The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is a benchmark for Bluetooth speakers. It's stylish, waterproof, and, most importantly, capable of delivering excellent 360-degree audio experience.
By offering a combination of top-notch audio quality, great battery life, and waterproof body, the Soundcore Flare Speaker by Anker is our favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker. If you're looking for a great compact option on a tight budget, it's totally worth your attention.
The B&O PLAY Beolit 17 Bluetooth speaker by Bang & Olufsen has gorgeous design and craftsmanship. Most importantly, it delivers an audio experience that’s worthy of its good looks and high price tag. If your search for great audio has no budgetary restrictions, this is a great option.
The Ultimate Ears Blast adds Wi-Fi connectivity and Amazon Alexa support to one of the industry's best portable Bluetooth speakers — the Ultimate Ears Boom 2. If you are a fan of Amazon's virtual assistant, you need to have the Blast on top of your shopping list.
The beautifully designed Libratone ZIPP is not the most portable speaker on this list, but its amazing sound quality makes the extra weight well worth it. With Wi-Fi connectivity and Apple AirPlay support, the speaker is a fantastic option for Apple hardware users.
Bluetooth speakers are a highly diverse bunch, so choosing the right one can be quite an exercise. The most important things to consider when shopping for a portable wireless speaker are sound quality, battery life, and, of course, design.
Additional features such as a waterproof body and wireless connectivity options that go beyond Bluetooth are becoming increasingly popular, too. The latest offerings on the market will even let you access your favorite virtual assistants by Google and Amazon. Check out our favorite picks!
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Pros: Sleek design, fantastic audio quality, great battery life, waterproof
Cons: Doesn't have Google Chromecast or Apple AirPlay support
The metal-clad SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth speaker by Bose is not only stylish (look at its awesome fabric handle!), but it's also water-resistant. It can deliver 360-degree sound with superb quality for up to a rather amazing 16 hours on a single charge.
The SoundLink Revolve+ speaker has a built-in microphone for making voice calls and using your phone's virtual assistant. To access the latter, you'll need to long-press a dedicated multifunction button.
Bose also offers you the option to connect multiple speakers via a sleek mobile app. The SoundLink Revolve+ is available in black or silver.
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Best Budget Buy
Pros: Affordable, waterproof, great audio quality and battery life
Cons: Only available in one color
The Soundcore Flare wireless speaker by Anker is our favorite budget buy today. The fabric-covered, waterproof gadget successfully combines attractive design, intuitive controls, excellent audio quality, and great battery life. With customizable LED lights, the Soundcore Flare is also incredibly interactive for its price point.
With a pair of high-quality audio drivers and a duo of passive bass radiators on board, the Soundcore Flare speaker sounds a lot better than its price tag suggests. Users can tweak the device’s audio settings via a mobile app. There’s also the option to pair two speakers for a full stereo experience.
The speaker has an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means that it can survive full submersion under water. The device can deliver up to 12 hours of audio playback between charges.
3. B&O Play Beolit 17 Bluetooth Speaker — Check Price
Pros: Beautiful design and craftsmanship, amazing audio quality, USB-C port for charging
Cons: It's not water-resistant
The B&O PLAY Beolit 17 Bluetooth speaker by Bang & Olufsen is our favorite splurge-worthy pick available today. It's beautifully designed and crafted, using materials that include aluminum and full-grain leather. Most importantly, it's capable of delivering a superb 360-degree audio experience.
The audio hardware specs of the Beolit 17 speaker are impressive, even for an offering in its price range. They include a 5.5-inch full-range audio driver, two 4-inch passive bass radiators, and a trio of 1.5-inch tweeters. Combined, they deliver praise-worthy audio quality that even discerning audiophiles will appreciate. At 240 watts, the gadget’s peak power output is also impressive.
The B&O PLAY Beolit 17 can last up to 24 hours between battery charges. We love that the speaker utilizes a USB-C port for charging. It comes bundled with a speedy charger, which works with other USB-C devices, too.
You can control the speaker’s settings from your smartphone via a B&O PLAY mobile app. The latter gives you access to a number of smart features, including a handy alarm mode.
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Best for Amazon Alexa Users
Pros: Cool design, waterproof body, great audio quality, equipped with Amazon Alexa
Cons: You can't use Spotify with Amazon Alexa yet
The all-new UE Blast wireless speaker has a similar design as the UE Boom 2 (one of our favorite Bluetooth speakers), but it has vastly improved hardware and features. They include Wi-Fi connectivity, Amazon Alexa support, and a vastly improved Bluetooth wireless range. Using Amazon's virtual assistant on the UE Blast requires access to a Wi-Fi network.
As expected, the UE Blast delivers excellent 360-degree sound, thanks to a duo of active audio drivers and two passive radiators for thumping bass delivery. The gadget can deliver up to 12 hours of wireless tunes on a battery charge.
The UE Blast is IP67 waterproof, so you can fully submerge it underwater. Best of all, it comes with an industry-leading two-year warranty. There are four colors to choose from — black, white, blue, and merlot.
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Best for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Users
Pros: Colorful design, exceptional audio quality, includes Apple AirPlay support
Cons: Bulky, battery life could be better
The redesigned Libratone ZIPP is one of the most stylish portable wireless speakers available today. It's pretty smart, too, allowing users to stream content over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Apple AirPlay support is also on board. Users have the option to connect several ZIPP speakers together in a multiroom setup.
The speaker delivers audio with excellent quality in every direction, so it sounds much bigger than it is. In terms of sheer audio output, it's more powerful than any other option on this list. Its battery can last up to 10 hours on a single charge.
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6. Sony XB10 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker — Check Price
Best Compact Footprint and Colorful Design
Pros: Affordable, colorful, water-resistant
Cons: You can't use it to charge your phone
Sony's XB10 water-resistant speaker will pleasantly surprise you with a thumping bass delivery, which is simply uncanny for a gadget this tiny. Its battery can last for up to 16 hours, and it has NFC connectivity for easy pairing with compatible devices.
In case you need more decibels in your life, there's also the option to pair two XB10 speakers. There are four colors to pick from — black, white, red, and blue.
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Best for Customizable Design and a Built-in Headphone Amp
Pros: Customizable design, superb build quality, good sound, USB-C available
Cons: Battery life isn't great
V-Moda's first Bluetooth speaker, just like its awesome wireless headphones, is customizable via 3D-printed modules. They include 3D-printed sides, grilles, and shells, with the available materials ranging from colorful fiber to gold-polished steel.
Its sound quality is also excellent, thanks to a pair of high-quality audio drivers, as well as a bass reflector. Other key features of the V-Moda Remix include 10 hours of battery life and a built-in high-quality headphones amplifier capable of powering audiophile headphones.
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Best for Retro Looks
Pros: Design inspired by guitar amps, top-notch sound quality
Cons: Humongous, proprietary charger
The Fender Newport wireless speaker has a design and controls inspired by the company's legendary guitar amps. They include a decidedly old-school flip switch for turning the speaker on and off, as well as dedicated rotating knobs for controlling the bass and treble outputs.
The sound quality is excellent, courtesy of two powerful full-range drivers and one tweeter. The speaker also has a built-in microphone for making voice calls from the connected devices. Its battery can last up to 12 hours on a single charge.
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Best for iPhone and iPad Users Looking for a Compact Speaker
Pros: Good sound quality, Lightning port, it can charge your phone
Cons: Lacks water resistance
The Beats Pill+ is a wireless speaker with good sound quality and understated design. You can connect two Pill+ units together with Bluetooth for fuller sound via a sleek-looking mobile app.
The speaker has up to 12 hours of battery life, and you can charge it via a Lightning cable, just like your iPhone and iPad. You can even use the gadget as a backup battery for your mobile devices if necessary.
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Best for Waterproof Design and Excellent Audio Quality
Pros: Waterproof, great sound quality, exceptional battery life
Cons: Still uses microUSB for charging
Sony’s SRS-XB31 Bluetooth speaker packs a ton of cool features, which make it one of the best entries in its price range. Some standouts include a fully waterproof design, a rugged body, built-in line and strobe lights, and an exceptional 24-hour battery life.
The speaker packs two 48-millimeter audio drivers, which combine to deliver excellent audio quality. There’s an option to choose between extra-bass or live-sound modes. Users looking for more decibels can seamlessly connect multiple SRS-XB31 speakers together.
An IP67 rating ensures that the Sony SRS-XB31 is fully waterproof. There are four cool colors to pick from — black, white, blue, and red.
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