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.
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.
There aren't that many Bluetooth speakers out there with as much "pop" as the UE Boom. Actually, I can't think of one. This speaker's "superhero" color scheme bleeds style, but that's not it.
For $199, the Ultimate Ears Boom 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.
- Read our UE Boom review
Harman Infinity One
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.
- Read our Harman Infinity One review
Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20
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. What I like most about its design is how much it resembles an unassuming hard drive enclosure. With that, you can put it pretty much anywhere without disrupting the mood.
Touching on features, the built-in internal microphone allows you to make or take calls with ease and the Roar SR20 can even record the audio to a microSD card. 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.
Harman Kardon Esquire Mini
Many Bluetooth speakers are portable, but very few are compact enough to fit in your jean pocket. The Esquire Mini is a svelte option for those with a knack for design who simply can't be separated from their music.
It's hard not to be partial to this speaker based on its looks alone, but thankfully, its performance packs a surprising punch. For its size, the battery life and sound quality will impress.
It's rather expensive for its size ($150, £129.99), but the pocket-sized form factor, premium build and respectable sound make it a worthy option.
- Read our Harman Kardon Esquire Mini review
Bose SoundLink Color
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.
- Read our Bose SoundLink Color review
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.
- Read our Fluance Fi30 review
There are those who prefer that their Bluetooth speaker hides in plain sight with a simple design that doesn't speak too loudly. Then, there are those who want something that speaks for itself with bold colors. If you're part of the latter party, check out the Denon Envaya.
At $199, this desk-friendly option doesn't come cheap, but the full sound, NFC pairing and 10 hours of battery life provide plenty of reason to jump on this colorful bandwagon. What's more, the Envaya can also be adjusted so that you can find the perfect listening angle.
UE Mini Boom
Don't knock the Ultimate Ears 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.
- Read our UE Mini Boom review
TDK TREK Flex
Looking at the TREK Flex, it's clear that the design is one of this speaker's strongest suits. What's more, it yields some nifty functionality too. Whether you stand this speaker vertically or lay it on its sides, you'll be pleased with the performance here.
The TREK Flex can stand up to the elements with dust and water resistance. It may not look like it, but this speaker can take a beating, which makes it perfect for camping trips.
At $129, TDK made a speaker that follow you through your adventures, rain or shine.
- Read our TDK TREK Flex review
For $59, Koss makes a convincing argument with the BTSi, similar to how UE did with its Mini Boom, that size doesn't matter.
This Bluetooth speaker is just bigger than a deck of cards, yet the sound is rich, the battery is long-lasting and hey, what more could you want for the price of a video game?
We'll update this page as we review more speakers, so stay tuned. Let us know if you have suggestions for us to check out in the comments below.