If you're looking for impressive sound in a compact speaker that you can take with you on your travels, it's time to replace that clunky speaker you've had for years with a Bluetooth speaker.
Whether you're looking for the best outdoor Bluetooth speaker, a stylish speaker, or a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, you'll find plenty of options. Some speakers have a longer battery life while others stand out for their impressive sound quality and other notable features.
Best Overall: Bose SoundLink Revolve+
The Bose SoundLink Revolve isn't cheap, but its rich and full 360-degree sound puts the speaker above its competitors. Users also appreciate its versatility, noting that it can be hung on the ceiling or placed just about anywhere in the room. Wireless Bluetooth pairing is simple and effective. However, the wireless range isn't the most impressive. There are some complaints about diminished sound quality at maximum volume.
Best Value: Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is a compact smart speaker with impressive sound quality for its size, although some owners wish the sound quality was better. Built-in Alexa lets you ask for the latest news headlines, weather reports, and make calls. A few users say that voice recognition technology could use some work. Setup is simple, but some 5GHz network connection issues have been reported.
Best For Parties: Anker Soundcore Flare Mini
Immersive sound and an LED light show makes the Anker Soundcore Flare Mini a hit at any party. You can easily disable the lights if you prefer, although you can't change the pre-programmed light patterns.
Party-goers will appreciate this speaker's reputation for delivering up to several hours of sound at maximum volume without draining the battery.
Best Wireless Range: Oontz Angle 3XL Ultra
With a wireless range up to 100 feet, the Oontz Angle 3XL Ultra gives you more freedom to play your favorite songs. Music lovers appreciate the highs, mids, and bass on this speaker, which results in well-rounded sound in most settings.
Despite its rich sound, the speaker isn't the loudest. Many owners find the sound to be best when using two of these speakers.
Best Waterproof Speaker: JBL FLIP 5
An IPX7 waterproof rating means you can lounge with the JBL FLIP 5 by the pool, take it to the beach, or even continue to listen to music during a rain shower. Several owners comment on the crisp and clear sound quality, even on maximum volume.
The speaker seems to get its 12 hours of playtime as advertised, although it doesn't run quite as long on the highest setting.
Most Stylish Bluetooth Speaker: XLEADER SoundAngel A8 (2nd Gen)
The XLEADER SoundAngel A8 (2nd Gen) is equally stylish and functional, so you can proudly display the speaker inside or outdoors. Despite its compact size, this portable Bluetooth speaker has a rich, high-def sound complete with a subwoofer resonator.
The fact that the speaker is located on the bottom of the unit leads some owners to complain about a somewhat muffled sound.
Best Battery Life: DOSS SoundBox Plus
With a playtime of 20 hours, you can easily party the night away with this speaker. The DOSS SoundBox Plus has soft mixed lights to invigorate the surrounding atmosphere. Users especially like being able to choose from a variety of light effects.
The fact that the volume is adjustable by tracing the middle circle in the direction you wish the sound to go results in mixed reviews.
Loudest Bluetooth Speaker: SOUNDBOKS 2
A robust 122 decibels of volume, complete with full bass and treble, cements the SOUNDBOKS 2 Bluetooth speaker's status as the loudest wireless Bluetooth speaker. An included swappable battery pack delivers an average listening time of 40 hours.
If you can carry the hefty 33-pound speaker, its dirt- and water-resistant exterior makes it a fun choice for outdoor parties.
Best For Outdoor Listening: ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM 2
If you're straining to properly hear your favorite songs outdoors, simply press the outdoor boost button for an instant boost in volume and clarity.
While the ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM 2 has an estimated battery life of 13 hours, it doesn't last that long on full volume. However, you can continue to listen to your favorite music as the speaker recharges.
Best Compact Bluetooth Speaker: Bose SoundLink Micro
Despite its compact size, the SoundLink Micro Bluetooth offers crisp and balanced sound and runs up to six hours per charge. Some owners say the bass isn't very robust, especially at higher volumes. The small speaker also has a waterproof IPX7 rating, so you don't have to worry about showers and splashes. Siri and Google compatibility lets you use voice commands.