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The Best Bluetooth Speaker - 2021

Last updated on October 28, 2020

We looked at the top 9 Bluetooth Speakers and dug through the reviews from 28 of the most popular review sites including and more. The result is a ranking of the best Bluetooth Speakers.

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Our Picks For The Top Bluetooth Speakers

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Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  Top Choice

Symphonized NXT Bamboo Bluetooth Speaker

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Symphonized

NXT Bamboo Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Take

Compact and CoolThis highly portable speaker looks great in any setting.

Experts Included
DWYM Home Experts plus The Martha Review, Top Bamboo Products. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Walmart.
Pros
" I am very pleased with the workmanship, the quality, the looks and the sounds of the NXT Bluetooth portable bamboo speaker."
Cons
"Durability could be better"
  Best Basic

Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz Angle Solo Compact Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Cambridge SoundWorks

Oontz Angle Solo

Overall Take

Small Yet EffectiveSolid bass is a hallmark of this compact speaker.

Experts Included
DWYM Home Experts plus Nerd Tech. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Walmart.
Pros
" Among a wide spectrum of portability, the OontZ Angle Solo is about as portable as Bluetooth speakers can be."
  Best for Work

Bose SoundLink Revolve Wireless 360 Surround Bluetooth Speaker

Bose

SoundLink Revolve 360 Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Take

Rich, Deep SoundThis long-lasting Bluetooth speaker puts out true 360 degree sound for hours.

Experts Included
DWYM Home Experts plus BestReviews, Tech Radar, CNET, The Sound Spy. Along with user reviews from Amazon.
Pros
" Has rich deep bass"
Cons
"Charging dock not included"
  Best for Travel

Anker Soundcore 2 Wireless Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Anker

Soundcore 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Take

Long Battery LifeThanks to an impressive battery, this speaker can last as long as the party.

Experts Included
DWYM Home Experts plus Max Your Home Time, Tech Radar, What HiFi, CNET. Along with user reviews from Amazon.
Pros
" Seriously, This Battery Never Quits"
Cons
"Anemic bass"
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Our experts reviewed the top 9 Bluetooth Speakers and also dug through the reviews from 28 of the most popular review sites including and more. The result is a ranking of the best of the best Bluetooth Speakers.

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The Best Overall

Symphonized NXT Bamboo Bluetooth Speaker


Our Expert Score

10.0
2 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.6
366 user reviews

Our Take

Real bamboo wood makes this speaker a striking piece of tech. You'll be able to take it anywhere thanks to its compact profile and lightweight build. The sound is crisp even at high levels of volume.

What other experts liked

I am very pleased with the workmanship, the quality, the looks and the sounds of the NXT Bluetooth portable bamboo speaker.
- The Martha Review
Premium sound output
- Top Bamboo Products

What other experts didn't like

Durability could be better
- Top Bamboo Products

The Best Bang For Your Buck

Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz Angle Solo Compact Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Our Expert Score

10.0
1 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
7,953 user reviews

Our Take

For such a small speaker, this unit delivers a sizeable blast. The sound quality is very good, and the bass can keep up with even the lowest notes. The range is great and connection is quick on most Bluetooth-enabled devices.

What other experts liked

Among a wide spectrum of portability, the OontZ Angle Solo is about as portable as Bluetooth speakers can be.
- Nerd Tech

What other experts didn't like

not certified as shockproof.
- Nerd Tech

Overall Product Rankings

Symphonized NXT Bamboo Bluetooth Speaker

1. Symphonized NXT Bamboo Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 9.7
Reviews Included: 5

Anker Soundcore 2 Wireless Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

4. Anker Soundcore 2 Wireless Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 9.1
Reviews Included: 5

Tribit XSound Go Wireless & Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

5. Tribit XSound Go Wireless & Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 5

AOMAIS Sport II Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

6. AOMAIS Sport II Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 8.9
Reviews Included: 5

JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

7. JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 8.9
Reviews Included: 5

Sony SRS-XB12 Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

8. Sony SRS-XB12 Mini Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 8.4
Reviews Included: 5

Comiso Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

9. Comiso Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 8.2
Reviews Included: 5

Our Bluetooth Speaker Findings


Symphonized NXT Bamboo Bluetooth Speaker

What We Liked: Real bamboo wood makes this speaker a striking piece of tech. You’ll be able to take it anywhere thanks to its compact profile and lightweight build. The sound is crisp even at high levels of volume.


Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz Angle Solo Compact Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

What We Liked: For such a small speaker, this unit delivers a sizeable blast. The sound quality is very good, and the bass can keep up with even the lowest notes. The range is great and connection is quick on most Bluetooth-enabled devices.


Bose SoundLink Revolve Wireless 360 Surround Bluetooth Speaker

What We Liked: True 360 degree sound performance and an impressive low end are what you’ll notice from this speaker. It comes with helpful bells and whistles such as a tripod mount and integrated microphone. The long battery life makes it great for extended listening sessions.


Anker Soundcore 2 Wireless Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

What We Liked: Jam out to your favorite tunes for hours with the impressive battery capacity on this speaker. A water-resistant case makes it a good choice for beach days. Calls are also easy thanks to the built-in mike.


Tribit XSound Go Wireless & Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

What We Liked: This bluetooth speaker is built to last inside and out. The sturdy case is waterproof and the battery can ensure all-day play. Playback, rewind and other functions can be controlled directly from the speaker. Sound performance is impressive on all frequencies.

Our Bluetooth Speaker Buying Guide

Sound systems have evolved drastically over the last couple of decades. For many of us, it seems like just last week we were fretting over what kind of speakers to match up with the custom-built stereo rig that took up an entire corner of our bedroom. Now, most households play their music from a device that fits in their pocket — and the speaker they play it through isn’t much bigger.

Yes, Bluetooth speakers have always been convenient. From the start, they were a compact way to boost the audio output from our smartphones, though the quality left something to be desired. But the new generation of wireless audio equipment can compete with the biggest hi-fi sound systems, and the battery life on these devices is getting better all the time.

If you haven’t used a Bluetooth speaker before, you should know a little about the technology that drives them. In a nutshell, Bluetooth is a form of wireless technology that’s ideal for short range communication between two devices. Bluetooth-enabled devices send radio signals to each other within a specific frequency range, changing the exact frequency in tandem on a constant basis so as to avoid any interference from similar devices. There have been several updates to Bluetooth technology over the years, with the latest version (Bluetooth 5.2) announced in March 2020. Bluetooth 4.0 is still fairly common though, and don’t worry: The technology is backwards compatible with older versions. Users that have the newer versions of Bluetooth in their gear can expect greater range and speed, as long as both the sending and receiving device are up to date.

Yes, it’s great to be able to connect to your music player wirelessly, but the main selling point of a speaker should always be the sound. This can vary quite a bit among Bluetooth speakers, which tend to be small. But that doesn’t mean they can’t pack a big punch. As far as volume goes, look for the power in wattage. 5 watts is good enough for most households. 10 watts is impressive, and can be loud enough for outdoor parties, but you might expect some loss of quality at the high end.

For audio quality, there are a lot of factors to consider. A single Bluetooth speaker can’t precisely replicate the stereo sound experience, but those with multiple drivers can produce a reasonable facsimile if you’re listening close by. Frequency response is a good general metric as well. If you find this information listed for the speaker, it will be a range of frequencies — 150 Hz to 15 kHz, for example. The first, lower number is the low end, or bass. The high end is the treble, and the bigger the difference between them, the better.

Good Bluetooth speakers can connect to paired devices anywhere in the same room, or even further in most cases. Around 33 feet is the standard, though modern speakers are touting longer connectivity all the time. If you’re using your speaker around the house, range usually isn’t an issue, but  speakers with a weaker signal can be a real buzzkill if you’re planning to use them outdoors.

Speaking of outdoor use, consider the durability of the speaker. The wireless nature of Bluetooth just begs to be used on the go, and most of the more portable speakers are designed with that in mind. The cases should be made o some kind of high-impact material, and waterproofing is a must. Water-resistant speakers that are worth their salt typically carry some level of IPX rating. That rating number determines the length and amount of water exposure they can stand up to, and the higher the better. If you’re using your speaker around the pool, IPX7 ratings mean the speaker can survive immersion in shallow water for 30 minutes, which is a good level of quality to shoot for.

One other big selling point is battery life. Again, this might not be such a consideration if you plan on keeping your speaker plugged in. But most Bluetooth units can go fully remote, and their longevity varies widely. You can find speakers that will last on a single battery charge anywhere from a few hours to an entire day, playing uninterrupted. (Higher volumes and other factors might use up the battery quicker, mind you.)

DWYM Fun Fact

How did Bluetooth technology get its quirky name? It’s not so odd if you know your Scandanavian history. The Swedish makers of the wireless protocol named it after King Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson, who united Denmark and Norway for a time during his reign in the 10th century. A fitting namesake for a technology that’s “uniting” phones and speakers every day.

The Bluetooth Speaker Tips and Advice

  • Most people will use their Bluetooth speakers for listening to audio from their smartphone, but what if you get a call? In those cases, it’s nice to have a model that has speakerphone capability. This will allow you to take a call and get right back to the music afterwards.
  • Another good perk is having a Bluetooth speaker that’s also a smart speaker. This means you’ll be able to turn it on, off or switch tracks by voice command.
  • Finally, if the lack of true stereo sound from your Bluetooth speaker is a dealbreaker, it may be time for an upgrade. Some speakers with updated versions of the technology can allow your device to connect with two or more speakers simultaneously — a real game-changer for audiophiles.

About The Author

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Tod Caviness 

As a professional writer for the past couple decades and a homeowner for the last seven, Tod Caviness has learned the hard way what vacuum cleaners will actually pick up dog hair and which plants will survive on a Florida patio. His favorite room: The office, with the kitchen a close second.