May 2022

Portable Bluetooth Speakers: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Bluetooth Speaker rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2022.

At a glance - May 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Bluetooth Speaker
TechRadar
TechHive
Rtings.com
Digital Trends
SoundGuys
What Hi-Fi
WIRED
Popular Mechanics
PCMag
Tom's Guide
1
- $410
Sonos Move
The most versatile speaker that really does it all - but doesn't come cheap and is quite large
2
3
1
7
2
-
4
-
-
8
2
- $81
UE Wonderboom 2
A Bluetooth speaker small in size but big in performance. It’s the perfect speaker for active users who loves the outdoors.
7
-
5
6
-
10
5
5
-
3
3
- $205
Sonos Roam
A great speaker that can be taken anywhere
1
-
-
2
-
18
2
-
-
2
4
- $130
JBL Flip 6
4
-
-
3
3
1
-
-
9
-
5
- $180
JBL Charge 5
A good speaker option with excellent sound quality and users can even charge other devices with it.
8
-
-
-
1
6
-
-
3
5
6
- $450
Ultimate Ears Hyperboom
A beast of a speaker that is built for parties
9
-
2
-
4
-
10
-
-
6
7
- $209
Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd gen)
A good-looking speaker that produces beautiful acoustics. Compatible with Amazon Alexa and can be paired with multiple devices.
12
-
-
8
-
7
11
7
-
-
8
- $128
UE Boom 3
A Bluetooth speaker good enough for any user. Portable, protected, and loud.
3
-
-
-
-
-
1
8
-
-
9
- $399
Bose Portable Smart Speaker
5
-
4
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
10
- $42
Tribit StormBox Micro
An attractive speaker that’s very portable and delivers an excellent listening experience.
-
-
-
4
-
5
-
-
-
11
11
+1 $300
JBL Extreme 3
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
5
-
12
+1 $50
JBL Clip 4
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
3
-
-
13
+1 $79
Anker Soundcore Flare 2
6
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
14
+1 $149
Bose SoundLink Flex
10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
-
15
New * $329
Bose Soundlink Revolve Plus II
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-
-
5
5
-
-
-
-
-
16
- $30
JBL Go 3
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-
-
-
-
8
-
-
-
4
17
- $219
Marshall Stockwell II
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
4
-
-

We ranked Sonos Move #1 in May 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sonos Move as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Jan 2021)
The most versatile speaker that really does it all - but doesn't come cheap and is quite large
Experts Praise For:
  • Impressive performance
  • Durable
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection
  • Easy to transport
Experts Criticise For:
  • Expensive
  • Quite big
A more detailed summary:

The Sonos Move brings serious sound to the table, pumping out high-quality audio indoors and outdoors. It's known for its strong durability and resistance to dust and water, so you shouldn’t have any problems using it anywhere. This device is a Bluetooth speaker and Wi-Fi smart speaker all in one; including home network, music streaming, multi-room adjustments, and voice assistance similar to Alexa or Google Assistant. The battery not only lasts a long time but also gives you the option of replacing it. This is a big advantage if the battery is no longer in good condition or it starts draining faster than usual. Given all these great quality features, the high price could easily be justified. The biggest downside is that compared to the majority of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, it is relatively tall and heavy.

Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best-sounding Bluetooth speaker

Pros
Integrates with a home Sonos speaker network
On-the-go tunes

Cons
Not as feature-rich when using Bluetooth
Cant be used as rear cinema speakers

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TechHive

Runner-up / Editor's Choice

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Rtings.com

Best Bluetooth Speaker

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Digital Trends

The life of the patio party

Pros
Superb build quality
Integration with Sonos systems
Sounds especially good outdoors
User-replaceable battery

Cons
Sonos app doesn’t work over Bluetooth
Big size, big price

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SoundGuys

Best Smart Speaker

Pros
Sound quality
Works with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Charging cradle
Alexa and Google Assistant
IP56 rating
mics work well

Cons
Price
Not very portable
Distorts at high volumes

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WIRED

Best for Home

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Tom's Guide

The best Bluetooth speaker for outdoors

Pros
Superb audio quality
Built-in Automatic TruePlay technology
Easy WiFi-to-Bluetooth connection conversion

Cons
Pricey
No smart features in Bluetooth mode

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We ranked UE Wonderboom 2 #2 in May 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
A Bluetooth speaker small in size but big in performance. It’s the perfect speaker for active users who loves the outdoors.
Experts Praise For:
  • Highlyportable due to small size
  • IP67 rating
  • Strong bass
  • Outdoor Boost
Experts Criticise For:
  • Lacks a microphone
  • Lacks micro USB charging capability
A more detailed summary:

The UE Wonderboom 2 is a durable Bluetooth speaker designed for the outdoors. It has ample protection against the elements with its IP67 rating, making it both waterproof and dustproof. It is built with durability that is essential for outdoor activities. It could survive a 5-foot fall if necessary and people can even bring it to the pool as it floats on water. Of course, the sound quality is what truly matters. The UE Wonderboom 2 can indeed boom (loudly) when needed. The sound quality is quite good and provides an equally good bass response. It is equipped with an Outdoor Boost mode for when “really loud” is required. Battery life is decent; it can provide 13 hours of uninterrupted playtime before needing a recharge. All this comes within a surprisingly small size that proves once again that looks can be deceiving.

Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best outdoor speaker gets a refresh

Pros
Great sound for its size
IP67 dustproof/waterproof rating
30% better battery life

Cons
Restrictive soundstage

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Rtings.com

Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker

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Digital Trends

Best floatable speaker for the pool

Pros
Great bass
Can float in water
Rugged and built to last

Cons
Okay sound quality

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What Hi-Fi

An affordable Bluetooth speaker with a weighty sound and good battery life.

Pros
Punchy, entertaining sound
Hefty bass
Decent battery life

Cons
No wi-fi or smart assistant built-in
No mic for hands-free calls

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WIRED

Best for Water Slides

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Popular Mechanics

Most Durable

Pros
Fully waterproof and floats
Hang loop for portability
360-degree sound

Cons
Shorter battery life

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Tom's Guide

The best portable Bluetooth speaker below $100

Pros
Full bass for a small speaker
Waterproof and dustproof

Cons
No app
No visual battery life indicator

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Portable Bluetooth Speakers.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Portable Bluetooth Speakers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2022 ranking

We ranked Sonos Roam #3 in May 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sonos Roam as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
A great speaker that can be taken anywhere
Experts Praise For:
  • Highly portable
  • Good sound quality
  • Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility
  • Connectivity features
Experts Criticise For:
  • Quite expensive
A more detailed summary:

The Sonos Roam offers an ultra-light and ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers impressive sound, wireless connectivity, automatic tuning, and some level of protection against the elements. It delivers high-quality acoustics that is crisp and clear. It offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to pair with devices and connect to AI assistants, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The device’s TruePlay feature tunes the sound to better fit any environment, to enhance listening anywhere. It works great on its own, but it can also be connected to other Sonos speakers nearby for an even greater music experience. The Sonos Roam also supports wireless charging, which is another plus. It comes with water and dust protection, which makes it the perfect companion for outdoors. However, as experts pointed out, it can only offer 10 hours of continuous operation, so that’s quite a lot smaller than others on the market. Overall, it is an excellent option that will appeal to most music lovers.

Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best Bluetooth speaker you can buy

Pros
Powerful audio performance
Easily portable design

Cons
Fairly pricey
Bass can be overwhelming

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Digital Trends

The best portable Sonos speaker

Pros
Excellent design
Lightweight and portable
Totally water and dustproof
Very good sound for its size
Choice of smart speaker assistants
Wireless charging

Cons
No Bluetooth stereo pairing
Doesn’t work as a speakerphone
Less battery life than some other speakers

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What Hi-Fi

A neat Bluetooth speaker with a punch of well-controlled bass.

Pros
Full-bodied sound
Lots of features
Portable

Cons
Clarity not exceptional
Average timing and dynamics

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WIRED

Best Smart Bluetooth Speaker

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Tom's Guide

The best Bluetooth speaker with Wi-Fi smarts

Pros
Lightweight
Extensive connectivity
Auto TruePlay sound tuning

Cons
No Bluetooth multipoint
Middling battery life

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We ranked JBL Flip 6 #4 in May 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked JBL Flip 6 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

A fun,no frills portable speaker

Pros
Well-balanced, bassy sound
Simple to use

Cons
No charging port for your phone
No voice assistant

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Digital Trends

The best rugged speaker for outdoorsy types

Pros
Solid build quality
Loud and clear sound
Lightweight and portable
Excellent water and dust protection
EQ offers some sound tweaking
Works with JBL Portable app and PartyBoost

Cons
Can't stereo pair with non-Flip 6 JBL speakers
Doesn’t work as a speakerphone
Not drastically different from Flip 5

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SoundGuys

Best design

Pros
IP67 rating
Lightweight, portable
Loud for size
Bluetooth 5.0 and USB-C charging
Sound quality

Cons
No high-quality codecs
No mic

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What Hi-Fi

JBL continues an inspired run of form with the talented Flip 6.

Pros
Great clarity and sonic precision
Punchy bass for size
Useful equaliser feature

Cons
Critical of recording and source quality

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PCMag

Best Small Speaker for Big Bass

Pros
Powerful audio performance with robust bass
App features adjustable EQ
Fully waterproof and dust-tight build

Cons
No speakerphone
Lacks an aux input

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We ranked JBL Charge 5 #5 in May 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked JBL Charge 5 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
A good speaker option with excellent sound quality and users can even charge other devices with it.
Experts Praise For:
  • Improved sound output
  • 20-hour battery life
Experts Criticise For:
  • No common points of criticism among experts
A more detailed summary:

The experts have many good things to say about the JBL Charge 5. Building upon the successes of previous Charge models the 5 comes with improvements that make this a good option for any consumer. It’s equipped with a battery that will provide around 20 hours of continuous operation at a moderate volume level. The device is resistant against water and dust, as it’s IP67 rated. You can charge the unit via the USB-C port, while a USB-A port is also included so users can charge other devices with it. Experts especially took notice of the improvements made to the sound quality. The 5 sounds better overall and can get louder than previous versions. It also features PartyBoost which allows you to connect it to other compatible JBL speakers for more sound coverage. It also comes in a variety of colors to suit all possible personality types.

Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best mid-range speaker

Pros
Balanced sound quality
Gets extremely loud
Long battery life

Cons
Long charge time
No more aux jack

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SoundGuys

Best All-around

Pros
Sound quality
IP67 rating
Bluetooth multipoint
Can charge your mobile devices

Cons
No microphone
Bulky
No wired listening

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What Hi-Fi

Updated specs and subtle tweaks for JBL’s fifth-generation Charge

Pros
Clearer and more detailed sound
Wider soundstage
Updated dustproofing

Cons
Nothing at this level

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PCMag

Best for Portable Outdoor Audio / Editors' Choice

Pros
Powerful audio performance with rich bass and crisp, clear highs.
Gets quite loud for its size.
Waterproof.

Cons
App lacks EQ
No speakerphone

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Tom's Guide

The best Bluetooth speaker with full waterproofing

Pros
Decent sound, particularly with vocals
Impressive bass performance
Good battery life with useful top-up facility for other devices

Cons
Basic control app

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We ranked Ultimate Ears Hyperboom #6 in May 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
A beast of a speaker that is built for parties
Experts Praise For:
  • Fantastic sound with good bass
  • Amazingly loud volume capability
  • IPX4 rating
  • Useful EQ
  • Extended battery life
Experts Criticise For:
  • Costs a lot
  • Large and quite heavy
A more detailed summary:

The Ultimate Ears Hyperboom is a massive 14-inch speaker that plays music loud enough for any social setting. Being the largest speaker in Ultimate Ear’s lineup, it can perform well both indoors and outdoors. It has absolutely no problem filling large, open spaces with high-quality sound, according to experts. It produces a balanced output that works with any track. It also allows Bluetooth connectivity, and two devices can connect to the speaker system simultaneously. With this feature, two people can control the music lineup, alternating tracks between two devices for an uninterrupted music stream. The overall product quality is excellent. It looks well-built and durable enough to withstand some abuse. On average, the battery lasts around 23 to 24 hours, which is more than enough time to spice up a party with great sounds. It comes with a shoulder strap and is also splash resistant.

Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Powerful sound for parties both big and small

Pros
Excellent sound
Smart dual connection function
Stylish design

Cons
Fairly heavy

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Rtings.com

Best Stereo Bluetooth Speaker

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SoundGuys

Best for Parties

Pros
IPX4
Two Bluetooth inputs
Adaptive EQ
Good sound with big bass for parties
24 hour battery life
Optical input

Cons
Price
Not entirely waterproof, so don't submerge it
No high-quality Bluetooth codec support

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WIRED

Porta Party

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Tom's Guide

The best Bluetooth speaker for parties

Pros
Big and balanced sound
Gets very loud
Good battery life

Cons
Pricey
Really, really big and heavy

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We ranked Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd gen) #7 in May 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
A good-looking speaker that produces beautiful acoustics. Compatible with Amazon Alexa and can be paired with multiple devices.
Experts Praise For:
  • Stunning acoustics
  • Alexa-ready
  • IP67 rating
  • Looks sturdy
Experts Criticise For:
  • Pricey
A more detailed summary:

The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd gen) is a portable Bluetooth speaker that looks as good as it sounds. It produces stunning acoustics paired with decent bass delivery. The speaker appears durable enough and also offers protection against the elements with its IP67 waterproof rating. It is also equipped with a battery that can provide 18 hours of uninterrupted operation. The device includes a speakerphone system that can be used to issue Alexa commands and can be linked to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. It can be charged using a USB-C cable, which, luckily, comes included when purchased. A useful strap provides further convenience for transportation. Overall, the experts were quite satisfied with the Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd gen).

Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

A Bluetooth speaker with Alexa

Pros
Crisp sound quality
Lightweight design

Cons
Flawed Alexa support
Buttons are tricky to find

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Digital Trends

Premium sound, but worth the price

Pros
Regal design
Great sound quality
IP67-rated

Cons
Doesn't have the volume output of bigger speakers
Pricey for its size

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What Hi-Fi

The weightiest and most refined little speaker we’ve heard in a while

Pros
Expansive sound, weighty bass
Competent Alexa integration
Stunning build and finish

Cons
• Nothing at this level

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WIRED

Elegant Accessory

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Popular Mechanics

Sleek Design

Pros
Built-in Amazon Alexa
Compact, durable design with great audio

Cons
Pricey

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We ranked UE Boom 3 #8 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked UE Boom 3 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
A Bluetooth speaker good enough for any user. Portable, protected, and loud.
Experts Praise For:
  • Can reach loud volumes
  • Highly portable
  • IP67 rating
Experts Criticise For:
  • Quality of sound is not that impressive
A more detailed summary:

Experts reviews of the UE Boom 3 found that while it is a good speaker overall, it doesn’t really compare to its competitors. The sound is powerful enough to fill a room when the volume is cranked up, with no noticeable distortion. There is decent sound output also, but it’s nothing spectacular. However, the wireless range is actually rather impressive, reaching potentially around 100 to 150 feet. The battery impresses as well as it can provide 15 hours of continuous operation. It comes with IP67 water and dust protection and additionally comes in multiple colors to suit anyone’s preference. Overall, the UE Boom 3 is a decent enough Bluetooth speaker that can get loud when needed.

Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The former best Bluetooth speaker is still great for travelling with

Pros
IP67 waterproof/dust-proof
Powerful sound
Rugged design

Cons
Audio could be clearer

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WIRED

Best Overall

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Popular Mechanics

Great Pool Speaker

Pros
Stunning color options
360-degree sound

Cons
Physical buttons only control volume

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We ranked Bose Portable Smart Speaker #9 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

A great Sonos Move alternative

Pros
Great, streamlined design
Well-balanced sound

Cons
Expensive compared to other portable speakers
Lacking in bass

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Rtings.com

Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Popular Mechanics

Best Bluetooth Smart Speaker

Pros
Integrates well with smart assistants for voice control
Good 360-degree sound quality for size

Cons
Not dustproof
Expensive

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We ranked Tribit StormBox Micro #10 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
An attractive speaker that’s very portable and delivers an excellent listening experience.
Experts Praise For:
  • Amazingly powerful bass
  • IP67 rating
  • USB-C charging
Experts Criticise For:
  • Battery could be better
  • Occasional sound distortion at high volumes
A more detailed summary:

The Tribit StormBox Micro is a stylish Bluetooth speaker that’s small enough to be portable but big enough to be loud when needed. A good-looking speaker, it’s durable and well protected against water and dust. Up to 8 hours of continuous music playing can be provided by the device’s good battery. It comes with a handy strap that is useful for attaching it to bikes and bags for on-the-go. It can even be paired with a compatible speaker for an even better listening experience. The Stormbox Micro is another good example of “looks can be deceiving”. It’s small, but definitely impresses with good sound delivery and powerful bass and can even get loud if needed. However, expect some occasional audio distortion when increasing the volume to higher levels. Here, experts agree that this is a really good speaker in a small package.

Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

Best budget Bluetooth speaker

Pros
IP67 weather resistance rating
Exceptional Bluetooth range
Good sound quality
Lightweight, portable design

Cons
Boring aesthetic
Battery could be better

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What Hi-Fi

A fun and bubbly Bluetooth speaker that's serious when it comes to sound

Pros
Mature, musical sound
Surprisingly weighty bass
USB-C charger

Cons
Short battery life

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Tom's Guide

The best Bluetooth speaker that's both cheap and waterproof

Pros
Small and lightweight
Good bass for a small speaker
Water resistant

Cons
No app
Limited battery life

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We ranked JBL Extreme 3 #11 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

JBL’s rugged wireless speaker serves up a sonic surprise

Pros
Rugged build
Impressive detail and dynamics
Strong sense of timing

Cons
No smart features
No hands-free for phone calls

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PCMag

Best for Parties / Editors' Choice

Pros
Powerful, bass-forward audio with four drivers and dual passive radiators
Outdoor-friendly waterproof build
Can be linked with multiple JBL speakers

Cons
Expensive
No speakerphone function

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We ranked JBL Clip 4 #12 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

Adventure Time

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Popular Mechanics

Most portable

Pros
Built-in clip for portability
Water and dust-proof

Cons
Shorter battery life

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We ranked Anker Soundcore Flare 2 #13 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best budget Bluetooth speaker

Pros
Great sound quality
Speakerphone feature
IPX7 water-resistant

Cons
No 3.5mm AUX jack

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Rtings.com

Customizable Alternative

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We ranked JBL Go 3 #16 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

JBL’s newest soap-sized speaker sounds good – but the finish and battery life won’t wash with today’s class leaders

Pros
Sensible treble
Fuller bass
More volume

Cons
Poor battery life
Not very durable finish

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Tom's Guide

The best Bluetooth speaker for cheap weatherproofing

Pros
Good waterproofing at price
Light and compact design
Most affordable model on test

Cons
Sound is mediocre and can't fill larger spaces

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We ranked Marshall Stockwell II #17 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

Rock & Roll

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Popular Mechanics

Stylish Subwoofer

Pros
Analog control knobs for custom sound

Cons
Only splash resistant

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