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 S because of its excellent audio quality, stylish and waterproof design and solid battery life.
If you're looking to spend less than $50, the Anker Soundcore 2 is a great pick that punches well above its weight in terms of sound quality and durability. Looking for something more high-tech like the Amazon Echo, or a more premium speaker with lavish looks? Check out our top picks below.
Latest News and Updates (March 2018)
- We reviewed the Onkyo Smart Speaker G3, an excellent Google Home alternative that delivers rich sound and seamless Google Assistant functionality.
- We reviewed the Soundots, a high-tech, premium Bluetooth speaker that lets you pair multiple units by simply stacking them together.
How We Test 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 we consider include whether a given Bluetooth speaker supports Siri and/or Google Assistant voice prompts, as well whether as it has any rugged features such as dust- and waterproofing.
What Bluetooth Speakers Cost
You can find small, decent-sounding Bluetooth speakers for as low as $20, though you'll need to pay at least $40 for something high-quality such as the Anker Soundcore or JBL Clip. Bigger, cylindrical speakers will run you anywhere from $80 to $150 depending on the brand and features. If you're an audiophile seeking top of the line sound quality, expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $300 on premium, feature-rich models, as well as for extra-large speakers built for parties.