Historically, in order for you to rock out to your favorite tunes, you had to hook up a complicated speaker system with a tangle of cords and wires that needed a manual to assemble. Or, at the very least, you had to fumble with different kinds of batteries to power your boombox and connect more cords to play music. The options for listening to audio were limited to one area with hope that you had the right batteries and cords to make it work. That is, until wireless speakers came into play.
In the last 20 years or so, the development of wireless speaker technology—particularly Bluetooth—has completely changed the game. Now, anyone can purchase their own wireless, rechargeable Bluetooth speakers for louder and better sound quality than, say, the speakers on your cell phone or laptop. Plus, wireless means way more convenience and no more "cord spaghetti."
However, advancements in this technology also means a boom in products available in the Bluetooth speaker market, including anything from puck speakers that fit in the palm of your hand to rugged speakers that can play in any environment to bookshelf speakers with sound that rival even a wired connection. There are multiple speakers to meet every need. Which makes it difficult for you, the buyer, to figure out what to buy. So we've put together this comprehensive guide on everything you need to know before purchasing a Bluetooth speaker… as well as a few recommendations of our own!