Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers For 2021

charge 4
  • Sound Quality (A)
  • Design (B)
  • Battery: 9 hours

JBL Charge 4

Get JBL Charge 4 if you want the best value portable speaker on the market. Overall, the sound is brilliant because it has the perfect balance of low, high, and mids (while under 70% volume). But it's not a party speaker. It's not ideal for outside use and doesn’t sound great at loud volumes.

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megaboom 3
  • Sound Quality (A-)
  • Design (A)
  • Battery: 10 hours

UE Megaboom 3

Get UE Megaboom 3 if you want to play music at high volumes for large gatherings. The sound profile is crowd-pleasing with substantial bass. It doesn’t sound as clean as Charge 4, but it has more power and does better outside. It has a sleek design and provides wireless charging.

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megablast
  • Sound Quality (A+)
  • Design (B)
  • Battery: 8 hours

UE Megablast

Get UE Megablast if you want the best sounding Ultimate Ears speaker. It sounds clearer than the UE Megaboom 3 at high volumes and the WiFi ability brings more versatility than Bluetooth. But it has a few design flaws with subpar battery life.

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flip 4
  • Sound Quality (C+)
  • Design (B)
  • Battery: 6 hours

JBL Flip 4

Get JBL Flip 4 if you want a speaker that can fill a medium-sized room with crisp sound. It’s not great for outdoor use, and it won’t get super loud, but it’s a solid speaker. Flip 4’s biggest issue is that Charge 3 and Charge 4 sound better and are similarly priced.

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boom 3
  • Sound Quality (C-)
  • Design (A)
  • Battery: 6 hours

UE Boom 3

Get UE Boom 3 if portability and design are a priority. It's great for outdoor use due to its omnidirectional sound, durability, and the wireless charging base is great. As far as sound quality? Boom 3 stays well-balanced, but it sounds like tin can compared to the others on this list. It’s not a great value either.

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soundlink micro
  • Sound Quality (C-)
  • Design (A)
  • Battery: 7 hours

Bose SoundLink Micro

Get Bose SoundLink Micro if you want a speaker that fits in your pocket. It’s best for personal use due to the low volume. It’s a substital upgrade over the built-in speaker on your phone, but I’d feel better if it was $50. JBL Flip 4 is a lot louder and clearer.

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soundlink color
  • Sound Quality (C+)
  • Design (F)
  • Battery: 9 hours

Bose SoundLink Color II

Get Bose SoundLink Color if you can find it for a huge discount. Otherwise, you’ll pay a premium price for an indoor-only speaker that should only be used indoors. The sound profile is boring and flat. SoundLink Color is the worst value speaker that I tested.

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Full Reviews

JBL Charge 4

UE Megaboom 3

UE Megablast 3

JBL Flip 4

UE Boom 3

Bose SoundLink Mirco

Bose SoundLink Color II