We've listened to dozens of great, and not so great, wireless speakers. Here are the picks we think are worth your money from ultra-portable, to rugged and waterproof, and Bluetooth speakers that will even keep audiophiles happy.There's no longer any excuse to make do with the disappointing sound from your smartphone or tablet. Bluetooth speakers are a simple and often effective audio upgrade that doesn't have to break the bank. Unless you want it to.
A simple Bluetooth speaker is worth considering just for around the home, or you can look at more ruggedised, easily transported models for taking on your next holiday.
If you care about sound quality, however, a small portable Bluetooth speaker might not be for you. As you'll see from our list, the better-sounding models generally aren't going to fit in your pocket. A Bluetooth speaker can also be another device you'll need to charge if it's designed for portable use.
Many Bluetooth speakers are water-resistant, which makes them a great companion to use beside the pool. Not only can many of them survive being splashed, many of them can even handle being submerged complete.
Be sure to check the water-resistance of your particular model before putting it to the test, however. Right now, one of the best Bluetooth speakers for poolside is the UE Wonderboom by virtue of it not only surviving being submerged but the fact that it also floats, which is particularly useful for your next visit to the pool this summer.
If Andrew stacked up all of the Bluetooth speakers he's put before his ears, we're sure they'd reach higher than Big Ben – or at least make for an awesome game of Jenga. He most definitely falls under the category of 'audiophile', having tested all manner of audio equipment for well over a decade. If you want to know your 'sub-bass' from your 'treble', Andrew is your man. We just feel a little sorry for his neighbours...
Our Wearables & Fitness Editor, Richard never leaves the house without some form of music, whether that be from a pair of headphones or a Bluetooth speaker. As a self-titled 'traveller of the world', he also often finds himself on backpacking adventures in the great outdoors. Of course, this makes for the most opportune time to test out the more ruggedised, outdoor-friendly Bluetooth speakers available. He can tell you if a Bluetooth speaker can handle falling off the back of a moped at 50km/h.
Jam Heavy Metal HX-920 at Amazon.co.uk | Was £119.99 | Now £69
UE BOOM 2 at Amazon.co.uk | Was £ 169.99 | Now £99
Jam Heavy Metal HX-920 at Amazon.com | Was $120 | Now $62
What to look for when shopping for a Bluetooth speaker – and what they mean: