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.

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.

If it’s pure sound you’re after, the Libratone Zipp Speaker is a superb choice for audiophiles who want their music to sound clear and crisp. Offering room-filling 360-degree acoustics with deep bass, a full midrange and crisp highs, the 100 watts of power the Libratone pushes out is far louder than its size should allow. With both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in, streaming music from audio and video apps is as simple as connecting to the speaker via your smartphone and utilizing AirPlay and DLNA connectivity.

Inside, you’ll find a four-inch neodymium woofer, two one-inch soft dome neodymium tweeters, as well as two four-inch low-frequency radiators. Standing 10.3 inches high and weighing just 3.3 pounds, the Zipp pulls double duty as a speakerphone for phone calls that sound just as good as the musical experience does. It has 10 hours of battery life.

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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