The best way to enjoy music from your phone or tablet is with a portable Bluetooth speaker. They’re affordable, come in a variety of designs and sizes, and can be used just about anywhere. We think the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is the perfect speaker for most people. It sounds great and is tough and compact, making it ideal for travel.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is a versatile Bluetooth speaker that offers clear sound quality and decent bass. It is durable and resistant to water and dust, making it a great choice for outdoor use.
The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is a Bluetooth speaker that sounds as good as Ariana Grande but is as tough as Lara Croft. In our brand-concealed tests, our panelists picked this Bluetooth speaker as the most versatile choice. With clear vocal reproduction and a decent amount of bass for its size, it offers satisfying sound for a small area, such as across a picnic table or a couple of lounge chairs on a patio. It has an IP67 rating and is one of the most rugged Bluetooth speakers we’ve tested, able to survive a 5-foot drop and
JBL Xtreme 3
The JBL Xtreme 3 is our top pick for a Bluetooth speaker that sounds bigger and bolder than our previous pick, the Xtreme 2. Our panelists praised the Xtreme 3 for its clear sound on voices, guitars, and pianos (though its bass tended to get a little quiet at maximum volume). This speaker is built for adventure: The IP67 rating means it’s dustproof and waterproof, and it has a durable fabric grille that protects the drivers. The Xtreme 3 also has a built-in power bank that can charge your phone or tablet.
The TribitXSound Go is a great budget-friendly option for anyone looking for a good quality portable Bluetooth speaker. Its sound quality is noticeably better than best Bluetooth speaker cheap in its price range, and it’s small enough to take with you on the go. Plus, it has an impressive 10.5-hour battery life and is water-resistant, making it a great choice for outdoor use.
The Sony SRS-XB33 is a great middle ground option if you need something a little louder and fuller than the UE Wonderboom 2, but more portable and affordable than the JBL Xtreme 3. It’s powerful enough to fill a 20-by-15-foot room and can give you up to 16 hours of battery life. Plus, with an IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating, it’s built to take punishment. It also has multicolor lights and strobes, as well as a speakerphone function. However, it’s about two and a half times bigger and heavier than the Wonderboom 2, so it’s not as portable.
Ultimate Ears Hyperboom
The Hyperboom by Ultimate Ears is our best pick for a portable Bluetooth speaker that does everything well. For example, it’s ideal for pool parties and tailgating because it plays almost twice as loud as the JBL Xtreme 3. In addition, it sounds beautiful with smooth and natural vocals, ample deep bass, and surprising ambience for a one-piece speaker – making it great to use indoors too. Although it’s 14.3 inches high and 16.6 pounds, making it less than ideal for airline travel, most people can carry it easily enough.