The 7 Best Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speakers to Buy in 2017

Take your music on-the-go with these portable wireless speakers

It can be hard to know where to start when buying a Bluetooth-wireless speaker, since aspects such as portability, price, audio quality, and features all need to be factored into the decision. And there is a lot to choose from out there. So we've gone ahead and compiled a list of Bluetooth speakers that are sure to please, no matter what you're looking for!

If a Bluetooth speaker could be labeled as perfect, the JBL Charge 3 would be the closest thing, thanks to its superb combination of sound, features and price. The go-anywhere-sizing measures 9.1 x 3.4 x 3.5-inches, weighs just 1.8 pounds and is combined with 20 hours (6000mAh battery) of playtime, so it's ready for a road trip, a day at the pool or just hanging around the house. The Bluetooth connectivity allows up to three smartphones to connect to the Charge 3 at one time for both music playback and doubling as a speaker courtesy of its noise and echo-canceling speakerphone.

The IPX7 waterproof rating that allows the Charge 3 to withstand up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Adding to the JBL’s already excellent feature set, getting caught in the rain or touching the Charge 3 right after washing your hands will not cause any damage. The audio offers great bass response and clarity at the highest volume levels, thanks to two 1.75-inch drivers and two 1.75 x 3-inch passive radiators.

Sometimes the best-designed products are almost the simplest and that’s exactly where the Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth speaker knocks it out of the park. The basic circular design mimics the look of a hockey puck, but with strikingly clean lines that offer booming sound. With a battery life that hits around 24 hours at regular music volume (recharging 2.5 hours from zero-to-full), the 1.3-pound all-aluminum dome is both dust- and splash-resistant to help protect against the elements. The sound has peak power of around 2X140 watts.

Connection to the A1 is easily done through B&O’s Play application available on both Android and iOS (in the app you can also personalize the audio experience, set up wireless stereo pairing for even bigger sound and update the software on the A1). Beyond music, the A1 doubles as a speakerphone with an omni-directional microphone that sits on the bottom of the device and can pick up 360 degrees of voice recognition no matter where the A1 is in relation to your body.

The JBL Clip 2 is not only lightweight to hold and carry, it’s also light on the budget. In fact, it’s one of the most budget-friendly Bluetooth speakers that still delivers a quality sound. The speaker features a clip you can use to attach it to your backpack or your belt loops. Use the speaker’s controls to play or pause songs or skip tracks, all without having to take out your phone. The JBL Clip 2 may be small, but the eight-hour battery life rivals that of some of the larger Bluetooth speakers. It’s waterproof and while it does float, it can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes.

B&O Beoplay P2 is small enough to hold in the palm of your hand and still manages to deliver impressive sound. The Beoplay P2 has some pretty neat features, too. You can play and pause the music by double-tapping the speaker grill. Or, you can use the Beoplay App to customize your speaker to respond to certain movements, like a tap or a shake. With 10 hours of playtime, this speaker can hang out with you all day and fit right inside your backpack, messenger bag, tote or purse.

If it’s battery life you want, the Fugoo Sport portable Bluetooth wireless speaker is the king of the hill. Offering an outstanding 40 hours of battery life (at 50% volume), the IPX7-rated device features six drivers on four sides of the device for 360 degrees of music at an incredible 95dB volume. Beyond waterproofing, the rugged frame is capable of handling snow and sand without batting an eye, making it a truly go-anywhere-do-anything speaker.

Beyond its excellent battery life, the two tweeters, two woofers and two passive radiators (with four active drivers) are all tilted at an eight-degree angle to ensure that audio is pointed slightly northward to be heard exactly the way it was intended. Separately, the built-in omnidirectional microphone adds a full-duplex speakerphone for phone calls while including support for both Siri and Google Now for calling a friend, playing music and asking for weather or sports scores.

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is one of few speakers on the market that plays sound in every direction. It goes great in the center of the room, where sound emanates from the speaker. And it sounds great in a corner, where the sound reflects off the wall. The Revolve+ is easy to use, with six buttons on the top of the speaker you can use to control volume and Bluetooth functions. The handle makes it easy to carry the speaker with you as you move from room to room. Enjoy up to 16 hours of play time on a full day at the park or beach. It’s water- resistent, but not waterproof, so don’t allow it to be submerged in water. You can pair it with another speaker for more sound, and you can also use voice prompts to deliver commands to your Revolve+.

For serious parties, the JLab Block Party is what you need. You can connect up to eight of these speakers together for a full sound. The multi-speaker system is great for an outdoor party or even for a multi-room audio system. It even includes indoor and outdoor modes, with the speakers equalized to play the optimal sound based on the amount of sound-absorbing surfaces nearby. (The outdoor mode may be better for houses with a lot of sound-absorbing surfaces). There’s a built-in status indicator to let you know how much battery time is left, and the speaker features buttons for volume, power, as well as to play or pause the music.

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