Sound is a big part of technology: From phones and televisions to stereos, laptops, and tablets, each of these electronic devices offers up its own internal audio system. Sometimes, however, it’s better to amplify that sound with one of the best bluetooth speakers. If you’re ever turned up the volume on your phone or laptop only to realize that you’ve hit the maximum or tried to watch a movie in the middle of a loud storm, you know exactly what we mean. But finding an alternative that doesn’t require a tech degree to set up can be tough. Lucky for you, we’ve already done the heavy legwork and tracked down 13 easy-to-use Bluetooth speakers that will make your life a whole lot easier.
What is a Bluetooth speaker?
A Bluetooth speaker is a wireless amplifier that can be used to watch TV, listen to music, talk with friends, and more when it’s synced up to your phone via an exchange of technological information between devices known as Bluetooth.
As well as enabling your speaker to be mobile for use anywhere you want, be it in your home or in the garden, most of our favorite Bluetooth speakers are über-light for easy transport. Several are also waterproof, so you can use them in the shower or bath, and they’ll be no fear if you’re outdoors and it suddenly starts to rain.
How to Pair Bluetooth Speakers
In order to pair your bluetooth speaker (or any device) to your phone or PC, you’ll want to consult your Bluetooth speaker’s manual to make sure it’s in “pairing mode.” Essentially, this allows your phone to find the speaker’s signal in order to send it wireless information.
Alternately, you’ll want to make sure your phone or PC also has its Bluetooth function turned “On” (this green toggle can be found under ‘Settings,’ then ‘Bluetooth’ on Apple devices).
If your Bluetooth is set to pairing mode, it should be listed as a device that’s available for use in your personal device’s Bluetooth section. Simply tap its name and wait to connect.
What is the best Bluetooth speaker?
The best Bluetooth speaker will vary based on your preferences and needs. If you’re looking for a system to enhance the sound in your home theater, for instance, you’re likely to choose a very different model than one you may use in the shower. Others may opt to shop by top speaker brands, such as Bose or Sony.
We’ve rounded up a selection of great little speakers that will speak to you no matter your taste. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best Bluetooth speakers.
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1. Best Bluetooth Speakers for Use with Alexa — Bose Portable Home Speaker
Best Bluetooth Speakers for Alexa — Bose Portable Home Speaker
Where to buy: $349, Amazon
From the moment we invited Alexa into our home, it became hard to imagine life without our favorite little virtual assistant. With the Bose Portable Home Speaker, you won't have to. She's built-right in to help you adjust the volume, turn it on or off, or simply have a morning chat, making it easier than ever to amplify sound. This unique design of this home device also allows for 360 degrees of clear and lifelike audio.
2. Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $100 — JBL Flip 4 Portable Speaker
Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $100 — JBL Flip 4
Where to buy: $89.95 (Originally $99.95), Amazon
This speaker couldn't be simpler to use according to reviewers, who praise it for its simple set-up and functionality. "It’s extremely easy to pair with your device, right out of the box," wrote one reviewer, with another adding, "easy-to-use buttons control volume, music, and speakerphone."
As if that wasn't fantastic enough, the battery of these highly durable speakers provides an impressive 12 hours of continuous, high-quality playtime before charging is required. It will also hold up should you happen to drop it in the pool, since it's waterproof. With a built-in echo and noise-cancelling system, you can make phone calls without any feedback, and it comes in nine different colors for you to choose from, including two funky patterned versions.
3. Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers — Jonter IPX5 Bluetooth Speaker
Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers — Jonter IPX5
Where to buy: $49.99 (Originally $69.99), Amazon
Listening to music while you’re by the water is supposed to be a relaxing experience, but who can relax when you're constantly worrying about getting your device wet? Banish your fears with the Jonter IPX5 Bluetooth speaker, which can be breezily operated via your phone, computer, or tablet from up to 10 meters away.
And, should you happen to get a little *too* close, it won't matter —this highly durable device is rainproof, splash-proof, showerproof, and dust-proof, and it comes with a full two-year manufacturer's warranty, too.
4. Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $50 — Sony SRS-XB10 Wireless Speaker
Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $50 — Sony XB10
Where to buy: $39.99 (Originally $58), Amazon
16 hours of battery life, a water-resistant structure, extra bass, a non-imposing size... these are all attributes that make the Sony B10X a superb purchase for all your listening needs. We like it best, however, for its headache-free, three-step set-up. Explained Amazon buyer Scott: "Charged it, paired it, and played it. Simple."
5. Best Bluetooth Speakers with Microphone — Cambridge Sound Works Speaker
Best Bluetooth Speakers With Microphone — Cambridge Soundworks Speaker OontZ
Where to buy: $25.99, Amazon
Don’t you just hate it when most of your phone call with a friend or loved one consists mainly of you asking them to repeat themselves? This won’t be a problem with this Amazon’s choice Bluetooth portable speaker from Cambridge Soundworks. A built-in microphone allows you to make calls hands-free for a completely seamless experience. But don't take our word for it! A whopping 27,000 plus reviewers have already given it five stars on Amazon!
7. Most Economical Bluetooth Speaker — Xleader SoundAngel A8
Most Economical Bluetooth Speaker — Xleader SoundAngel A8
Where to buy: $15.99, Amazon
Ringing in at less than $16, the Xleader SoundAngel A8 is the perfect gadget for those who want to try out a Bluetooth speaker, but are a skeptical about whether they’ll get much use out of it. This little guy will show you just how convenient a portable speaker can be, and, with almost 3,500 five-star reviews, a chic design, and an insanely low price tag, we’ve got a sneaking suspicion you won’t be disappointed. Choose from four colors, each of which comes with its own matching carry case (we’re particularly partial to this rose gold).
8. Most Stylish Bluetooth Speaker — Marshall Stanmore II Speaker
Coolest Bluetooth Speaker — Marshall Stanmore II
Where to buy: $279.85 (Originally $349.99), Amazon
If you’d like your Bluetooth speaker to also add an element of style to your home, then the Marshall Stanmore II is for you. Its highly sought-after retro look is extremely eye-catching, and its high-quality, durable construction make for a piece you’ll own for a long, long time to come.
Wrote one happy customer, “Sound is excellent! It took me only a few minutes to figure out how to pair the device with my phone. ... I love the vintage look of this speaker.”
9. Best Bluetooth Speakers for Phones — DOSS SoundBox Touch V4.0 Speaker
Best Bluetooth Speaker for Cell Phones — DOSS SoundBox Touch V4.0
Where to buy: $27.95 (Originally $39.99), Amazon
More than 14,000 Amazon reviewers have raved about how much they love the DOSS SoundBox Touch Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker with HD sound and bass, and it's no wonder: It's got 12 hours of non-stop playtime, a built-in microphone, and a simple, pain-free connection to your phone or tablet. This speaker will also keep track of the the last device you were using it with and connect automatically, so you won’t have to mess around with syncing up your phone with every use.
10. Bluetooth Speaker with Longest Battery Life — Anker Soundcore 2 Speaker
Best Battery Life Bluetooth Speaker — Anker Soundcore 2
Where to buy: From $39.99, Amazon
As the No. 1 bestselling portable speaker on Amazon, Anker's waterproof Soundcore 2 is so small, it can be gripped in the palm of your hand, yet emits amazingly strong, clear audio. By far its most impressive trait, however, is its 24-hour battery life. “I can say without doubt that it is excellent. The claim is that this speaker goes 24 hours without charging. I use it daily for an entire week without having to plug it in," one Amazon shopper confirmed, adding, "You won't regret it.”
Did we mention that it's also ranked "easy to use" by its more than 4,500 Amazon fans?
11. Best Bluetooth Speakers for TV — Bose SoundLink Revolve Speaker
Best Bluetooth Speakers for TV — Bose SoundLink Revolve
Where to buy: $199, Amazon
The Bose SoundLink Revolve will change your TV-watching experience for the better. A 360-degree wireless surround sound system ensures everyone in the room will be able to hear their shows, no matter which side of the speaker they find themselves on. It features 12 hours of battery life and memory space for up to eight separate devices, plus, the SoundLink can be used to chat with Siri or Google or to take hands-free calls. What could be simpler?
12. Best Bluetooth Speakers for Home Theater — BYL Home Theater Soundbar System
Best Bluetooth Home Theater Speakers — BYL Soundbar
Where to buy: $76.86, Amazon
For a theater-like experience from the comfort of your own home, BYL's home soundbar system is a great non-invasive, simple, and inexpensive solution. Its 80 watts are powerful enough to fill a whole room with audio, and you can cater it to your liking, with options for three different listening effects (clear dialogue, treble and bass, and 3D surround sound). There's also little to no risk with purchase, thanks to a 45-day money-back guarantee, a one year warranty, and lifetime tech support.
As one happy Amazon reviewer raved, “I am very happy and impressed with the sound that comes out of this soundbar. It's everything I could ask for. ... Just like being at the movie theater.”
13. Best Bluetooth Computer Speakers for Laptop or Desktop — HeadSound H2 True Bluetooth Speakers
Best Bluetooth Computer Speakers — HeadSound H2 True Bluetooth Speakers
Where to buy: $39.95, Amazon
You don't have to be tech savvy to set your computer up with HeadSound's H2 true wireless Bluetooth speakers. These amplifiers come in a set of two and automatically connect to your device of choice, effortlessly enabling you to get crystal clear, wireless sound. You can also make high-quality phone calls without an echo, since the surround sound comes through crisp and distortion-free.