The best Bluetooth speakers for getting lost in your favorite playlists

These days, most of us carry around our music playlists on our phones, which is just fine when we’re wearing headphones, but not as good when we want to play music in our backyards, by the pool, or at a hangout with friends. That’s...

The best Bluetooth speakers for getting lost in your favorite playlists
The best Bluetooth speakers for getting lost in your favorite playlists

These days, most of us carry around our music playlists on our phones, which is just fine when we’re wearing headphones, but not as good when we want to play music in our backyards, by the pool, or at a hangout with friends. That’s when you're going to need a good speaker. Specifically, a good Bluetooth speaker. 

As per usual, we want to help you find the best one, so let's get into it. 

What type of sound quality do you need?

Will you be using your speakers solely for music? For podcasts (yes, some people do that)? Maybe a bit of both? You should decide that now, because it will surely factor into what kind of speaker you end up getting — whether that's surround sound, Dolby Atmos, something for the great outdoors or just plain old stereo (which is also great, don't feel pressured to get something super fancy and expensive if you don't really need it). Not all speakers produce the same kind of sound quality, so it's important to know exactly the kind of listening experience you're looking to get out of it before you make the purchase Read more...

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BEST FOR SMART HOMES

Sonos Move

This easy-to-use, rechargeable speaker streams over Bluetooth as well as WiFi, which is convenient if you want to use it at home.

$399 from Amazon

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BEST FOR 360 REALITY AUDIO

Sony SRS-RA5000

The Sony SRS-RA5000, with its room-filling 360 Reality Audio and balanced set of drivers, is one of the best ambient experiences you can have with a Bluetooth speaker right now.

$699.99 from Amazon

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MOST COMPACT

JBL Clip 2

This speaker is the definition of compact, and it’s small enough to clip to your belt.

$72 from Amazon

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BEST VALUE

JBL Flip 5

The JBL Flip 5 is a great size for taking on the go and has amazing sound quality, making it a good value for your money.

$119.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR ACTIVITIES

UE Wonderboom 2

Ultimate Ears delivers a small, portable speaker that's ideal for dealing with anything nature can throw your way.

$99.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR POOL PARTIES

UE Ears Boom 3

If you’re looking for a wireless speaker for the pool, this waterproof, floatable speaker is your best bet.

$149.99 from Amazon

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BEST SURROUND SOUND

Bose Soundlink Resolve

If you’re looking for a 360-degree Bluetooth speaker that's smaller than Sony's new line, the SoundLink Revolve is a great choice.

$199 from Amazon

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BEST FOR VOICE CONTROL

Echo Dot (4th-gen)

If you want a smart assistant that also can generate solid sound, the new Echo Dot is a good choice.

$99.99 from Amazon