After several hours of research at the USA, I have selected the 9 best sounding bluetooth speaker of 2019 among more than 50 models of best portable, budget, waterproof and mini loudest bluetooth speakers currently available on the market.
I, personally, have a preference for the Ultimate Ears Boom 2, which was already excellent, and also benefits from a drop in price that makes it more attractive than ever since the release of the Boom 3.
Though there are some other best sounding bluetooth earbuds and best sounding headphones are also available, but at the end of this article, you’ll find a shopping guide to help you navigate the prolific world of sounding bluetooth speakers.
List of Best Sounding Bluetooth Speaker 2019
Name Rating Main Feature Price
1. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
2. Tribit Xsound Go
3.5 Reflective cord
3. Anker Soundcore Flare
3.8 Totally water resistant
4. Ultimate Ears Boom 2
3.7 Sound quality
5. JBL Flip 4
3.5 Stable connection
6. Bose Soundlink Color II
7. Ultimate Ears Boom 3
4.0 True wireless & Sports functions
8. Bose SoundLink Mini II
9. JBL Charge 4
3.6 Splash resistance
The best cheap bluetooth speakers
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom: the best not expensive
Logitech’s little audio girl, Ultimate Ears has managed to carve out a very good place in the speaker market. With the Wonderboom and all their range of portable speakers associated, the brand hit hard. The motto of the Wonderboom? Quality – at all levels – at a low price.
The first point, with this Bluetooth speaker, is its design. Wonderboom: an audio bomb that fits your hand perfectly. It has a nice spherical shape, impeccable finishes, and a choice of interesting colors, ranging from a neutral black but elegant to a rather kitsch but very trendy unicorn version (and definitely my favorite). What satisfy the tastes of everyone in short!
And if you’re worried that its curvaceous shape will increase the risk of shock, you’ll be delighted to learn that it resists a 1.5-meter drop, that it floats, and that it is waterproof. water like fine dust. In short: a model almost indestructible.
The controls are kept to a minimum: ignition, bluetooth, and finally the main button indicated by the EU logo, which allows among other things to couple two Wonderbooms, to ensure better coverage.
Side autonomy, the brand promises us 10h. It is rather standard for this type of model, and the announced duration seems to be verified on the ground (all obviously depending on your actual use: constantly at full volume, the battery is obviously empty faster). The complete charge takes about two hours.
Level connectivity, there is no mini jack port, which I regret a little, but it is done more and more). Only the micro-USB port is offered for charging (no USB-C so). There is no microphone, so you will not be able to use it, as more and more competitors, as a hands-free kit.
The device relies entirely on Bluetooth. And if the sound is good, it should be noted a slight latency (3 tenths of a second or so). Honestly, it is quite difficult for the man to perceive, but it can still bother you.
By cons, audio performance side, there is absolutely nothing wrong! As its name suggests, it offers an excellent sound level and bass of surprising quality for an object of this size and in this price range. For the intended use of this type of device, it is more than satisfactory.
Of course, the most saturated songs (orchestra, metal, etc.) will not come out perfectly, but it is a fairly predictable disadvantage in this price range.
Ultimate Ears opens this top of cheap speakers with a surprising and trendy Bluetooth speaker. An object we like to use, but also to show: it is undoubtedly that too, the future of ultra-portable.
Tribit XSound Go: the good surprise
During my research for this comparison, I was intrigued to cross the name of Tribit several times, which was totally unknown to me. But after some research, I discovered that this start-up founded by a group of sound engineers seems to have recently offered some products with a very good value for money, like this small Bluetooth speaker.
Rather sober and light (380 grams), it is adorned with a matte black or blue rubber coating , and does not necessarily stand out, at first glance, conventional horizontal speakers. Its design nevertheless seems solid.
It is IPX7 certified, which means it can be immersed in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes. This is again a perfect ally for the evenings by the pool. Its strap, it participates fully on its nomad side and allows you, for example, to attach easily somewhere.
The sound quality, of course, is not the most optimal, but it was to be expected in this price range. Nevertheless, it has the merit of providing a powerful and clear sound. The bass, if they are present, lack a little power compared to all. And at full volume, a distortion is quickly felt, especially in treble and really rich pieces. But honestly, given its size, it’s frankly satisfactory.
On the other hand, what made me bluff is its autonomy. 24 hours announced, which seem to be well on the ground. Nevertheless, it is still necessary to count 4 good hours of load.
Connectivity level, it includes a micro-USB port for charging, a built-in microphone that allows you to use a hands-free kit, and a 3.5 mm micro jack, which I appreciate.
In the end, it is certainly not the best speaker on the market, but its small price makes it an element of choice. A sound more than correct, excellent autonomy and resistance to water, this is a small speaker really cheap that can take almost everywhere.
Anker Soundcore Flare: sound and light game of the atmosphere
The third speaker of my selection was released in May 2018. The Anker brand stood out in the world of speakers by offering inexpensive products but for which, often, the quality was lower, whether visually or audibly.
With the Soundcore Flare, Anker changes his tune a little, and it feels good! Exit the plastic that composed entirely the first Soundcore. With its curved cylindrical shape, we now have an elegant object that we like to exhibit.
At the bottom of the speaker is an LED halo that, with five color themes and five illumination speeds, allows you to get synchronized lighting with your music. You can easily adjust the color and speed yourself via the button on the top of the speaker, and even turn it off completely if you want to extend the life of your battery.
The base consists of a grip that allows you to drop the Soundcore Flare anywhere without danger of slipping during your wanderings. This is also the connector buttons, hidden under a rubber flap. And if we can sometimes have difficulty opening this flap unless we have beautiful long manicured nails (which I do not have!), We are nevertheless pleased to see that, thanks to him, it is impossible to water or sand to enter the system.
And indeed, this speaker is waterproof: you can dive up to one meter deep for 30 minutes without enduring damage. Convenient if you want to take it to the pool!
Connectivity level, under this famous flap, there is again a micro-USB jack, but also a universal 3.5mm mini-jack port, allowing playback in wire mode.
The sound quality, without being optimal, is frankly satisfactory, especially for the price. If you turn the volume up, a distortion can be observed in the high, but at a “normal” volume, it is not at all embarrassing. The bass treatment is very good, without even having to use the button “Bass Up” that will appreciate fans of the genre.
The diffusion, it, is at 360 °, which does not spoil anything.
On the other hand, if the brand announces an autonomy of 12 hours, it is necessary to divide this one by two if one uses the volume at bottom and the function Led.
In the end, this speaker, with its easy grip, its small weight of 569 grams, and its water resistance, is the ideal Bluetooth speaker for anyone looking for a nomad speaker, easy to carry. Side by side with the Wonderboom, the choice is hard to make. So it’s the anti-shock side and the flotation capacity that have tipped the scales in favor of the Wonderboom as the best choice.
The best mid-range bluetooth speakers
Ultimate Ears Boom 2: the best midrange
A few weeks ago, the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 speaker was in first place in this selection but in the high end. Supply and demand, however, are good that, since the release of the Boom 3 (which I speak to you later), the price of the Boom 2 is well democratized (although there are variances according to the color chosen), and despite its (very) many qualities, it can be found today at a very affordable price.
This waterproof vertical enclosure, resistant and tart (it is found in many sparkling colors) focuses mainly on sound fidelity and resistance. Really thought for the party, you can pair it with no less than 7 other devices for perfect coverage of space.
Via the application, you can manage the stereo with multiple speakers, but also set an alarm, manage your playlists and make a versatile DJ companion.
The Bluetooth, it works perfectly between 15 and 20 meters distance with a latency of less than 3 tenths of a second, which becomes imperceptible for the man.
If the music is without cuts, its results in autonomy are a little more mixed. At the 15 hours announced by the manufacturer, users generally oppose more variable figures, ranging from 7 to 14. Of course, the behavior of the user is one of the notable factors: autonomy is much better if we hold about 60% power, which allows reaching 14 hours.
But despite this inconsistency from one battery to another, the Boom 2 is one of the best-equipped products of my selection.
It is still at the noise level that the EU Boom 2 gets its most satisfactory results. Thanks to a relatively homogeneous 360-degree sound diffusion, we are sure not to miss a crumb of the performance of this speaker, even if the bass is a little less forward than on the Soundlink Mini II which it has long been presented as the direct competitor (and which is today at a much higher price).
Sound fidelity is one of the best in the field of portable speakers. The sound is clear, sustained, even at over 70% power. It is beyond 85-90% that, inevitably, there will be a distortion of treble. If some sound devices achieve perfect fidelity, we obviously can not wait for the same performance of a speaker that holds in the hand.
With its resistance, sound performance and 360 ° diffusion, the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 is the ideal companion for music outings. It far outweighs my preference and, given the price drop it has experienced in recent weeks, it is probably one of the best value for money at the moment.
However, I would like to point out that, at the time of writing, a cheaper variant is proposed on Amazon. Be careful though: this is not the EU Boom 2 original, but the EU Boom 2 Lite, around which the brand has made no statement so far. It seems that this version has all the qualities of the original if it is lesser sound power, a little more autonomy (11.5 hours) and it is delivered without charging port (just a cable USB). An informed user is worth two!
And for our Belgian readers who would not have access to some online stores, know that the EU Boom 2 original is sold at attractive prices on this site.
JBL Flip 4: colorful and effective
JBL remains one of the key brands in the world of audio. While part of their range is geared towards professionals, it has always strived to produce speakers for the general public at the most affordable price.
Why Flip? The range was designed by JBL to be used as a tower (vertically) or a soundbar (horizontally). However, I recommend you use elongated for better bass.
Level design, as often at JBL, there are clear colors and a flawless finish. The cylindrical shape, it allows a pleasant grip.
It is also waterproof, like many models nowadays, and withstands immersion for about 30 minutes up to 1 meter deep (IPX7 certification).
From the point of view of connectivity, JBL remains a fan of the jack. The commands remain minimal: Bluetooth, volume and play (no possibility of returning to the previous track, therefore).
The power button is located on the edge, next to the JBL Connect button, a novelty brought by JBL on Flip models, which allows, with a simple push, to couple several speakers with the same technology.
A stereo option is accessible from an intuitive companion app. On the other hand, it is functional but does not offer a particularly impressive depth of sound.
Unfortunately, the Bluetooth leaves a little to be desired, since 3 tenths of a second of latency are in the slice of what is perceptible by the man. These scores are mainly about listening on a smartphone, use on a PC with much more effective results.
Sound side, there is fidelity of medium sounds appreciable. The bass, they, manage to go down to 60 Hz, which is correct for a speaker of this type. The treble either is not left behind, since the sound is distinct and very pleasant. It is only by pushing a little the sound power that some of the highest frequencies begin to saturate.
Level autonomy, JBL has made an effort compared to previous models, since this time reaches a range of 12 hours, very significant.
In the end, the Flip improves more and more each model, and the latest model in the range is extremely satisfying. Waterproof, sound performance and autonomy are indeed at the rendezvous.
Bose Soundlink Color II: ergonomics first
Bose has long been a leader in audio. It is not surprising to find one of their speakers in my selection.
As its name suggests, special attention has been paid by the brand to the design of the Soundlink Color II: available in white, turquoise blue, red and anthracite gray, it consists of a silicone coating soft to the touch that has the deserves to provide some protection against shocks.
And as this coating covers the entire enclosure, including the control panel on the top, Bose offers us a splash-proof device. Warning! I said “splashing”. With an IPX4 certification (unlike the models presented so far that had the IPX7 certification), it will not withstand a bath. It is quite damaging for a speaker located in this price range.
Connectivity level, there is again a Micro-USB port for charging and a 3.5mm mini-jack input that offers an alternative to listening in Bluetooth. And like the Tribit, it offers a built-in microphone that allows you to use this device as a hands-free kit!
It’s possible to connect the speaker to three separate Bluetooth sources at once, and the Bose Connect app that you can download to your smartphone gives you access to a whole host of cool features, including the combination of multiple mono speakers or in stereo.
Finally, last but not least, it has NFC technology, which allows instant pairing with compatible devices.
On the other hand, at the sound level, I must confess that I am a little perplexed, given the performance generally provided by the brand. The sound quality is there, but it has its limits. The sound remains weak even at maximum volume. But in addition, if we put this volume thoroughly, we quickly realize that the sound undergoes a strong compression, which brings a lot of distortions and noise parasites.
And at the bass, if we could expect a quality transmission given the size of this speaker (Bose has forged a reputation on its speakers to the excellent report “level of seriousness/size” ), we are quickly disappointed because the extension is limited to 80 Hz (which is still higher than the JBL Flip 4, to give you an order of ideas).
The 8-hour battery life, if it remains correct, nevertheless places the Soundlink Color II in the low average of the speakers of this template.
In the end, Bose offers us here a portable speaker with good sound quality and some attractive options (like the hands-free kit). But the quality of sound provided compared to some ultra-portable models, its size and the fact that it is not waterproof did not allow him to reach the first place of this section.
The best high-end Bluetooth speakers
Ultimate Ears Boom 3: the best upscale
I told you earlier, the Boom 3 Ultimate Ears, published in the fall of 2018, has integrated my selection. And if I had to summarize greatly this speaker, I would say that it takes all the good of the Boom 2, while improving on certain points.
On the design side, it should be noted that it is a little more massive and more refined (I want to say austere) than the Boom 2. Clearly, its look was inspired by another speaker of the brand, the Megaboom 3, of which it seems to be the miniaturized version. The finishes are impeccable, and all frankly solid. But the end result I like less (obviously, everything is about taste!)
For the first time in this selection, this speaker is IP67 certified. This means that in addition to being protected against immersion in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter, it is totally dust-proof. And, like the Wonderboom, it floats, which makes it even more pleasant to take to your pool parties.
At the level of the controls, it is comparable to what was done on the model 2, except that the speaker integrates this time what the brand calls its “magic button”: it allows you to pre-register up to 4 Playlists (from Apple Music or Deezer Premium + only, at the time of writing these lines), which you can access via a long press.
The sound quality, as with the Boom 2, is at the rendezvous, always with a distortion present at a higher level, but really well mastered for an enclosure of this size. Where she excels the most is in the rendering of the bass. The amateurs will be happy!
Level connectivity, I am rather disappointed, however, for a recent speaker. It has a micro-USB port (still no USB-C, so) and … that’s it! No even mini jack port! It is little in my opinion, especially in this price range.
Finally, if Ultimate Ears announces again a duration of 15 hours, as with the Boom 2, the users record more variable data, but which seem rather turn around 13 hours. It’s already very good!
A novelty that incorporates the Boom 3 on this subject is its compatibility with the Power Up charging base (already found with the Megaboom 3, for example), which allows you to continue listening to your music while leaving your speaker to reload on it. On the other hand, at the price of 40 $, I find that a little strong.
In the end, the Boom 3 fulfills its promises to take all that had attracted in the Boom 2 and offer even more. I just regret the compatibility limitations of its new “magic button” – by the way very interesting – but it’s not impossible to see this expand in the future. Of course, it is new and therefore offered at a higher price. That’s why, at the moment, Boom 2 always seems more interesting to me. Case to follow …
Bose Soundlink Mini II: Sound quality first and foremost
With the SoundLink Mini, there is no mystery. The speaker plays neither on its portability, nor on the peripheral functions, nor on a festive image like Ultimate Ears. Its strength is the quality of the sound, neither more nor less. And honestly, after the Soundlink Color II, it’s good to see Bose on top!
Level design, we can see directly that the finishes are solid and neat. There is a lot of metal on the chassis and the protective grilles. So, small downside: it is felt on its weight (1 kg), which is embarrassing for a nomadic speaker. Especially since, unlike other lower price speakers presented here, it is not dustproof or splashes water. Pity!
The use is – as often with Bose – simple as hello! There is even a voice guide function, but its rendering is robotic, disembodied. So, we quickly want to disable it!
A multifunction key is available, which allows, depending on the degree or number of pressures, to start or pause, to connect to Siri or Google Now, or to manage calls (because one is again – that’s nice – on a model with a hands-free kit).
Connectivity level, nothing surprising with a micro-USB port for charging and the ability to connect a wired device with the mini-jack 3.5 mm.
Its autonomy announced at 10 am is close to 12, but, on the other hand, its recharge time is quite long compared to what is generally found in terms of Bluetooth speaker (3 to 4 hours anyway!)
I come to what interests us, the sound quality. Few portable speakers produce a sound as faithful and powerful as the Bose Soundlink Mini II. With stable bass and clear treble, it passes the test of the most scrupulous specialist tests. The power is far superior to other models, which allows easy use outdoors – but still not to the point of doing the DJ of your evening because we observe a distortion of treble and midrange when the maximum volume.
Admittedly, this is not the versatile speaker that other manufacturers have designed (and that may be what cost him his place in this top 3 speakers high-end), but it refocuses the market on what counts – for some – the most: the sound quality. And it works: The Bose SoundLink Mini II is a hit!
JBL Charge 4: Bluffing autonomy
Here is, for the last speaker of my selection, a new model of JBL, published end 2018.
First of all, there is nothing surprising about the design of this cylindrical enclosure, which can be used both vertically and horizontally. By cons, it is much more consistent, for example, than the EU Boom 2, with no less than 960 grams on the scale.
But it looks solid, and the finishes are impeccable. As often with JBL, it is available in several colors (6 at the moment, my favorite is the blue ). Once again, it is IPX7 certified, which is always welcome, as well as being impact resistant.
Side connectivity, the good surprise comes from the integration (finally!) Of a USB-C charging port, and a 3.5 mm mini jack. By cons, it is impossible to use a hands-free kit, which is quite amazing in its price range.
The sound quality is at the rendezvous, as long as you do not push the volume too loud: beyond 60%, distortions appear. It is nevertheless already very powerful at this level. But under 60%, she is doing extremely well, even with the most complex pieces. The bass, they have a very good performance and should delight fans. And strangely, except the slight latency that appears, the transition from wired mode to Bluetooth mode does not change the sound quality.
Finally, and this is undoubtedly one of the keys to this success, this forum announces an autonomy of 20 hours. This is already huge, not to mention that some users say they could push this autonomy further, reaching almost 25 hours! You can also connect your smartphone to recharge it. The speaker is, therefore, an external charger (but hey, obviously it drains the battery!)
In the end, it is an excellent speaker, offering a good sound, a very comfortable autonomy, and some nice additions like its ability to charge your smartphone. I do not blame him at the moment that its price (but it is normal, it is brand new), and its size a little consequent.
How to choose your best bluetooth speaker?
The opinion of a passionate
“Finding a portable speaker that is effective everywhere is for me essential. I get so many musical proposals that a day will not be enough to listen to everything. Among the bluetooth speakers that I tested and much appreciated we could mention the Ultimate Ears Megaboom range for its value for money, the Sony SRS-XB41 for off-road and the excellent Californian Riva. But my heart is swinging towards the Bose Sound Link models. In addition to providing a perfect balance of sounds on all musical styles, their size/weight, reliability associated with longevity and battery life make it a must for me. ” (Pierre Fosco)
Looking for a wireless speaker but you’re lost among the plethora of models available on the market? Do not panic!
Whether you’re looking for a powerful or versatile compact speaker, this little shopping guide should help you get a clearer idea of what to look for before investing.
The first question to ask yourself, if you plan to buy a portable bluetooth speaker, is to know how you will use it.
Do you need your speaker to follow you in all (or almost) your peregrinations or is it a matter of listening permanently?
Because in the second case, stop, you are wrong with mini Bluetooth speakers: it is better to invest in a larger speaker but will have other assets such as greater power and WiFi communication.
On the other hand, if you plan to take it everywhere, you need a small, light, easy-to-grip or slip-in speaker, and if possible withstand external conditions such as sand or splashing.
These last conditions played a big part in my selection, and that’s why you only find really portable speakers (although some more bulky Bluetooth models are also interesting).
The sound quality is obviously paramount. But it depends on the type of listening to you do.
Are you more like listening to your music? Because in this case, it is important to invest in a model that will not saturate (too much) with high volume.
Do you listen to classical music instead? In which case the outfits of the high and mediums are all important.
Or do you prefer powerful bass performance? In this case, it is in your interest to favor a speaker where the equalizer can be adjusted precisely.
Do you need to connect to this speaker only devices with Bluetooth or is a jack required for an occasional wired connection?
Do you plan to use your speaker for a picnic with friends or during your long day at the beach?
Examine the autonomy announced by the manufacturer … But also think about the use you will make the speaker: full volume, autonomy will often be reduced to a trickle!
Nowadays, a design has become one of the essential criteria in the high tech world. Is not it glorifying to release his new playful toy in front of the amazed eyes of admiration of our friends (well I exaggerate a little, but you see the topo)?
This is, of course, a matter of taste, and if it is important to own an object that we like, do not choose your speaker based on its only design, because you might, in the long run, regret your purchase if the sound quality is not at the rendezvous.
The presence of an NFC chip (to connect your speaker and your source player via simple touch), the presence of a hands-free kit function, or a function of ambient light are all elements that can be revealed anecdotal or indispensable according to your needs!
You will understand, in this selection, the brand Ultimate Ears won the place in my heart.
The Ultimate Ears Boom 2 is indeed the best quality/price ratio of the moment, between its robustness, its waterproof capacity, its autonomy of nearly 15 hours and, especially, its audio performance. By cons hurry, the release of the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 seems to gradually cause the disappearance of model 2. But if you are ready to put the difference in price, it is any way any benefit, since it offers all the best of the 2 and more (reinforced bass, IP67 certification …).
For its part, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is the best low-cost option between its audio performance, its mini-shock, and waterproof mini format and its flotation capacity that allows you to take it anywhere. But beware, its price varies considerably depending on the color chosen (design when you hold us …).
Its most direct competitor is probably the Anker Soundcore Flare, which is less resistant, but brings a nice play of light. But if you have a mini-budget for a bluetooth speaker, the Tribit XSound Go is certainly a good investment, with its audio quality more than correct (it is only in the low it sins a bit) and its certification IPX7.
For their part, Bose speakers rely primarily on sound quality, to the detriment of the ease of transport or the resistance of the speaker to the water, for example. The Bose Soundlink Color II does it all the same with an IPX4 certification but is a bit disappointing at the audio level. It is the Bose Soundlink Mini II that will be the most satisfactory at this level, even if it ignores any waterproofing certification.
Finally, JBL speakers are in my opinion excellent investments, in that they always offer a worked design, a certain resistance, and a satisfactory sound quality. And if the JBL Flip 4 is in the (good) average at any level, the JBL Charge 4is clearly distinguished from the competition thanks to its bluffing autonomy.
JBL Clip 3: the side of mini speakers at low prices, this small model of JBL must frankly be taken into consideration. Admittedly, it does not have the power of its elders, but between its compactness, its certification IPX7, and its friendly autonomy of 10 hours, it remains a very good choice for those who do not have too much means. Its multiple color variation should also delight more than one.
V-Moda Remix: This is the first Bluetooth speaker of the American manufacturer. It is distinguished by the integration of a headphone amplifier, and the ability for the buyer to customize it by ordering 3D printed parts directly on the manufacturer’s website. Nevertheless, oddly enough for V-Moda, the sound is not very satisfactory, in that it has a heavy hand on the bass.
Sony SRS-XB41: this speaker signed by Sony offers both an IP67 certification, a nice design available in various colors, an LED animation, a good sound reproduction (bass lovers will appreciate the Extra Bass function) and its pleasant autonomy up close 24 hours. Only its price a little higher than the average led me to consider it as a value for money less interesting.
Bose SoundLink Revolve +: between its impeccable design, powerful sound diffusion and balanced 360, good autonomy (about 15 hours), and ability to connect with voice assistants (Siri or Google Assistant), it has everything an excellent speaker. But its high price and lack of transportability (it is “only” certified IPX 4) led me not to integrate it into my basic selection.
Test Result: Best Sounding Bluetooth Speaker 2019