The 9 best Bluetooth speakers to fit any lifestyle and budget
We know you value your vinyl collection and the cool new turntable you got to play your records. But even the most dyed-in-the-wool audiophiles have to admit that old-fashioned vinyl LPs and record players can’t beat modern wireless systems for sheer convenience and portability. Bluetooth speakers are incredibly handy and convenient due to their easy-to-sync capabilities. But each shopper is unique. That’s why we’ve put together a list of nine top-rated Bluetooth speakers to meet everyone’s specific needs and wants in finding their perfect speaker.
Want the same quality as a Sonos speaker but on a tighter budget? We recommend this top-rated Anker Soundcore 2 portable speaker. Something noteworthy is its surprisingly long 24-hour battery life. Even better is its powerful audio quality that makes it perfect for all to hear. Even if you’re on a tight budget, this speaker boasts 12W Stereo Sound for excellent sound at a low price point. It’s also waterproof, which is perfect if you plan on taking it outdoors (or if you’re just clumsy and prone to spills).
Up a slight notch in budget, the Wonderboom 2 from Ultimate Ears is an excellent choice for a Bluetooth speaker that can still be yours for less than $100. At $79.99, this speaker offers features that separate it from the pack. With a single charge, it can play for up to 13 hours (a 30-percent increase from the original Wonderboom’s 10-hour battery life). Waterproof and dustproof, The Wonderboom 2 is designed for durability, and can handle any adventure you throw at it. It is also designed with an athleisure two-toned style that comes in five sporty colors.
The Sonos Move speaker is consistently ranked among the best Bluetooth speakers, and it’s no wonder why. Impressive marketing aside, the Move boasts the actual functionality to justify all the buzz. If you have the budget to splurge on this $399 speaker, you’ll get the impressive sound quality you paid for. One wonderfully convenient feature is Sonos’ trademarked Trueplay tuning, which allows the sound to continually adjust depending on your setting. The Move has up to 11 hours of playtime and is great in all weather conditions.
With more and more smart speakers entering the market, one brand in particular is the king of them all: Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers. We especially like Echo Dot. For the very affordable price of $49.99, it utilizes the voice assistance program Alexa to help with simple tasks like: what’s the weather, changing music and media by voice command, and controlling your smart home. Not only does the Echo Dot deliver clear vocals and excellent sound, but if you have smart home capabilities, setting the thermostats or turning off the lights can all be done with a simple command.
Having the option to listen to music safely in the shower is a big plus. We like the affordable and easy-to-use SoundBot SB510 speaker. As a shower speaker, of course it’s waterproof. It also has up to 6 hours of playtime in case you like to take really long showers. We don’t think it’s important to have the most expensive shower speaker, but one with a lot of utility and that is easy to use. The SoundBot has buttons for volume, changing media, and you can even answer phone calls if that’s something you want to do in the shower. At only $14.99 and available in six fun colors, we think the SoundBot has the most bang for your buck.
Too tired to go out? Want to feel like you’re listening to Lorde in concert? Klipshe’s Heritage Wireless The One II has an immaculate, retro style with its wood veneer and tactile knobs. It’s big enough to deliver great sound but small enough to fit in any living room. And of course it sounds great, professionally tuned by Klipsch acousticians for “concert-level sound.” The One II’s $249 MSRP is a bargain for a speaker that offers this level of quality and classic simplicity.
Lugging around a big speaker isn’t exactly feasible for the outdoors. We recommend the compact JBL Clip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker for $69.95. Right off the bat, its unique design features a handy clip that makes it easy to take it with you wherever you go and secure it wherever you need it to be. It comes in so many colors, and you can even customize its design (for an additional fee) with text, stickers or any of your own images. The Clip 3 can play for up to 10 hours on a charge, which is more than enough time to make whatever activity you choose that much more fun.
Individuality and aesthetics are important qualities for a lot of shoppers. We recommend checking out the Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth speaker to cover your eye-pleasing needs. Not only does it have the vintage feel of an old-school speaker, it also uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology. And it contains hook-ups so you can use it as the speaker for your turntable if you want. How perfectly old-school. This multi-purposeful, vintage-inspired speaker is perfect for almost every room in your house and even comes in three classic colors.
This very cute owl-shaped Bluetooth speaker by ilavie is perfect for kids. It has dual functionality as both a night light and also a speaker to play your kid’s night-night tunes, so it’ll put any kid at ease. That’s both fun and practical. The plastic casing is BPA-free and shines a color-changing light with nine different colors when you tap it.