Bringing your music everywhere has become something of a 21st century necessity. You need something to listen to as you cook up a storm in the kitchen, play beer pong with friends, or go out into the wild for an adventurous climb, bike, or swim. Earbuds and cellphone speakers don’t suffice, so a good quality Bluetooth speaker really makes the ultimate companion.
If you need help looking for the ideal speaker that combines sound quality, along with good build durability and added aesthetics, look no further. Here, we’ll help you weed out the best Portable Speakers of 2016 by size, shape, and function.
Best Design and Style
UE Boom 2 – Ultimate Ears
USD$ 199.99 / International Shipping Weight – 1.50 kg.
This fully waterproof device by UE Boom delivers with it signature cylindrical design that enables a 360-degree sound delivery. A perfect choice for both indoors and out, the rechargeable litium-ion battery contains up to 15 hours of playtime.
Best On the Go Speakers for Travel
Braven BRV-1M – Braven
USD$ 99.99 / International Shipping Weight – 1.00 kg.
The BRV-1M portable Bluetooth Speaker combines versatility with premium audio in a compact, rugged package. Completely waterproof, the BRV-1M boasts a shockproof exterior made of durable rubber that seals all the ports. The Action Mount accessory is compatible with GoPro mounting systems, meaning there’s no excuse for leaving music behind on your next adventure. With 12 hours of playtime and a built-in 2200mAh power bank to charge USB-enabled devices, there’s no doubt the BRV-1M is built for those always on the go.
Best Waterproof Speakers
Ecorox – Ecoxgear
USD$ $129.99 / International Shipping Weight – 1.00 kg.
This unique ECOROX portable speaker by ECOXGEAR is shock resistant, waterproof, floats on water, and contains a full-range, rechargeable wireless speaker system. Built to rough it out, use this speaker to stream & play music from Bluetooth enabled devices and answer calls when you’re out for a splash.
Best Party Speakers
Sol Republic DECK Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Tech Rabbit
USD$ $44.99 / International Shipping Weight – 1.00 kg.
The Sol Republic x Motorola Deck Wireless Bluetooth Speaker combines sound, style and cutting-edge technology. The special Heist Mode lets up to five people connect, so you and your friends can take turns adding to the playlist. The deck features a sleek design that pumps out 360 degrees of powerful sound and a special Outdoor Mode for louder, projected sound volumes. The wireless feature covers up to 300 feet of Bluetooth connectivity, giving you the freedom to roam further from your device without losing signal.
Best Value for Money
JBL Charge 2 Plus – JBL
USD$ $149.95 / International Shipping Weight – 1.50 kg.
The JBL Charge 2 Plus is an ultra powerful, big battery portable Bluetooth speaker with high-quality stereo sound. The new splash proof design is an upgrade from its predecessor, so you don’t have to worry about rains or spills. This speaker also lets you charge other gadgets, with a long lasting battery life of 12 hours. Built in microphone included to enable calls. Available in 8 colors.
Best Compact Performance
SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® Speaker – Bose
USD$ 129.95 / International Shipping Weight – 1.00 kg.
If music is your motivation, wait until you hear the SoundLink® Color Bluetooth speaker. It plays your favorite tunes from your favorite Bluetooth device—out loud in clear, full audio—just about anywhere you want to go. It’s small, durable and simple to use. And it comes in a spectrum of colors to match almost any style. Up to 8 hours of music from rechargeable litium-ion battery.
Best Value Compact
Logitech X300 – Logitech
USD$ 69.99 / International Shipping Weight – 1.00 kg.
This surprisingly powerful mobile speaker delivers a deep, precise bass response and detailed mid- and high-range sound. Engineered for wide-range sound, the drivers are uniquely angled for a more expansive sound spectrum. Connect your smartphone or tablet for a mobile theater experience. Adjust volume and manage phone calls with the tap of a finger. Enjoy 5 hours of continuous play without recharging. Recharge the built-in lithium-ion battery with the convenience of the included micro-USB cable and keep dancing.
Best Clip-Ons for Travel
Divoom Voombox Travel – Amazon
USD$ 39.99 / International Shipping Weight 1.00 kg.
Divoom Voombox-Travel is an ultra- portable wireless Bluetooth speaker with microphone. It’s rugged, splash resistant design makes it a good choice for outdoor lovers. Latest 4.0 Bluetooth technology lets you wirelessly stream audio from tablets,smart phones, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
BOOM Urchin – Newegg
USD$ 34.99 / International Shipping Weight – 1.50kg
This small speaker is dust, shock & water resistant with a build in microphone and speaker for calls. 2 hours of charge time will give you 8 hours of playback at maximum volume, or 16 hours at half volume. Its sturdy design was inspired to take a beating, so feel free to take it with you in the shower, to the beach or even on a bike ride.
Best Micro Speaker
OontZ Curve Bluetooth Speaker – Amazon
USD$ 24.95 / International Shipping Weight – 1.00 kg.
This lightweight speaker driver by Oontz delivers a surprisingly excellent sound quality. A unit size of half a Coke can. This speaker features are comparable to other products that cost two to four times as much. With heavy metal enclosure available in five high gloss colors. Up to 5 hours of playtime, perfect to take everywhere with you.