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. There are plenty of other great options that include high-tech Alexa speakers and massive outdoor party starters. And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals already popping up, now's the best time to snag that Bluetooth speaker you've had your eye on.
Here are our top picks in every category.
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- Check out our hands-on review of the Devialet Phantom Reactor, a massive, striking and super-loud $999 premium speaker that looks like nothing else you've seen.
- We've ranked 14 of the top Alexa speakers from both Amazon and third-parties, so you can find the best Bluetooth speaker for tapping into Amazon's virtual assistant.
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.