The Best Bluetooth Speakers: Portable Speakers For Any Budget 2023

The Best Bluetooth Speakers: Portable Speakers For Any Budget 2023

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No one is blue over Bluetooth speakers.

What? The wireless speaker market is growing faster than the smartphone market? Who would’ve guessed? But it’s true, and portable Bluetooth speakers are leading the way. The good news: there are tons of Bluetooth speakers to choose from. The bad news: there are tons of Bluetooth speakers to choose from – and you could spend days, maybe even weeks, researching them all. Or, you could spend just a few minutes with our list below, put together by a team of speaker experts from a company with a 40-year track record for seriously great sound. (No-brainer, right?)

World Wide Stereo’s 2023 “Best Bluetooth Speakers” list below covers key “best” categories, from “best for kids” to “best for big parties” to “best for the money” and more. Not only are we factoring sound quality (duh), but as Bluetooth speakers evolve, convenience factors like battery life, waterproof ratings, and outputs, have become critical to shopper when making a smart buying decision. So dig in, and if you have any questions along the way – give us a call. We’re happy to help!

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$179.95

No pun intended: JBL is making some serious noise in the Bluetooth speaker world. The Charge 5 is the new update to the Charge line of waterproof speakers, which routinely tops our “Best Waterproof” subcategory in this guide. What makes this speaker so great? That JBL groove-inducing sound, first and foremost. A superb waterproof rating of IP67 and 20 hours of battery playback are two additional compelling reasons; this speaker will keep your pool party going all day and night.

The Charge 5 is more than just a number change from the previous model, though. JBL continues to improve the design and construction of the Charge speakers. The larger silicone base will help keep the Charge 5 from shimmying across the tile and into the pool due to its own vibration. You’ll feel confident when you grab this speaker, with its rubberized materials and solid build. Physical buttons with unique shapes make it easy to find the control you need, even when you’re reaching from the hot tub without your glasses. Another party-extending feature is the Charge 5’s powerbank ability, which lets you charge other devices via a hidden USB connector. Upgraded Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity extends the range you can travel with your Charge 5 and keeps your music playing without interruption. Just what you need to keep the vibe going!

Charge 5 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker with Powerbank

  • Dimensions: 8.7" x 3.76" x 3.67" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 2.11 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: Up to 20 Hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IP67
  • Powerbank Capability: Via USB
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes
  • USB-C: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
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2. Best Rugged Bluetooth Speaker: 

JBL Clip 4 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

$79.95

The reason half of the speakers on our “top Bluetooth speakers” list are made by JBL? Quite simply – they’re that good. JBL was among the first to see the potential for Bluetooth speakers and they jumped in early, dedicating huge resources to developing a smart, robust, “something-for-everyone” product line – and the newly redesigned JBL Clip 4 is a great example.

Our opinion: the Clip 4 is the best on-the-go, small Bluetooth speaker you can buy – bar none. It's lightweight, durable, and built for adventure. The new "4" version has a redesigned carabiner that's integrated into the speaker itself for extra protection. It clips to your belt or purse or pack via and it can take a serious hit. And, at IP67 waterproof rating, it even works if it falls in your beer (just don't leave it there, please). It also has a microphone inside which makes it a hands-free speakerphone, and it offers 10 hours of playtime between charges. (That's a lot of battery life for a speaker this small). The Clip 4 comes wrapped in a rugged rubberized housing (that feels nice to the touch) and you can choose from an array of vibrant colors. Best of all, the overall sound is excellent in spite of the Clip 4’s diminutive size (3.4” by 5.3” by 1.8”) and less-than-$100 price tag.

Bottom line: if you’re still listening to the speaker in your phone when streaming music, podcasts or whatever – stop. Consider this an intervention – put the Clip 4 in your cart right now; we're confident you'll love it.

Clip 4 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

  • Dimensions: 3.4< x 5.3 x 1.8 in (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.5 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 Hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IP67
  • Powerbank Capability: No
  • Stereo Pairing: No
  • USB-C: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
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$179.00

The Sonos Roam is a portable smart speaker with both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, as well as AirPlay 2 for iOS users. So you've got easy WiFi connectivity while you're home, and a seamless Bluetooth connection when you're on the go or out of reach of WiFi. The Roam literally lets you Roam with your music. And, with Sonos' Auto TruePlay technology, the speaker optimizes the audio and dynamically tunes to your environment.

The Roam weighs less than a pound and is "smaller than a water bottle". The Roam is Sonos' first ever compact portable Bluetooth speaker and is smaller in stature and more rugged than its sibling, the Sonos Move, with shockproof, dustproof, and IP67-rated waterproof durability. This speaker is truly built for adventure. And, even with this smaller form factor, Sonos still managed to pack in an amazing list of features that we believe fairly justifies the $169 price point for a portable speaker.

The Sonos Roam can be positioned horizontally for uneven surfaces or vertically for positioning in smaller spaces. Control the speaker via the large, tactile buttons on the top, directly via the Sonos app, or via your voice the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant built-in. Battery life is generous with 10-hours of playback time from a single charge. And the speaker actually falls asleep to preserve the battery when not in use. 

In addition to the included USB-C charging cable, the Roam can be charged wirelessly on any Qi-compatible charger, or with a wireless charging base (sold separately). Plus, if you're already a Sonos fan, the Roam speaker can be added to any existing Sonos multi-room audio system. 

Check out our full review of the Sonos Roam Bluetooth wireless speaker.

Roam Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker with WiFi and Voice Control

  • Dimensions: 6.61 x 2.44 x 2.36 inches in (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 0.95 lb
  • Warranty: 
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 Hours
  • Powerbank Capability: No
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes
  • USB-C: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Waterproof Rating: IP67
  • AirPlay2: Yes
  • Voice Control: Yes
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4. Best Premium Bluetooth Speaker: 

Devialet Mania Portable Bluetooth Smart Speaker

$790.00

Knowing Devialet and their knack for fitting incredible amounts of technology into small packages, we were curious to see what they have done with their go at portable speaker. And, BOY is there a lot jammed into this thing! The engineers at Devialet must be part-time magicians. Nothing this small should sound as good as it does. So, how do they do it? Through a combination of clever driver orientation, speaker active matching, and active stereo calibration.

First, the number and positioning of the drivers is pretty clever. On each side, we have a bass driver in a push-push configuration. This is the same design Devialet uses in their Phantom speakers and Dione sound bar. That in combination with SAM (Speaker Active Matching) allows them to push the bass drivers to their absolute limit without ever over-excreting them, allowing the bass drivers to hit all the way down to 30hz. Honestly unheard of in a speaker this small - well, this small and clear.

On top of the sphere, we have 4 full-range drivers in a sort of checkerboard pattern. So no matter where you sit in relation to the Mania, you will always have a stereo image in an open space. If it’s placed near a wall or hard surface, it will automatically change the output of the two drivers closest to the wall. Located near the bottom of the speaker are 4 microphones, both used for Alexa voice control and ASC (Active Stereo Calibration). Mania will listen to its surroundings as it plays and will automatically switch the two drivers facing the wall to match the orientation of the drivers facing the open space. By doing this, the speakers facing the wall will reflect off of the wall and increase the width of the sound stage, effectively making the Mania sound like an even bigger speaker than before.

The Mania is probably the best sounding portable Bluetooth speaker we have ever listened to. Devialet has found a way to marry incredible engineering and high-fidelity sound with every speaker they produce, and the Mania is no exception. Tons of room filling sound without losing fidelity, small enough to fit inside a backpack and interesting enough to have out as part of your décor at home. Speaking of décor, the Mania comes in 3 colors: Light Gray, Deep Black and a Gold Opera de Paris Edition. There's also a charging dock available for purchase separately for most of the Mania speakers (you can purchase them together here), but does come included with the Opera de Paris Edition.

If this is your first Devialet speaker, prepare to be amazed. And if you are already familiar with the brand, then you know to expect incredible performance in a small package. The name Mania certainly fits. Check out our full review of the Devialet Mania for more details.

Mania Portable Bluetooth Smart Speaker

  • Dimensions: 6.9" x 7.5" x 5.4" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 Hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IPx4
  • Powerbank Capability: No
  • Stereo Pairing: No
  • USB-C: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
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$549.95

How can you not love something called the "PartyBox"? Just don’t let the silly name throw you, as this speaker may just be the best on our list, period. It’s a JBL, so it comes with JBL’s signature sound – big awesome bass, crystal clear highs, and overall extremely immersive. For the DJ, enjoy sound effects and a backlit control panel or control it all from your smartphone. It weighs 38 pounds and has a telescopic handle and smooth gliding wheels on the bottom for easy portability. Also compatible with speaker stands if you want to raise it up - depending on how big your party is. And safe for poolside with an IPX4 splash proof rating. 

With enough battery life and extended power options for the party, it comes with a built-in battery that nets 18 hours playtime per charge, plus there’s a 12V DC power source as well. You can plug in a mic or guitar (karaoke anyone?), and you can daisy chain additional JBL PartyBox speakers wirelessly or via one RCA port to another. The TWS (true wireless stereo), let's you use two PartyBox speakers of the same model to enjoy true stereo. Control it with the app and, with 240 watts of JBL Pro Sound and synced light effects that are vivid (not gimmicky), your party will be in a trance in no time.

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a fun, very serious portable music machine that brings a lot of good things together. Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s JBL and it’s awesome.

Also check out our full review of the JBL PartyBox 100.

PartyBox 310 Bluetooth Portable Party Speaker with Dazzling Lights

  • Dimensions: 12.83 x 27.09 x 14.5 in (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 38.4 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: Up to 18 Hours
  • Waterproof RatingIPX4 Splashproof
  • Powerbank Capability: No
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes
  • USB-C: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
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$699.00

At 15 pounds and 13 by 9.5 by 11.2 inches, there’s no putting the Bose S1 in your briefcase or purse – this is not, in any way, a portable Bluetooth speaker. The Bose S1 is a professional level Bluetooth speaker with enough muscle to drown out the Macy’s Day Parade at Times Square. (Hence the “PA” in the name, as in “public address system.”) And yes, it’s great for pro DJs and public addresses, but it’s also ideal for serious parties at home where you want to cover a wider space with sound: weddings, big barbecues out back, karaoke throwdowns, etc. The sound is amazing – so big it made us giddy – and the feature set is all-encompassing. The speaker itself can be positioned to point anywhere or mounted high on tripod speaker stands (not included) to reach those way, way in the back.

The Bose S1 provides 11 hours of playtime per charge, or just plug in the AC power cord. You can also plug in a keyboard, guitar, microphone or any 3.5mm source through the S1’s built-in 3 channel mixer. If you’re on the fence about going big, the S1’s full spec list on our Bose S1 product page may just win you over.

S1 Professional Multi-Position Bluetooth PA System with Battery

  • Dimensions: 9.5" x 13" x 11.2" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 15.7 lbs.
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Battery Life: Up to 11 Hours
  • Powerbank Capability: No
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes
  • USB-C: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
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7. Best Bluetooth Speaker With Lights: 

JBL Pulse 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

$199.95

Regular Price: $249.95

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Savings include $50 instant rebate. Offer ends 3/5/2023.

Most Bluetooth speakers are easy to operate –  just set-it-and-forget-it. This one is easy, too, but it’s more like set-it-and-stare-at-it. Really, it’s hard to look away when the Pulse 4 hits the dance floor in a 360° LED light show perfectly synced to the beat. The Pulse 4 is JBL’s latest iteration of the Pulse, which includes a better design (with more surface area for the light show), a bigger, 12-hour battery, and an IPX7 waterproof rating. (The microphone and 3.5mm aux jack are gone.)

Though you may be inclined to think anything with a “light show” has to be a gimmick, that’s not the case – the Pulse 4 is still a JBL product and as such, audio quality is excellent. Not the best in the world, no, but a solid competitor at this price point. Bass is above average, and the Pulse 4 was designed to throw sound in 360-degrees. It’s louder than most, too, but sound quality drops off a bit at higher volume.

What else? How about the ability to pair with up to 100 JBL speakers via JBL Connect? Now that’s cool. (Watching a bunch of Pulse 4s all doing their own thing to the beat just makes you want to party. If anyone does that, please – send us a shot.) 

Pulse 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • Dimensions: 3.78 x 8.15 x 3.78 in (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 2.78 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: Up to 12 Hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX7
  • Powerbank Capability: No
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes
  • USB-C: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
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8. Best Bluetooth Speaker With Alexa and Google Assistant: 

Sonos Move Durable Battery-Powered Smart Speaker

$399.00

Finally: there’s a portable Sonos Bluetooth speaker on the market, the Sonos Move – and it’s everything you’d expect from the world’s #1 wireless audio company according to CEPro magazine. With both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth onboard, the Sonos Move is extremely versatile, and can be used as a stand-alone speaker you can take anywhere, inside or out, or add it to an existing networked speaker system. Either way, the Sonos Move gets it right.

Like everything Sonos, the Move is “Apple-esque.” It’s attractive, solid (even heavy for its size), smart and intuitive. The Sonos Move sits neatly in its charging base or can be charged via USB. Music lovers will love that you can create true stereo with a pair of Moves and/or add the Move to your existing Sonos network. With AirPlay, you can stream pretty much everything, whether via Youtube, Netflix, HBO GO or any playlist from any smart phone or tablet. What’s more, the Move is bi-lingual, so simple voice commands get everything done with Amazon’s Alexa and a 10 hour battery life.

Who knows why it took Sonos so long to enter the Bluetooth speaker market, but the Sonos Move’s sound is pure Sonos – rich, vibrant, remarkable clarity – and sure to be yet another Sonos best-seller in spite of its higher price tag.

What else? Check out our full Sonos Move Review.

Move Durable, Battery-Powered Smart Speaker

  • Dimensions: <6.29 x 9.44 x 4.96 in (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 6.61 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: Up to 10 Hours>
  • Powerbank Capability: No
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes
  • USB-C: No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Waterproof Rating: IP56
  • AirPlay2: Yes
  • Voice Control: Yes
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9. Best Bluetooth Speaker for Bass:

Bose Portable Home Speaker

$399.00

One sure way to separate the men from the boys when it comes to portable wireless speakers: Cue up the A Capella bass harmony at the beginning of Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk” and turn it up – WAY up. We did just that with the Bose Portable speaker, a smart speaker Bose claims is “best at bass,” and yeah – we’re believers. At this price point, Bose crushes the competition when it comes to powerful bass in a portable package.

The Bose Portable speaker is an Amazon Alexa / Googe Assistant smart speaker from a company that continues to out-innovate everyone save for maybe Sonos. (Depends on who you ask.)  It streams whatever you like via at-home Wi-Fi or go-anywhere Bluetooth, and it proved excellent at hearing and executing voice commands – though voice commands only work when connected by Wi-Fi, not Bluetooth. As for sound: it’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from Bose: powerful, and remarkably crisp and clear.

With the nifty little handle on top, the Bose Portable doesn’t exactly hide its rugged portable-ness. All the controls are on top, and it comes with a USB-C cord for charging the battery, though Bose also offers a charging cradle in the $30 range. Add the cradle, and the Bose Portable begins to approach the Sonos Move with respect to price. Tough choice, for sure.

Portable Home Speaker

  • Dimensions: 4.69 x 7.54 x 4.09 in (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 2.34 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: Up to 12 Hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX4
  • Powerbank Capability: No
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes
  • USB-C: Charging Only
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
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10. Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $150: 

Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth Portable Speaker

$149.00

The SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker is the perfect musical sidekick, with a rugged design able to withstand water, dust, and a few bumps and bruises along the way. Whether you’re hiking in the mountains or having friends over for dinner, the powerful SoundLink Flex will amaze you with lifelike performance and deep, rich tones that elevate any moment. And with its PositionIQ technology, it automatically adjusts to however it’s oriented to optimize the sound. Whether it’s standing upright, lying on its back, or hanging from its tear-resistant utility loop, the SoundLink Flex will deliver your music in full, balanced tones.

Whether you’re working a long shift or enjoying a day on the water, SoundLink Flex will provide your soundtrack all day. It can go for up to 12 hours on a single charge, and when it’s time to power back up, you can recharge it quickly via its USB-C port.

Sure, SoundLink Flex is incredible all on its own. But like all Bose speakers, this versatile portable speaker gets even better when teamed up with other speakers. Pair it with another SoundLink Flex or other Bose Bluetooth speaker to enable Party Mode and enjoy what you’re hearing in more rooms or more areas outdoors. Even a bit of both — SoundLink Flex also connects to Bose Smart Soundbars so you can keep tabs on the game while you’re away from the TV. A product of state-of-the-art engineering, SoundLink Flex is packed with exclusive Bose technologies. Its innovative transducer is custom designed to deliver the clearest possible sound and strong, deep bass that really packs a punch. The speaker’s digital signal processing (DSP) technologies, proprietary code, and custom algorithms all work together to ensure optimal sound quality wherever you are.

SoundLink Flex Bluetooth Portable Speaker

  • Dimensions: 7.93" x 3.56" x 2.06" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 1.30 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: Up to 12 Hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IP67
  • Powerbank Capability: No
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes
  • USB-C: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
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$349.95

If the PartyBox 310 piqued your interest, but you're looking for something a little more flexible that you can take with you... the PartyBox On-The-Go is not a downgrade. Sure, it has slightly less power because it's in a smaller package and doesn't quite have that ginormous "WOW" 240 watt reaction that the PartyBox 310 has, but it still delivers 100 watts of powerful and booming JBL pro sound. It also has the built-in light show, IPX4 splashproof rating,  and seamless Bluetooth streaming. The bonus of the On-The-Go: it comes with a wireless mic with advanced vocal-tuning settings and a strap. It's the perfect multi-use party speaker.

PartyBox On-the-Go Powerful Portable Bluetooth Party Speaker with Dynamic Light Show

  • Dimensions: 19.3" x 9.6" x 8.8" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 16.5 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Battery Life: Up to 6 Hours
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX4
  • Powerbank Capability: No
  • Stereo Pairing: Yes
  • USB-C: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
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Still not sure? We got this.

If you're still not sure which Bluetooth Speaker is the best for you,  give us a call or send us an email. Tell us about your ideal speaker, and we’d be more than happy to help you pick one that is right for you. 

One more thing:

Once you pick out your Bluetooth speaker, a last word of advice: buy it from a trusted dealer, and the more experience / the longer the track record, the better. A good dealer will take care of you in the event anything happens.

Speaking of trusted dealers...

World Wide Stereo is home to some 90+ industry-leading audio/video professionals who love what they do, and talking about it, too. We opened our doors in 1979, gained a small yet diehard following, won a slew of national awards for everything from killer car audio installations to customer service, grew the business online… and today we enjoy a faithful following of like-minded TV-watching, music-listening, gear-loving defenders of fun for the whole family. Our only rule: no one leaves unhappy. We’re brutally honest when it comes to this stuff. Want to know if something is as good as advertised? Even if you're shopping somewhere else? Call us or stop by one of our showrooms — we’ll give it to you straight. We love what we do, and we love sharing that love. 

With us, you get our guarantee, which includes perks like free shipping, 60-day returns, and support even years after the sale — always. Hence our rule: "no one leaves unhappy." Ever. 

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