Best Bluetooth speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar's overview of the bluetooth speakers you can buy in 2018.
Even if you have a special AV cabinet with gilded speaker cables and an amplifier the size of a car engine, there will be times when the portability of one of the best Bluetooth speakers simply can not be ignored.
Whether you need a speaker to take with you on your next adventure, a portable powerhouse to take to the beach or a rocking wireless speaker for your next house party, a Bluetooth speaker can find places that do not have a traditional 5.1 system still your music sounds great.
- Updating: Ultimate Ears is new for this month and has just introduced a sequel to the award-winning UE BOOM 2 and MEGABOOM, the UE BOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3. They are products that we are currently testing and we should have full reviews in the near future. Stay tuned!
Certainly, there are compromises when you reduce your speakers to something portable (battery life and a slight drop in sound quality are two that come to mind), but when it comes to convenience and price, Bluetooth speakers simply can not be beaten to become.
So which speaker should you buy? We have some ideas.
How do you choose the best Bluetooth speaker?
One of the biggest questions we get when talking to people about Bluetooth speakers is: How do I choose the best one?
Some are rough. Some are stylish. Some are weather-resistant and some are not suitable for outdoor use. If you have trouble figuring out which speaker might work for you, start by mapping where you are going to use it and find a speaker that matches that setting. If you are a beach lover, it means that water and dust density are essential. If you're a party, you may want to connect two speakers or a multipoint-paired speaker that allows multiple devices to connect at the same time. We will subdivide these functions below for you to help you find a speaker who first provides your unique lifestyle.
Regardless of which functions you want from your loudspeaker, it is imperative that it has a decent battery life and good sound quality. There is no point in having a device full of functions if the battery dies quickly and the garbage sounds. All our choices meet these two requirements, so if you choose this list, you can afford to pay more attention to functions.
Regardless of your budget and whatever you need, here are 10 excellent Bluetooth wireless speakers, ranked by price-performance ratio, which will surely work for you.
What are the 10 best bluetooth speakers of 2018?
Here is the complete list of the best bluetooth speakers that are for sale:
1. UE Tree 2
The best Bluetooth speaker
Weight: 1.2 pounds Battery life: 15 hours Wireless range: 30+ feet Frequency response: 90Hz-20kHz | drivers: Two 1.75 "drivers and two 1.75" x 3 "passive radiators NFC: Yes Aux-in: Yes Charge via USB: Yes
Robust set of functions
The life of the battery has not improved with respect to the original
This sequel to the UE Boom nails everything a Bluetooth speaker should be. It is loud, yet detailed. Portable, but still incredibly durable. In addition, even better, the addition of waterproofness makes what the best Bluetooth speaker for most occasions was the best for every occasion.
If you are deep in the search for your next – or first – Bluetooth speaker, you can now stop searching. (But if you are looking for something more powerful, the Mega tree – also from UE – is also a good choice.)
Read the full review: UE Tree 2
2. Fugoo style
The best Bluetooth speaker second
Weight: 1 pound Battery life: Up to 40 hours Wireless range: 30+ feet Frequency response: 60Hz -20kHz | drivers: Two 28 mm neodymium tweeters, two 39 mm neodymium aluminum curved center / woofers, two 43 mm x 54 mm passive radiators | NFC: No Aux-in: Yes Charging via USB: Yes
Amazing battery life
No defects to notice
Get to know one of the best kept secrets of the Bluetooth speakers. The Fugoo comes in the style of your choice (Style, Tough or Sport), but whatever speaker you choose, this speaker is just as suitable for the elements as for your coffee table.
Despite its small size, this option offers surprisingly good sound performance and, get it, up to 40 hours of battery life when listening with an average volume. We were able to get there for nearly 20 hours with a high volume.
Read the full review: Fugoo
3. JBL Charge 3
A great speaker that also charges your phone
Weight: £ 1.76 Battery life: 20 hours Wireless range: 30+ feet Frequency response: 65Hz – 20kHz | drivers: Two 1.7 "drivers and two passive radiators NFC: No Bluetooth version: 3.0 Aux-in: Yes Charging via USB: Yes
Kicking bass response
As a package, the JBL Charge 3 offers a convincing range of functions and excellent sound quality to boot. It hits well above its weight, plays loudly and without distortions.
The charge line of speakers has long been on our shortlist of recommendations, thanks to the way they combine great sound quality with the ability to charge your devices via USB.
The latest iteration maintains the dominance of JBL in the market of portable Bluetooth speakers.
Read the full review: JBL Charge 3
4. Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless
The best high-end Bluetooth speaker
Weight: 14 pounds Battery life: N / A | Wireless range: N / A | Frequency response: 44Hz – 28kHz | drivers: Two 25W tweeters, two 25W mid-range drivers, one 50W subwoofer NFC: No Bluetooth version: 4.1 Aux-in: Yes Charging via USB: No
Excellent all around sound
Limited stereo effect
Somewhat uncomfortable setup
The new Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is a beautiful piece of design. It is a solid, reassuringly heavy-duty wireless speaker that provides all the black-and-white audio heritage that the British audiomastro has built throughout its lifetime: the sound is clear and natural, delivers room-filling sound with a seriously powerful midrange and dynamic, controlled bass.
The price may be a bit of a damper on your wallet, but if you have audiophile tastes that go into the portable speaker room, the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless are the only loudspeakers you should consider.
Read the full review: Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless
5. Bose SoundLink Mini II
The best mid-range speaker
Weight: 1.5 pounds Dimensions: 2 x 7.1 x 2.3 in. (H x W x D) Battery life: Up to 10 hours Wireless range: 30 ft (10 m) Frequency response: N / A | drivers: N / A | NFC: No Bluetooth version: N / A | Aux-in: Yes Charging via USB: No
Built like a tank
Compact form factor
No NFC or multipoint Bluetooth
The Bose SoundLink Mini II is relatively old and was released in June 2015. Writing the SoundLink Mini II because of its age would be a mistake, because it remains one of the best sounding wireless speakers.
That said, it goes far beyond what the size would suggest, producing deep bass, sparkling highs and sumptuous midtones. While most wireless speakers sound good, the Mini II proves that small speakers do not have to compromise on sound and other Bose features such as a charging pad.
Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Mini II
6. Anchor Soundcore Flare
The best budget Bluetooth speaker
Weight: 18.7 ounces Battery life: 12 hours Wireless range: 20 m / 66ft Frequency response: N / A | drivers: 2 x 1.75 "Full range + 2 x passive radiator NFC: No Aux-in: Yes Bluetooth version: 4.2 Sealing: Yes-IPX7 | Charges devices via USB: No
Impressive sound for the size
Excellent mobile app
Average battery life
Hard on max volume
Anker has a history of making excellent wireless wireless speakers. Although we were not completely impressed with the Anchor SoundCore 2Sounds, we could not be too crazy because the speaker was so affordable.
So what happens if you can stretch your budget? For about $ 20 more you get the Anker Soundcore Flare, an excellent waterproof Bluetooth speaker that can stand toe-to-toe with the competition.
The Soundcore Flare is a great value in the sub- $ 100 wireless speaker segment. Competitors such as the UE Wonderboom (mentioned above) give the Flare a run for its money in terms of build quality, but we give the Flare a slight advantage with sound quality. We recommend the Flare for anyone looking for a wireless speaker that can do anything without breaking the bank.
Read the full review: Anchor Soundcore Flare
7. UE Wonderboom
Weight: 425g Dimensions: 102 x 93.5 mm (H x D) Battery life: Up to 10 hours Wireless range: 100 ft (33 m) Frequency response: 80 Hz – 20 kHz drivers: two active drivers of 40 mm and two 46.1 mm x 65.2 mm passive radiators NFC: No Bluetooth version: N / A | Aux-in: No Charging via USB: No
Somewhat limited sounding
When someone asks us for a recommendation for a watertight loudspeaker, the UE Roll 2 was always at the top of our list. We loved the unique form factor of the Roll 2, a wireless range of 50 feet and it also sounded very good. Where it was missing in the bass department. Logitech, the parent company of UE, has remedied the lack of bass of the Roll 2 by making the applicable UE Wonderboom.
In our view, the UE Wonderboom benefits the Roll 2 in almost every way – except for the handy bungee cord of the Roll 2. Still, ignoring that, if you're looking for one of the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers on the market today , it is difficult to do better than the UE Wonderboom.
Read the full review: UE Wonderboom
8. Bang and Olufsen Beoplay P2
The best lightweight Bluetooth speaker
Weight: 275 g (9.7 oz) Battery life: Up to 10 hours Wireless range: N / A | Frequency response: 68 Hz – 21,000 Hz drivers: 2 x 15 W class D for woofer and tweeter (2 x 50 W peak power) NFC: No Aux-in: No Charging via USB: No
Good bass for the size
It lacks highs and mids
A pouch or bag would be nice
B & O created a hit with the Beoplay P2. It is a well-designed loudspeaker that is extremely easy to use, has a well-built accompanying app and it sounds great. On top of that, the loudspeaker is ultra-wearable without compromising on a lot of basin maintenance. Of course you can get a bit bigger (and stereo) for the same price, but in this way the sound quality justifies the price. The smart gestures are also a nice addition, although we would not buy the device for that reason alone.
Read the full review: B & O Beoplay P2
9. Marshall Kilburn
The best big Bluetooth speaker
Weight: 3kg | Battery life: Up to 8 pm Wireless range: N / A | Frequency response: 62 – 20,000 Hz drivers: two 3/4-inch dome tweeters, a 4-inch woofer | NFC: No Aux-in: Yes Charging via USB: Yes
Controllers for bass and treble
No playback controls
Not as portable as competition
The Marshall Kilburn may not seem like the best choice in Bluetooth speakers. It's big, heavy, has no USB charging and is not waterproof – plus, $ 299 (£ 239, about AU $ 390) is a lot to pay for a Bluetooth speaker.
But nothing of this is important because Kilburn sounds so damn good.
In the course of a month we fell in love with the design, the feel and the pristine sound quality of the Kilburn. There is no other portable Bluetooth speaker on the market like this. It is a head-turner and a conversation item. It is a piece of audio art that you will proudly show to your friends during a party.
Read the full review: Marshall Kilburn
10. Denon Envaya (DSB-250BT)
The most durable Bluetooth speaker
Weight: 0.75 Kg | Dimensions: 209 x 74 x 77 mm (W x D x H) Battery life: 13 hours Wireless range: 30 m (100ft) Frequency response: N / A | drivers: 2 x 40mm driver for full range, 1 x 53x135mm passive radiator NFC: No Aux-in: Yes Bluetooth version: N / A | Sealing: Yes Charges devices via USB: No
Powerful, rich, room-filling sound
Better balanced audio than most
The latest loudspeaker in the Denon Envaya line is one of the first loudspeakers that absolutely blown us away in 2018. It offers a powerful, room-filling sound that sounds great for most ears, plus an IP67 rating, making it both dust and water resistant. It is also built as a tank and is therefore one of the most durable speakers we have ever made.
Despite an almost flawless execution, the Envaya is not perfect: although the sound quaity is full, powerful and rich, the Treble has no similarity and the buttons on the side can be stiff and difficult to operate. These are ultimately minor complaints, however, and the Denon Envaya remains a great Bluetooth speaker – easily one of the best you can buy this year.
Read the full review: Denon Envaya (DSB-250BT)
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