Best All-around Wireless and Bluetooth Speakers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 8, 2017
Bluetooth Speakers are a fantastic portable solution for a size-or-quality dilemma. The sound is good enough to satisfy the most demanding users, the size is small enough to fit in a bag. Take your favorite music with you! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
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POWER
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BATTERY LIFE
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PROS
Charge your speaker and listen to music at the same time - with charging cradle it's perfectly possible. Very easy to reconnect - this speaker remembers up to 8 last used devices.
CONS
You might need to press harder on volume buttons.
OUR VERDICT
As well as producing extremely clear sound, this model is also provided with a great design and strong case, which makes it a great decor element in you home and/or office. Plus you can buy one of the multicolored soft cases to personalize your speaker.
detailed parameters
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth; 1 x MicroUSB (charge); 1 x MiniJack 3.5 mm
NUMBER OF DRIVERS

2

POWER
Not specified
WEIGHT
1.5 pounds
DIMENSIONS
2" x 7.1" x 2.3"
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 10 hours
EXTRA
Charging cradle, Voice prompts, Single-piece aluminum casing, Microphone
PROS

The Power Bank feature uses the built-in 6600 mAh battery to charge an average smartphone up to 3 times on a single charge. The 3-in-1 protection system ensures a high durability of the device. The built-in LED flashlight allows having a powerful light source at hand. Rich connectivity features are complemented with an impressive battery life. 

CONS

The speaker is quite heavy for a portable device.

OUR VERDICT

This is an excellent portable Bluetooth speaker, which integrates several useful devices. Without a doubt, this model will be your reliable assistant when spending time outdoors providing a faultless operation even in adverse conditions.

detailed parameters
CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth, USB x 1, Micro USB x 1 (charge), Micro USB Card Slot x 1, Mini Jack 3.5 mm x 1

NUMBER OF DRIVERS

2

POWER

2x3 W

WEIGHT

1.8 pounds

DIMENSIONS

6.4" x 3" x 3"

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 30 hours music playing, up to 120 hours of LED illumination

EXTRA

360° surround sound, built-in LED display

PROS

After pairing the speaker with your smartphone you can use the device as a remote shutter for a camera owing to its multifunction button and the feature implemented.

CONS

Can not be paired with the Apple iPod Nano.

OUR VERDICT

There is no doubt that this model is among the most portable wireless speaker devices. Its compact size enables you to carry the speaker even in a pocket of your trousers or suit while the use of the carrying cord makes it easy to carry it in your hands for a long time or attach to a backpack.

detailed parameters
CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth, Micro USB x 1 (charge)

NUMBER OF DRIVERS

1

POWER

3 W

WEIGHT

0.1 pounds

DIMENSIONS

1.44" x 1.66" x 1.44"

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 4 hours

EXTRA

Built-in microphone, Combined aluminum-PC case, Camera remote shutter

PROS

The speaker comes with a docking station for wireless charging; the docking station also features a USB port for charging your other gadgets.

CONS

Only charges using a docking station.

OUR VERDICT

If you dream of getting rid of cords for good, this is a perfect Bluetooth speaker. Even charging here is wireless! Here, you will find perfect balance between sound quality, simplicity of connecting, and price.

detailed parameters
CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, 1 x USB

NUMBER OF DRIVERS

1

POWER

5 W

WEIGHT

1.2 pounds

DIMENSIONS

4" x 4" x 4"

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 24 hours

EXTRA

360° sound, Docking station

PROS
Alexa the installed voice assistant will aid you in ordering pizza, inform about the latest news, and search for information. There is also an option to use Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.
CONS
Voice assistant works only when your device is being connected to Wi-Fi.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to its 360° sound feature, this model is absolutely great for outdoor use, perfect for playing music during a picnic with friends. Soft silicone cases will help you protect the speaker.
detailed parameters
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth; Wi-Fi; 1 x MicroUSB (charge); 1 x MiniJack 3.5 mm
NUMBER OF DRIVERS

2

POWER
Not specified
WEIGHT
1.04 pounds
DIMENSIONS
6.2" x 2.6" x 2.6"
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 9 hours
EXTRA
360° Dolby sound, Charging cradle, Microphone

What is a Bluetooth Speaker

Can't spend a day without music and sharing it with others, but your phone/tablet sound just doesn't satisfy you? There is no need to suffer from limitations anymore. Bluetooth speaker is an easy-to-use portable device, which offers its owner a chance to enjoy a high-quality sound at any place and time. Just connect any of your devices - a laptop, a phone, a tablet - and freely listen to music with your friends, during a walk, or on a family picnic. And not only that! A number of models come with a built-in microphone, enabling you to communicate via the speaker.

If you are interested in portable acoustics you might as well want to have a look at our review covering some more advanced models for home use - computer speakers.

What Features to Compare

The first thing we should pay our attention to is the Interfaces that our Bluetooth speaker has. All of the modern portable speaker models are able to connect via Bluetooth, usually with a version 4.0 set by a manufacturer, which allows up to 10 m of distance for connectivity. Except for that standard connection, more advanced models are equipped with a high-speed NFC protocol used to synchronize devices simply by touching one of them to another. And there are models that offer you an alternative to a wireless connection - they can be connected via AUX audio cable. The most functional models, of course, have all of those features, wireless and wire-based alike.

When we are done reviewing all the different types of interfaces, next characteristic to note is Bluetooth speaker's Performance. The quality and loudness of sound would mostly depend on the general power of the speaker and in order to obtain good and qualitative sounding the power should be not less than 3W. For those who look into buying a speaker for the outdoor use where there are such interferences to the sound as wind, we would recommend getting one with a power between 10W and 20W. Due to the device being portable, its performance depends on the time a model can work on a single charge and also on the amount of speakers inside. The usual operation time for Bluetooth portative speakers varies from 5 to 10 hours, but there are models able to last up to 12 hours after being fully charged. The number of speakers is also extremely important, as some may argue that devices with only one speaker are unable to transfer the full richness of the original sound. For those who seek the best of sound quality, we would recommend choosing a model with more than one speaker and, even better, a subwoofer, to experience everything the sound has to offer. 

Now it's time to have a look at Other Features of the model. For once - size, as the device is designed to be portable. Size and weight play a big role since they influence the comfort the speaker can be carried around with. Some might want to use their speakers near the pool or at the beach. In this case, they might want to consider getting one with some kind of water and/or dust protection. Also, there are models with a high accumulator capacity allowing not only a long working time but also charging your other devices using its USB port. For comfortable speaker charging some companies provide charging cradles. When you need to find your way through the unfamiliar area the speaker can help with voice navigation tips for some models come with a voice helper installed, which can easily help you search for information, order food, and keep up-to-date with the news.

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Bose SoundLink

It Works While You Relax

Many of us had found themselves in a situation where phone speakers were not enough. During a picnic, a day out on the beach, just spending time outside with friends and family - quality music seems something unattainable without a home stereo system. Well, Bose company wants to make sure that good and quality sound is accessible for anyone anywhere. Bose's wireless speaker model makes this possible.

SoundLink® Mini II is a compact mini sound system which you can transport with ease by putting it in your travel bag, thanks to its small size and light weight. You will be able to connect this model to any device that supports Bluetooth and is within the 30-foot range from the speaker. This Bluetooth speaker is especially fit for long trips, as its inbuilt battery allows it up to 10 hours of operation. Plus, the speaker comes with a charging cradle, so you can listen to your music for an unlimited amount of time when you are at home. 

Review of Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II

Powerful Sound in a Small Body

As a rule, an extremely high level of sound quality can't be expected from speakers this size, but a bunch of tests run on this model shows that you won't need to sacrifice much quality-wise when choosing it. Portability and comfort don't need to stand in a way of good sound. By using innovative audio technologies, companies old secrets, and perfect acoustic design Bose is able to reach a high-frequency spectrum, which includes low sounds, usually obtainable only by models of a bigger size.

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II in the use

Interesting Facts

From the moment of its founding in 1964 BOSE company has been constantly developing new devices in audio technologies field. During many years of nonstop aspiring for the ideal, for the perfection, the company has grown to be respected on the world market and achieved a reputation of one of the leading audio manufacturers. Futhermore, BOSE never fully speifies all the technical characteristics of their products, so competitors don't have a chance at stealing their concepts.

Detailed review of Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II

More Products to Consider

For comfortable transportation of the speaker and its extra protection, you may want to buy a comfortable travel case and a soft cover additionally.

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II application

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Bliiq InfiniteXCAMO

All-In-One Device

To date, there are many various interesting accessories that can make life much easier for the users of mobile devices. Among such devices are power banks, flashlights, various portable players, etc. Not surprisingly, a lot of us have already thought about a solution how to carry all these gadgets together. In our opinion, the best way to solve this problem is to use the Infinite X portable wireless speaker by Bliiq, which without any exaggeration can be considered one of the best of its kind. The functionality and versatility of the device are amazing, combining several accessories that are so commonly used and familiar. Firstly, the Infinite X is undoubtedly a wireless speaker that is equipped with two drivers 3W each. The second thing worth mentioning is the power bank feature, with the 6600 mAh built-in battery that can be used for charging external devices, that the speaker model is capable of charging your iPhone 7 up to three times on a single charge. The third distinguishing feature of the Infinite X is the built-in flashlight. This feature will be especially appreciated by all fans of hiking and outdoor activities, which, as a rule, require a flashlight. With that, one battery charge is enough to keep the LED on for up to 120 hours, which is nothing short of spectacular. As for the music playback mode, the speaker can play music for up to 30 hours, delivering the performance unachievable for many competing devices.

Review of Bliiq InfiniteXCAMO Outdoor Sports Bluetooth Speaker

Really Protected

The sturdiness and durability play a significant role for such devices as they may often be subjected to various exposures. Luckily for the Bliiq Infinite X, we can safely say that its protection is on par with the analogous performance by other devices of the same type. All this was made possible with the implementation of a comprehensive 3-in-1 protection, which includes the IPX4 water protection, anti-shock protection, as well as dust protection. The case has a camouflage coloring, as if hinting at the environment, which the device is designed to be used in. One more noticeable detail is the rubberized plug, which reliably covers all ports and prevents the penetration of moisture and dust inside the device.

Bliiq InfiniteXCAMO Outdoor Sports Bluetooth Speaker in the use

Other Things You May Need

As we already mentioned, the device has a power bank feature. Though we can't say that the battery capacity is not enough to charge your smartphone a few times, still charging more power-hungry portable devices, like, for example, 10-inch tablets, requires bigger capacity. Thus, if the Infinite X battery capacity is not enough for your needs, we recommend checking specialized portable power banks, the best models of which are covered in one of our reviews.

Detailed review of Bliiq InfiniteXCAMO Outdoor Sports Bluetooth Speaker

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Bliiq InfiniteXCAMO
 

Dodocool DA84

A Highly Functional Keg

Looking at the shape of this Bluetooth speaker, the first thing that comes to mind is a keg. The barrel-like shape of the dodocool Bluetooth speaker allows you to settle it on any flat surface, be it a table, laptop case, dashboard, etc. In all cases, the speaker will stand securely in place. However, we would rather talk about not the design itself but the functionality of this small speaker. In addition to its direct purpose of reproducing the sound from the connected Bluetooth devices, this model can be used as a wireless remote control for a camera. This feature will help you easily make a selfie with a single push of the button located on the speaker case. By the way, this multifunction button serves not only for taking photos with a camera but also controls an audio playback, speaker turning on, as well as receiving calls, which is another outstanding feature of this model. The built-in microphone allows you to quickly answer the calls and use the speakerphone, communicate directly via the speaker (loudspeaker mode). The pairing with external devices is performed via Bluetooth synchronization with an automatic connection to the last paired device, which is very convenient. As for the connection range supported, the Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speakers are working at a distance of 33 feet maximum, which is practically a standard for accessories of this type.

Review of Dodocool DA84 Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Take the Music With You

The DA84 Bluetooth speaker by dodocool is undoubtedly one of the most portable of all the competing models currently available on the market. Think for yourself: the dimensions of this small gadget are only 1.44 x 1.66 x 1.44 inches allowing you to carry it in a quite small pocket without any inconvenience. With that, the speaker weighs about 1.59 oz (0.1 lb). Despite the tiny size, the speaker has a sturdy case, as evidenced by the materials used for its manufacture - aluminum alloy combined with a PC. The built-in battery is worth a separate mentioning. Its capacity is 300mAh, which provides up to 4 hours of continuous listening. Considering the compactness of the speaker this parameter is not bad at all. The DA84 charging is done via the Micro USB connector using the cable (included, 0.66 ft-long). The time required to fully charge the speaker battery is 3 hours with the device supporting a charging during its operation. Summing up, we can safely say that this tiny wireless speaker suits very well for those wishing to have a loud enough and convenient speaker that they can quickly synchronize with, for example, a smartphone or a tablet PC. The speaker is a perfect choice for those who like hiking and outdoor recreation or spending time in a park.

Dodocool DA84 Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in the use

A Piece of Advice

Despite the fact that the DA84 speaker can be used as a remote shutter for a camera when taking selfies, using selfie sticks for this purpose is much more comfortable. You can get familiar with the best selfie stick models reading our review on these products.

Detailed review of Dodocool DA84 Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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B4M OVL-Dark Black

Completely Wireless

Docking stations are not rare these days but the one M4M OVL has is far from average. For starters, it charges the speaker wirelessly! You just put the speaker onto the docking station, right in the center, and the speaker starts to charge. That's all. No more need for cords that can get lost.

Another benefit you get with this speaker-and-docking-station set is the possibility to charge your gadgets without even stopping the music. The docking station has a USB interface for this very purpose. This is one of the best options practicality-wise.

Review of B4M OVL-Dark Black Levitating Bluetooth Speaker - Portable Floating & Rotating Wireless Speaker with Bluetooth 4.1

Nice Balance

Although this Bluetooth speaker does keep some good balance while it levitates, what we actually meant by the headline is the nice balance between the tech specs, practicality, and price. Without having to spend a fortune, you will receive a stylish futuristic wireless speaker with a single powerful driver (the specs say 5W) that reproduces good frequency range at a decent volume. The shape of the speaker and the driver construction enable a 360° surround sound with a 3D effect.

To connect this Bluetooth speaker to your mobile gadget, you will need either a Bluetooth 4.1 or NFC support (on the device you stream from, the speaker supports both). NFC is cool as it does not require many actions, you just touch your phone to the speaker and they connect. But Bluetooth works at larger distances.

B4M OVL-Dark Black Levitating Bluetooth Speaker - Portable Floating & Rotating Wireless Speaker with Bluetooth 4.1 in the use

If You Hate Cords

Probably, every person once or twice cursed the cords that get lost somewhere in the room or in the depth of your bag, get tangled with headphones, and just simply get in your way. It's not surprising that all types of wireless technologies gain new fans virtually every day. Now we have wireless chargers, headphones, printers, routers, etc. And who knows what else will come next. Infinite possibilities for comfort.

Detailed review of B4M OVL-Dark Black Levitating Bluetooth Speaker - Portable Floating & Rotating Wireless Speaker with Bluetooth 4.1

B4M OVL-Dark Black
B4M OVL-Dark Black
 

Amazon Tap

Voice Control

New progressive Amazon Tap is not just another portative speaker on the market, but a complex device with installed voice assistant which will not only follow voice commands in order to play your music from the cloud, but also search for any information you need, recent news included - all without any help from your phone or tablet. For voice assistance to be able to help you, you first need to connect the speaker to a Wi-Fi. Additionally, your voice assistant Alexa also informs you about a low battery charge, so you will always know when it is time to charge your speaker and be able to enjoin up to 9 hours of music again.

Isn't it convenient to own a device that is able to playback music from your phone or cloud storage, help you when ordering pizza, give you access to the latest news - all in one model? If your answer is yes, then you might want to consider owning this one. 

This portable speaker works with the following cloud services: Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn. Another thing to keep in mind is an ability of your voice assistant to learn, to be able to perform more and more functions. The latest updates included Dominos pizza delivery service, Garageio - a software that helps you with opening and closing your garage door, and Uber - a transport app. 

 

Review of Amazon Tap Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Playback to All Four Sides

This model has an unusual design with several speakers and a passive subwoofer. A cylindric body was chosen by the company to provide an easier transportation, and it also allows distributing the sound all around, 360°. Most of the portable speakers are unable to provide this kind of sounding, which makes this model a desired purchase.

Amazon Tap Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker in the use

More Products to Consider

When purchasing this model a lot of customers choose to also buy a protective cover, which will keep your device from breaking in case you drop it.

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Comparison of All-around Wireless and Bluetooth Speakers

FAQ:

Q: What is the range of the speaker operation?

A: The range of the device operation depends on the conditions of the Bluetooth signal transmission, such as the presence of various obstacles: large objects, walls, etc., on the signal path. The range of Bluetooth operation for this model is up to 30 feet in case there are no obstacles between the speaker and the source of the signal.

Q: Will there be any difference in the quality of the sound from the speaker when fed a Bluetooth signal from different devices?

A: The Bluetooth technology, which a speaker supports, is a digital one. Therefore, there will be no difference in the quality of the resulting sound whichever Bluetooth-enabled device you use with the speaker. With that, you can use any device you find most convenient to output the sound with via the speaker.

Q: Can I listen to music from such portable speakers except for using the Bluetooth connection?

A: Despite the fact that such portable speakers are designed to use the Bluetooth wireless connection as the primary one, they offer a wide range of connection options. Many speaker models have a built-in 3.5 mm audio input port for a wired analog connection, so you can connect these speakers to the audio out of your tablet PC, smartphone or a laptop via a cable. More advanced speakers can even operate as standalone mp3 players and play your mp3 tracks from a micro SD card (some models support up to 32 GB cards) without additional devices.

Q: How can I charge the speaker?

A: Most of the models have a built-in battery that can be charged via a cable. Some speakers are equipped with a USB port for charging, some speakers have a dedicated charging port. Most Bluetooth speakers though offer both options.

Q: What is the battery life of Bluetooth speakers?

A: The battery life of Bluetooth speakers varies greatly with the model and depends on several factors. The built-in battery capacity is of the most importance, the bigger the capacity the longer the speaker battery life. Though, the speaker output power and the loudness level, at which you listen to the speaker also play an important role. As a rule, the more powerful the speaker is and the louder the sound is, the shorter its battery life will be. Usually, Bluetooth speakers offer from several hours to several dozens of hours of battery life.

Q: What mobile devices Bluetooth speakers are compatible with?

A: You can pair your speaker with any Bluetooth-enabled gadget, including almost all modern smartphones, smartwatches, tablet PCs or even DAPs with the Bluetooth connection. For the most part, modern speakers are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled devices based on iOS, Android or Windows operating systems, but you need to check the specific model specifications to know for sure.

Q: Are Bluetooth speakers for outdoor or for indoor use only?

A: It depends on a speaker model, though many speaker models are designed to be suitable for both outdoor and indoor use. Such versatile speakers are usually manufactured in compliance with different environmental standards, which are listed in their specifications and manuals.


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