Our Top Picks for Every Budget

Editors' Note: The Fugoo Style, our favorite Bluetooth speaker overall, is on sale for $125.99 at Amazon (this is the lowest price we’ve seen).

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 ($131) 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 JBL Flip 3 ($100 on Amazon) and our top pick under $60 is the JBL Clip 2 ($59.99 on Amazon) . Want something more high-tech? The Amazon Echo ($179) lets you do everything from pull up playlists to turning off the lights via voice commands, while the Amazon Tap ($129) offers similar functionality in the form of a portable Bluetooth speaker.

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

JBL Flip 3: Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $100

Size and Weight: 6.7 x 2.5 inches, 1 pound
Rated Battery Life:
10 hours
Voice Controls:

The JBL Flip 3 proves that you don't have to say goodbye to sound quality if you're on a budget. This $99 speaker offers impressively rich bass, a crisp speakerphone for chatting with friends and a splashproof design that makes it safe for poolside or a rainy camp day. Factor in its 10-hour battery and a range of fun color options, and you've got one of the best overall values of any Bluetooth speaker.

MORE: JBL Flip 3 Review: JBL Flips on the Bass

UE Roll 2: Best Waterproof Speaker

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

Our favorite sub-$100 speaker has become even better -- the UE Roll 2 adds more volume and better wireless range. The Roll 2's compact and waterproof design, and rich treble and midrange, make it the perfect pool companion. UE's new speaker comes in a ton of fun colors, and its handy companion app lets you tweak the EQ and even pair two Rolls together for awesome stereo sound.

MORE: UE Roll 2 Review: Rolling Over the Competition

JBL Clip 2: Best Ultraportable Speaker

Size and Weight: 5.5 x 3.7 x 1.7 inches, 6.5 ounces
Rated Battery Life: 8 hours
Water-Resistance: IPX7 Waterproof
Voice Controls: No

The $60 Clip 2 takes our favorite tiny speaker and makes it even better, with improved sound quality, increased water resistance and a battery that can last well over 10 hours by the pool or beach. JBL's ultraportable speaker is small enough to clip to your shorts, but its rich treble and bass are anything but diminutive.

MORE: JBL Clip 2 Review: More of a Great Thing

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

Braven XXL - Best for Tailgating

Size and Weight: 20.25 x 9.5 x 8.25 inches, 18 pounds
Rated Battery Life: 14 hours
Water Resistance: IPX5 splash-resistant
Voice Controls: No

If partying outdoors is your thing, bigger speakers are always better. The Braven XXL offers enough loud, bass-heavy audio to power your next tailgate party, and packs both a handle and shoulder strap for lugging it to every big game. The XXL is built to deliver 14 hours of booming tunes on a single charge, and its IPX5 rating means it can withstand a few spills of water from your less-coherent friends.

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

IPX7-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

Braven 405: New and Notable

Size and Weight: 5.9 x 3.6 x 1.2 inches
Rated Battery Life: 24 hours
Water-Resistance: Waterproof
Voice Controls: No

The Braven 405 is a true all-day audio companion. This miniature 479 speaker is tiny enough to toss in your bag, but promises 24 hours of booming audio with plenty of deep bass. The Braven 405's IPX7 waterproof rating means it can take a dunk in the pool, and it comes in a variety of fun colors that you'll want to show off. The speaker also doubles as a 2,100-mAh power bank for your mobile device, making it one of the only gadgets you'll need to bring to your next beach outing or poolside party.

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