Best portable Bluetooth speakers of 2019

There are literally thousands of portable Bluetooth speakers to choose from nowadays, but not all are made equal. To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we searched out the best speakers money can buy.

Best portable Bluetooth speakers of 2019
  • Is Bluetooth 5.0 better than Bluetooth 4.x? Yes. The new version offers a stronger connection with less background hiss, all while using less power.
  • What do codes like “IP67” mean? It relates to waterproofing (first number) and dust-proofing (second number). The higher the numbers, the more that device can withstand.
  • Where can I find more portable Bluetooth speakers? Take a wander over to our Speakers category to see the latest in portable audio!

Portable audio has improved a lot over the past decade. It’s now possible to enjoy CD-quality sound on the move and even take your tunes down to the pool. Here are some of the best portable Bluetooth speakers we have unearthed this year.

Bang & Olufsen A1 Bluetooth Speaker

The A1 weighs just 1.3 pounds, but this compact device offers 24 hours of playback on a full charge. In spite of its size, the A1 also provides surprisingly rich bass and crisp highs.

Price: $248.98 USD

JBL GO 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

If you want to enjoy your favorite playlist at the pool, take the JBL GO 2. This thing is completely waterproof, and you get five hours of playback on a full charge.

Price: $29.95 USD

Sony SRS-XB01 Extra Bass Bluetooth Speaker

This bold and bombastic speaker from Sony provides extra bass thanks to a passive radiator. The shell is water-resistant, and the whole speaker weighs just six ounces.

Price: $24.99 USD

House of Marley Riddim Portable Bluetooth Speaker

This party-starter from the House of Marley offers 10 hours of playback and endless style. It’s small enough to carry anywhere, but it has two 10W 1.5-inch full-range drivers.

Price: $129.99 USD

ZMI SoundCannon Turret-I Portable Bluetooth Speaker

It might be a few years old now, but this IF Design Award winner still offers incredible value. Inside that beautiful shell, you will find one 5-watt speaker and a battery that offers seven hours of playback.

Price: $18.95 USD

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Thanks to a unique cylindrical design, the BOOM 3 sends sound through 360 degrees. In addition, this speaker is tough enough to pass 25 different durability tests.

Price: $149.99 USD

Marshall Tufton Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker

If you’re looking for bigger sound in a portable package, the Marshall Tufton should fit the bill. This beauty offers 20 hours’ playback via Bluetooth 5.0, with built-in tuners for bass and treble.

Price: $399.99 USD

Urbanears Rålis Double Bluetooth Portable Speaker

For the ultimate combination of style and substance, look no further than the Urbanears Rålis. This speaker lets you share DJ duties, while two 5-watt tweeters and a 10-watt woofer deliver 20 hours of music.

Price: $199.99 USD

Libratone Zipp 2 Smart Portable Alexa Speakers

The Zipp 2 has a unique cover that lets you switch color whenever you fancy. It also works as an Alexa smart speaker, and you can store up to five audio presets using voice commands.

Price: $250 USD

Wren Sound Portable Wireless Speaker

The Wren V3USP is really the pinnacle of portable audio. Combining DTS Play-Fi with Bluetooth, AirPlay, and aptX, this stunning device offers CD-quality sound on the go.

Price: $249 USD

Best portable Bluetooth speakers

Whether you’re traveling light or focused on sound quality, this roundup should have something for you.

Do you own a portable Bluetooth speaker? Share your review in the comments!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.


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