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The Best Wireless Speaker

Last updated on January 2, 2020

We looked at the top 10 Wireless Speakers and dug through the reviews from 57 of the most popular review sites including TechHive, CNET, Tom's Guide, Tech Spot, Android Police, Android Central and more. The result is a ranking of the best Wireless Speakers.

Best Wireless Speaker

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Our Picks For The Top Wireless Speakers

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Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  The Best Overall

Cambridge

OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Take

Reliable Budget AudioThe Cambridge OontZ Angle 3 is a versatile speaker for a reasonable price.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus . Along with user reviews from Amazon.

Tribit

StormBox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Take

Great Sounding UnitThe Tribit StormBox is fully waterproof and loud enough for any party, indoors or out.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus The Tech Buyer’s Guru, Nerd Tech, Gadget Viper, Android Police, POC Network, Mobile Geeks and 1 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon.
Pros
" Good sound quality; huge amount of booming bass, eye-catching design and portable size."
Cons
"From what we could tell, the bass boost does absolutely nothing."

TREBLAB

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Take

Durable, Long-Lasting SpeakerSolid range and battery capacity are highlights of the TREBLAB Wireless Bluetooth Speaker.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Nerd Tech, No Place Called Home, Buy The 10. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Walmart.
Pros
" Constructed with an impressive, 5200 mAh battery. Paired up with Treblab’s own PlayXTend technology, you end up with about 12-hours of playback time."
Cons
"Battery life may be short"
  The Best Value

Anker

Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Take

Easy, Instant SoundThe Anker Soundcore is easy to pair up and use with most devices.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus . Along with user reviews from Amazon.
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Expert Reviews Included

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We also incorporate user reviews from the leading retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and 5 others.

Our experts reviewed the top 10 Wireless Speakers and also dug through the reviews from 57 of the most popular review sites including TechHive, CNET, Tom's Guide, Tech Spot, Android Police, Android Central and more. The result is a ranking of the best of the best Wireless Speakers.

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The Best Overall

Cambridge OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Our Expert Score
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0 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
42,168 user reviews
Our Take

The Cambridge OontZ Angle 3 is a low-cost speaker that still puts out some quality audio. It pairs easily and quickly with most Bluetooth-capable devices but can also play through an aux cable. The IPX5 water resistance rating lets it stand up to light splashes in the bathroom or pool area.

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The Best Bang For Your Buck

Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

Our Expert Score
0.0
0 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
22,730 user reviews
Our Take

The Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker is a budget unit that delivers big sound for a relatively low price. The 4.2 Bluetooth tech pairs easily and quickly to most smartphones or other audio players, and it stays connected at long range. The impressive battery life means it's capable of playing music throughout the day.

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What other experts didn't like

Overall Product Rankings

1. Cambridge OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 9.3
Reviews Included: 1

2. Tribit StormBox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 9.1
Reviews Included: 8

3. TREBLAB Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 7

4. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 8.9
Reviews Included: 1

5. DOSS SoundBox Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 8.8
Reviews Included: 1

6. Bose Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 8.8
Reviews Included: 23

7. Tribit XSound Go Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 21

8. Anker Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Speakers

Overall Score: 8.2
Reviews Included: 17

9. Sonos Gen 1 Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 7.8
Reviews Included: 1

10. Sonos Gen 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Overall Score: 7.8
Reviews Included: 1

Our Wireless Speaker Buying Guide

As technology marches forward, it shrinks our world in a lot of ways. And yes, there’s the metaphoric way in which rapid communication brings us all closer together. But many objects literally get smaller and less complex. Nowhere is that more obvious than a roundup of modern wireless speakers.

Just a decade ago, the default image of a home speaker was a hefty, block-shaped unit that was at least the size of a breadbox — and usually much bigger, if we’re talking about speakers designed for an expensive audiophile’s stereo system.

Nowadays, wireless speakers are becoming the norm. They’re typically no bigger than a medium-sized shoe, and — as the name implies — there are no wires connecting them and your music player. The technology that powers them is still evolving, which means you can find wireless speakers in a dizzying range of shapes. Knowing a little bit about how they work can help you make a decision about which one is best for you.

There are a lot of ways to remotely connect two devices, but the standard for most wireless speakers is Bluetooth. Bluetooth technology uses radio waves, the same type of electromagnetic radiation that’s been bringing us music since the turn of the century. The main difference with Bluetooth devices is the way they use frequency.

Standard radio-controlled devices operate by establishing a certain frequency that both devices will operate on. When one device (say, an RC car) receives a signal from another in that specific frequency, they turn on, change direction or speed up depending on what the signal is. Obviously, other devices can interfere with that signal if they come within range.

Bluetooth devices get around that potential interference by establishing a protocol that allows both devices (in this case, a music player and speaker) to switch frequencies in tandem, hundreds of times every second.

Again, that technology is constantly improving. When speakers mention their Bluetooth capability, it’s typically followed by a version: 4.0, 4.2, 5.0, for example. Generally speaking, you can expect better range and a more consistent signal out of your speaker the higher that number gets.

Speakers operating on Bluetooth 4.0 or higher generally use less power than earlier counterparts. The latest version of the technology is Bluetooth 5.0, and it’s a significant leap over the rest. Devices with that capability not only use less power but have four times the range and twice the speed. They can handle data transfers of up to 2 Mbps, meaning the sound quality on compatible players should be better. You can even pair up audio signals to two devices at the same time (say, two different speakers or a speaker and headphones). It’s worth noting that this benefit only comes from using a speaker and music player that both have Bluetooth 5.0 capability. 5.0-enabled speakers will still work with older versions, but they’ll operate at the output and specs from the lowest version.

Performance can vary even among models with the same version of Bluetooth. And as for the sound? Audiophiles used to turn up their nose at wireless audio because data compression didn’t deliver a “full” listening experience. That’s changing, and the latest wireless speakers can compete with the highest-quality CD audio.

Of course, the biggest advantage to wireless speakers is the freedom. Keep in mind that some speakers may not be entirely wireless in that they still stay connected to a power cord. But most Bluetooth units have a rechargeable battery that can keep your playlist going for a few hours on average.

All that makes wireless speakers great for the outdoors. If that’s where you plan to use them, make sure you don’t spoil the fun (and your speaker) by checking to see if it’s waterproof.

DWYM Fun Fact

Where did Bluetooth technology get its name? The wireless system was originally developed by Swedish researchers, who named it after the 9th century Scandanavian king Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson. He united the tribes of Denmark into a full-fledged kingdom, much like his namesake tech “unites” various devices.

The Wireless Speaker Tips and Advice

  • As we’ve mentioned, waterproof speakers are nearly a must if you plan to use them outdoors, around the pool or near the shower. Some speakers, in fact, are so waterproof that you can use them inside the shower. How do you tell what your speaker can take? Check to see if the speaker gives an IPX waterproof rating. The “IP” in that rating stands for “Ingress Protection,” and it’s an industry rating regulated by the International Electrotechnical Commission. The rating for tech products goes from IPX0 up to the highest protection from moisture at IPX8. IPX0 offers no protection against even tiny drops of water, which means you probably won’t see that rating advertised. The middle numbers should be good in light rainfall or some incidental spray. Speakers rated with an IPX7 or 8 should be able to work even after being completely submerged in water.
  • How long can you expect the music to last? The last thing you want is for yur speaker to run out of juice in the middle of a party. Most wireless speakers have a rechargeable battery, but that battery life can vary. Most will mention a time estimate on the features, but it can vary depending on what you do with them. (Using your speakers for two-way audio can run down the power quicker, for example.)
  • Remember, style can be a factor! Wireless speakers aren’t hemmed in by the traditional boxy shape of their wired counterparts. Most are small and cylindrical, but some can look like miniature sculptures or mimic retro devices. Some speakers are even equipped with LED lights that pulse in time to the music.
  • Remember, once you get your speaker you’ll have to pair it up with your smartphone or other audio player. That usually only takes a few seconds, after which the two devices should recognize each other once they’re turned on in the same vicinity. Most Bluetooth devices can pick up a signal from within the same average-sized house, but weaker models might need the audio player to remain close by. Check the range before you buy.

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As a homeowner of seven years and a journalist for the past 20, Tod Caviness had to learn to be a handyman quick — or at least stock a garage like one. He's happy if he can log as many weekly hours on his stationary bike as he does on PS4 strategy games, but how-to sites on the internet win out over both of them.