Best Bluetooth speakers 2021: Top portable speakers to buy today

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Bluetooth speakers come in all different shapes and sizes – from larger options that have the power to fill your whole living room, to smaller portables that are great for taking to picnics or moving from room-to-room.

Finding the right speaker for you and your needs is no easy task, so we’ve rounded up our pick of the best portable speakers currently available to buy. You’ll find a mix of styles, power, sizes and budgets.

There can be some crossover with Wi-Fi or wireless speakers, but in this roundup we’ve concentrated on units that are predominantly designed to stand alone and use Bluetooth for a direct connection with your phone or another device.

Bang and Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen

If you’re looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker – and can forgive the lack of Wi-Fi, AirPlay, and a 3.5mm port – then the Bang and Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen is unrivalled. With added Alexa voice control and waterproofing it’s clearly superior to the already awesome original.

For many the elephant in the room will be the Beosound A1 2nd Gen’s asking price. No, this isn’t a low-cost speaker. But, yes, it most definitely is a high-quality one that delivers huge sound from a beautifully made package.

It might be small, but the Beosound A1 2nd Gen packs a big punch that makes it worth every penny. We can name no better portable at this scale.

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Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3

Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Night BlackThe UE Megaboom is a standout product; one only really limited by the high price point. But even the high price can’t muddy the raft of good points that see it swim along – literally if you dunk it in the bath, thanks to waterproofing and floatability.

This bass-booming cylinder sounds great (with even better bass than before), looks great, and is tough enough to tackle music in the office, for that summer picnic or festival, or whatever else you happen to throw at it. It’s Bluetooth speaker bliss. 

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Tribit StormBox Micro Bluetooth Speaker,

Amazon.com: Tribit StormBox Micro Bluetooth Speaker, IP67 Waterproof &  Dustproof Portable Outdoor Speaker, Bike Speakers with Loud Sound, Advanced  TI Amplifier, Built-in XBass, 100ft Bluetooth Range, Orange: Home Audio &  TheaterAlthough this tiny speaker is totally portable, it sounds nothing like that – indeed, you can’t believe that such a small box can make such noise. And the bass isn’t too bad, either. 

OK, so we’re not talking room-filling sound here, but it’s unbeatable for portable use, such as when camping or traveling. What’s more, it’s IP67-rated waterproof and dustproof and you can even stereo pair two of them, too. 

Although this tiny speaker is totally portable, it sounds nothing like that – indeed, you can’t believe that such a small box can make such noise. And the bass isn’t too bad, either. 

OK, so we’re not talking room-filling sound here, but it’s unbeatable for portable use, such as when camping or traveling. What’s more, it’s IP67-rated waterproof and dustproof and you can even stereo pair two of them, too. 

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