks
- Clear, solid sound
- Enhanced Alexa capabilities
- Multi-room capacity with compatible Echo devices in different rooms
- Play music through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and TuneIn
- Listen to Audible and radio stations
- Control compatible smart home devices with your voice
- Voice call almost anyone
- Ask for music, news, and information – from sports updates to setting reminders
- Budget price
- Restricted Alexa intelligence
- Mac OS X devices can’t access hands-free voice control
- Bluetooth speakers needing PIN codes aren’t supported
- You will need to buy audio cable for connection to external speakers
Why we love it:
The Echo Dot is a smart assistant combined with a wireless speaker. It’s not intended as a replacement for your main system, but it is a handy, portable Bluetooth device ideal for the kitchen or bedroom. The enhanced sound quality is impressive, with real bass notes, smoother treble and full-bodied voices.
Using voice controls, you can ask Alexa to control a wide range of streaming services, as well as a growing number of suppliers such as Uber and Domino’s Pizza. The Echo Dot needs to hear you to respond, but if you’re out of range, use the Alexa app on your phone.
- Our most popular smart speaker - Now available with an LED display that can show the time, outdoor temperature, or timers.
- Perfect for your nightstand - Ask Alexa to set an alarm. Tap the top to snooze. The light sensor automatically adjusts the display’s brightness, day or night.
- Voice control your music - Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and others. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible.
- Enjoy stereo sound - Pair with a second Echo Dot for rich, stereo sound. Fill your home with music with compatible Echo devices in different rooms.
- Ready to help - Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
One of the best Bluetooth speakers in 2020, the UE Boom 3 won’t distort at higher volumes, and is portable and durable enough to take camping with you. The one-touch mix button lets you access playlists without reaching for your phone.
- 2.9 x 2.9 x 7.25 inches
- Weight: 1.8 lb
- Height: 184 mm and diameter: 73 mm
- Bluetooth pairing
- Magic button, on/off button, bungee hanger, micro USB charging port
- Range: up to 45 feet
- Up to 15 hours’ battery life
- Immersive 360 degree sound for excellent audio quality
- Easy to use
- IP67 Waterproof and dust-proof rating to tolerate up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes
- Ample battery life – enough for a weekend
- Multi-function button to pause, play music and switch playlists
- Durable and beautiful design
- Micro USB charging port on the rear
- Some functionality only supports Deezer or Apple Music
Why we love it:
The UE Boom 3 lacks many features in other Bluetooth speakers, such as charging your phone, taking a call or plugging in an external music source. However, with its loud, punchy sound projecting in all directions, it’s better than any other portable Bluetooth speaker tested.
With its stunning, contemporary design made from the same material as motorcycle jackets and fire equipment, this is one durable bit of kit. At under $200, it’s a great value.
- Ultimate Sound: BOOM 3 delivers loud and immersive 360-degree sound with deep and accurate bass, all carefully balanced so you can hear every note
- Powered for Adventure: Rechargeable battery stays powered and pumping tunes for 15 hours. Add the POWER UP charging dock (sold separately) to charge Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 wirelessly so it’s always ready to go on your next musical adventure
- Super-Portable and Durable: Waterproof Floats and Virtually Indestructible. BOOM 3 can be totally submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, passing seriously tough durability tests to handle life’s spills and thrills
- All-New Magic Button: Play, Pause, Skip and control any streaming music directly on the Bluetooth speaker with one touch of a button
- PartyUp: Use the Ultimate Ears app to pair 2, 3, 4…and over 150 BOOM and MEGABOOM speakers together for the ultimate sound experience. Works with any generation of BOOM and MEGABOOM speakers
Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II
Bose do it once again, packing an almighty bold sound into a small, portable and water-resistant Bluetooth speaker. With a rugged, but soft-touch silicone design that’s easily portable, the SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II comes in a range of vibrant colors. Use the voice prompts to pair it with another Bluetooth speaker, or NFC devices.
- Dimensions: 2.2 x 5 x 5.2 inches
- Weight: 1.2 lbs
- Playtime: up to 8 hours
- IPX4 waterproof
- 1 Lithium polymer battery included
- Bose Connect app to connect and switch between devices
- Full-range, portable sound
- Voice prompts tell you what device you’re paired to
- Rechargeable using a micro-B USB
- Built-in speakerphone to take calls
- The Bose Connect app lets you drag and drop Bluetooth connections, unlock features and updates
- Wall plug not included
- Icons not very legible
Why we love it:
The Bose Soundlink Color II delivers big sound despite being a small Bluetooth speaker. It’s sturdy, waterproof and attractively-colored. But the limited number of playing hours could be an issue for some.
- Innovative Bose technology packs bold sound into a small, water resistant speaker
- Rugged, with a soft touch silicone exterior that makes it easy to pick up and go.Bluetooth 4.2 Wireless. 3.5 millimeter Auxiliary Port
- Voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing so it’s easier than ever or even quick pair with NFC devices
- Lithium ion battery lets you enjoy up to 8 hours of play time, rechargeable with USB power sources
- Built in mic for speakerphone or accessing digital assistants like Siri or Google Now. The mobile devices must be within range
Sonos Move – Smart Portable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker
Sonos is known for making multi-room audio popular. Now the Sonos Move has added the great outdoors as an option. It’s far from cheap, but delivers powerful audio in a battery-powered design capable of resisting the elements. If you’re into bass grooves, you’ll love the Sonos Move with its serious bass depth.
- Weight: 6.61 lbs
- Dimensions: 4.96 x 6.29 x 9.44
- 1 Lithium ion battery needed
- Amazon Alexa built-in
- IP56 weatherproof rating
- Powerful audio with rich bass and bright high notes
- Portable, dust and water-resistant
- Voice control using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
- Ideal for carrying from room to room or outdoors to indoors
- Easy to connect using the Sonos app for Android and iOS
- Connect to internet radio and playlists using the app
- Do not submerge in water
- Pricey for a mono speaker
- Heavy for a portable speaker
Why we love it:
The Move’s sound performance is strong enough for you to forgive it being a mono speaker. Pump up the bass, or reduce it, using the Sonos app. At high volume the Move doesn’t distort either. Its balanced, sound delivery is rich and bright – though the price of just under $400 could stop you in your tracks.
- All-new Sonos Move - Get brilliant sound anywhere with the all-new Sonos Move, the durable, battery-powered smart speaker for outdoor and indoor listening.
- Easy to use, WiFi and Bluetooth - Setup takes minutes, and control is simple with the Sonos app, AirPlay 2, and your voice. Stream via Bluetooth when WiFi isn't available.
- Voice control - Amazon Alexa is built right in so on WiFi you can play music, check news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, completely hands free.
- Brilliant sound anywhere - Experience surprisingly deep bass, a wide soundscape, and automatic Trueplay tuning that perfectly balances the sound for where you are and what you're listening to.
- Battery that lasts - Enjoy up to 10 hours of continuous play time and deep, powerful sound. Easily recharge Move on the included base, or a compatible USB-C charger.
Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker
This portable Bluetooth speaker is for serious party people, thanks to 24 hour battery-powered playtime. Audio performance is full-bodied, with Anker’s dual high-performance drivers. For under $50, you enjoy remarkable sound and incredible build quality.
- Size: 6.5 x 2.1 x 1.9 inches
- Weight: 0.78 lbs
- Power: 6 watts
- 24-hour playtime
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Built-in mic
- Range: 66 ft
- Experience full-spectrum sound with dual full-range drivers, patented bass port and finely-tuned Digital Signal Processor
- Incredible battery life
- Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices
- Lightweight design
- Available in a range of colors
- Not waterproof
Why we love it:
If you like your music to sound powerful, with a crisp, tight bass, go for the Anker Soundcore. Boasting less than 1% harmonic distortion, this portable Bluetooth speaker sounds great even at high volumes. Easily portable, this clean, bass sound is ridiculously cheap and well worth the money.
- The Anker advantage: Join the 10 million+ powered by our leading technology
- Superior sound quality: Experience your music in full-bodied stereo realized through dual high-performance drivers
- Incredible battery life: 24-hour/500-song playtime powered by a built-in high capacity li-ion battery and Anker's industry
- Bluetooth 4.0 technology: Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices
- What you get: Anker sound core Bluetooth speaker, micro usb charging cable
Bugani Bluetooth Speaker
The Bugani wireless speaker offers a clear, rich sound ideal for outdoors or indoors use. With the powerful 5.0 Bluetooth chip, it’s easy to connect any devices or playlists for continuous music.
- Weight: 4.43 lbs
- Dimensions: 12.7 x 6.7 x 4.4 inches
- 4 Lithium ion batteries included
- Power: 40 watts
- Micro USB charging cable
- AUX cable
- Two woofers and two tweeters for 40-watt sound
- Under 1% total harmonic distortion
- Batteries powerful enough to charge your mobile phone
- IPX5 waterproof rating withstands sea water
- Dust-proof, snow-proof and mud-proof
- Sturdy, durable design for use outdoors
- Easily pair up twin Bugani Bluetooth speakers for surround sound
- 40 hours of playtime
- Retro design isn’t for everyone
Why we love it:
At just under $70, the Bugani Bluetooth Speaker is a competitively-priced performer with a pleasing sound quality for its size. The retro styling is distinctive and fun – if you like that kind of thing.
- [Bluetooth Speaker] Clear, rich sound, full of indoor and outdoor performances. The powerful 5.0 Bluetooth chip makes it easy to connect any devices and playlists to get continuous sound in any situation. It Can connect laptops, phones and MP3. Also, suitable for iPhone, iPad, Samsung, HTC. It can connect to PC, TV and other non-Bluetooth devices with 3.5mm audio jacks. You can also use BUGANI Bluetooth speaker for hands-free calling.
- [Portable Bluetooth Speaker] This outdoor Bluetooth speaker has a powerful shock-absorbing housing, frame and handle, with BUGANI two woofer and two tweeters for 40W sound. Two dual-power diaphragms (passive speakers) for boosting the subwoofer's total harmonic distortion to less than 1%. This is a perfect gift for music lovers with an active lifestyle.
- [Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker] can get up to 2400 minutes of playback time (50% volume. playback time varies according to volume and audio content) If you use 1A charger to fully charge the battery for 8 hours. if you use 2A charging It only takes 4 hours. You can even use the BUGANI to charge your tablets, smartphone in a pinch, no need to worry about your devices dying when you enjoy your music. IPX5 Waterproof, BUGANI is protected enough to go on, it's dustproof, snow proof, mudproof
- [Speakers Bluetooth wireless] Is the 40W volume insufficient? With the TWS feature, two BUGANI Bluetooth speakers can be easily configured to create left and right channels for powerful 80W stereo surround sound.
- What You Get: Comes with BUGANI Bluetooth 5.0 speakers. a Micro USB charging cable. AUX cable. Quick Start Guide. Our Worry-Free 12 Month Warranty plus our lifetime customer service makes your purchase absolutely risk-free
Buyers Guide – What To Consider When Buying A Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
There are a number of factors to weigh up before you part with your cash:
Need your wireless Bluetooth speaker to be small and light? There’s plenty of portable models with inbuilt batteries on the market, for taking out hiking, partying on the beach or for that barbecue. For something you can carry from room to room indoors, consider bigger or heavier models.
Taking your speaker out with you? Check for IPX ratings and guarantees of water, shock or dust resistance so that your wireless speaker can still perform in the great outdoors.
Plenty of speakers deliver top-class audio without offering many other features. Unless your speaker is tiny, check it can reproduce low frequencies without distorting at high volumes. Go for a clean, balanced sound. Remember that bigger speakers will still sound good at maximum volume.
Generally, higher-end models sound better but they may lack other features. Look for a model offering the best sound, with the features you want, at a budget you can afford.
If you want your speaker to be portable, battery life is another consideration. A speaker that dies quickly won’t do much good if you’re on the go or listening to music outdoors. Be sure to check the average battery lifespan on speakers to ensure it lasts long enough for your needs.
Bluetooth wireless speakers are essential for any music lover’s home. Take your favorite tunes around the whole house with you, or even outdoors, without having to listen through tinny phone speakers.
Choosing a good one, however, can take a while of searching. Our advice? Read this guide before committing!
We hope you’ve found the perfect device for you after reading our reviews.