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.
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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.
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Best waterproof speaker
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.
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