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The best Bluetooth speakers in 2021

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The best Bluetooth speakers can deliver the sound quality your favorite songs deserve, in a compact and usually all-wireless design. And, whether you want something that competes with the best outdoor speakers on durability or a model with smart voice controls, you’re bound to find your perfect speaker right here.

We’ve tested dozens of models, and these are the finest around. With Spring arriving, now is an ideal time to get outside and start enjoying music, radio and podcasts in your garden or at the park, so without further ado let’s get into our list of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy today.

What is the best Bluetooth speaker?

Our pick for the best Bluetooth speaker is the UE Megaboom 3. The Megaboom 3 sounds great when playing all genres of music, offers an impressive 20 hours of playback and is sturdy enough to face the elements outdoors. It’ll even survive an accidental drop in the pool. 

The best Bluetooth speaker for those on a budget is the Anker Soundcore 2. For less than $50, the SoundCore 2 delivers loud sound in a durable, compact body. While it’s a bit small for the average backyard party, it’s great to toss in your bag for a beach venture or other outing. Its 24 battery life will survive any day trip you have in mind, too. If money is no object, the massive, $399 Sonos Move has the most features of any Bluetooth speaker we’ve tested, though we like its newer, smaller sibling — the Sonos Roam — even better.

Looking for the best Bluetooth speaker to buy right now? Read on for our full list of picks.

The best Bluetooth speakers right now

Best Bluetooth speaker: UE Megaboom 3

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1. UE Megaboom 3

The best Bluetooth speaker overall

Size and Weight: 8.9 x 3.4 x 3.4 inches, 2 pounds | Battery Life (Rated): 20 hours | Water Resistance: Yes | Maximum Sound Level: 90db | Voice Controls: No

Big bass and full vocals
Good battery life
Can pair with older Megaboom and Boom models for stereo sound
Big and heavy for a portable
No speakerphone

Thanks to its excellent sound quality, long battery life and travel-ready ruggedness, the UE Megaboom 3 is the best Bluetooth speaker you can buy right now. This big, bold portable speaker pumps out rich 360-degree sound complete with crisp highs and satisfying low-end, and maxes out at 100 decibels of noise. And with an IP67-rated design, it can survive drops, splashes and a fall into the pool without skipping a beat.

The Megaboom 3 is on the bigger side compared to other portable speakers, and unlike many of its competitors, it doesn't have Alexa or Google Assistant support, or any other smart features. But if that’s not a dealbreaker, the Megaboom 3's sound quality and ruggedness can't be beat for the price. You can also pair it with older Megaboom and Boom models for a stereo sound experience.

Read our full UE Megaboom 3 review.

Best Bluetooth speaker: Anker Soundcore 2

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2. Anker Soundcore 2

The best Bluetooth speaker under $50

Size and Weight: 6.5 x 2.1 x 1.77 inches, 12.6 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 24 hours | Water Resistance: Yes | Voice Controls: No

Great battery life
Waterproof
Not ideal for larger rooms

The Anker Soundcore 2 is the best Bluetooth speaker for folks shopping on a budget. For under $50, this tiny powerhouse delivers loud, well-balanced sound within an IPX7-rated design that can survive water, dust and snow. The speaker lasts a whopping 24 hours, thanks to Anker's best-in-class battery technology, and the Soundcore 2's dual neodymium drivers ensure you'll get powerful sound in any setting.

The Soundcore's compact, 6.5 x 2.1 x 1.77-inch design makes this speaker perfect for tossing into your bag for a quick road trip, and it comes in vibrant blue and red color schemes in addition to the standard slick black. Its low cost makes it ideal for environments where you wouldn’t mind it getting a little roughed up, too.

Check out the Anker Soundcore 2 on our list of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers.

Best Bluetooth speaker: Sonos Roam

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3. Sonos Roam

The best Bluetooth speaker with Wi-Fi smarts

Size and Weight: 6.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches, 15 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 10 hours | Water Resistance: Yes (IP67 rated) | Voice Controls: Yes (Alexa and Google Assistant)

Lightweight
Extensive connectivity
Auto TruePlay sound tuning
No Bluetooth  multipoint
Middling battery life

Building on the success of the Sonos Move, the Sonos Roam is a connected smart speaker at home and powerful Bluetooth beast on the road. It’s much more portable and more affordable than the Move, though, and its Auto TruePlay feature automatically adjusts the sound to suit its surroundings, whether you’re listening in a noisy, urban park or a quaint, airy campground.

Although we wish the battery lasted more than 10 hours, it juices up quickly via USB-C or wireless charging. When you return back from your latest excursion, the Sonos Roam should rejoin your larger Sonos system on its own. It also gives you the option to hand off your current soundtrack to the nearest Sonos speaker. Or you could stick to Roam, bringing your voice assistant and streaming services room-to-room, or as far as your Wi-Fi can reach.

Read our full Sonos Roam review.

Best Bluetooth speaker: UE Wonderboom 2

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4. UE Wonderboom 2

The best portable Bluetooth speaker below $100

Size and Weight: 4 x 3.7 x 3.7 inches, 0.9 pounds | Battery Life (Rated): 13 hours | Water Resistance: Yes | Voice Controls: No

Full bass for a small speaker
Waterproof and dustproof
No app
No visual battery life indicator

The UE Wonderboom 2 is proof that great things can come in small packages. This tiny speaker delivers huge sound within a small 4-inch cylinder, complete with throbbing bass, balanced midtones and crisp vocals. It can survive being dunked in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes and is dust-resistant, making it perfect for your next trip to the pool, beach or park.

Other key features include an impressive 13-hour battery life and the ability to pair two Wonderbooms together for immersive stereo sound. If you need an especially small speaker that’s a breeze to tote around and don't want to spend more than $100, the Wonderboom 2 is hard to beat. Add a carabiner to the clever loop to attach the Wonderboom to your bag as you head out the door.

Read our full UE Wonderboom 2 review.

UE Hyperboom review

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5. UE Hyperboom

The best Bluetooth speaker for parties

Size and Weight: 14.3 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches, 13 pounds | Battery Life (Rated): 24 hours | Water Resistance: IPX4 | Voice Controls: No

Big and balanced sound
Gets very loud
Good battery life
Pricey
Really, really big and heavy

Looking to really go big? The UE Hyperboom is the best Bluetooth speaker for large gatherings, thanks to its massive size and big, booming audio output. This 14-inch tall speaker offers huge, balanced sound that's especially ideal for barbecues and outdoor parties.

The Hyperboom is as rugged as it is big, with IPX4 water resistance for surviving splashes. And you'll get 24 hours of battery life for keeping the outdoor tunes going all day and night long. Pair that with seamless Bluetooth connectivity and plenty of volume, and you have the ultimate speaker for filling a big area with great sound.

Read our full UE Hyperboom review.

LG XBoom Go PL7 review

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6. LG XBoom Go PL7

The best Bluetooth speaker for sheer style

Size and Weight: 9.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches, 3.2 pounds | Battery Life (Rated): 24 hours | Water Resistance: IPX5 | Voice Controls: No

Crisp treble and defined bass
Good battery life
LED lights add to the fun
No integrated voice assistant
Few sound adjustments available

Every Bluetooth speaker on this list delivers great sound and functionality, but only the LG XBoom Go PL7 does it while boasting awesome LED lights. This unique Bluetooth speaker packs fully customizable LED rings on either side, adding some unique flair to your pool parties or indoor jam sessions.

But the XBoom Go PL7 has much more than looks going for it. The XBoom's appropriately booming sound holds its own against the best Bluetooth speakers in this price range, delivering balanced bass and satisfying treble. And with an IPX5  rating, this speaker can handle sprays or plashes of water and keep on ticking. Factor in its strong 24 hour battery life, and the XBoom Go PL7 is a great Bluetooth speaker that looks as good as it sounds.

Read our full LG XBoom Go PL7 review.

Best Bluetooth speaker: Sonos Move

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7. Sonos Move

The best high-end Bluetooth speaker for outdoors

Size and Weight: 9.4 x 6.3 x 5 inches, 6.6 pounds | Battery Life (Rated): 10 hours | Water Resistance: Yes (IP56 rated for splashes) | Voice Controls: Yes (Alexa and Google Assistant)

Superb audio quality
Built-in Automatic TruePlay technology
Easy Wi-Fi-to-Bluetooth connection conversion
Pricey
No smart features in Bluetooth mode

At long last, Sonos has delivered a wireless Bluetooth speaker — and it's pretty great. The Sonos Move takes the well-tuned sound and rich feature set found in the Sonos One and lets you take it on the go, with a 10-hour battery packed into a portable (albeit fairly chunky) design. 

We found the Move delivers a booming, crisp sound, complete with satisfying bass and clear vocals. The speaker works with all major streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music, sports Apple AirPlay 2 support and can seamlessly switch from Bluetooth to Wi-Fi on the fly. Alexa and Google Assistant support allow you to do anything from check the weather to control your smart home, and the Move's Auto TruePlay automatically tunes the speaker's audio output for wherever you're listening, whether you're having a rooftop party or rocking out in your bedroom.

Read our full Sonos Move review

Best Bluetooth speaker: V-Moda Remix

8. V-Moda Remix

The best Bluetooth speaker for bass heads

Size and Weight: 8.1 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches, 1.9 pounds | Battery Life (Rated): 10 hours | Water Resistance: No | Voice Controls: No

Loud, balanced audio with booming bass
Stunning design
Lots of customization options
Daisy-chain multiple speakers
A bit expensive
No multi-room solution

For a premium speaker that looks as good as it sounds, look no further than the V-Moda Remix. This drool-worthy showpiece is the best Bluetooth speaker for the design-oriented, and can be customized to your heart's content. The base model looks slick in aluminum or vegan leather, while, people with bottomless budgets and a penchant for style can opt for steel or platinum finishes (the later of which will run you well over $300,000). 

Most importantly, the Remix sounds great, offering plenty of bass as well as a built-in headphone amp for enhancing the audio of your favorite set of cans. The Remix's 10-hour battery life certainly makes this speaker worthy of longer jam sessions, and its trusty microphone allows for crisp call quality whether you’re set up inside your house or out.

Read our full V-Moda Remix review.

Amazon Echo (4th-gen)

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9. Amazon Echo (4rd Gen)

The best Bluetooth speaker with Alexa

Size and Weight: 5.7 x 5.2 inches, 34.2 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): N/A | Water Resistance: No | Voice Controls: Yes (Alexa)

Sleek spherical design
Good audio for price
Great smart home skills
Audio in/out port
Audio not as good as Sonos One

The 4th-gen Amazon Echo is one of the most significant upgrades yet to the company's signature smart speaker. Gone is the long-standing cylindrical design; the new Echo looks truly out of this world, with a sleek, spherical look that will complement any room it's in. 

But the new Echo isn't just an aesthetic upgrade. Amazon's latest smart speaker has significantly improved audio quality thanks to its 3-inch woofer and dual 0.8-inch tweeters, delivering satisfying bass and balanced, warm sound. It also has a handy audio in/out port for connecting gadgets such as turntables to your Echo. Pair that with the tens of thousands of handy Alexa skills for making your home smarter, and the latest Amazon Echo easily retains its title as the ultimate smart speaker. 

Read our full Amazon Echo (4th Gen) review.

Best Bluetooth speaker: JBL Link 20

The best Bluetooth speaker with Google Assistant

Size and Weight: 8.3 x 3.7 inches, 33.5 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 10 hours | Water Resistance: Yes | Voice Controls: Yes (Google Assistant)

Powered by Google Assistant
Portable and rugged
Well-balanced overall sound
Can't make calls

Smart Bluetooth speakers are becoming a dime a dozen, but the JBL Link 20 manages to stand out from the pack by being one of the few to prioritize Google Assistant. That means you can enjoy all of Google Home's smart features, such as being able to get dinner suggestions, traffic info and control any of the best Google Home compatible devices. The best part? You don't have to be tethered to your living room. The Link 20’s smart features work as far as your Wi-Fi will reach.

The Link 20 is also simply a great premium speaker, with balanced audio and 10 hours of battery life. Add in a rugged, IPX7-rated design built to endure a dunk in the pool or a spell in the shower, and you've got one of the top speakers out there in the $200-$250 range.

Read our full JBL Link 20 review.

Best Bluetooth speakers: Tribit StormBox Micro

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11. Tribit StormBox Micro

The best waterproof Bluetooth speaker

Size and Weight: 3.9 x 3.9 x 1.4-inch, 8 ounces | Battery Life (Rated): 8 hours | Water Resistance: Yes (IP67) | Voice Controls: No

Small and lightweight
Good bass for a small speaker
Water resistant
No app
Limited battery life

Sometimes, being small and easy to carry is the most important quality in a Bluetooth speaker. But the inexpensive Tribot StormBox Micro doesn't skimp on sound, either. While it's just 4 inches square, the StormBox Micro has pretty impressive bass, especially for something its size.

The speaker has a plastic strap that makes it easy to attach to a backpack or bike, an IP67 water-resistant rating, so it's fully protected against dust and dirt as well as submersion in water. However, there's no aux input, so you have to connect to it via Bluetooth. 

Read our full Tribot StormBox Micro review.

How to choose the best Bluetooth speaker for you

There are a couple things you’ll want to consider when shopping for a Bluetooth speaker, the first of which is whether you want it to be wireless or wired. While a number of wired speakers like the Amazon Echo provide excellent Bluetooth listening, you can’t bring them outside your kitchen or living room. Stick to a speaker with a rechargeable battery for on-the-go audio.

With that, you’ll need to decide if an option with a voice assistant is the best Bluetooth speaker for you. If you plan to use your speaker in your backyard, it could be useful to have Google Assistant’s or Alexa’s powers at your disposal. That way you can change the music using your voice, rather than controlling the audio through your phone. These smart features will not work beyond your home’s Wi-Fi, so opt for a non-smart Bluetooth speaker for the beach or other outdoorsy locales.

How we test the best Bluetooth speakers

Every product on this list is considered the best Bluetooth speaker for one or more standout features, however each must meet basic requirements during our testing to be considered. We spend several hours listening to music, making calls and toting around every speaker to make sure it sounds great across all genres, provides solid call quality and withstands minor bumps or splashes. 

If a speaker offers smart features, we enable the supported voice assistant to see how it fares against other top rated smart speakers. We’ll use it to control smart home devices, browse playlists and get answers to other common queries. 

We also test battery life, exhausting each speaker’s battery after a full charge to see how long it can last under realistic conditions. A smart speaker connected to Wi-Fi should last at least 10 hours, while a standard Bluetooth speaker should last around 20. Most people want to know how much play time they can expect when their speaker is brought along for a day trip. 

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