To find the best Bluetooth speaker, you first need to think about what you need. Do you want to stash Bluetooth speakers around your home and pair them for an exceptional audio experience - or do you prefer something portable that you can take on trips with you?
If you're planning to take your Bluetooth speaker out with you, do you need to be able to charge your phone from it if your battery runs low? Will you need an auxiliary input for another source?
And if you're keeping the Bluetooth speaker at home, is standard audio sufficient, or do you need something that highlights bass tones? Will you keep the speakers plugged in, or do you need a long battery life?
This guide includes a range of Bluetooth speakers that will suit most needs, whether that's singing in the shower, playing tracks by the campfire, or upgrading the audio in your home.
Bose's SoundLink Bluetooth speaker takes the crown due to its 12-hour battery life, wireless range of 9m, and built-in mic. As well as being able to make voice commands, the mic is good enough to take calls with the speaker.
It has true 360-degree coverage, and it's water-resistant and light-weight. If you have another Bose speaker, you can pair them together for a more immersive sound experience. And you can use the auxiliary input to connect other devices, too.
20 hours of playtime
JBL's Charge 4 portable Bluetooth speaker has a mega battery that powers 20 hours of playtime - and can double-up as a charge bank for your mobile phone, too. It's fully waterproof, can connect to two devices, and weights just under 1kg. It also comes in ten different colour options.
This speaker floats!
If you want a Bluetooth speaker that can deliver thundering bass and 360-degree sound, the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is the best choice. It has a magic button that controls play, pause, and skip. This speaker has a 20-hour battery life, it's waterproof - and it floats.
Bargain Bluetooth speaker
Anker's SoundCore mini Bluetooth speaker can play for 15 hours and has a range of 66ft. It's portable, weighing just 204g - and it has an FM radio, too. You can also connect with mini SD or AUX-in-jack.
Take calls from the shower
TaoTronics' Bluetooth shower speaker can stick to any flat surface and will last for a week's worth of showers on one charge. It has a microphone too, so you can take calls in the shower if you need to. And it delivers a nice, crisp sound.
In-built flashlight and charger
The best Bluetooth speaker for camping or outdoor parties is this one from Motast. It offers 30 hours of playtime and can charge your mobile, too. It also has an in-built flashlight, it's waterproof and delivers 360-degree sound.
Brilliant Bluetooth speakers
If you're simply looking for the best Bluetooth speaker, Bose's SoundLink speaker has everything you need - and is the very best quality. If exceptional bass is your priority, then the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 will impress. But if you're on a budget, Anker's SoundCore mini speaker is a better option.
If you want to sing in the shower - or take calls from the bathroom - you'll want to consider TaoTronics' water-resistant speaker.
If you plan to take your speaker out and about with you, JBL's Charge 4 comes with a power bank that will re-charge your phone while on the go. And if you're camping or at a music festival, the flashlight built-in to Motast's Bluetooth speaker makes it a useful purchase - and it'll charge your phone, too.