Whether it’s hanging out on the beach, in front of the campfire, in the backyard, or tailgating before the big game, there’s nothing better than some great music. If you want to avoid “that guy” who always has an acoustic guitar ready to serenade the group and prove why he should be on “The Voice,” a great Bluetooth speaker is an essential go-to. Bluetooth speaker technology has gotten much better in the past few years, with vast improvements in many areas. Smaller, better battery life, better bass, louder, more durable; Bluetooth speakers are your go-to music in almost any situation. Just connect any Bluetooth enabled device, pick your song or playlist, and let the good times roll. Here are my four favorite Bluetooth Speakers you can buy today.
You really can’t find a better Bluetooth speaker for the money than the UE Wonderboom 2. Truth be told, I used the original Wonderboom for years until I purchased this version. And yes, it was worth the upgrade. The folks at Ultimate Ears have a great line of speakers in general, and every model they have out could have wound up on this list. But for me, the Wonderboom 2 just sticks out of the pack.
The speaker weighs less than a pound and fits in the palm of your hand. With an incredible 13 hours of battery life and a 100-foot wireless range, It can keep the music going all night and into the morning. What stands out about this product is the incredible bass and tone for such a small speaker. I mean, it punches! The old Wonderboom was loud and clear as well, but with a new bass response and an outdoor boost feature, version 2 is even more powerful.
So it’s a little speaker that sounds great, is that it? Well, not exactly. The UE Wonderboom 2 is waterproof. Not water-resistant, it’s waterproof. I’ve taken mine to the beach (it is dust-proof as well) and brought it into the pool with us before. I’ve even brought it into the shower with me when I want to get some really good bathroom sing-a-longs going. Amazingly, this speaker comes in at a purchase price of around $80. For the money, and the quality you are getting, it’s hard to match this speaker.
It’s not perfect, and certainly not for everyone. There is no speakerphone on the speaker, so it’s not for taking calls, and you’ll have to stop the music if you want to answer a call. Also, although improved from its original version, it does take quite some time to charge, and if the Wonderboom 2 is completely dead, you won’t be able to plug it in and start using (it takes a few minutes of charging before it will allow you to use plugged in.) Finally, there is no AUX jack, so if you want to break out the old walkman, you’ll be out of luck unless you can figure out some way to Bluetooth hack your mixtapes.
All in all, if you are an outdoor person, or someone who wants the ability to have great music on the go, it’s hard to find a better speaker. It’s hard to find a better speaker for the money period. All of the Ultimate Ears speakers are great, but for $80, there’s no reason not to have one of these just in case the need arises. But some people have different needs in their Bluetooth world, and there are undoubtedly other speakers out there that are equally impressive for their reasons.
If $80 is too much for you to invest in a speaker, then the XSound Go could be an option for you. With prices somewhere around 30 dollars, this little speaker is surprisingly great for such a small price.
Now, if you have the extra 40 bucks or so to spend, I would still tell you to go with the UE Wonderboom, but this little guy from the people at Tribit is truly impressive with its remarkably low price point. The XSound Go’s sound is just way better than anyone would expect for such a cheap product. Tribit cut some cost corners with design, but who cares how the speaker looks? It’s about the sound, and the sound is simply way better than it should be. It comes in at under a pound like it’s counterpart above, has an amazing battery life, and is water-resistant!
The Tribit, Like the Wonderboom, has no AUX input and no speakerphone as well (no surprise for the cheap cost.) If you want an affordable, reliable speaker with pretty excellent sound quality, the XSound Go is it. It won’t tear the roof of the house. My biggest issue is it just doesn’t get that loud compared to its competitors. It won’t be the speaker to bring the party to its feet, but next to the pool or lounging at the beach, this speaker does everything you would expect and more.
If you have ever been outside on a beautiful day in a public place, you’ve probably seen some people hanging around together with one of these. The JBL Charge series has been wildly popular since its inception. With such a trusted name in sound like JBL, the popularity of this speaker shouldn’t surprise anyone. It comes in at a little over 2 pounds and has a wireless range of only 30 feet. The JBL is also a waterproof speaker like the Wonderboom, so feel free to drop it in the pool accidentally.
What the Charge 4 does well is what JBL has always done well… sound quality. It is loud, well-balanced, and full of bass. The two drivers and two passive radiators allow for a genuinely remarkable tone. Also, the Charge 4 has a battery that just won’t quit. Boasting over 20 hours of battery life, and even the ability to charge your phone when it’s dead, the Charge 4 has all the power that anyone could ever want. The Charge 4 also comes with an AUX input so that you can play audio out of it from almost every format imaginable.
It’s not perfect, of course. It’s more expensive than the previous two speakers coming in at around $170, so you are paying for that extra sound. Also, it is a larger and heavier speaker, certainly still portable, but noticeably more cumbersome than the Wonderboom or XSound Go. Also, the charge time takes a very long time, so be sure to plan to have it charging before you go out on your adventure.
If you want REALLY BIG sound, durability, and proven name in sound, the JBL Charge 4 is an excellent choice for you. It does come in more expensive than the previous two options we’ve shown, but you can hear the quality. If money is no option for you, though, you might be interested in the final selection.
Quite simply, the Sonos Move is the best Bluetooth speaker that money can buy. And the money it will cost you. Coming in at around a whopping $400, the Sonos is hand-down the most expensive on this list. That being said, the people at Sonos deliver with what can only be described as the future of Bluetooth sound.
The speaker is big! Sonos Move weighs over six and a half pounds. And it only boasts around 10-hours of battery life. So it’s big, expensive, and doesn’t last half as long as the JBL? Why should you get it? Quite simply, it’s the best sounding speaker that you have probably ever heard. With one down-firing tweeter, one mid-woofer, and two Class-D digital amplifiers, it sounds like you are at the concert itself. The connectivity is tremendous as well, with Wi-Fi up to 5GHz and Bluetooth 4.2. It is also water-resistant at an IP56 rating.
Sure it might be a lot to take to the beach or on a hike, but if you are heading from your kitchen to the pool, this could be your solution for your indoor/outdoor sound. Sonos also works incredibly hard on making all their products work seamlessly together. They are constantly updating their apps and software to ensure the best possible quality usage of their products for whatever your need is.
Depending on your price range, your needs, and what you are looking for, you can surely find a Bluetooth speaker that works for you in this bunch. The biggest factor to look at is what you want to use your speaker for? If you just want to have something a deck for possible usage, or if you are an audiophile who is tired of living behind their headphones and wants to share music with friends and family. The Bluetooth Speaker market continues to impress with a wide range of products for any situation. For more indepth reviews on today’s best products click on over to Real Reviews.org