The 8 Best Bluetooth Speakers to Buy in 2016

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

It's hard to know where to start when buying a Bluetooth-capable speaker since there are many things to take into consideration (such as price, sound quality, wireless range and portability). So we've gone ahead and compiled a list of the eight best Bluetooth speakers on the market today. You’ll find everything from FUGOO (which offers the best battery life in the world), to the pint-sized WONFAST (which is the size of an iPhone wall charger), to the stylish, bamboo-encased Bongo by Otis & Eleanor.

Best Overall: UE ROLL 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

UE ROLL Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
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The UE Roll 2 is waterproof, shockproof and has a Bluetooth wireless range up to 65 feet, which are just some of the reasons why it's the best portable speaker overall. It also takes 5.5 hours to fully charge and comes in four unique design colors.

The lightweight, .85-pound and 1.6 x 5.3 x 5.3-inch wireless speaker packs a punch with 85 dBA, a frequency range of 108Hz to 20kHz and full 360-degree sound. It has a two-inch driver with two ¾ tweeters and can pair up to eight Bluetooth-enabled devices.

The UE ROLL 2 comes with an app for your smartphone, so you can directly control its five-band equalizer or set up a musical alarm. If you buy a second one, you can stream audio from one source at the same time whether you’re connecting with a smartphone, tablet or another Bluetooth-enabled device (there's also a 3.5mm auxiliary jack just in case).

It’s oval pill shape is strong enough to withstand a few spills, and the company encourages you to try and prove them wrong. It can be immersed in water up to one meter for 30 minutes. And for extra portability, the device’s back has a Marine-grade bungee cord that helps to keep it attached to your bike or backpack. Buy from Amazon »

Best Budget: SoundBot SB510 HD Water Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 Shower Speaker

SoundBot SB510 HD Water Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 Shower Speaker
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With a list price under $20, the water resistant SoundBot SB510 HD Bluetooth speaker generates a 3W speaker output and has a playback time of up to six hours. Its 33-foot Bluetooth connectivity range and affordable price makes it the No. 1 speaker in Amazon's Compact Radios & Stereos department.

The .35-pound portable speaker is 5 x 4 x 4 inches and designed specifically for your shower. On the back of this disc-shape speaker is a detachable suction cup for sticking to your bathroom tile wall. Some users on Amazon have stated they admire the speaker’s rubber-cap enclosure, but say that it may get in the way of its USB charging ports.

The SoundBot includes a built-in microphone for hands-free calling – just tap the phone button on the front interface and you’re ready to talk. It also comes in 10 colors and designs, from black and green, to zebra and leopard. Buy from Amazon »

Best for Design: Bongo by Otis & Eleanor

Bongo by Otis & Eleanor
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With 15 different designs to choose from, Bongo by Otis & Eleanor is one of the most uniquely personalized portable speakers on the market. The entire device is encased in smooth, 100 percent natural bamboo with a vintage hemp linen speaker cloth.

Classic in design, this portable speaker plays music wirelessly for up to 15 hours of playback, and has a Bluetooth connectivity range of up to 30 feet. It’s equipped with 1.5” powered drivers that use “rare earth magnets” and has 1.75” isolated passive bass radiators in its rear. 

Like other portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, it comes with a speakerphone function. The 6.6 x 2 x 2.7-inch device weighs 1.4 pounds, and the 15 different designs come in unique colors that are a nod to the world's diversity, with city names like “Ankara” and “Oslo”. Buy from Amazon »

Best for Battery Life: FUGOO Style Surround Sound Speaker

FUGOO Style Surround Sound Speaker
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FUGOO bills itself as being the portable Bluetooth speaker with the “longest battery life," and they’re not lying. You can sing along to your favorite songs for a whopping 40 hours at a volume of 50 percent loudness. 

And don’t let its look fool you. Though the FUGOO has an elegant, sleek style, it’s actually tougher than it appears. It’s one of the only portable speakers on the market that is snowproof, sandproof, mudproof and waterproof in up to three feet for 30 minutes. It has the highest incursion protection rating of IP67.

This 2.1 x 6.5 x 2.6-inch portable speaker comes with six drivers on all four of its sides, giving a 360-degree range of audio with an incredibly 95dB SPL-A volume. The device also comes with a built-in-microphone for hands-free calling and even has Siri and Google Now voice functionality when synced up to your iPhone or Android smartphone. 

While it's a little more pricey than other speakers on this list, it's worth the splurge. FUGOO comes in three designs depending on the type of user: "sport," "style," and "tough". Buy from Amazon »

Best for Portability: Roker S-Cannon Wireless Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Roker S-Cannon Wireless Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker
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The Roker S-Cannon is Bluetooth 3.0 enabled and comes with an auxiliary cable port, built-in TF card slot for MP3 play, bass enhancer, as well as a built-in microphone for hands-fee calling. Roker S-Cannon is not only the No. 1 seller in MP3 Player & Cell Phone Audio Decks on Amazon, but it has won the Red Dot Award for it’s unique design and functionality.

The alloy cylindrical Roker S-Cannon is a 3W portable speaker with enhanced bass and a 40mm speaker driver to produce high quality sound despite its small size (seriously, it's only 2 x 1.6 x 2 inches and weighs 8.2 ounces, but it's powerful enough to shake glass). It has a frequency response of 200HZ to 16KHZ and able to produce 95db. 

The device comes with a built-in rechargeable 5V/400mAh lithium-ion battery that takes only three hours to charge and produces up to five hours of playing time depending on volume, although some Amazon users have reported a weak battery life. It comes in silver.  Buy from Amazon »

Best Splurge: Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II
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The Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II offers powerful audio performance in the palm of your hand. The 7.1 x 2.3 x 2-inch speaker weighs just 1.5 pounds, but offers more than 10 hours of battery life, and its surprisingly good bass response that will have you wondering if Bose was able to fit a miniature subwoofer into the frame. 

A built-in speakerphone allows you take calls from either one of the two devices that connect to the Bose speaker. Pairing is a snap: just power up, choose a language and listen to the voice prompts to set up your devices. A microUSB charging port and included charging cradle will keep you powered up and ready to play. The included 3.5mm jack allows connection for devices without Bluetooth.

Wireless range is up to 30 feet, which is more than enough distance to enjoy the stability and rich sound with the SoundLink Mini II. Overall, excellent build quality, top-notch design and great mid-sound make this a fantastic speaker choice. Buy from Amazon »

Runner-Up, Best Battery Life: JBL Charge 3

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Weighing 1.8 pounds, the JBL Charge 3 offers more than 20 hours of playtime in its 9.1 x 3.4 x 3.5-inch frame. Add in the IPX7 waterproof-build quality and the Charge 3 is a superb choice for an outdoor Bluetooth speaker. Like most Bluetooth speakers, there’s a speakerphone included for taking calls, and you can connect up to three smartphones or tablets to it and take turns playing DJ.

With solid low-end and high performance, the Charge 3 offers sound quality that doesn’t distort as the volume increases. Sound is pushed out through dual 50mm, 10-watt drivers and passive bass radiators on both the left and right ends. A covered panel on the back also offers a 3.5mm aux input and microUSB connection for charging the speaker. Sound never comes across as unnatural or tinny, just vibrant, as if it’s coming from a much more expensive speaker system. Buy from Amazon »

Runner-Up, Best for Portability/Budget: WONFAST Bluetooth Speaker

WONFAST Bluetooth Speaker
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The WONFAST Bluetooth Speaker is so small that it fits in your pocket (it's roughly the same size as an iPhone wall charger), and it can stream music from up to 18 feet away from your device. It has a built-in-microphone for hands-free calling and doubles as a Bluetooth connected camera remote control, so you can take pictures on your phone or tablet via the speaker. And unlike other portable speakers on the list, WONFAST has an anti-loss and anti-theft function, so you can easily find the device if you happen to lose it.

It takes two hours to charge and battery life lasts for about four to five hours with audio playback. However, on the downside, the incredibly small size means the sound quality isn't too powerful (2W with a frequency of 180HZ to 16KHZ). Buy from Amazon »


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