With smartphones and wireless speakers, it’s easier than ever to take your music library on the go, or just get your jam on whenever the mood strikes you. Here are some of the best Bluetooth wireless speakers available on the market today.
1. UE Boom 2
The second generation of the UE Boom speaker is louder than its predecessor and comes in a range of funky color combos and styles. The Boom 2 offers a solid battery life and great sound quality compared to other speakers in its price range. However, it’s the rugged design (which is shockproof and now fully waterproof) that makes this a speaker you can truly take anywhere. The UE Boom 2 retails for $199.99.
Bose has a long history in high-end consumer audio, but with the Soundlink Color II they have taken that sonic technology and crammed it into a much smaller and wallet-friendly package. (And they’ve added a nice splash of color, hence the name.) Bose fans should also check out the Soundlink Mini II, which features very robust sound for such an ultracompact speaker. The Bose Soundlink Color retails for $129.95. Here is a video review that will show you all the features and sound quality.
3. JBL Pulse 2
In terms of Bluetooth, JBL have received many accolades for their excellent-sounding and resilient Charge line of speakers. However, the Pulse deserves special mention for the built-in LED matrix which wraps around the speaker, adding an instant light show to any sound. The light presets can be switched on the device itself or controlled through a corresponding smartphone app. The JBL Pulse 2 retails for $149.95.
The Harman Infinity One is not cheap, but is worth noting because of the exceptional audio quality. The Infinity One pushes the limits of Bluetooth sound quality with unexpectedly deep bass and a tonal richness that rivals wired systems in the same range. When combined with a sleek and pleasing aesthetic, it may just be the best portable speaker money can buy. The Harman Infinity One retails for $299.95.
5. Fugoo Style
Fugoo may be the least-recognizable name on this list, but they are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. The Fugoo consists of a core speaker that comes with your choice of jacket (Style, Sport, or Tough). While the Style is the most aesthetically pleasing, the jackets are interchangeable, making the Fugoo a very versatile device. However, it’s the 40-hour(!) battery life that really makes the Fugoo a killer competitor in a crowded market. The Fugoo Style (core + jacket) retails for $149.99.
Of course, there are many different options available to suit your ear and budget. However, any offerings by UE, JBL, and Bose are generally safe bets. And it’s worth remembering that Bluetooth is not capable of transmitting high-fidelity audio signals, so while super-expensive Bluetooth speakers may be louder, they’re not necessarily going to produce higher-quality audio than less-expensive, wired speakers. Happy listening!