Best Bluetooth speakers 2024: Top models for great sound

The best Bluetooth speakers market is bursting with options. From the best smart speakers that also include Bluetooth connectivity to portable speakers that you can carry around in a day sack, narrowing down the list of speakers for every kind of activity is a huge undertaking. 

As Tom's Guide audio editor with more than 30 years of listening and testing all kinds of audio products — from budget speakers to Hi-Fi systems that cost as much as a luxury car — I've listened to hundreds of speakers and I know what makes the grade when it comes to balancing great sound, durability and features. Whether you’re on a budget or looking to splurge on something a bit more powerful with Wi-Fi smarts, you can rest assured that each of the options listed below has a thumbs up from me and our team of audio experts. 

While all the models here offer superb value for money, it's important to remember that certain features will increase the cost. Built-in digital assistance (e.g., Alexa, Google Assistant) or AirPlay and multiroom support, for example, will add to the price so it's worth considering how you're likely to use a Bluetooth speaker before making any buying decision.

Below, I've selected the top models for all kinds of activities. Read on to find out which models rank among the best Bluetooth speakers I've tested.

The best Bluetooth speakers available now

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Best home speaker overall with Bluetooth

Denon Home 150 on a stone floor

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Best-sounding small speaker with multiroom smarts

Specifications

Size and weight : 4.72 x 7.36 x 4.72 inches; 3.74 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): N/A
Durability: Not specified
Voice control: Alexa

Reasons to buy

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Great sound
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Bass performance belies speaker size
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Responsive touch controls and proximity sensor
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Easy Wi-Fi integration and set up
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Bluetooth support

Reasons to avoid

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No battery
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No room tuning

As one of the most versatile wireless speakers around, the Denon Home 150 is much more than a Bluetooth speaker and comes with plenty of Wi-Fi smarts and Alexa voice control, too. It needs to be connected to a power outlet but can form part of a multi-room music or home theater system paired with other HEOS platform speakers. It has integrated app support for all the best music streaming services.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or old-school wires; whatever kind of connectivity you go for, it has a big sound that's great with all kinds of music. Throw in the Home 150's versatility as a set of surround sound speakers in a home theater setup, flexible wireless and wired connectivity options, hi-res audio file support, and this is one of the best entry-level speakers we've heard.

Best Sonos entry-level speaker with Bluetooth

Sonor Era 100 in white on a kitchen worktop

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Best entry-level Sonos speaker with stereo sound

Specifications

Size and weight : 7.2 x 4.7 x 5.1 inches; 4.4 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): N/A
Durability: Not specified
Voice control: Alexa, Sonos Voice Assistant

Reasons to buy

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Dual tweeters for stereo sound
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Larger woofer pumps out more bass than Sonos One
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Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth wireless support
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USB-C line in for external audio sources
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Alexa and Sonos Voice enabled

Reasons to avoid

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No Google Assistant support
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More expensive than Sonos One
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No battery

The Era 100 is the successor to the extremely popular Sonos One smart speaker, and the revamped design adds Bluetooth to the roster of connectivity upgrades and stereo sound. As with all smart speakers by Sonos, the Era 100 enables listeners to stream music from dozens of streaming services via its robust system control app, along with the ability to connect to other Sonos speakers and products on your home network. Along with built-in support for Alexa and Sonos voice assistants, the Era 100 can also connect to external sources such as one of the best turntables.

During testing, we found that bass depth was better than the Sonos One, and there’s plenty of coherent energy on display, even at lower volume levels. Midrange clarity had just the right balance, and radio voices and vocal clarity were always convincing and expertly conveyed with whatever song or radio show we streamed. The stereo soundstage is perhaps a bit narrow even with the Era 100’s twin tweeter arrangement, but nevertheless it's a strong performance and a great Bluetooth addition to Sonos’ ecosystem.

Best spatial audio speaker overall with Bluetooth

Sonos Era 300 with app

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Best-sounding speaker for spatial audio content

Specifications

Size and weight : 6.3 x 10.2 x 7.3 inches; 9.9 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): N/A
Durability: Not specified
Voice control: Alexa, Sonos Voice Assistant

Reasons to buy

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Amazing spatial audio
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Lots of connectivity options
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A plethora of streaming audio sources

Reasons to avoid

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Unusual design may not appeal to all

With Bluetooth support now added to Sonos' Era speaker series, this smart speaker really does bring you the best of both worlds. If you are looking for a single speaker to wrap you in sound, the Sonos Era 300 is worth the investment. This smart speaker features support for Dolby Atmos spatial audio, meaning that compatible music tracks will feel like they're enveloping you from all sides. It sounds amazing, and all from a speaker that's slightly smaller than a shoebox. And, because it's Sonos, you can stream Dolby Atmos tracks from both Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited (sorry, no Spotify yet). 

We also like that the Era 300 is both retro- and future-proof: A USB-C port in the back lets you hook it up to your turntable, and both Wi-Fi 6 support means it'll work with the next generation of wireless routers, too. Our biggest quibble with the Era 300 is that you need to connect it to a Sonos soundbar if you want to use its spatial audio capabilities when watching movies.

Best HomePod speaker with Bluetooth support

Apple HomePod 2 listing

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Apple's best smart speaker with Bluetooth and spatial audio

Specifications

Size and weight: 6.6 inches (height), 5.6 inches (diameter); 5.2 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): N/A
Durability: Not specified
Voice control: Siri

Reasons to buy

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Great sound quality
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Integrates well with other Apple products
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Smart home features

Reasons to avoid

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Locked to Apple's ecosystem
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More expensive than other smart speaker rivals

While it largely locks you into Apple's ecosystem, the HomePod 2 delivers some of the best sound we've heard from a smart speaker. Thanks to a beefier woofer and redesigned tweeters, it pumps out some impressive audio no matter what audio connectivity you're using. And, it's also compatible with Dolby Atmos, so you can play spatial audio tracks — from Apple Music only, of course. 

Its gorgeous circular touchscreen is larger than the original, and while its smart features mean you can automate smart home scenes using HomeKit, its Bluetooth connectivity means that its not looked out to playback devices that aren't already part of your home network, so anyone can connect to it and play music or podcasts etc. You can also link a HomePod 2 (or two) to an Apple TV 4K for audio output, which really makes watching movies that more exciting. This is one smart speaker that sounds as good as it looks.

Best portable speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Sonos Move 2 in a garden setting

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Best portable home speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Specifications

Size and weight: 9.4 x 6.3 x 5 inches; 6.6 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 24 hours
Durability: IP56
Voice control: Alexa, Google Assistant, Sonos Assistant

Reasons to buy

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Powerful, balanced sound profile
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Can pair with another Move 2 for true stereo over Wi-Fi
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24 hours of battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Too heavy to carry far

The Sonos Move 2 might not be as portable as the Roam (below), but it ranks as one of the best smart speakers and is one of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market. The 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 24-hour battery packed into a portable (albeit fairly hefty) design. 

In our review, we found the Move delivers a crisp sound with satisfying bass and clear vocals. The speaker works with all major streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music, it 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, while the Sonos Voice Assistant offers hands-free playback even when you're on Bluetooth. 

But the best part? The Move's Auto Trueplay tunes the speaker's audio output for wherever you're listening, whether you're having a rooftop party or rocking out in your bedroom.  

Best portable Bluetooth speaker overall that's just right for festivals

UE Megaboom 3 on table top

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The best portable Bluetooth speaker overall

Specifications

Size and weight: 8.9 x 3.4 x 3.4 inches, 2 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 20 hours
Durability: IP67
Voice controls: No

Reasons to buy

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Big bass and full vocals
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Good battery life
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Can pair with older Megaboom and Boom models for stereo sound

Reasons to avoid

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Big and heavy for a portable
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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 detailed highs and satisfying low-end, and maxes out at 100 decibels of noise. It's one of our best outdoor speakers thanks to an IP67-rated design, which means it can survive drops, shower splashes, and can even be submerged for short periods 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 deal breaker, 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.

Best budget Bluetooth speaker

Anker Soundcore 3 speaker on garden wall

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Best value small battery-powered Bluetooth speaker

Specifications

Size and weight: 6.75 x 2.25 x 2.25-inch; 13 ounces
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 24 hours
Durability: IPX67
Voice controls: No

Reasons to buy

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Big sound from small design
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Good battery life
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Useful Soundcore app and EQ modes

Reasons to avoid

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Sound hardens up at higher volumes
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Rubberized case marks easily

The Anker Soundcore 3 is an amazing little Bluetooth speaker and makes the top of our list as one of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers around. For just over $50, this tiny powerhouse delivers loud, well-balanced sound within an IPX7-rated design that can survive water and dust, while the robust rubberised outer case takes care of protection from everyday knocks. The speaker lasts up to a whopping 24 hours, thanks to Anker's best-in-class battery technology, and the Soundcore 3's dual tweeter drivers and central mid/bass woofer allied to a passive bass driver and Anker's BassUp technology, ensure you'll get powerful sound in any setting.

The Soundcore's compact design makes it perfect for tossing into your bag for a quick road trip, and SharePlay allows multiple Soundcore speakers to be synced for an even bigger sound. It's also available in blue, red and silver colors for a little extra ($56) cost in addition to the standard slick black we tested.

Best waterproof speaker under $100

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3

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An impressive portable Bluetooth speaker for under $100

Specifications

Size and weight: 4.1 x 3.8 inches, 14.8 ounces
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 14 hours
Durability: IP67 rated
Voice controls: No

Reasons to buy

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Impressive bass for its size
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Waterproof design
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Can pair two together
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14 hours battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No USB-C connector

The UE Wonderboom 3 is one of the most well-rounded Bluetooth speakers under $100, and its IP67-rating means it ranks as one of the best waterproof speakers too. Balanced sound and a portable design make it a great companion, while the Outdoor Boost feature does its job. And for most people 14 hours of battery life is plenty.

If you think you need beefier sound or a longer battery life, the Megaboom 3 might be worth the investment. It also can be paired with additional UE speakers for stereo sound. Charging the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 is our only real disappointment. Going from dead, the speaker took over two hours to reach the chime that indicates a full charge. This is probably due to Micro-USB charging, which is rather outdated, and we wish it had USB-C charging like most of my other devices. Otherwise, the UE Wonderboom 3 is one of the best options for the price.

Best portable Bluetooth speaker for bass

JBL Boombox 3 on a fence outdoors

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Big sound and long battery life in a chunky portable

Specifications

Size and weight: 19.0 x 10.1 x 7.9 inches; 14.7 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 24 hours
Durability: IP67
Voice controls: No

Reasons to buy

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Large-scale sound
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Booming bass
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Rugged design and long battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy for a portable
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Treble can sound harsh

The JBL Boombox 3 is one of the larger portable Bluetooth speakers around. Its deep bass and vocal clarity fills large open spaces with a big sound that's perfect for larger outdoor parties, and the IP67-rated beast makes it perfect for outdoors events and pool parties.

As the name suggests, this isn’t the first Boombox in the series, and JBL has built on its predecessors with a new three-way speaker system made up of two tweeters, two mid-range drivers and a racetrack-shaped subwoofer.

Its size and shape feels like a bit of a throw-back to those nineties boombox days. But unlike the bulky models of the era, the JBL measures 19.0 x 10.1 x 7.9-inches and weighs an entirely portable 14.7 pounds. Battery life is entirely practical too, and runs to 24 hours for all-day sounds from a 6.5 hour charge. It comes in two color options: black or a more conspicuous squad colors design. Among big portable Bluetooth speakers that are rugged enough to withstand the elements, the JBL Boombox 3 stands out for its sound quality.

Best light-up Bluetooth speaker

Tribit Stormbox Blast with LED lights on places on wooden surface

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Big boombox-style bass and bling at a great price

Specifications

Size and weight: 14.4 x 4.1 x 3.1 inches; 11.6 pounds
Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 30 hours
Durability: IPX7
Voice control: No

Reasons to buy

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Expansive sound
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Booming bass
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Battery lasts all day

Reasons to avoid

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Treble can sound harsh at high volumes

While it costs about $200, the StormBox Blast is not nearly as expensive as some of our best Bluetooth speakers like the powerful UE Hyperboom or the JBL Boombox 3, but it sounds nearly as good, making it something of a bargain compared to other extra-large portable Bluetooth speakers.  

If you’re looking for a big speaker that can withstand the elements, the Tribit StormBox Blast has a lot going for it. It fills whatever space you are in with bassy sound and vocals sound clear. You can boost the bass further with the XBass button on the speaker, and you can link two StormBox Blasts together for an even bigger sound. It can play all day without needing a recharge, and it’s waterproof so you don’t have to worry about it falling into the pool or getting rained on for a while. And it puts on a light show if you want some visuals to go with your audio. 

Best compact portable speaker for day sacks

Sonos Roam SL on a rock outside

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Sonos' best go anywhere pocket speaker

Specifications

Size and weight: 6.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches, 15 ounces
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Battery life (rated): 10 hours
Durability: IP67 rated
Voice controls: Yes (Alexa and Google Assistant)

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Extensive connectivity
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Auto TruePlay sound tuning

Reasons to avoid

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No Bluetooth multipoint