Portable Bluetooth speakers are an easy, inexpensive way to transmit sound from your phone or tablet to a room, backyard, or beach blanket.
Since Bluetooth speakers come in a variety of designs and sizes, it is impossible to declare any single model ideal for every situation. But we think almost everyone will like UE Wonderboom 2.
The complete, simple sound and ultra-rugged, lightweight construction make it a perfect companion for travel.
1. Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2.
UE Wonderboom 2 is as awkward as Ariana Grande but tough as Laura Croft. In blind testing, our panelists chose this Bluetooth speaker as a ubiquitous versatile option.
With clear vocal reproduction and an appropriate amount of bass for its size, it provides a satisfying sound for small areas.
It has an IP67 rating and is one of the toughest Bluetooth speakers we’ve ever tested, capable of 5-foot drop and 1-meter drop in water – but as it floats, it never goes that deep.
The Wonderboom 2 has 8 hours of battery life but is unimpressive. We like the compact design of the Wonderboom 2, the almost spherical shape makes it a little tricky to pack this model in a suitcase pocket or laptop bag.
2.JBL Xtreme 2 Portable Bluetooth Speakers.
If you want a portable Bluetooth speaker that has the sound of a tiny little stereo system, yet rough anywhere, the JBL Xtreme 2 is a great choice. For its size, the Extreme 2 is one of the best looking portable Bluetooth speakers we have ever tested.
Our listeners appreciated its substantial bass, high maximum volume, and overall clear, clean sound. It has an IPX7 rating, which means it can sink in 1 meter of water and has a strong, sturdy molded strap.
The Xtreme 2 also offered 19 hours of battery life. But it is much bigger and more expensive than UE Wonderboom 2.
3.Tribit XSound Go Portable Bluetooth Speakers.
If you want to spend a bare minimum on an all-in-one portable Bluetooth speaker, the Tribit Exhaust Go is a great option.
Its sound is clear and loud, which is higher than almost all other budget Bluetooth speakers. The XSound Go is small enough to slip into a laptop bag or pre-filled suitcase and can last up to 10 hours on a single charge.
Also, it has an IPX7 rating, which means it is waterproof enough to survive half an hour submerged in 1 meter of water and has a speakerphone function. Tribit recently upgraded the Exos Go with USB-C charging and stereo pairs.
The UE looks a little louder and fuller than the Wonderboom 2.
but if you want something more portable and cheaper than the JBL Xtreme 2, Sony SRS-XB33 finds a good middle ground.
The successor to our previous pick, the SRS-XB32, the new XB33 is a bit bigger and a little better, with deeper bass and some more detailed and intuitive sound.
It is powerful enough to fill a 15-by-20 foot room and we have 16 hours of battery life. It is also designed for punishment with an IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating. Like its predecessors, it has multicolor lights and strollers.
This is, though, 21⁄2 times bigger and heavier than Wonderboom 2, so it is nowhere near as compact anywhere.
5.Ultimate Ears Hyperboom.
UE Hyperboom may be the closest thing we have to a portable Bluetooth speaker, it does everything well. It’s almost twice as big as the JBL Extreme 2, so it’s ideal for pool parties and tailgating.
It also sounds beautiful with soft, natural tones, deep, deep bass, and a surprising atmosphere for a one-piece speaker – so you’ll want to use it indoors as well.
At 14.3 inches tall and 16.6 pounds, it is almost impossible to fly.
but it is very compact and lightweight, making it easy for most people to carry.
It also has an IPX4 rating, so it avoids turning around a pool. In our tests, it played loudly for 27.5 hours on a single charge.
Who should buy a portable Bluetooth speakers:
Anyone with a smartphone or tablet will enjoy a portable Bluetooth speaker, which enhances the listening experience anywhere.
Bluetooth is currently available on most laptops as well as every smartphone and tablet, so you do not need additional devices.
Unlike smart speakers and Wi-Fi speakers.
Bluetooth speakers do not require the use of network connections and special applications – they can be played by any speaker you play on the phone.
Portable Bluetooth speakers have rechargeable batteries and are often waterproof or splash-proof.
allowing you to easily carry them around the house or in the park or on the beach. We found that they make the hotel room feel like home.
The best speaker is casual music listening, podcasts, and sound quality suitable for Internet radios.
Although Bluetooth reduces the sound quality a little, you are unlikely to hear the effects through such low-quality speakers. If you are worried about it, do a blind test online on my website and see what you think.