Best small Bluetooth speakers 2019

Our pick of the best small Bluetooth speakers are perfect for desktops, book shelves, bedside cabinets and other small spaces that demand an effective speaker

best small bluetooth speakers: bose soundlink colour 2 in styled shot available from john lewis & partners
(Image credit: John Lewis & Partners)

On the hunt for the best small Bluetooth speakers going? Whether you're looking for something designed to suit desktops, book shelves and bedside cabinets; or need something compact that can be carried around with ease, our pick of the best are perfect for small spaces that demand an effective speaker. 

While mini Bluetooth speakers aren’t exactly capable of home theatre sound quality, they are great in their own right – as the perfect provider of background music or as the speaker you can bring along to a gathering with friends.

Looking for more tech buying guides? Head over to The Hub, our smart home hub page.

What is the best small Bluetooth speaker?

The best small Bluetooth speaker is the Bose SoundLink Mini II thanks to its perfect blend of sound quality, style and connectivity.

Whether you're looking for a speaker that will suit a small space or provide the soundtrack to a garden party, this Bose speaker promises to deliver deep, powerful sound thanks to its dual passive radiators and high-efficiency transducers. Read on to find out more and to see the rest of our pick.

Not sure it's a small Bluetooth speaker you're looking for? Browse more of our handy buying guides:

How to buy the best small Bluetooth speaker

When it comes to buying the best small Bluetooth speaker to suit your needs, and budget, there are a few factors worth considering. These include:

Battery life

A major aspect, when it comes to the appeal of a small Bluetooth speaker, is the ease with which they can be transported from place to place without the need to be plugged in. This becomes completely redundant if you opt for a model with a short battery life. 

If you're planning on using your small Bluetooth speaker for camping or beach trips, you'll want to opt for something with as long a battery life as possible. Planning on keeping it a bit closer to home? Not such a priority. 

Design

Probably on account of their appeal amongst the younger generations, small Bluetooth speakers tend to be available in a whole host of colours and designs. Whether you opt for something bight and outlandish, or keep it a little more muted, is totally dependent on your taste.

Waterproof

Let's be honest, for those of us residing in the UK, where pool parties are, generally, pretty few and far between, the requirement for a waterproof speaker is bordering on a little gimmicky. 

That said, if you're planning on using your speaker outdoors, whatever the weather, or spend a lot of time on the water, it could make for a useful addition to your small Bluetooth speaker.

Connectivity

Looking to connect your speaker to a wider smart home system? You'll need to make sure it's compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, depending on the system you're operating on. Our guide to the best smart speaker might be a better place to begin your search.

The best small Bluetooth speakers you can buy right now

The best small Bluetooth speaker: Bose SoundLink Mini II

1. Bose SoundLink Mini II

Best small Bluetooth speaker: a beautiful looking mini Bluetooth speaker with impressive sound quality to boot

Specifications
Battery: 10 hours
Waterproof: No
Colours: Two
Reasons to buy
+ Promises to deliver full, natural sound + Capable of dramatic bass 
Reasons to avoid
-Not smart assistant compatible

The perfect blend of sound quality, style and connectivity, it’s not hard to see why the Bose SoundLink Mini II has earned top place in our list of the best mini Bluetooth speakers.

As the perfect addition to mantelpieces, shelving units or even your garden party, this Bose speaker promises to deliver deep, powerful sound thanks to its dual passive radiators and high-efficiency transducers.

Shop more small bluetooth speakers available from Amazon

The best small bluetooth speaker: UE Wonderboom

2. UE Wonderboom

Best waterproof small Bluetooth speaker: if waterproofing and sound quality are at the top of your priority list, this one promises to deliver both

Specifications
Battery: 10 hours
Waterproof: Yes
Colours: 10+
Reasons to buy
+ Probably the best waterproof Bluetooth speaker + Fantastic range of colours available 
Reasons to avoid
-Not smart assistant compatible 

TechRadar claim that the UE Wonderboom is one of the best waterproof speakers on the market, thanks to its immersive 360 degree sound capabilities and 100 foot range, which means your next pool party is covered.

When it’s not in the pool, this mini Bluetooth speaker will do a great job of looking pretty in its designated spot, with colours such as Unicorn and Concrete giving it a stylish edge that, combined with its impressive sound quality, make it very worthy of the second spot in our list.

Shop the full range of small Bluetooth speakers available from AO

The best small Bluetooth speaker: JBL Charge 3

3. JBL Charge 3

Best small Bluetooth speaker for battery life: for bass, loudness and durability, take a look at the JBL Charge 3

Specifications
Battery: 20 hours
Waterproof: Yes
Colours: 5
Reasons to buy
+ Loud bass + Can charge your phone 
Reasons to avoid
-Slightly heavier model

It may not be the prettiest mini Bluetooth speaker, but when it comes to loudness and bass, the JBL Charge 3 can’t be beaten, which makes it the ideal speaker for teenage bedrooms!

It’s much weightier than our other speakers but with a 20 hour battery life and the ability to charge up your device, the amount of tech that has been inserted into this speaker certainly makes up for it. You can also connect it to other JBL speakers for even bigger sound.

Shop more small Bluetooth speakers available from John Lewis & Partners

The best small Bluetooth speaker: Riva S

4. Riva S Speaker

Best small Bluetooth speaker for design: a speaker that looks pretty and delivers on sound, too

Specifications
Battery: 13 hours
Waterproof: Resistant
Colours: 3
Reasons to buy
+ Gold, black or silver finish + Amplifier and bass optimisation 

As well as looking sleek and stylish on your surface of choice, the Riva S Speaker promises to deliver on sound and volume, too, thanks to its seven powerful ADX drivers. 

Riva have designed the speaker to deliver an impressive low frequency performance, which means any bassy tracks on your playlist should sound great. If you’re looking for a speaker for your home office, this one features a conference mode, which ensures clarity on vocal dialogue range.  

Browse more small Bluetooth speakers available from Currys PC World

The best small Bluetooth speaker: UE Boom 2

5. UE Boom 2

Best small Bluetooth speaker for colour options: not quite the bass factor of its big brother, but a funky looking number for bedrooms and gatherings

Specifications
Battery: 10 hours
Waterproof: Yes
Colours: 15+
Reasons to buy
+ 360 degree sound + Compatible with Echo Dot 
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks the bass capacity of some similar models

The best portable speaker for garden parties, the UE Boom 2 promises to deliver rich, crisp sound with plenty of volume. Having won What Hi-Fi 5 star awards for a range of its features, this mini Bluetooth speaker is certainly a must for our list.

With a huge variety of bright, funky colours available, you can ensure the speaker you buy is personal to your tastes, whether you’re after an ‘After Hours’ or a ‘Midnight Garden’.  

Shop the full range of small Bluetooth speakers available from Box

The best small Bluetooth speaker: Creative Muvo 2C

6. Creative Muvo 2C

Best (really really) small Bluetooth speaker: palm sized and very friendly on the pocket

Specifications
Battery: 6 hours
Waterproof: Resistant
Colours: 8
Reasons to buy
+ Connect two Muvo speakers together  + Great value 
Reasons to avoid
-Design may not be to everyone's taste

You don’t need to spend copious amounts of money on a mini Bluetooth speaker to benefit from a good quality sound, as proven by the Creative Muvo 2C. While you can’t expect it to deliver the same quality as the Bose or UE, for your money, you probably won’t find much to complain about.

The speaker is shower resistant, which makes it perfectly okay for taking outside, and you can wirelessly connect two Muvo speakers together to create a wider sound range.

Browse Ebuyer for more small Bluetooth speakers

Browse more of our handy tech buying guides