The Best Bluetooth Speakers
Take the party with you
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There’s nothing wrong with jamming out when you’re car camping or throwing a fall backyard barbeque. These six models are portable enough to take anywhere.
Aukey SoundTank ($55)
Tank indeed. You can practically dropkick this dual five-watt speaker, thanks to its heavy rubber bumper and protective grate. It’s not submersible, but it will shrug off light rain. And it boasts kicking bass—not typical of a speaker that weighs in at only a pound.
Scosche BoomBottle H2O+ ($100)
Water-skiing, surfing, rainy-day mountain biking, beach volleyball—take this tubular, dunkable speaker along and get it wet. Per the name, it fits in a standard bottle cage and thumps music 360 degrees for up to 11 hours.
This palm-size unit cranks out five hours of tunes and will order you a pizza while you tweak your playlist. Outfitted with Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant, it can also check the weather and call home at your command. Choose a wrap design that speaks to you, like plaid or paint splatter.
Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth ($300)
Other portable speakers may be louder, but none beat the balanced, bass-rich, distortion-free sound of this sleek boom box. It’s water- and drop-resistant, and the simple styling makes it look at home in any setting, inside or out. Fully juiced, it can sound off for up to 16 hours.
Marshall Headphones Stockwell ($229)
Hands down the most powerful travel speaker of its size, the Stockwell looks like its big-brother amps, down to the iconic retractable analog knobs. Its solution for superior fidelity: two woofers, two dome tweeters, and a class D amplifier. A flip cover angles it up for best sound. All that and it runs for 25 hours before needing a charge.
Ecoxgear EcoSlate ($150)
Consider the dual ten-watt EcoSlate the Swiss Army knife of speakers. It’s waterproof and floats, and a raised roll cage protects the guts from falls; it also functions as a power bank for charging your other gadgets in a pinch and has a built-in 200-lumen flashlight.