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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Best Overall

Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Portable Bluetooth 360 Speaker
amazon.com $299.00

Pros: Sleek design, fantastic audio quality, good battery life, waterproof

Cons: Doesn't have Google Chromecast or Apple AirPlay support

Bottom Line: With stylish looks, a waterproof build, great sound quality, and superb battery life, Bose sets another benchmark for portable Bluetooth speakers.

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 solid 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.

Reviewers from CNET, PC Magazine, and TechRadar praised the SoundLink for its clever design, excellent audio quality, and top-notch battery life. However, they also noted that the optional charging dock will cost you extra on top of the already pricey speaker.

Bose also offers you the option to connect multiple speakers via a sleek mobile app. The SoundLink Revolve+ is available in black or silver.

Best Budget Buy

Anker
Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth 360° Speaker
amazon.com $59.99

Pros: Affordable, waterproof, great audio quality and battery life

Cons: It uses a microUSB port for charging

Bottom Line: This is our favorite affordable option available today.

The Soundcore Flare wireless speaker by Anker is our favorite budget buy today. The fabric-covered, waterproof gadget successfully combines an 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.

Testers from PC Magazine and TechRadar also liked the sleek design and superb excellent audio quality of the Soundcore Flare speaker. They also liked its built-in LED lights and the mobile app that controls them.

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. You can order the gadget with a gray or blue fabric finish.

Best Splurge

B&O PLAY
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
amazon.com $498.58

Pros: Beautiful design and craftsmanship, amazing audio quality, USB-C port for charging

Cons: It's not water-resistant

Bottom Line: The Beolit 17 speaker has design and audio quality worthy of its price tag.

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.

Best Waterproof Speaker

Ultimate Ears
Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
amazon.com $199.99

Pros: Great design, fully waterproof body, great audio quality, cool app-enabled features

Cons: The one-touch playlist access doesn't work with Spotify

Bottom Line: This is the best waterproof speaker out there.

The all-new MEGABOOM 3 by Ultimate Ears is the best waterproof speaker available today. It has a beautiful design and finish, amazing 360-degree sound, top-notch battery life (up to 20 hours), and a host of neat features you can access via a smartphone app.

The device's app-enabled features include the ability to access your favorite Apple Music playlists with a single touch, as well as the option to connect over 150 MEGABOOM speakers for a bigger sound experience. Surprisingly, Ultimate Ears has decided to skip support for one-touch access to Spotify playlists.

The speaker is fully waterproof with an IP67 rating. This means that you can fully submerge it underwater. We also like that Ultimate Ears designed the MEGABOOM 3 to float in water, making it perfect for pool parties.

There are three colors to pick from — black, blue, and red. In case you find the MEGABOOM 3 too big, consider the smaller BOOM 3 speaker instead. It has a similar design, but a more compact body.

Best for Built-In Apple AirPlay Support

Libratone
Libratone ZIPP Portable WiFi + Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
amazon.com $249.99

Pros: Colorful design, exceptional audio quality, Apple AirPlay support

Cons: Bulky, battery life could be better

Bottom Line: Great sound quality and connectivity features, but not the most portable option around.

The Libratone ZIPP is one of the most stylish portable wireless speakers available today — its fabric-covered exterior is available in a plethora of eye-catching colors. It's pretty smart, too, allowing users to stream content over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Apple AirPlay support is also onboard the ZIPP, setting it apart from all other options on this list. It allows Apple hardware users to stream higher-quality audio over a Wi-Fi network.

The speaker delivers audio with excellent quality in every direction, so it sounds much bigger than it is. Users have the option to connect several ZIPP speakers together in a multiroom setup. The speaker's built-in battery can last up to 10 hours on a single charge.


More Cool Options to Consider:

Best Compact Footprint and Colorful Design

Sony
Sony XB10 Portable Wireless Speaker
amazon.com $58.00

Pros: Affordable, colorful, water-resistant

Cons: You can't use it to charge your phone

Bottom Line: One of the best ultra compact speakers out there.

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.

PC Magazine reviewed the Sony XB10 speaker, too, and they praised its great audio performance. The tester also liked the option to pair the small speaker with another unit for a bigger sound.

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.

Best for Customizable Design and a Built-in Headphone Amp

V-Moda
V-MODA REMIX Bluetooth Hi-Fi Metal Mobile Speaker
amazon.com $270.62

Pros: Customizable design, superb build quality, good sound, USB-C available

Cons: Battery life isn't great

Bottom Line: Eye-grabbing custom design and top-notch audio features.

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.

Best for Cool Retro Looks and Great Sound

Kilburn II Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
marshallheadphones.com $299.00

Pros: Design inspired by guitar amps, amazing sound quality, great battery life

Cons: It's a bit heavy

Bottom Line: It's an attractive combination of retro looks and modern functionality.

The Marshall Kilburn II wireless speaker has a design and controls inspired by the company's legendary guitar amps. They include a trio of dedicated rotating knobs for controlling the volume, as well as the bass and treble outputs. The speaker has a rugged design and an IPX2 rating for water resistance.

The sound quality is truly excellent. Marshall has partnered with Blumlein Stereo to give the Kilburn II speaker the ability to deliver an immersive, multidirectional audio experience that's among the best in its price range. The speaker has Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, as well as the ability to wirelessly connect to multiple audio sources.

The speaker's battery can last up to 20 hours on a single charge. We like that it has a fast charging capability, too, which will give you up to 3 hours of playback after only 20 minutes.

At 5.5 pounds, the Marshall Kilburn II isn't the lightest Bluetooth speaker out there. However, we do believe that its sound and craftsmanship make carrying the extra weight well worth it. To make moving the speaker around easier, Marshall has equipped it with a handy and stylish leather strap.

Best for Built-In Apple Lightning Connector for Charging

Beats by Dre
Beats Pill+ Bluetooth Speaker
amazon.com $112.17

Pros: Good sound quality, uses Lightning port for charging, can charge your phone

Cons: No water resistance

Bottom Line: A well-priced option for iPhone and iPad users.

The Beats Pill+ is a compact wireless speaker with good sound quality and a cool design. You can connect two Pill+ units together with Bluetooth for a fuller stereo 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.

Apple offers the Beats Pill+ in a multitude of eye-catching colors, like black, white, gray, green, and red.

Best for Waterproof Design and Excellent Audio Quality

Sony
Sony SRS-XB31 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
amazon.com $4.16

Pros: Waterproof, great sound quality, exceptional battery life

Cons: Still uses microUSB for charging

Bottom Line: One of the best waterproof speakers out there.

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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