Top wireless speaker review 2018. Best portable speakers from JBL, Ultimate Ears, Bose, Fugoo, Libratone and Cambridge SoundworksThe portable Bluetooth speaker scene has recently exploded with popularity and now there are dozens of brands making all sorts of speakers. This means two things.

First, it has created a tough competition which results in a dynamic development, innovation, extra features and most noteworthy – lower prices.

Second, there has never been more options available on the market, which makes it tricky to pick the best from the rest.

So, how do you cut through the noise to find the best portable Bluetooth speaker 2018 has to offer?

For their relatively short history, Bluetooth speakers have managed to come a long way. They are a no longer a generic type of speaker that just plays music, they do so much more. As you will discover, some speakers are now waterproof, some can charge your phone, some have virtual assistants integrated and some have a fancy light show built into them.

This takes us to an important point before we can start reviewing top wireless speakers of 2018 – you need to be clear on how will you use your speaker and what would be your budget? Being clear on your Bluetooth speaker requirements upfront will narrow down your choices and consequently, make the selection easy.

We will keep updating this article as new choices become available on the market, so you can be assured that you are presented with most current alternatives available on the market.

Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker 2018 – Quick Comparison

If you are short on time and not able to go through the detailed description of all the wireless speakers in our review, we have prepared a table summarizing main wireless speaker characteristics you need to make your decision. If you need a more detailed comparison, you will find it in the table at the bottom of this page.

SpeakerWeightPowerBattery LifeWaterproof 
Bose SoundLink Revolve+
(Editor’s Choice)
32 oz.N/A16 hrsIPX4
Libratone Zipp53 oz.100 W10 hrsNo
HyperGear Beast XL24 oz.30 W16 hrsIPX6
UE Boom 219 oz.9 W16 hrsIPX7
Fugoo Style
(Editor’s Choice)
19 oz.20 W40 hrsIP67
JBL Flip 418 oz.16 W12 hrsIPX7
UE Wonderboom15 oz.N/A10 hrsIP67
JBL Charge 3
(Editor’s Choice)
28 oz.20 W20 hrsIPX7
Bose SoundLink Color II19 oz.N/A8 hrsIPX4
OontZ Angle 39 oz.10 W15 hrsIPX5

1. Best Bluetooth Speaker Overall – Bose SoundLink Revolve+

The moment you have SoundLink Revolve+ in your hands you just know that you are up for a very special experience.

The body represents a cylinder which looks like a lantern.

It is made of a high-grade anodized aluminum giving the speaker a premium feel to go along with its premium price tag.

Around the bottom part of the speaker body, you will find holes that ensure a 360 degree sound distribution.

The top and the bottom ends are made of high-quality, impact resistant plastic that protects the speaker from physical damage in case of a fall.

This is the Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker 2018 in a premium range. Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is the best speaker you can buy for the money.

The handle is made of fabric, which also has a premium feel and is quite practical at the same time. The speaker is certified with an IPX4 water resistance rating. This does not allow the speaker to be submerged in water, yet it gives you a good protection against splashing water.

You also get a built-in microphone which you can use to make voice calls or summon your phone’s virtual assistant, such as Google Now or Siri.

According to Bose, they have integrated a quite innovative design consisting of two opposing radiators with a powerful downward facing transducer and a new, patented deflector. As a result – the speaker emits a powerful, 360-degree omnidirectional sound which is simply stunning. It is loud, clear and punchy with no distortion even at high volumes. I actually won’t hesitate to say that this is the best sound you can get in this size, period.

The SoundLink Revolve+ comes with a handy app that allows you to control connections with multiple devices or to pair multiple speakers to a single device in order to create an immersive stereo experience.

In terms of the drawbacks – we really feel it is expensive, even considering the sound quality that it produces. At the same time, all Bose products are usually expensive and by their measures, this speaker is actually quite adequate. We would also like to see the charging cradle/stand to be included in the package, given the price point, yet it retails separately.

Bottom Line
Overall, if we had to put the small drawbacks aside, the SoundLink Revolve+ is the best sounding Bluetooth speaker to date. We do not say this lightly as we were genuinely amazed by the sound quality and the power this reasonably compact portable speaker was able to produce. Quite frankly – the best portable bluetooth speaker the money can buy in this size.
8.6/10
  • Design 90%
  • Features 90%
  • Sound 100%
  • Battery Life 80%
  • Value 70%
POSITIVE
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Great build quality and design
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Long battery life
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Exceptional audio quality
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Water-resistant
NEGATIVE
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Expensive
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Charging cradle needs to be bought separately

2. Best Loud Bluetooth Speaker – Libratone Zipp

The Libratone has released an updated version of their Zipp line which is the most stylish Bluetooth speaker we have ever reviewed.

The Libratone Zipp maintains the shape of its predecessor, which is a cylinder with a detachable cover that comes in 7 different colors.

It also has a comfortable handle and despite being the heaviest Bluetooth speaker we have reviewed – it still feels reasonably portable.

The speaker size and the quality of materials seem to suggest and favor the indoor use over the outdoor, yet taking using it in your backyard is just as welcome.

The Zipp sounds a lot bigger than it is and in terms of an audio output quality, it reminds us of SoundLink Revolve+.

Need a portable speaker with the best bass and loudness? Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker 2018 - Libratone ZIPP is as big as portable speakers get.
It produces a 360-degree omnidirectional soundstage which is warm, full-bodied, immersive and powerful. The body packs in a 4″ woofer, two 1″ tweeters and two 4″ low-frequency radiators. The most prominent and noticeable trait in the sound character is the deep bass. It actually makes you wonder – how have Libratone managed to pack so much punch in a size so little. The sound is so vibrant and loud that it can quite comfortably fill a large room with close to the stationary system sound experience.

In terms of the input options available, the Zipp is miles in front of anyone else on our list. It features AirPlay, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth, mini-jack, USB, 3.5mm and even Spotify Connect support. Have we missed anything?

You also get an app that comes with the speaker that allows you to do some pretty cool things. Using the app you can connect multiple Zipp speakers (including Zipp Mini) together in groups, which Libratone would have you call them ‘SoundSpaces’. You can connect up to 6 speakers to a group and have up to 8 groups. This allows you to create a multi-room setup where you have all the speakers playing the same music, or have a different music played in different rooms.

With all the great things we said about the Zipp – it also has some flaws. The battery lasts for 10 hours, which is quite modest compared to the competition and when it goes flat, you need a proprietary charger to have it recharged. The other thing that has ruined a big part of our excitement with Zipp are the touch controls. The swipes and taps just would not register and there are only so many times you can press the same button before getting really annoyed.

Bottom Line

In conclusion – the Zipp represents a very solid package with many things to like. It produces an exceptional sound quality and looks unique. The number of audio inputs and streaming options is simply exhaustive. In fact, the Zipp is one of the biggest and loudest Bluetooth speakers we have ever tested which makes it less portable than other wireless speakers in our review.

If you need a speaker that will be predominantly used indoors, ideally in a multiroom setup environment – the Zipp is an amazing choice that will make you reconsider what the best Bluetooth speakers are capable of.

8.2/10
  • Design 90%
  • Features 90%
  • Sound 90%
  • Battery Life 70%
  • Value 70%
POSITIVE
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Aesthetically pleasing and unique design
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Powerful and deep sound
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Wide range of audio input options
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Multi-room support
NEGATIVE
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Average battery life
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Fiddly and unresponsive touch controls
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Expensive

3. Best Rugged Bluetooth Speaker – Hypergear Beast XL

The Hypergear Beast XL looks heavy duty and that’s because it really means it.

It was specifically designed for active outdoor use and has an IPX6 rating which makes it capable to withstand powerful water jets and heavy seas.

Although it is not certified for solids protection, the durable body and grills are designed to protect the unit from sand and dirt just as well.

Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker 2018 has got for robust, tough and shockproof speaker - HyperGear Beast XL

The rugged body is made of the soft and durable plastic designed to absorb physical impacts. The controls are pretty straightforward, the buttons are big which makes it easy and intuitive to use.

The chassis features 5 dynamic drivers consisting of 2 passive bass radiators, 2 acoustic tweeters, and 1 integrated subwoofer. With such an array of drivers, the Hypergear Beast XL produces a remarkably powerful, clear and balanced sound. The audio quality stays fairly consistent throughout the volume range as the speaker has an anti-distortion circuit built in.

The 6600mAh battery provides a very reasonable 16 hours of playtime, so you can be sure that it will last the whole day of non-stop playing.

Bottom Line

There is not much to complain about Hypergear Beast XL except that it may come across as a little bulky for some. It is not the most versatile speaker in our review and it is not trying to be one. What it has been designed to do is to provide a quality audio experience in tough conditions, such as next to the pool, on the beach or anywhere with dust or dirt. It accomplishes that in style and delivers on the promise.

If you are someone who likes adventures or active sports with some exposure to water or dust, the Hypergear Beast XL is one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers around and is set to be your great companion.

8/10
  • Design 70%
  • Features 70%
  • Sound 90%
  • Battery Life 80%
  • Value 90%
POSITIVE
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Powerful and full-bodied sound
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Water and dust resistant
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Heavy-duty design
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Great value
NEGATIVE
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Perhaps a little too bulky for the active use
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Could be louder

4. Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker – UE Boom 2

The UE Boom 2 has been around for a couple of years and was amongst the first speakers to feature a cylindrical design, which has later been cloned by many other manufacturers.

The speaker no longer causes as much hype as it has when the first generation came out, yet it still occupies its place amongst the best speakers available on the market.

It also represents an amazing deal, given that it was over $200 when it came out and these days you can snap one for under $100.

The UE Boom 2 has been built to IPX7 specifications making it fully waterproof.

UE Boom 2 is your ideal choice if you are looking for something light, portable and has good audio quality. Definitely one of the top wireless speaker picks of 2018.
The IPX7 rating technically means that the speaker can be submerged in water up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes. In addition, the chassis is made of tough plastic making the UE Boom 2 shockproof and quite a rugged package overall.

The speaker features a 360-degree sound similar to the original Boom, which can be placed in the middle of the room for even sound distribution. The overall sound experience is impressive as the sound is clear, dynamic with good levels of bass. You probably don’t want to push your speaker beyond 90% of the volume as the sound distortion starts to creep in making the listening experience unpleasant. If however, you do prefer your music loud, the frequency levels could be adjusted using the UE Boom app. The app allows you to control the bass, treble, and other settings which we found to be quite practical. It also lets you pair your speaker with another UE Boom 2 for the richer sound and create a stereo effect.

The speaker can play up to 15 hours at moderate volume levels, whereas the louder volumes would reduce the battery life to around 10 hours. Once flat, it takes 2.5 hours to recharge the speaker, which is faster than most of the speakers in our review.

The range seems to be great as the speaker held connection up to 60 feet away, which is more than double compared to most other options on the market.

Bottom Line

Overall, the UE Boom 2 is a solid performer that has stayed at the top positions for the last couple of years and quite rightly so. It is multipurpose and especially great for outdoor use with water and dust exposure.

At the same time, the competition has now crept in and we feel that we are due for UE Boom 3. For the moment, with prices below $100 and versatile design – the UE Boom 2 represents an exceptional value and is one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers around.

8.2/10
  • Design 90%
  • Features 80%
  • Sound 80%
  • Battery Life 70%
  • Value 90%
POSITIVE
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Brilliant design and color options
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Great sound quality
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Robust build, waterproof and shockproof
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Great mobile app
NEGATIVE
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Battery life has not changed since released
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Sound distortion at high volumes

5. Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $100 – Fugoo Style

The Fugoo Style, as the name suggests, is a stylish yet durable Bluetooth speaker that delivers a surprisingly stunning audio performance.

On the outside, the speaker features a modular ‘jacket’ concept where the jackets can be interchanged based on your style, function or both.

There are three types of jackets to choose from – Style, Sport and Tough with the latter one featuring the strongest body that can withstand drops and reasonably strong phisical impacts.

Do not let the looks deceive you. Fugoo Style is the most versatile speaker which is tough and stylish. Best wireless speaker under $100, period.

The ‘Style’ jacket looks neat and has an ‘indoor’ feel to it. The ‘Sport’ jacket is mainly made of rubber that adds an additional layer of impact protection. It also allows the optional accessories to be attached such as strap or bike mounts. The ‘Tough’ jacket features a heavy-duty design and function making your Fugoo speaker almost indestructible.

Irrespective of the jacket you chose, your Fugoo speaker comes with IP67 rating making it one of the most durable portable Bluetooth speakers 2018 has to offer. The speaker is snow, water, dust and mud proof that can be submerged in one meter deep water for up to 30 minutes. This makes the Fugoo Style tougher than most of the ‘tire block’ speakers out there that look like they could survive a nuclear winter.

The sound performance is yet another area where Fugoo Style delivers some truly incredible results. It features a six driver design with two tweeters, two mid/low range, and two passive radiators. Those drivers are symmetrically placed to allow a 360-degree sound. Remarkably, the audio performance produced by Fugoo Style is very balanced with clear highs, mids, and lows. The speaker does not favor any particular frequency range, so the bass lover may lack the low-end punch.

If that was not enough, the Fugoo Style throws in the longest battery life available on the market into what already is a pretty compelling package. The speaker can go for 40 hours on a single charge if used at 50% volume. That is double the battery life compared to the rest of the competition! The advertised 40 hours, may not always be practical, but based on our testing 30 hours and over would be more than a reasonable expectation.

Bottom Line
The Fugoo Style is the speaker that has surprised us the most in our review. It features incredible sound quality, tough design, amazing battery life, stylish looks and the best battery life out there, by a country mile. In fact, I do not think there is another speaker on the market that manages to get this mix better or even match it. The best Bluetooth speaker under $100 without a doubt.
8.8/10
  • Design 90%
  • Features 70%
  • Sound 90%
  • Battery Life 100%
  • Value 90%
POSITIVE
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Perfectly balanced sound
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Tough yet stylish design
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Best battery life we have ever seen in this size
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Stable and strong Bluetooth connection
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations IP67 certified
NEGATIVE
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations No mobile app
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Not for bass lovers

6. Best Value Bluetooth Speaker – JBL Flip 4

The JBL Flip 4 is the most popular Bluetooth speaker in JBL’s line up and one of the most popular in general.

In fact, it is one of the oldest ones on the market too, with the fourth generation being out now.

At a glance – there is nothing special about this speaker compared to the previous model (i.e. Flip 3) or even the competition.

The design is very similar to its predecessor, which is pretty plain and simple. In fact, the only external difference between Flip 3 and Flip 4 is the fabric-mesh weave that wraps around the speaker and makes it completely waterproof.

With long history since 2012, one of the best wireless speakers of all time - JBL Flip 4 has proved its worth across the years. Best all rounder for sure.

The JBL Flip 4 comes certified to the highest IPX7 waterproof rating allowing it to be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes.

Another update is the JBL Connect+ feature that allows up to 100 other JBL speakers to get connected. You are likely to never have a need to interconnect so many speakers, but pairing a couple could be quite reasonable.

The JBL Flip 4 also features two new and larger 1,57″ drivers that make it sound a little louder, better and have an improved bass response as well as a sound clarity. The mids are not too refined as they sound a little too hard in our opinion with vocals coming across somewhat abrasive. The overall sound is balanced with no frequencies being favored and the presentation is quite wide. Our one complaint with the sound however, is the lack of dynamism as although the presentation is wide, it is also quite flat.

We found UE Wonderboom to be the closest competitor to Flip 4. They are relatively similar in terms of sound quality and price, yet Flip 4 has a microphone and offers a slightly better battery life. We also found the Flip 4 is a little easier to carry due to its shape. On the flip side, we found the UE Wonderboom’s sound to be slightly more detailed and rich.

The connection quality the speaker provides is quite stable. In real-life conditions, the connection stayed strong and reliable at a distance of 40 feet, even with the walls in between.

In terms of the battery life, it really depends on the usage. JBL claims the speaker should last for 12 hours, yet our numbers are slightly different. We found the battery to last for 4 hours when listening on a full volume and over 14 hours on 50% volume, which is not a bad result.

Bottom Line
The JBL Flip 4 is a great all-around portable speaker that delivers good sound quality. It does not excel in any particular area but rather represents a practical, versatile and comfortable package which you would like to have with you wherever you go. There are many speakers that are affordable, durable, travel-friendly and have a decent sound quality but only few that can do it all – JBL Flip 4 is one of them.
8.2/10
  • Design 90%
  • Features 80%
  • Sound 80%
  • Battery Life 80%
  • Value 80%
POSITIVE
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Completely waterproof
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Great sound quality
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Tough and rugged construction
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Great value
NEGATIVE
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations High and mid frequencies are not as refined as we would have hoped
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Boring looks

7. Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker – UE Wonderboom

The UE Wonderboom is the latest and smallest addition to the Ultimate Ear’s line up of Bluetooth speakers.

The first thing that you notice is a weird shape of the speaker as it actually looks like a squashed, fat can of coke.

The speaker is wrapped in a typical UE type of water-proof fabric with soft rubber top and bottom making it shockproof, capable of surviving 5 feet drops.

With IP67 rating, the UE Wonderboom is waterproof and dustproof making it the toughest speaker in Ultimate Ear’s lineup.

UE Wonderboom is really tough and robust, it is one of the best portable speakers on the market in 2018.

The certified rating allows the speaker to be immersed in up to 1-meter deep water for up to 30 minutes. This is, however, unlikely to ever happen as the UE Wonderboom knows how to swim and it easily floats in water!

In terms of connections – the speaker only supports Bluetooth with no physical connections being available. The connection range is pretty decent as we have used it up to 80 feet away (outdoors) before any sort of skipping started to take place.

You can pair the UE Wonderboom with another speaker quite seamlessly and it does not require a mobile app. All you need is to have the UE button pressed on both speakers and voila, you’ve got the connection!

Since UE Wonderboom is a relatively small speaker, we did not expect a powerful sound. I cannot tell you how wrong we found ourselves. The speaker is loud, really loud! In fact, it is much louder than some of the bigger speakers we have tested. You do not get the cleanest sound here as the highs are not as crisp and the mids are not refined either. The lows are quite solid for the size of the speaker, yet they don’t sound overly controlled. Overall, the UE Wonderboom produces a decent sound for the size without rattle, fuzziness or harshness.

The battery would be our only real complaint with UE Wonderboom. It is advertised to last for 10 hours and in practice, we found it to be rather an optimistic claim. In our test, on full volume, the speaker lasted around 2 hours and on average volume, we managed to get just above 8 hours of life out of it. Not too bad, but also not too exciting compared to the competition, as we would like to Ultimate Ears deliver stronger results.

Bottom Line
We really liked the UE Wonderboom as it punches well above its weight. It is ridiculously loud and has an almost indestructible waterproof and dustproof chassis. Like many other smaller speakers, the UE Wonderboom promises a big sound from a small package, but unlike others – it delivers on its promise.

If you are looking for a relatively affordable mini size speaker for outdoor use that is also tough – the UE Wonderboom is one of the best options around.

7.8/10
  • Design 80%
  • Features 80%
  • Sound 80%
  • Battery Life 70%
  • Value 80%
POSITIVE
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Compact design
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Highest waterproof and dustproof rating
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Amazing sound for the size
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations It floats in water!
NEGATIVE
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations No speakerphone support
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Too bulky for travel
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Battery life could be better

8. Best Bass Bluetooth Speaker – JBL Charge 3

JBL does not require an introduction as it is one of the main players in the portable Bluetooth speaker niche, it is also one of the oldest.

The Charge series speakers have made a big name for themselves and with the third generation being out now, they have truly become an iconic Bluetooth speaker.

In fact, JBL has proven to be such as a consistent player in the niche that their Bluetooth speakers are constantly featured in top reviews across the industry.

If you favour sound quality over size then the JBL Charge 3 will delight you. Top Wireless Speaker with exceptional and punchy sound as well as an ability to charge your phone!

JBL Charge 3 is a little heavy and quite bulky in size, so if you are looking for something ultra-portable, this is probably not an ideal choice. At 3.43″ x 9.1″ x 3.5″ in size and 28 ounces in weight – it will take a good chunk of your backpack’s space.

The speaker is made of a waterproof fabric with soft plastic ends. In addition to the physical protection, the fabric also serves as a comfortable grip. At the front of the speaker stand you will notice light indicators showing the remaining charge. At the back of the speaker, you will find all the connections secured under the rubber flap. You will also find the charge port there which allows your Charge 3 to become the power source for your other portable devices. The sides of the speaker are made of a soft shockproof plastic designed to absorb the physical impact. They feature the exposed bass radiators which vibrate listening to bass-heavy tracks. The radiators look great and are likely to appeal to bass lovers. I personally found it to be a nice visual contribution to the overall speaker appeal which is in line with the sound experience that it delivers.

Just like the JBL’s entire line of Bluetooth speakers, the Charge 3 is also waterproof. It features an IPX7 rating which allows the speaker to be fully submerged in water. This is an improvement over its predecessor Charge 2 which was only splash proof.

The sound quality produced is very characteristic of what you would expect from JBL. The speaker delivers strong low-end performance with deep levels of bass. The highs are clear and never get distorted or become piercing, even at high volumes when massive levels of bass are produced. The mids are probably the least performing part of the frequency range as they sound a tad muddy due to the waterproof fabric. This does not apply to all mids, but rather more to the ones produced in the background as vocals are still clear and detailed.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a large size portable speaker that delivers a large sound experience at a very reasonable price – the Charge 3 is your best choice. It has managed to find a great balance between the sound quality, durability, and limited portability.

You probably would not want to take the speaker with you when traveling due to its size and weight. At the same time, it is definitely an amazing option for short trips to the picnic, pool or anything as long as you have a car with you. There is simply no better speaker in this price range and JBL has once again delivered one of the best outdoor bluetooth speakers around.

9.2/10
  • Design 90%
  • Features 80%
  • Sound 90%
  • Battery Life 90%
  • Value 100%
POSITIVE
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations IPX7 water resistance rating
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Enormous 20-hour battery life
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Can charge other devices
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Powerful bass response
NEGATIVE
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Mids are a bit weak
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Could be too bulky for some

9. Best Small Bluetooth Speaker – Bose Soundlink Color II

The Bose is a name well known in the audio world, yet its entry into the Bluetooth portable segment is relatively recent and like with everything at Bose – it is done in style.

The SoundLink Color II is an improvement on the original model in almost every regard.

The body is made of soft-touch rubber which gives you a good feel and grip, especially with wet hands. It makes the speaker sit comfortably in your hands and ads a good level of impact protection.

Are you are after a tough speaker that has a premium sound quality? Bose SoundLink Color II is our favorite and best tough speaker in the review. It is portable, light, rugged and it sounds great!

On the downside, it is a dust magnet, so you may find yourself wiping it a little more often than you would have wanted to.

As far as the new features go – you will find the integrated microphone which lets you answer phone calls and use your phone’s virtual assistants such as Siri or Google Now. It also features an NFC function for quick pairing, which is a small but handy improvement. Another uncommon feature for speakers of this size is the multipoint Bluetooth support that allows having two phones paired with the speaker.

As for the sound quality, SoundLink Color II produces a surprisingly rich and dynamic sound for the speaker’s size. The tonal balance is great with clear sound reproduction across the frequency range. We found that it works the best with classical, jazz and any acoustical music as you get a nice and clear sound separation. It also performs well with Hip-hop type of music, yet when the music gets busy, you may find that the speaker ratches back the volume and some frequencies to avoid the sound distortion.

Bottom Line
In the battle of toughness, portability and sound quality, the SoundLink Color II favors the latter. It is still hugely portable and reasonably tough, but it is the sound quality that really sets it apart. We would like to see a better battery life as the claimed 8 hours is somewhat average compared to the competition. If you are someone who needs a semi-tough, portable speaker delivering arguably the best sound experience in its class – you will be delighted with the SoundLink Color II.
8/10
  • Design 80%
  • Features 80%
  • Sound 90%
  • Battery Life 70%
  • Value 80%
POSITIVE
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Compact, travel-friendly size
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Rubber coating for good grip
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Multipoint Bluetooth
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Speakerphone compatible
NEGATIVE
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Battery life
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Wall charger is not included

10. Best Budget Bluetooth Speaker – OontZ Angle 3

The OontZ Angle 3 is the smallest and the lightest speaker in our review.

It catches attention with an unusual triangular shape which actually is quite practical as it makes the speaker very stable.

The body is made of a quality mesh with a more rugged mesh at the bottom.

The side slipcovers are made of soft-touch rubber designed to absorb physical impact and help with water resistance.

Although the speaker has the looks of a fully sealed waterproof device, it is not quite so.

Looking for the best budget speaker of 2018? OontZ Angle 3 is tough, rugged speaker that sounds good and does not break the bank.

OontZ Angle 3 features an IPX5 rating which offers protection from the spray of water for 3 minutes coming from any direction. Although it is a good water resistance level, it is not fully waterproof and hence the speaker should not be submerged in water.

The 2200mAh integrated battery claims to have the speaker going for up to 12 hours, which we found to be conservative as our testing showed over 15 hours of play time. This is a great result for a budget speaker of such a small size. It takes about 5 hours to recharge the battery which is a little too long in our opinion.

Amongst the new features, you will find the integrated microphone which allows the unit to be used as a speakerphone. Cambridge Soundworks has advertised a 30 feet connection range, however in practice, we feel 20 feet to be more representative, as pushing beyond that range results in skipping.

The body features two 1.77″ integrated precision neodymium drivers and a bass radiator delivering 10 watts of power. The speaker is relatively loud for the size, yet when you hit the last volume level it tends to handle busy music with less consistency, at times resulting in a moderate sound distortion. Overall, the sound is clean across the frequency range with good vocal reproduction.

Bottom Line
In summary – the OontZ Angle 3 is a great little speaker that made more than 17 thousand customers happy on Amazon. It offers loud and decent sound wrapped in a tough and rugged body in a size that fits your cup holder. It is extremely affordable and if you are shopping for the best budget Bluetooth speaker which is also durable – the OontZ Angle 3 represents an unbeatable value. It is the best Bluetooth speaker under $50 available on the market today.
8.2/10
  • Design 80%
  • Features 70%
  • Sound 70%
  • Battery Life 90%
  • Value 100%
POSITIVE
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Decent sound for the size and price
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Built-in microphone
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Unbeatable value
Best bluetooth speaker reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations Water resistant
NEGATIVE
Best portable speakers under 100 reviews benefits, pros, cons and recommendations None
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Best Bluetooth Speaker – Detailed Feature Comparison

Bose SoundLink Revolve+
Libratone Zipp
HyperGear Beast XL
UE Boom 2
Fugoo Style
JBL Flip 4
UE Wonderboom
JBL Charge 3
Bose SoundLink Color II
OontZ Angle 3
Weight (oz) 32 53 24 19.3 19 18 15 28 19 9.4
Size (inches) 7.2″ x 4″ x 4″ 10″ x 4.8″ x 4.8″ 8″ x 3″ x 2.5″ 7″ x 2.6″ x 2.6″ 7.4 ” x 2.9″  x 2.3″ 7″ x 2.8″ x 2.7″ 4″ x 3.6″ x 3.6″ 3.43″ x 9.1″ x 3.5″ 5.25″ x 5″ x 2.25″ 5.25″ x 2.6″ x 2.8″
Wattage N/A 100W 30W 9W 20W 16W N/A 20W N/A 10W
Connection BT, USB, 3.5mm Wi-Fi, BT, USB, 3.5mm BT, 3.5mm BT, 3.5mm BT, 3.5mm BT, 3.5mm BT BT, 3.5mm BT, 3.5mm BT, 3.5mm
Battery Life (hours) 16 10 16 16 40 12 10 20 8 15
Waterproof IPX4 No IPX6 IPX7 IP67 IPX7 IP67 IPX7 IPX4 IPX5
Microphone Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Charge other devices No Yes No No No No No Yes No No
Virtual Assistant Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Tripod mount Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No No
SCORE 8.6 8.2 8 8.2 8.8 8.2 7.8 9.2 8 8.2
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HOW DO WE TEST?

Since figuring out the best portable Bluetooth speaker 2018 has to offer is no longer solely about the sound quality, there are multiple factors that need to be considered.

PORTABILITY

Being able to carry the speakers anywhere you go is probably the most important aspect of portable Bluetooth speakers. As a result, things to keep in mind are weight, size, ease of carrying and battery life.

SOUND QUALITY

The audio quality may not be your most important criteria when choosing the speakers, but I have to assume it is one of the top ones. Since we all love music, we all appreciate a good sound quality even when we are out on a picnic or on the beach. Most of the time the sound quality and portability are working against each other. You see, to get a better sound, you usually need to have bigger drivers. To power bigger drivers, you need bigger batteries. All of which usually ads more size and weight and consequently reduces the portability. We do have to admit though that some manufacturers have managed to strike an amazing balance which almost pushes the limits of physics.

DURABILITY

Depending on your needs, you may require a portable Bluetooth speaker to have a rugged design. Some speakers come with a shock protection or water resistance, some have both. Furthermore, if you need your speaker for an active sports use that has water or dust exposure, you may want to look for speakers that have an IP rating.

CONNECTIVITY

There are mainly three types of connections – physical 3.5mm aux input, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Based on your needs, you will need to pick a speaker that support your connection type preference.

EXTRA FEATURES

Extra features may not be for everyone, yet some may find it quite useful. Those features may include built-in voice assistance support such as Amazon Alexa, ability to charge other devices, multi-room setup, light equalizer show and many more.

PRICE

Although the Bluetooth speakers are a lot more affordable these days than they were a couple of years back, some may still get quite pricey. Generally, the more expensive the speaker is, the better the audio quality it delivers. Conversely, you may find some speakers around a $50 price point that would amaze you with how capable they are.

Good luck and we hope you’ll find the best portable Bluetooth speaker for your needs!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Connect My Speaker To a Phone
The connection process between two or more Bluetooth devices is called ‘pairing’. You need to follow the pairing instructions for exact steps, however, most of the time the process is identical. You need to enable the pairing mode on the speaker first. Once done, go to your phone’s Bluetooth settings and enable the Bluetooth. You should see the speakers appear in the discovered list of your phone. Click on the device to complete the pairing.
Can I pair Different Speakers Together?
No, you can’t. Some of the manufacturers do allow multiple speakers to be paired together, yet that can only be done between the same model speakers.
How Does The Volume Control Work?
Now that you have the device paired, you will have a volume control on the speaker and a volume control on your source device. The easiest way to avoid the confusion is to set the volume on the speaker to 3/4 of the volume and then use the controls on your phone or tablet to control to adjust the volume.
Will I get Interference with Bluetooth Connection?
Yes, you may. It usually comes down the distance between the connected devices as well as the things in between them. Walls, people and other objects may cause an unnecessary resistance and impact the signal strength. Ensure that there is nothing between the devices and that you keep them within the range of each other.
Does Bluetooth Degrade Sound Quality?
Historically it definitely did, but a lot less now. The degree of degradation is mostly related to the quality of the codecs the manufacturer has used. With that being said, two devices using Bluetooth 4.0 may have different levels of impact on the sound quality. It could range from quite non-existent to someting that your ears will be able to easily pick.