Best Bluetooth Speakers

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2019

I'm going to cut through the typical marketing nonsense and provide a short shopping list of the best Bluetooth Speakers in terms of quality at various price points on the market today. Companies that are dedicated to product quality and customer care do not necessarily have the largest marketing budgets or may not be as aggressive or effective strategically in acquiring customers as others, and therefore branding and sales volume may not reflect true quality and ultimately your satisfaction. Of course, being made aware of better options may now be the cause of dissatisfaction with prior purchases and increased expectations moving forward, and for this I apologize!

The list, below, is ordered from most expensive to budget friendly options with links to where they can be purchased. It's updated on a regular basis. Note that some products, such as from USA-made DiamondBoxx, are handmade in small quantities and typically sell out fast. Prices are indicative only. Click the Shop button for the latest price and availability.

The XL2 is the best and loudest Bluetooth Speaker money can buy. The build quality is incredible and has a thumping bass and Audiophile-quality sound production. Frequency response is 35-22kHz and can output over 121dB at 1000W with Class A/B amplifiers, 6 Subwoofers/Mid-Woofers and 8 tweeters.

I have owned the XL2 for over a year and rarely turn up the volume past 50% at home for fear my neighbors may call the police. A cheaper competing product at this level, called Soundboks, is a great alternative but nothing matches the XL2.

Price: $$$$

1. DiamondBoxx Model XL2

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Model M3 is a smaller, lighter (only 11 lbs) and more portable package than the XL2 (above). It's built in the USA in small batches, delivers phenomenal sound quality and loudness with 400W of max power, Class A/B amplifiers and a frequency response of 50-22kHz. There is no distortion even at max volume. The M3 also comes with bass and treble tone controls to tailor the sound. 

The sound quality, workmanship and materials, and reliability of DiamondBoxx products are unsurpassed.

Price: $$$$

2. DiamondBoxx Model M3

The Aiwa brand of old has been brought back to life with new management and a high quality product line. The Exos-9 is a very loud Bluetooth stereo speaker with 200W output and delivers a punchy bass, balanced mids and crisp highs. There is no clipping at max volume. It also has a graphic equalizer.

The Exos-9 at this price is the best value option and the customer service is top notch.

Price: $$$$

3. Aiwa Exos-9

Aiwa Exos-9

For those that enjoy the Bose signature sound profile, the Revolve+ is a great quality product with 360 degree sound coverage. It's water resistant, lasts up to 16 hours on a battery charge, and can be used with Siri or Google Assistant. There is little distortion at high volume.

The Revolve+ is very well reviewed, but arguably, is priced a little high due to branding. It's still a great choice given portability, sound quality and functionality.

Price: $$$$

4. Bose SoundLink Revolve+

Bose SoundLink Revolve+

Two Danish companies, Libratone and Bang & Olufsen, produce some high-end audio products with a focus on refined aesthetics. At this price level, the Libratone Zipp is an excellent option with 360 degree sound coverage. It can be connected via Bluetooth or WiFi for extended range and higher bit-rate for enhanced sound clarity. The sound is brilliantly balanced. The lows are deep but not over-powering and mids and highs are accurate and clear. Max volume, however, is not particularly loud (if that's what you want).

Given the range of connection, control and streaming options, this speaker is more for the tech savvy user. Libratone provides excellent support.

Price: $$$$

5. Libratone Zipp

The Onyx Studio 5 has amazing, crisp sound quality with emphasis on the bass. It has 50W output power, 50-20kHz frequency response, and a rechargeable battery supports up to 8 hours of playtime. The styling is distinctive. The build materials are premium and an integrated carrying handle eases portability.

This is an excellent buy at this price.

 

Price: $$$$

6. Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5

The Bose SoundLink Micro is the best Bluetooth speaker around the $100 mark. It's small, rugged, waterproof and extremely portable with a silicone strap for attachment to a backpack, etc. The sound profile is well balanced and clear, and the bass is surprisingly good for its size. Siri or Google Voice commands can be used as well.

 

The speaker is very popular and well reviewed. 

Price: $$$$

7. Bose SoundLink Micro

The Flip 4 is another waterproof option. It has great stereo sound quality, deep bass and is loud for its size. Dual external radiators provide an interesting visual effect of the bass in operation. A rechargeable battery supports up to 12 hours of playtime. 

It's a great buy at this price point and comes in a range of color options. 

Price: $$$$

8. JBL Flip 4

The AOMAIS GO is unbeatable under $70, and being on sale, makes the choice even more straightforward. It's waterproof, rugged and easily portable. The 30W stereo output produces clear, rich sound with deep bass. Also, two speakers can be paired for 60W surround sound.

The AOMAIS GO is very well reviewed with lot's of happy customers.

Price: $$$$ (discount coupon when you click Shop)

9. AOMAIS GO

There are many very popular options under $40, such as the Anker Soundcore 2DOSS SoundBox Touch and OontZ Angle 3 Ultra.

 

In terms of quality, Anker edges to the front and has great customer support. Soundcore 2 outputs 12W stereo and max volume is loud for its small size.

Price: $$$$

10. Anker Soundcore 2

About Jack

I am the chief editor and hold degrees in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering and a Ph.D. in Robotics with over 20 years of experience in the technology space. 

Many hours, days and weeks have been spent critically researching the overwhelming product options to curate these short lists of quality items; many of which I own, use and love.

 

I scrutinize all the marketing bullshit so you don't have to!   

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