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The best Bluetooth speakers available in India 2020

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Best Bluetooth Speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar India's round-up of the best Bluetooth speakers in 2020. 

Bluetooth speakers have come a long way from being tinny and weak. They are now good enough to be used for your personal needs as well as a house party. All you need to worry about is charging them up, connecting them with your phone and tapping that play button.

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Improvements in Bluetooth technology meant that they're able to offer a very capable audio experience in their own right. Further, improvements in the battery technology and capacities means that you don’t have to worry about charging these speakers for days.

In addition to this, there are several good Bluetooth speakers in the market that come integrated with Google Assistant and Alexa, so you can actually do more than just listen to songs now.

If you are on the lookout for a good Bluetooth speaker, here's our shortlist of some of good options. Some are rugged, some are stylish, some are weatherproof and some aren't fit for the outdoors - read through and take your pick.

UE Boom 3

UE Boom 3

1. UE Boom 3

Simply the best cordless speaker

Specifications
Weight: 544g
Battery life: 15 hours
Wireless range: 30+ feet
Frequency response: 90Hz-20kHz
Drivers: Two 1.75" drivers and two 1.75" x 3" passive radiators
NFC: Yes
Aux-in: Yes USB charging: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Brilliant design+Powerful sound
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing

Want something that fulfils all your needs – be it a house party or you simply like your music loud? The UE Boom 3 might be just what you need. It offers thumping and loud audio without distortion at high volumes; is light enough to carry on a camping trip but remains durable enough to tumble in a bag unprotected. 

There are certainly more detailed speakers out there (see: Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin down below), but at a price that's relatively affordable to all, the UE Boom 3 hits all the right notes for the third year in a row.

Read the full review: UE Boom 3

2. JBL Charge 3

A near-perfect balance between sound, features and price

Specifications
Weight: 798g
Battery life: 20 hours
Wireless range: 30+ feet
Frequency response: 65Hz – 20kHz
Drivers: Two 1.7" drivers and two passive radiators
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: 3.0
Aux-in: Yes
USB charging: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Kicking bass response+Waterproof
Reasons to avoid
-Exposed woofers

JBL is a very well-known name when it comes to audio accessories, and the company maintains its reputation with the Charge 3. As a package, the JBL Charge 3 offers a compelling set of features and excellent sound quality to boot. It punches well above its weight, playing it loud and distortion-free. 

The Charge line of speakers have been on our shortlist of recommendations for a long time and the latest iteration maintains JBL’s dominance in the portable Bluetooth speaker market.

Read the full review: JBL Charge 3

Slightly dated, but still one of the best sounding wireless speakers

Specifications
Weight: 667g
Dimensions: 2 x 7.1 x 2.3 inches (H x W x D)
Battery life: Up to 10 hours
Wireless range: 30 ft (10 m)
Frequency response: N/A
Drivers: N/A
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: N/A
Aux-in: Yes
USB charging: No
Reasons to buy
+Stellar sound+Built like a tank+Compact form factor
Reasons to avoid
-No NFC or multipoint Bluetooth

The Bose SoundLink Mini II is more than four years old now, making it ancient by modern standards of consumer electronics. However, writing off the SoundLink Mini II because of this would be a mistake, given the fact that it still is one of the best sounding wireless speakers. 

The SoundLink Mini II punches way above what its size would suggest, offering deep bass, fizzy highs and a lush midrange. It proves that small speakers don’t always have to compromise on the sound quality.

Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Mini II

4. UE Wonderboom

One of the best-sounding waterproof speakers you can buy

Specifications
Weight: 425g
Dimensions: 102 x 93.5mm (H x D)
Battery life: Up to 10 hours
Wireless range: 100 ft (33 m)
Frequency response: 80 Hz – 20 kHz
Drivers: two 40 mm active drivers and two 46.1mm x 65.2mm passive radiators
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: N/A
Aux-in: No
USB charging: No
Reasons to buy
+360-degree sound+Multipoint pairing+Waterproof
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly confined sounding

Another entry from UE in our list, the UE Wonderboom is a great option if you are looking for a quality Bluetooth speaker that you can carry outdoors. UE has taken the Roll 2 and fixed most of the flaws that you could notice. 

In our eyes, the UE Wonderboom bests the Roll 2 in just about every way. If you’re looking for one of the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers on the market today, it’s hard to do better than the UE Wonderboom.

Read the full review: UE Wonderboom

A vibrant Bluetooth speaker that packs impressive sound

Specifications
Weight: 544g
Dimensions: 5.25 x 5 x 2.25 inches (H x W x D)
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: Yes
Charges devices over USB: No
Reasons to buy
+Fun, curvy design+Booming sound
Reasons to avoid
-Average battery life-Only splash-proof

The SoundLink Color II is slightly easier to carry around when you’re out and about. Combine this with Bose’ excellent audio mastery, you have a great, easy to carry Bluetooth speaker on your hands. 

If you’re looking for something from Bose to take with you on your next hike, the SoundLink Color II is the company’s only splash-proof speaker that can stand up to the elements with an IPX4 rating. 

Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Color II

6. Marshall Kilburn

Vintage looks with excellent sound

Specifications
Weight: 3kg
Battery life: Up to 20 hours
Wireless range: N/A
Frequency response: 62 - 20,000Hz
Drivers: two 3/4-inch dome tweeters, one 4-inch woofer
NFC: No
Aux-in: Yes
USB charging: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Bass and treble controls+Earth-pounding bass
Reasons to avoid
-No playback controls-Not as portable as competition

One of the important aspects that most buyers tend to focus on while buying a Bluetooth speaker is its portability and durability. Skip the Kilburn if you cannot compromise on these two aspects – the Kilburn is heavy and doesn’t offer any sort of water resistance.

However, if your primary concern is sound quality, you cannot go wrong with the Kilburn. It might seem a bit pricey, but the audio performance and the retro looks are worth it. 

Read the full review: Marshall Kilburn

7. JBL Flip 4

A life-friendly speaker that doesn't skimp on sound

Specifications
Weight: 515g
Battery life: Up to 12 hours
Wireless range: 40 feet
Frequency response: 70Hz – 20kHz
Drivers: 2 x 40mm
NFC: Yes
Aux-in: Yes
Bluetooth version: 4.2
Weatherproofing: Yes
Charges devices over USB: No
Reasons to buy
+Decent, rugged design+Plenty of bass
Reasons to avoid
-Underwhelming mid-range sound-Slightly basic looks

As the name suggests, the JBL Flip 4 is an outdoor-friendly, rough-and-tough speaker that lets you focus on enjoying your moments without worrying about the speaker.

While its easy to carry the Flip 4 around without worrying too much, its sound quality isn’t really up to scratch, all things considered.

Read the full review: JBL Flip 4

(Image credit: boAt)

8. boAt Stone 1000

A rugged, idiot-proof speaker

Specifications
Weight: 1.5Kg
Battery life: Up to 8 hours
Wireless range: 30 feet
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
NFC: No
Aux-in: Yes
Bluetooth version: 2.1 + EDR
Weatherproofing: Yes
Charges devices over USB: No
Reasons to buy
+Empty List
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

boAt is another well-known name when it comes to accessories. Its 14-watt stereo speaker and 8-hour battery life means you don’t have to worry about performance. Its rugged design and water resistance mean you can be carefree and live in the moment without having to worry about its safety.

Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB10

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9. Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB10

Your companion on rides

Specifications
Weight: 259g
Battery life: Up to 16 hours
Wireless range: 30 feet
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
NFC: Yes
Aux-in: Yes
Bluetooth version: 4.2
Weatherproofing: Yes
Charges devices over USB: No
Reasons to buy
+Empty List
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

The Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB10 is another tumbler design entry in this list. It looks minimalist and gets out of your way, with extra bass and punchy sound. You also get NFC connectivity in addition to Bluetooth.

Sony claims that these speakers can last for up to 16 hours, so you can go on a day long listening spree without reaching for the charger.

Google Nest Mini

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10. Google Nest Mini

Bringing the smarts to speakers

Specifications
Weight: 181g
Battery life: NA
Wireless range: 30 feet
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
NFC: NA
Aux-in: No
Bluetooth version: 5.0
Wi-Fi: 802.1 b/g/n/ac dual-band
Reasons to buy
+Empty List
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

The Google Nest Mini is slightly different when compared to other options in this list. It is a smart speaker that offers more than what a regular Bluetooth speaker does - you can connect it to the internet, use your voice to control it and have other smart home devices hooked up to it wirelessly.

Google has made some audio and feature improvements over the original Mini - the company claims that the Nest Mini offers bass that is up to two times stronger than the original Mini.

11. Amazon Echo Dot 3rd gen

Alexa, play some music

Specifications
Weight: 300g
Battery life: NA
Wireless range: NA
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
NFC: NA
Aux-in: Yes
Bluetooth version: NA
Wi-Fi: 802.1 b/g/n/ dual-band
Reasons to buy
+Empty List
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

The Echo Dot 3rd gen is easily one of the best, and most affordable smart speakers in the Echo line-up. It may not have fancy features that other expensive Echo speakers have, but it does two things well - the sound and the smarts, courtesy Alexa.

The Echo Dot 3rd gen is also more affordable than the Google Nest Mini which has been launched in India. Plus you also get 3.5mm audio out and Bluetooth support, which allows you to extend the power of the Echo Dot to a more powerful source, if you would like to.

Note: Not all the speakers listed here are tested by the Indian team. Some of them have been recommended by our global team, but all are available in India.