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 ($139) 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. 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. Even Apple and Google are getting in on the action with the $349 HomePod, a Siri-powered speaker, and the $129 Google Home, which taps into Google Assistant.
How We Test and What to Consider
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 Assistant 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.