The best mini Bluetooth speakers for small spaces

Desktops, bookshelves, bedside cabinets; small spaces demand a small but effective speaker, so we’ve come up with a list of the best

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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.  

When it comes to mini speakers, Bluetooth or not, the sound quality of Bose can’t be beaten, which is why we’ve placed the Bose SoundLink Mini II right at the top. Sound quality isn’t the only overriding factor, though; considerations on battery power, ease of connectivity and waterproofing should be taken into account when looking for the perfect mini Bluetooth speaker, too.

Aesthetics-wise, the Bose SoundLink Mini II strikes again, although the RIVA S is contemporarily smooth in its design, while lovers of bold colour should have a look at the level of vibrancy the Creative Muvo 2C range offers, with bright pink, orange and turquoise just some of the colours to choose from.  

The best mini Bluetooth speaker

1. Bose SoundLink Mini II

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 

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.  

UE Wonderboom

2. UE Wonderboom

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 

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.  

JBL Charge 3

3. JBL Charge 3

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 

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.  

Riva S

4. Riva S Speaker

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, this 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.  

UE Boom 2

5. UE Boom 2

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 

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’.  

Creative Muvo 2C

6. Creative Muvo 2C

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 

You don’t need to spend copious amounts of money on a mini Bluetooth speaker to benefit from a good quality sound. 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. 

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