On the hunt for the best 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 life on-the-go which demands effective soundtracks
While Bluetooth speakers aren’t exactly capable of creating a home cinema experience on their own, 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.
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What is the best Bluetooth speaker 2020?
The best Bluetooth speaker (in our opinion) is the Sonos Move 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 Sonos Bluetooth speaker promises to deliver quality, powerful sound with the freedom to control it when you want and how you want to play.
Keep scrolling to find out more, and to see the rest of the Bluetooth speakers which made it to a top spot in our guide.
Best Bluetooth speakers 2020: ranked
We've awarded the Sonos Move the top spot in this guide, and for good reasons too. As with all Sonos speakers the sound quality is impeccable and so, with this wireless freedom, this Bluetooth speaker is well position to be your on-the-go beat box AND main in-the-home speaker too.
Without sounding too cheesy, the Move will move with you. If you take the speaker outside and away from a Wi-Fi connection, you will have the ability to seamlessly stream your top tracks directly over Bluetooth from your smart phone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. Tracks and volume can be controlled with said devices or, with voice control using Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (when connected to Wi-Fi).
If you're outdoors, Sonos Move resists light rain, snow, humidity, dust, salt spray, UV rays and extreme heat and cold. And if you're indoors, you can build the multi-room audio you've always wanted by connecting up additional Sonos speakers over Wi-Fi and placing in different rooms throughout the house. Sounds good, doesn't it?!
An upgrade from the UE Wonderboom, this Bluetooth speaker boasts an increased battery life (up 30% compared to the original), far better bass, and the new Outdoor Boost feature which makes it even louder than before.
It's a rugged and waterproof speaker, making it ideal for outdoors. In fact TechRadar claim that the original 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 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.
Come rain or shine, this KitSound Bluetooth speaker is ready for whatever life throws at it. Arriving with a removable stake, you can stick one (or two) of these speakers into the ground for freestanding 360° audio experience. If you do want more than one speaker, just use the Tap to Pair feature.
It has been designed with double dual opposing drivers (two actives and two passives) to deliver unforgettable sound wherever you are which will stream wirelessly for up to 15 hours. The speaker even features glowing LED light rings which turn it into an attractive garden feature at night.
It may not behold the most impressive specs but the JBL Flip 5 is still one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy, and one which won't blow too much damage to the wallet either.
Weighing in at just 1.2 pounds, this speaker is pretty lightweight so it can be easily moved. Don't be fooled by it's weightless construction because with 40mm drivers it can certainly pack a punch. And it's with this design that makes it ideal for taking outside with its IPX waterproof casing, so you're protected come rain or shine.
The Bose Soundlink Mini II has been around since 2015 which means it's a firm favourite with many, and is one which is worthy of being one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy if the specs hit the mark.
The perfect blend of sound quality, style and connectivity, this Bose speaker is the perfect addition to mantelpieces, shelving units or even your garden party. It promises to deliver deep, powerful sound thanks to its dual passive radiators and high-efficiency transducers, which proves that being small doesn't mean making any compromises on quality.
The BeoPlay A9 is, put simply, beautiful. It's a 4th generation of the original which was released in 2015 and is one that has had a slight face lift and integration of digital services.
Its iconic shape has been superbly crafted from carefully selected materials to amplifying sound. And it's this sound which will reach new high pitches with two tweeters, two mid-range, two full-range units AND an 8in subwoofer to boot.
Connect your new A9 to AirPlay 2, Chromecast built-in, QPlay 2.0, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to play your favourite tracks from a digital music source (mobile, desktop or tablet), wirelessly.
Whether you place the A9 in a corner, free-standing in the room, or mounted on the wall, it will command any space which can all be controlled by you using Google Voice Assistant.
The best portable speaker for garden parties, the UE Boom 2 holds holds on to it's place in our guide because it is still one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy. It promises to deliver rich, crisp sound with plenty of volume; it's even gone on to win What Hi-Fi 5 star awards for a range of its features.
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’.
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 Ultimate Ears (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.
No media room or music room — ‘garage’, to the rest of us — is complete without at least a little nod to classic rock. This beautifully designed Bluetooth speaker is more of a salute really, styled after the iconic Marshall amplifier, but it’s certainly not a case of style over substance.
Another compact wireless speaker option, the Stockwell II can travel with you on your adventures delivering over twenty hours of portable music with top-notch sound. Weighing just 1.4kg, this little speaker packs a mighty punch with its multi-directional sound immersing you in magnificent Marshall audio. It's portability is made even simpler with a (very cool) guitar-strap inspired handle, and you don't need to worry about hitting any bumps along the way because it has a silicone exterior, steel metal grille and an IPX4 rating to keep it in tip-top condition, whatever the weather.
With a single charge it’s purported to offer a whopping 25 hours of playback, and it even comes equipped with a USB port so you can charge your phone while playing music from it. Traded in those rock star dreams for an office job? You can also use your speaker for conference calling with a press of the phone button.
How to buy the best Bluetooth speaker
Where to buy the best Bluetooth speakers
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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