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.

The Bongo Bluetooth speaker 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. This is certainly the kind of speaker that stands out from all the other plastic-constructed ones out there.

Classic in design, the Bongo Bluetooth speaker streams music over Bluetooth for up to 15 hours per charge, via the included micro USB cable. Users can also connect devices with a 3.5 mm audio cable. Underneath the bamboo shell lies two 1.75-inch isolated passive bass radiators in the rear as well as a pair of 1.5-inch powered drivers made with "rare earth magnets." 

Like other portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, the Bongo features speakerphone functionality for hands-free phone calls. Measuring only 6.6 x 2 x 2.7 in and weighing a mere 1.4 lb, it's an easy thing to stuff in bags or carry. As for choice, the Otis & Eleanor Bongo is available in 15 different designs. Each one sports unique colors and a name, such as "Ankara" or "Oslo," that nods to the world's diversity. And at under $100, the stylishly designed Bongo  is a deal.

Offering superior sound quality, 12 hours of battery life (at 75% volume) and Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the Doss Touch wireless Bluetooth speaker is worth far more than its budget asking price. The rectangular design is complemented by capacitive touch controls, which allows users to touch the device with nothing more than a fingertip to control music, adjust volume and more.

The inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0 allows for the usual Bluetooth connectivity, but adds automatic reconnection to the last device used. The onboard dual high-performance speakers allow for a 12-watt full-bodied stereo sound that adds just the right amount of bass for sound quality that outperforms other portable Bluetooth speakers in the same price range. While Bluetooth may be a central way to play music, the Doss adds microSD and Aux-In options for covering just about any type of audio input method. It measures 6.6 x 2.9 x 2.7 inches and weighs 1.2 pounds.

The Anker SoundCore Nano Bluetooth speaker takes portability to the next level. This thing is practically a keychain charm or Xmas tree ornament, given its teeny size. At 2.1 x 2.1 x 1.1 in and 2.9 oz, you could stuff one (maybe two?) Anker SoundCore Nano in a front shirt pocket and still have room to spare!

Anker is known for making some fine products; just because the SoundCore Nano Bluetooth speaker is cost-effective doesn't necessarily mean it's also "cheap." The exterior is milled out of an aluminum alloy, which is great for looks and durability. And although the Anker SoundCore Nano could hide in a cupped palm, it still manages to pack a 3 W driver, noise-cancelling microphone, and battery that can play for up to four hours per full charge.

Each Anker SoundCore Nano Bluetooth speaker comes with a hand strap, a micro USB charging cable, and a micro USB to auxiliary cable for analog connections. Although there's nothing too fancy with it, you can expect to have louder, better quality audio versus the diminutive speakers found in most mobile devices. And while not quite as economical as the VicTsing, most shouldn't have a problem affording $49 MSRP for an Anker SoundCore Nano speaker.

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 Riva S Bluetooth speaker may not look like much, but it's the hardware inside that counts. Those who appreciate having the best sound coming from a portable package should definitely consider what Riva Audio has to offer. This speaker features a whopping seven drivers – three 40 mm wide-bandwidth active drivers and four low-frequency passive radiators – along with a three-channel 30-watt amplifier.

When it comes to fidelity, this well-tuned speaker blows away most of the competition in similar price/size brackets. The Riva S is able to deliver full, clear, open sound that expresses a remarkable amount of texture and detail. Unlike other speakers that overly boost the bass, the Riva S maintains an even-handed balance that also doesn't sacrifice depth. However, despite its sonic strengths, the Riva S isn't the loudest or longest-lasting Bluetooth speaker out there.

Volume and battery life aside, the Riva S offers other attractive features. It has a phono mode, so you can play vinyl LPs directly from a turntable. Bluetooth with aptX support offers "CD-like quality" for those who enjoy lossless audio music. This speaker is also IPX4-rated water-resistant, able to charge mobile devices, allows hands-free voice conversations, and can even even stereo pair with another unit (via mobile app). The $249 MSRP for the Riva S may seem steep to some, but it's money well spent. Plus, you get all the accessories you need, including a nylon carrying case!

Sometimes a basic Bluetooth speaker isn’t enough. Sometimes you want it to do everything. If that sounds like you, let us recommend the Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro, a marvelous, but somewhat expensive speaker with tons of features.

This speaker earns the “Pro” part of its name, as it includes an audio recorder, microSD card reader, battery bank, built-in MP3 player and Bluetooth speakerphone. It can even turn into a personal PA system if you also buy the Creative iRoar Mic (Buy on Amazon). Now let’s talk sound quality. The Sound Blaster Roar Pro supports standard audio codes like MP3, as well as high-quality codecs such as ptX low latency, aptX and AAC, so you can play really great-sounding tunes. And there’s a switch on the back that lets you toggle between three audio profiles: warm, neutral and energetic. The battery lasts about 10 hours on a single charge and can be recharged using an included microUSB cable. While this speaker isn’t cheap, it will satisfy those who want the swiss army knife of Bluetooth speakers.


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