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The best Bluetooth speakers 2022: the top portable speakers for any budget

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three of the best bluetooth speakers including the bose portable home speaker, the ue boom portable speaker, and the sonos roam
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A portable speaker is a great way to enjoy your music at home or on-the-go, allowing you to wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop - and the best Bluetooth speakers of 2022 can even rival their wired brethren in terms of audio performance, connectivity, and ease-of-use.

There are loads of portable Bluetooth speakers for you to choose from right now, and this can mean making the right buying decision is tricky - and that's where we come in.

All of the products we've selected can be used as outdoor speakers, so you can take them with you to the park or a party. That's thanks to rugged designs and extra features like water resistance that protect these speakers from the elements - though some of the Bluetooth speakers in this guide are more robust than others. (If you are planning on paying a visit to a beach or pool, you may want to also check out our guide to the best waterproof speakers to ensure accidental slips or spills don't ruin your day.)

Some of these speakers are also packed with handy extra features, including voice control, with virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. This means your wireless speaker can double as a smart speaker, which can then be used to control your smart home devices. Or you simply ask it to play your music using voice commands.

Smart speakers aren't for everyone, though, and most of the devices in this guide are simply designed to play your music. JBL makes a number of non-smart speakers – like the newly announced JBL Flip 6, which won't listen in on your conversations.

As they’re so versatile, some of the models in this list can also double up as computer speakers if you want to have a cleaner PC setup, too. 

Wherever you're planning on using your new speaker, you can be sure that all of the models in this list stand out because they perform well in three key areas: they’re portable, durable and offer excellent audio whether you’re listening inside or outside.

We’ve tested the devices below extensively in a range of environments, which means you can be confident in picking the very best Bluetooth speaker for your needs and budget.

Our top picks

The best Bluetooth speakers you can buy

The Sonos Roam Bluetooth speaker in black

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The best Bluetooth speaker you can buy

Specifications

Weight: 0.95 pounds (0.43 kg)
Battery life: 10 hours
Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5
Drivers: One tweeter, one mid-woofer
NFC: Yes
Aux-in: No
USB charging: Yes (USB-C)

Reasons to buy

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Powerful audio performance
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Easily portable design

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey compared to the competition
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Bass can be overwhelming

The Sonos Roam is our pick for the best Bluetooth speaker on the planet, with a powerful sound, rugged design, excellent connectivity features, and smart home control. A bass-heavy audio performance makes it ideal for use outdoors, while a clever Automatic Switching feature means it's easily used indoors, too – though audiophiles may dislike the overwhelming low frequencies and rhythmic handling.

Of course, all these flashy features would be pointless if the Sonos Roam didn’t sound great – but we’re happy to report that, despite its small stature, the Roam delivers a powerful sonic performance, with remarkably prominent bass, even if it does lack the rhythmic accuracy you'd expect from an audiophile speaker.

Following in the footsteps of the Sonos Move, the Sonos Roam comes with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, which means it can work as a portable speaker as well as part of your wider multi-room Sonos system– and with Google Assistant and Alexa onboard, it doubles up a smart speaker too. 

In spite of its (relatively) low price you’re getting a lot for your money here. Its slick design means the Sonos Roam won’t look out of place in your home, while a rugged, waterproof and dustproof build and a decent battery life make it ideal for listening to music outdoors.

Read more: Sonos Roam review

Update: Sonos has just announced the brand new Sonos Roam SL. Much like the Sonos One its Sonos One SL counterpart, this new version of the Roam lacks a microphone but is otherwise identical in terms of specs. If you’re concerned about privacy and want to save around $20 / £20 / AU$30 then the Roam SL could be exactly what you want.  

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The sonos move bluetooth speaker in black

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The best-sounding portable speaker for the home

Specifications

Weight: 6.61 pounds (3kg)
Battery life: 10 hours
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n, 2.4 GHz, and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.2
Drivers: One down-firing tweeter, one mid-woofer, two Class-D digital amplifiers
NFC: No
Aux-in: No
USB charging: Yes (USB-C, and comes with charging dock)

Reasons to buy

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Integrates with a home Sonos speaker network
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Great for on-the-go tunes

Reasons to avoid

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Not as feature-rich when using Bluetooth
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Cant be used as rear cinema speakers

Here’s the thing about the Sonos Move – it’s so good, you might want to consider it not only as your on-the-go party station, but also as your main in-the-home wireless speaker too.

With two quality drivers, a solid app that unlocks playback from hundreds of wireless sources, multi-room capabilities and smart audio-tuning tech which tweaks the output based on the speaker's immediate surroundings, the Sonos Move is engineered well beyond your average Bluetooth speaker. It's a versatile speaker, one that stands solidly alongside the built-for-home Sonos speakers that the company made its name on.

We put the Sonos Move through its paces with a menagerie of songs, musical styles, and in a variety of different locations. Kelis's electro pop banger 'Acapella' shows the Sonos Move managing what few other Bluetooth speakers can – tight and punchy bass, shimmering highs and a lilting vocal that cuts through it all with direct clarity. 

'Orange Crush' from R.E.M's album Green was a good test of the Sonos app's EQ options, letting you dial up and down treble and bass settings. The lo-fi track naturally favours a sharper top-end, but dialling up the bass in the EQ convincingly gives the track a little more warmth than its neutral recorded sound offers.

It’s not perfect – it’s heavy as a byproduct of its incredible sound, it’s expensive due to its rich feature set, and it sadly can’t be used as rear channels for a home cinema set-up. But if you’ve got the money, it’s hard to fault the Sonos Move when it comes to hunting down the very best Bluetooth speaker in the world.

Read the full review: Sonos Move review

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The UE boom 3 portable speaker in dark blue

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An excellent outdoor speaker for travel

Specifications

Weight: 1.2 pounds
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: No
USB charging: Yes

Reasons to buy

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IP67 waterproof/dust-proof
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Powerful sound for its size
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Rugged design 

Reasons to avoid

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Audio could be clearer

While we weren't as impressed with the UE Boom 3 as we were with its predecessor the UE Boom 2, this is still one of the best Bluetooth speakers money can buy in 2022. This is a speaker that can get loud and not distort at higher volumes; be light enough to carry on a camping trip but remain durable enough to tumble in a bag unprotected. 

It's both water and dust-proof, and now has a one-touch mix button that lets you pull up your favorite playlists without ever picking up your phone. 

Although bass frequencies sound good (if not lacking in a little depth) for the speaker’s size, we weren’t blown away by the mid frequencies, which feature heavily in vocals and keys - they felt slightly subdued in comparison to the bass. 

Treble frequencies had the same problem, with a generally lack of clarity in the top notes - we tried out guitar heavy tracks like Belle and Sebastian’s ‘Your Cover’s Blown’ and we felt that the highest frequencies could have benefited from a sharper kick. 

There are certainly more detailed portable speakers out there, 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. 

Ultimate Ears now lets you customize your UE Boom 3, so you have even more options when it comes to color and pattern combinations.

Read the full review: UE Boom 3 review

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the jbl flip bluetooth speaker in dark blue

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A fun, no frills portable speaker

Specifications

Weight: 1.2 pounds
Battery life: 12 hours
Wireless range: N/A
Frequency response: 63Hz - 20kHz
Drivers: 16mm dome tweeter, 45x80mm bass driver and 2x passive radiators
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: 5.1
Aux-in: No
USB charging: No

Reasons to buy

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Well-balanced, bassy sound
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Simple to use

Reasons to avoid

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No charging port for your phone
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No voice assistant

The JBL Flip 6 is a prime example of a Bluetooth speaker that sticks to the basics, and gets it right. This rugged portable speaker is super simple to use, sounds good, and can be paired with up to 100 other JBL speakers at once to create a huge wall of sound. 

You won't find extra features like voice assistants or Wi-Fi connectivity, but the Flip 6 sounds so good that you won't miss them. Its warm, well-balanced audio performance is far more powerful than you might expect from a speaker of this size, and while we found trebles can sound a little harsh at higher volumes, you're getting plenty of clarity and detail. 

A 12-hour battery life and water and dust resistance makes this an ideal speaker to take to the pool or beach, and it's available in an array of eye-catching colors. It's a shame it doesn't have a port to charge your phone, but that's small concession. 

Like the JBL Flip 5 before it, the Flip 6 is an ideal speaker for anyone who wants to simply play their music, crank it up loud, sit back and enjoy - whether you're listening at home or on the go. 

Read the full review: JBL Flip review

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The bose portable home bluetooth speaker in silver

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A great Sonos Move alternative

Specifications

Weight: 2.4 pounds
Battery life: 12 hours
Wireless range: N/A
Frequency response: N/A
Drivers: N/A
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: 4.2
Aux-in: No
USB charging: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Great, streamlined design
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Well-balanced sound

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive compared to other portable speakers
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Lacking in bass

The Bose Portable Home Speaker was one of the first portable smart speakers we tested, offering the smarts of Google Assistant and Alexa alongside Bluetooth connectivity. While it launched a few years ago now, the Home Speaker is still one of the best portable speakers that can offer smart home control without being restricted to indoor use. 

Bose has a great reputation for building good-looking speakers, and this model is no exception: gorgeous minimalist design meets weather-ready robustness, with a light build and handle that lends itself to listening on the go. 

The brand is also well known for delivering excellent audio quality from its products, and the Home Speaker is a great example of this, with a warm, well-balanced soundstage and an assured command of complex tracks. 

We started our tests by listening to Fleet Foxes’ Hummingbird; natural-sounding guitar with gently-thumbed bass strings resonate around the room without overpowering the intricately plucked treble melodies. It doesn’t quite have the pure fidelity of the Sonos Move, or the detail, but as the lead vocal melts into Appalachian-style harmony, every voice blends together seamlessly. 

It also doesn’t quite meet the value for money of the UE Boom 3 and JBL Charge 5 – but if you love that Bose sound and build quality, this is the portable speaker for you.

Read the full review: Bose Portable Home Speaker review

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The anker soundcore flare portable speaker with an array of LED lights flashing at the bottom

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The best budget Bluetooth speaker

Specifications

Weight: 1.29 pounds
Battery life: 12 hours
Wireless range: 20m / 66ft
Frequency response: N/A
Drivers: Dual drivers and passive radiators
NFC: No
Aux-in: No
Bluetooth version: N/A
Weatherproofing: IPX7
Charges devices over USB: No

Reasons to buy

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Great sound quality
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Speakerphone feature
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IPX7 water-resistant

Reasons to avoid

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No 3.5mm AUX jack

The Anker Soundcore Flare 2 is an excellent go anywhere, do anything Bluetooth speaker that'll appeal to anyone looking to introduce a little color into their surroundings. 

That's thanks to LED rings that encircle each end of the speaker, lighting up as you listen to your music. That splash of color makes the Soundcore Flare 2 an excellent choice if you're looking for a party speaker that's easy to chuck in a bag - though it's not as compact as the UE Wonderboom 2. 

The design isn't so garish that it'll look out of place in your home, and its rugged construction means the Soundcore Flare 2 can join you at the beach or poolside. 

As for the sound? In our tests, we found the Soundcore Flare 2 delivers a well-balanced and tonally warm audio performance, and comes with a BassUp feature to boost the lower frequencies. However, the sound quality does suffer at higher volumes.

Those wanting more bass but still want a party speaker with lights will want to check out the JBL Pulse 4, which gets louder, has more bass impact and a full-body lightshow but is over twice the price.

Read more: Anker Soundcore Flare 2 review

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The ue wonderboom 2 bluetooth speaker in light pink with white buttons

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The best outdoor speaker gets a refresh

Specifications

Weight: 0.93 pounds
Dimensions: 104 x 95.3mm (H x D)
Battery life: Up to 13 hours
Wireless range: 100 ft (33 m)
Frequency response: 75 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

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Great sound for its size
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IP67 dustproof/waterproof rating
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30% better battery life than its predecessor

Reasons to avoid

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Restrictive soundstage

The original UE Wonderboom topped our best waterproof speaker list for a long time - but it's since been usurped by the Wonderboom 2. 

Although the UE Wonderboom 2 looks nearly identical to the original, Ultimate Ears packed in a slew of upgrades that make the Wonderboom 2 even better, like the increased battery life (up 30% compared to the original), better bass response, and the new Outdoor Boost feature that helps the speaker get even louder than before.

The UE Wonderboom 2 is a fantastic rugged and waterproof speaker you’ll actually want to take with. Its small size doesn’t mean small sound, however, as the speaker gets extremely loud and sounds great - and it can be paired to other Wonderboom speakers to amplify your music even more. While we found it can’t match the bass response of larger speakers like the UE Boom 3, the improved bass adds warmth and intensity to music that the original was lacking. 

All said, for $100 / £90 / AU$129, the UE Wonderboom 2 is still one of the best waterproof speakers you can buy - and our recommended option for those looking to bring their speaker to the beach or pool. 

Read the full review: UE Wonderboom 2 review

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The JBL Charge 5 in navy with the JBL logo in white

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The best mid-range wireless speaker

Specifications

Weight: 2.11 pounds
Dimensions: 8.7 x 3.76 x 3.67 (W x D x H)
Battery life: Up to 20 hours
Wireless range: 30 ft (10 m)
Frequency response: 65Hz–20kHz
Drivers: N/A
NFC: No
Bluetooth version: 5.1
Aux-in: No
USB charging: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Balanced sound quality
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Gets extremely loud
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Long battery life up to 20 hours

Reasons to avoid

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Takes a while to charge 
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No more Aux jack

Looking for a portable speaker that can charge your phone while it's blasting music? Check out the JBL Charge 5.

In terms of features the JBL Charge 5 is relatively basic compared to something like the JBL Pulse 4 – which provides a customizable lightshow for users – but for this fifth generation JBL has incrementally improved sound quality and volume while still offering all-day battery life. 

While the sound is well balanced, we found distortion starts kicking in above 60% volume, resulting in harsh-sounding highs and bass stops getting louder beyond this point, leading to a bright tonal balance. 

For the best sound quality, we recommend keeping the speaker around 50-60% volume – when you have to push beyond this volume, there’s likely so much ambient noise that sound quality isn’t the first priority. 

Physical controls remain the same with slightly raised buttons on top of the speaker. There are buttons to control playback, volume, power, Bluetooth pairing, and “Party Boost” that turns the volume up to 11. 

Around the back, the JBL Charge 5 has a waterproof USB-C charging port as well as a flap hiding the USB-A port that can be used to charge up your smartphone. The Charge 5 drops support for the 3.5mm aux jack from the JBL Charge 4, which is a bummer for some who have legacy devices they want to hook up. 

Overall, the JBL Charge 5 sounds like a bigger portable speaker than it is. It dishes out an impressive amount of bass for its size without sacrificing on the mids or highs.

Read the full review: JBL Charge 5 review

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The ue hyperboom portable speaker in black

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Powerful sound for parties both big and small

Specifications

Weight: 13 pounds
Battery life: 24 hours
Wireless range: Approx. 150 ft
Frequency response: 45 - 20,000Hz
Drivers: N/A
NFC: Yes
Aux-in: N/A
USB charging: No

Reasons to buy

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Excellent sound performance
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Smart dual connection function
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Stylish design

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly heavy at 13lbs

The Ultimate Ears Hyperboom is a powerful speaker that will deliver a party atmosphere, both indoors and outdoors. Its Ultimate Ears' largest Bluetooth speaker to date, but stays in keeping with the company's stylish and discreet designs, and adds two Bluetooth radios so you can switch seamlessly between two phones. 

Despite being party-centric (read: packing tons of bass), we found it also delivers a very well-balanced soundscape. Here you never get the feeling that you are playing bass to make a party at the expense of other elements in the music, and almost no matter what you put on music, you get a pleasant experience.

In terms of features, the Ultimate Ears app allows you to connect the Hyperboom to other UE speakers and use them together, you can switch audio source and adjust volume, and you can select four different playlists in Amazon Music, Deezer or Spotify that can be started by holding down the Play button in three seconds.

For parties small and large, this Bluetooth speaker box is a great pick.

Read the full review: UE Hyperboom review

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bose soundlink flex in black

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The best Bluetooth speaker for portability and controls

Specifications

Weight: 1.32 pounds
Battery life: Up to 12 hours
Wireless range: 30 feet
Frequency response : N/A
Drivers: One full-range dynamic driver, two passive radiators
NFC: N/A
Aux-in: No
USB Charging: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Light and robust
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Full-range and periodically expressive sound
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Plenty of pairing and control options

Reasons to avoid

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Can get edgy at high volumes
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Bass doesn’t integrate perfectly
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Fixed EQs

The Bose SoundLink Flex might not be the best portable speaker you can buy overall, but it sure ticks a lot of boxes and this makes it a solid option if you're looking for a Bluetooth speaker for a range of different uses.

With a light and compact build, the SoundLink Flex has around 12 hours of battery life, which is decent but not the best you'll find. We found the sound performance to be solid, too, with a bold, assertive, and punchy sound. The bass is powerful, and while the lower frequencies could do with a little finessing, that strong low-end is great for listening to music outdoors, where there are no walls for the sound to bounce off of. 

We like that there are several ways you can control your music, including with your voice, via an app or with onboard controls - though it's a shame there's no way to tweak the EQ levels. 

The Bose SoundLink Flex has plenty going for it, and that’s before you take the cache and credibility of its brand logo into account, too. If it had a little more expressiveness to its low-end reproduction, or a little more discipline to its overall sound when you listen at significant volumes, it would be approaching ‘no-brainer’ status.

Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Flex review


The Sony SRS-XB23 bluetooth speaker tilted on its side

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A powerful canister of sound for all your outdoor adventures

Specifications

Weight: 1.3 pounds
Battery life: Up to 12 hours
Wireless range: 30 feet
Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
Drivers: X-Balanced Speaker, dual passive radiators
NFC: Yes
Aux-in: Yes
USB charging: No

Reasons to buy

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Good sound quality
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IP67 rating (waterproof)
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Stereo pairing and Party Mode

Reasons to avoid

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Lower peak volume

The entry-level Sony SRS-XB23 is a rock-solid $99 (around £80 / AU$150) portable Bluetooth speaker that features an IP67 rating and a 12-hour battery life. Completely waterproof and dust resistant, this is an outdoor speaker that you can comfortably take to the beach or pool.

In terms of audio performance, we found it can get pretty loud without a massive amount of distortion and the passive radiators help the bass to sound clearer than it has on any of Sony’s previous models. That's because the XB23 uses Bluetooth 5 and supports three major codecs – SBC, AAC and LDAC, the latter of which you’ll find on newer Android devices and sounds absolutely great. LDAC support means you can enjoy hi-res audio files from the likes of Tidal, so this is a great speaker for anyone who wants to eke out every last drop of detail from their favorite songs.

Outdoor adventurers will love the ruggedness of this Sony Bluetooth speaker while us kick-back-and-relax folks will enjoy how snugly it fits into a lawn chair's cup holder. 

Read the full review: Sony SRS-XB23 review

Looking for something a little bigger? Check out our Sony SRS-XB33 review, where we put the more powerful Bluetooth speaker to the test.

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The beosound a1 bluetooth speaker in silver, with a brown carrying strap

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A Bluetooth speaker with Alexa - no Wi-Fi necessary

Specifications

Weight: : 1.2 pounds
Battery life: : 18 hours
Wireless range: : 30m (100ft)
Frequency response: : 55 - 20,000 Hz
Drivers: N/A
NFC: No
Aux-in: No
USB charging: USB-C

Reasons to buy

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Crisp sound quality
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Lightweight design

Reasons to avoid

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Flawed Alexa support
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Buttons are tricky to find

Visually near imperceptible from the original A1, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) is an appealing and highly portable Bluetooth speaker that comes with (admittedly flawed) Alexa support. 

The puck-shaped speaker looks sophisticated, while its IP67 water and dust resistance rating means its more robust than it looks, making it suitable for use outdoors.

Its crisp audio performance and 360-degree soundstage makes the A1 ideal for soundtracking small gatherings, though it won't provide the room-filling sound that larger speakers are capable of. We found ourselves enjoying our favorite songs as if we were listening to them for the first time. Tracks like The Weeknd's Blinding Light sound exciting, punchy and energetic, with the likes of Childish Gambino's Feels Like Summer sounding smooth and detailed. 

Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity means that the speaker is easy to pair with your smartphone, while built-in Alexa voice assistance means it can double up as a smart speaker. The A1 is the first speaker to offer Alexa support without needing to be connected to your home Wi-Fi network - and while this is impressive in itself, we did find that the voice assistant was sometimes quite slow to respond to our commands.

Ultimately, we were impressed with the B&O Beosound A1. A marked improvement over its predecessor, there's better battery life, and waterproofing, although we're not so sure how much we'd like to take it outside the home. 

Read more: Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd Gen) review

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The urbanista brisbane portable speaker in black

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Scandi design meets decent sound

Specifications

Weight: 1.5 pounds
Battery life: 10 hours
Wireless range: 30m (100ft)
Frequency response: 80-20,000Hz
Drivers: 2 x 52mm
NFC: No
Aux-in: No
USB charging: No

Reasons to buy

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Great audio performance
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Second speaker pairing

Reasons to avoid

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Could be more rugged
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Boring design

Urbanista may be best known for its wireless headphones and true wireless earbuds, but the emerging audio brand had delivered an excellent Bluetooth speaker in the Brisbane. 

The Urbanista Brisbane might not look exciting, but beneath its unassuming package lies a powerful portable speaker. Loud and rich-sounding, it features two drivers on each side of the speaker to deliver a wide soundstage that feels more expansive than you might expect from a speaker of its size. Plus, you can pair two Brisbanes for true stereo sound.

Battery life is solidly dependable thanks to the Urbanista Brisbane's 8000mAh capacity. Urbanista reckons it'll last for up to 10 hours of constant playback with a 90-day stand-by time. 

We didn't quite have the time to check if that 90-day figure was accurate, but the battery certainly lasts as long in use as Urbanista declared. It only takes a couple of hours to recharge too, which is certainly convenient.

For the price, the Urbanista Brisbane is ultimately a bit of a bargain. You'll find better sound quality out there, but it'll cost you a lot more, and while it doesn't boast a 360-degree soundstage like some of the cylindrical speakers in this guide, the ability to stereo pair is a good way to boost the audio performance.

All in all, this mid-range speaker could be a great choice for anyone who wants the freedom of wireless listening without sacrificing volume levels.

Read the full review: Urbanista Brisbane review

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The 1more portable bluetooth speaker in black, with the 1More logo in silver

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A mini Bluetooth speaker for the office and the home

Specifications

Weight: 268g
Battery life: 12 hours
Wireless range: N/A
Frequency response: N/A
Drivers: N/A
NFC: No
Aux-in: Yes
USB charging: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Great sound quality for the size
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Impressive bass response at low volume

Reasons to avoid

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Limited IPX4 rating
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Average battery life

If you like the circular design of the Beosound A2 (2nd Gen) but don't like the high price, the 1More Portable BT Speaker is a great cheaper alternative. 

Like the brand's in-ear headphones, the Portable BT Speaker sounds excellent fr the price, with an impressive bass response at low volumes. At higher volumes, the trebles frequencies dominate, but they never sound overly harsh.

We found that the speaker provides good texture and extension, but not much impact. Obviously a speaker this small can’t move enough air to produce bass with a lot of impact, but the actually sound quality of the bass is excellent. 

The compact size of the Portable BT Speaker means it can easily double up as a speakerphone, which is handy if you need to dial into a meeting while on the move and don't want to rely on your headphones or your laptop's built-in speakers.

While the battery life is rated at 12 hours, we found it came closer to 10 - which is still very good for a speaker of this size. An IPX4 water resistance rating means you do have some protection from spills and splashes, but we wouldn't recommend taking this speaker to the beach or the pool.

Read more: 1MORE Portable BT Speaker review

Bluetooth speaker FAQs

How do I choose a Bluetooth speaker?

There are so many new Bluetooth speakers on the market these days that it can be tricky to figure out which one you need. However, there are plenty of specific features to look out for, even if it does feel like the choice is endless.

The first thing to consider is where you want to use your new Bluetooth speaker. Some portable speakers are built with durability in mind, and will feature rubberized builds to prevent damage from drops and lightweight designs to make them easy to carry around. 

To ramp up that durability, many Bluetooth speakers come with waterproof and dustproof designs – look for an IPX4 rating or higher if you want to take your portable speaker outdoors. 

Of course, you can absolutely use your new portable Bluetooth speaker solely inside your home – and that means you can choose from a wider range of designs that will look great with your decor.

You should also consider how you’re going to use your new portable speaker. If you're a party person, you might want the ability to connect two speakers together or a speaker with multipoint pairing that allows multiple devices to connect at a time. 

With any Bluetooth speaker, battery life, sound quality, and connectivity are features you don’t want to overlook. Sure, some concessions can be made for budget models, but we’ve done our best to take these in the utmost consideration when creating the list above.

What's the best Bluetooth speaker brand?

Sonos speakers are great if you want to bridge the gap between indoors and outdoors, with the ability to form part of a wider multi-room system – and you can be sure that they’ll sound fantastic, too. 

JBL is well known for making rugged, outdoor speakers at affordable prices, and it’s line of party speakers even come with built-in light shows. 

If waterproofing is a priority then look out for models from Ultimate Ears, which combine fun, colorful designs with rugged builds – many of which can withstand a dip in the pool. 

Consider high-end audio brands such as Bose and Bang & Olufsen if you want a combination of stylish design and great sound – but be prepared for relatively high prices. If you want to save money then Urbanista, Tribit, and Anker offer brilliant speakers that won’t break the bank.

How we test the best Bluetooth speakers

We've tested lots of portable speakers here at TechRadar, and that means we know exactly what features and specs we're looking for. 

It's important for us to compare the performance of these speakers against the specs claimed by their manufacturers, which is why we take the time to make sure the battery life and connectivity is as good as the brands say they are. 

We make sure to test Bluetooth speakers in a range of environments too, so you can be sure that they work just as well in the great outdoors as they do in your home. We live with these speakers in our homes to make sure that their performances are consistent, too.

When it comes to testing the audio performance, we try out a range of musical genres and sources to ensure that these speakers can handle everything from thumping dance tracks to podcasts

As we've tested so many portable speakers over the years, we're able to confidently compare all the top models against each other - and that means we can give you a good idea of what kind of audio performance you can expect for your money.

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There are lots of speaker styles to choose from – that's why we've put together lots of guides on the best speakers you can buy in 2022. 

Looking for some hi-res audiophile speakers to go with your record player? Check out the best stereo speakers. Bored of your TV's lackluster audio? Try one of our best soundbars  or Dolby Atmos speakers on for size.

If you need a speaker you can take everywhere, make sure you look at the best waterproof speakers  or if you're looking for multi room audio smarts, read our guide to the best wireless speakers

For total control of your smart home, invest in one of the best smart speakers, which come with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or Siri built-in.

Apple fanatic? Try out the best AirPlay speakers.

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Olivia Tambini
Olivia Tambini

Olivia is TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in TechRadar's London offices, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine.  In her spare time Olivia likes gardening, painting, and hanging with her cat Ethel and golden retriever Dora.

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