Product Use case Rating
Fugoo Style Best Overall 9
Anker SoundCore Best Under $50 9
UE Roll 2 Best Waterproof Speaker 8
Creative iRoar Best Features 8
JBL Clip 2 Best Ultraportable Speaker 9
Amazon Echo Best Smart Speaker 8
Polk MagniFi Mini Best for Entertainment 9
Braven XXL Best for Tailgating 8
Marshall Kilburn Best for Audiophiles 9

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 ($131) because of its excellent audio quality, compact and waterproof design and long battery life. If you're looking to go all-out with high-tech features, the Creative iRoar ($369) will scratch that itch.

If you're looking to spend less than $100, get the Fugoo Go($89 on Amazon) and our top pick under $50 is the Anker SoundCore. 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. There's also the new $129 Google Home, which can control your whole household via the super-smart Google Assistant software.

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.

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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

Anker Soundcore: Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $50


Size and Weight: 6.5 x 2.13 inches, 12.6 ounces
Rated Battery Life:
24 hours
Water-Resistance:
None
Voice Controls:
No

The Anker SoundCore is offers the best sound quality and battery life you can find on a sub-$40 speaker. This tiny monster delivers solid bass and rich vocals, and will last you a whopping 24 hours. Plus, its 6.5 x 2.13-inch, 12.6 design makes it a cinch to throw in your bag.

MORE: Anker SoundCore Review

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

Creative iRoar: Best Features

Size and Weight: 8.8 x 4.7 x 2.2 inches, 2.5 pounds
Rated Battery Life: 20 hours
Water-Resistance: None
Voice Controls: Yes

If you're willing to pay a premium for a Bluetooth speaker that can do just about anything, the Creative iRoar is the way to go. This high-end gadget is dripping with cool features, including deep sound customization, a crisp microphone that can morph your voice, and support for a host of cool extra apps that allow it to double as an alarm clock or guitar tuner. It can even serve as a miniature soundbar thanks to its optical input. Oh, and it sounds great, delivering deep bass and strong midrange.

MORE: Creative iRoar Speaker Review: Big Performance, Big Price

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

Polk MagniFi Mini - Best For Entertainment

Size and Weight: 13.4 x 4.3 x 3.1 inches, 12.5 pounds
Rated Battery Life: N/A
Water-Resistance: No
Voice Controls: No

The Polk MagniFi Mini is a compact soundbar that also happens to be an excellent Bluetooth speaker. This miniature monster produces the sound of a speaker twice its size, and can play music from both Bluetooth and Google Cast-enabled devices. Between its included subwoofer and ability to produce great audio for music, TV shows and movies, the super-versatile MagniFi Mini is well worth its premium $300 price tag.

MORE: Polk MagniFi Mini Review: Small Size, Huge Sound

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

Fugoo Go Bluetooth Speaker: New and Notable

Size and Weight: 15 x 11 x 3 inches, 2 pounds
Rated Battery Life: 10 hours
Water-Resistance: Yes
Voice Controls: No

The price is definitely right when it comes to the Fugoo Go Bluetooth speaker. Priced at an aggressive $99, the Go delivers the ruggedness you've come to expect from Fugoo, in a small, highly portable frame. The Go offers 360-degree audio with up to 10 hours of battery life that can be paired with another Go for stereo audio. Thanks to its IP67 rating, the Go is water, dust, shock and drop-proof. 

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