10 Best Portable Speakers
Your phone doesn’t need the cord anymore, it’s also time for your music to become wireless, and you can achieve this by buying a portable Bluetooth speaker. The good news is that anyone can find a device they can like.
Some of the best portable speakers are packed with as much features as possible, all while keeping the price at a minimum. On the other hand, some speakers favor premium build materials and don’t offer as much features but whatever your preferences are, you will definitely find one out there that suits your needs.
Whether you want to use a Bluetooth system with your iPod, iPhone, iPad, laptop, desktop computer or other music devices, you will be able to be your own DJ in the comfort of your home and even on your hikes or beach trips, as most of these devices feature a rechargeable battery.
These devices are some of the best sounding portable speakers on the market and some of them can even handle microSD cards on which you can throw pretty much any stereo or mono mp3 you want. So without further ado, let’s find out which is the best portable speaker for you by presenting you some of our favorite devices available on the market right now, complete with a small review for each of the devices.
Here is our list of 10 best portable Bluetooth speakers.
1. UE Mini Boom
You shouldn’t look down on the Ultimate Ears Mini Boom just because it is small. This portable speaker has a lot to offer in terms of battery life and sound performance right out of the box. It’s a pretty impressive and incredible little thing and it’s also affordable at only $99.
You will probably be very surprised by the sound quality of this speaker and the features it offers through the companion app; I know we were. This speaker is an excellent value for all music lovers and its durable form-factor and fun design only make it more irresistible.
2. Bose SoundLink Color
Bose is in the major league when it comes to great Bluetooth portable speakers. The SoundLink Color is a great add to the line of products offered by Bose. The Bluetooth speaker offers the same great sound as you’d expect from any of the company’s products packed into a very small package.
The Bose SoundLink Color is one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers we’ve seen and at only $130 this device is truly a steal. There are numerous varieties of colors you can choose from, but regardless of your choice this amazing portable speaker will deliver amazing sound quality and a great battery performance. The Bose performance is now affordable as well thanks to the SoundLink Color.
3. Denon Envaya
There are some people that like their Bluetooth portable speakers to have a simpler design that isn’t in your face. However, other people want a device that has bold colors and is able to speak for itself. If you are part of the latter group, you should definitely take a look at the Denon Envaya.
This device is desk-friendly and has NFC pairing, a full bodied sound and a battery that lasts for 10 hours which is more than enough reason to check out this amazing portable Bluetooth speaker. The device is a little expensive at $199 but it’s definitely worth it if you want amazing sound quality. You can also adjust the speaker so that you can enjoy your music at the right listening angle.
4. TDK TREK Flex
The design of the TDK TREK Flex is one of its strongest points. On top of this, this portable Bluetooth speaker has some cool features as well. Whether you place the speaker on its sides or vertically, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its amazing performance.
The TDK TREK Flex is also dust and water resistant. Even though the speaker doesn’t really look like it, it can really take some serious beating, making it the perfect portable device to take with you on your camping trips. The TDK TREK Flex is one of the best portable speakers you can take with you on your outdoor trips, rain or shine, at only $129.
5. Fluance Fi30
On the first glance, the Fluance Fi30 really looks like it’s a device that will cost you an arm and a leg. At $149, this portable speaker defies all expectations and its low price isn’t the only thing it has up its sleeve. The device also sounds amazing. This is a value-packed portable speaker with a sound quality that can really fill an entire room.
However, the Fi30 isn’t portable, unlike the other devices on our list. This is not only because the device is big but also because it requires to be plugged in to work. But aside from these minor negatives, this is the best boom box for your house or your front porch.
6. Harman Kardon Esquire Mini
There are a lot of portable Bluetooth speakers out there but not a lot of them are small enough to fit snuggly into your pocket. The Harman Kardon Esquire Mini is the best option for the people who enjoy great design and can’t be separated too much from their tunes.
At first glance, you might not think too much of this speaker because of its small size, but be rest assured that its performance is quite amazing. For how big the device is, you will be very impressed by its battery life and sound quality. However, the Esquire Mini is a little expensive considering how small it is, at $150. But aside from this, the build quality of the device is excellent and it delivers more than impressive sound.
7. Harman Infinity One
The Infinity One from Harman is the most expensive portable speaker on this list but it is also one of the best devices you can buy. The sound performance is simply outstanding with very deep bass and a rich sound that make up for the rest of its inconveniences.
On top of this, the Harman Infinity One offers all the modern features that you could want from a Bluetooth speaker. It has conference calling, USB charging and NFC connectivity. A big part of the $300 price mark goes to the amazing design done by Harman. The speaker is covered in a matte grill that lets the sound pour through easily out of each of its sides. You are definitely getting your money’s worth with the Harman Infinity One. In our opinion it’s not even a competition when it comes to the best portable speakers as this device is clearly our favorite.
8. UE Boom
There aren’t a lot of portable speakers on the market that have as much “pop” as this one. As a matter of fact, we simply can’t think of another. The superhero color scheme of the UE Boom definitely screams style but it’s not just this that makes it such a great buy.
The Ultimate Ears Boom provides a lot of functionality for its $199 price. It offers much more than other Bluetooth speakers, thanks to its companion app which is available for iOS and Android. You can use the app to make your own equalizer and you can even pair the device with its small brother, the UE Mini Boom, to get a nice surround sound effect.
9. Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20
The Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 has a ton of great features and a great sound packed into a very nicely designed body. The $129 Bluetooth speaker is as big as a hard-cover book and can pleasantly complement a table top or a bookshelf. The thing that I like most regarding the speaker’s design is just how much it looks like a hard drive enclosure. Because of this, you can place the speaker anywhere you want without popping out too much.
In terms of its features, you can take or make calls easily with its built-in microphone and the Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 can even record audio on a microSD memory card. Another nifty feature that you won’t be able to find on any other portable Bluetooth speaker is an overdrive button. This mode definitely cranks up the sound performance.
10. Koss BTSi
Koss makes a compelling argument with its BTSi, similar to how Ultimate Ears did with the Mini Boom. The $59 portable Bluetooth speaker is proof that size doesn’t really matter.
The Koss BTSi is just a little bigger than a regular deck of cards, but its sound is incredibly rich and the battery lasts for a very long time. In our opinion the Koss BTSi is really under rated because of its size but we ask you: What more could you ask from a device that is as cheap as a video game?
So there you have it. This was our list of 10 best portable speakers available on the market right now. We really hope you find out which is the best portable Bluetooth speaker for you.