THE BEST PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS OF 2020

  • Last Update: November 26, 2020
5/5

JBL FLIP 4 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • Good sound
  • Waterproof
  • Rugged design
5/5

Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • Easy to use
  • Portable
  • Affordable
5/5

JBL Xtreme 2 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • Good sound and gets loud
  • Battery life
  • IPX7 waterproof build

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THE BEST PORTABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS

1

JBL FLIP 4 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The JBL Flip 4 isn’t the cheapest speaker on the list, but there’s a reason for the high price tag: it sounds awesome, it’s decently waterproof (IPX7), and it boasts beefier battery life than smaller options.

From the knock-resistant hard plastic chassis to the cleanly spaced volume, play, and Bluetooth buttons, the Flip 4 stands out from the collective a bit in terms of pure polish and quality. It’s not the loudest speaker on the list but it provides a good balance of bass, midtones, and treble frequencies. It’s lighter than smaller speakers, which definitely adds to its overall portability, and is available in a wide range of colors like blue, red, teal, and even camo (yikes).

If you need waterproofing, outdoorsy sturdiness, good volume, and the ability to connect more than one Bluetooth source at a time, the Flip 4 is one of the best choices. It also delivers more impressive, rumbling bass than almost anything else I tested, which is one of the hardest attributes to find where portable Bluetooth speakers go. No matter how you plan to use it—indoor, outdoor, dry, wet, stationary, or in motion—the Flip 4 delivers the goods.

PROS:

  • Good sound
  • Waterproof
  • Rugged design

CONS:

  • A bit expensive for its age

Key Features:

  • Wirelessly connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets
  • Built-in 3000mAh rechargeable li-ion battery
  • Ipx7 waterproof means no more worrying about rain or spills

Specification:

  • Brand: JBL
  • Model: JBL FLIP 4
  • Weight: 515 Grams

2

Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The latest iteration in Anker’s portable speaker line, dubbed SoundCore, the SoundCore 2 is basic, straightforward, and useful. It features a sturdy rectangular design with big, easy-to-push buttons and a very tightly sealed set of inputs for USB charging and a 3.5 input.

The first thing I noticed about the SoundCore 2 was its sound quality. For being small, portable, and fairly lightweight, it has less tinniness in its trebles than a lot of portable Bluetooth speakers and more bass presence. Between the low price point and the wide array of colors, it’s a very clear value pick as far as portable speakers go. It doesn’t get majorly loud, but it gets about as loud as most people will probably need it to, and all without a touch of distortion.

Last but definitely not least, the Anker SoundCore 2 is, of course, rated IPX7 waterproof, meaning it’s capable of at least partial submersion without being rendered useless—exactly what you want here.

PROS:

  • Easy to use
  • Portable
  • Affordable

CONS:

  • Nothing we could find

Key Features:

  • 12W of pure audio power with enhanced bass Thunders from dual neodymium drivers
  • IPX7 protection safeguards against rain, dust, snow, and spills.
  • With effortlessly simple controls.

Specification:

  • Brand: Anker
  • Model: AK-A3105014
  • Weight:12.6 ounces

3

JBL Xtreme 2 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

On first sight, the JBL Xtreme 2 seems a little brash and out of place – an unashamed boombox in an era of reserved smart speakers dressed in grey fabric.

However, this bold and aggressive look is matched by some of the sweetest sound you’ll hear from a portable speaker. In fact, it’s fair to say that, unless you bought one expecting bass as brazen as its initial appearance, the JBL Xtreme 2 comes as a pleasant surprise.

PROS:

  • Good sound and gets loud
  • Battery life
  • IPX7 waterproof build
  • Strong connection strength
  • USB output for charging devices

CONS:

  • Presentation too grown-up for some

Key Features:

  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming
  • 15 hours of playtime
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • Durable fabric and rugged material

Specification:

  • Brand: JBL
  • Model:JBLXTREME2BLKIN
  • Weight: 5.27 pounds

4

Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The Aiwa Exos-9 is the closest thing to a boombox for the 21st century. You get big sound in a big package that you can take with you, since it sports a battery that lasts up to 9 hours. The Exos-9 is a decidedly niche product that will satisfy those looking for a speaker that can play loudly in and outdoors. However, its lack of current technologies like AirPlay, Google Cast, or a built-in voice assistant make it tough to recommend to those looking to create a multi-room audio system in the home.

PROS:

  • Gets very loud
  • Multi-band EQ
  • Affordable price

CONS:

  • No smartphone app

Key Features:

  • With 200 watts of continuous power and 5 drivers
  • Exos-9 delivers amazing stereo sound with deep bass, crisp treble and balanced mids
  • All-Day Battery Life
  • Bluetooth 4.2 ensures instant pairing and maintains a strong connection up to 80 feet.

Specification:

  • Brand: Aiwa
  • Model: Aiwa-9002
  • Weight: 13 pounds

5

Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Marshall is known for its legendary guitar amps, but its foray into the world of speakers and headphones has seen its products migrate from the stage into our homes. Now, updating its bestselling Kilburn speaker, Marshall has released the Kilburn II, adding new features and functions and making it more roadworthy. 

PROS:

  • Clear top notes
  • Rugged and portable
  • Cool retro aesthetic
  • Mesh sides let you see baby and vice versa

CONS:

  • Slightly muddy bass

Key Features:

  • Kilburn II offers 20+ hours of portable playtime on a single charge.
  • Multi-directional sound via Bluefin stereo sound
  • Bluetooth 5. 0 apt technology for wireless music play.

Specification:

  • Brand: Marshall
  • Model: 1002634
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds

6

Big Blue Speaker

For those looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker for parties and live concerts, the Brookstone Big Blue is the speaker to buy. This high-performance speaker comes with 4 full-range sound drivers and delivers a powerful 360-degree sound.

PROS:

  • Stunning look
  • Water-resistant
  • Deep & powerful bass

CONS:

  • Short battery-life

Key Features:

  • Pairs wirelessly to any Bluetooth enabled device - up to a 33-foot range
  • Easy to connect
  • Powered by AC adapter

Specification:

  • Brand: Brookstone
  • Model: 733673p
  • Weight: 6.55 pounds

7

VAVA VOOM 22 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

This mega-device is not only loaded, but it delivers astounding sound quality with solid bass, clear mids and highs, and excellent features (e.g the hands-free feature for your smartphone, wireless streaming, and the magical Surround Sound EQ).

You would think that a speaker that delivers so much power would drain quickly, but then VAVA Voom provides 10 hours of music playtime at mid-level volume. There are even power bank slots for phone charging.

The device boasts two 5W drivers, two passive radiators, and a 10W subwoofer combined to produce the most powerful and dynamic volume.

Beyond that, the Voom is equipped with plus aptX audio coding technology paired with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for sublime audio performance.

PROS:

  • Bluetooth and wired playback
  • The surround sound EQ expands sound-field quite well
  • Affordable

CONS:

  • No Wi-Fi connectivity

Key Features:

  • 30W Hi-Fi sound
  • Cable connection or wireless playback
  • Pair with a second speaker

Specification:

  • Brand: VAVA Home
  • Model:VA-SK003
  • Weight:3.88 pounds

8

FUGOO Tough 2.0 - Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Barriers are meant to be broken, your Bluetooth speaker isn’t. Introducing FUGOO Tough – the best rugged Bluetooth speaker available. Crafted from fiber-reinforced resin and solid aluminum, FUGOO Tough is ready for anything. Plus, with 10 hours of battery life and Siri/Google Plus integration, these 360-degree speakers have no limits. And neither will you. What’s in the box: Tough Speaker, USB cable, audio cable, accessories bag, and hex key.

PROS:

  • Great battery life
  • Well-balanced audio output
  • Siri and Google integration

CONS:

  • Loud setting only suitable for outdoor use.

Key Features:

  • 100% Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
  • Amplify your sound by pairing any two Fugoo speakers together for the ultimate sound experience
  • Bluetooth speaker supports continuous play for up to 10 hours

Specification:

  • Brand Fugoo
  • Model: F6TFKS01
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds

9

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Portable Waterproof & Shockproof Bluetooth Speaker

Built in a small and compact design, the UE Boom 2 is the perfect Bluetooth speaker for anyone who wants a powerful sound in a waterproof unit.

This IPX7 waterproof speaker has a strong Bluetooth connectivity and the control buttons are large enough to give you a seamless operating experience.

It has a 15-hour battery life and a USB port for charging.

PROS:

  • Excellent audio quality
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • Seamless control experience

CONS:

  • Distortions at maximum volume

Key Features:

  • A2DP &HFP Bluetooth Profiling
  • IPX-7 Waterproof
  • Shock-Proof

Specification:

  • Brand: Ultimate Ears
  • Model: 984-000551
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds

10

Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker,

Powered by a 10-hour Li-ion battery, the Bose SoundLink Mini II speaker delivers exceptional audio quality and strong bass.

This portable speaker has incredible highs and decent midranges for a fantastic audio experience and you can pair it with any Bluetooth enabled device within a 30 feet range.

The speaker comes with a built-in microphone for hands-free operation and it doubles as a power bank, using a micro USB charger.

PROS:

  • Loud audio output in a small unit
  • Strong Bluetooth connectivity
  • Compact aluminum enclosure

CONS:

  • Poor stereo separation

Key Features:

  • Bluetooth wireless
  • Charging dock
  • Charging dock

Specification:

  • Brand: Bose
  • Model: LEPPUSASHME2503
  • Weight:2.65 pounds

            CHOOSING YOUR BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

How to pick out the best Bluetooth speaker

There are so many new Bluetooth speakers on the market these days with great designs and the latest tech built-in that it can be tricky to figure out which one you need. Although it may seem like the choice is endless, there are plenty with unique selling points that’ll suit you.

First up, some portable speakers are built with ultimate durability in mind, others are weather and waterproof for camping and tunes by the pool; however, some aren’t fit for the outdoors and would look pretty inside your home instead. 

If you’re having trouble figuring out which is the best Bluetooth speaker for you, start by picturing where you’re going to use it and find a speaker that matches that setting. That means if you’re a beach person, water and dust-proofing in your outdoor speaker are key.

Or, if you’re a party person, you might want the ability to connect two speakers together or a speaker with multi-point pairing that allows multiple devices to connect at a time. Battery life, sound quality, and design are paramount for all speakers, and we’ve done our best to take these in the utmost consideration when creating our list.

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