What Are the Best Portable Speakers? Bluetooth Reviews 2018

Best Portable Speakers Reviews

Bluetooth speakers are a lifesaver for lots of people.

If you want to enjoy your music but often find yourself traveling to locations where you may or may not be able to access electricity, you need a portable Bluetooth speaker.

It just makes things so much easier! No wires or worries about connection – just switch your device’s Bluetooth on and have fun with your music.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), portable speakers are a market that has nearly reached the point of oversaturation. The sheer number of brands and variations on portable speakers can even be scary!

And that’s where we come in! We’ve decided to compile a list of the best portable Bluetooth speakers in the market right now to help you avoid analysis paralysis!

Top-Rated Portable Speakers - Comparison Table

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II 1
Bose SoundLink II
Mini Bluetooth Speaker
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  • Editors Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Hours Battery Life
  • 30 Feet Max Range
Beats Pill 1
Beats Pill
$$$$
  • Editors Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 12 Hours Battery Life
  • 30 Feet Max Range
Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker 1
Anker SoundCore
Bluetooth Speaker
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  • Editors Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 24 Hours Battery Life
  • 66 Feet Max Range
JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker 1
JBL Flip 3 Splashproof
Portable Bluetooth Speaker
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  • Editors Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Hours Battery Life
  • 30 Feet Max Range
Amazon Tap 1
Amazon Tap
$$$
  • Editors Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 9 Hours Battery Life
    30 Feet Max Range
  • 30 Feet Max Range

Best Bluetooth Speaker Reviews

1. Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II

The second iteration of the Soundlink Mini, this speaker delivers full sound that won’t disappoint at any end of the spectrum. Bass is deep and beyond satisfactory, making you feel like your music’s coming from a much larger speaker than it actually is.

The Soundlink uses voice prompts to make pairing incredibly easy. It also remembers up to 8 devices, allowing them to reconnect automatically the next time you want to play music.

It also features a Bluetooth transmission range of up to 30 feet, allowing you to move around a fair distance without being tethered to speaker.

The speaker also has a speakerphone built in, enabling you to take calls without unpairing from the device.

A charging cradle that comes with the speaker allows you to keep it charged and ready to go when you’re at home. It uses a typical USB connection for charging, allowing you to keep it topped up even when on the road.

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II 1

The built-in Li-ion battery lets you continue listening to your music for up to 10 hours. Of course, actual play time varies depending on several factors.

You can buy a soft cover which allows you to customize your speaker while protecting it from scratches and mild falls. The soft cover comes separately, so you’ll have to shell out a bit more for that.

Features at a Glance

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    Full sound
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    Voice prompts for pairing
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    30-feet transmission range
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    Built-in speakerphone
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    Charging cradle included
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    Up to 10 hours of music playback
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    Option soft cover available
Beats Pill

Beats gets a lot of hate, but it’s not all deserved. Over the past few years, the company has turned away from its previous strategy where it focused only on marketing and started manufacturing better and better devices.

The Beats Pill is a tiny speaker that is optimized to emit full and clear sound. The separate tweeter and woofer significantly improve sound quality.

Its straightforward and intuitive interface allows you to get to your music as fast as possible. The Bluetooth transmission range is 30-feet, which is par for the course at this price range.

The Pill comes with a battery that will provide you with up to 12 hours of battery life. Actual playing time may vary depending on what type of music you’re playing and how loud it is, but 12 hours is a good estimate to keep in mind.

Beats Pill 1

The included Lightning cable and supply unit will allow you to charge your speaker completely in 3 hours, and the included fuel gauge will let you see how much juice you remain with.

The included cable is Lightning to USB-A, so you will have to have an iPhone charger or charger cable lying around if you lose the one that comes with the speaker. That shouldn’t be a problem for iPhone users but will be a sticking point for Android phone owners.

You also get a soft carrying case to allow you to transport it easily and safely.

Features at a Glance

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    Full and clear sound
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    Straightforward and intuitive design
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    Up to 12 hours of battery life
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    Lightning cable and power supply unit included
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    Soft carrying case included
Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker

Anker is one of those companies which only seem to get better. With every new product, they introduce new features and learn from past mistakes.

The SoundCore is the epitome of this mentality, fusing new functionality and fixing previous mistakes to create one of the strongest contenders for the title of the best Bluetooth speaker.

Dual high-performance drivers on the speaker emit full-bodied stereo sound that will ensure that all your audio sounds spectacular.

With Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the SoundCore gives you access to the host of features that are included in the new Bluetooth standard. With this speaker, you’ll never have to worry about device compatibility while experiencing the fastest pairing speeds possible.

With the 66-foot Bluetooth range that’s inherent to Bluetooth 4.0, you’ll be able to roam around at will without worrying about your music stopping.

Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker 1

The speaker has also been designed with portability in mind, and its small footprint allows you to drop it into your bag and carry it around easily.

Anker’s battery technology is top-shelf. The internal Li-ion battery gives you up to 24 hours of battery life. That’s an entire day you can listen to your music on a single charge!

Charging is done using a regular USB cable, so you don’t have to rely on the included cable to continue charging your device.

Features at a Glance

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    Dual high-performance drivers
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    Bluetooth 4.0 technology
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    Portable
JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The JBL Flip 3 may be more expensive than the other speakers on this list, but it’s definitely a case of 'you get what you pay for.'

With a multitude of features meant to make it as easy as possible for you to listen to your music, the Flip 3 could very well be the best portable speaker for you.

The Flip 3 is covered with durable fabric and surrounded by a rugged rubber housing, ensuring your speaker will survive all your adventures.

It’s splashproof, allowing it to survive some exposure to water. While it’s not completely waterproof, you should be okay as long as you don’t submerge the speaker in water. In fact, you can even wash it in the sink, and it will still work perfectly fine!

JBL’s Bluetooth implementation lets you connect with 3 devices simultaneously, allowing three different people to control the music and fill your rooms with powerful, crystal-clear stereo sound.

The speaker has two discrete bass ports at the cylindrical ends of the device, ensuring that ‘bassy’ music packs quite a punch.

JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker 1

JBL Connect allows you to connect different JBL speakers and have them play music in synchrony, enabling you to create your very own ecosystem of JBL speakers. If you don’t want to buy a fully-fledged stereo system for your house, you could buy a couple of speakers and set them up to play the same audio.

The built-in speakerphone is accompanied by a noise and echo-canceling microphone, allowing crystal-clear communication between you and the other person.

The built-in 3000mAh battery will last for up to 10 hours of continuous music playback.

Features at a Glance

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     Rugged construction
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    Splashproof
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    Can connect to 3 devices simultaneously
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    Separate bass ports
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    JBL Connect allows you to connect multiple speakers
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    Built-in speakerphone
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    Up to 10 hours of music playback

The Amazon Tap is the most feature-rich speakers on our list. With Amazon behind it, there’s almost nothing this speaker can’t do. A successor to the highly loved Amazon Echo, the Amazon Tap delivers it all.

The Tap’s dual speakers are powered by Dolby and have been tweaked to deliver the ultimate stereo response. Vocals are crisp and clear, and bass is strong and punchy.

When the speaker is connected to WiFi, it can access Alexa – Amazon’s proprietary digital assistant. This allows you to do a number of things right from your phone, from having Alexa choose your music to ordering food from your favorite restaurant.

Alexa’s abilities are vast and encompass most popular apps. To give you an idea of how powerful the digital assistant is, here are some of the things you can do with it: order a pizza from Domino’s, request an Uber ride, and track your progress using your Fitbit.

More to the point, Alexa allows you to select music without having to touch any of your devices. Simply ask it to play a particular song, shuffle your music, or play songs from a certain genre, and Alexa will do it for you.

And of course, the speaker is optimized to work perfectly with Amazon’s entire ecosystem, from Prime Music to Amazon Prime Video.

The speaker is small and lightweight, making it easy to move around. You can also get the optional carrying sling which will allow you to simply clip it to your bag and get going.

Amazon Tap 1

The carrying sling also protects your speaker from bumps and scratches and allows you to customize your device to your taste – since it comes in 6 different colors.

The speaker’s built-in battery provides up to 9 hours of battery life. Power consumption is higher when the speaker is in hands-free mode - it will last for about 8 hours then. And you don’t have to worry about not knowing when your speaker’s about to go off – when battery level hits critical, Alexa will inform you so you can do something about it.  

The charging cradle that comes with the speaker allows you to ensure your speaker is always charged and ready to go!

Features at a Glance

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    Dolby-powered speakers
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    Access to Alexa
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    Portable
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    Optional carrying sling available
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     Up to 9 hours of battery life
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     Charging cradle included

Conclusion

We’ve picked 5 very different speakers for our list – all so you can have more variety to choose from.

While you may not like every speaker on our list, we’re sure there’s at least one you resonate with. That’s the best Bluetooth speaker for you, and make sure you do further research before deciding on it.

If you’re still undecided on what speaker you want, write down the features you desire from your ideal speaker and look for the speaker that matches those features as closely as possible. While you may not find a perfect match, you’re sure to find at least one speaker that comes pretty close to your ideal.

Happy hunting!

(Last Updated On: October 12, 2017)
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