July 2021

Portable Bluetooth Speakers: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Bluetooth Speaker rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2021.

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 July 2021 ranking

At a glance - July 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Bluetooth Speaker
TechRadar
What Hi-Fi
TechHive
WIRED
CNET
PCMag
Rtings.com
Digital Trends
Tom's Guide
SoundGuys
1
- $489 Sonos Move
2
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5
3
-
-
1
6
9
2
2
- Check price Ultimate Ears Hyperboom
9
-
-
11
7
11
2
-
7
4
3
+3 $234 Sonos Roam
1
17
-
6
16
-
-
-
3
-
4
- $120 JBL Flip 5
4
1
-
-
11
-
-
4
-
3
5
-2 $100 UE Wonderboom 2
7
7
-
4
9
-
6
-
4
-
6
-1 $250 Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd gen)
11
4
-
13
12
6
5
-
-
-
7
- $50 Tribit StormBox Micro
-
2
-
7
2
-
-
-
12
-
8
- $180 JBL Charge 5
8
3
-
-
5
-
-
-
6
-
9
+2 $149 JBL Charge 4
-
6
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
1
10
-1 $150 UE Boom 3
3
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
11
-1 $349 Bose Portable Smart Speaker
5
-
-
-
17
-
4
-
-
-
12
+5 $40 JBL Go 3
-
5
-
-
15
-
-
-
5
-
13
- $106 Anker Soundcore Motion Plus
-
-
-
-
1
-
7
-
-
-
14
- $66 Tribit StormBox
-
-
-
2
13
-
-
-
-
-
15
- $70 JBL Clip 4
-
-
-
5
3
-
-
-
-
-
16
- $58 Soundcore Flare
6
-
-
9
-
-
-
-
-
-

We ranked Sonos Move #1 in July 2021 because:

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

A close second

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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WIRED

Best for Home

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Rtings.com

Best Bluetooth Speaker

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Digital Trends

The best multiroom-capable Bluetooth speaker

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Tom's Guide

The best high-end 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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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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We ranked Ultimate Ears Hyperboom #2 in July 2021 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
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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WIRED

Porta Party

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CNET

Best party speaker

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PCMag

The Ultimate Party Machine / Editors' Choice

Pros
Powerful audio performance with intense bass depth
Adaptive EQ
Water-resistant build

Cons
Pricey
No audio cables included
No track backward navigation button

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Rtings.com

Best Stereo Bluetooth Speaker

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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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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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We ranked Sonos Roam #3 in July 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sonos Roam as #1.
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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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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CNET

Portable Sonos portable Wi-Fi/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 5 #4 in July 2021 because:

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

A fun,no frills portable speaker

Pros
Engaging, entertaining sound
Easy to use

Cons
No 3.5mm input
No mic for hands-free calls

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What Hi-Fi

No frills and fantastic sound quality – this is the Best Bluetooth speaker for value.

Pros
Solid bass and timing
Great sense of acoustics
PartyBoost stereo pairing

Cons
No aux-in or microphone
Not Connect+ compatible
Basic app

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CNET

Best design

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Digital Trends

The best rugged Bluetooth speaker

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SoundGuys

Best Design

Pros
IPX7 rating
Lightweight, portable
Loud for size
USB-C charging
Price
Battery life

Cons
No Bluetooth 5 or high quality codecs
Sound quality

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We ranked UE Wonderboom 2 #5 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
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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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 Pool Parties

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CNET

Waterproof and durable

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Rtings.com

Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker

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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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We ranked Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd gen) #6 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
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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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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CNET

Best sounding ultra compact speaker (and speakerphone)

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PCMag

Best Design / Editors' Choice

Pros
Powerful, rich, well-defined audio
Handsome design
Waterproof build
Supports Amazon Alexa

Cons
Expensive for the size
Mono

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Rtings.com

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We ranked Tribit StormBox Micro #7 in July 2021 because:

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

Handlebar Ready

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CNET

Best value micro speaker

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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 Charge 5 #8 in July 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
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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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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CNET

Impressive sound for its size

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Tom's Guide

JBL's best Bluetooth speaker with full waterproofing

Pros
Full vocals
Rich bass
Good battery life

Cons
Limited app

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We ranked JBL Charge 4 #9 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked JBL Charge 4 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

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

Pros
Rugged and water resistant
USB port for charging
Great sound quality

Cons
Perhaps too subtle for some

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PCMag

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SoundGuys

Best All-around

Pros
IPX7 build
Long battery life
USB-C charging

Cons
Slightly larger than previous charge 3
Mids can sometimes be masked by bass
No built-in microphone

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We ranked UE Boom 3 #10 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked UE Boom 3 as #1.
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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We ranked Bose Portable Smart Speaker #11 in July 2021 because:

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

A great Sonos Move alternative

Pros
Great design
Well-balanced sound

Cons
Expensive
Lacking in bass

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CNET

Best Bose wireless portable speaker

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Rtings.com

Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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We ranked JBL Go 3 #12 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 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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CNET

Pocket-friendly

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Tom's Guide

The best Bluetooth speaker for cheap weatherproofing

Pros
IP67 rating
Light and compact
Extremely affordable

Cons
Better sound elsewhere

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We ranked Anker Soundcore Motion Plus #13 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Portable Bluetooth Speakers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Anker Soundcore Motion Plus as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best under $100 / Editor's Choice

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Rtings.com

customizable alternative

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We ranked Tribit StormBox #14 in July 2021 because:

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

Best Bargain

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CNET

Cheaper alternative to JBL Flip 5

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We ranked JBL Clip 4 #15 in July 2021 because:

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

Adventure Time

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CNET

Best for clipping onto a backpack

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We ranked Soundcore Flare #16 in July 2021 because:

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

The best budget Bluetooth speaker

Pros
Impressive sound for the size
Excellent mobile app
Waterproof

Cons
Harsh at max volume

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WIRED

Light Bright

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