The Best Wireless Speaker For Every Kind Of Party (And Budget)
Where’s the party? Why, it’s anywhere and everywhere you want it—so long as you have a portable speaker on hand. They connect to your phone or computer via Bluetooth to blast your favorite tunes at home, at the beach, and even in the shower—provided you choose the right one.
And how do you do that? It’s easy: We’ve singled out a small, curated handful of the best portable speakers, ideal for both your budget and what you want to use it for.
Designed with bikers (and those with similar active lifestyles) in mind, the waterproof Boombot REX features a built-in clip and a rugged construction that easily handles bumps and drops and a 6-hour rechargeable battery. It connects via Bluetooth to your phone or laptop and offers integrated voice control (Siri too!). You shouldn’t expect top-tier sound quality from this budget speaker, but it’s definitely the best combo of quality and portability you’ll find for a 20-dollar bill.
Do you prioritize great sound, but are on a very tight budget? The 10-watt drivers on the Jambox-esque DKnight MagicBox II pump out clear, loud sound for up to 10 hours per charge. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 for a consistent wireless connection, and has a built-in mic for hands-free speakerphone calls. Sure, you can find a better wireless speaker if you pay 5 or 10 times its $35 price tag, but for everyday purposes, there’s no better value than the MagicBox II.
Don’t get caught singing in the shower without backup: The Polk BOOM Swimmer Duo has both a suction cup attachment and a tail that loops around your showerhead for a secure, waterproof fit. We like that you can connect two Swimmer Duos together for 8 hours of true stereo sound—something that is very doable given its reasonable $50 price point. You can even use it to answer phone calls while taking a shower … if that’s something you’ve always been itching to do.
Great things do come in tiny packages. The JBL Clip 2 weighs less than 7 ounces, so you’ll barely feel it clipped to your backpack or bag. It’s perfect for a day at the beach or pool—it’s IPX7 waterproof, and lasts for 8 hours on a charge. Most will use the Bluetooth 4.2 wireless feature, but we like that it has an integrated 3.5mm audio cable for connecting older tech, too. And yes, the sound is great too, especially for its $50 price.
The UE Roll 2 is a great wireless speaker choice for bringing with you in the pool—not only is it IPX7 waterproof, but it also comes with its own floatie. It has better range than most (100 feet) Bluetooth speakers in its class, and its small size makes it super easy to transport. It has great sound, too, and a reasonable $100 price point.
Bose loyalists would do well to check out the durable, high-quality Bose SoundLink. It features voice prompts for easy Bluetooth pairing (plus it remembers the last 8 devices you used, so it reconnects quick too), an auxiliary input for older tech, 8-hour battery life, and your choice of modern colors. And at 1.2 pounds, it’s fairly portable too. All told, the Bose SoundLink is a well-balanced wireless speaker that delivers great sound at a reasonable $120 price point.
Those familiar with Amazon’s digital personal assistant Alexa will absolutely love the Alexa-enabled Amazon Tap. Just press its mic button and request a specific song, artist or genre, and Tap will start playing it. The Alexa cloud service can even hail an Uber or order a pizza for you. Tap comes in 6 vibrant colors, offers 8 hours of battery life, and blasts 360-degree Dolby sound. It’s a solid bargain at $130.
Looking for a high-quality, 360-degree speaker that works great in any situation? Then check out the UE Boom 2, with its extended 15-hour battery life and its shockproof, waterproof (IPX7) design. It has a longer 100-foot range than the less expensive speakers on this list, and has both Siri and Google Now integration for say-it-to-play-it functionality. It’s a great multipurpose wireless choice for anyone with $180 to spend.
While most wireless speakers quit after just 8-10 hours, the Fugo Sport truly goes the distance with a whopping 40 hours (!) of battery life at 50 percent loudness. With six speakers—including two tweeters, two woofers, and two passive radiators—the Fugoo Sport blasts premium, accurate 360-degree sound (though we wish it was louder). And did we mention that this $180 IP67 waterproof speaker offers a wide variety of compatible mounting hardware for your bike, boat and more?
Some speakers are merely brought to the party. The JBL Pulse 2, meanwhile, is the party—its multi-LED color light show takes music to the next level. You can choose between 12 different light show presets via its companion app, or use the embedded prism sensor on the speaker to take a picture of your favorite color. It offers good, crisp and loud sound for its size, with a solid 10-hour battery life. Sure, this $180 light-up speaker may be a bit gimmicky, but it’s a really fun gimmick you’ll probably love.
At $300, the Infinity One is definitely not inexpensive. It is, however, very much worth the money—it outperforms others in its class with four 1.75-inch active drivers, a pair of customer passive bass radiators and a 25 W amplifier. Sound is quality and clean, though we occasionally wish it were louder. That minor quibble aside, no other speaker at this price will deliver sound this good, earning the Infinity One our highest recommendation.
We hesitate to compare the Peachtree deepblue 2 to any other wireless speaker on this list, because it’s truly in a class of its own. It offers a massive 440 watts of sound via a 6.5-inch woofer, two 3-inch midrange, and two 1-inch tweeters, with stellar, crisp sound even at low volumes. And if you want to crank it up, great news: The deepblue 2 maxes out at a massive 102 dB. It’s not portable (you need a wall outlet), and the $400 price tag may give you pause, but you simply will not find better performance at a better price.