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Best Portable Speakers: An Amazing List for a Cool Budget

Portable Bluetooth Speakers are the easiest, most affordable way to spread the sound from your phone or tablet across a room, backyard, or beach blanket. I trust you like good things, and as such, the list of speakers in this article will definitely meet your budget. Take your time and read through it.

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Because Bluetooth speakers come in a variety of designs and sizes, it’s impossible to proclaim any one model perfect for every situation.

There are plenty of pair-and-play devices out there too if the best Bluetooth speaker for you has a simpler setup. 

Whatever kind of portable speaker you’re looking for, this guide will help you to choose the best Bluetooth speaker for your needs, wants, and budget.

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The Best Portable Speakers don’t sacrifice on sound quality, either.

Some offer impressive, room-filling, 360-degree sound while other models can be connected together and used as a stereo pair in a more traditional configuration.

Whether you’re on a tight budget or have money to burn, there’s a model in this list that’ll sort you out.

And if you see one you love, don’t just read the lowly paragraph in this roundup! You’ll find a full, in-depth review attached to every model. 

1. JBL Flip 5

If all you want is a portable Bluetooth speaker that sounds as good as you can currently buy for around £100 ($100, AU$119), you’ll be hard-pressed to better the fantastic Flip 5.

JBL’s newest offering sounds great for the price and is rugged enough to cope with a day at the pool.

The Flip 5 is waterproof to an IPX7 rating, boasts a 12-hour battery life, and has a USB-C charging port, meaning it goes from flat to fully juiced in just 2.5 hours.

It’s a pleasure to use and scores highly for portability, with a wrist strap that slips comfortably over our hand.

There’s also a PartyBoost button that helps you pair two PartyBoost-enabled speakers to create a stereo pair, or link over 100 PartyBoost-compatible speakers in mono. 

Sound is impressively weighty and agile, with a good punch of bass and a real sense of openness and texture.

Assuming you don’t mind the lack of an aux-in port or inbuilt microphone (as seen in the Flip 4), you’ll almost certainly be wowed by this speaker’s sonic chops. A superb performer.


2. UE Boom

There are bigger and badder Bluetooth speakers, but none match the fun and convenience of the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 (9/10, WIRED Recommends).

It puts out some of the most pleasant, balanced sound for its size.

The waterproof cylinder comes in multiple colors, it can last 15 hours between charges, and it gives you 100 feet of Bluetooth range.

On top of all that, it has a two-year warranty.

3. Tribit Stormbox Micro

It’s hard to imagine a home decor, backpack, or personal taste that the Tribit Audio Storm box Micro couldn’t merge in with happily.

It’s the size of a stack of drinks coasters, it’s IP67 rated, there’s a useful rubberised strap across the back of it and you can pair two of them in stereo mode. 

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the bass clout the Tribit is able to deliver.

Although a speaker of such dimensions is obviously limited in terms of bass weight, it does remarkably well; close your eyes while listening and you’ll picture a bigger product. 

If your budget maxes out at £50 ($60), the Tribit is a splendid option.

Similarly, if you only have a small zip compartment in the top of your backpack for a sonic travel companion, this speaker is worthy of that space.

Take note, Ultimate Ears: a little-known brand called Tribit Audio just produced a budget belter of a Bluetooth speaker.

4. Sonos Move

If you want the Best Portable Speakers that can fill any room (or patio) but lives a lot of its life inside, the Sonos Move (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a good one to build a home network around. Sonos invented wireless multiroom speakers.

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Its speakers connect to nearly every streaming service, and they work with Google Assistant or Alexa. They also sound amazing by every measure.

The Move is primarily a wireless speaker that streams over your Wi-Fi network, but it also functions as a Bluetooth speaker when you take it outside or anywhere away from Wi-Fi.

It gives 11 hours of battery life, plus it’s splash-resistant.

We shot a hose at it, so we know it can handle getting wet. It also has a charging dock for when the outside fun is over.

5. UE Wonderboom 2

The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom was a WIRED Gear of the Year award winner in 2017, and that’s because it was the best pool companion you can have.

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Wonderboom 2 is even better. The little 4-inch ball of joy now sports IP67 water and dust resistance.

It gets 13 hours of battery (three more than before), has a 100-foot Bluetooth range, floats, and pumps out surprisingly potent audio while doing it.

UE says it’s “drop-proof” up to 5 feet, but you can honestly play some light catch with it on the lawn and it won’t be any worse for wear.

Just wash it off when you’re done. You can even pair two together for proper stereo sound.