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Best Bluetooth speakers available today

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Bye, bye to the TDK Trek Flex and Sony SRS-X11. We’ve added the excellent Fugoo and JBL Xtreme to the list in their place.

Your phone cut the cord, now it’s time for you to set your music free and buy a Bluetooth speaker. Thankfully, there’s one suited for everyone out there.

Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

Some Bluetooth speakers excel at packing in as much functionality as the unit can handle while keeping the price down. Other speakers shuck excess functionality in favor of premium build materials instead. Whatever path you choose to go down, you’ll be greeted with many options to suit your personal tastes.

The only thing standing in your way is sorting out what’s worth your money and what most definitely is not. To help you in your journey, we’ve compiled a list of the best Bluetooth speakers available right now in terms of value, performance and design.

Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

1. Fugoo

A small Bluetooth speaker that raises the bar

Weight: 1 pound | Battery life: Up to 40 hours | Wireless range: 30+ feed | Frequency response: 60Hz -20kHz | Drivers: Two 28mm neodymium tweeters, two 39mm neodymium aluminum domed mid/woofers, two 43mm x 54mm passive radiators | NFC: No | Aux-in: Yes | USB charging: Yes

Awesome sound Amazing battery life No flaws to note

Meet the Bluetooth speaker market’s best-kept secret. The Fugoo comes in your choice of jacket style (Style, Tough, or Sport), but no matter which one you choose, this speaker is just as suited for the elements as it is your coffee table.

Despite its small size, this option offers surprisingly good sound performance and, get this, up to 40 hours of battery life when listening at medium volume. I was able to get nearly 20 hours out of it at a high volume.

Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

2. Creative Muvo Mini

A capable, weatherproof Bluetooth speaker with subtle style

Weight: .6 pounds | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: 32 feet | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: Two micro drivers and one bass radiator | NFC: Yes | Bluetooth version: 4.0 | Aux-in: Yes | USB charging: No

10-hour battery Weatherproof Can’t charge devices

It’s not tough these days to find a Bluetooth speaker full of desirable features like full sound, weather-proofing and a good-performing battery. Most of the time, however, the options capable of all those feats won’t be cheap. That’s where Creative’s Muvo Mini comes in to play.

For $59 (£49, AU$69), this speaker handles all these impressive feats, wiping the floor clean of the competition in the process. It’d be enough to recommend it based on its cheap price alone, but it’s actually a really good all-around speaker, so there’s that too.

Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

3. UE Boom

A Bluetooth speaker packed with surprises at every turn

Weight: 1.1 pounds | Battery life: 15 hours | Wireless range: 50 feet | Frequency response: 90Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: Two 1.5″ drivers and two 2″ passive radiators | NFC: Yes | Bluetooth version: N/A | Aux-in: Yes | USB charging: Yes

Unmatched style Impressive feature set Too dependent on phone Not true 360-degree sound

There aren’t that many Bluetooth speakers out there with as much “pop” as the UE Boom. For $199, it packs in a ton of functionality – much more that your standard Bluetooth speaker – thanks to the companion app for Android and iOS. With it, you can customize your own equalizer and even join it up with another Boom or with it’s little bro, the UE Mini Boom, for a surround sound effect.

Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

4. Harman Infinity One

This stunning Bluetooth speaker lives up to the legacy

Weight: 2.8 pounds | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | Frequency response: 70Hz-20kHz | Drivers: Four 1.8″ drivers and two passive radiators | NFC: Yes | Aux-in: Yes | Bluetooth version: N/A | Weatherproofing: No | Charges devices over USB: Yes

Vibrant, rich sound Charges devices High asking price

The Harman Infinity One is the most expensive speaker on our list and it’s also one of the best values around. The sound performance is best-in-class with amazingly deep bass and rich sound making up the rest of the signature.

Additionally, this speaker houses every modern feature that one could desire in a Bluetooth speaker, like NFC connectivity, USB charging and conference calling. A big part of the price goes to the stunning design put forward by Harman. The entire enclosure is a matte grille that allows for sound to pour out of each side. You’re getting your money’s worth here.

Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

5. UE Mini Boom

Big sound from a tiny, ruggedized Bluetooth speaker

Weight: .6 pounds | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: 50 feet | Frequency response: 130Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: Two 1.5″ drivers, one 3″ x 1.5″ passive radiator | NFC: Yes | Aux-in: Yes | Bluetooth version: N/A | Weatherproofing: No | Charges devices over USB: No

Lively design Surprisingly deep sound Foggy highs

Don’t knock the UE Mini Boom for its small size. What it offers out of the box in terms of sound performance and battery life isn’t just impressive, it’s a steal at $99 (£79, AU$99).

Just as we were, you’ll likely be surprised by the capabilities of this speaker through its companion app. Packed into a fun, durable form-factor, this speaker is a fantastic value for music lovers.

(Sadly, this speaker has been discontinued. I’m going to keep it here a little while longer, as it’s still pretty easy to find at a good price. At that, I definitely recommend that you pick it up.)

Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

6. JBL Charge 2 Plus

Improvements to last year’s hit speaker make it even better

Weight: 1.3 pounds | Battery life: 12 hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | Frequency response: 75Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: Two 1.7″ drivers and two passive radiators | NFC: No | Bluetooth version: 3.0 | Aux-in: Yes USB charging: Yes

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Excellent sound Water-resistant A little expensive

Coming in at $150 (£129, about AU$170) is the JBL Charge 2+. It’s about the size of a large can of energy drink, but I promise that it has more functionality than one. It offers impressive sound that’s much more full-bodied than I’d thought a speaker this small could produce.

Not just that, speakerphone support is seamless and the tethering with three devices simultaneously via Social Mode makes it a fun party accessory. Lastly, outdoor enthusiasts will love that this speaker is also splashproof and can last up to 12 hours. You can even use it to charge your phone or tablet in a pinch.

Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

7. Bose SoundLink Color

A vibrant Bluetooth speaker that packs impressive sound

Weight: 1.2 pounds | 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: No | Charges devices over USB: No

Fun, curvy design Booming sound Lacks some modern features

When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, Bose is a major player. But something that’s been missing from the company’s product line is a relatively affordable option that has the same full-bodied sound crammed into a small form-factor.

With the $130 (£120, AU$180) SoundLink Color, Bose has achieved just that, plus a splash of color. There are a variety of flavors to choose from, but whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to stellar sound and battery performance. Bose performance now comes cheap with this portable Bluetooth speaker.

Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

8. JBL Xtreme

High performance wrapped in a stylish, durable shell

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Weight: 4.6 pounds | Battery life: 15 hours | Wireless range: 30+ feed | Frequency response: 70Hz -20kHz | Drivers: Two 2.48″ woofers | NFC: No | Aux-in: Yes | USB charging: Yes

Splashproof Stylish Heavy Ports difficult to access

It’s impossible not to compare JBL’s rough and tough Xtreme to the stellar Infinity One. After all, its parent company, Harman, is responsible for both creations.

The Xtreme might look a whole lot like the One, but it sets itself apart with a rugged build that is forgiving of dings and short falls. Its battery can pump music for a very solid 15 hours, too. It edges out most, if not all, similarly priced competitors in terms of value, but falls short ever so slightly of the One’s sound performance.

Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

9. Fluance Fi30

Music to your ears (and your wallet)

Weight: 8.3 pounds | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: 30+ feet | Frequency response: 50Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: Two 3″ woven glass fiber composite drivers | NFC: No | Aux-in: Yes | Bluetooth version: 2.1 | Weatherproofing: No | Charges devices over USB: Yes

Strong sound performance Affordable No internal battery

One look at this speaker might make you think that it costs a small fortune. Coming in aggressively at $149, the Fluance Fi30 loves defying expectations and the act doesn’t stop at its shockingly low price. It also sounds great. With room-filling audio, we’ve got a value-packed speaker that can bring down the house.

Unlike the others on this list, the Fi30 isn’t portable at all. Not just for its size, but also because it requires being plugged into an electrical socket for power. Minor negatives aside, this makes for the perfect porch companion or boombox-sized speaker for your pad.

Buying Guide: 10 best Bluetooth speakers available today

10. Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20

Tell iHome to go home

Weight: 2.5 pounds | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: 40 feet | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: One 2.5″ driver, two 1.5″ drivers and two passive radiators | NFC: Yes | Aux-in: Yes | Bluetooth version: 3.0 | Weatherproofing: No | Charges devices over USB: Yes

Sleek, novel design Great lows and mids Not the loudest speaker out there A few useless functions

The Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR 20 packs novel functionality and roaring sound into an appealing body for a price that rings it at a pleasing tune of $129 (about £104, AU$155). This speaker is about the size of a hard-cover book and can compliment a bookshelf or a table top nicely.

Touching on features, the built-in internal microphone allows you to make or take calls with ease. The Roar SR20 supports a microSD card, which you can use either to record calls onto or listen to stored music from. Something else you don’t see often in a Bluetooth speaker is an overdrive button. “Roar” mode cranks the sound performance up a few notches.

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42 thoughts on “Best Bluetooth speakers available today

  1. Looking forward getting my Site:1 from Princeton Audio. Hope it sounds as good as it looks!

  2. I use foxl platinum wireless speaker. If sound quality, price, portability are the parameters, it could best fit-in the above list.

  3. To be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with the Cambridge Audio products I checked out: the G2 and the Go V2. Any other suggestions?

  4. Most people are looking for portability. But I agree with you and we have a slew of reviews coming for some bigger, louder options. For now, check out the recently added Harman Infinity One. I loved the thing and based on your comment, it might be exactly what you’re looking for.

  5. I have a pair of Sonos Play 1s that just sound amazing. I prefer this to getting a single more expensive unit. Don’t get me wrong. The Play 1 sounds fantastic on its own. But when paired into right and left channels, it’s an amazing thing to behold.

  6. Ruarks MR1 BT speakers are the best I’ve heard. They are perfect for stationary or portable listening. If you purchase the battery pack accessory they become power cord free. The main speaker unit can then be utilized in a single speaker configuration without the power cord or interconnect cord…with virtually no drop in sound quality (from the typical L/R speaker set up). They can be set up in a traditional RCA input connection (as well). These have great dynamics and a wide soundstage from a small setup…& they are surprisingly light/mid weight making them very easy to transport in a matter of minutes. They are on the pricer end but well worth the cost. I’m doubtful that there’s anything comparable. I use them with my desktop PC, iPhone, iPAD. These are equipped with APTX (for Android users).

  7. I would recommend you go and look for a Harman Kardon Onyx Studio. I have it and the Infinity One (easily the best speaker in this list) and they are chalk & cheese – the Onyx has so much bass, a much better sound overall and can get stupidly loud for something relatively small. And if you look around, you can pick one up for around $150, making it an absolute no-brainer. Battery life isn’t great but if you are going to be using it inside, that won’t be a problem.

  8. Why is it whenever bluetooth speakers are talked about, it’s always portable ones? I don’t own a hifi system, I don’t use CDs or tapes or vinyls, what I really want is a decent pair of speakers I can connect my tablet too – not for taking anywhere, to sit in my front room. That is what I would like to see reviewed. I don’t want any of the extra functions, just something that looks great, sounds great, and works off an android tablet.

  9. I have a JBL docking stationi / speaker with an iPhone Lightning (8 pin) connector. I have been searching on the internet for a receiver to convert this to a wireless speaker, but I haven’t been able to find one, I think they may only make these for the older 30-pin ones. Do any of you know how I could resolve this?

  10. Not to mention that it looks absolutely incredible. I’ll see about checking it out!

  11. The B&O Beolit 15 is hands down the best battery powered bluetooth speaker I’ve heard yet. For comparison, the Bose Soundlink mini sounds like a small kitchen radio beside it.The Beolit is also considerably more expensive (and less portable) than those listed above, but a solid investment if you like big sound.

  12. Keep an eye out for The Core Wireless Speaker System which will be available soon. Looks very promising.

  13. Good to know! Though, I’d probably soil myself if I got water on it. it’s so precious!

  14. The Infinity One is head and shoulders above the rest of these. It is also properly waterproof, I discovered. I was BBQing in the rain and the awning leaked water all over mine. It was absolutely drenched by the time I noticed but it never missed a beat. I dried it off with a towel and it has been going strong ever since. It is expensive but, in this case, you definitely get what you pay for.

  15. The AmazonBasics bluetooth speaker is a great value with decent sound. .amzn.to/1I0P3DO

  16. Tried UE and BOSE, both good for mp3. But as a speaker for movies that may have a bit lower sound level, the Sony X5 appears better for the task.

  17. Its a joke. Sounds ok but will not get loud enough to hear outside at all. So bringing it to a tailgate or even camping will disappoint if you are not right next to it

  18. Does anyone here have the ue mini boom? is it worth the money because these things are quite expensive…

  19. Near the 40 00a3 price and very nice with sounding for me, this Jabra Solemate (with NFC, Wifi, and Bluetooth) speaker won. :)

  20. I broke my JBL Charge and tried to replace it as it was great. No local stock so I tried the UE BOOM as it was rated higher here. It is not even close so I returned it. My beefs: – bluetooth range was about 6 ft for the UE and I could be in the next room with the JBL – better sound from the JBL (fuller bass) – I love the charging capability of the JBL (used often) – JBL comes with neoprene case (nothing with UE) Just ordered a new Charge 2 which covers all the UE advantages (water resistance, speaker phone) plus it sounds even better than the original!

  21. Before we choose a speaker, we should take more consideration on the sound quality, then the appearance and the battery. Do you agree with me?

  22. Just read something about the Acemile Theatre Box. First portable surround Bluetooth speaker. 20 hour L-I battery. Sounds cool.

  23. Thodio its another speaker.. its impossible compare them 200RMS!

  24. Sony SRS-X5 should be in the top 10 for sure! Just compare it with some of the others and you’ll find out why… and it even supports aptX Happy X5 user.

  25. Minirig definitely blows the rest out of the water, especially with the subwoofer!

  26. Update: TDK is a really good speaker. Got a couple from Amazon using Huge Zon Deals, just google it. They have a golden search box on their homepage that spits out all of the discounts of any item or product on Amazon. These speakers cost me way less than the listed price. I always use this tool to buy everything on Amazon.

  27. I got the Thodio iBox XC from my wife for my birthday last month, totally blown away by it, 200 watts, 51 hour battery, HD Bluetooth, o and did I mention it 2019s built out of 0.7 201d solid hard woods?!?

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    Article useful, the main thing that helped people, Respect to you!

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