The Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2021

The Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2021

Last updated on February 15, 2021 

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 2021 “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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#1. Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Why it won

JBL’s Charge 4 speaker is a souped-up version of the company’s wildly successful Charge 3 speaker. At a glance, the two look almost identical, though the Charge 4 is slightly bigger all around (by less than an inch) and heavier (by about half a pound) as a result of the bigger, longer-lasting battery inside (up to 20 hours of battery life). The Charge 4 also comes wrapped in the same IPX-7 durable waterproof material and rugged rubber housing, making it an ideal choice for poolside parties, camping trips, the car – or anywhere, really. It doesn’t come with a microphone inside so you can’t take phone calls on it, but it does come with Bluetooth 4.2 and “JBL Connect,” which lets you connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets and up to 100 JBL speakers.*

Turned up, the Charge 4’s dual exposed passive radiators provide some serious punching power. Bass response is outstanding – almost miraculous given the Charge 4’s size – which is what made the Charge 3 such a runaway best-seller. Choose from a variety of colors, enjoy incredible battery life with up to 20 hours of playtime, and share the same Bluetooth connection with a friend – the JBL Charge 4 is a solid choice.

Dimensions: 8.66 x 3.74 x 3.66 in (W x H x D) | Weight: 2.12 lbs. | Warranty: 1 year | Battery Life: Up to 20 Hours | Waterproof Rating: IPX7 | Powerbank Capability: Via USB | Stereo Pairing: Yes | USB-C: No | Wi-Fi: No

Reg Price:   $179.95

#2. Best Rugged Bluetooth Speaker: JBL Clip 4 Portable Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

Why it won

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.

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

Reg Price:   $84

#3. Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $100: Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

Why it won

At 10 ounces and a tiny 3.87 by 3.87 by 1.37 inches, the Bose Soundlink Micro really is “micro.” This little guy fits in the palm of your hand and wins our best-sound-for-its-size prize, thanks to some brilliant engineering by Bose. Inside, a full-range custom transducer and passive silicone radiators provide surprisingly powerful sound. Close your eyes, and no – you wouldn’t mistake it for a quality bookshelf speaker – but you’d never think you’re listening to something smaller than a deck of cards.

Included: a built-in microphone, Siri and Google Assistant, up to 6 hours of battery life, and a rubber strap for attaching it to a bike or a purse... or pretty much anything. The Soundlink Micro comes in three colors and it’s IPX7 certified, meaning it’s totally drop-it-in-bucket-of-water waterproof. No wonder reviews across the board are overwhelmingly 5-star, ours included.

Dimensions: 3.87x 3.87 x 1.37 in (W x H x D) | Weight: 0.64 lbs. | Warranty: 1 year | Battery Life: Up to 6 Hours | Waterproof Rating: IPX7 | Powerbank Capability: No | Stereo Pairing: Yes | USB-C: No | Wi-Fi: No

Reg Price:   $109

#4. Best Bluetooth Speaker For The Money: Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker

Why it won

When Bose set out to design the Revolve, the first planning meeting probably went something like this:  

“Let’s face it, most portable Bluetooth speakers are wimpy compared to other speakers… we need to shake things up.” “What do you mean Bill?  Shake things up… how?” "I’m talking old-school, raw power, the way things should be. I’m talking gut-punch bass and highs that can cut through anything – in every direction.” “But it needs to be portable Bill, no one will buy a huge Bluetooth speaker. And multi-directional??? You’re crazy.” 

Okay… so maybe it didn’t happen that way, but it’s hard to argue the result. The Revolve by Bose is a cylinder-shaped, omnidirectional Bluetooth speaker (think huge pepper shaker) that can point sound in every direction - perfect for spreading sound around the room or backyard patio table with guests all around. Moreover, the Revolve packs dual-opposing passive-radiators and a powerful, face-down ultra-efficient transducer with a patented acoustic deflector… which added together = oh hell yes. If you’re a serious music lover, the Bose Revolve is your serious portable Bluetooth speaker. (See the Bose Revolve’s impressive credentials right here. And, don’t forget the charging cradle add-on if you’re planning for a late night.)

Dimensions: 3.24 x 5.97 x 3.24 in (W x H x D) | Weight: 1.5 lbs. | Warranty: 1 year | Battery Life: Up to 12 Hours | Waterproof Rating: IPX4 | Powerbank Capability: No | Stereo Pairing: Yes | USB-C: No | Wi-Fi: No

Reg Price:   $199

Why it won

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.

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

Reg Price:   $599.95

Why it won

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.

Dimensions: 9.5 x 13 x 11.2 in (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

Reg Price:   $599

#7. Best Bluetooth Speaker With Lights: JBL Pulse 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Why it won

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.) 

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

Reg Price:   $249.95

#8. Best Bluetooth Speaker With Alexa and Google Assistant: Sonos Move Durable Battery-Powered Smart Speaker

Why it won

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 video review of the Sonos Move, right here.

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 |Waterproof Rating: IP56 | Powerbank Capability: No | Stereo Pairing: Yes | USB-C: No | Wi-Fi: Yes

Reg Price:   $399

#9. Best Bluetooth Speaker for Bass: Bose Portable Home Speaker

Why it won

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.

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

Reg Price:   $349

#10. Best Looking Bluetooth Speaker: Vifa Helsinki Bluetooth Speaker

Why it won

Well la-dee-dah, how beautiful is this? A fabric covered Bluetooth speaker from, of all places, Denmark. Meticulously woven with woolen threads, designed by leading Danish textile designer Kvadrat, and called, all irony aside, “Helsinki,” it comes by way of Vifa – loudspeaker specialists since 1933.

Under its outer fabric, the Helsinki’s one-piece aluminum frame holds everything in place. Everything includes: Two 50 mm speaker drivers with aluminum cones and neodymium magnets, two 60mm woofers placed back to back, and a digital amp with a DSP crossover to limit distortion. There’s also a 3.5mm mini jack (thank you), and a smart-looking leather strap by Swedish leather manufacturer Tarnsjo Garveri. So yeah, la-dee-dah for sure.

And the sound? Surprisingly powerful, given its clutch-bag look and packaging. Mid-range is decent, lows hold their own, and highs cut thru nicely. No, the Helsinki is not as feature-rich as other, similarly-priced speakers, but still – look at it. It’s right at home in an art gallery, or for taking along on a 5th Avenue stroll.

Dimensions: 6.25 x 8.5 x 2.75 in (W x H x D) | Weight: 3.08 lbs. | Warranty: 1 year | Battery Life: Up to 8 Hours | Waterproof Rating: IPX7 | Powerbank Capability: No | Stereo Pairing: No | USB-C: No | Wi-Fi: No

Reg Price:   $399.00

Why it won

The JBL FLIP 5 Eco edition is made for the eco-conscious audio lover. It's built from 90% recycled plastic and comes in eco-friendly packaging. We were pleased to see a brand like JBL, that already has such a massive following, step up and get on the sustainability train. Well, it's a start!

The Eco's all new all new racetrack-shaped driver delivers high output for surprisingly booming bass in a compact package. And a good for the size battery life provides up to 12 hours of playtime. A durable rubber housing and an IPX7 waterproof rating makes this a good on-the-go anywhere bluetooth speaker companion. This speaker also has PartyBoost so you can pair it with any other PartyBoost enabled speaker in stereo for extra oomph and fun.

Dimensions: 7.13 x 2.91 x 2.72 in (W x H x D) | Weight: 1.2 lbs. | Warranty: 1 year | Battery Life: Up to 12 Hours | Waterproof Rating: IPX7 | Powerbank Capability: Yes | Stereo Pairing: Yes | USB-C: No | Wi-Fi: No

Reg Price:   $149.95

Why it won

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.

Dimensions: 19.3 x 9.6 x 8.8 in (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

Reg Price:   $360

#13. Best Wearable Bluetooth Speaker: Bose Tenor Rectangular Bluetooth Audio Sunglass Frames

Why it won

From the patented acoustic chambers to the premium grade lenses, the Bose Tenor Frames are rechargeable audio sunglasses designed for sun and sound. The original Bose Frames made Time’s Best Inventions of 2019 list. They let you discreetly listen to your tunes while still hearing and interacting with the world around you. The new Tenor Frames have been fine-tuned and improved with polarized lenses and a refined square frame and Bose's exclusive Open Ear Audio™ technology. It’s a jaw-dropping experience that leaves you free to engage with the world around you, all while discreetly listening to music. What's surprising and also makes these unusual "speakers" so successful is that they're super lightweight. They're not heavy on your ears, but instead feel like any other pair of sunglasses. The wafer-thin acoustic package hidden in the temples produces lifelike sound that’s fuller and deeper than the original Bose Frames. So they're real eye protection with the famed Bose audio performance.

The internal rechargeable battery delivers up to 5.5 hours of audio playback. Nothing goes in or on your ears, but you still get personalized sound, phone calls with an advanced microphone system and seamless capacitive touch and integrated motion sensor controls.

Dimensions: 2.48" x 2.28" x 6.85" in (W x H x L) | Weight: .11 lbs. | Warranty: 1 year | Battery Life: Up to 5.5 Hours | Waterproof Rating: IPX2 Drip protection | Powerbank Capability: No | Stereo Pairing: No | USB-C: No | Wi-Fi: No

Reg Price:   $249

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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