A portable Bluetooth speaker is a useful addition to your smartphone or laptop, but choosing one can be a difficult task, particularly given the vast variety of choices available. Bluetooth speakers are more adaptable, robust, and compact than conventional speakers. They'll connect to any smartphone and sound just like the smart-speaker versions.
What to look for in a Bluetooth speaker
There are a lot of factors to consider to make sure that a Bluetooth speaker is worth its cost. There may be many factors, but we narrowed them down to some important ones. Here they are:
The Bluetooth version
The reliability of audio transmission as well as the range from your smartphone and the speaker are determined by the Bluetooth version. Go for Bluetooth 4 or 5, as these versions provide support for the low energy profile, which increases battery life and extends the range to around 60 meters.
The charging style
When you are outside or at a friend's house but do not have the bundled cable on you, getting a regular USB charging port comes in handy. Most speakers nowadays have a Micro-USB port, which allows you to charge them using power banks when you are not near a wall outlet.
Waterproof Bluetooth speakers
Because water and electronics do not really blend, you'll want a Bluetooth speaker that would be at least partially waterproof. The IP rating of the speaker indicates this. If you'd like to carry your speaker to the pool, look for the IP68 ranking. In principle, it means that the speaker can be underwater for at least 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters without being damaged.
The driver is the core of every speaker, so make sure you have one that's big enough. A 40mm driver is standard in most portable speakers, which is a good size to begin with.
Here are the best Bluetooth Speakers in 2021
The JBL Flip 5 is a great sound portable Bluetooth speaker. This speaker has a battery life of 12 hours and a frequency response of 65kHz - 20kHz. It has a weight of 1.2 pounds and features a Bluetooth version 4.5. The speaker is easy to use, can connect with up to two tablets or smartphones to produce an impressive stereo sound.
What caught our eye regarding this Bluetooth speaker is that it has an Ipx7 rating which makes it relatively waterproof, and therefore ideal for outside use as an outdoor speaker. The JBL Flip 5 comes in a range of colors and has a camera print that catches the eye. The entire packaging is also biodegradable.
What we liked about it
For an affordable Bluetooth speaker that actually works, the Anker Soundcore Flare is the speaker for you. This waterproof Bluetooth speaker has a 12 hour battery life and features a beat driven LED light ring. The speaker has passive radiators as well as equalizer settings that come in an app. The speaker also has dual drivers that are placed back to back to produce a 360 degree sound.
The best thing about this Bluetooth speaker is the fact that you get value for your money. For someone on a budget, this is a great option for quality sound. With BassUP Technology, the speaker produces a breathtaking sound. There is a customized digital signal processor that makes an analysis of the music bass frequencies before enhancing them.
Furthermore, the speaker has an IP67 waterproof protection that can also withstand spills, dust, submersion in water and rain.
What we liked about it
This is one of the best waterproof speakers from the UE models. The UE Wonderboom 2
can be paired with other UE Wonderboom speakers to amplify the sound. The speaker has a 13 hour battery life and an IP67 rating that makes it dustproof, waterproof, and gives it floating features. This means you can use it while on the beach, while at the pool and as a shower speaker. Not only does it produce great sound, but it is also super portable and rugged making it drop proof and a convenient speaker for adventures.
The main thing that caught our eye about this speaker is that it has a surprising 360 sound that is bigger. It has additional bass to go with the big sound it produces. This speaker also has a new outdoor boost that increases how loud and clear the sound produced it. This is a feature that makes it ideal for outdoor listening and can be achieved by pushing the outdoor boost button on the speaker.
What we like about it
This is a great speaker choice for someone looking for a powerful party speaker that will keep the party going, both outdoors and indoors. The UE Hyperboom Portable Speaker produces a big loud pristine sound that has a big bass and is beautifully rich. The speaker allows for easy music sharing where you can play music from about 3 to 4 devices as you switch easily between them. This is by connecting two Bluetooth inputs, one optical output and one auxiliary.
The most outstanding thing about this Bluetooth speaker is that it has a 24 hour battery life. The speaker also has an adaptive equalizer to produce a pitch perfect sound anywhere. The adaptive EQ on the speaker will analyze the environment and customize and tune the sound to fit the space it is in. The UE Hyperboom Portable Speaker is both spill and splash proof due to its IPX4 feature, meaning it is also water resistant.
This speaker has a one touch music control that makes it possible for you to play, pause and skip tracks on the speaker directly.
What we like about it