Best Bluetooth Speakers 2015

Our Top Picks for Every Budget

There’s a Bluetooth speaker for just about every person, from those who want only the best sound, to outdoor adventurers and bass heads. After testing more than 30 Bluetooth speakers in all shapes and sizes, our top overall pick is the Fugoo Style ($200, $179 on Herman Street) because of its excellent audio quality, compact and waterproof design and long battery life. The new UE Boom 2 ($200) is another excellent choice, but it doesn’t last as long on a charge.

If you're looking to spend less than $100, get the UE Roll ($100 on Amazon), and our top pick under $50 is the JBL Clip+ ($50 on Amazon). Here's our favorite picks for any location or occasion.

How We Evaluate Bluetooth Speakers

To evaluate each Bluetooth speaker, we listen to a wide range of music and test the device's durability, if applicable. We also test speakerphone capabilities (if available) and play tunes continuously to see how long the speakers' batteries last. We also consider the quality of the design and ease of use and setup.

Other features to consider include whether a given Bluetooth speaker supports Siri and/or Google Now voice prompts, as well whether as it has any rugged features such as dust- and waterproofing. You'll also want to make sure a speaker is compatible with your mobile device of choice, though most popular options work pretty seamlessly with Android and iOS gadgets

Fugoo Style: Best Overall

Size and Weight: 7.4 x 2.9 x 2.3 inches, 1.1 pounds
Rated Battery Life: 40 hours
Water-Resistance: Waterproof
Voice Controls: Yes (via Siri or Google Now)

Durability, style and awesome sound--the Fugoo Style Bluetooth Speaker has it all. The 1.1-pound device is ultra portable yet kicks out louder, clearer audio than a speaker twice its size. A recent firmware update gives the Style even richer sound, as well as multiple loudness modes that help you find the right volume for your surroundings. If that wasn’t enough, the $199 Fugoo is also waterproof, mudproof, snow and shockproof. You can also change the speaker’s looks via the optional jackets ($39.99). The Style also lasts up to 40 hours on a single charge. It’s the go-to speaker for any occasion.

MORE: Fugoo Style Bluetooth Speaker Review: Best-in-Class Sound and Features

UE Roll: Best Under $100

Size and Weight: 5.3 x 1.6 inches, 11.6 ounces
Rated Battery Life: 9 hours
Water-Resistance: Waterproof
Voice Controls: No

The Ultimate Ears Roll strikes the perfect balance between value, portability and sound quality. This compact speaker's waterproof, disc-shaped design makes it perfect for a dip in the pool, and it produces crisp highs and satisfying bass that ring louder than its small size suggests. Factor in at least 9 hours of battery life for long trips, and you've got a travel-ready speaker that's well worth its $100 price tag.

MORE: UE Roll Review: One Fun Waterproof Speaker

JBL Clip+: Best Under $50

Size and Weight: 4.2 x 3.5 x 1.7 inches, 5.3 ounces
Rated Battery Life: 5 hours
Water-Resistance: Water Resistant
Voice Controls: No

The original JBL Clip was already one of our favorite miniature Bluetooth speakers, and the added water resistance of the refreshed Clip+ makes it an even better deal. This small speaker delivers surprisingly loud and full sound, and has a handy built-in clip that attaches easily to your belt or backpack. There's even an integrated speakerphone for hands-free phone conversations.

MORE: JBL Clip/Clip+ Review: Small Speaker, Great Sound

Amazon Echo: Best Smart Speaker

Credit: Jeremy Lips / Tom's GuideCredit: Jeremy Lips / Tom's Guide

Size and Weight: 9.25 x 3.27 x 3.27, 27 ounces
Rated Battery Life: N/A
Water-Resistance: No
Voice Controls: Yes

There are plenty of great Bluetooth speakers out there, but only one that doubles as your personal assistant. Using your voice, the $180 Amazon Echo lets you check the weather, play a song or or buy something online without having to grab your phone. Echo can do everything from read you an audiobook to control your home lighting, and it has the sound quality to rival other speakers in its price range. The Echo lacks a battery, but it certainly makes the living room a more fun place.

MORE: Amazon Echo Review: One Smart Speaker

Marshall Kilburn: Best for Audiophiles

Size and Weight: 9.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches, 6.6 pounds
Rated Battery Life: 20 hours
Water-Resistance: No
Voice Controls: No

The Marshall Kilburn's guitar-amp-inspired design isn't just there for show -- this speaker truly rocks. The Kilburn can be cranked loud enough to fill a large room, allowing you to hear its beefy bass tones and sharp treble wherever you are. The Kilburn plays equally nice with iOS and Android devices, and you can even replace its 20-hour battery to keep the speaker fresh over time.

MORE: Marshall Kilburn: A Rockin’ Portable Speaker

Braven BRV-1: Best Rugged Speaker

Size and Weight: 4.75 x 3.25 x 2.25 inches, 12 ounces
Rated Battery Life: 12 hours
Water-Resistance: Waterproof
Voice Controls: No

IPX5-certified to operate in wet conditions like rain or poolside, the BRV-1 is an excellent companion for outdoorsy types. It’s not only compact and lightweight (12.2 ounces), the built-in 1400mAh battery keeps music going for up to 12 hours. Plus, you can use the BRV-1 to charge your smartphone. Overall, this is a solid choice for personal listening that doubles as a speakerphone.

MORE: Braven BRV-1 Review: One Tough Little Speaker

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