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Best Bluetooth speakers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac 2023

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Best Bluetooth Speakers: Quick Menu

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1. The list in brief
2.
iMore’s favorite
3.
Best budget
4.
Best for home
5.
Best small & rugged
6.
Best sounding
7.
Best for you
8.
Q&A
9. How do we test?

When you’re listening to your favorite tunes or an interesting podcast, you want the best sound you can possibly get – and sometimes, you’ll want that sound to be wireless. The best Bluetooth speakers are here to make that dream a reality, with excellent sound quality that you can connect to without having to plug anything in – or buy a daft dongle. Some of them are completely wireless, with internal batteries, some of them require being plugged in, and some of them feature extra connection methods that work with more devices. All, however, have Bluetooth built in.

It’s always worth bearing in mind what you’re looking for in a Bluetooth speaker – such as where you want to put it, how big the room is, and whether you want to take it on the go. There are Bluetooth speakers of all sizes, prices, and even loudness, and we’ve tried them out to find the best out there. We’ve kept this guide jargon-free as well, so that you can work out which is going to be the new speaker that you’re going to get connected to your phone.

Staff Writer

Audiophile and Bluetooth speaker expert

I’ve been listening to high-fidelity music for longer than I care to admit, and I’ve reviewed all the speakers on this list. I’ve been lucky enough to have early looks at the Sonos Era 300, and even some of the most expensive audiophile headphones you’ve ever seen.

Quick list

Soundcore Motion X600

Spatial Audio for all

This isn’t the cheapest Bluetooth speaker on the list, but it’s a super excellent speaker for the price. It sounds good in its own right, looks fantastic, and brings remarkable spatial audio to the table. It’s a great option for pretty much everyone.

JBL Flip 6 Speaker

Bang for the buck

The JBL Flip 6 is a great sounding, super portable speaker. Sonically its solid – it’s not going to touch any of the more expensive options, but its a great sounding option for the price. There are some funky colors too.

Sonos Era 300 smart speaker

Super smart speaker

The Sonos Era 300 is a spectacular smart speaker – it sounds at looks better than the HomePod 2, has a Bluetooth connection through a little button on the back, and features stellar Spatial Audio that will impress even the most cold-hearted anti-spatial audio listener.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound explore

Rugged Luxury

The Beosound Explore is about the size of a coke can, and pumps out some stellar sound. It’s a little quiet perhaps, but it’s a very premium portable package that’s great for when you want to listen to some music when you’re on the trail.

Denon Home 150

Smaller smarts

The Denon Home 150 is a very good sounding speaker for the price, and it’s small stature means it fits in almost anywhere. It’s a great smart option, and the Bluetooth connection makes it an even more useful speaker to have around the house. One of our favorites.

Naim Mu-So

$1500 worth of incredible

There’s not much to say about the Naim Mu-So that isn’t overwhelmingly positive – it looks like a piece of modern art, sounds like a gift from the gods, and feels every bit worth its lofty price tag. If you can afford one, buy it.

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SoundCore Motion Boom Plus

Big and Loud

The Soundcore Motion Boom Plus is anything but subtle – it’s big, it’s super loud, and it looks wicked. It’s not going to make you cry tears of joy with its sound profile, but its got plenty of sonic punch where it counts, as well as ridiculous amounts of volume headroom.

Ultimate Ears Boom 3

Solid and attractive

The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is a super solid speaker that packs a punch in the low end. You could hardly call it ‘HiFi’, but it will carry any gathering and pump out bassy tunes galore. It’s priced well too – an excellent all around option.

Tribit StormBox Pro

Portable Power

The Tribit StormBox Pro isn’t just a Bluetooth speaker – it’s a powerbank as well. This tower of power sounds good, looks cool, and it’s water resistance will make you feel more comfortable when you take it out and about.

Our favorite

Bluetooth Spatial Audio: Soundcore Motion X600

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Our team of Apple experts have years of experience testing all kinds of tech and gadgets, so you can be sure our recommendations and criticisms are accurate and helpful. Find out more about how we test.

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Soundcore Motion X600

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

+

Excellent Spatial Audio

+

Looks great

+

Sounds brilliant

Reasons to avoid

No lossless playback

The Soundcore Motion X600 is a brilliant Bluetooth speaker. It’s not the cheapest, but it comes with some great features that you’ll not even find on speakers more expensive. It’s got 50W of output, giving it plenty of volume headroom, and its multiple drivers lend it impressive soundstage and sonic capability.

One of those drivers is a small upwards-facing driver, found under a small grill on the top of the speaker. It allows for Spatial Audio – something that not many other Bluetooth speakers can do. It’s pretty good as well, easily filling a room with sound and music that while not on the same level as something like the HomePod 2 or Sonos’s Era 300, is still super solid.

I particularly like the way that the speaker looks, with its retro look sitting well on almost every shelf. I particularly like the handle across the top – it’s a sturdy strip of metal, with a rubberized surface underneath to make it easier to hold. At $200, it’s again not the cheapest, but the speaker you get for the money is an excellent piece of kit.

Best budget

Best on a budget: JBL Flip 6

(Image credit: Tammy Rogers/ iMore)

JBL Flip 6

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

+

Well priced

+

Sounds pretty good

+

Small and rugged

Reasons to avoid

Distorts at high volume

Very reliant on the bass

Not sure you’d want to trust the lanyard with its weight

The JBL Flip 6 is an excellent little speaker for the price – especially when you remember that you can pick one up for under $100. It looks super cool, with its dual bass radiators on either side and slick, fabric-covered chassis. That chassis hides some impressive internals as well.

It’s capable of some pretty good sound replication, with rich bass, present mids, and crisp highs. When spending this much, you can’t expect the sound to rival something like a HomePod 2, but it will easily fill a small campsite with some solid-sounding tunes. We found that turning it to full volume left a slight amount of distortion – although if you’re listening to it outside, you’re unlikely to notice.

throwing one around isn’t going to worry you at all, with its relatively low price and rugged build giving you a sense of confidence in the little speaker. If you want to strap it to your bag, however, it might be worth looking at a beefier strap – the one that comes in the box feels a little weak.

Best for the Home

Best to put in the living room: Sonos Era 300

(Image credit: Tammy Rogers/ iMore)

Sonos Era 300

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

+

It looks brilliant

+

Very rich, pleasing sound

+

Impressive Spatial audio playback

Reasons to avoid

Expensive

That rich sound might be a little too rich for some

App isn’t spectacular

The Sonos Era 300 isn’t primarily a Bluetooth speaker – it’s a wifi connected smart speaker, and a very, very good one at that. It sounds phenomenal, and looks the part too. There’s a reason that we gave it five stars, after all.

Bluetooth-wise, there’s a small button on the back at the bottom of the speaker that you press to enter pairing mode, so that you can connect your phone without having to go through the app or AirPlay. If you do, you’ll be treated to excellent sound quality, with plenty of low-end, lovely fat mids, and some detailed highs.

If you want to use some of the cooler features of the speaker, such as Spatial Audio and hi-res support, then you’ll want to either use the Sonos app, or AirPlay. Both work well, and are super easy to use. Whichever you choose, however, you’re in for a treat. At $450 it’s more expensive than a HomePod 2 – but it is far, far better.

Best small & rugged

Best for outdoorsy luxury: Bang & Olufsen Beosound explore

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Bang & Olufsen Beosound explore

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

+

It’s super sturdy and premium

+

Restrained but pleasant sound profile

+

Incredible battery life

Reasons to avoid

Could be bassier

Not great Hi-res audio format support

If you want something that’s compact, super luxurious, and that sounds really good, then the Bang & Olufsen Beosound explore is the way to go. Made of aluminum and looking a little like a very posh beer can, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound explore is a great option if you want to feel a little more high-class on your next outdoor expedition.

It sounds good, although bass heads will want to look elsewhere. The aluminum shell adds a super rugged feeling to the speaker, and its price is uncommonly not super high as you might expect from a Bang & Olufsen product. We loved the little speaker – although we wish it could have gone a little louder.

The best sounding

The best (if you can afford it): Naim Mu-So 2nd generation

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Naim Mu-So 2nd generation

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

+

Sounds incredible

+

Looks like a sculpture

+

That control on top is exquisite

Reasons to avoid

The remote controller doesn’t match the system’s look and feel

Very expensive

The Naim Mu-So is a beast. A beast that costs $1599 – and while it’s worth every cent of that lofty price tag, it’s still an expensive option. It’s also not strictly just a Bluetooth speaker, with AirPlay and wifi connection. The Bluetooth connection on board works well, however, and its sound quality is enrapturing.

You can even plug it into your TV so that it acts like a very expensive soundbar, and there’s an aux in on the back that you can plug other pieces of kit in as well – so you’re not short of ways to get connected.

We loved the Mu-So – although we are not blind to that price. If you’re looking for the best of the best, then you’ve got it here. Just make sure that you can afford it.


Which is the best Bluetooth speaker for you?

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As always, it depends entirely on what you’re looking for. If you want something a little less expensive, then the JBL Flip 6 is an excellent choice. It’s only $100, and it sounds good to boot. It’s small enough to fit into a bag, and the battery life is long enough to last for a hike.

If you want something truly rugged, then you’re going to want to take a look at the Bang & Olufsen. It’s a super premium-feeling aluminum speaker that sounds excellent, and its carabiner will clip to your backpack super easily. It could be a little louder, but it’s the perfect companion for a short camping trip.

Need the loudest speaker you can lay your hands on? The Soundcore Motion Boom Plus is your go-to. It’s light so that you can take it out and about, but it packs a sonic wallop with some truly ridiculous volume. Its battery life is super solid as well, and the handle makes carrying it around super easy. Don’t expect HiFi, but it’s a monster of a portable speaker.

Want the best of the best sound quality – the Naim Mu-So. It’s massive, it’s expensive, drop-dead gorgeous, and crucially sounds like you’re being sung to by angels. The price is more than justified by its incredible looks and sound – and it’s also a little smarter than most of the other Bluetooth speakers on the list.

Q&A

What is AirPlay?

Some of the speakers support AirPlay, a method of connecting with an Apple device. That includes phones, Macs, and iPads – so you’ll be able to easily connect your Apple devices to the speaker. It’s also capable of pumping out more impressive sound quality, thanks to its reliance on WiFi rather than Bluetooth.

For more information about AirPlay, check out our AirPlay guide.

What’s the difference between wireless and Bluetooth speakers?

Mostly the connection method. A Bluetooth speaker uses, obviously, Bluetooth to connect to your device and play music. A wireless speaker may use a different form of connection – that could be WiFi, AirPlay, Chromecast, or another form of wireless connection. These speakers require a wifi connection.

How do we test?

We take great pride in our testing of sound equipment. Our audio experts test everything that comes over their desks vigorously, playing a range of different genres and styles. If we’re not a fan of the way something sounds, we’ll tell you.

We also recognise thats there’s more to it than just sound quality – so we also test compatibility, battery life, and other aspects of each speaker. We love audio – and we want to help you find the best speaker for you.

Round up of today’s best deals

Soundcore Motion X600

$199.99

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See all prices

JBL Flip 6

$129.95

$99.95

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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore

$137.54

View

See all prices

Naim Mu-so 2nd generation

$1,399

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See all prices

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Best Bluetooth speakers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac 2023

When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Here’s how it works.

Best Bluetooth Speakers: Quick Menu

(Image credit: Tammy Rogers/ iMore)

1. The list in brief
2.
iMore’s favorite
3.
Best budget
4.
Best for home
5.
Best small & rugged
6.
Best sounding
7.
Best for you
8.
Q&A
9. How do we test?

When you’re listening to your favorite tunes or an interesting podcast, you want the best sound you can possibly get – and sometimes, you’ll want that sound to be wireless. The best Bluetooth speakers are here to make that dream a reality, with excellent sound quality that you can connect to without having to plug anything in – or buy a daft dongle. Some of them are completely wireless, with internal batteries, some of them require being plugged in, and some of them feature extra connection methods that work with more devices. All, however, have Bluetooth built in.

It’s always worth bearing in mind what you’re looking for in a Bluetooth speaker – such as where you want to put it, how big the room is, and whether you want to take it on the go. There are Bluetooth speakers of all sizes, prices, and even loudness, and we’ve tried them out to find the best out there. We’ve kept this guide jargon-free as well, so that you can work out which is going to be the new speaker that you’re going to get connected to your phone.

Staff Writer

Audiophile and Bluetooth speaker expert

I’ve been listening to high-fidelity music for longer than I care to admit, and I’ve reviewed all the speakers on this list. I’ve been lucky enough to have early looks at the Sonos Era 300, and even some of the most expensive audiophile headphones you’ve ever seen.

Quick list

Soundcore Motion X600

Spatial Audio for all

This isn’t the cheapest Bluetooth speaker on the list, but it’s a super excellent speaker for the price. It sounds good in its own right, looks fantastic, and brings remarkable spatial audio to the table. It’s a great option for pretty much everyone.

JBL Flip 6 Speaker

Bang for the buck

The JBL Flip 6 is a great sounding, super portable speaker. Sonically its solid – it’s not going to touch any of the more expensive options, but its a great sounding option for the price. There are some funky colors too.

Sonos Era 300 smart speaker

Super smart speaker

The Sonos Era 300 is a spectacular smart speaker – it sounds at looks better than the HomePod 2, has a Bluetooth connection through a little button on the back, and features stellar Spatial Audio that will impress even the most cold-hearted anti-spatial audio listener.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound explore

Rugged Luxury

The Beosound Explore is about the size of a coke can, and pumps out some stellar sound. It’s a little quiet perhaps, but it’s a very premium portable package that’s great for when you want to listen to some music when you’re on the trail.

Denon Home 150

Smaller smarts

The Denon Home 150 is a very good sounding speaker for the price, and it’s small stature means it fits in almost anywhere. It’s a great smart option, and the Bluetooth connection makes it an even more useful speaker to have around the house. One of our favorites.

Naim Mu-So

$1500 worth of incredible

There’s not much to say about the Naim Mu-So that isn’t overwhelmingly positive – it looks like a piece of modern art, sounds like a gift from the gods, and feels every bit worth its lofty price tag. If you can afford one, buy it.

Load more ↓

SoundCore Motion Boom Plus

Big and Loud

The Soundcore Motion Boom Plus is anything but subtle – it’s big, it’s super loud, and it looks wicked. It’s not going to make you cry tears of joy with its sound profile, but its got plenty of sonic punch where it counts, as well as ridiculous amounts of volume headroom.

Ultimate Ears Boom 3

Solid and attractive

The Ultimate Ears Boom 3 is a super solid speaker that packs a punch in the low end. You could hardly call it ‘HiFi’, but it will carry any gathering and pump out bassy tunes galore. It’s priced well too – an excellent all around option.

Tribit StormBox Pro

Portable Power

The Tribit StormBox Pro isn’t just a Bluetooth speaker – it’s a powerbank as well. This tower of power sounds good, looks cool, and it’s water resistance will make you feel more comfortable when you take it out and about.

Our favorite

Bluetooth Spatial Audio: Soundcore Motion X600

You can always trust iMore.
Our team of Apple experts have years of experience testing all kinds of tech and gadgets, so you can be sure our recommendations and criticisms are accurate and helpful. Find out more about how we test.

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Soundcore Motion X600

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

+

Excellent Spatial Audio

+

Looks great

+

Sounds brilliant

Reasons to avoid

No lossless playback

The Soundcore Motion X600 is a brilliant Bluetooth speaker. It’s not the cheapest, but it comes with some great features that you’ll not even find on speakers more expensive. It’s got 50W of output, giving it plenty of volume headroom, and its multiple drivers lend it impressive soundstage and sonic capability.

One of those drivers is a small upwards-facing driver, found under a small grill on the top of the speaker. It allows for Spatial Audio – something that not many other Bluetooth speakers can do. It’s pretty good as well, easily filling a room with sound and music that while not on the same level as something like the HomePod 2 or Sonos’s Era 300, is still super solid.

I particularly like the way that the speaker looks, with its retro look sitting well on almost every shelf. I particularly like the handle across the top – it’s a sturdy strip of metal, with a rubberized surface underneath to make it easier to hold. At $200, it’s again not the cheapest, but the speaker you get for the money is an excellent piece of kit.

Best budget

Best on a budget: JBL Flip 6

(Image credit: Tammy Rogers/ iMore)

JBL Flip 6

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

+

Well priced

+

Sounds pretty good

+

Small and rugged

Reasons to avoid

Distorts at high volume

Very reliant on the bass

Not sure you’d want to trust the lanyard with its weight

The JBL Flip 6 is an excellent little speaker for the price – especially when you remember that you can pick one up for under $100. It looks super cool, with its dual bass radiators on either side and slick, fabric-covered chassis. That chassis hides some impressive internals as well.

It’s capable of some pretty good sound replication, with rich bass, present mids, and crisp highs. When spending this much, you can’t expect the sound to rival something like a HomePod 2, but it will easily fill a small campsite with some solid-sounding tunes. We found that turning it to full volume left a slight amount of distortion – although if you’re listening to it outside, you’re unlikely to notice.

throwing one around isn’t going to worry you at all, with its relatively low price and rugged build giving you a sense of confidence in the little speaker. If you want to strap it to your bag, however, it might be worth looking at a beefier strap – the one that comes in the box feels a little weak.

Best for the Home

Best to put in the living room: Sonos Era 300

(Image credit: Tammy Rogers/ iMore)

Sonos Era 300

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

+

It looks brilliant

+

Very rich, pleasing sound

+

Impressive Spatial audio playback

Reasons to avoid

Expensive

That rich sound might be a little too rich for some

App isn’t spectacular

The Sonos Era 300 isn’t primarily a Bluetooth speaker – it’s a wifi connected smart speaker, and a very, very good one at that. It sounds phenomenal, and looks the part too. There’s a reason that we gave it five stars, after all.

Bluetooth-wise, there’s a small button on the back at the bottom of the speaker that you press to enter pairing mode, so that you can connect your phone without having to go through the app or AirPlay. If you do, you’ll be treated to excellent sound quality, with plenty of low-end, lovely fat mids, and some detailed highs.

If you want to use some of the cooler features of the speaker, such as Spatial Audio and hi-res support, then you’ll want to either use the Sonos app, or AirPlay. Both work well, and are super easy to use. Whichever you choose, however, you’re in for a treat. At $450 it’s more expensive than a HomePod 2 – but it is far, far better.

Best small & rugged

Best for outdoorsy luxury: Bang & Olufsen Beosound explore

(Image credit: Tammy Rogers/ iMore)

Bang & Olufsen Beosound explore

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

+

It’s super sturdy and premium

+

Restrained but pleasant sound profile

+

Incredible battery life

Reasons to avoid

Could be bassier

Not great Hi-res audio format support

If you want something that’s compact, super luxurious, and that sounds really good, then the Bang & Olufsen Beosound explore is the way to go. Made of aluminum and looking a little like a very posh beer can, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound explore is a great option if you want to feel a little more high-class on your next outdoor expedition.

It sounds good, although bass heads will want to look elsewhere. The aluminum shell adds a super rugged feeling to the speaker, and its price is uncommonly not super high as you might expect from a Bang & Olufsen product. We loved the little speaker – although we wish it could have gone a little louder.

The best sounding

The best (if you can afford it): Naim Mu-So 2nd generation

(Image credit: Tammy Rogers/ iMore)

Naim Mu-So 2nd generation

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

+

Sounds incredible

+

Looks like a sculpture

+

That control on top is exquisite

Reasons to avoid

The remote controller doesn’t match the system’s look and feel

Very expensive

The Naim Mu-So is a beast. A beast that costs $1599 – and while it’s worth every cent of that lofty price tag, it’s still an expensive option. It’s also not strictly just a Bluetooth speaker, with AirPlay and wifi connection. The Bluetooth connection on board works well, however, and its sound quality is enrapturing.

You can even plug it into your TV so that it acts like a very expensive soundbar, and there’s an aux in on the back that you can plug other pieces of kit in as well – so you’re not short of ways to get connected.

We loved the Mu-So – although we are not blind to that price. If you’re looking for the best of the best, then you’ve got it here. Just make sure that you can afford it.


Which is the best Bluetooth speaker for you?

(Image credit: Tammy Rogers/ iMore)

As always, it depends entirely on what you’re looking for. If you want something a little less expensive, then the JBL Flip 6 is an excellent choice. It’s only $100, and it sounds good to boot. It’s small enough to fit into a bag, and the battery life is long enough to last for a hike.

If you want something truly rugged, then you’re going to want to take a look at the Bang & Olufsen. It’s a super premium-feeling aluminum speaker that sounds excellent, and its carabiner will clip to your backpack super easily. It could be a little louder, but it’s the perfect companion for a short camping trip.

Need the loudest speaker you can lay your hands on? The Soundcore Motion Boom Plus is your go-to. It’s light so that you can take it out and about, but it packs a sonic wallop with some truly ridiculous volume. Its battery life is super solid as well, and the handle makes carrying it around super easy. Don’t expect HiFi, but it’s a monster of a portable speaker.

Want the best of the best sound quality – the Naim Mu-So. It’s massive, it’s expensive, drop-dead gorgeous, and crucially sounds like you’re being sung to by angels. The price is more than justified by its incredible looks and sound – and it’s also a little smarter than most of the other Bluetooth speakers on the list.

Q&A

What is AirPlay?

Some of the speakers support AirPlay, a method of connecting with an Apple device. That includes phones, Macs, and iPads – so you’ll be able to easily connect your Apple devices to the speaker. It’s also capable of pumping out more impressive sound quality, thanks to its reliance on WiFi rather than Bluetooth.

For more information about AirPlay, check out our AirPlay guide.

What’s the difference between wireless and Bluetooth speakers?

Mostly the connection method. A Bluetooth speaker uses, obviously, Bluetooth to connect to your device and play music. A wireless speaker may use a different form of connection – that could be WiFi, AirPlay, Chromecast, or another form of wireless connection. These speakers require a wifi connection.

How do we test?

We take great pride in our testing of sound equipment. Our audio experts test everything that comes over their desks vigorously, playing a range of different genres and styles. If we’re not a fan of the way something sounds, we’ll tell you.

We also recognise thats there’s more to it than just sound quality – so we also test compatibility, battery life, and other aspects of each speaker. We love audio – and we want to help you find the best speaker for you.

Round up of today’s best deals

Soundcore Motion X600

$199.99

View

See all prices

JBL Flip 6

$129.95

$99.95

View

See all prices

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore

$140.49

View

See all prices

Naim Mu-so 2nd generation

$1,399

View

See all prices

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As the Buying Guides and Deals writer for iMore, Tammy puts over a decade of experience in finding the best prices of Apple products to work, helping you save money on the equipment that you want. An audiophile at heart, she loves all things audio and visual, but you’ll also find her drooling over the latest Macs and MacBooks. With a Masters in screenwriting, Tammy likes to spend her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays or driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don’t ask her about AirPods Max – you probably won’t like her answer.

A selection of the best Bluetooth speakers for iPhone and iPad

iPhone and iPad speakers get better year after year, but they’re not good enough to rock a party or provide decent acoustics for a movie. This is where portable wireless speakers come to the rescue.

The best choice for every day

Ultimate Ears Roll 2

A great choice for those who love portability and practicality. Slim, waterproof speaker with an unusual design and a battery that lasts for 9hours of work. Elastic detachable cord allows you to hang the gadget on a bike or backpack. Music can be listened to at a distance of 30 meters from the sound source. Included with the device is a funny inflatable ring, so you can take the column with you to the pool or to the sea.

Price: $64.00 for

Amazon Buyers’ Choice

Anker SoundCore 2

24 hours of battery life and built-in microphone for making calls. Here, perhaps, the main advantages of this model. Although no, not all, yet, of course, the price. Ideal for home use.

Price: $31.99 for

Feel like a rock star

Marshall Acton Speaker with Bluetooth

Marshall has long been known for its guitar amplifiers, and the company is using its music brand reputation to shine in the consumer electronics field. This is the most compact speaker system from the manufacturer’s model range, made in the style of legendary guitar amplifiers. The column is powered from a 220V network. This fact, as well as the weight of 3 kg, makes it unsuitable for use on the road. However, it fits perfectly into almost any interior.

Price: $208.84 for

Loud clear sound lovers and guitarists

IK Multimedia iLoud Speaker

designed specifically for musicians. In the beginning, this was true because the speakers were used as mobile studio monitors. Now ordinary users have the opportunity to use iLoud as regular stereo speakers with a battery. But the gadget can still be used as a small guitar amplifier with software processing on the side of the connected device. To do this, the kit comes with a non-standard 4-wire cord with minijack connectors. In addition to the guitar, you can also connect a microphone to iLoud. The battery lasts for 3 hours at maximum playback volume and 10 hours at moderate volume.

Price: $252 at

The best bass for a reasonable price

Vava Voom 20

This wireless speaker will appeal to lovers of quality bass. The gadget is not afraid of water at all and is able to play music for eight hours on a single battery charge. Also, the device, the only one on the list, is able to act as an external battery.

Price: $66.99 for

The best portable Bluetooth speakers for your iPhone, iPad and Mac

Want a portable speaker for all your Apple devices? Look no further!

Portable Bluetooth speakers are one of the best ways to listen to your favorite tunes, podcasts and more wherever you go. As long as your iPhone, iPad or Mac is nearby, your music can sound loud and proud. There are many options on the market at different prices, giving you the opportunity to find a speaker that is right for you. Here are some of our favorites.

Looking for AirPlay speakers instead? If you want to take advantage of the Apple AirPlay feature, check out our picks for the best AirPlay speakers.

UE Boom 2

True to its onomatopoeic name, the UE Boom 2 is an impressive option for Bluetooth audio lovers, offering 360-degree sound in a truly portable package. This speaker makes it to many lists of the best Bluetooth speakers – and with good reason.

Boom 2 is waterproof, allowing you to submerge it in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes and then get out of it. It is also protected from mud and dirt, but not repel these substances – though you can wash the speaker by hand if it gets too dirty.

Asking on Twitter, I got a lot of replies from people who told me that the UE Boom 2 was my favorite purchase of all time.

@Luke Filipovich @reneritchie UE Boom 2, without a doubt. I bought 3 or 4. I’m sitting in a stereo now.

– Peter Nyu (@dkmj) January 17, 2017

The UE Boom 2’s batteries will last you approximately 15 hours of playback, and the Bluetooth range is 100 feet outdoors, giving you more than enough time and space to enjoy all the sounds you want to hear. Plus, if you’re missing the volume you want from just one UE Boom 2, you have the option to set up another one to create a stereo pair and raise the roof.

UE Boom 2 also has the added fun of a control app that you can use to skip songs, adjust volume, and pause music – all without having to touch the speaker.

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Fugoo Sport

Fugoo’s portable Bluetooth speaker is designed for a variety of environments, offering three different casings that you can use to hide its inner workings, but it’s the sports sleeve that offers the most versatility.

What sets the Fugoo apart from the competition is its 40-hour battery life: this little speaker will jam for days, whether you’re sitting by the pool or hiking. Speaking of the pool, the Fugoo is IP67 water and dust resistant, allowing you to play music near (or in) the water. (Of course, this doesn’t sound very good under water, considering all the physics of sound waves, but it’s doable.)

In terms of sound quality, Fugoo has six drivers inside the cabinet: two 28mm tweeters, two 39-mm mid/woofer drivers and two 43mm x 54mm passive radiators scattered on all four sides; This design delivers clear, balanced 360-degree sound from a small speaker.

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Sony SRS-X55

Sony has a whole line of Bluetooth speakers that vary in size, but if you pick out the best portable speakers, it would be a shame to forget the SRS-X55.

Let’s move on to the most important aspect of any speaker: sound quality. It operates in a 2.1 channel system, offering a dedicated bass driver to deliver crisp low frequencies without distorting the rest of the sound environment.

When developing the SRS-X55, Sony had it in mind: not only does it work with Bluetooth, but it also has NFC compatibility and a standard 3.5mm AUX input jack. On top of that, Sony has added a USB port so you can charge your phone or tablet on the go, making the SRS-X55 one of the most versatile Bluetooth speakers out there. Add to that 10 hours of playtime and you have a portable Bluetooth speaker that pumps out jams even at night.

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Riva Turbo X

The Riva Turbo X is often overlooked for its slightly higher price, but Riva Turbo X fans will advise you to look twice.

When it comes to portability, the Riva Turbo X is a little on the big side; however, when it comes to power, the Riva Turbo X is the real thing. Wire was quick to mention how sleek and durable the design is, calling it “refined and elegant.”

If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker to open the doors of your home, the Riva Turbo X will make you smile and maybe close your ears.

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Bose Soundlink III

Bose has always placed great emphasis on excellent sound quality in its speakers, and that mantra continues with the Soundlink III. Whether you’re listening to music directly from your iPhone via the AUX input or sending audio wirelessly via Bluetooth, the sound quality is truly impeccable. And at just two pounds, the Soundlink III feels very light for its size, making it easy to carry around.

While the Soundlink III doesn’t have the ability to charge via micro-USB and doesn’t have the fancier features you might see in other portable Bluetooth speakers, the raw performance in terms of sound quality is excellent. The bass that comes out of this small speaker is incredible: low frequencies always sound warm and full – even at high volumes, which can usually be a problem for speakers of this size. Plus, if you’re into playing music as loud as possible, Soundlink III has you covered in abundance, perfect for keeping the party going!

You will get approximately 14 hours of playtime from the Soundlink III before it needs to be charged. The Bose name is usually reflected in the price, but the quality you see in the Soundlink III makes the $299 price tag a little easier to swallow.

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UE Roll 2

UE Roll 2 has a sleek ball-shaped design that will follow you wherever you go – even, thanks to its water resistance, into the shower. In addition, it also comes with a small lifeline that allows it to float if you plan to take it with you to a pool party.

The sound of this tiny man is impressive, especially if you connect another UE Roll 2 to it for surround sound. It has an app you can download to take full control of playback, allowing you to control it from afar – and with a 100-foot outdoor Bluetooth range, you might want it.

This is Wirecutter’s Top Pick in their portable Bluetooth speaker review, citing their versatility and portability as their main selling points.

“UE Roll 2 sounds full, smooth everything from bass notes to cymbals, and it’s loud enough to fill a hotel room or a beach spot.”

Make no mistake, the UE Roll 2 won’t be inferior in sound quality to some of the more expensive devices, but for just $99 you get a great little speaker that you can take anywhere.

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VTIN Royaler

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VTIN Royaler is a personal favorite: I’ve been using it for three months on all my office audio systems and I’m pleasantly impressed – both by its quality and the $59 price tag.

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Royaler looks and feels great, which could be a problem due to the price. Its aluminum alloy chassis feels solid and well built, and it gives the whole speaker a nice polished look that looks great next to my Mac.

Second, the sound quality is solid: The VTIN Royaler is equipped with two 10-watt drivers and a passive bass radiator, and while it doesn’t outperform the higher-end speakers on this list, it still delivers great everyday sound. The bass is also impressive, sounding warm and tunable through even the heaviest metal, although at maximum volume you can detect a slight buzz from low frequencies.

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Amazon Tap

I couldn’t exclude the Amazon Tap from this list because you won’t find a more useful Bluetooth speaker.

In addition to being powered by Dolby Audio and offering 306-degree sound, Amazon Tap has Alexa. You just need to press the speaker and ask Alexa to play Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, you name it and it starts playing instantly. Plus, if you’re using Tap at home (or anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection), Alexa becomes even more useful. 9The 0003

Amazon Tap will give you nine hours of playback on a single charge, and it comes with a beautiful charging stand that keeps it upright and looks great even when it’s refilling its tank.

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What do you use?

Do you have a favorite bluetooth speaker? Tell us in the comments below!

Updated August 2017: I’ve added the Riva Turbo X to the list for people who need a portable speaker with lots of power.