The 5 Best Bluetooth Speakers 2022



If you like to wirelessly stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks from mobile devices, you'll want a speaker that supports Bluetooth connectivity. Unlike speakers with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth-compatible speakers don't rely on an Internet connection to stream audio. As a result, they tend to be more portable, and many also have an outdoor-oriented design with carrying straps or water-resistant bodies. However, finding the best speaker comes down to what matters most to you. With so many Bluetooth speakers on the market, you have many options for finding a device that meets your unique needs.

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5. Sonos Move

The best speaker with Bluetooth compatibility that we've tested is the Sonos Move. This well-built model has built-in Alexa and Google Assistant capabilities, and it does an incredible job responding to your voice even if you aren't very close to it. While it isn't as small and portable as the Sonos Roam, the Move has a built-in carrying handle, so you can easily move it from room to room or take it outdoors.

Overall, it has a balanced, neutral sound profile suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. There are bass and treble adjustments available in the Sonos S2 app to help you customize its sound. You can also use it to pair two Sonos speakers together to create a stereo pair or amplify your music across a large, crowded party. It lasts over 10 hours off a single charge, which is suitable for long listening sessions, and it has an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, so it's certified for protection against direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours.

Unfortunately, while it can get pretty loud, compression artifacts are present when you play it at max volume, which can be disappointing if you like to use your speaker at crowded parties. Also, it has to downmix stereo content to mono when using it on its own, which doesn't sound as immersive. That said, it offers a versatile overall performance that can please lots of different listeners.

4. Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM


The best stereo Bluetooth speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM. Unlike the Sonos Move, it can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, and it can also get louder with notably less compression at max volume, so your audio quality doesn't degrade as you bump up this speaker's volume. Its sound profile is more customizable, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets features in its companion app. Additionally, its Adaptive EQ room correction feature is available with both iOS and Android devices.

With its room correction feature turned on, its sound profile is well-balanced, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It's well-built with an IPX4 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to withstand small splashes of water, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet from some light rain when taking it outdoors with you. There's also a built-in carrying strap to help with transporting it.

Unfortunately, it lacks some thump and rumble in the low-bass range that you can typically find in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. It also has a somewhat narrow-sounding soundstage, so your audio doesn't sound as clear from all angles. However, if having a speaker with built-in voice assistants isn't important to you, this loud stereo speaker's balanced and customizable sound profile makes it a solid choice.

3. Bose Portable Smart Speaker


The best portable smart speaker we've tested is the Bose Portable Smart Speaker. This lightweight speaker comes with a carrying handle built-in, so you can easily bring your favorite tunes along with you wherever you go. It comes with Google Assistant and Alexa built-in and has no trouble hearing you from far and in noisy settings. There's even a mic mute button you can use when you no longer want it listening to you.

It has a slightly boomy sound profile out-of-the-box, and its mid-range is balanced, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. However, like most speakers its size, it lacks some low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop or EDM. Fortunately, you can tweak its sound to your liking using the bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app. Thanks to its 360-degree design, its soundstage is perceived as open and spacious-sounding. It's also well-built with an IPX4 rating for water resistance that certifies it to withstand small splashes of water.

Unfortunately, its battery isn't great for very long listening sessions, lasting only around five hours in our tests, though this can vary depending on your usage. Also, it doesn't get very loud, and there's a lot of compression present at max volume that can affect audio quality at louder volume levels. That said, if you like relying on voice assistants for support, this versatile smart speaker is a solid choice.

2. Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2


The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best budget Bluetooth speaker that we've tested. This budget-friendly speaker is small enough to bring your favorite music along with you on the go, and there's a small built-in carrying strap to help transport it. It's also well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.

Its sound profile is fairly neutral out-of-the-box, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its mid-range is balanced, so vocals and lead instruments reproduce accurately and with detail in the mix. There's an 'Outdoor Mode' preset advertised to help bump up the bass in your audio. Thanks to its 360-degree design, this stereo speaker has excellent directivity, resulting in a wide and natural-sounding soundstage.

Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it doesn't get exceptionally loud and lacks a thumpy low-bass. It also isn't compatible with the Ultimate Ears app, so there isn't a graphic EQ to customize its sound to your liking. There aren't many compression artifacts present at max volume, so audio quality doesn't degrade as you increase the volume. If you're looking for a good Bluetooth speaker on a budget, this sturdy speaker is still a solid choice.

1. ANKER SOUNDCORE FLARE 2


Check out the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 if you like to have some more control over your speaker's sound profile. While it doesn't get as loud as the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, there's a graphic EQ and presets featured in its Soundcore companion app, meaning you can customize its sound to better suit your preferences. With its Default EQ and BassUp features enabled, its mid-range is balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix, though they can sound a bit dark at times. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it also has excellent directivity, resulting in a wide and natural-sounding soundstage. That said, like most small speakers, it lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM.

If you want a speaker that can get louder, get the Ultimate Ears. However, consider the Anker if you prefer customizing your speaker's sound to your liking.