Bluetooth speakers come in all different shapes and sizes from larger options that have the power to fill your whole living room to smaller portables that are great for taking to picnics or moving from room-to-room.
Finding the right speaker for you and your needs is no easy task so we've rounded up our pick of the best portable speakers currently available to buy. You'll find a mix of styles, power, sizes and budgets, all of which have been reviewed in full by us here at Pocket-Lint.
There can be some crossover with Wi-Fi or wireless speakers, but in this roundup we've concentrated on units that are predominantly designed to stand alone and use Bluetooth for a direct connection with your phone or other device.
The best Bluetooth speakers to buy today
Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3
The UE Megaboom is a standout product; one only really limited by the high price point. But even the high price can't muddy the raft of good points that see it swim along - literally if you dunk it in the bath, thanks to waterproofing and floatability.
This bass-booming cylinder sounds great (with even better bass than before), looks great, and is tough enough to tackle music in the office, for that summer picnic or festival, or whatever else you happen to throw at it. It's Bluetooth speaker bliss.
Marshall Stockwell II
It's not a party speaker - we'll leave that to the bigger Kilburn II (below) and larger-than-life Tufton, but this is a super-portable unit that provides you with powerful audio on the go. It's ideal for camping and picnics (both tried and tested by us). It probably isn't going to be your main speaker at home - though it's totally capable of being that if you so require.
As well as the standard Marshall bass, treble and volume controls there's also a battery level indicator, too. You'll get well over 20 hours of listening time out of it. Indeed, you'll try hard to remember the last time you had to charge it.
B&O BeoPlay A1
It's small, but the B&O BeoPlay A1's big sound makes it stand out in the portable Bluetooth speaker market. We may have baulked at its price tag at first, but given how good it sounds, we think it's worth every penny.
Sure, there's no Wi-Fi, AirPlay, waterproofing or 360-degree design like some of its competitors, but the solid battery, build quality, extra bass punch and sheer audio clarity give this speaker the upper hand when it comes to sound quality. The BeoPlay A1 is well worth saving up for.
This compact little box has a LOT of tricks up its sleeve. Pure is a name synonymous with DAB digital radio and yes, this is a portable digital radio AND Bluetooth speaker with around 15 hours of battery life (it also has FM). But it also has Amazon Alexa which works using the connected Pure Home app on your phone - the speaker itself isn't internet connected and instead uses the internet connection of your phone.
As such it also doesn't have Spotify Connect or AirPlay and so despite the presence of Alexa we'll still class it as a Bluetooth speaker rather than a Wi-Fi one, hence its appearance in this list.
Sound quality is surprisingly beefy for such a small box and it has more tricks too - you press down the entire top portion of the unit to turn it off (or it pops out to turn it on) while there's an aux 3.5mm cable wrapped around the device, too - see that grey band just above the base? That's it.
The Libratone Zipp is a total rework of the original speaker that dates back to 2012. The new quirky zip-up design is fun, while the physical size - which perhaps makes it a bit too large to cart around outside of the house - lends well to stomping bass and audio output.
That's the rub of it really: for only about £50 more than many smaller portable competitors, the Zipp gives an extra wallop of sound. If you're after an at-home portable speaker then Libratone seems to have things neatly zipped-up here.
B&O Beolit 17
The B&O Beolit 17 was introduced to replace the Beolit 15 (below) and arrives with the exact same measurements. However the design of the speaker has been refreshed to an excellent degree and we think its the more handsome of the two.
Inside it's all change too and the drivers have been updated to produce an even better sound than ever. The soundfield is larger and more detailed than its predecessor and the volume it can go to is nothing short of astounding.
Ultimate Ears Boom 3
The UE Boom 2 was excellent - taking one of our favourite portable Bluetooth speakers, the original UE Boom, and makes it even better. There was also IP67 waterproofing and a sharper sound.
The Boom 3 takes this on a notch - for a cheaper price, too.
If you're looking for portable, premium sound wherever you are, then the UE Boom 2 hits the nail on the head. Have reasonable expectations for bass delivery and it's one seriously hot Bluetooth speaker.
Marshall Kilburn II
The powerful Kilburn II has recently been joined in the Marshall range by smart speakers that are Alexa-powered, but the beauty of the Kilburn II is its simplicity and portability.
The Kilburn II is truly a wall of sound; a bass blaster that turns it up to 10 (not 11 sorry). Mind you, if you get up to anything like that volume level you'll be doing well to still be next to it.
We have listened to cleaner-sounding models and if you need 360 sound then plump for the UE Megaboom 3 instead. Battery life is also impressive at around 20 hours. And naturally, being a Marshall product, the whole speaker has a very distinctive look and feel.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
If you want to invest in UE's range of portable Bluetooth speakers, but want something smaller than the Boom 2 or Megaboom, the Wonderboom is the boom for you. It's palm-sized, and like other speakers in the range, is protected against knocks, bumps, drops and splashes thanks to its rubberised casing. It can float too, so you can comfortably take it in the pool with you.
And when you turn it on, prepare yourself for an explosion of sound that belies its size. It can tackle all genres of music with aplomb, and will add life to any social scenario.
Anker Soundcore Flare+
As well as being waterproof, the well-priced Flare+ has an interesting gimmick - a flashing light show in the base. The sound quality is great at low volume (if you have the bass mode turned on) but its mid-range leaves a little to be desired and isn't as good as some of the options above; a room filler it is not. However, it is decent value - especially with the waterproofing - and the 20 hour battery life will get you through many summer days relaxing on the lilo in your palatial pool. There's a USB-A port for charging your phone, too.
Denon Envaya DSB-250
Denon is a well-known name from the world of Hi-Fi. And true to these roots, Envaya is a great-sounding speaker that balances fidelity and power. In fact, we'd go as far as to say it's one of the best-sounding small wireless speakers around.
By the way, Denon has three models available, the 250BT being the largest and naturally the beefiest. The Envaya Mini (150BT) and Envaya Pocket (50BT) slot in underneath.
The DSB-250 is semi-rugged, with IP67 water resistance. It can handle being submerged in water a metre deep for half an hour.
Bose SoundLink Revolve
The Bose SoundLink Revolve is a classy, elegant looking speaker, although we wouldn't expect anything less from Bose. The sound, like the design, is just as you'd expect: high-quality and well-balanced.
Don't let its small stature fool you, the SoundLink Revolve is capable of filling even the most generously-sized rooms and an optional battery base means you can make the Revolve fully portable.
The Sony SRS-XB40 Bluetooth speaker is a lot of fun. It's standout feature is an illuminated light ring around the speaker grille that can be a strobe light at one moment and a chilled, relaxing hue the next. It combines nicely with the sheer amount of bass the XB40 offers, with "Extra Bass" in the name, what else would you expect?
While it's not the absolute cleanest sound ever, especially compared to some others in this list, it can go incredibly loud and remained composed while doing so. It's portability and tough, rugged water-resistant body only add to its appeal.