The 6 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers 2022


A good portable Bluetooth speaker can bring your favorite music with you wherever you go. Whether you're looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker to take with you when you're outdoors at the beach, park, backyard, or even in different rooms of your home, there are countless speakers to choose from that are currently on the market. Ideally, you'll want a speaker with a long-lasting battery life that's well-built with an IP rating for water resistance so that it can withstand getting a bit wet when you take it outside. That said, it's important to note that smaller speakers are more likely to struggle to get loud and reproduce a thumpy low-bass.

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6. Sonos Move



The Sonos Move is the best portable speaker we've tested. This battery-powered Bluetooth speaker comes with a built-in handle you can use to carry it from room to room. It offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and can easily understand you in noisy settings and when you're far away from the speaker. Its long-lasting battery life of over 10 hours makes it great for long listening sessions, though this varies depending on your usage habits.

With its room correction feature turned on, it has a fairly well-balanced sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content, and there are bass and treble adjustments in its companion app that you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It comes with an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying it to withstand direct contact with water for up to three minutes and dust for around two to eight hours, so you can take it outdoors with you without needing to worry about it getting wet or dirty.

Unfortunately, its room correction feature is currently only available with iOS devices. Although it gets loud, there's a lot of compression present at max volume that degrades the quality of your audio as you increase the volume. Also, while it's portable, it isn't as small as the Sonos Roam, which you can easily throw in your backpack on the go. However, if you're looking for a portable speaker to use at home or outdoors, this versatile speaker is still a solid choice.

5. Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM



The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is the best portable speaker for music that we've tested. This stereo speaker can get louder than the Sonos Move with significantly less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio during loud listening sessions. It offers you more control over its sound profile thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its Ultimate Ears companion app, and its Adaptive EQ room correction feature is available with both iOS and Android devices.

With Adaptive EQ enabled, its sound profile is balanced and suitable for listening to many different types of audio content, though it lacks thump and rumble in the low-bass range. It comes with a built-in carrying strap to help easily transport it and is rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to withstand small splashes of water, like from some light rain. Its battery life of almost 24 hours also makes it great for multiple long listening sessions spent outdoors.

Unfortunately, its directivity is only okay, so its soundstage is perceived as a bit narrow and directional. Also, while it's portable, it's too large and bulky to fit in your backpack. That said, if you don't mind its size and don't care for built-in voice assistants, this loud Bluetooth speaker's balanced and customizable sound profile makes it a great choice for music lovers.

4. Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3



For a smaller, more portable option, check out the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3. Though it doesn't produce a bass that's as extended as that of the Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM, you can easily carry it in your hand or backpack when you're out and about. Its sound profile is boomy overall with its 'Standard' preset on, and its mid-range is balanced, ensuring vocals and lead instruments reproduce accurately and with detail in the mix. You can customize its sound profile to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app. Thanks to its 360-degree design, it has excellent directivity, resulting in a natural and spacious-sounding soundstage. That said, there are some compression artifacts present at max volume that affect the quality of your audio at louder volume levels.

Go for the HYPERBOOM if you're looking for a portable speaker that gets louder and that can produce a deeper bass. Get the MEGABOOM 3 instead if you're looking for a smaller speaker to bring along with you when you're out and about, with a wider-sounding soundstage.

3. Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2



The best small Bluetooth speaker we've tested is the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. This lightweight speaker is small enough to hold in your hand. There's also a built-in carrying strap you can use to attach it to your bag when you want to bring your favorite music along with you on the move. It's well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-tight and immersible in water for 30 minutes. It's even advertised to float in water, making it a great poolside companion.

It has a balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, making it suitable for listening to many different types of audio content, though like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass. That said, there's an 'Outdoor Mode' that's advertised to help with its bass reproduction. Its long-lasting battery life of almost 13 hours makes it great for long listening sessions, though this varies depending on your usage and chosen volume level. Also, thanks to its 360-degree design, it has excellent directivity, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from most angles.

Unfortunately, unlike the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, it isn't compatible with the Ultimate Ears app that features a graphic EQ and presets, so you don't have much control over the speaker's sound profile. It also doesn't get loud enough to fill a large crowded area. However, if you're looking for a small portable speaker to bring along with you when you're out and about, it's still a great choice.

2. Sony SRS-XB13



The Sony SRS-XB13 is the best mini Bluetooth speaker we've tested. It's small and lightweight, so you can easily fit it in your hand or bag when you're on the go. There's a carrying strap you can use to attach it to your backpack or hang it from a hook. It also has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet from some light rain when bringing it outside with you.

It has a somewhat boomy sound profile and a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments reproduce accurately and with detail in the mix. It has outstanding directivity, resulting in a wide and spacious-sounding soundstage. Also, while it doesn't get loud enough to fill a large area, it's still loud enough to use in small rooms like your bedroom. There also isn't a lot of compression present at max volume, so audio quality doesn't degrade much as you increase the speaker's volume.

Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce the thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. There aren't any sound customization features like a graphic EQ or presets, so you can't adjust its sound profile to your liking. However, if you're looking for a portable speaker that's even smaller than the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, it's still a solid choice.

1. Anker Soundcore 3



If you're looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker that gives you more control over its sound profile, consider the Anker Soundcore 3. While its sound profile isn't as balanced as that of the Sony SRS-XB13 out-of-the-box, its Soundcore companion app features a graphic EQ and presets you can use to customize its sound to your liking. This portable speaker is decently built with a removable carrying strap to help transport it. It also has a long-lasting battery life lasting over 13 hours from a single charge, though this can vary depending on your usage. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present at max volume.

Get the Sony if you're looking for a compact Bluetooth speaker with a wide and spacious-sounding soundstage. If you prefer a speaker with a graphic EQ and presets, check out the Anker instead.

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best portable Bluetooth speakers most people can buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price (cheaper speakers win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no speakers that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to see more products, here's the list of all our Bluetooth speaker reviews sorted by their outdoor performance. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect speakers. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.