The best Bluetooth speaker available today

If you want a quick and easy way to get music playing around your home or on the go, then nothing beats the convenience of a Bluetooth speaker. Simply charge it up, pair it to your phone, and you’ll be able to play your entire music collection wherever you choose.

While the latest set of audio cans can do amazing things, they previously offered a weak and tinny sound. Improvements is Bluetooth technology have meant that they’re able to offer a very capable audio experience in their own right. And, better yet, battery capacities have improved such that you can use a bluetooth speaker for several days on the trot without needing to recharge it.

But not all wireless speakers are made equal, and with that in mind welcome to our list of our top picks for the best Bluetooth speakers around. Some are rugged. Some are stylish. Some are weatherproof. Some aren’t fit for the outdoors. But all of them are well worth a place in your tech arsenal.

That said, here’s a quick look at our Top 10 Bluetooth speakers:

Below you’ll find our choices in full detail.

UE Boom 2

This sequel to the UE Boom nails everything a Bluetooth speaker should be. It’s loud, yet detailed. Portable, but still incredibly durable. Plus, even better, the addition of waterproofing turns what used to be the best Bluetooth speaker around for most occasions into the best one for every occasion.

If you’re deep in the search for your next –, or first – Bluetooth speaker, you can stop looking now. (But if you’re looking for a little more power, the Megaboom – also from UE – is a great choice, too.)

Read the full review: UE Boom 2

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 loudly 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

The Bose SoundLink Mini II is relatively ancient, having been released in June 2015. However, writing off the SoundLink Mini II because of its age would be a mistake, as it remains one of the best sounding wireless speakers. That said, it punches way above what its size would suggest, producing deep bass, sparkling highs and a lush midrange. While most wireless speakers sound OK, the Mini II proves that small speakers don’t need to compromise on sound.

Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Mini II

It seems just about every speaker company has a wireless speaker that can take the abuse of being outdoors and Bose, a company most well-known for its brand of excellent noise-canceling headphones, is no different. If you’re looking for something from Bose to take with you on your next hike, the $130 (about £100, AU$170) 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

Fugoo

Meet one of the Bluetooth speaker market’s best-kept secrets. The Fugoo comes in your choice of jacket style (Style, Tough, or Sport), but no matter which one you choose, this speaker is just as suited for the elements as it is your coffee table. Despite its small size, this option offers surprisingly good sound performance and, get this, up to 40 hours of battery life when listening at medium volume. We were able to get nearly 20 hours out of it at a high volume.

Read the full review: Fugoo

The UE Roll 2 is a surprising Bluetooth speaker. It boasts a 50-foot wireless range, exceptional clarity around the mids and highs and won’t malfunction after a little splash. It’s far from perfect but, if you need a waterproof speaker, the Roll 2 is the compact pool companion you’ve been waiting for.

Read the full review: UE Roll 2

The Marshall Kilburn might not appear to be the best choice in Bluetooth speakers. It’s large, heavy, doesn’t have USB charging and isn’t waterproof. Plus, $299 (£239, about AU$390) is a lot to pay for a Bluetooth speaker. But none of this matters because the Kilburn sounds so darn good.

If design and audio performance are your two most important criteria for a Bluetooth speaker – and they should be – the Kilburn is near perfect.

Read the full review: Marshall Kilburn

Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2

The Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 is the successor to the much-loved Sound Blaster Roar SR20 and rings it at a pleasing tune of $169/£149, or about AU$235. This speaker is about the size of a hard-cover book and can compliment a bookshelf or a table top nicely.

Touching on features, the built-in internal microphone allows you to make or take calls with ease. The Roar 2 supports a microSD card, which you can use either to record calls onto or listen to stored music from. 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.

Read the full review: Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2

Razer Leviathan Mini

The Razer Leviathan Mini is a lightweight portable Bluetooth speaker that does a lot right in the company’s first attempt at sound in a small package. If you’re looking to add a portable Bluetooth speaker to your growing arsenal of Razer audio products, the Razer Leviathan Mini is a well-rounded option that might be a bit more than the competition, but delivers in all the right categories.

Read the full review: Razer Leviathan Mini

In a list of rugged Bluetooth speakers with rubber and plastic constructions, the Cambridge Audio Yoyo Ms look a little out of place: The Yoyo Ms are a premium pair of speakers that are designed to sit in the home, where their stereo configuration allows them to offer a level of performance that’s quite different from the single-unit devices on this list. They might be pricey, but they’re worth it if you’re looking for a pair of Bluetooth speakers to sit in your home.

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